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Face to face: Esam Al Mazroei, Bahri & Mazroei Group

by James Morgan on Sep 2, 2017

Esam Al Mazroei, Bahri & Mazroei Group.
Esam Al Mazroei, Bahri & Mazroei Group.

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In May 2017, Dubai Sports City signed a long-term agreement with Bahri & Mazroei Trading Company (BMTC) for the provision and oversight of solar-powered street lighting.

Under the terms of the deal, BMTC agreed to deploy its solar street lighting system, along with smart controls, to perform remote monitoring and data analytics – a strategy that is expected to drive greater operational efficiency within the locality.

The project involves the replacement of Dubai Sports City’s existing street lighting, the design of uniform lighting levels, and the addition of new poles. It will also cover the supply, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of light-emitting diode (LED) luminaries, solar panels, and controls.

The deal aims to reduce dependence on conventional, energy-intensive street lighting arrangements. Indeed, the system that BMTC has designed will be fuelled exclusively by solar energy.

The signing of the agreement followed a comprehensive study of Dubai Sports City’s existing network, which was also conducted by BMTC. In conjunction with outdoor luminary provider, Schréder, the company commenced work on the programme in June 2017.

As part of the project, BMTC and its partners will replace the diesel generators previously used to power streetlights, helping to reduce emissions, noise, and air pollution. What’s more, BMTC’s contract with Dubai Sports City is based on the energy service company (ESCO) model, which involves long-term financing with savings-based payback.

Considering the scope of this contract, one might be surprised to learn that BMTC is a supplier, rather than a consultant. Alongside its sister companies, Bahri & Mazroei Technical Systems (BMTS) and Telematics Networking & Communications, the firm forms part of Dubai-headquartered conglomerate, Bahri & Mazroei Group.

Established almost half a century ago, this business has carved a lucrative niche within the Gulf region’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) sector, providing lighting, electrical, and water technologies, in addition to building management systems (BMS), to customers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Oman.

With a corporate history that stretches back to 1968 – two years before the formation of the United Arab Emirates – there can be no doubting Bahri & Mazroei Group’s industry knowledge. But a service offering that includes feasibility studies, remote monitoring, and data analytics extends far beyond that of a traditional wholesaler.

Esam Al Mazroei, vice chairman of Bahri & Mazroei Group, tells Construction Week that it is no longer sufficient to supply products in isolation. In today’s highly competitive market, he explains, clients are looking for partners with the ability to provide expertise and support throughout a development’s lifecycle.