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Esmery Caron make its way to the GCC

Esmery Caron, leader in the field of textile architecture, intends expand in the region by taking part in the upcoming Big 5 show to be held from November 25th to 28th.

It is committed to limiting its impact on the environment. As such, all its technologies are environmentally friendly. It has reduced pollution on its worksites through strategies such as decreasing the noise level, restricted use of heavy machinery or total waste recovery. Moreover it has joined the Texyloop programme and therefore recycles all its fabrics.

Olivier Dufour, CEO of Esmery Caron, said: “The GCC countries have a strong stretched canvass culture; they highly value our commitment to the design and manufacture of long-lasting products that are of excellent quality. Through our participation in the Big 5 show, we would like to share our know-how and expertise with the professionals in the region thereby giving them the opportunity to voice their ambitions and show their creativity for solar protection and planning in fields as varied as port facilities, recreation, tourism, commerce and so forth.”

The company has also developed Architex®, a patented range of semi-standardised textile architecture tailored to specific uses: Texispan® designed to cover walkways, car parks, entrance areas, covered playgrounds or courtyards, Ten Linea® for sporting arenas, Ombrage® for outdoor recreational facilities and Texiwood Ecolodge® which offers solutions for the hotel industry, camping sites and holiday villages, the sea front, sports and recreation.

Atlantis Solar is among a group of French companies taking part in this year’s Big 5. Read more here.




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ENOC and UAE University promote occupational health and safety

Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) signed an agreement with the UAE University yesterday to undertake training programmes and collaborative research to promote occupational health safety.

The agreement at the Dubai Joint Industry International Occupational Health Conference organised by ENOC for the fifth year.

UAE University will work with ENOC professionals as part of the MoU to hold training sessions, seminars and conferences on various aspects of occupational health. The two entities will also collaborate on research and development initiatives to further strengthen health and safety at the workplace.

More than 18 papers on occupational health and safety were presented at the conference by regional and international experts focusing on occupational health management, occupational health medicine, EHS systems and industrial & occupational hygiene, among others.

Other topics discussed at the panel discussions included: investing in employee well-being and occupational health; occupational health in the GCC region; psychosocial issues in migrant workers; risk management; worker well care; stress at work; occupational health nursing; and disability management, among others.

The participants came from over eight countries including the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Finland and Singapore. As part of the Conference, the delegates toured the site of DUBAL and Dubai Dry Docks to explore best practices in occupational health.




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Passavant undertakes two water treatment plant projects in Romania and Turkey

Passavant-Roediger GmbH, a wholly owned German subsidiary of Drake & Scull International (DSI) PJSC, has won two more major water treatment plant projects in Romania and Turkey worth a total of AED 152 Million. The new contracts affirm Passavant’s growing presence in the European market.

Under the terms of the Romanian agreement, Passavant-Roediger will undertake the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning works for the extension and modernisation of the waste water treatment plant in the cities of Campina and Plopeni in Romania.

The contract in Turkey, involves the development of an activated sludge plant with primary clarifiers, biological nitrification/de-nitrification and biological/chemical phosphorous removal and anaerobic stabilisation capabilities. The project is located in the city of Adiyaman and is expected to serve to 185,119 population equivalent.

Dr Mazen Bachir, managing director at Passavant-Roediger said: “The GCC remains a key growth Market for Passavant and we continue to deliver on our on-going projects in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Lebanon. In recent years, Passavant- Roediger has steadily grown its footprint in the GCC with successful implementation in Qatar, UAE, and Saudi Arabia. Backed by DSI’s solid reach and reputation in the GCC and our own experience in European as well as global markets, we have been able to establish ourselves well here. In the coming years, we hope to further reinforce our position and emerge as the choice ‘go-to-specialist’ in the region. We are after all, the first company to bring a waste-to-energy plant to the region, with the Saida Municipal Domestic Waste Treatment plant in Lebanon, treating 300 tonnes per day of domestic waste.”

DSI acquired Passavant-Roediger in 2009 to enhance its capabilities in the region’s water and wastewater sector.




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World Energy Day marks the beginning of the solar park project in Dubai

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai commissioned the first phase of Dubai’s mega solar park named after him today, on World Energy Day.

The first of its kind project in the region started feeding 13MW of energy to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) network through photovoltaic technology, generating 24 million KWh of electricity per year.

The next phase of the plant was also launched today, which will produce 100MW through public-private partnership. The second phase will be completed in three years.

Upon total completion of the plant by 2030, the solar plant will have a power production capacity of 1000MW.


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American hardword imports increase in the MENA region

According to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), $45.05m of American hardwood lumber and veneer were exported to the MENA region including Pakistan during the first six months of this year.

This marks a 4% increase over the same period in 2012.

A closer look at markets across the region reveals strong demand for American hardwood lumber in the UAE (USD 3.98 million), Turkey (USD 3.59 million), Saudi Arabia (USD 3.42 million), Egypt (USD 4 million), and Pakistan (USD 3.85 million).

“A key issue for the timber industry in the MENA region is the EU Timber Regulation, which came into effect in March this year. Some of the world’s largest interior fit-out companies are based in the UAE and other Gulf countries and a number of Dubai-based joinery factories are almost totally focussed on production for countries outside the Middle East, including in the European Union. In the case of U.S. hardwoods, EUTR conformance is satisfied through the comprehensive ‘Assessment of Lawful Harvesting & Sustainability of U.S. Hardwood Exports’. This is significant given that the EU is a major destination for a significant amount of the joinery work being undertaken in the region, much of which features American hardwoods. Because of this and the region’s booming construction levels, we feel confident that U.S. hardwood exports to the Middle East will remain strong for the months and years ahead,” concluded Roderick Wiles, AHEC Director for Africa, Middle East, South Asia and Oceania.


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Groundwater conservation solutions to cope the rising water scarcity

With growing water scarcity in the MENA region, conserving groundwater resources is taking top priority in the region’s water security strategy.

A recent study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact and Research, concludes that an expected rise of 3.5°C in global mean temperature by the end of the century will expose 668 million people worldwide to new or aggravated water scarcity, on top of the 1.3 billion currently living in water-scarce regions.

The problem will be even more severe in arid regions such as the Middle East with these expected changes in climate delivering less rain and further diminishing the availability of scarce groundwater resources.

Conserving precious groundwater resources, which accounts for 63.3% of water resources in the emirate of Abu Dhabi in the UAE, will be a key focus of the Sustainable Water Solutions Village at the International Water Summit 2014 (IWS).

Ara Fernezian, organiser of the second International Water Summit said: “A range of commercial opportunities, with over $300 billion of investment on water projects are being planned by governments in GCC countries by 2022. The Sustainable Water Solutions Village at IWS 2014 will provide many successful ideas for investing in and managing these projects to address the water scarcity challenges.”

IWS 2014 is a global platform that hosts world leaders, government organisations, policymakers, public and private sector investors, business leaders, consultants and water experts to interact, negotiate and finalise plans to develop diverse and sustainable water portfolios in the GCC and other regions.

The Sustainable Water Solutions Village in the exhibition area at IWS 2014 will feature technologies, projects and case studies that offer solutions to the challenges of water security, with a particular focus on water solutions for agriculture and groundwater conservation.


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