Al Shirawi Enterprises LLC. was appointed sole distributor for SCANIA trucks and buses in 1981 for Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The company soon established itself as a market leader in the heavy truck sector. In 1994, Al Shirawi Enterprises started distribution of Scania Industrial and Marine Engines. Based on its experience with Scania trucks, this division soon found its niche in the UAE where those in the market for workboats, pleasure and patrol craft soon took notice of the Scania Marine presence. The company's expertise in diesel engines encouraged customers of generator sets to come to Al Shirawi, through whom their requirements are currently fulfilled by Scania and other diesel engine powered generator sets built in Europe by some of the most renowned assembly plants.