An AVK fire hydrant was given a design brush-up to meet even more application requirements and plays an important role in a major infrastructural project across the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
AVK products continue to be an integral part of local infrastructure projects that aim to meet the demands of a constantly evolving market.
With no less than $810 billion for projects already initiated or underway, the UAE is the second largest projects market in the Middle East/North Africa region. One such market demands brought forward by our local partner, Dutco Tenant, was the supply requirement of a Wet Barrel Fire hydrant with a breakable flange traffic system for all upcoming and ongoing fire projects in the United Arab Emirates. More specifically, it should be able to withstand 300PSI, be UL listed and approved according to AWWA C503. As we are involved in projects from the early stage and with our market insights we were able to foresee the requirement way ahead of time.
In June 2020, after a few brainstorming sessions with Saudi Valves Manufacturing Company and AVK Tech, the development process was initiated. After reviewing our designs, we were able to quickly adopt our ever reliable and long tested existing Series 24 Wet Barrel Fire hydrant to meet the 300PSI pressure rating standard. As it was previously approved to 200PSI. with an enhanced product design, stronger body and polyester fusion bonded epoxy coating, the hydrant was ready for testing at the Saudi Valves factory in remarkable time. Promptly after the hydrant was tested by AVK Tech in Denmark and UL labs in the United States of America, following which the UL certification came through in January 2021.
As we strive to do things differently, a preliminary market survey is currently underway to gain insight into the challenges faced by the respective operation and maintenance teams with their existing wet barrel hydrants in sites to deliver the best suitable AVK solutions to address their pain points empowering us to not only connect with the authorities in a deeper level, but also strengthen our long-term relationship.Thus, we are one of few suppliers to obtain the necessary local approvals in the region, securing contracts to supply into flagship development projects and allow us to set foot into emerging new opportunities with the water segment.
Few of the key projects where Series 24 Hydrants have been supplied are listed below :-
- Dubai Hills; A luxurious residential comprising of an 18-hole championship golf course with nature trails and hotels
- The Dubai Maritime City; A manmade peninsula located in the heart of Dubai
- Emaar South Development; A lush golf course community (57 PCS)
- Dubai Airport
- KIZAD; The integrated trade and logistics industrial zone Abu Dhabi