Dubai business hub opens district cooling plant

A new district cooling plant is now open in Dubai’s Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) international business hub.

The RAK FTZ said on its Facebook page that the Dh25m ($6.8m) plant will use chilled water to meet the demand for air conditioning in the area’s buildings. It will also recycle discharged water to irrigate the surrounding foliage.

Eyad Ismail, engineering manager for the project, said: ‘The opening of the new plant underscores RAK FTZ’s commitment to continuously improve the free zone’s infrastructure and find new and better ways to reduce energy and water consumption while making it as easy as possible for our clients to conduct business.

‘The new plant will not only reduce carbon emissions and provide better air conditioning for our clients, it can also be enlarged to provide energy-efficient climate control for more RAK FTZ clients in the future as the free zone continues to expand,’ he continued.

Opened in 2010, the RAK FTZ says it hosts around 8000 companies from 100 countries. It has won Dubai’s Environment Protection & Development Authority (EPDA) award for the Best Environmental Practices in Ras Al Khaimah for two years in a row.

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