The initial company under the name of 'Golden Gulf Company' and was the brainchild of Arun K Johar, a British National and accountant by profession, who worked as a manager for an electrical firm for two years in Oman before conceiving Golden Gulf Company on January 1, 1980. Prior to this he worked as an accountant/manager in the UK for 10 years.

Mr. Ali K. A. Al Shaihani had by coincidence just commenced his own adventure into business under 'Ali Shaihani Trading and Contracting Establishment' and incidentally was Arun Johar’s first client in the Sultanate of Oman in December 1979. In early 1980 they formed a long and lasting partnership which is ever fresh even now.

After a few years the partners realized that the Sultanate of Oman lacked electricity infrastructure and that the government was going to give a big push to electrification in the coming years. That is when they decided to look into the same and specialise in transmission line materials and equipment. Later Golden Gulf Company was divided into two separate companies, instead of Divisions which were being operated until that point.

The Sales and Marketing activities operated under 'Golden International Est. LLC', whereas Project Engineering and Electro-Mechanical Contracting operated under Al Rafaa Trading and Contracting LLC. Both newly formed companies commenced operations in 1994. Since that time Al Rafaa has grown to be counted among the leading contracting companies in the Sultanate of Oman.