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Our journey began in 1923 in Nairobi’s Bazaar Street, the nodal hub for Kenya’s burgeoning businesses. With humble beginnings as a hardware store, Alibhai Shariff has since then metamorphosed into a highly reputed Corporation providing holistic construction solutions in collaboration with top international brands. 


Our fecund history and expertise has enabled us to cater for the needs of everyone: from construction specifiers, developers and artisans, to homeowners and DIY enthusiasts. 


This passion towards providing solutions has witnessed the creation of our very ownbildungsroman, characterised by perpetual innovation, dynamism, technological advancements and strategic alliances. As a Corporation, we are growing multifariously – from geographical, commercial and visionary perspectives. 


To date, we have 3 independent retail outlets in Nairobi’s top commercial locations, our first upcoming franchise in Nakuru and a fully-fledged projects-oriented showroom – The Alibhai Shariff Building Centre – at the Thika Road Mall. This state-of-the art showroom is home to top international brands of sanitary ware, roofing, specialist flooring, tools, equipment and other construction solutions. Unique to this set-up is the shop-in-shop concept for each of these brands, including an independent Karcher Centre, StanleySecurity Solutions hub, Wagnerinteriors and a Dulux Paint Centre. The Keramag showroom (an independent unit in Westlands) also showcases the full plethora of this high-end brand of bathroom ceramics in an aspirational set-up. 


With such an expansive network, we maintain our promise of creating solutions for beautiful, quality spaces for work and living, by enabling our clients to have tangible experiences of the products, assist them in installation, as well as offer comprehensive after-sales support. Our recently relocated and revamped Alibhai Shariff Service Centre and Hire division are intended to fulfill these very functions. 


Indeed, ameliorating the overall quality of our goods and services to customers has catalysed the creation of the Alibhai Shariff Centre of Excellence – a vocational training Centre practicing pro bono enhancement of skills of local artisans in the fields of carpentry, painting, electrical works and metal fabrication. To date, nearly 250 artisans have been trained. It is certain that this venture will also positively impact their lives from a capacity-building standpoint, as well as inculcating global best practices in the field of construction. 


In line with enhancing our global brand identity at a digital level,  webelieve that Alibhai Shariff Direct shall enable us to reach our customers far and wide, at their convenience. 



As we continue to keep abreast with changing technological trends and entrepreneurial developments, we are conscious of our niche in the private sector and the capacity that we have to proliferate overall national development. Join us as we continue on this amazing journey towards self-realisation.