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NATURAL PARTNERS Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently claimed that India would continue to be the fastest growing large economy in the world, and could well become the second largest economy on the planet by 2030. Of course, the outlook in the UAE is also particularly bright, so surely it is natural that these two countries will become strong economic partners. The Gulf region and India have something of a history when it comes to trading. In fact, when it was the pearl industry and other commodities that dominated the GCC’s economy, before the discovery of oil, the Arabian Gulf and India were strong trading partners. Today, with Dubai in particular looked upon as a regional hub as far a business is concerned, the non-resident Indian (NRI) population in the UAE has swelled to around 3.3 million, with Indians across all aspects of industry and commerce contributing heavily to the growth of the nation. Some of the UAE’s most respected companies, for instance, are NRI businesses, such as Lulu International, NMC Healthcare, and Aster. Moreover, these three companies have recently announced major multi-million investment projects in India. The UAE and India have approximately $50 billion in bilateral trade, and at the end of 2018 both countries even signed a currency swap agreement, which allows rupee and dirhams for business, instead of the dollar.

With one of the most ancient and revered cultures in the world, India has a rather obvious influence on the UAE, not least the Bollywood theme park in Dubai, which is the first of its kind and celebrates the Mumbai film industry across five themed zones. It is not all one-way traffic though. There has been an increase of investments from the UAE to India, an excellent case-in-point being the announcement that DP World will be part of a $3 billion joint-investment fund with India’s National Infrastructure and Investment Fund, which will invest in ports, inland waterways, river terminals, freight corridors, cold storage, and warehousing. This age-old partnership between India and the Arabian Gulf, it seems, it set to continue for some time to come!

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06 CONTENTS

COVER STORY

NATIONAL ENGINEERING BUREAU VOTED AS ONE OF THE BEST DESIGN PRACTICES TO WORK WITH FOR 2019

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CONTENTS 07 EP: Can you explain how you empower communities through architecture, urban design, and interior design, creating more sustainable and innovative environments? RA: Empowerment is about giving people an active role in decisions that affect their lives. It is about being able to participate in and influence the creation of their environment. This covers all critical aspects of their lives and the spaces they inhabit on a macro and micro level, from what and where they eat, the environment in which they live

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in, sleep in, how they commute, how they socialise etc. It is also about empowering them economically through architecture that provides them with the space and the strategy to make a better return on their property and their investment. EP: Do you set aside specific times to cast vision to your employees and others in the industry? RA: For me, the whole thing is quite organic. I don’t necessarily plan it unless I

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am speaking, such as at a conference, then I would share my vision. But with staff or others, it comes out in meetings or when offering advice. And it can come out unexpectedly when an idea is triggered. EP: What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop, both as a person and as an architectural practice? RA: Whether development is on a personal level or in the architectural practice, the process feels the same. For me, growth

happens when you are willing to face your shortcomings and fears. At times you might need to venture into new and unfamiliar territory.You have to adapt and be flexible to adjust your strategy as you go forward. If you are willing to do what it takes for the right reasons, then you develop as a human being and as a practice. This is for me part of the growth process.

RAYA ANI, FAIA, LEED AP FOUNDER | DESIGN DIRECTOR, RAW-NYC ARCHITECTS, NEW YORK CITY AND DUBAI

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02 GET TO KNOW - SNEHA DIVIAS ATELIER 08 GET TO KNOW THE FOUNDER/DESIGN DIRECTOR

GETTING TO KNOW... GET TO KNOW SNEHA DIVIAS ATELIER RAYA ANI… 2017 PRESIDENT OF THE IN THIS ISSUE OF EMIRATES AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PROJECTS WE GET TO KNOW ARCHITECTS-MIDDLE EAST, A SNEHA DIVIAS, ONE OF THE LICENSED ARCHITECT IN THE REGION’S MOST RESPECTED STATE OF NEW YORK, AND US ARCHITECTS AND THE GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL FOUNDER OF THE SNEHA ACCREDITED. DIVIAS ATELIER, A BOUTIQUE INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE PRACTISE BASED IN DUBAI.

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Raya Ani is a truly multidisciplinary Emirates Projects Magazine: What architect, with toher over attracted you thework worldcrossing of design several disciplines includeget architecture, and how did youthat initially into it? urban interior fashion, Snehadesign, Divias: My parentsdesign, emigrated from art, and the to environment. to Mozambique Portugal in We 1974speak and my her creativity, empowerment, father about started his own business in real estate inspiration, ongoing development. and propertyand development. Growing up, I saw buildings from drawings to site, while Portugal hadProjects: its construction boomyou andtoI Emirates What inspired would spend my summer break between set up RAW-NYC Architects; what was my father’s office surrounded by plans and your thinking behind it? construction details, and travelling Raya Ani: I always wanted to havetomyexotic own places with my parents. In addition, my architectural studio! I wanted the freedom to mother, born in India, is highly creative and create my own vision and run the business in artistic so there was a general interest for art the way I believe in. When you are an outand design. Hence the world of architecture of-the-box thinker, this covers everything and design were my obvious choice for from how you set-up your practice and studies. theI studio’s through to the attendedbusiness coursesculture at Delft University design approach and you deal with of Technology and how Istanbul Technical clients. I believe create and push forward University. Afteryou graduating, I worked as an with whatfor works best of foryears you until and what is in architect a couple I decided sync withanyour values and beliefs. me, to take interior design course For at New my is a creative environment Yorkstudio University to complement mywhere craft. This allowed me to work on architecture and people feel motivated to perform to their best interiorsand in an andeach holistic way. abilities areintegrated in sync with other.

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EP: Did you have a mentor? EP: Can you provide a little RA: I honestly didn’t have a mentor and, background on the Atelier? looking at it now, I in realise why it was hard for SD: Specialising commercial, hospitality me to find the right person. The fact is that and residential projects, the Atelier is aI approach or business, boutique matters, practicewhether in the design true sense of the in a way based only solelyonona my own number unique term, focusing certain experiences perspective. is not to of projects atand a time, taking Iteach andeasy every find who can you and spacesomeone to the next levelunderstand through creativity isand able to mentor the way you should method. Withyou an in off-beat and forwardbe mentored. People youtransformative advice based looking sensibility wegive create on their own experience, but that experience is not yours. I learned to listen to others, but then I have to decide on what works best for me. EP: How do you empower your team to reach the same heights that you demand from yourself? RA: When I see someone who has promise, I tend to support him or her so they can reach their full potential, but I do realise that not everyone is willing to work as hard or is as dedicated as I am. I know that I have high expectations for myself, and thus I have high expectations for others, and it is hard

for some people to meet those expectations. experiences. This is our identity. I think the However, those people who are driven and strongest aspect of my projects is the quiet love challenges are motivated by where my energy elegance and understated style the and enthusiasm. It is contagious. essence lies in the details. If people ever looked at all of the Atelier’s EP: How do you they encourage projects, side-by-side, would creative see the thinking the of firm? seamless within transition dissimilar materials, RA: I support to have unique minimalist luxurymy andteam freedom of acreation. perspective on every designpre-determined matter. What The Atelier dismisses Iparadigms mean byto‘unique’ is intuitive very specific to the follow an balance. context we are responding to in terms of vision, programme, space, client, and the objectives of the project.We all start by doing research on different matters related to the project and we share, discuss, and then process those ideas. EP: As a firm gets larger there can be a tendency for the ‘institution’ to dampen the ‘inspiration’. How do you keep this from happening? RA: A good question! Let’s just say I am very conscious of what it means to get larger. For us, we don’t have to be large to do large projects so there is no need for constant


GET TO KNOW THE FOUNDER/DESIGN DIRECTOR 09 expansion; we can undertake different types of projects, large and small, and be profitable as practice. It is about having the right people with the right skills, approach, and a great attitude towards working with others and dealing with challenges. EP: Can you explain how you empower communities through architecture, urban design, and interior design, creating more sustainable and innovative environments? RA: Empowerment is about giving people an active role in decisions that affect

their lives. It is about being able to participate in and influence the creation of their environment. This covers all critical aspects of their lives and the spaces they inhabit on a macro and micro level, from what and where they eat, the environment in which they live in, sleep in, how they commute, how they socialise etc. It is also about empowering them economically through architecture that provides them with the space and the strategy to make a better return on their property and their investment. EP: Do you set aside specific times to

cast vision to your employees and others in the industry? RA: For me, the whole thing is quite organic. I don’t necessarily plan it unless I am speaking, such as at a conference, then I would share my vision. But with staff or others, it comes out in meetings or when offering advice. And it can come out unexpectedly when an idea is triggered. EP: What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop, both as a person and as an architectural practice?

RA: Whether development is on a personal level or in the architectural practice, the process feels the same. For me, growth happens when you are willing to face your shortcomings and fears. At times you might need to venture into new and unfamiliar territory.You have to adapt and be flexible to adjust your strategy as you go forward. If you are willing to do what it takes for the right reasons, then you develop as a human being and as a practice. This is for me part of the growth process.

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10 PROJECTS FOCUS - TROJAN HOLDING

10 YEARS OF EXCEEDING CLIENT EXPECTATIONS NATION TOWERS, ABU DHABI

CELEBRATING ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2019, TROJAN HOLDING IS A UAE-BASED CONTRACTING CONGLOMERATE WITH A DIVERSE PORTFOLIO OF PROJECTS THAT COVERS EVERYTHING FROM HOTELS, RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTY THROUGH TO RETAIL HOSPITALITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

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Moreover, employing over 25,000 personnel across eight subsidiaries in order to deliver high quality, on schedule turnkey solutions, the company offers a one-stop-shop service, with its huge technical team capable of working on every aspect of a building, no matter what the size or complexity. Able to deliver everything in-house, Trojan is in the fairly unique position of not having to rely upon sub-contractors, and that is true wherever in the world it operates – not only in the UAE, but also in countries such as Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco, the Seychelles, Russia, Belarus, Serbia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. This extensive in-house expertise has helped enormously in making 2018-19 a prosperous year for Trojan, with the company securing 17 Icon Bay at Dubai Creek Harbour by Emaar,Waters Edge by Aldar, and Madinat Al Arab infrastructure works for Nakheel. On top of that,Trojan has also landed several hospitality projects, including Rove La Mer in Dubai. The growing hospitality sector is an important part of the company’s business strategy, as it looks to diversify its portfolio. Trojan has also recently completed The

local Hotel in Chechnya, Russia. Aptly named, it offers a hub of Middle Eastern charm and hospitality in the region. The hotel’s architecture features traditional wind towers, or barjeels, and traditional Arabic facades, while the colours, materials, elements, and art further add to the Arabian ambience of the hotel.To add to these wins, Trojan has recently also

been awarded projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia such as the Security Forces Medical Center for the Ministry of Interior and the new headquarters building for SABIC, as well as the Address Residences by Emaar in Dubai. Each country has its own rules and regulations for construction and construction related activities. These rules

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PROJECTS FOCUS - TROJAN HOLDING 11 most qualified and committed professionals. This is why the fourth cycle of the 100 Trojan Young Engineer initiative, taking place in November of this year, is causing so much excitement. The initiative invites university students from across the country to various live construction sites in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to experience first-hand day-to-day activities and gain an insight into working life by experiencing both management and construction site roles. The programme spearheads the company’s bid to foster a new generation of engineering leaders, offering them the opportunity of practical experience that will allow them to contribute successfully to the UAE’s construction sector. ROVE LA MER, DUBAI

vary from one country to another and could be challenging for new players in the market. However, Trojan has overcome all of these challenges by involving nationals who have local knowledge in dealing with the respective authorities, and The Local Hotel project is an excellent case-in-point.

The Best People Trojan has a positive work culture, underlined by continuous training and career planning for its committed and motivated workforce.This has resulted in a team of well qualified, experienced management staff and highly-skilled labourers who are dedicated to achieving excellence in each and every job they carry out. The company is in the fortunate position of having grown to such a level that it can attract top foreign talent simply through its reputation. Its heightened visibility in the market, as being one of the largest construction companies in the UAE, plus the reputation of its subsidiaries and its huge diversified portfolio, also helps to recruit the best from around the globe. Add to that the benefits Trojan offers its staff steady income, well-structured systems, huge potential for growth and career stability, and it is easy to see why Trojan is consistently a top choice for international applicants. Furthermore, being proud of its heritage as a local company, Trojan always look for Emirati locals to work with within the business, which is further supported by the Emiratization initiative set-up by the UAE government.

protection of the environment, conservation of resources, and prevention of pollution. The company works diligently to adhere to the Pearl Rating System standards and ensures all staff are trained to work in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. The most important topic for Trojan, though, is the health and safety of its workforce, as well as environmental issues onsite.These are communicated to staff through repeated and regular training sessions.

An Exciting Initiative Trojan is always seeking to improve the skills of its people, whilst attracting the

Opportunities and Growth The current growth trajectory at Trojan, in terms of finances and work portfolio, has exceeded everyone’s expectations when plotted against its growth development plan. Having attained this positive acceleration in 2018 across its group of companies, Trojan plans to maintain this position in 2019 by fast-tracking its strategic regional expansion, while pursuing new markets. Its strategy going forwards is to continue its streak of strong performing years to maintain a steady and healthy growth of turnover. The company’s five-year strategic plan is focused on diversifying its portfolio

geographically and across different sectors to safeguard itself and lessen the effect of downturns in the construction industry market-cycle. Trojan plans to maintain its dominance in hospitality, housing and high-rise projects in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The company is working hard to establish a presence in Belarus after its successful experience in the region too, and will soon be opening a branch office in KSA as part of its expansion plans into neighbouring GCC countries. Trojan is planning to diversify into different sectors, including oil, gas and energy, as well as enhancing its portfolio with new projects in the infrastructure sector. The team at Trojan believes that there are always opportunities in the construction market, regardless of the challenges that it encounters. The company has seen lots of infrastructure projects released by the regional governments to stimulate the construction market and act as a catalyst for the private sector. This will keep the construction sector moving and help the private sector recuperate. As a full-service contracting company, Trojan provides its clients with the ability to execute virtually any type of construction project, and the best evidence of its success is the long list of repeat clients who invite Trojan to work with them. There is no better recommendation.

