Rising with lifts and escalators

Lifts and escalators are a major component of any modern building. With so many buildings under construction, it is no surprise that the Middle East is one of industry’s fasted growing markets. CW spoke to suppliers to find out more.

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By  Colin Foreman Published  October 2, 2004

Rising with lifts and escalators|~|Lifts escalators body.jpg|~||~|The Middle East is fast becoming one of the world’s fastest developing regions. When it comes to elevators China and the Emirates are the two fastest growing markets, and with the number of projects currently being developed around the Middle East its looks likely that this growth will be sustained for the coming years. Last year projects in Dubai had around 343 multi-storey buildings under construction, which including 3199 apartments and 407 shops according to figures released by the Building and Housing Department of the Dubai Municipality. “Currently the Middle East accounts for roughly 10 000 new elevator installations each year. We expect the market to grow significantly in the near future. In particular the upcoming high-rise projects, airport extensions as well as giant shopping malls will require the highest quality, the fastest and most innovative products available. The customers from the region are very demanding and require the latest state of the art technology. We are ready to meet these challenges”, say Gary Elliott, CEO, ThyssenKrupp Elevator. On a country by country basis, the UAE accounted for 20 130 plus elevators and escalators, while the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia stood at 35 000, Jordan 5000, Kuwait 3000, Oman 1600 and Qatar 1600. In Dubai, where many of the new installations are being fitted, high-speed elevators are strongly demanded. Market sources estimate that about 70% of the projects under development currently under development will require high-speed elevators. These projects include towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lake Towers and Jumeirah Beach Residence. Despite the large volumes of work the market is still very competitive. “The market is very competitive when it comes to high speed elevators,” says Jurgen Strommer, division manager, elevators and escalators division, Al-Futtaim Engineering. This is not to say that just high speed elevators are in demand. “The market is big and diversified with a number of market segments,” says Strommer. “Projects often require one specialised elevator and several high speed elevators,” he adds. One popular variation are machine room-less elevators. These elevators do not require a machine room so free usuablke space for developers. “Machine room-less elevators are extremely popular in this market and are popular around the world,” says Yusef Shalabi, general manager, Otis LLC. Local preferences also play a role when it comes to the design of the elevator. “Elevators supplied in this region differ to those used in Europe, wider cabins are more common because most elevators are used in shopping malls and hotels rather than office buildings and people may not want to stand at the back of the cabin,” says Strommer. ||**||

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