Amidst economic recovery, small-to-medium sized projects driving VRF market in UAE, says BSRIA research consultant

Saziye Dickson, senior market research consultant, BSRIA (Building Services Research & Information Association), speaks to MEP Middle East, on the challenges facing the HVACR sector in the region and the growing VRF market.

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Saziye Dickson, senior market research consultant, BSRIA.
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Saziye Dickson, senior market research consultant, BSRIA.

Several companies are offering VRF porducts in the UAE market, according to a market research consultant at BSRIA (Building Services Research & Information Association).

Saziye Dickson, senior market research consultant, BSRIA, told MEP Middle East on the sidelines of HVACR workshop taking place at the Big 5 show from 26 to 29 November at Dubai World Trade Centre. 

Dickson said: "Earlier you had, ducted split systems and rooftop systems on villas. We are now looking at VRF systems to come and replce these two products. They are going into villas and into small to medium scale projects. Considering that there are not huge amount of mega projects in the market as there are more small to medium sized projects available, VRF seems to be the technology that is rising."

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Dickson said that after the fall of oil prices, there was lack of big projects, especially in Saudi Arabia and UAE. She said: "We had quite a tough year in 2018; however, ahead of EXPO 2020, there are mega project in Dubai, but in terms of other emirates there are not many big projects at the moment." 

Listing down the top three challenges facing the HVACR sector in the Middle East, according to Dickson: availability of projects, working with energy efficiency regulations, and the increasing competition.

Elaborating more on competition, Dickson said: "More and more companies are competing on the same projects, bringing the average prices of the systems down. Obviously, Chinese players and Korean players are active in this region. Chinese players user to be previously into split manufacturering, but now they have the ability top produce much bigger chiller products."  Dickson said that what contractors look at is the after sales support market, "whether manufacturers will be able to provide after sales support such as spare parts".

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