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Middle East construction industry helps drive ‘smart’ building features

Middle East: Tuesday, September 17 - 2013 @ 00:00

Long-term economic growth in the Mena region and Sub-Saharan Africa, projected by Fitch Ratings and the International Monetary Fund, is fuelling new infrastructure developments and construction projects, including headquarters for multinational corporations, landmark museums, hotels and resorts, and convention centres.

Strong government spending, especially in the GCC region, is making 2013 a key year for new project tenders, especially for the construction of schools, hospitals and leisure projects.

A recent report from the World Green Building Council reveals that the building of ‘green’ or sustainable infrastructure has escalated around the world, improving design, construction and operating costs, workplace health and productivity, asset values and risk mitigation.

“The building industry in the Middle East region and Africa is no longer content with shell-only exteriors – they demand fully integrated ‘smart’ audiovisual systems to add style, efficiency and value,” says David Lim, project director at InfoComm MEA.

“Enterprises of all sizes attending the InfoComm MEA 2013 can find audiovisual systems that best meet their needs in maximising building sustainability and employee productivity. These solutions include audiovisual systems that monitor light and temperature, multimedia systems to enhance presentations and video walls that help to communicate with people who live, work and shop in buildings.”

Corporations, architects, engineers, investors and project managers can find the latest audiovisual systems at InfoCommMEA 2013, from October 20 to 24, 2013, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The organisers, InfoCommAsia and the Dubai World Trade Centre, are expecting a huge turnout, reflecting the region’s healthy construction market.

Among the audiovisual industry’s leading firms at InfoComm MEA 2013 is US-based firm Crestron Internation, which provides control and automation systems for corporate headquarters and offices, major landmarks, homes, schools and hospitals.

Robin van Meeuwen, vice president of Crestron International, says: “The Middle East region is a very strategic marketplace, as many customers are early adopters, who recognise the importance and value of using technology in their business, home, or in schools. We’ve worked with a wide range of clients from around the world and, at InfoComm MEA 2013, we’re eager to facilitate clients in the MEA region to meet and exceed global standards in every audiovisual field.”

Also attending InfoComm MEA 2013 are Prysm, a US-based audiovisual firm that invented laser phosphor display (LPD) technology, which produces high-definition, energy saving and scalable video walls.

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