United Development Company (UDC), one of the leading Qatari shareholding companies and master developer of The Pearl-Qatar, participated today in the 5th Civil Defense Exhibition and Conference as platinum sponsor.
The event, held under the patronage of Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Khalifa Al Thani, takes place between November 2 and 4 at the Doha Exhibition Center.
The Civil Defense Exhibition and Conference showcases and evaluates a wide-range of fire safety issues, along with the latest technological advancements designed to ensure the safety of personnel in local industries.
Displayed at the UDC stand are the latest technology solutions used in the field of safety and construction, particularly at the Company’s construction sites in The Pearl-Qatar, and a number of senior state officials and personalities visiting the company’s stand were introduced to the Company’s experiences in this field.
“The safety and protection of our residents, our infrastructure, and our community is our priority,” UDC President and CEO Ibrahim Al-Othman said, speaking specifically about The Pearl-Qatar. “As a socially responsible corporate citizen we are delighted to contribute to this important exhibition, which highlights the progress we have already made. The event allows us to network and meet with other individuals and organizations, and to discover new ways, methods and technologies that will improve safety standards for everyone.”
He further added, “We are also in total cooperation with The General Directorate of Civil Defense to ensure that all contractors operating on the Island comply with the set regulations for construction in Qatar, and that they receive fire safety and other necessary clearances.”
It is worth mentioning that The Pearl-Qatar facilities and common areas are equipped with the latest firefighting technology, particularly firefighting in water-bound environments like The Pearl-Qatar. Everything from safely working at dangerous heights to safe use of machinery to wearing the correct personal protective equipment and clothing is strictly required and followed. Even the daily temperatures during summer are monitored to ensure workers operate within the legal safety limits.
But it’s not just the health and safety of the workers that is important. All health and safety issues relating to the residents are equally catered for through a highly-trained and experienced health and safety team using some of the most sophisticated technology available to guarantee the safety and security of visitors and residents.
And it’s not just on land, but securing the 35-kilometer coastline of The Pearl-Qatar has equal priority. Here, high-tech and high-speed boats, state-of-the-art technology and navigation systems combine with the Qatari Coastguard to provide the best response to sea searches, risk operations, and emergency cases.
To ensure the upkeep of the Island’s high safety and maintenance standards, The Pearl-Qatar has two Operation Command and Control Centers (OCCC) designed to control and monitor the entire Island and to work closely with the local Civil Defense authorities and The Pearl-Qatar’s fire station, inaugurated in May 2014.
Highly advanced subsystems are also in place and are integrated via an advanced telecommunication network. This includes a CCTV System spanning the whole Island with surveillance cameras to maintain the unparalleled security existing in the Island. There is also a Building Management System (BMS) which controls and monitors all the lighting systems, elevators, cooling systems, emergency power systems, central battery systems, and fire alarms.
UDC has for 15 years of continuous activity, played a key role in Qatar’s urban development process through investment in successful partnerships, and implementation of the creative vision of The Pearl-Qatar, a man-made island 350 meters offshore the affluent West Bay area, and one of the country’s iconic sites. This project has now become one of the largest mixed-use developments in the Gulf region.