Ashraf Samy Botros, managing director for Al Shafar United for Electro-mechanical Engineering (ASU), and also the conference’s gold sponsor, says that supporting the MEP UAE Middle East Conference gives its business authority in the contraction industry and this boots its credibility in the region. Besides this the conference increases its reach and exposure to new clients, customers and businesses, strengthens customer relationships through face-to-face interaction.
Talking about the challenges facing the MEP industry, Botros says: “The major challenges are tough competition, being updated with emerging technologies, shortage of skilled work force, increased wages, increased cost of construction and keeping the project budget under control.”
“It is that amidst the tight competition in MEP industry, ASU keeps on providing incredible works, world class and iconic projects such as the Thematic district: Opportunity Expo 2020, Sustainability Pavilion Expo 2020, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, IL Primo Residences Dubai Opera A4 and Rout 2020 North.
“With its vision and mission at stake, ASU is becoming even more competitive using advance innovation and technology with regards to work.”
Ashraf Samy Botros, managing director for Al Shafar United for Electro-mechanical Engineering
Shaher Rajha, lead mechanical engineer at Lacasa, and a silver sponsor at the event, says that the MEP UAE Conference adds great value as it creates a great opportunity for MEP engineers to meet each other and interact, it is also a great means of exposure for projects and new material. He says: “The support of the conference goes hand in hand with our responsibility to promote the awareness of the MEP industry not only among industry professionals and stakeholders but also among the society.”
For the year ahead, Lacasa expects an increase in the number of engineers and professionals for new projects. The company is also exploring new markets.
The main challenges facing the MEP industry according to Rajha are: “Competition, reduced volume of work which will result in a drop in prices, and this in turn will result in a challenge to maintain quality. The other challenge is finding qualified engineers.”
Shaher Rajha, lead mechanical engineer at Lacasa
Umesh Unni, regional commercial manager at Hira, says that the HVAC and construction industry in the UAE are poised for a strong growth. He says: “At Hira, we aim to provide customers in the construction sector with value added products of the highest quality and best services exceeding their expectations.”
Talking about the conference, Unni says: “MEP UAE Conference provides a unique platform for MEP and HVAC professionals to network, learn, discuss and debate the state of the industry. We look forward to the latest updates, opportunities and issues from the leading professionals within the MEP industry.”
Hira is one of the exhibitors at the event.
Umesh Unni, regional commercial manager at Hira
Azzam Messaykeh, CEO of Faisal Jassim Group, and one of the silver sponsors of the event, says that the MEP Conference brings together the prominent industry peers from the region’s MEP community on a common platform.
He says: “We consider this event will provide an opportunity for us to share our ongoing expansion and market penetration plans and to generate awareness regarding the new products and solutions we can offer. Such conferences are an ultimate and effective prospects for networking with potential stakeholders who are at the industry’s forefront and also will help us to update ourselves with developments across the region in the industry.
“For Faisal Jassim Group, participating in the event means to introduce the group activities and present to the audience as a trusted partner who is committed to the industry to deliver quality products and services through the diversified business segments we
Talking a bit about the challenges facing the MEP sector the year ahead, Messaykeh says: “Cautious government spending and buyers sentiments have resulted in tighter liquidity and cash flow. Also, economic uncertainty in the region, undoubtedly distress the construction sector, and have shaped a general slowdown in financing major MEP projects.”
Messaykeh says that increasing energy prices and global environmental issues that are putting pressure on the MEP sector to work towards energy-efficient and cost-effective projects in line with the sustainable goals will be a major challenge.
He says: “The challenges would be to keep updating with the latest technologies, to maintain a balance between budget and best MEP design practices and last but not the least is to bring a change in project approach for an efficient and sustainable future.”
Some of the things that excites Faisal Jassim Group is the need for energy-efficient solutions and sustainability in MEP services.
Messaykeh says that FJ’s commitment to the region and its customers is to provide superior energy-efficient products and solutions with the best efficiency and reliability. He says: “Our aim is to bring products and solutions with the right lifecycle cost balance. Our approach helps in addressing the challenge of producing and environmental friendly product with optimal energy efficiency while at the same time making it commercially viable throughout its life cycle. Our solutions are unique and tailored to the need of each customer. FJ’s commitment goes beyond the product itself to provide a unique service proposition that extends to aftermarket and services with a complete life cycle approach in mind. This represents a huge opportunity not only in new projects but also in existing building retrofits as well.”
On the future products and projects the company plans the year ahead, Messaykeh says: “We are focusing on products which can be manufactured locally without compromising on the quality and standards. We have recently acquired a unit manufacturing PVC pipes, conduits system, cable trunking system, junction boxes and modular enclosures in the UAE. Also, we have ventured into fabrication of GI ducting system for HVAC at our DIP facility.
“We believe in product and geographical diversifications. We are in pipeline to add new products and brands along with our current vibrant product portfolio. We have plans to expand further in the KSA and other export markets. We are also providing case studies and executing in several engineering solutions like the PV, system integration, production of (domestic hot water) DHW etc
Azzam Messaykeh, CEO of Faisal Jassim Group
Saad Taher, managing director at Smart MEP Solutions SESCO, and a silver sponsor, says that upcoming opportunities for EXPO 2020 projects should enhance the volume and quality of MEP and building service industry in the UAE.
Taher says that MEP conference can help in guiding the MEP industry to a better future. He says: "The extremely high competition in the market result in affecting the quality of MEP work installation and delaying the works. In addition, the shortage of cash flow deter the proper delivery of the MEP works installation in terms of time and quality."
Saad Taher, managing director at SESCO
Lastly, Mandarr Agshikar, director at AMCA Middle East, and also an exhibitor at the conference, says: "Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International represents members worldwide at events and seminars that allow us to advocate for the industry. The MEP Conference is the perfect opportunity for us to ensure our members are represented—especially in a market as vital to our growth as the Middle East in General, and the UAE in particular."
Talking about what excites AMCA about the MEP industry, Agshikar, says: "The ever-increasing interest in green, energy efficient projects is tremendously exciting for AMCA and our members. The new AMCA Standard 208 Fan Energy Index (FEI) will help specifiers to understand and communicate the fan efficiency design intent. It can also help legislative or regulatory bodies can use FEI to define the energy efficiency requirements of fans."
Mandarr Agshikar, director at AMCA Middle East