Smart facilities management fuels Saudi hospitality sector

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Francisco Ramalheira

JEDDAH — Ahead of the Saudi Entertainment and Amusement (SEA) exhibition in Jeddah on April 21-23, 2019, Enova, the Middle East’s leading energy and facilities management specialist, reaffirms the importance of integrated Energy & Facilities Management services for the Kingdom’s nearly SR86 billion tourism and hospitality sector. Combined smart facilities management and sustainable energy efficiency solutions are not only crucial for an optimized and comfortable visitor experience, but also guarantee utilities savings and building attractiveness in the long term.

Saudi Vision 2030 is ramping up the Kingdom’s tourism infrastructure – for both more domestic tourism by Saudi nationals and international visitors. Mega-events, concerts, and resorts as well as an enhanced visitor experience for Haj and Umrah are principal pillars of this strategy. Tourism now contributes more than SR85.5 billion to the Kingdom’s GDP, according to a recent report by Jadwa Investment.

“Smart facilities management is key for Saudi Arabia’s leisure and entertainment industry to enhance visitor comfort and to develop a long-term sustainability roadmap that optimizes utilities cost, maximizes asset value and strengthens brand reputation,” said Francisco Ramalheira, Business Development and Marketing Director, Enova.

At SEA Jeddah, Ramalheira will showcase best practices and regional success stories in a keynote on “Keeping the Fun Going: Importance of an Integrated and Holistic Energy and Facilities Approach for Leisure and Entertainment” on April 21at 7.20 p.m.

“In the Kingdom, Enova’s solutions across energy efficiency, digital transformation, smart waste, and renewable energy are seeing strong demand,” added Ramalheira. “Especially the leisure and hospitality sectors require a high level of reliable and specialized solutions to enable comfortable experiences in a safe and enjoyable environment. Given the extreme climate in this part of the world with a majority of time spent inside buildings, optimal indoor environmental quality plays a crucial role.”

Enova is the market leader for the L&E sector with a strong and diverse client portfolio across the region. Currently benefiting from the integrated smart service offer are, amongst others, VOX Cinemas and Reel Cinemas, Ski Dubai, Dubai Ice Rink and Wahooo! Waterpark in Bahrain. — SG


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