September 30th, 2013
Empower, the leading district cooling provider in the Middle East, today announced it currently supplies 15% of its total portfolio to Dubai’s hotel industry.
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 opportunities to adopt district cooling technologies in the hotel industry.
Announcing the figures on the first day of The Hotel Show in Dubai, Ahmad Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said: “Dubai is seeing continued growth in development across the Emirate in terms of both hotels and hotel apartments and also in terms of the world-class infrastructure there is in place, such as Dubai metro and Dubai International airport.
“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 The Hotel Show are a great platform on which to promote the benefits of district cooling technologies which are considered an ideal environmental and cost- effective solution for providing reliable cooling services to tourists,” Bin Shafar added.
About 16 new hotel establishments have opened in Dubai since 2012, bringing the total number of establishments to 603 hotels. The use of district cooling will increase alongside the increase in Dubai’s hotel offering as hotels operators in the Emirate seek to reduce their carbon footprint.
District cooling systems can help save up to 50% of total power consumption compared to traditional systems while at the same time supporting the rising power demand in Dubai. In 2012, Empower saved 320 MW, enough to power 65 buildings with more than 400,000 RT of installed cooling capacity.
The Hotel Show is being held at Dubai World Trade Centre from 28-30 September and is one of the largest business events for the hospitality and tourism industries in the Middle East and North Africa.