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Low-energy architecture driving the construction industry in the GGC states



According to a regional market study, commissioned by dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa, organizers of the Windows, Doors and Facades trade exhibition launching in Dubai in September, the pressure on the GCC countries to focus on new low-energy architecture will increase over the next eight years as billions of dollars are ploughed into infrastructure development across the region.

Muhammed Kazi, exhibition director of the trade fair highlights that “The key factor expected to drive the façades industry is the need to lower heating and air conditioning cost and achieve greater energy-efficiency. Façades give buildings a superior look which is a big priority for corporate headquarters. But these impressive glass fronted buildings consume the highest energy and regulating their temperature is a big task.”[1]

The study estimates spending on building exteriors will increase from $8 billion this year to $12 billion in 2024. As stated by the report, this significant growth in the GCC façades market will stem from a big rise in the number of construction, refurbishment and renovation projects driven by tourism and major events like the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Expo 2020 Dubai and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

As the regional construction industry prepares for the implementation of the new Dubai Civil Defense laws governing the health and safety of building facade materials, the brand new three-day trade show for the windows, doors and facades industry is timely and constructive. Running from 18 to 20 September and with an emphasis on environmental and energy ratings, safety requirements, and climatic considerations, the showcase will certainly be full of opportunities for European companies working in this niche sector.


[1] GCC needs to focus on low-energy architecture, Construction Week Online, July 28, 2016


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