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Lighting retrofit at Dubai's DXB airport to result in $10m savings

Sharaf Electronics and Etihad Esco ink deal to replace 15,000 lights across three terminals of the world record-breaking airport

A lighting retrofit project will be implemented at Dubai's DXB.
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A lighting retrofit project will be implemented at Dubai's DXB.

UAE-based Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad Esco) has signed an agreement with Sharaf Electronics to implement a lighting retrofit programme for three terminals of Dubai International Airport (DXB) that will result in savings worth $9.5m (AED35m) for operator Dubai Airports.

Sharaf Electronics will replace 15,500 outdoor and indoor lights at the terminals with energy saving LED lights.

The retrofit project will result in annual savings of $1.4m (AED5m) for seven years, according to the UAE's state news agency, Wam.

The project will take 18 months to complete, and will see the replacement of 8,500 outdoor lights, including high-mast lighting, and 7,000 indoor fixtures.

Lighting technology from Germany’s Sylvania and Europole will be used for the project.

VIDEO: Inside the 2019 revamp of Dubai's DXB airport

Commenting on the project, chief executive officer of Etihad Esco, Ali Al Jassim, said: "To begin with, putting together the project in place was a challenge, as not only had the lights to meet Dubai Airports' highest quality standards, but also must guarantee long-term high energy savings."

Al Jassim added that Sharaf Electronics had worked with several vendors to meet the project’s standards.

Upgrade work is already under way at DXB, where UAE contracting giant Al Naboodah Construction Group has been implementing a 45-day revamp of the southern runway since 16 April. 

At the peak of construction, more than 90 commercial vehicles and 18,500 truckloads of concrete, asphalt, materials, and personnel will be transported to and from DXB, Al Naboodah Construction Group confirmed earlier this year.

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