Caring for People and the Environment For years now, sustainability has been a major focus for Trojan, and the company is delighted to see the region shifting towards this trend. More than just promoting sustainability within its communities, Trojan also puts considerable effort into the 17 ICON BAY, DUBAI

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12 PROTENDERS INTERVIEW

15 MINUTES WITH KARIM HELAL, CO-FOUNDER & CEO OF PROTENDERS

Karim Helal is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and managed a wide range of startups, ranging from Import/Exports to online

What does ProTenders do?

company subscribes to our platform, they

KH ProTenders is the leading digital construction

platform,

empowering

thousands of Developers, Consultants,

web applications, the latest of which is

Contractors, Suppliers and Manufacturers

the construction technology platform.

around the world to showcase their

Under Karim’s vision and direction,

companies, and find new leads and

ProTenders grew to be the leading digital construction platform across the Middle East.

partners,

securely

and

efficiently.

ProTenders has over 40,000 member companies and 57,000 listed projects, and has processed over USD 35 Billion worth of bids.

What are the benefits of using ProTenders? KH ProTenders is the only platform that combines tools (tendering) and data (project intelligence and company profiles) in a single platform, making us www.protenders.com hello@protenders.com 12 WWW.TPG.MEDIA

unique in how much we can help the industry streamline. Ultimately, when a

can go outbound for business through Construction

Intelligence

solution,

generate incoming interest through our Company Profiles solution and even be invited to bid directly through eTendering solution. This is what sets us apart from another intelligence tool, from the rest of the market.

From a renowned and successful family business to launching your own start-up, what did you see that others did not? KH Working in my family business which is still very much active and successful today, I wanted to do something different and achieve something not for me but for the construction industry. While the rest of the industries have adopted and embraced technology in all aspects of business, the construction industry was


PROTENDERS INTERVIEW 13 and is still slow paced on that front.

their decision-making process because

we will be opening up an office in Saudi

Soon after joining the family business, I

of easy bid analysis reports. They’ve

Arabia as well. We have a network of

realised that the problem was the complex

also been able to enjoy increased

established re-sellers internationally to

processes within multiple stakeholders

visibility across the country and set a

support ProTenders’ presence in target

leading to delays in even starting a project.

new benchmark for enhanced customer

markets.

Tendering traditionally involves stacks of

experience across the region.

proposals that involved an innumerable quantity of paper and multiple weeks

For the intelligence solution, another top

or months of time investment to review

customer of ours, Sylvania who is the

and award bids. Seeing that this affected

global leader in luminaire lighting solutions

productivity and time management in

uses ProTenders to increase their team

the industry, which further delayed other

productivity because the platform offers

processes, I launched the first phase of

easy access to the complete history,

ProTenders which was eTendering.

current status, facts, timelines and most importantly, project participants details of

What’s the next step for ProTenders? KH In addition to continuing to grow our intelligence database, ProTenders is also working on bridging the gap between how Developers do their tendering and how that cascades down through the different players. We aim to leverage blockchain

any project.

distributed ledger technologies together

Being an entrepreneur has several challenges. What were the challenges you faced when the platform was launched in 2011?

end-to-end aspect of the whole value

saw there was a need for companies ‘to

KH I believe you’re not an entrepreneur

to contribute to fix one of the most

know and be known’ in the construction

if you’re not ready to face risks as

industry. Traditionally, it used to be

opportunities. Over time, I learned that

word of mouth networking which was

while the risks might be small or major

a lengthy process, and eventually to

ones, the vision shouldn’t blur. A few

reduce risks companies would have to

challenges that I faced in the past were

search the right partners to get the job

competition, and trust in my product.

done. To this, we created the element of

Also, one of our daily challenges is that

companies profiling which was made to

as the company continues to grow,

streamline the process of identifying the

our customer base also grows, and we

right partners and expertise to execute

continuously strive to keep our customers

the job. The intelligence element was

at the forefront of our product offering.

then created to further allow companies

Previously, it was challenging for us to re-

to identify the opportunities that exist

emphasize the benefits of a cloud based

through project insights at various stages.

solution as a safer and secure means for

A full-fledged digitalised construction

processes. And everyday, we tackle this

intelligence platform in addition to the

by proving that ProTenders is a trusted

existing e-tendering phase was officially

platform, and we have processed over

launched in 2016.

USD 35 Billion worth of bids with high

What urged you to introduce other integrated solutions like intelligence and profiling on your platform? KH With the positive reaction for a digitalised tendering process, we also

with smart contracts to streamline the

profile construction clients like DAMAC

What do your customers have to say about the platform? KH For ADCE, they have found significant benefits on the tendering side. Besides

and ADCE.

chain. From the tendering phase where all the project scope and payments are agreed to the release of the payment when milestones are achieved, we hope endemic problems the industry is facing and increase the chances of projects to succeed on time efficiency and seamless payment.

What do you envision of ProTenders’ partnership with TPG Media? KH Partnering with TPG media will definitely show positive results since the readership is our target market. Working with TPG media will benefit the publication’s audience to enhance their business practice in the construction industry and find key stakeholders for any upcoming projects or gain market insights. From this partnership, ProTenders’ outlook of helping companies grow in this industry will definitely prove to be positive.

Does ProTenders have other offices across the Middle East?

reducing their usage of paper by 80%,

KH

ADCE have been able to issue tenders

headquartered in the UAE in Abu Dhabi

to the market much faster and accelerate

with offices also located in Dubai. Soon,

Yes,

ProTenders

is

actually

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14 REGIONAL NEWS

BAHRAIN’S FIRST FIVE-STAR BOUTIQUE HOTEL The Merchant House, Bahrain’s first boutique hotel to be awarded a five-star rating, is an all-suite property that is tempting travellers to try something new on their next visit by offering a unique, personalised stay in the heart of Manama’s old town. A creative expression of Campbell Gray Hotel’s founder, Gordon Campbell Gray, the property teems with the kind of personality and soul that is difficult to capture at larger properties. Ideal for business travellers looking for extra space and comfort, as well as for style-conscious travellers, The Merchant House has 46 luxury suites, each of which has an open-plan sitting room, a kitchen

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and dining area, plus a spacious bedroom. Its location is ideal for those doing business in the city, with the hotel positioned a short distance from the capital’s diplomatic quarter and its financial district. The Merchant House is a short drive from Bahrain International Airport and less than an hour away from the King Fahd Causeway. For those looking to discover the city’s sights and sounds, the bustling Bab Al Bahrain souk is right on its doorstep. Take advantage of this newly opened stunning hotel with the special introductory offer of 25% off all room rates until the end of April.  


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UAE SHARPENS FOCUS ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING The UAE, along with other GCC countries, is strengthening its efforts to enhance the accessibility to affordable housing for low and middle-income households, as part of government efforts to address rapid urbanisation and growing population. The nation’s housing policy has traditionally been focused on providing housing benefits and facilities to Emiratis with low incomes through the federal government and other entities set up within local governments. The Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme, established in 1999, has an existing budget allocation of $1.36 billion to assist with the housing needs of citizens, especially orphaned, widowed, and older people. However, housing policies have been evolving to include wider members of the community. Dubai, for instance, has introduced a new low-cost housing policy for both

UAE nationals and expatriates, aimed at addressing the gap between income classes. The emirate is targeting collaboration with property developers and the redevelopment of old residential areas. Housing experts also note the importance of reinforcing public-

private partnerships, focusing on resolving the lack of credit and mortgage facilities, initiating more social housing finance schemes, and protecting the rights of lenders in cases where the borrower may default to incentivise banks to extend home loans to those in need.

ACWA-LED CONSORTIUM WINS BAHRAIN 100MW SOLAR PROJECT Agreement for the purchase of electricity and accompanying agreements will be signed next month to ensure project is on schedule A 100MW independent solar power plant in Bahrain will be delivered by a consortium comprising Acwa, Mitsui & Company and Al Moayyed. Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) awarded the contract after the Tender and Auction Board selected the Acwa-led group over other contenders. The Acwa-led consortium won the bid as it offered the best price of electricity per unit (BD14.668 per megawatt hour), which includes the price of energy production. The project is being implemented on a build-ownoperate (BOO) model to achieve higher efficiency in the management project and cost competitiveness, it stated. The project was approved by the co-ordinating committee under the chairmanship of HRH Prince

Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, First Deputy Prime Minister. According to a statement from EWA, planning for the project began in December 2017, after the appointment of a consultant consortium, which includes Mott MacDonald, KPMG, Trowers & Hamlins. The solar project aims to exploit renewable energy to raise the capacity of electricity production and meet the growing demand for electricity throughout Bahrain, driven by urban, industrial and commercial expansion.

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VISITOR OVERVIEW

Post Show Report EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS

34,854* Visitors

REGIONAL BREAKDOWN OF VISITORS*

A new record in visitor numbers has underlined what has been the most successful edition yet for the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection in Dubai.

TOP 10 COUNTRIES by Visitors*

The 21st edition of Intersec, which concluded its three-day run on 22nd January 2019 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, attracted 34,854 visitors from 135 countries, a 20 per cent year-on-year increase over the previous year (29,000 in 2018).

Countries Visitors

With 1,202 exhibitors from 54 countries, six show sections, 15 country pavilions, live outdoor demonstrations, a drone zone, and the new Future Security Summit, Intersec was at its very best, where new business partnerships shared the stage with innovative product launches. Organised by Messe Frankfurt Middle East, Intersec 2019 took up a sprawling 60,000m2, with Fire and Rescue forming the largest section, comprising 431 exhibitors. Commercial Security was the next largest with 375 exhibitors, followed by Safety & Health (142), Information Security (120), Homeland Security and Policing (90), and Physical and Perimeter Security (54). Intersec is supported by the Dubai Police, Dubai Police Academy, Dubai Civil Defence, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), and the Dubai Municipality. A further 35 international government partners, trade associations, and non-profit institutions also participated this year. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s top 50 security manufacturers were also onboard, including 17 of the top 20 incumbents comprising Hikvision, Dahua, ASSA ABLOY, Bosch Security Systems, Axis Communications, FLIR Systems, Hanwha Techwin, Tiandy Technologies, Avigilon, Infinova, Optex, VIVOTEK, CP Plus, Nedap, Raysharp, Milestone Systems, and Kedacom. Smarter and safer cities were key themes that resonated throughout Intersec 2019. This was underlined by a Memorandum of Understanding signed at the show between Smartworld, an UAE systems integrator, and Honeywell Building Solutions, the global leader in connected buildings, to implement digitally transformed, sustainable, safe, and efficient buildings across the UAE. The resounding visitor response to Intersec 2019 comes as demand for security, safety, and fire protection in the Middle East continues to climb. According to analysts 6Wresearch, the regional market for physical and perimeter security, commercial and information security, fire protection, and drones, is currently estimated to be worth US$14.5 billion, with this estimated to grow to be worth US$31 billion by 2024. Attracting the most attention on the show floor were AI-based security and surveillance systems with applications across safe city and smart home security systems. The 22nd of Intersec edition returns in 2020. More information is available at: www.intersecexpo.com

1. United Arab Emirates

18,313

2. Saudi Arabia

2,991

3. India

1,112

4. Egypt

951

5. Iran

858

6. Pakistan

844

7. Kuwait

826

8. Oman

686

9. United Kingdom

619

10. Turkey

438

F

G

H

E

135

D

Countries

C

A

B

Regional breakdown of visitors* A 50% UAE

E 6% Africa

B 15% GCC (excl. UAE)

F 5% Europe

C 8% Middle East (excl. GCC)

G 5% Asia

D 6% Indian Subcontinent

H 2% Americas


EXHIBITOR OVERVIEW

1,202

Regional breakdown of exhibitors

EXHIBITORS

A 87% International B 13% UAE

VISITORS GROWTH FROM 2012-2019 34,854

24,766

27,303

31,261

B

32,750 28,999

21,549 19,591

A

Number of exhibitors per show section

2012

2013

54

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

*2019 Preliminary audit figures

COUNTRIES EXHIBITOR GROWTH FROM 2012 - 2018

Number of exhibitors

Show Section

2017

2018

2019

Commercial Security / Smart Home

486

483

441

Fire & Rescue

361

448

441

Homeland Security

99

91

87

Information Security

46

52

38

Perimeter & Physical Security

114

90

97

Safety & Health

198

173

168

1,304

1,337

1,202

Exhibitors

1. China

246

2. United Arab Emirates

162

3. United Kingdom

117

4. India

85

5. Germany

72

6. United States

69

7. Italy

50

8. Taiwan

37

9. France

35

10. Korea

34

2019 SHOW HIGHLIGHTS Specialised Pavilions

15 Country Pavilions

Drone Zone & Live Demonstrations

Safety Design in Buildings Drone Pavilion

Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, USA

Conferences • • • •

The Intersec Future Security Summit The Intersec Fire Conference SIRA Forum Intersec Safety Forum


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SHARJAH LIGHT FESTIVAL 2019

The ninth edition of the famed Sharjah Light Festival saw prestigious architectural landmarks adorned with enthralling light shows to the delight of spectators, once again highlighting the richness of the emirate’s culture and its ancient civilization. The 2019 edition of the event, which lasted for 11 days, attracted a remarkable turnout of visitors and tourists, who were mesmerised by dazzling light shows put on by renowned international artists under the theme ‘Culture and Family’. The festival featured a series of light shows that demonstrated the creativity of the artists, who used modern photovoltaic technology in innovative ways to symbolise cultural abundance through graphic design, Arabic calligraphy, and a mix of vibrant colours, in addition to the latest laser techniques. All of these elements came together to transform the emirate’s architectural landmarks, turning them into unique artistic creations, accompanied by music from various international musicians. H. E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, said that the ninth edition’s success is a fitting culmination of the efforts of all the teams and departments in the Authority, the participating artists, supporters, strategic partners, and the media. The series of creative light shows added a new artistic dimension to the distinctive architectural heritage of Sharjah.

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DUBAI HARBOUR’S SPECTACULAR MARINA TO BE UNVEILED Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company, has announced that it will showcase its industrydefining maritime neighbourhood – Dubai Harbour - during the 27th annual Dubai International Boat Show (DIBS) 2019. Set to be the first yachting community hub in the Middle East, Dubai Harbour has been designed by leading architects with careful attention to detail, and will offer the most spectacular cruising grounds in the world, with vantage views of Dubai’s distinct landmarks – Ain Dubai at Bluewaters and Palm Jumeirah. The highlight of the showcase at DIBS will be the three main areas of the 1100-berth marina – Harbour Marina, Bay Marina, and Palm View Marina. Meraas will invite yacht owners to reserve berths in Q3 2019, with 780 berths expected to be ready for handover in September 2020 upon completion of the first phase of development. Yacht owners will enjoy a full home-port solution at Dubai Harbour’s marina, which features 180 super-yacht berths spanning 160 metres in length, an exclusive yacht club, a world-class crew club, and state-of-the art service and maintenance facilities. His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman, Meraas, stated: “Dubai Harbour will strengthen the city’s status as a modern maritime hub.”

