DUBAI: ASHRAE has celebrated the opening of its new Global Training Center in Dubai with a ribbon cutting ceremony by ASHRAE president Bjarne Olesen.
The Global Training Center will serve ASHRAE members and other building systems professionals in the Gulf Region and surrounding areas.
With ASHRAE seeking to extend its global reach, ASHRAE president Bjarne W Olesen maintains that Dubai is an obvious location to establish its Global Training Center. “This centre will empower our members in the Middle East with the knowledge they need to better serve the needs of their local communities.”
“The ASHRAE Global Training Center will bring the Society’s industry leading resources together with highly respected instructors to the Middle East, where robust economic activity and challenging climatic conditions are creating an ever-increasing demand for ongoing training,” said Walid Chakroun, a former chair of ASHRAE’s Publishing and Education Council.
The Global Training Center held its inaugural training from Sept. 10–13. The course, “HVAC Design Essentials” provided participants with practical skills and knowledge to design and maintain HVAC systems. Participants received real-world examples of HVAC systems based on the renovated ASHRAE Headquarters and on buildings in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region. The training leaders for this course were Walid Chakroun, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, and Donald Brandt, BEAP.
Courses are scheduled for the remainder of this year with the next available training opportunities to be held in October. These include Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems: Design and Applications on October 15 and Air-to-Air Heat Recovery Fundamentals & Applications on October 16.