Sharjah, United Arab Emirates: Enova, the leading energy and facilities management specialist in the Middle East, has marked its 10th-anniversary partnership with Sharjah Airport Authority. The airport has gained steady success in acquiring real-time insights on its operations, health and safety, facilities and energy management.
Enova was awarded the contract to deliver operations and maintenance services for Sharjah Airport’s buildings and infrastructure in 2011. As one of the most progressive airports in the UAE, Sharjah Airport Authority inaugurated the East Expansion project extending over an area of 4,000 square metres, as part of the main expansion terminal, which aims to increase the airport’s capacity to 20 million passengers per year by 2025.
To keep up with the developments, Enova has leveraged the analytic capabilities of the Hubgrade 4.0 smart monitoring and reporting platform, to conduct smart asset management across key airport equipment, namely; baggage handling, x-ray machines, security equipment, wayfinding and passenger boarding bridges.
Throughout the last ten years, Enova has strategically partnered with Sharjah Airport to improve overall performance, through follow ups and auditing, as well as to achieve significant success in reducing its energy and water consumption, improving its environmental footprint, and gaining financial savings. Enova has also conducted a future-proofing report, updating asset life cycles and refurbishments, along with a business continuity plan and risk management for power infrastructure resilience and natural disaster management.
“Sharjah Airport’s partnership with Enova marks a decade of paving the way towards new innovative and digitized standards in energy and facilities management in aviation,” said His Excellency Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman – Sharjah Airport Authority.
“Sharjah Airport is committed to delivering unrivalled and seamless journey experiences to its passengers. Achieving this end goal requires significant collaboration between stakeholders. The Enova real-time platform has added value to our overall mission of providing safe and convenient travel experiences for all passengers. We are committed to supporting innovative and sustainable operations to contribute to our vision of a more sustainable future,” Al Midfa added.
As health and safety measures have taken on increased importance in the COVID-19 era, Sharjah Airport has continued to maintain a world-class safe and comfortable passenger experience. Initiatives have included refurbishing crucial infrastructure with Enova to minimize the risk of coronavirus spread and the deployment of solutions such as contactless technologies, biometrics, and offsite isolation teams. For these efforts, Sharjah Airport became the UAE’s first airport to receive the Airports Council International’s Airport Health Accreditation certificate for providing a safe experience for travellers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Technological Innovations Support Robust Airfield Operations
In technological innovations, Sharjah Airport employees have benefited from new levels of communication, thanks to new mobile applications, which can deliver heightened levels of connectivity, register and keep track of work orders. On the airfield, procedures include managing ground lighting, communication, navigation, and surveillance systems to ensure aeroplanes are safely landing and taking off. This has all played a part in Sharjah Airport acquiring the required Civil Aviation Authority certifications.
“Enova, in marking our tenth anniversary with Sharjah Airport, underscores a shared vision and commitment towards a world-class passenger experience,” said Amin El Najjar, Operations Director, Enova.
“In line with Sharjah Airport’s ambitious plans and strategic expansion, Enova shares its vision of delivering cutting-edge and innovative solutions. We are now moving towards predictive and condition-based maintenance that can further optimize costs, energy consumption, and passenger comfort and security,” added El Najjar.
For its efforts, Enova has received excellent recognitions from Sharjah Aviation Services, Sharjah Airport Authority, Rescue and Fire Fighting Services and the Department of Civil Aviation, and from other key stakeholders over the past ten years.
Enova is the regional leader in integrated energy and multi-technical services, delivering comprehensive services to its clients. It provides performance-based Energy & Facilities Management solutions that help customers achieve their financial, operational, and environmental targets. With over 3,000 highly trained and multi-skilled employees, Enova serves a wide portfolio of clients in the public, residential, commercial, industrial and healthcare sectors across the region.
Enova was created in 2002 as a joint venture between Majid Al Futtaim and Veolia. Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping malls, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Veolia is a global leader in optimized resource management, designing and providing water, waste, and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries.
Veolia group aims to be the benchmark company for ecological transformation. With nearly 179,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides game-changing solutions that are both useful and practical for water, waste and energy management. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and replenish them. In 2020, the Veolia group supplied 95 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced nearly 43 million megawatt hours of energy and treated 47 million metric tons of waste. Veolia Environment (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €26.010 billion in 2020.
About Majid Al Futtaim:
Founded in 1992, Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
A remarkable business success story, Majid Al Futtaim started from one man’s vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to ‘create great moments for everyone, every day’. It has since grown into one of the United Arab Emirates’ most respected and successful businesses spanning 17 international markets, employing more than 43,000 people, and obtaining the highest credit rating (BBB) among privately-held corporates in the region.
Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates 27 shopping malls, 13 hotels and four mixed-use communities, with further developments underway in the region. The shopping malls portfolio includes Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre malls, My City Centre neighbourhood centres, and five community malls which are in joint venture with the Government of Sharjah. The Company is the exclusive franchisee for Carrefour in over 30 markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, operating a portfolio of more than 350 outlets and an online store.
Majid Al Futtaim operates more than 500 VOX Cinemas screens as well as a portfolio of world-class leisure and entertainment experiences across the region including Ski Dubai, Ski Egypt, Dreamscape, Magic Planet, Little Explorers and iFLY Dubai. The Company is parent to the consumer finance company ‘Najm’, and a Fashion, Home and Specialty retail business representing international brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, AllSaints, lululemon athletica, Crate & Barrel, Maisons du Monde, LEGO and THAT, a Majid Al Futtaim fashion concept store and app. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim operates Enova, a facility and energy management company, through a joint venture operation with Veolia, a global leader in optimised environment resource management.