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MERAAS UNVEILS PLANS FOR CENTRAL PARK NEIGHBOURHOOD Meraas has unveiled its plans for Central Park at City Walk, a new exclusive residential neighborhood, which will surround a 40,000m2 private park in the heart of Dubai. As part of its dedication to create mould-breaking, imaginative ways of experiencing city life that inspire an active lifestyle for residents and visitors in sustainably-minded destinations, Meraas’ latest neighbourhood will redefine community living in the emirate. Spanning a total area of 230,000m2, Central Park at City Walk will include 12 terraced mid-rise residential buildings. The residential complex will comprise 187 spacious one to four bedroom units that overlook a year-round fertile park, with Dubai’s majestic downtown skyline standing domineeringly in the background. What’s more, the new leafy community will come with a wide-ranging variety of active lifestyle amenities, including tennis and basketball courts, swimming pools, spas, cafes, and a multi-purpose kids’ play area. Units at Central Park will come in a sleek contemporary design, with light colours and carefully selected high-end materials that seamlessly blend with the natural environment, including plants and flowers suspended in hanging baskets from balcony edges. The main entrance will lead to an immaculately decorated lobby with concierge services.

MILLENNIUM ATRIA BUSINESS BAY SET TO STRENGTHEN BUSINESS TOURISM

Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Middle East and Africa (MEA), one of the fastest growing hotel management companies in the region, and Deyaar Development PJSC, one of the UAE’s leading property development and real estate services companies, has opened the Millennium Atria Business Bay, which will serve the growing hospitality and tourism sector, especially the Expo 2020 visitor traffic. The 30-storey Millennium Atria Business Bay features 347 well-designed studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and duplex apartments. Facilities within the hotel include an all-day dining restaurant, grab and go, podium terrace with cinema projection, infinity pool on the 25th floor, gymnasium, and kids’ club, Every unit in Millennium Atria Business Bay has a characteristic personality and flair, with a key focus on urban elegance paired with the latest smart technology.The units offer different views, which include the iconic Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Water Canal, or the stables, and will cater to business and leisure travellers alike. “The opening of the Millennium Atria Business Bay will change the tourism landscape of Dubai and strengthen Business Bay as a major business destination where people live, work, and do business,” said Kevork Deldelian, Chief Operating Officer of Millennium Hotels and Resorts Middle East and Africa.

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FALCON FOR SOLAR SUN SIGNS AED 2.5-MILLION AGREEMENT WITH DUBCO CONSTRUCTION Falcon for Solar Sun Industries, which received initial funding support from the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, recently signed a AED2.5 million attribution agreement with Dubco Construction to facilitate the supply of solar heaters to the housing projects being managed by the Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme. Under the agreement, Falcon for Solar Sun will supply solar heaters to 341 Sheikh Zayed Housing Programme’s houses in Al Khawaneej, Dubai, and 236 houses under the Mohammed Bin Zayed City project in Ajman. Falcon for Solar Sun is also included on the list of suppliers for the Zayed Housing Programme’s ‘Waffer’ service. H.E. Abdulla Al Darmaki, CEO of the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, congratulated Falcon for Solar Sun, adding: “We are proud of all of the projects supported by the Khalifa Fund. Exceeding our expectations, these projects complement our efforts to support local entrepreneurs and instil a culture of innovation in our young people. The main objectives of the Khalifa Fund revolve around the success of local SMEs and help increase their share in the country’s greater economic growth and development.”


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ALDAR LAUNCHES PROVIS TO DISRUPT ESTATE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS IN THE UAE

Aldar Properties, as part of its vision to deliver desirable destinations, is proud to announce the launch of Provis – a new entity to deliver market leading, innovative estate management solutions to clients across the UAE. The launch took place during a celebratory ceremony attended by H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Aldar Properties, Talal Al Dhiyebi, Chief Executive Officer of Aldar Properties, Jassem Saleh Busaibe, Chairman of Provis & Chief Investment Officer of Aldar Properties as well as other senior management from Aldar, Provis and Khidmah. Provis services will include property consultancy and management, owners’ association consultancy and management, sales & leasing and clubhouse and lifestyle management services.

Commenting on the launch of Provis, Jassem Saleh Busaibe said: “Putting the customer at the centre of what we do is our top priority and we are excited to announce the launch of Provis to drive innovation in estate management in the UAE. Customer expectations have never been higher and Provis brings a keen understanding of the market, and unrivalled expertise to deliver on these expectations. Properties that were previously managed by Khidmah and Aldar’s asset management teams will now be taken care of by Provis. This creates a much more streamlined and efficient service for all of our customers – particularly as we roll out the integration of more technology to enhance the customer journey and experience.” Provis’s services will be available at customer facing centers in communities

such as Al Bandar, Al Muneera, Al Zeina, Al Hadeel, Gate and Arc Towers, Sun and Sky Towers, Al Ghadeer, Sas Al Nakhl, Al Raha Gardens, Hydra, Awqaf, Al Gurm, Khalidya Village, and Golf Gardens. Provis will apply innovative solutions and cutting-edge technology to add tangible value to properties at every stage of the property lifecycle. With over 13,500 units under property management, over 14,000 units under owners’ association management, and thousands of properties sold and leased across the country, Provis will deliver a one-stop-shop estate management offering. Sameer Barakat, Executive Director of Provis added “Adding value to our clients has always been a priority we live by. Enabling Provis to provide specialized offerings will make us more competitive,

more responsive and better poised for future growth. We will be focusing on every touchpoint throughout the customer journey and integrating technology solutions to ensure a seamless customer experience in line with our commitment to exceptional customer service, efficiency and long-term asset value.” Following the launch of Provis, Aldar has undertaken a strategic realignment of its 100% owned subsidiary, Khidmah, which will now focus on providing facilities management and home maintenance solutions to clients of all sizes in the UAE and the region across different sectors including residential, commercial, retail, government, education, hospitality and healthcare.

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ETIHAD ESCO AND SIEMENS TO RETROFIT 115 MOSQUES & 2 BUILDINGS TO SAVE AED 3 MILLION IN ENERGY This project guarantees energy savings of 4.6 million KWh in electricity & 23 million IG of water Etihad Energy Service Company (Etihad ESCO), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DEWA, has partnered with Siemens to aid the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) with reducing the

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energy consumption of 115 mosques and 2 buildings through the execution of a retrofit project. Siemens will be supporting Etihad ESCO and IACAD to provide Heating,Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC); and water and lighting retrofit solutions; along with the installation of control systems to further

reduce the energy consumption of HVAC and lighting, within the framework of the first phase of the program. The project scope will also include Measurement & Verification for a six year contract period. Upon completion, Siemens will guarantee a 20.43% reduction in annual energy consumption, resulting in yearly savings of over AED3,000,000. The energy and equipment performance post the implementation of the current project are guaranteed for six years, with a payback period of 3.7 years. Ali Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO, said: “Mosques are capable of setting perfect examples of energy efficiency practices, thereby encouraging visitors to adopt the same. Installation of HVAC, water and lighting retrofit solutions, along with additional control systems will significantly lower energy consumption and generate huge savings across 115 mosques under IACAD’s management. We applaud the department’s commitment to supporting the Dubai Strategy and contribute to reduce 30% electricity and water demand in Dubai

by 2030.” “Smart infrastructure is the future of sustainable cities, and this project which reduces energy and water consumption at 115 mosques is a perfect example of how technology can significantly optimize performance,” said Markus Strohmeier, Senior Executive Vice President, Building Technologies Division, Siemens Middle East. “Dubai and the UAE are working towards ambitious targets for resource efficiencies, and I am pleased that Siemens is playing a key role in supporting this vital endeavor.” Etihad ESCO, with its mission to make Dubai’s environment a leading example of energy efficiency, is currently working on retrofitting over 30,000 buildings in the Emirate to ensure energy efficiency and manage rising energy demand. Etihad ESCO aims to create a aviable performance contracting market for energy service companies by auditing and proposing energy conservation measures to major building contractors/developers, bringing Dubai closer to the achievement of its sustainability goals.


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AN A-Z OF PRODUCTS MAKES SOURCING ITEMS AS SIMPLE AS ABC Operating full-service hardware stores that are focused on industry and offer the widest possible selection of products, from tools and paint through to heavy compressor, generators, and pumps, AbuDhabi-based Safa Hardwares provides a service built around high quality customer service and superior value. Offering both sale and rental options to customers in market sectors such as oil, cement manufacture, drilling, transportation, and construction, the company always goes the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction, importing products if they are not available in the UAE. Its portfolio is extensive, taking in: • Building Materials: a genuine A-Z of material supplies, all at very competitive prices. • Oil Field: one of the leading oil field supply stores in Abu Dhabi. • Industrial: hardware products and equipment for industrial who cannot afford to compromise on quality or price.

• Tools and Fittings: a huge range of hand tools from leading manufacturers – the biggest brands and the latest models. • Electricals: an extensive range of electrical hardware products, components and accessories for the distribution and supply of electricity. • Garage Equipment: all kinds of garage tools and equipment for vehicle workshops. The brands supplied by Safa Hardwares include bluechip names such as DeWalt, Makita, Hitachi, Stanley, Black & Decker, Dormer, Loctite, and Britool. But whatever the brand, Safa Hardwares has quality products that solve customers’ needs, as well as stores that believe in treating people with fairness and respect, staffed by people with a real depth of knowledge about the industries they service and the products they represent. Therefore, whatever your requirements, if price, choice, quality, and service are what you are looking for, you can do no better than visit Safa Hardwares!

QUANTUM EUROSTAR TO IMPLEMENT THE LARGEST ESCO PROJECT IN THE UAE LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT SECTOR Quantum Eurostar Energy Solutions Company (QESCO), a leading accredited ESCO in the UAE, announced innovative energy management solutions projects to be delivered soon in the UAE. QESCO is a joint venture between the EUROSTAR Group, the leading digital and consumer technology innovator in the Middle East and Quantum, an Italian technology major. QESCO has also signed a major eight-year period contract with Etihad ESCO, the energy efficiency and saving arm of DEWA. Quantum ESCO will provide energy saving solutions to some of Dubai’s iconic golf courses – Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Golf Residence. The total energy and water savings during the project period is expected to be AED35 million. The accumulative carbon footprint reduction is 36,000 tonnes by end of the project period. The project will produce solar energy by installing roof-top solar system, where the capacity will be 677kW and the generation is 1,093,000 kWh per annum. Quantum ESCO will save AED4,422,000 per annum. Quantum ESCO is the first energy saving retrofit solution catering to the hospitality, leisure and entertainment sectors in the UAE. The retrofit ESCO projects will be applied on air-conditioning systems, internal lighting, external lighting, golf course lighting, building automation and control, building envelop, ventilation, pumps and fans, water systems and solar roof-top.

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MOHAMMED BIN RASHID APPROVES NEW CORPORATE IDENTITY OF DUBAI MUNICIPALITY UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved the new corporate identity of Dubai Municipality. Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality unveiled the new corporate identity in a press conference on the first day of the World Government Summit 2019. The basic principles of the new corporate identity of Dubai Municipality are competitiveness, innovation, responsibility and participation.

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Al Hajiri said that the approval of the new corporate identity for Dubai Municipality by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is in line with the Dubai Government Plan 2021 and the Dubai Municipality Strategy and added that the new corporate identity expresses the nature of the Municipality in competitiveness, innovation, responsibility and participation. The new corporate identity reflects four values that Dubai Municipality strives to promote in its employees to their satisfaction: "Innovation" by developing excellent futuristic services that are positively reflected on the entire community; "competitiveness" by applying strategies that enable them to have an advanced competitive position and enhance living standards that accomplish long-term prosperity, while maintaining the balance between productivity and quality of life; “Responsibility” is the key to progress, advancement and sustainable development in various aspects; “Participation” is one of the important social and ethical values necessary for the creation of a coherent community through the involvement of individuals, which benefit the well-being

and development of the society and self-realization of all its members, and all these four values are aimed at building a happy and sustainable city. The new logo of the Municipality consists of a rising arrow and straight lines as well as a modern emulation of the bird from the old logo of the Municipality. The new logo expresses the progress and ambition through the symbol of the rising arrow that reflects the values of Dubai Municipality, which is always seeking the best of competitiveness and innovation.

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The arrow represents strength, boldness and ambition as it is clearly and proactively designed and reflects the value of responsibility, while the straight, strong lines and sharp angles provide glory to the logo's shape. Based on the spirit of the old logo, the bird looks up and reflects the clear future looking vision of Dubai Municipality. The position of the bird projects the desire for the collective soaring, the value of participation, reflecting the response, ambition and readiness. The colors of the new logo, inspired by the nature of the emirate of Dubai, reflect the knowledge, regeneration and prosperity represented by the yellow colour; optimism, energy and happiness by orange, youth, life and the community by dark red.


DUBAI MUNICIPALITY SUPPORTS THE FIRST EMARATI LADY TO GET 3D CAMERA DRONE LICENSE IN DUBAI

DUBAI MUNICIPALITY HOLDS 3RD PEOPLE OF DETERMINATION HAPPINESS FORUM WITH THE THEME, “EASY ACCESS” Dubai Municipality concluded the 3rd People of Determination Happiness Forum organised at Children’s City Theater with the theme, “Easy Access.” Ahmed Al Badwawi, Director of Knowledge Management Department said that the forum supports "My community is a place for all" initiative, aimed at transforming Dubai into a city friendly for the People of Determination as well as the UAE Government directives to empower them by ensuring their active participation in a society aware of the values of life and dignity, in addition to reflecting the keenness of Dubai Municipality to achieve its strategy for the People of Determination. During the forum, a detailed presentation was made on the Dubai Universal Design Code project, which deals with accessibility standards for the People of Determination in buildings. The forum witnessed the participation of five governmental bodies in the country, including Dubai Club for People of Determination, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, DEWA, Community Development Authority, and Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, to showcase their experiences in the area of accessibility of People of Determination to facilities, services and information as well as the best practices applied, in addition to the personal involvement of the People of Determination in transferring their experiences.

