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It is estimated that the power consumption in the UAE during the summer season is as high as 75 to 85% of the total power generated due to high usage of air conditioning.
This has led to more advanced cladding technology in building designs and service capability range extensions, meaning big business for companies.
One of the major beneficiaries is Alumco, a specialised aluminium façade contractor, and the UAE’s largest manufacturer.
The company designs, engineers, manufactures and installs all types of façade systems, including the most advanced curtain-wall and cladding systems offered anywhere in the world.
Its scope of work covers skylights, cladding, doors and windows, double-glazing, tempering, powder coating and steel fabrication.
Already firmly established in Dubai, Alumco has completed major projects, including six towers at the Burj Dubai development, Burj Residence precinct, Dubai Police Headquarters, Al Murooj Complex on Sheikh Zayed Road, and Shatha Tower in Dubai Media City.
And the work shows no sign of slowing up — the company recently won a landmark US $11.4 million (AED42 million) contract to supply its aluminium façades to the 44-storey Sky Gardens project at the Dubai International Financial Centre.
Under the terms of the deal entered into with main contractor Arabtec, and the Kuwaiti owner of the project, First Dubai Real Estate Development Company, Alumco will supply 33,000m2 architectural fins that extend out of the building, 28,000m2 unitised curtain wall and 3,000m2 doors and windows for Sky Gardens.
Upon completion in June 2007, Sky Gardens will be clad with unitised aluminium panels 1.5m wide by 3.4m high, including a horizontal louvred fin (850mm deep) fixed on each panel to form a continuous horizontal sun breaker all around the building’s glazed area on each floor.
It’s not that the unitised system, which offers a range of system and custom-designed windows and curtain walling incorporating full thermal breaks, is anything new in Dubai — the Citadel Tower in Business Bay, Liwa Height and Fortune Tower in Jumeirah Lake Towers and Emirates Crown in Dubai Marina all feature it thanks to Alumco.
The company is now planning a major expansion to its present production capacity of aluminium line, an integral aspect of its strategy to establish itself as one of the leading players in the manufacturing and installation of cladding and curtain walls on high-rise towers.
“With billions of dollars worth of projects currently coming up in the UAE and the region, we see tremendous potential for expanding our business,” says Alumco managing director, Samer Barakat.
“As we have already become an established player, we see spontaneous growth in the following years. The UAE has the most flourishing, active and attractive real estate market in all GCC countries and the Middle East.”
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