Top 5 tips to manage Middle East theme parks' MEP
A round-up of the top factors that impact the maintenance of MEP systems in theme parks
The GCC's theme parks sector is recording exponential growth as the region inches closer to mega-events such as Dubai Expo 2020 and 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Dubai is an increasingly popular tourist destination.
Recent figures released by Dubai Tourism reveal that the country welcomed more than four million visitors in Q1 2016, a 5.1 percent growth from last year.
The city has a number of other theme parks currently under development, including the IMG Worlds of Adventure, and the enormous mega project by Dubai Parks and Resorts, set to become the Middle East's largest integrated theme park destination, that will feature motiongate Dubai – a movie based theme park showcasing some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate as well as the region’s first Legoland Park and a Legoland Water Park.
FM outfit Farnek was recently awarded a 15-month deal to manage all MEP services at IMG Worlds of Adventure, which is due to open this August.
Sajeeth Shanker, key account manager at Farnek, outlines the top five tips for MEP maintenance works at theme parks located in the hot and humid Middle Eastern climate.
"Theme parks have distinct architecture," Shanker says.
"Therefore, more effort has to be put in to provide adequate access to all equipment for maintenance."
"Downtime of assets needs to be low, as business needs continuous operation," Shanker adds.
"Disruption or breakdown can accumulate to huge operational losses."
"The business driver for an indoor theme park is comfort cooling", Shanker says, adding it is "imperative to commission all HVAC services to derive optimum performance from the assets".
Uninterrupted power supply can help to reduce downtime and increase operation time, Shanker explains.
"Proficient electrical personnel has to be employed on the job to conduct electrical maintenance."
A proper costing for the project is the key to maximise profits from a contract, Shanker says.
"Bearing in mind the increase in man-hours for regular maintenance due to distinct architecture of the theme parks, more emphasis has to be [applied] to identify fixed, variable, and sunk costs," he adds.