Dubai Municipality supported and trained Engineer Maitha Al Nuaimi, GIS Specialist, to be the first Emirati lady to obtain a 3D Camera Drone license in Dubai from the Civil Aviation Authority. Al Nuaimi is the first Emirati engineer to be named captain of this type of aircraft in Dubai. The move is based on Dubai Municipality’s keenness to support, train and develop the skills of its cadres in various fields and its strategy aimed at refining these skills and developing them in order to reach the distinguished goals and achievements at the national level. Mariam Al Muhairi, Director of Geographic Information Systems Department in Dubai Municipality, said: "The development of the talents and skills of the Municipality staff is one of the most important priorities that we are keen to constantly implement and make it a reality. We always strive to provide the supportive environment that helps them to raise their performance to offer the best, which is reflected in enhancing the quality of services provided by Dubai Municipality to the community.”

Dubai Municipality has always endeavored to accomplish its mission and consolidate its achievements to support the category of the People of Determination through their integration with all segments of the society, providing equal opportunities to develop their abilities and potentials, enhancing community commitment towards persons of this category, and intensifying efforts to promote services aimed at them as well as ensuring their effective participation with the community, promote community commitment with all groups, and make the city friendly to the People of Determination.

“The Municipality has laid the foundations for providing spatial data and maps to government agencies, the private sector and individuals in the Emirate of Dubai, as well as for using the latest technologies in spatial data collection, development, scrutiny, archiving, analysis and making them available to decision-makers of all executive, planning, regulatory and legislative levels, with the aim of improving the business environment and enhancing levels of the growth of productivity," said Al Muhairi. By obtaining the license, Al Nuaimi will be able to use a specialized drone owned by Dubai Municipality and

equipped with cameras with advanced technical standards in the field of 3D maps production. She has undergone two types of training, one on the criteria of operating the drone and how to control it remotely and the other on how to use 3D imaging technology. The support of Dubai Municipality to Al Nuaimi reiterates its belief in empowering women and providing them with all possible means to achieve their ambitions and objectives and also reflects the Government's vision of supporting UAE women in all fields.


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DUBAI MUNICIPALITY HANDS OVER NEW HUMAID AL TAYER STADIUM DUBAI FRAME ATTRACTS MILLION VISITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD WITHIN A YEAR OF OPENING Dubai Municipality recently handed over the Humaid Al Tayer Stadium in its new format to Al Nasr Club. Eng. Omar Mohammed Abdul Rahman Al Bishr, Director of General Projects Department at Dubai Municipality handed over the project completion certificate of the new Humaid Al Tayer Stadium to Mohamed Ali Al Ghaithi, CEO of Al Nasr Club. The stadium was renovated at a cost of Dhs21 million taking 210 days with the cooperation of the club management by developing a format and an integrated design to improve it with high standard. The stadium renovation work was taken up by the Municipality as part of its continuous efforts to develop and prepare sports facilities in Dubai to cope with the preparedness and requirements of local tournaments. “The stadium development project was carried out in line with the objectives of our wise government, which aims at enhancing the distinctive position of Dubai in the sports field and supporting the successful journey of sports in the UAE. Dubai Municipality believes in the importance of supporting

this journey to keep up with the international requirements, which will contribute in attracting more sports forums and tournaments, and make Dubai a beacon and an example to be followed in the field of sports as well as other different fields. At the same time, this will also support the efforts of the emirate to reach its comprehensive strategic goals, as the sports field has become the interest of millions around the world,” said Al Bishr. He also highlighted that the needs and requirements of the club were studied by coordinating with Dubai Sports Council and Al Nasr club management. “The project included a 1,400-seat structure overlooking the existing training ground. The structure, with ground and first floors, was constructed at a total space of 19,185 Sq ft. The ground floor has gates for athletes, VIPs and public and six changing rooms with toilets and other related services, referees’ room, two rooms for coaches, a room for the clinic and another one to examine the doping products, in addition to toilets for public. The first floor includes a gym, offices and a VIP lounge,” said Al Bishr.

Dubai Frame, which enjoys a unique position among the tourist and urban attractions around the world due to its unmatchable awesome design, has attracted the attention of a large number of visitors to Dubai, as it received a million visitors from around the world during its first year of opening. "The Dubai Frame comes from the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish Dubai as an international cultural, entertainment and tourism destination," said Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality. “Dubai Municipality is keen to launch unique projects, which will highlight Dubai's leadership in various fields, by adhering to strategies and foundations that contribute to achieving the desired objectives. Having such a huge number of visitors is a remarkable achievement for Dubai. We are always working to enrich the city with projects that contribute to showcase the unique urban development witnessed by the city, as well as our belief in the importance of providing distinctive

and attractive tourist landmarks, and working to attract large numbers of the public," he said. Dubai Frame has become one of the state-of-the-art tourism and entertainment attractions since its opening in January 2018. It is a landmark with spectacular views of Dubai's old and modern city within a "single frame" to form a bridge linking the emirate's past with its thriving present. With a panoramic view of the entire city of Dubai, the Dubai Frame reflects its story over time from its inception to the success stories of its ambitious plans for a prosperous future. The most important feature of the Dubai Frame is the unique upper bridge. The visitors' journey transforms from smart plates to transparent floors, as soon as they walk on it, giving the visitor the feeling of walking on the air, enjoying a unique view of the area around the elevator from the top. Last year, Dubai Frame bagged the Excellence Award at the Fourth Theme Parks Awards, as well as the Best Performance of the Year Award at the Aspire Summit.


DUBAI PUBLIC BEACHES OBTAIN RIGHT TO RAISE BLUE FLAG FOR THE FIRST TIME Dubai public beaches have received the global accreditation of the Blue Flag program for 2018-2019 season as they met all the requirements that ensure compliance with the standards of the program such as sea water quality, environmental education, environmental management, public safety and services, which brings added value to the environment and the society of the Emirate. "Dubai public beaches getting approval for using the Blue Flag is an affirmation of the Municipality's commitment to make the beaches (Jumeirah 1, 2 and 3 beaches and Umm Suqeim 1 and 2 beaches) a tourist attraction and aesthetic destination, and a safe and world-class leisure outlet offering modern services and comfort and security aspects for all segments of the society, especially families, in accordance with the highest and best standards and specifications in line with the aspirations of the public and their future needs and keeping pace with Dubai's future plan 2021," said Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality. He added that this global feat is a new addition to the series of achievements that Dubai Municipality has consistently pursued to accomplish in all forums thanks to the generous care and support of the wise leadership to raise the aesthetic and environmental values according to the strategy of the Government of Dubai and plans for the year 2021, and to achieve an advanced position among the best cities in the world.

The right to raise the Blue Flag is awarded to Dubai beaches after meeting the international standards required for organizing beaches, especially environmental education, water quality, environmental management, as well as safety, services and amenities for comfort and the provision of protective equipment for the beach users. The accreditation was granted by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) for one-season and is aimed at sustainable development of beaches and marinas. The approval of Blue Flag for Dubai's beaches enhances the Municipality's vision to ensure a better standard of living and a sustainable environment for the population of Dubai. It also reinforces Dubai's position to adopt global standards for the marine environment, especially as the Blue Flag is a voluntary program that gives beaches and marinas a certificate that ensures the quality and safety, taking into account many environmental criteria. The winning of Blue Flag status coincides with the continuous efforts of the Municipality to activate and develop the services on the beaches according to various programs and activities, including sports and social and environmental support and multiple events, to be an area of activity and social interaction, and a tourist destination that attracts all categories and segments of the community, in line with the Municipality’s mission to provide the highest standards of effective Municipal services.

DUBAI MUNICIPALITY BAGS FIRST PLACE IN ENERGY MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS Dubai Municipality has bagged first place in the Energy Management Leadership Awards (ISO 50001) among all government and private companies in the UAE for implementing best practices in energy management in 2018.

The Municipality received the award based on an assessment conducted by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry and the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), which supports the best practices to promote the transition to a global clean energy economy in the governments in the world. Dubai Municipality's achievement is in line with its strategy of protecting the environment and sustaining its natural resources. "Dubai Municipality's participation in the Energy Management Leadership Awards promotes the use of clean energy technologies and sharing them with the world. These technologies, combined with supportive policies, can significantly reduce carbon pollution from traditional fossil

fuels, improve local air quality, create job opportunities, enhance energy security, and improved access to energy worldwide," said Jabir Al Ali, Director of General Maintenance Department. “Dubai Municipality has increased the use of clean energy by one and a half million over six years and has contributed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 2087.2 metric tons to improve energy efficiency and promote clean energy supplies and expand energy access by harnessing solar power, wind power and other renewable resources. Other technologies can enable the use of more efficient renewable energy systems in buildings, factories and vehicles to maintain a clean and sustainable environment.” he concluded.


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DUBAI MUNICIPALITY ANNOUNCED THAT MOHAMMED BIN RASHID LIBRARY PROJECT IS 82% COMPLETE DAWOUD AL HAJRI

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THE PROJECT, WHICH IS COMING UP ON A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 66,000 SQUARE METERS IN JADDAF AREA ON DUBAI CREEK, IS IN LINE WITH THE MUNICIPALITY’S STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE OF PROVIDING INTEGRATED SMART TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND ACCOMPLISHING ITS VISION OF BUILDING A HAPPY AND SUSTAINABLE CITY. Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality said the AED 1 billion project is going on in full swing and the remaining work will also be completed according to the highest and most efficient standards. “The rest of the work is interior and decoration, which will be completed this year in all its details. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Library is one of the most important projects that will contribute to the promotion of Dubai's cultural and literary status, which will enrich the cultural stock and will be one of the new cultural and tourism destinations in Dubai," said Al Hajri. "His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai wanted it to be a centerpiece of all the achievements and cultural ideas that the UAE vision carries for a better Arab tomorrow and reserve a place for Arabs among the nations competing for creating future," he added. "It is a gift for the educational and cultural movement and a forum for the mingling of cultures and a cultural treasure

for the country and will open the doors of knowledge associated with modern technology for all people," pointed out Al Hajri. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Library project is unique and distinguished in terms of size and shape. The library has an architectural form like an open book. The project includes the main building which consists of a basement, ground floor and seven floors containing a central warehouse for books. It also contains a laboratory for preserving books, collecting and processing materials, and facilities for digital conversion of books. The project also has eight specialized libraries with a million printed, electronic and audio books. The project includes Information Center, Arabic Library, Public Library and Children's Library, which has corners for reading stories, children's books and other activities that contribute to the expansion of children's understanding and endearment of reading. The Family Library focuses on books that cater to safe education to the family members and enhancing family links.

The project also includes International Library, Media Library, Periodicals Library, Audiovisual and Publications Library, Internet Services, Youth Library, study rooms, meeting rooms, as well as a private library containing collectibles, books and rare articles related to Al Maktoum family. Other highlights include the Business Library, multiple open reading areas, permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions, theater, cinema and book lending corners to enable visitors and tourists to keep abreast of the movement of scientific development in the world. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Library is also poised to become a forum for the mingling of cultures through the cultural services, which will be provided by the library such as live shows of documentaries and lectures from all over the world. The huge library building will host many cultural and knowledge events and art exhibitions, where the latest technologies will be used in holding them. The library will be equipped to make it one of the largest electronic libraries in the world. It will also serve as a cultural and scientific movement in the country and a catalyst for reading and scientific research and will support writing books, translation works and publishing.


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ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN, MASTER PLANNING, CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, STRUCTURAL, AND MEP PRACTICES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTING GROUP (ACG) FIRST OPENED ITS DOORS FOR BUSINESS IN 1976, AND TODAY HAS THE RESOURCES, SKILLS, AND KNOWLEDGE TO PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE FROM CONCEPTION TO COMPLETION.

ACG designs, adapts and responds to the context of each individual project to create intelligent and enduring architecture across many different sectors, including urban design, residential, mixed-use, commercial, retail, healthcare, education, entertainment, and five-star hotel resorts. As a company, ACG prides itself on its ability to effectively balance its industry expertise with a sensitivity to local experience, environment, and culture. Its aim is to produce bespoke design solutions for all of its projects.

ACG offers services across the following disciplines:

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• Planning and Urban Design Development • Architecture • Civil Engineering • Mechanical Engineering • Electrical Engineering • Structural Engineering • Interior Design • Project and Construction Management • Contracts and Quantity Surveying

The company’s success has been principally due to the high level of commitment of its people and their dedication to be able to produce high quality design, together with an understanding of what makes the building successful commercially, operationally, environmentally, and socially. It is ACG’s objective to continually evolve as an architectural practice, always striving to find new solutions to traditional challenges and to provide the best possible service to its clients and the community.

Promoting Dubai’s Cultural Status The year has started well for ACG, and the company expects this to continue throughout 2019. At the present time, it is working on a number of important and prestigious projects, including a commercial complex in Ain Al Fayda, Al Ain; a five-star hotel in Abu Dhabi; and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.

Diverse Expertise Whether it is a large or a small project, an executive level principal-incharge leads a multi-disciplinary ACG team of architects, interior designers, mechanical, electrical, structural, civil, quantity surveyors, and other engineers and professionals in order to deliver fully integrated consultancy services. Architecture, interior design, master planning, construction management, structural works, and MEP are all within its scope, allowing the company to take on even the most challenging and complex of projects all under one roof.

Architecture ACG is an industry leader in innovation, combining highly technical industry experience with unparalleled creativity to create exclusive design solutions. Exploring the limits of every project, the company seeks to solve its clients’ needs in a cost effective, distinct, and inspired way.


ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTING GROUP 33 ACG is committed to continuous improvement to evolve in a fast paced technological advancement. The use of BIM provides the basis for lower costs, shorter lead times, lower construction costs, lower energy consumption and generates better input for the building management and maintenance phase.

Interior Design Whether it is a private residence, resort, office, or retail environment, ACG's interior design professionals always deliver elegant spaces that enhance the quality of life for the end-user. Its designers fashion stylish

and long-lasting solutions, while paying attention to every detail. Working with principles of layering and zoning, the company’s interior design services include space planning, conceptual design, 3D modelling, design development, construction documentation, FF&E selection, coordination and specifications, tendering, and construction administrations.

