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Saudi Arabia to build first façade and fire testing lab in Dammam

UL and GCC Electrical Test Labs will establish the kingdom's first centre to test façades against fire risks

A fire safety centre will be built in Dammam [representational image].
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A fire safety centre will be built in Dammam [representational image].

A research centre in Dammam that could make façades more fireproof and help save lives will be built by UL and GCC Labs.

UL, a US firm that provides safety certification services has signed a memorandum of understanding with GCC Labs to improve fire safety services in the kingdom.

The façade and fire testing laboratory in Dammam – the first to the built in Saudi Arabia – will provide services such as training for the Middle East and North Africa.

UL and GCC Labs formed a joint venture in 2017 to bolster the Middle East’s renewable energy infrastructure and have since focused on updating certification requirements for clean power. Chief executive officer of GCC Labs, Saleh Al Amri, said the Saudi Arabian lab will help to raise fire safety standards by driving through improvements in façade testing.

“This new collaboration aims to improve fire safety testing and certification, which will help ensure the safety of all buildings in the future,” he said.

Vice president and general manager of UL Middle East, Hamid Syed, said the agreement could help to improve the quality of cladding used for residential and commercial buildings.

Additional details about when laboratory will be built, how much it will cost, or when it is due to open have yet to be revealed.

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