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Thursday, 20 September 2018 05:00

RSA National, the joint venture between US-based National and UAE-based RSA Global, has its new air cargo terminal, located airside at Dubai World Central (DWC)

Tadweer opens new waste recycling facility in Abu Dhabi town

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 04:00

Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) has opened a new facility to recycle construction and demolition waste in Ghayathi in Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, as part of Abu...

Masdar to deliver five-megawatt battery-storage solar plant in Seychelles

Masdar to deliver five-megawatt battery-…

Thursday, 20 September 2018 04:00

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) is set to help the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) in building a five-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant with battery storage in the Republic...

New QAS 5 mobile diesel gensets from Atlas Copco

New QAS 5 mobile diesel gensets from Atl…

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 04:00

Atlas Copco has launched the fifth generation of its flagship QAS generators range, aiming to provide a smooth transition and increase productivity during operation

SM rotary screw compressors from Kaesar

SM rotary screw compressors from Kaesar

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 04:00

Kaeser Compressors, Inc, Germany-based manufacturer of compressed air and vacuum products, has launched new SM series rotary screw compressors, aiming to provide efficient and service-friendly operations

Alstom wins O&M contract worth US$854mn for Riyadh Metro lines

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 11:06

Alstom has received a Letter of Award (LoA) from Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) to provide operation and maintenance services for lines 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Riyadh Metro over...

ABB’s OPTIMAX® solutions aim at energy costs reduction

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 04:00

The new OPTIMAX® solution from ABB helps enable industrial, commercial and power generation companies to reduce energy costs and site emissions by optimising the aggregation and dispatch of energy sources

Firm builds Saudi Arabia’s Qiddiya resort with semi-permanent solutions

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 04:00

Qiddiya, the first-of-its-kind entertainment resort in Saudi Arabia, has been launched in record time using semi-permanent building technology

Abu Dhabi to host the 2019 edition of the World Energy Congress

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Monday, 17 September 2018 05:35

The 2019 Abu Dhabi World Energy Congress will run from the 9-12 September 2019 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), discussing a fresh perspective on how to resolve...

Arabsat and Newtec to launch satellite services in Middle East and Africa

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Monday, 17 September 2018 04:00

Belgium-based Newtec, a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, has signed a contract with Arab Satellite Communications (Arabsat), a move that aims to see...

DEWA CEO inspects R&D Centre at Dubai solar park

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Monday, 17 September 2018 04:00

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has visited the R&D Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, aiming...

Ambitious climate action can lead to higher productivity: WRI report

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 15:57

It’s a fact: existing resource-intensive, unsustainable businesses will be left behind in the near future. A World Resource Institute (WRI) report explains

China Telecom Global selects Teraco for interconnection hub

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 04:00

China Telecom (Africa and the Middle East) Limited (CTMEA), the Middle East and Africa subsidiary of China Telecom Global (CTG), has announced to establish an interconnection network and telecommunications hub...

Saudi Arabia reveals railway expansion plans for passengers and freight

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 05:39

Saudi Arabia plans to turn the kingdom into a global logistics hub with an expanded network of commercial and industrial freight services

BKT makes its debut at Automechanika 2018

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 04:00

Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT) has made its debut at Automechanika, the world’s leading trade fair for the automotive service industry, running in Frankfurt from 11-15 September 2018

WGES to accelerate talks on green capital

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 04:00

Green capital will be the focus of discussions at the annual World Green Economy Summit (WGES 2018), taking place from 24-25 October 2018, amid the global commitments to build a...

Middle East Concrete to provide high-profile platform for precast concrete industry

Leading precast concrete companies in the UAE and across the GCC have thrown their weight behind the inaugural Middle East Concrete (MEC) exhibition, being held alongside the industry leading Big 5 Show at Dubai's World Trade Centre from 21st to 24th November 2011.

Nathan Waugh, the Exhibition Manager of Middle East Concrete, said the debut MEC event will host a Precast Zone, which will see the participation of ten of the major UAE precast companies including, Emarat Europe, Dubai Precast and Exeed Precast alongside many other key names in the concrete industry such as Lafarge, Sany and Edama.

MEC's debut comes as the building industry continues to gather pace in the Gulf. According to market research firm Ventures Middle East, construction contracts worth $20bn were signed in the GCC in the second quarter alone.

"MEC will bring together suppliers, buyers, contractors, architects and other key players to experience and interact with the full range of concrete products, share information and technical knowledge and participate in ground breaking discussions on a global scale," explained Waugh.

A relatively new sector within the Middle East's concrete industry, precast, in which concrete products are molded and cured in off-site plants, is making major inroads. It boasts a number of benefits over on-site mixing, which has long been the norm in the Middle East construction sector, including better control, lower cost of production, durability and minimal material wastage.

"Concrete is at the heart of every building project and is used in many applications, from decorative to functional, so a dedicated exhibition will help develop the sector and address its various needs," Waugh said.

"Attendees and participants will notice a particular emphasis on precast at the event, which is a reflection of its increasingly important role within the sector. With a great range of applications and real impact on the bottom line, precast will undoubtedly prove itself to be an indispensible product across the industry in the years to come," he added.

"GCC economies account for over 40% of the Middle East concrete market spurred by the region's largest construction market. Multi-billion dollar projects are currently being built across the GCC ranging from rail and metro projects, to large scale commercial, industrial and residential developments and infrastructure projects. The demand for concrete will be on the increase," Waugh pointed out.

Dr. Daniele Pfeffer Seraphim, COO of Abu-Dhabi-based Gulf Precast Concrete Company, said her company, a major contributor to the UAE construction market for the past 28 years "intends to use MEC as an opportunity to identify new trends in techniques and products so as to later use it and integrate it within the company processes."

"MEC will also be a great platform to exchange knowledge, meet potential partners and collect more information about the forthcoming developments across the GCC," she added.

Emad Shahin, Factory Manager at Union Precast, which produces a comprehensive range of products from simple items such as boundary walls to sophisticated pre-stressed precast elements and entire precast structures, viewed MEC as a vital event that is sure to positively reflect on the sector.

"Construction laws and regulations in the UAE are changing and are favouring precast concrete and MEC will be the ideal channel to promote our products, discuss issues of interest to the sector and meet new players and stakeholders in the market," he said.

"The fact that the event is co-located with Big 5 will make it accessible to a larger audience that is also interested in precast and stands to benefit from having a product specific-show on concrete all under one roof," he added.

Construction professionals including contractors, architects, manufacturers, and engineers will also have the opportunity to attend a range of free to attend seminars every day of the event, with day 2 devoted to topics on the products and trends related to the precast industry. Workshops are scheduled to include educational forums, product showcases and panel discussions aimed at highlighting key trends in concrete products and technologies. More information on this exclusive seminar series will be updated on the Middle East Concrete website in the coming weeks.

Robert Campbell, Commercial Manager of Xtramix Concrete Solutions & Xtramix International Precast, recognised market leaders in sustainable concrete solutions, commented on the significance of MEC across the UAE construction industry, saying, "With a projected construction spend of $600bn in the Middle East over the next three years, the market is clearly picking up, whilst becoming increasingly competitive. MEC is an opportunity for a company such as Xtramix to set itself apart from other key players, while reaching out to potential clients."

The event held at the Dubai World Trade Centre will also feature the live product demonstrations in a dedicated area, during the entire event, offering practical product information in an interactive environment.

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