Master Planning ACG’s urban design service suits a wide variety of prospective development sites. The company specialise in integrated

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The construction services allow for an array of advantages to be applied to projects throughout the project cycle. ACG’s project and construction managers get engaged in the project early on, during the design phase. The aim is to always to provide fully integrated consultancy services from inception and through handing over, and deliver a superior

product that is in line with the client’s budget, schedule, and expectations, as well as ACG’s high standards.

Structural ACG’s structural services takes a team approach to all aspects of work, keeping safety as an absolute priority in everything that it does. The company ensures that all projects receive the highest quality of work and attention to detail from start to finish, with noteworthy and recently completed projects including Visitor’s Center and Plaza at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi; Bateen Marina Resort Development, Abu Dhabi; Jashanmal Headquarters, Dubai; Finance House HQ, Abu Dhabi; and Al Hilal Bank, Dubai.

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34 ARCHITECTURAL CONSULTING GROUP MEP ACG specialises in the installation, management, and optimisation of all systems for sustainable buildings, from HVAC and mechanical services to energy conservation and code compliance. The company partners with its clients to reduce cost, minimise risk, and ensure quality workmanship by being the single point of contact for the entire project.

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ACG’s projects include such prominent developments as the Visitor’s Centre and Plaza at Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi; Al Jimi Mall Expansion, Al Ain; and Bateen Marina Resort Development, Plot C103 - Sector W35, Abu Dhabi. ACG Management is committed that it’s operations, procedures and implementation is based on International Standards. ACG awarded the latest ISO Quality Management System (QMS) certification ISO 9001:2015 UKAS Management Systems. It ensures that quality objectives are established for QMS that are compatible with context and strategic direction of the company;

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Promotes the use of process approach and risk based thinking. Much of the company’s growth at the present time is coming through commercial and mixed-use developments, but whatever the project the company strives to ensure that it is sustainable and environmentally friendly, and is committed to exceeding authorities’ requirements. So whether choosing to pursue a LEED certification from the US Green Building Council, an Estidama certification, or any other green building or energy efficiency approval, ACG’s team has the sustainability consulting experience to create a cost-effective solution. Of course, there will be challenges in the years ahead, not least the current ‘competitive pricing’ policy, where clients sometimes put cost ahead of quality. However, ACG is looking to the future with genuine confidence, with plans to advance into new sectors and new territories throughout the GCC. At ACG, experience, expertise, and first class customer service combine for unparalleled results – you are always one step ahead with ACG.

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Fino International is an ISO certified interior finishing contractor based in Dubai. It executes interior fit-out turnkey projects for offices, hotels, palaces, residential, shopping malls, hospitals, restaurants, and public buildings, with specialist manufacturing facilities for marble, metal, joinery, FF&E, gypsum, metal doors and glass all under one roof of more than 200,000ft2, all of which produce high-end quality bespoke products to meet the expectations of clients. The company is ahead of the competition because it has invested in its own manufacturing facilities, and tries to manufacture rather than source product from elsewhere. Most final finished products are manufactured in-house. The manufacturing facilities are fully equipped with the best machinery in the industry and supported by more than 1000 skilled operatives and highly experienced and dedicated interior fit-out professionals and staff members The company’s professional engineering department oversees the whole process, which has made Fino International a name respected throughout the Gulf region for delivering projects on-time, within budget, and to the very highest quality standards. Its flexibility is in its talented staff and workforce, who can undertake the complexities in any size project. The philosophy of Fino International is to provide enhanced transparency in the development and execution of projects by sharing its expertise in all aspects of communication, coordination, and detailed design/manufacturing/execution of solutions. The commitment of Fino International is to provide the

highest quality service and products for every element in each project. Over the years, its teams have developed strong skills in value engineering products to satisfy designers’ needs and clients’ budgets. The company works within strict guideline to match the aesthetics and feel of the project, while maintaining the integrity and quality desired. Fino International has executed some of the most iconic projects in the UAE, such as: Armani Hotel at Burj Khalifa, Dubai Metro, Le Royal Meridian Hotel-Abu Dhabi, Palm Island Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Creek Harbour (Hyatt Regency) Hotel and Residential Tower, Bab Al Qasr Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Skyview the Address Hotel, Hilton at Al Habtoor City, Park Hyatt Hotel, Penthouse at The Address Boulevard, The Address Downtown Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre & Museum in Al Ain. Currently the company is executing the fit-out works at: 1. Rotana Hotel – Complete fit-out 2. Vogo Specialty Restaurant at Wafi city 3. The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residence public areas Fino International offer an almost unique combination of resources, technical skills, industry knowledge, interior design, and execution experience to complete any project to the client’s complete satisfaction.

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38 TOURISM PERFORMANCE REPORT

DUBAI HITS NEW HIGH WITH 15.92 MILLION OVERNIGHT INTERNATIONAL VISITORS

HIS EXCELLENCY HELAL SAEED ALMARRI, DIRECTOR GENERAL, DUBAI TOURISM

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Welcoming 15.92 million international overnight visitors in 2018, marking a new high according to the latest data released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), Dubai continues to expand its appeal as a global destination of choice. Dubai’s top source markets delivered bankable performances with several strategic feeders witnessing standout double-digit growth yet again to continue momentum towards growing the number of international visitors annually in line with Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2022-2025. His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Tourism commented: “The Department remains focused on ensuring that Dubai becomes the number one most visited city in the world, in line with Dubai’s Tourism Strategy 2022-25. As such, throughout 2018, we developed and deployed a custom-market specific approach to our global outreach programmes to deeper penetrate our target markets and widen the sphere of influence and engagement with the Dubai proposition. Exposing our industry to new potential in order to convert a higher share of the dynamically evolving global outbound travel market has helped steady Dubai’s base tourism volumes throughout last year. Our strategic investments, innovative destination promotion programmes, responsive federal policy reforms, and long-term global partnerships – all backed by the tremendous support of our stakeholders across the government and private sector – continue to yield strong results as we ramp up efforts to increase Dubai’s accessibility, visibility and overall appeal, minimise barriers to travel, deliver new standards in global travel experiences, and ultimately drive both first-time and repeat visitation.” Dubai has continued to deliver an expanding variety of experiential offerings that serve as important levers in driving GDP contribution across the leisure segment. Popular attractions and entertainment destinations, including Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Parks and Resorts, IMG Worlds of Adventure, La Mer, and Al Seef drew high interest from visitors, as the city continues to invest in an evolution and innovation with a roster pipeline of megadevelopments, leisure attractions, and retail destinations, all set to aid success in a highly competitive global travel ecosystem.

The latest in destination offerings for 2018 included the Dubai Frame, a oneof-a-kind structure with a 360-degree view of the city, showing the past and present through views of both old and new Dubai. 2018 also saw the opening of the Bluewaters Island, a mixed-use destination located off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Residence, with Ain Dubai – the world’s largest observation wheel – set to be the centrepiece of the island’s various retail, residential, hospitality, and entertainment zones. In line with preserving and building awareness of Dubai’s ecotourism destinations, the emirate will soon be opening its doors to the UAE’s first national park, Al Marmoum, the largest tourism project of its kind in the region, which focuses on the desert environment. This also works in conjunction with Dubai’s drive to showcase the emirate’s natural beauty and its lesser-known areas in the enclaves of Hatta. Rapidly becoming a hotspot for mountain bikers, adventureseekers, and nature-lovers, a range of new developments and attractions offer visitors a unique perspective of the national park’s stunning vantage points and wildlife sightings. Over the years, there has also been an enhanced focus on highlighting the emirate’s cultural offering, with destinations such as Al Seef, which brings together the city’s proud past and bright future, as well as smart initiatives like the ‘Al Fahidi Architecture Audio Tour’ that introduces visitors to the rich history and heritage of Dubai’s popular Al Fahidi District. His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri concluded: “As we work towards future-proofing Dubai’s tourism-linked economy by fostering exceptional visitor experiences, we are committed to further empowering our public and private sectors to develop strategic programmes that can truly adapt to dynamic traveller needs. An integral component of the city’s success, therefore, has been the ongoing commitment to collaborate across the entirety of Dubai’s tourism ecosystem and foster robust partnerships with government and private stakeholders, including supporting the homegrown entrepreneur ecosystem. We are committed to providing the necessary infrastructure and global distribution channels to all our partners, equipping both large and small industry players with the outreach and access to our global networks.”


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DUBAI TOURISM 2018 PERFORMANCE REPORT VISITOR PERFORMANCE BY SOURCE MARKET - JAN-DEC 2018 AMERICAS

6%

RUSSIA, CIS, EE, (EASTERN EUROPE)

9%

WESTERN EUROPE

21%

NORTH ASIA AND SOUTH-EAST ASIA

11%

GCC

MENA

10%

18% SOUTH ASIA

AFRICA

6%

17%

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2%

15.92M 15.97 2018 2017

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2,032

2,073

-2%

2

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1,568

1,529

3%

3

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1,212

1,265

-4%

4

CHINA

857

764

12%

5

OMAN

829

862

-4%

6

RUSSIA

678

530

28%

7

USA

656

633

4%

8

GERMANY

567

506

12%

9

PAKISTAN

513

598

-14%

10

PHILIPPINES

387

405

-4%

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40 NATIONAL ENGINEERING BUREAU

ARCHITECTURE WITH PEOPLE IN MIND FIRST OPENING ITS DOORS FOR BUSINESS BACK IN 1984, NATIONAL ENGINEERING BUREAU (NEB) HAS BECOME A PIONEER IN DELIVERING ARCHITECTURAL, ENGINEERING, SUPERVISION AND MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS.

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With every project, NEB follows a process that begins with a thorough understanding of the context within which it will be working (the physical, cultural, and programmatic), which allows it to build strength and depth into the undertaking, complementing the firm’s excellence in design and sensitivity to place and the environment. At the present time, NEB is working on a variety of projects, from healthcare and education through to residential and commercial, with Jamil Jadallah, Managing Director of NEB, explaining:“That’s the beauty of what we do; we always have projects in sectors that are fast moving. We are building the tallest residential building in the world currently, in Dubai Marina. In fact, out of the 100 tallest buildings in the world, three of them belong to us. We are ranked as number six in the world for skyscraper buildings.” Furthermore, NEB is ranked number 40 in the world overall and, as the largest architectural practice in the region, number one in the Middle East in 2019, a year, despite its challenges, that will see NEB continue to thrive and prosper. “This early in 2019, it seems a little challenging for NEB, but it’s still going good for us,” says Jadallah. “We still remain a competitor in the construction industry, as far as the projects that are moving. And up to now things are good, we are relaxed and comfortable. We don’t have any problems. We expect to continue to do well.”

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NATIONAL ENGINEERING BUREAU 43 Of course, when the market cools down it does not mean that everything will stop, with Jadallah continuing: “Things do not simply come to a halt. That will never happen. We cannot stop building schools and hospitals. People will still require these services. So the economy will not suddenly cease, but perhaps the rate will slow down. “I have been in Dubai for around 30 years now, and in my experience the economy may slow down for a couple years, but when it is rebooted it starts to grow and improve at a high rate.”

The Legacy of Expo 2020 Expo 2020 is now just around the corner, and excitement is building. But what will be its legacy; will things change in Dubai when it is all over? “Following Expo 2020, I believe even more events like this will happen in the Emirates, and Dubai specifically,” Jadallah says. “Once we have experienced an event such as Expo 2020, it will encourage people to promote Dubai for other events, which will be on a bigger scale than the Expo. This will create a fabulous impression on the world about Dubai. It’s estimated around 25 million visitors will flock to the Expo, some 70% of which will come in from overseas.

“This will provide us with more and more opportunities for tourism and general growth. If there’s a good economy and jobs in tourism, these things will create more development. More projects will be built. Dubai is a cosmopolitan and modern city, a unique city where you can meet most, if not all, of the nationalities of the world.This has created the right place for people to build and improve their lives.” Jadallah does not think that the industry will slow down after Expo 2020: “The economy goes in cycles. Sometimes up, sometimes down.This is healthy, because during the good times you’ll notice there is a continuous increase in prices, and sometimes there will be a shortage in materials. This shortage will be when the market will come down a little bit, where the prices will return closer to where they were, and this will open a new door for the economy to improve again. It’s considered a period of reconsideration, restructuring, rethinking. “Before 2008, the increase in prices was unbelievable.This is not normal or good. The market sometimes has to slow down in order to become stable again.”

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46 NATIONAL ENGINEERING BUREAU Expansion into the GCC The Expo has driven growth in Dubai, that much is certain. And with the number of projects NEB has recently completed, or is still involved in, there is no doubt the Expo has improved the firm’s bottom line. This is particularly true within the hospitality sector. But where will growth come from over the next five to 10 years? “I believe that the services and facilities in healthcare, sport, and education will continue to improve. These are the sectors where there are always projects and the market is never less than healthy, and this will never stop,” Jadallah says. The belief at NEB is that there will be steady progress up to Expo 2020, which the firm will follow with expansion into the various GCC markets. “We have completed projects in India, Sri Lanka, and other countries, and we have built up a strong reputation in the UAE, which will help us when we begin to work on projects in other GCC countries,” explains Jadallah. “We are looking to build in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Oman so far. Also, countries that are experiencing civil war, specifically Libya, Syria, and Iraq. I think there is big potential. We are just waiting for the right time, when the situation and climate becomes more stable. There is even potential to start building from scratch, in terms of buildings and infrastructure, in the coming 50 years, in these three countries in particular. Our role as architects and designers goes beyond the current challenges faced by society – anticipating future needs in the increasingly challenging world we live in.”

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NATIONAL ENGINEERING BUREAU 49 A Global Culture NEB has the know-how and it has the experience to succeed in whichever markets it chooses to operate in. In fact, working in Dubai gives the firm a unique advantage because of all of the different nationalities living in the emirate, as Jadallah explains: “When we carry out projects in other countries, we are already fairly familiar with their culture because of the relationships we have built up with people in Dubai from all over the world – it’s hard to find a country not represented in Dubai! However, we still recognise that every country has its own standards and requirements.” The simplicity and fast-track culture found in the UAE is difficult to find elsewhere, so when NEB tackles projects in other countries, it frequently performs the planning and outlining at its headquarters in Dubai before sending it overseas, in order to preserve the quality of workmanship. “The beauty of Dubai is that all these different nationalities, cultures, languages and religions work together, with respect and understanding. So when we do take our projects to other countries, we don’t feel like strangers with absolutely no knowledge of the country, its traditions, and people.”

