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Dubai's hotels drive district cooling demand

Empower, the world's largest district cooling services provider, has announced that Dubai's hotel industry accounts for 12% of its total portfolio

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Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower
Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO, Empower

The rapid expansion of Dubai’s hotel sector is presenting business prospects for district cooling companies in the region. Empower, the world's largest district cooling services provider, has announced that Dubai's hotel industry accounts for 12% of its total portfolio.

This figure is expected to rise further given the volume of hotels that are in the pipeline to support Dubai's plan to welcome 20 million tourists by 2020, which will provide further opportunities to adopt district cooling technologies in the hotel industry.

The company called hotels operating in the region to focus on their core hospitality business instead of investing in developing in-house conventional chilling systems as outsourcing district cooling services is the best option for hotels and large buildings.

Announcing the figures on the first day of the 2016 Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower , said: "Dubai is witnessing continued growth in terms of both hotels and hotel apartments."

"Demand for district cooling is also increasing simultaneously and Empower is committed to supporting Dubai's future growth by upgrading our existing plants and developing a number of new ones. Exhibitions such as ATM are great platforms to promote the benefits of district cooling that is considered an ideal environmental and cost‐ effective solution for providing reliable cooling services to hotel stayers," Bin Shafar added.

Many of the new hospitality establishments are using district cooling, a trend that is increasing largely to cover a major share of the hotel industry.

District cooling systems can help save up to50% of total power consumption compared to conventional systems while saving chiller-space at large buildings and hotels.

Empower currently operates more than 1 million 100 thousands RT, providing environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments, such as Jumeirah Group, Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Ibn Battuta Mall, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai World Trade Centre Residences and Dubai Design District, among others.

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