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Stories tagged with: 2022 FIFA World Cup

‘Oil can go up at the same speed it came down’

Ashraf Abdalla, Vice President and General Manager (Middle East and Africa) of Johnson Controls, expresses optimism on business trends for 2017 for the GCC region, in this interview with B Surendar of Climate Control Middle East. Excerpts…

Added: Jan 31, 2017 | By B Surendar

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State of the industry: Building performance

The leadership in the GCC region has been introducing a raft of vision statements and measures to encourage, urge and support the multiple stakeholders to raise the bar on building performance. Such path-breaking initiatives and thought-processes as region-specific Green Building regulations, building-retrofit programmes, nearly zero-energy buildings, smart cities and IoT point to the right direction in terms of intent. Broadly, we are witness to market transformation and positive disruptive approaches, which have the potential to cut project timelines, and improve energy efficiency, indoor environment, reliability and resource conservation. But are building owners, architects, consultants, sub-consultants, contractors, sub-contractors and FM firms prepared to align themselves with these changes, broadly speaking? Are they showing a willingness to rise to the occasion? Or, are there factors – some self-induced and some beyond their control – that are proving to be challenges in the pathway to optimising their performance towards delivering better buildings? In September, Climate Control Middle East published the first part of the report, where the focus was on the MEP consultancy industry. In this, the concluding part, the spotlight is on the MEP contracting industry… 

Added: Oct 30, 2016 | By B Surendar

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‘District Cooling doesn’t have to be different to be better’

From a new entrant in the arena to a viable option, District Cooling has come a long way in Qatar, with many players vying for a bigger share of the country’s mega-project pie, while remaining cost- and energy-efficient. B Surendar speaks to Robert Miller, Technical Specialist District Cooling, Design Department, Marafeq Qatar, on a wide range of issues emanating from this scenario.

Added: Jul 10, 2016 | By B Surendar

Compressors keep afloat

There appears to be no ebb in demand for compressors in the Middle East, despite the current market scenario. Industry experts explain why.

Added: May 23, 2016 | By Rajiv Pillai

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Pumping the compressors market

A government initiative, such as the plan to retrofit 30,000 buildings, is one of the factors for the growth, says industry expert.

Added: May 16, 2016 | By Nayantara N

Enough room for all HVAC players in Qatar

Dr Essam Elsarrag of the Gulf Organization for Research & Development (GORD-GSAS) says diversity of projects in Qatar, including 2022 FIFA World Cup-related developments, offers plenty of scope for different cooling approaches

Added: Mar 27, 2016 | By B Surendar

‘Variable speed is the future of air conditioning’

Ryouji Sanou, President of Daikin Middle East and Africa, sits down with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East to discuss his company’s performance in 2015 and the growing interest in VRF technology in the region. He also shares his insights on the climate action plan the UAE has submitted to the United Nations for COP21 and the continued search for alternative refrigerants for high-ambient countries.

Added: Mar 14, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna

‘VRF will be incorporated into the entire Expo 2020 infrastructure’

Suneel M Advani and Vir S Advani, respectively Chairman & Managing Director and Executive Director of Blue Star, in a conversation with Fatima de la Cerna of Climate Control Middle East, share their outlook for the GCC region’s HVAC industry, and reveal their company’s plans for the Middle East, including launch of innovation in VRF technology

Added: Feb 15, 2016 | By Fatima de la Cerna