Enhancing the Human Experience The future looks bright for NEB, with its experience, expertise and creativity driving expansion in the years ahead, as it moves into new territories and takes on even more complex and stimulating projects. Naturally, to carry on growing it must continue to attract and retain the very best people, whilst looking out for new talent that will inspire and encourage on-going success. Jadallah is very aware of this fact, and enjoys nothing more than giving a helping hand to those who are new to the industry, or are considering joining it. “It is important that young people should always focus on the requirements of the end user, including how buildings change and evolve. The lives we lead now simply did not exist 10 or 15 years ago, certainly with regards to technology and the importance of safety and the desire to reside in a close-knit community. “These factors must be implemented in the design.Young people must think of architecture and buildings as not merely a place to live, but a place to enjoy and relax. It is vital to consider all of the facilities in a building; facilities that will allow residents to genuinely enjoy their time, especially when it comes to children. Facilities must allow them to leave the house and enjoy a safe space where they can play and build relationships with other children. Communities are at the forefront when it comes to architectural planning. A children’s play area, gym, a space to build relationships and connect with other people; not be isolated in a house or apartment.” What will the future of architecture look like? No-one can say with any certainty, but there are exciting trends that give plenty of reasons to get excited about the future of the built environment. The current generation of architects has the opportunity to tap into the potential for discovery and drive fundamental changes in the industry, fuelled by the seemingly exponential development of technology. NEB will continue to be at the forefront of this evolving revolution, bringing transcendent environments to real world situations and creating places that enhance the human experience.

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EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE BAM INTERNATIONAL, A SUBSIDIARY OF THE ROYAL BAM GROUP, WHICH OPERATES IN 30 COUNTRIES ACROSS THE GLOBE, IS RENOWNED FOR ITS ABILITY TO CREATE SUSTAINABLY BUILT ENVIRONMENTS THAT ENHANCE PEOPLE’S LIVES AND CREATE MAXIMUM VALUE FOR STAKEHOLDERS.

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BAM INTERNATIONAL 53 BAM's diverse expertise allows it to maintain a 50/50 ratio of marine and building projects; a strategy that has a positive effect on stability. In both sectors, BAM has evolved into a company that can handle a great deal of complexity, not only in terms of technical challenges but also the logistical aspects. Moreover, employing a large number of experienced staff from diverse cultural backgrounds, it is proud of its ability to offer the latest in digital construction technology. It is true, though, that business isn’t always easy in the GCC, as many companies and organisations still prefer to award contracts based on pricing, and with fluctuations in oil and commodity prices, governments are also looking to cut expenditure on construction projects. As a result, 2019 looks challenging, but with current ongoing projects and tenders in the pipeline BAM is confident it is going to achieve its target for this year.

The Museum of the Future: Reliable performance is one of the main reasons many clients consider BAM as the construction company of choice for their projects. This is certainly true regarding a particularly prestigious project at the present time – the Museum of the Future. BAM’s scope of works on this project revolves around the execution of the entire substructure and superstructure, from pile cap level through to the submerged basement levels, and all the way up to the iconic stainless steel clad elongated torus-shaped diagrid superstructure. BAM are contracted to carry out all the MEP and fit-out works to the communal arteries of the building, along with the auditorium, the car parks, the main podium reception area, all internal and external elevators, and all hard and soft external landscaping. The company is also executing all of the external façades along with the internal lining, ceilings, and terrazzo flooring to all of the exhibition levels. It’s effectively a turnkey operation to allow the end-user to move in, install exhibitions, and open the building to the public. Naturally, as with any project of this size and scope, there have been numerous challenges on the Museum of the Future, right from the commencement. All of the main entrances have elliptical shaped openings, which required specialist formwork and design for concrete casting. The ring beam, which is the foundation of the diagrid structure, was the first contractual measurable milestone on the project and was cast monolithically over a 12 hours period. MEP is another massively challenging package, but with the use of its on-site BIM team operating to LOD 500 international standards, coordination of services on one of the world’s most geometrically and structurally challenging projects is somewhat alleviated. The main façade is also hugely challenging. There are over 1,000

bespoke panels making up the superstructure, ranging in length from 9m to 18m. Panels come to site 100% completed, but the integrated glazing, along with individual detailing to every other bespoke interface, ensure complacency is never experienced. There is no doubt that the Museum of the Future is an engineering marvel. Erecting a near 5,000 tonne diagrid on its own is, for instance, immensely challenging, but when one intentionally distorts it elliptically and introduces a 70m void in the centre to make it ‘torus-like’ in shape it pushes the envelope of conventional engineering to the limit. Add to this the urban setting, with tight site confines and the proximity of the metro line, and you get a better insight into the challenges faced. It will come as no surprise, therefore, that the very latest in innovative technology is being used throughout the project. Robotic total stations are being utilised for mechanical and electrical elemental setting out, and this is being corroborated with 3D laser scanners for all services. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is being used by all subcontractors on site to LOD 500 and being fed into a federated model daily. Digital construction is at the forefront of everything BAM undertakes on-site to ensure maximum efficiency levels and minimum wastage on what is a LEED Platinum precertified project. Reconfigurable mould systems are being used for internal wall lining panels, meaning double curvature can be achieved on reusable beds, all to very high tolerances.

Sustainable Construction Another high profile project currently been carried out by BAM is Yas Arena, which the company began in the 1st Quarter of 2017 and is scheduled to be completed this year. With the completion of this state-of-the-art complex, sporting events and all kinds of entertainment will soon find a new home at Yas Arena, an 18,000 seater stadium on the waterfront in Abu Dhabi’s prime leisure centre,Yas Island. Designed in a way that allows it to host a wide variety of events, from tennis tournaments to wrestling matches, in a temperature controlled environment, Yas Arena has sustainability at its heart. This is being achieved through a range of smart solutions, such as shading features that allow daylight in while protecting from the fierce heat. Choosing the right building materials, appliances and water management systems in the design and construction is key to the Arena’s energy performance. Thanks to efficient building systems and architectural approaches, it is estimated that up to a quarter of the total water and energy usually used in these types of venues can be saved.

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Expertise in the Marine Sector BAM has a vision of ‘Building the Present, Creating the Future’, and when it comes to work the company undertakes selective projects that are iconic and challenging in nature. Both the Museum of the Future in Dubai and Yas Arena in Abu Dhabi are going to be a landmarks in their respective regions. With regard to marine projects, BAM is currently working on the Saqr Port expansion phase 1 and 2 in Ras Al Khaimah, which is scheduled for completion in March 2019. BAM’s main scope of works for this project comprises dredging work, construction of a 720-metre long deep water quay wall, as well as stripping an existing breakwater. Reclamation works,

topsides furniture, paving, drainage and lighting are also included in the contract. The main challenge for this project is its location, as it is not protected by any breakwater and therefore leaves the location exposed to the weather/waves. BAM is also involved in the design and construction of the CT4 Connection project at Jebel Ali Port, Dubai, consisting of a contract to deliver a road connection between the newly constructed Container Terminal 4 and the existing road network. The project includes the design and construction of 2.75 km of dualcarriageway with one roundabout and two bridges crossing the existing gas utility corridor. The works include associated drainage, lighting, signage including gantry signs, road markings, and precast barriers.

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Innovative Architectural Solutions An Italian company with an international vision, ItalMesh is specialized in projects using aluminum and steel expanded meshes. Advanced technology, superior materials, and a focus on shape and color are the basic elements of an approach that combines rationale and aesthetics into a durable, functional in Tiffany Tower in Dubai, and offers more than 200 variants of expanded mesh that are customizable, easy to assemble and to maintain. Cutting edge technical performance guarantees thermal and acoustic insulation, powder coating durability, and resistance to UV exposure, corrosion, weather and pollutants. Thanks to its sustainability and contemporary design, expanded mesh is increasingly sought after in construction, urban development and urban renewal projects. Among its many applications, it is used in the realization of facades, false ceilings, sunscreen and the interior decor of new residential and commercial spaces.

ItalMesh is Design Research Italian quality Durability Customization Eco-friendly

We have realized some important project in GCC Area, our last realizations are Yas Mall carpark, DSO commercial area, Eifell building on Sheikh Zayed Road and Meydan Granview residence. An experienced team of in house technicians supports architects and designers throughout the planning and design process, assisting with feasibility studies, structural analyses to determine the size of support structures and wind loads, detailed cost estimates, and the determination of the most suitexposed to. For on site installation, the customer can count on a skilled team of assemblers ready to work in any part of the world. ItalMesh has developed four patented fastening systems that make use of rapid installation technology, making these products even easier to assemble and maintain.

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Wolffkran Arabia, a pioneer in cost-effective crane rental solutions, is a joint-venture between the world’s leading tower crane manufacturer, Wolffkran Germany, and the Kanoo Group, one of the largest family-owned businesses in the GCC. Wolffkran Arabia operates a fleet of Saddle jib and Luffing cranes from 6 to 60 tonnes,and has established itself as the leading crane rental professional in the region with the capability to provide custom engineered solutions. It has established alliance agreements with many core professional contractors and is steadily increasing its footprint across the region with operations in the UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

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BAM INTERNATIONAL 59 The project will form the first step in a much larger infrastructure upgrade DP World plans to implement in Jebel Ali Free Zone. The main challenge for this project is a bridge with a span of 54 metres using the largest AASHTO girders ever produced in the Emirates. The bridge spans a service corridor with high voltage power cables and several fuel pipelines that require a completed NOC process and an excellent control of construction methods.

Other marine projects recently completed by BAM in the UAE take in: • Jebel Ali Terminal 4, Phase 1a, 1b & 2 – Dubai, UAE. The design and construction of 2240 metres of quay wall, 2240 metres of landside crane beam to accommodate 100-tonne STS cranes, as well as a 440 metre long access bridge and a 2.6 kilometre causeway to link the new terminal being built on an island of reclaimed land to the main port.

Jebel Ali Terminal 4, Phase 1a, 1b & 2 • Port of Hamriyah: This includes the construction of an 820 metre concrete block quay wall, partial demolition of the existing breakwater to construct a new access channel, and some minor revetments.

• Al Dabbiya phase 3 in Abu Dhabi: Marine infrastructure works for phase 3 of this project for ADCO. The scope of works for five offshore clusters comprised channel dredging, reclamation works, construction of a causeway, shore protection, heliport, pontoons and fences.

Focused on the Client BAM’s major expertise in building projects covers stadiums and arenas, hotels and offices, hospitals, high-rise buildings, mixed-use developments, and infrastructure. Its expertise in marine projects incorprates harbours, quay walls, jetties, breakwaters and shore protection, intake and outfall. Offering both construct only and design and construct, the company executes these projects with its own equipment and dedicated staff, guaranteeing a smooth and timely delivery. Whatever the challenge, BAM emphasises the importance of advanced construction techniques, a highly qualified management and staff, and a flexible organisation, enabling close co-operation with both associated and local experts. Put simply, it is committed to delivering projects that meet clients’ requirements in a proactive, professional, and cost-effective manner.

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Stevin Rock is one of largest quarrying companies in the world. The company has been operating since 1975 in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah United Arab Emirates, with a current production capacity of over 80 million tons per year of limestone, dolomite and gabbro for the construction, cement, steel and mining industries. Stevin Rock has supplied construction material for world class projects in the UAE, GCC and now has the capacity to deliver core and armour grade materials direct to project sites globally. During 2018, Stevin Rock have expanded their capabilities to include the fabrication and delivery of precast quay wall blocks having just completed the expansion of Mina Saqr Port. We now offer the ability to deliver precast blocks direct to project sites throughout the region meeting the highest possible standards.

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ENERGY OF THE FUTURE ALI AL JASSIM, CEO OF ETIHAD ESCO


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INITIALLY OPENING ITS DOORS FOR BUSINESS IN 2013, ETIHAD ESCO HAD JUST ONE VISION IN MIND - TO MAKE DUBAI ONE OF THE MOST SUSTAINABLE CITIES IN THE WORLD BY IMPLEMENTING AND REGULATING THE ENERGY SERVICE INDUSTRY AND CREATING MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE 30% ENERGY SAVINGS BY 2030.

ETIHAD ENERGY SERVICES COMPANY (ETIHAD ESCO) P.O. BOX 37578 DUBAI UAE T: +971 4 3220383 E:INFO@ETIHADESCO.AE W: WWW.ETIHADESCO.AE

It has been hugely successful in its aims too, achieving some staggering figures in the past years: • Energy savings worth AED40 million • Retrofitting of more than 1845 buildings • Achieved 71.9 Gigawatt Hours (GWH) in electricity savings through building retrofit programmes Mr Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad Energy Services, explains: “On a global scale, achieving 30% energy savings by 2030 will set a benchmark for the Middle East region, as well as for the world. But we just don’t want to stop there, we want to be more aggressive for energy conservation and set an example for sustainability beyond expectations and limits. “Although Etihad ESCO already has a target of 30% energy reduction by 2030, that’s not the only target we want to achieve. We want to bring awareness and knowledge to the society, and we are working on a number of DSM programmes that will help us achieve our goals, including building retrofits, district cooling, and Shams Dubai.” Apart from this, Etihad ESCO is conducting several awareness campaigns online, and is conducting and participating in several events, including seminars on retrofitting where users from different industries come and interact with leading experts in the field. Etihad has been a regular participant in WETEX, WFES, and many other such events, which allows users to see the various achievements and future trends in the energy industry.

Pioneering Projects At the present, Etihad is working on a number of noteworthy projects, including Dubai Golf, an iconic development that is hugely important within the sports industry. On this project, Etihad has implemented several energy conservation measures, from installing energy efficient HVAC equipment to demandbased control of lighting and air-conditioning. Naturally, as golf courses use a lot of water, and sometimes there is water leakage

which is not detected, considering this Etihad has installed a water leakage detection system, which eliminates water loss. Lighting has also been replaced with efficient lights. On the Enoc station pilot project, Etihad replaced inefficient lights with energy efficient lights, which are controlled based on requirement and day lighting, leading to save more energy. Also, demand-based control is implemented on air-conditioning to achieve savings further. Solar PV panels have been installed on the roof to generate green energy and offset electricity requirement from grid. With Enoc stations’ facilities being of a similar kind and similar usage, all these energy conservation measures can be replicated and implemented across all other stations. A major chunk of projects implemented by Etihad is traditionally focused on commercial buildings, but from 2018 it has been engaged in a diverse range of developments, from school and universities to hotels, hospitals, and homes. It is committed to spreading energy conservation awareness to every industry. For Al WASL Etihad retrofitted 243 buildings of mixed use residential and commercial. JAFZA labor Accommodation were typical accommodation buildings which had very high water consumption, which has reduced drastically after the retrofit.

