USA/UAE: The US manufacturers’ association, the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), has opened a representative office in Dubai.
The AHRI says the new office will further the interests of its members and certification programme participants by enhancing relationships with manufacturers and governmental and non-governmental organisations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
“Our Dubai office further expands AHRI’s global reach and provides us with a unique opportunity to develop and nurture relationships with manufacturers, regulators, and other stakeholders in the region,” said AHRI president and CEO Stephen Yurek.
The office at the Dubai Science Park is headed by François Boueri, the AHRI vice-president for the MENA region and MD of Sustainable Environmental Engineering Solutions FZ-LLC. He previously spent seven years as president and board director of Daikin McQuay Middle East.
“Given the respect for AHRI’s offerings by engineers, specifiers, building owners, and many others across the globe, this is an opportune time for our industry to come together to deploy time-tested solutions to the region’s challenges,” Boueri commented.
Khalil Issa, a well-known energy and construction professional in the Gulf region, who also is a founding partner and former managing director of Ecofast Construction, previous managing director of ADC Energy Systems and chief executive officer of Energy Central Company, will be the office’s managing director.
The establishment of the Dubai office follows the successful introduction of AHRI operations in China in 2012, and Canada in 2018.
The new office will help the industry address increasing regulatory requirements and demand for AHRI standards and certification programs in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and other Levant and North African countries. It will also allow AHRI to better monitor activities and identify opportunities to serve adjacent markets in SubSaharan Africa and South Asia.