Dubai, UAE: Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, has started supplying the ‘Uptown’ tower, Dubai with its environmentally friendly District Cooling Services with a capacity of 3,850 Refrigeration tons (RT).
The ’Uptown’ skyscraper is the first high-rise tower in the Uptown Dubai, that lies opposite to the Jumeirah Lakes Towers district and is developed by the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), a Dubai Government entity which is considered as the world’s No.1 Free Zone and center for global commodities trading.
According to Empower, the increasing demand for the energy efficient district cooling services is attributed to the growing awareness about the economic and environmental benefits of district cooling solutions among the real estate developers. District cooling saves energy, reduces maintenance and capital expenses, and curbs greenhouse gas emissions.
The Uptown project, which DMCC was keen to build according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold standards, is supplied with environmentally friendly cooling services of sustainable global standards that are consistent and complementary to its smart and sustainable construction strategy.
Created by Adrian Smith & Gordon Gill Architecture, the design of the tower imitates the diamond glaze. Through its front glass façade, natural light travels to the interior spaces while the scorching sun is prevented.
“Empower’s state-of–the-art district cooling plants and widely spread cooling networks are built on advanced infrastructure as well as smart operating and production systems”, Ahmad Bin Shafar, Empower’s CEO, said. “The company is always ready to supply any project in Dubai, no matter how large it is or how diverse its uses are. This indeed explains the growing confidence of investors and developers in our highly efficient and environmentally friendly services”, he added.
Bin Shafar also pointed to the importance of the Uptown project for Dubai in general and for Empower’s portfolio in particular. “Uptown is an 81-floor architectural icon that is 340 meters high. It comprises 188 luxurious rooms and suites, exclusive restaurants, health centers, comprehensive conference facilities, first-class offices with highly efficient spaces and 229 uniquely designed housing units. The project is also to house a state-of-the-art business hub for Dubai Multi Commodities Centre. Recently, International Interiors was awarded the contract for the branded hotel and residential units fit-out”, Bin Shafar explained.
“Empower supports all mega projects in Dubai, especially in the domains of residential, hospitality, commercial and others, by providing them with environmentally-friendly and highly efficient district cooling solutions”, Bin Shafar added. The company relentlessly seeks to raise awareness about the energy efficient district cooling services, in order to support the vision of the wise leadership of the United Arab Emirates, which reveres sustainability and the need to meet the challenges posed by climate change that indeed forms a real obstacle to achieving growth and prosperity.
The Uptown Tower will be a remarkable addition to the iconic Dubai skyline and will enhance the world-class business hub in the JLT district. The building will also be a significant addition to Empower’s diversified portfolio and is served through company’s one of the advanced District Cooling plants in JLT.