Green and Sustainable The concept of the ‘green economy’ is finally taking hold in the UAE, with Ali Al Jassim commenting: “Yes, we feel that the UAE is going in the right direction as regards to a green economy, fulfilling all of the criteria required. With all the essential expertise and government support, high awareness across both corporate bodies and individuals has set the path for energy conservation and sustainability. In fact, nowadays people come to us and ask how can we make our homes and day-to-day operations more energy efficient.”

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Another important thing that has become a game changer in ESCO industry is ‘Green Funds’, as it helps projects to be fully financed.With full financing and easy repayments, more and more organisations are willing and interested in implementing energy conservation projects. Solar energy, for instance, being easily and abundantly available in this part of the world, in tandem with the declining cost of solar PV panels and full financing of projects through green funds, has become very attractive.

For the Good of Society As Etihad ESCO is a 100% Dubai Government owned company, unlike private entities it is not focused on a profit- based working model. Instead, its priority is to provide the best possible energy services to customers, helping them to conserve energy and become more profitable through sustainability. Quality services, added value, and transparency are key points through which Etihad ESCO maintains customer rapport. It is no surprise, that business is good at the present time, with Ali Al Jassim saying:“Looking at current trends, it is clear that most buildings, communities, and organisations will become 20% more energy efficient than they are today in upcoming years. Also, most of Dubai

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Government’s entities will source at least 10% of its energy demand from renewable energy systems. Mai Dubai is a classic example of this, having implemented an 18 MWP solar project, which will cater most of its utility and operations load.”

A Family Affair With no particular challenges on the horizon, everyone with Etihad ESCO is confident of a sustainable and better future, with the entire team being led by Mr. Ali Al Jassim, who cares not only about results, but also employees and communities. “When it comes to my leadership style, I believe in creating an environment where my employees feel welcome and view their co-workers as family. Everyone brings their own individual professional skills to the company, but at the end of the day our operations run as a team which plans, and executes a project to deliver a quality service to the client. It is this work-family concept that I believe increases the productivity and output of Etihad ESCO,” he says. “We are an organisation with vision and goals for sustainability, a green future, and a better tomorrow. We are working for society, which keeps us motivated and pushes us to work harder than yesterday. And last, but not the least, we are a family not a business entity, which keeps all of us together,” Ali Al Jassim concludes.

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Etihad ESCO partners with Daikin for execution of JAFZA Package3- chiller replacement project Replacement of 15 existing chillers to save 3 Million kWh of energy & AED 1.3 Million in cost annually for JAFZA In line with its efforts to actively contribute to the realization of the emirate’s energy efficiency goals, Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO) recently announced a partnership with Daikin for the replacement of existing chillers with advanced, energy efficient chillers as part of JAFZA Package 3 energy retrofit project. The agreement was signed on the 27th January by Ali Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO and Yuji Miyata, Chairman and President,

Daikin Middle East And Africa. The project, which will see Daikin replaces 15 existing chillers with 15 new inverter chillers for 11 JAFZA facilities, will result in an annual energy savings of 3,019,679 kWh for JAFZA, thereby saving AED 1,343,757 annually. As the world’s HVAC Leader, Daikin focuses on promoting environmental aspects and energy efficiency across its full product range. So far, many of the Super ESCO’s projects have harnessed the potential of Daikin’s innovative energy saving technologies. Ali Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO, said: “Daikin is known for its efficient and

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reliable Chillers, air handling & fan coil units, as well as the VRV systems & Inverter splits, and thoroughly understands our commitment towards transforming Dubai’s built environment into a leading example of energy efficiency for the region and the world. Hence, we are confident of Daikin’s capabilities to contribute to the success of Package 3 chiller replacement project, which will result in significant savings for JAFZA in terms of energy and cost. We are glad to enter into this strategic agreement with Daikin, building on the success of collaborations we have had in the past, to further contribute towards the achievement of 30 per cent reduction in energy demand by 2030 set by the emirate.”

Yuji Miyata, Chairman and President, Daikin MEA, said: “Daikin’s commitment to support Etihad’s retrofit program extends throughout the organization from the technological perspective, and is in alignment with our efforts to support energy efficiency initiatives in the region and globally. Furthermore, this latest partnership with Etihad ESCO is a significant step towards achieving our overarching goal of creating new value to solve impending and long-term environmental challenges. We remain committed to providing efficient and reliable solutions to our partners, and we attribute our leading market position to the array of support services we offer that ensure the unparalleled performance of our systems.”


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QUALITY WORKMANSHIP THROUGHOUT A vibrant destination, ideal for families and professionals, Al Khail Gate offers affordable living right in the heart of Dubai. It is a large development, comprising 5664 residential apartments, dictating that when BTU meters had to be retrofitted in all 33 buildings of phase 2, ista Middle East was the contractor of choice. The BTU meter installation work was divided into three schedules: Core cutting works, partial removal of ceilings and BTU meter installation, completed with gypsum ceiling closing and painting works. Each schedule required arranging appointments with tenants in order to obtain access to apartments to carry out the installation works. In the majority of buildings, the chilled water risers are routed through the apartments/units as vertical risers. According to Empower’s guidelines, all meters had to be installed in the corridor areas. It was therefore required to re-route the CHW piping to install the BTU meters in the corridor by bringing the CHW branch pipe from the vertical risers (inside apartment) to the corridor area and to re-connect to the existing fan coil units in each apartment. To achieve this, core-cutting works were carried out to cut holes through concrete walls and the chilled water pipes were taken outside to the corridor area in order

to install BTU meters in the common area. It was a big task to complete the coring works in each apartment with minimum disturbance to tenants, always ensuring no damage to nearby wall paintings and third-party utility services. Because of other services obstructing the work, such as fresh air ducts, ista had to temporarily remove the existing ducts and modify the chilled water lines, before reinstating them to their original position. Once the meter installation was complete, proper insulation was carried out on all the altered portions of the chilled water pipes. With these modifications on existing pipelines, potential air traps, unwanted particles inside pipes and the loss of chemicals had to be considered. As a result, the whole system was flushed completely to remove all unwanted particles and then refilled with the correct amount of chemicals. Chilled water samples were collected and sent to third-party laboratories to verify the chilled water is within operational standards. After the work had been completed, tenants confirmed that they now had better control of their energy bill, paying only for the energy they are using. This allows them to not only save money, but also become more energy aware and help the environment.

ista is one of the world’s leading companies providing energy services for greater energy efficiency in buildings We help developers, property managers, home owners and tenants to meter, visualize, bill and manage individual cooling energy, water and electricity consumption.

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FIRST OPENING ITS DOORS FOR BUSINESS IN THE UAE IN 2003 AS AN OFFSHOOT OF THE HOSHAN GROUP, A KSA BASED ENTERPRISE THAT WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1964, H2O CONCEPTS OFFER AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF CUTTINGEDGE FURNITURE SYSTEMS AND FREE-STANDING FURNITURE.

This broad portfolio takes in the full spectrum of requirements for commercial settings, including offices, conference spaces, auditoriums, hotels, hospitals, and educational institutions. Priding itself on exceptional service and keen pricing, H2O Concepts’ dedicated team of commercial furniture professionals can assist clients with every stage of the process, and are always happy to pass on their experience and suggest the best styles to match individual requirements. This customer-centric approach has allowed the company to continue to evolve and expand. Indeed, it moved into the Omani market in 2008, where it also has a dedicated team ready and waiting to serve its valued clients.

Of course, this hand-picked team could not perform to its best unless it had superior products to offer, and that has never been in doubt! Sourcing furniture from all over world, primarily from the

USA, Europe, the UK and Asia, allows H2O Concepts to provide a flexible, reliable, and hassle-free service that dictates that whatever clients’ requirements are, they can be accommodated.

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H2O CONCEPTS P.O.BOX 37843 DUBAI UAE T: +971 4 3397099 E: INFO@HOCONCEPTS.COM W: WWW.H2OCONCEPTS.AE

H2O Concepts wants their clients not only to buy their products, but to work side-by-side with the company in order to create solutions that are practical, aesthetically pleasing, and cost-effective. The company’s unrivalled ability to develop such solutions are supported by continuous training within the organisation, allowing it to not only meet but also exceed expectations.

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The company also partners with local businesses that deliver high-end products and custom-made design. As a result, whatever style and design of furniture a client is looking for, contemporary or traditional, you can count on H2O Concepts to be your resourceful and imaginative collaborator.

From A to Z Striving for continuous improvement in its drive to be a company of distinction H2O Concepts offers a wide range of services, all designed to make the client’s life easier and provide complete peace-of-mind. And at the forefront of H2O Concepts in both the UAE & Oman is Ghanem Ghanem, Head of Sales who, now having been with the company for 15 years, covers a broad selection of industry sectors, from hospitals and hospitality through to the medical world. “All of our furniture is inspired by great design and the highest quality workmanship,” he says. “Most of the products we deliver carry a five to 12 year warranty, as well as approved accreditations. What’s more, we undertake a project from A to Z in terms of service. We support the client in the design phase and furniture proposal, material selection, product procurement, loan furniture, installation, and after-sales service.” In fact, H2O Concepts has become an extremely valuable partner for an evergrowing number of companies and organisations that can’t afford to compromise when it comes to quality and service. Working under very often demanding conditions, H2O Concepts has consistently proven they are able to deliver on-time and on-budget.

“We are specialised in commercial project supply, with the hospitality, education and healthcare sectors being a significant part of our business,” Ghanem continues. “We have successfully completed back-of-house projects for many local and international hotel brands, as well as furnishing and providing bespoke items for restaurants and other hospitality spaces.” With the ever-increasing requirement for proficient, qualified hotel FF&E suppliers, H20 Concepts has taken the steps to act on this necessity by hiring a qualified, highly skilled team of designers, project managers, site engineers and salesmen to meet today’s demands for the hotel industry. Its aim is to provide high-end furniture and accessories to meet the demands of the constantly growing and evolving hospitality industry. The company has worked with and built great relationships with leading interior design firms and major international procurement companies. H2O Concepts has supplied furniture for many prestigious hotel brands, as well as many commercial establishments and noted private residences. “H2O Concepts is an environmentally conscious company too, and uses certified wood and renewable resources wherever possible. We are committed to increasing awareness and educating the local community on ecological issues,” Ghanem adds. Individual clients across the various sectors include such blue-chip names as Abu Dhabi investment Authority, Presidential Flight, Abu Dhabi Airport Company (ADAC),Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), Etisalat, DU, Abu Dhabi Mall, Rabdan Academy, CH2M Hill, Federal

National Council, Trust Tower, Al Futtaim Toyota, Carrefour, Pepsi Cola, PMO (Dubai), Community Development Authority (Dubai), Dubai Civil Aviation, HSBC, Bank Nizwa (Oman), and Oman Royal Court, Omanlng and many others

Shaping Spaces H2O Concepts has developed a strong network, which allows it the capacity, reliability, and flair to meet the needs of a variety of market sectors. In actual fact, it works with a number of prestigious brands, including such respected names as Herman Miller, Geiger, Arper, Sinetica, Quinti, Forster, Office & Co., Leyform, Guialmi, Nucraft and IFT. The list goes on and underlines the company’s commitment to providing its clients with superior products that stand the test of time.

There are always new products in the pipeline, too. In 2018/19, for instance, H2O Concepts began to offer clients Cosm, the new range of Herman Miller chairs providing the last word in comfort and good looks. Whatever the project, at H2O Concepts they endeavour to help clients maximise their business potential by shaping spaces that meet the needs of the workforce and project a desired image, while clients can select furnishing options from an array of brands, all offer equally superior quality in construction and finish.

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A PARTNER YOU CAN COUNT ON AROMA INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CONTRACTING (AIBC) HAS BEEN WORKING ON COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS FOR THE PAST 21 YEARS. NO MATTER WHAT THE PROJECT, THOUGH, ITS GOAL IS ALWAYS TO PROVIDE A ‘BETTER EXPERIENCE’ FOR THE CLIENT THROUGH HIGH-QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE, TEAMWORK, ATTENTIONTO-DETAIL, AND FOLLOW THROUGH.

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save money and project execution cost effective.

The Finest People, the Best Results

AIBC thrives on undertaking challenging projects that call for exceptional levels of experience and expertise, with the company having the technical and physical resources to deliver complex projects of the highest specification. A growing aspect of its business in recent years has been the delivery of turnkey projects, and the reason for this is clear: in every such project, it offers its clients the things they most value dependability, results, and convenience. There are substantial benefits to a comprehensive turnkey relationship with AIBC. When a client entrusts its project to the company, all concerns and responsibilities are taken care of, which ultimately results in dreams being turned into reality. AIBC becomes a client’s single source, one dependable partner from the very first stages of planning through all the design and engineering works, right down to the smallest details and finishing touches of the interior design.

Working hard to achieve its clients’ individual and specific objectives, AIBC provides dedication, high quality, and exemplary integrity, all designed to create long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships.This is only possible, of course, thanks to its supremely talented and motivated workforce, allowing the company to guarantee high productivity and outstanding performance. Each project is managed by a team whose individual members offer a broad portfolio of skills and services, supported by professionals in architectural, engineering, quantity surveying, and other related fields, with whom the company has developed excellent working relationships. Moreover, AIBC’s subcontractors have worked with it for many years, proving their reliability and commitment to quality workmanship over and over again. AIBC has achieved an industrywide standard of consistently delivering innovative, quality projects on time and on budget. It views each project as an opportunity to provide practical and sustainable solutions, sometimes thinking outside of the box to save both time and money. If there is a way, AIBC will find it!

AROMA INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CONTRACTING LLC P.O. BOX 29736 DUBAI UAE T: +971 4 2974558 E: AROMA@EIM.AE W: WWW.AROMACONTRACTING.COM

Established in 1998, AIBC takes great pride in its ability to meet and exceed its clients’ expectations, with the teamwork between management, skilled craftsmen, and support personnel having allowed it to become an industry leader. Indeed, headed up and managed by a professional and highly experienced engineer in the field of civil construction, who is well versed in the changing trends and techniques in the industry, the company is specialised in a broad range of construction projects, including homes, offices, warehouses, factories, shopping malls, workshops, schools, labour accommodation, and oil tank farms.

