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Dubai's Damac records 4.4 million safe man-hours at Aykon City site

Developer has introduced virtual reality pods to educate Aykon City workers about real-life hazardous situations

Damac is developing Aykon City on Sheikh Zayed Road.
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Damac is developing Aykon City on Sheikh Zayed Road.

Dubai Financial Market-listed (DFM) real estate developer Damac Properties, led by founder and chairman Hussain Sajwani, has posted 4.4 million safe man-hours without lost-time injury at its $2bn (AED7.3bn), four-tower Aykon City mixed-used development, located on Shiekh Zayed Road, with government-backed contractor China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East (CSCEC ME) building the project.

Virtual reality pods were added by Damac at Aykon City's site to showcase real-life hazardous situations and raise safety awareness among workers.

Damac said in a statement that its Damac Towers by Paramount project recorded 25 million safe man-hours last year. 

Virtual safety pods at Aykon City [supplied].

In addition, the developer has adopted safety measures such as providing shaded corridors for workers and running biometric scans to avoid crowding at entry and exit points.

Commenting on Aykon City's safety milestone, senior vice president at Damac Properties, Niall McLoughlin, said: “Damac’s ‘Safety First’ culture plays a central role at every stage of our business process.

"Whether it’s awarding construction contracts or conducting regular independent assessments by HSE auditors, at Damac, we believe in going the extra mile when it comes to achieving our goal of zero incidents.”

In June 2019, project manager for Aykon City at Damac, Naved Agha, told Construction Week that first two towers of the project – named Towers B and C and making up Phase 1 of Aykon City – would be completed in 2021.

The developer posted a 90.8% decline in profits during H1 2019, down at $22.2m (AED82m) from $234.7m (AED862.1m) in H1 2018. 

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