368 BUILDINGS ACROSS THE UAE OPT FOR SUSTAINABLE MAKEOVER UNDER ETISALAT FACILITIES MANAGEMENT’S ‘MABANINA’ PROGRAM

Program Offers 100% Project Outlay Upfront and Simple Payback Mechanism to Encourage More Buildings to Step into Sustainability Circle

Dubai-UAE: 04 February 2014 – Three hundred and sixty-eight buildings across the UAE have signed up till date for the strategic energy management program – ‘Mabanina’ – offered by Etisalat Facilities Management LLC in collaboration with Energy Management Services (EMS) International.

Launched in October 2013, Mabanina (‘our buildings’ in Arabic) offers innovative solutions to efficiently manage buildings across the UAE with a view to maximising energy efficiency, reducing water consumption and bringing down expenses related to building maintenance. Under the program, Etisalat Facilities Management shall provide the building owners with the complete capital required for each approved project, followed by a simple payback mechanism.

The program is implemented within buildings across the UAE in three distinct phases over a five-year contractual period. The opening phase involves a comprehensive audit of the building’s water and energy consumption, as well as a review of its current facilities management status. This is followed by a retrofit of the building’s utilities system in phase two, while phase three ensures the ongoing delivery of facilities management services.

Joelle Khoury, Project Manager of Mabanina, and Sales and Marketing Director at Etisalat Facilities Management said, “Mabanina is a first-of-its-kind initiative in the UAE that merges two crucial functions to ensure the long-term sustainability of buildings – energy and water management, as well as facilities management. The provision of both solutions on a single platform through synchronising a host of procedures works to the advantage of end-users in saving time, eliminating redundancies, reducing wastage, and bringing down maintenance costs.
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Even more importantly, Mabanina eliminates capital roadblocks for building owners, since Etisalat Facilities Management undertakes to shoulder the entire capital outlay related to the audit and the retrofit of the facilities. This frees building owners to ensure the sustainability of their properties while reducing utility bills and without having to worry about capital expenditure. Mabanina’s simple payback scheme is also convenient, as owners can compensate Etisalat Facilities Management from the savings they accrue on utility bills over a five-year period.”
 As part of Mabanina’s scope of operations, the program also seeks to help building owners achieve international green regulations such as the LEED certification, and conform to the Estidama standards set by Dubai Municipality.

About Etisalat Facilities Management L.L.C.

Etisalat Facilities Management is a UAE-based integrated facilities management company and part of the Etisalat Group. It offers tailored next generation, hard and soft facilities management solutions to clients across the UAE and GCC. The company believes in bringing together the best in industry expertise and technology in an environmentally responsible way, thus generating maximum value for all its stakeholders.
 Etisalat Facilities Management’s roots go back to 1976, when Etisalat commissioned an in-house department to manage its growing portfolio of buildings and infrastructure in the UAE. In 2007, Etisalat Facilities Management became an independent company, leveraging on its vast experience and participating competitively in the wider market. Today, the company commands the widest industry network in the region, serving diverse clients that belong in the educational, commercial, hospitality, IT, aviation and public sector domains.

About Energy Management Services Int’l

Energy Management Services is a leading energy savings company in the Middle East, with offices in Jordan and Dubai, UAE. Founded in 1991, the company was created as a response to the growing market need for technologically advanced solutions to efficiently manage and conserve resources like electricity and water. EMS has worked with leading clients in several industries across the region to reduce their consumption and cost of energy. Its range of services includes energy audits, implementation of energy saving program, installation of energy efficient solutions and project management. The company was the recipient of a Special Recognition award by the World Energy congress in the United States in 1993.