Value Engineering

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AIBC support the clients with the possible value engineering without affecting the project requirements which help the client

In-House MEP Services Due to MEP services being a significant part of any construction project, AIBC has attracted and retained some of the finest engineers and technical experts in the industry, ensuring that each project has a real MEP focus from the outset. The entire team is fully trained to support and install mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services, as well as providing sustainable designs and other value-added additions to the overall project design requirements.

Turnkey Solutions for Discerning Clients

Award-Winning Performance AIBC’s list of achievements and accolades is long and varied, but it considers that its most honourable has been recognition by the Dubai Government of the Taqdeer Award, the world's first points-based award programme under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.


AROMA INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CONTRACTING LLC 73 The Taqdeer Award is aimed at setting international benchmarks in labour welfare and honouring excellence. AIBC had the privilege to be among the contractors awarded as the 'Best Contractor' in 2016 and 2017 in the 4-star category.

DM Award for Excellent Service AIBC was awarded for Excellence in Service by Dubai Municipality in the years 2015 and 2018.

Thinking Differently AIBC believes in the power of innovation and ingenuity.That is why is it committed to continuing to build a culture of discovery and inquisitiveness within the company, empowering its workforce to challenge the status quo, think in a different way, and push back boundaries wherever possible. The company is renowned for delivering developments exactly as promised, with clients being able to rely upon it for a realistic view of

what it will take to build a successful project. This is backed up by its insistence on attention to detail and craftsmanship, things that AIBC has built its reputation on. Furthermore, in addition to understanding architecture, it understands the design development and construction processes like few other firms, and how to adapt every step of its service to meet clients’ needs.

Health, Safety and Environment AIBC has a strong policy regarding Health, Safety and Environment. AIBC team members are trained for environmental sustainability and the team of Health and Safety Engineers/ Officers adhere to strictly follow the health and safety policies and meet the authority requirements. Therefore, if you cannot afford to compromise when it comes to quality, service and cost-effective, you need to contact AIBC at your earliest convenience. You will be made very welcome.

R. P.K. SAJEEV, CHAIRMAN AND MD OF AROMA GROUP OF COMPANIES, RECEIVING THE TAQDEER AWARD FOR EXCELLENT LABOUR WELFARE PRACTICES

SCAFFOLDING Ever since the conception of Desarch in 2003, we are engaged in providing premium construction scaffolding and formwork systems for rental and sale across the United Arab Emirates. Our competitive rates make us the primary choice for construction companies, consultants, architects, and engineers. Our scaffolding and formwork systems provide a safe and multi purpose solution which is easily erected and contains minimal moving parts. This, in turn, effectively reduces costs and time. Our CAD design department further enhances our value engineering efforts by optimizing client scaffolding requirements. We also undertake erection and dismantling of access scaffolding with a team of trained scaffolders.

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BUILDING RETAIL EXCELLENCE THE SHOPPING MALL DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT DIVISION OF ABU DHABI-BASED LULU GROUP INTERNATIONAL, LINE INVESTMENTS & PROPERTY (LIP) BOASTS AN IMPRESSIVE LINE-UP OF MALLS THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST AND INDIA.

With a strategic vision and extensive experience in retail business environments across the GCC and beyond, its expertise stretches over every conceivable area, from concept, location, design and development through to management and marketing.

Projects in Progress

LINE INVESTMENTS & PROPERTY LLC A DIVISION OF LULU GROUP INTERNATIONAL P.O BOX 4048 ABU DHABI UAE T: +971 2 207333 E: LEASING.ENQ@LINEINVESTMENTS.AE W: WWW.LINEPROPERTY.COM

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“The Line Investments team remain at the forefront of the regional retail industry, staying abreast of the market trends and new age innovations that help us to enhance the retail experience in all of our projects. At the present time, we are looking forward to the Mall of UAQ Grand Opening, which already has stores open for business,” explained Lulu Group International Director, Mr. Salim M.A. The Grand Opening of the Mall of UAQ is scheduled for Q2 2019, and it is a development that is already changing the retail landscape of the emirate with some of the outlets already open to the public. These include Orange Hub a 2313m2 family entertainment centre, a 9122m2 Lulu Hypermarket and Department Store, Etisalat, Starbucks, Bath & Body Works, Damas, Joyallukas, Sony, Jawhara, Hour Choice, V Perfumes, Oud Elite, Ahmed Al Maghrabi Perfumes, Wow Salon, Tawjeeh , Optic Zone and many other brands. Other outlets to open in 2019 in the Mall of UAQ include, but are not limited

to, a five-screen Star Cinema, Gloria Jeans, Mumuso, Mothercare, UPIM, Black Tulip, Sport 2000, and Richway. The single level mall consists of 20,000m2 of GLA, and will also offer seven food court outlets such as KFC, Hatam, Pizza Company, and many more, all supported with 600 parking spaces. In Sharjah, the LIP mall project, yet to be named, features 42,000m2 of GLA, incorporating a unique mid-range retail offer that perfectly suits the catchment area profile and is scheduled to open in early 2020. The mall will feature a wide range of food and beverage outlets, encompassing a unique food street experience that will offer visitors an incredibly wide choice of dining options, with something to suit every taste and budget. There are a number of additional unique selling points built into the Sharjah mall too, such as a 15,700m2 Lulu Hypermarket and Department Store, an 11-screen Cinema, a 4,600m2 Orange Hub, a new family entertainment centre, and in excess of 1800 parking spaces, making this a supremely attractive destination that is also convenient and easy to reach. Another LIP mall project in Silicon Oasis, which is scheduled to open in 2020, incorporating 81,500m2 of GLA, it is designed to accommodate premium retail and positioned as a leisure destination offering easy accessibility to

the neighbouring communities with a user-friendly layout. Lease agreements are already signed with Lulu Hypermarket, Orange Hub a Family Entertainment Centre, and Train, a gym to keep the community in shape. The mall will have a comprehensive retail mix covering over 35,500m2, 3200 parking spaces, a 16,700m2 Lulu Hypermarket and Department Store, 21 food court units, 11 casual restaurants, 12 coffee shops, 12 screen Cinema and a 6800m2 family entertainment centre. Marcello Larizza, General Manager at LIP - Dubai and Northern Emirates, said, “Our new projects have grown steadily in three different emirates, with key anchor stores already signed up to add value and increase footfall. As we gear up to open Mall of UAQ, our projects in Sharjah and Silicon Oasis are also getting interest from a wide spectrum of retailers.”

Complete Solutions Offering meticulously tailored support for clients’ brands to ensure their success, LIP currently manages approximately 9 million square feet of retail space across the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman and India. Indeed, as an industry leader in the shopping mall sector, offering full 360-degree retail solutions, LIP oversees 19 malls, including 11 operational malls in the UAE, such as:


LINE INVESTMENTS AND PROPERTY LLC 75 Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi, UAE Established in 2007, Al Wahda Mall a leading shopping destination of the capital with over 350 brands, attracting over 30 million visitors annually. Anchored with Al Wahda Cinema, H&M, Iconic, Gold’s Gym, Healthy Sports, Sharaf DG, Baby Shop, Wanasa Land, Mamas & Papas, Orange Wheels & Hypermarket, the mall flaunts very good retail mix across Fashion, Jewellery, Electronics, Food & Beverage, Home improvement, Entertainment, Health Beauty & Wellness with some renowned high-street brands, such as Mango, Banana Republic, Bose, Gap, Starbucks, American Eagle Outfitters, Pull & Bear, Bershka, Sacoor Brothers, Gant, Virgin Mega Store, Mac, Victoria’s Secret Full Assortment, Miss Selfridge and many more, spanning across a whopping retail area of 3.3 million square feet.

Mushrif Mall, Abu Dhabi, UAE Mushrif Mall, the 200,000 sq metre Mall that opened in 2011, is a gateway to retail, dining & leisure excellence in Abu Dhabi with a plethora of brands across categories to choose from, making it a complete family destination. Mushrif Mall brings and boasts of many first-exclusive international brands, around 500 outlets including The Market, strong anchor stores, biggest food

court in Abu Dhabi with around 40 dining options, Oceanica Water theme amusement centre by Sparky’s and the latest Generation with 150,000 sq. ft Lulu Hypermarket. Centrally located to the City, the mall has easy access making it convenient for shoppers. In addition, the mall has over 2,500 free parking spaces. Its well-designed elegant, and spacious ambiance offers customers of every age everything that they could desire. Mushrif Mall has always been considered as community mall and one of the best in the number of promotional campaigns that we do in a calendar year and each event remains remarkable.

Khalidiyah Mall, Abu Dhabi, UAE Khalidiyah Mall is located in the most prestigious area of Al Khalidiyah. Situated at the nerve centre of the city, the mall provides a complete shopping experience to tourists and residents. The malls distinctive Islamic Architecture design is the perfect blend of the past with the present. Khalidiyah Mall has a Total Built Up Area of 1,000,000 sq ft and Gross Leasable Area of 500,000 sq ft, and has a total number of 101 shops including a number of anchor stores along with the best F&B in town.

Lulu Mall Fujairah, Fujairah, UAE Lulu Mall Fujairah is an exciting development in the heart of Fujairah, providing a relaxed shopping atmosphere and an incredible choice of products and brands. Located within a five to eight minutes’ drive from the city, it is easily accessible to Dubai, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah, and boasts as a one-stop destination for a pleasurable day out. LIP is also looking to open numerous new properties in other markets and cities, too, several of which are currently in the planning stage. In fact, there are six new projects on the horizon, to include the upcoming malls in Silicon Oasis, and, Sharjah, which will add more than five million square feet to the company’s portfolio.

A Different Approach In excess of 125 million visitors move through LIP’s properties annually, looking at over 1000 brands from all four corners of the Earth. And with a booming regional economy, an expanding tourist industry and a prosperous retail sector, the company is looking forwards with confidence and genuine excitement to the years ahead. LIP’s commitment to excellence is reflected in the analysis, design and

implementation of every project it undertakes, delivering some of the most innovative and ambitious developments in the industry. Its vision is to continue its growth trajectory, which will be led by where the company sees the greatest opportunities, using the scope of its expertise and its financial strength to preserve flexibility as it sees market conditions evolve. It’s that experience and know-how that makes its approach so different: it’s investigative, visionary, decisive and creative. Focused on acting honestly at all times, and always with the clients’ best interests at heart, LIP’s reputation is built on trust and integrity. This is what gives its clients, colleagues, business partners and investors the confidence to work with it. LIP did not set out to be the biggest, just the best, and to achieve this it works hard to attract, engage and keep hold of the best people in the property world; people who will go the extra mile for their clients. That is why, committed to be a global leader in the shopping mall sector, with solutions for clients that cover everything from A-Z, LIP is on course to continue with its expansion, excelling in everything it does.

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SCHINDLER ELEVATES SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS SCHINDLER’S PORT SYSTEM WILL REVOLUTIONIZE URBAN MOBILITY

SCHINDLER IS A SWISS GROUP ESTABLISHED IN 1874 WITH A WORKFORCE OF 65,000 PERSONNEL OPERATING WORLDWIDE. THEY ARE A LEADING GLOBAL PROVIDER OF ELEVATORS, ESCALATORS AND MOVING WALKWAYS. IN ADDITION, THE GROUP IS LEADING THE INDUSTRY IN VERTICAL TRANSPORTATION MAINTENANCE AND MODERNIZATION ACROSS THE GLOBE.

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As cities become more densely populated, transporting people and goods, safely and reliably to their destinations takes on much greater importance. Technological advances to improve mobility and drive green, energy efficient buildings are crucial to making cities better places in which to live and work. “Schindler is leading the way within the Vertical Transportation industry with sustainable growth and the digitisation of people flow, which is particularly relevant in the UAE. With the continuing urbanisation of the UAE population, the market demands development of advanced solutions to address urban mobility issues. We are already meeting these demands, helping to address the people flow problems such as rising passenger volumes, machine inefficiency, and power consumption,” says Hugo Miguel Ramos, Managing Director, Schindler UAE. Front and centre of this strategy is the company’s destination-dispatch technology – the Personal Occupant Requirement Terminal (PORT) that revolutionizes the management of traffic flow through a building while offering personalised services for users as well as access control for building management.

“One of the most commercially interesting features of PORT is the Eco mode. This mode helps to reduce energy consumption of elevators by placing them on ‘stand-by’ during periods of inactivity; then to improve efficiency even further, PORT will gradually predict these periods of inactivity based

on the usage patterns within a building, thereby increasing the amount of energy saved” explains Ramos. PORT is a pioneering technology that challenged the conventional way of handling people flow in buildings. Similarly, the buildings of tomorrow must be designed for achieving a sustainable future, as is shown

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in the book “Urban Shelf ” which is sponsored by the Schindler Transit Management Group. Another of Schindler’s ground breaking technologies is Schindler Ahead, a cloud based connectivity platform allowing Schindler equipment to be connected to

the IOT (internet of things). “Schindler Ahead is a digitally closedloop platform, which essentially enables seamless information flow between customers, passengers and service technicians via connected elevators. Using IoT and machine learning principles,

relevant data regarding the elevator is securely captured, analysed and processed in real-time, greatly improving the response time to address issues. The intelligence gathered by examining the data is then shared with our customers to allow for better decision making at every stage of the

equipment’s lifecycle, thereby helping to extend the lifetime of equipment, reducing waste” comments Ramos. Schindler works continuously to increase the energy-saving capabilities of elevators and escalators, which helps to keep aging buildings and equipment competitive. Modernising parts and systems with Schindler’s energy-recuperation technology can recover nearly 30% of unused elevator energy, allowing this energy to be brought back into a building’s own electricity network, reducing waste and excessive costs. In Schindler’s commitment to sustainability has led to all Schindler equipment models being constructed with components that are at least 80% recyclable. “Schindler is committed to the UAE, and wider GCC for the long term, as evident by our determination to support the successful delivery of UAE vision 2021 to ensure sustainability. Uniquely, Schindler has also invested heavily in the UAE with a fully fledged Excellence Training Centre, ensuring that its people are the best trained and equipped technicians available in the market.” Ramos concludes, “Our ultimate goal is to revolutionise the concept of urban mobility by providing sustainable, smart, futuristic, personalised, and most importantly safe experiences for our customers and end users.”

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