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Empower wins district cooling contract for Marsa Al Arab

Leisure and tourism destination will comprise hotels, luxury villas, restaurants, shops and more

The contract for district cooling services for Marsa Al Arab has been won by the Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower). As per the terms of the contract, Empower will provide 3,700 refrigeration tons (RT) of cooling to the Dubai development, which is billed as one of the city’s largest marine tourism and leisure destinations.

According to a statement, Marsa Al Arab is a $1.63bn project comprising two artificial islands on both sides of the Burj Al Arab hotel, spread across a total area of four million sqft. It boasts several hotels and luxury villas in addition to restaurants, shops, conference/wedding centres and a yacht club.

Empower said the first phase of providing district cooling services will start by the end of 2021. This will be done by extending the pipeline network from the plant located in Jumeirah, using special techniques to pass the pipes by digging a tunnel under Jumeirah Road without disrupting the traffic, the company explained.

“Marsa Al Arab is set to provide a matchless tourism experience, which will establish the emirate’s position as a global tourism destination through the qualitative investment that Dubai Holding is undertaking in developing marine attractions of the Arabian Gulf coast,” said CEO Ahmad bin Shafar.

The project combines prestigious luxury residential and hotel buildings, distinctive commercial and leisure amenities, as well as an extensive package of diverse sporting, artistic and cultural facilities. Shafar also pointed out that Empower’s experiences will contribute to supporting the efforts of the Jumeirah Group to maintain its leadership in providing global hospitality services.

He concluded, “We have been providing the group’s facilities with high quality district cooling services for more than a decade, most notably the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Emirates Academy for Hospitality Management, Madinat Jumeirah. Empower has been also serving other major projects of Dubai Holding such as Business Bay, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Design District, Dubai Production City, Dubai Healthcare City and many others.”

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