Making use of resources

The natural environment plays a vital role in determining the services needed for region's continued development.


When you live in Dubai it's easy to forget that you are, in essence, inhabiting a desert. The development of the city has now reached such a level that the average person could pass several days without encountering any real sign of the previous landscape. But the natural environment, while not always obvious, plays a vital role in determining the services that are needed for the continued development of not only Dubai, but all areas within the Middle East.

The reliance on air conditioning is one aspect of life in the region that is determined by the local environmental conditions. Perhaps even more important is the need for a reliable and continuous source of drinking water. As the temperature and humidity soar, water consumption inevitably rises; and with the region containing only around 1% of the world's fresh water, the pressure falls on alternative means of supply such as desalination plants.

Maintaining water supplies is a primary focus for governments and utilities firms throughout the region and massive investment is planned for the construction of new desalination plants. Ensuring that sufficient supplies are available to meet demands, however, is a two-fold process. Rather than providing more water, an emphasis is now being put on using the existing resources more prudently. Legislation that sets the maximum allowable flow rates from sanitary devices in new build properties already exists. This is expected to be tightened in the near future and the use of water saving technologies enforced by law. MEP professionals are central to ensuring the successful application of these technologies and have already undertaken many installations, ensuring thousands of gallons of water are saved.

The contribution of the MEP sector to such efforts and to the continued success of the region's construction industry in general is often overlooked. In recognition of this fact, the MEP Middle East Awards have been launched. Intended as a celebration of the industry's achievements, the awards will highlight and reward those that are helping to make the sector a valued entity within the construction industry and the region at large.

A total of 14 awards are up for grabs, with categories ranging from MEP Consultancy of the Year to Major MEP Project of the Year. The prize trophies will be presented at a gala dinner that is set to be attended by the industry's top firms and personalities and is scheduled to take place on 5 December at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai. Entries are already flooding in and with the closing date for applications 1 November, time is running out. Don't miss your chance to gain industry recognition for your efforts, see for full details.

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