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District cooling firm Empower reveals 1,090-strong Dubai portfolio

Company says 71% of its currently served Dubai buildings are residences, with offices and hotels making up 26%

Empower serves 1,090 Dubai buildings.
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Empower serves 1,090 Dubai buildings.

More than 1,000 Dubai buildings across seven major sectors – including Ibn Battuta Mall, and structures in the Jumeirah Lake Towers, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Design District, Dubai Healthcare City and International Media Production Zone neighbourhoods – are currently served by district cooling provider Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower).

Out of the 1,090 buildings Empower serves, 71% are residential buildings, while 15% and 11% are respectively commercial offices and hotels.

The remaining 3% are hospitals, educational institutions and universities, shopping malls, and factories, Empower added in a statement.

Dubai World Trade Centre Residences' buildings are also cooled by Empower, which operates more than 1.43 million refrigeration tons (RT) across the emirate.

“District cooling has become an essential factor in the planning and design of modern buildings, especially among the GCC countries,” said Ahmed Bin Shafar, chief executive officer of Empower.

“Developers have recognised the importance of adopting district cooling systems, [...] because they represent a huge and environment-friendly technical advance that contributes to reducing water and energy consumption in a more efficient and reliable manner.”

The announcement comes just days after Empower said it had connected 10,650 RT to the Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences on Palm Jumeirah.

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