Experts discuss developing unified fire safety codes and preventive measures

Fire Safety EventIn response to a growing requirement for more stringent fire safety regulations, IQPC Middle Eastin collaboration with plaster manufacturer Knauf UAE and India hosted its Fire Safety Series in Abu Dhabi

According to a report by analysts 6WResearch, it is estimated that the Middle East market for firefighting systems, fire detection and alarm systems, and emergency exit and lighting, will be worth US$3bn by 2024, growing at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 8 per cent.

Given the importance of fire safety, Knauf Middle East, Gypsumboard and Drywall Systems came together during the event to raise awareness of the latest approaches to fire protection and emergency response in line with the country’s UAE Vision 2021 and UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice.

Knauf Middle East offers expertise in complete system solutions of modular ceilings and interior systems. Their health and safety (OHSAS 18001) and environmentally responsible and sustainable (ISO 14001 and 50001) certifications are a testament to their vision.

Amer Bin Ahmed, managing director at Knauf Middle East, said, “Due to increased construction and infrastructure activity in the UAE, it is critical that we constantly evolve to meet and exceed international safety standards.”

The event saw participation from influential and leading organisations including the Abu Dhabi Civil Defense, Emaar, Abu Dhabi Police, Nawah Energy Company, Bahrain Airport Company, Abu Dhabi Quality Conformity Council, Dubai Civil Defense, Dubai Airports and TECOM Group

Ayusha Tyagi, managing director at IQPC MENA commented, “Excellence in Fire Safety regulation and compliance is vital to ensure the safety and security of UAE residents. Regional governments are keen to deliver sustainable and safe housing, thereby bringing constant innovation in codes and quality benchmarks.”

Saleh Al Balushi, head of HSE at TECOM Group said: “We are pleased to participate in the Fire Safety Series, being a platform to exchange best practices in Health, Safety, Environment and Sustainability Management. Such events allow us to meet with the experts and decision-makers and share knowledge, best practices and exchange expertise”.

Victaulic and Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants participated at the event as Gold Sponsor and Testing & Certification Partner respectively. They showcased their thought leadership and solutions in the fire safety space.

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