UAE lighting industry to grow by 15pc in 2014
Dubai, November 23, 2012
The UAE lighting industry is now worth $336 million and is estimated to grow by 15 per cent in 2014, said a study released ahead of a major industry event to be held in Dubai.
Middle East Electricity exhibition taking place from February 17-19 at the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre.
As the emirates experience vast population growth and urban development, governments and companies are realizing the significant benefits of intelligent lighting and drawing attention towards ecological products in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption, the report by the Centre for Industrial Studies stated.
Dubai leads the way with plans to build the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Solar Park with a 1,000 MV capacity by 2030, which will be one of the biggest solar parks in the world, in addition to distributed rooftop solar power sources making a practical contribution to Dubai's power needs with 2,500 MW by 2030.
Aiming to drive the evolution of energy efficient lighting in GCC, Saudi Arabian lighting specialist Al Babtain Telecommunication Company (ABPT) will showcase a new range of LED lighting fixtures at the Middle East Electricity exhibition.
Tamer Kalo, the business development director, ABPT, said: “The LED lighting fixtures are environmentally friendly, reducing energy consumption and energy costs up to 70 per cent and CO2 emissions up to 90 per cent.”
“Used for roads and highways, underpasses and tunnels, public amenities and parking applications, LED lighting fixtures come in aesthetic shapes complete with high quality, robust performance and warranted prices,” he stated.
Belgian energy saving specialist, GH Solar, is one notable company showcasing solar energy systems and energy saving lamps at Solar Middle East, the dedicated event for the solar power industry running alongside Middle East Electricity.
Toufic Baghdadi, the marketing manager, GH Solar, said: “As energy saving specialists, our main concern is to safeguard energy and the environment. Solar energy systems are designed to utilise energy efficiently reducing energy consumption by 50 to 60 per cent, whilst energy saving lamps eliminate the use of mercury and other toxic elements making them a more practical alternative for power consumption.”
Commenting on the expo, Anita Mathews, the exhibition director of Middle East Electricity, said: “Since lighting represents 15 per cent of Dubai’s total energy consumption, some 15.00 MV, it is necessary to improve energy efficiency and diversify our resources to ensure sustainability for the future.”
Organised by Informa Exhibitions, Middle East Electricity 2013 is partnered with the inaugural edition of Solar Middle East, Power + Water Middle East in Abu Dhabi, Power Nigeria in Abuja and Africa Electricity in Johannesburg.-TradeAraba News Service