2018 - Q1 Print

Safety and building tall are priorities for the City of Gold.

Intensified Escalator Safety Efforts

The Gulf Today reported the Dubai government has called on owners of buildings, shopping centers and markets to secure their escalators by installing “protection” as part of efforts to reduce accidents resulting from children attempting to hang or climb over them and getting their clothes stuck. The Khaleej Times described the protection as “a cover to protect the upper conveyor belt, and provide the required protection near the beginning part of the conveyor belt to reduce accidents.”

The Dubai Health and Safety Department also held a workshop to discuss the conditions, specifications and safety requirements of escalators in public places. Redha Salman, director of the department, said all elevators, escalators, moving walks and conveyor belts must have a certificate of examination and be in compliance with the safety requirements from a company recognized by the Accreditation and Compliance Centre, subject to a periodic renewal. The additional protection is based on Dubai Public Health and Community Safety Local Order No. 11 of 2003.

Boy’s Fingers Reattached After Elevator Mishap

The fingers of a boy’s right hand were reattached at a local hospital after being severed in an elevator mishap in early November 2017, the Khaleej Times reported. The boy, a resident of a Gulf Cooperation Council country, was rescued by the Dubai Police within minutes of the incident, said to have happened as a result of his playing. A Dubai Police official said personnel are available 24/7 to respond to such incidents, and that the police rescued 157 women and children trapped in cars, elevators and restrooms from January to mid September 2017.

Bellevue Towers on Track in Marasi Business Bay

Construction is progressing on Bellevue Towers, a pair of 23-story residential towers by Dubai Properties on the Marasi Business Bay waterfront, reported. The foundation pour wrapped up on October 1, with 9,500 m3 of concrete delivered to the site on 1,124 trucks. Describing this milestone as “critically important,” Dubai Properties Executive Director Marwan Al Kindi said the project is on track for a timely delivery in the third quarter of 2019. The towers will have approximately 320 units and resident amenities, including a gym, pool and children’s playground.

Iran’s Elevator Sector Poised for Growth

The annual turnover of Iran’s elevator industry stands at around IRR50 trillion (US$1.25 billion), while it has the potential to rise to IRR200 trillion (US$5 billion), Mohammad Reza Zohrevandi, president of the Iranian Syndicate for Elevator and Escalator Industries, said. In a report from the Financial Tribune, Zohrevandi was quoted as saying an average of 45,000 elevators and 1,500 escalators have been installed per year in Iran over the past few years. “From the engineering and technical viewpoint, Iran’s elevator industry is the best in the Middle East, but Turkey is the top manufacturer and exporter of elevators in the region,” he told the source. He further stated that in fiscal 2014-2015, nearly 75,000 new elevators were installed in Iran, which put it in third place behind China and the U.S. Iran’s elevator industry got its start when the first oil refinery was built about 70 years ago in Abadan. Diba Elevator Co., a subsidiary of Schindler, was the first domestic elevator manufacturer.

T-Systems, Huawei Putting KONE Equipment on the Cloud

KONE has commissioned T-Systems and its hardware and technology partner Huawei to support the connection of more than one million elevators, escalators and building doors to cloud-based services over the next few years, telecompaper reports. Huawei devices will be used to measure parameters and gather mechanical and engineering data, which will be transmitted to the cloud and analyzed. The information will be forwarded to technicians, which will allow them to resolve service issues quicker. T-Systems, an affiliate of Deutsche Telekom, is a longstanding information-technology service partner for KONE. The companies collaborated on KONE’s 24/7 Connected Services, which was rolled out in February to provide real-time data for customers and service technicians.