KAEC launches summer residential offering

Residential communities in KAEC offer a direct view of the Red Sea.
Updated 10 August 2019

KAEC launches summer residential offering

In line with the strategy to enhance the quality of life on its beaches, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) has announced the launch of its summer residential offering under the slogan “Own a Turquoise View and Get a Car Free.” 

The offer is valid until Aug. 31. The live-by-the-sea campaign, launched for the first time ever, offers a free car upon purchasing a residential unit, with flexible payment plan over the course of five years with zero interest, and only 20 percent down payment.

“The residential communities in KAEC offer a collection of lifestyle elements and amenities which is unprecedented for any developer in Saudi Arabia, especially for those seeking entertainment, relaxation and rejuvenation with a direct view of the Red Sea and within a progressive, private and safe environment supported by technologically advanced infrastructure and world-class amenities,” said Charles Biele, CEO of KAEC’S Real Estate Development Company. 

The campaign offers families and investors a wide range of housing solutions, making homeownership possible for all Saudi citizens, as well as an enriching lifestyle in KAEC and helping realize Saudi Vision 2030.

Residents enjoy a variety of exclusive and luxurious lifestyle experiences and benefit from KAEC’s numerous facilities, which include waterfront dining options, retail outlets, health care, security, mosques, the highest quality schools, world-class universities and a number of luxury sporting and recreational facilities.

The KAEC is the largest privately funded new city in the world. Situated on the west coast of the Kingdom, KAEC covers an area, approximately the size of Washington, DC. KAEC comprises King Abdullah Port, the Coastal Communities residential districts, the Haramain Railway district and the Industrial Valley. The city is under development by Emaar, The Economic City.


YORK’s sustainable cooling solutions in Grand Mosque

Updated 05 August 2020

YORK’s sustainable cooling solutions in Grand Mosque

HVAC company Al-Salem Johnson Controls (YORK), which operates the “Ajyad” and “Al-Shamiya” cooling stations located in Makkah’s Grand Mosque, ensured that pilgrims performing the Hajj rituals this year did so in a cool and pleasant atmosphere inside Al-Haram.
“YORK is proud to serve the guests of Allah in Makkah Al-Mukarramah by accompanying the pilgrims in their Hajj rituals and providing a fresh and cool ambience throughout their Hajj journey, especially in Makkah’s Grand Mosque,” the company said.
According to YORK, the total cooling capacity of the two cooling plants is 159,000 tons (equivalent to the cooling required for 15,000 medium-sized apartments). YORK chillers pump the chilled water to more than 1,000 Saudi-made air handling units (AHUs) located inside the Grand Mosque, which then distribute 100 percent fresh and cool air that reaches every corner of Al-Haram. The chillers’ latest technologies and the AHUs’ highly efficient filtration system help to maintain the required temperature and humidity levels necessary for ensuring a comfortable ambience for the pilgrims.
The cooling capacity is regulated by the number of pilgrims and worshippers inside the Grand Mosque. Thus, owing to the reduced number of pilgrims this year, the total cooling capacity was halved to nearly 80,000 tons (equivalent to the cooling of 8,000 medium-sized apartments), provided through 63 YORK chillers located inside the Ajyad and Al-Shamiyah cooling plants.

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Owing to the reduced number of pilgrims this year, the total cooling capacity was halved to nearly 80,000 tons, provided through 63 YORK chillers located inside the Ajyad and Al-Shamiyah cooling plants in the Grand Mosque.

The company has designed a highly efficient and smart ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration system for Al-Haram, taking into account the crowded nature of the location as well as the ability of the cooling stations to adapt to the Grand Mosque’s ongoing expansion project.
The Al-Shamiyah plant, which is one of the two world’s largest cooling plants of its kind, contains 24 YORK OM centrifugal chillers. The chillers have been customized and engineered especially to meet the requirements of the Grand Mosque. Its special industrial design helps in long-term operation with high efficiency, while the variable-speed drive (VSD) technology contributes in reducing the annual energy consumption by about 30 percent, in addition to reducing the amount of sound.
These chillers feature “smart control,” which enables the chillers to estimate the rate of congestion inside Al-Haram by calculating the difference between the temperature of the water that is pumped to and from the mosque. Accordingly, the chiller increases or decreases the cooling capacity in proportion to the size of the crowds inside the mosque. The plant offers sustainable cooling solutions as its chillers use a chilled water system with an eco-friendly refrigerant.
In addition to the more than 100 operation and maintenance technicians stationed around the clock inside the Grand Mosque to ensure the efficient operation of the cooling stations and quick handling of any untoward incidents, the company dedicated an additional response team during Hajj to quickly respond to any maintenance requests or emergency situations.