The UAE’s air conditioning market is predicted to experience continued growth through to 2021. Meanwhile, the already harsh climate across the country is expected to become even worse come 2050. Both of these are contributing to the higher demand for air conditioning systems in Dubai.
Everything — new installations, system upgrades, and repair and maintenance — will be in greater demand as Dubai residents require even more relief from hotter climates, not to mention getting more options because of the market growth.
Dubai generated the most revenue share for the air conditioners market across all of UAE in 2015. The high average incomes of Dubai residents as well as the region’s equally high levels of urbanization are significant contributing factors. From 2011 to 2021, Dubai is likely to remain a major player in terms of market share revenue as a new market report predicts over 9% compound annual growth rate from 2016 to 2021.
The report indicates multiple factors all working in conjunction, pushing the air conditioning market toward continuous growth. The UAE’s economy is rapidly growing while both the industrial and commerce sectors are experiencing continuous infrastructure development. These economic conditions compound the harsh climate conditions and are key factors driving market growth.
From the Buyer’s Perspective
Consumers can look forward to the widescale implementation of energy efficiency labeling and other standardization methods in the coming years. This means more options when it comes to energy efficiency and reduced air conditioning costs. This also means system upgrades will probably increase as well.
Top air conditioner manufacturers will be vying for leading positions in the market. This opens up more considerations for consumers. Split air conditioners have been dominating the market so far with their widespread use in residential sectors, but leading brands are transitioning to VRF systems as well.
General AC installation, maintenance, and service provider Dream Cool AC Systems LLC advises consumers to consider several important factors when deciding what unit to purchase, including, but not limited to:
- Capacity — The unit should sufficiently cool the entire space it is installed for, which means other considerations come into play here, such as whether to use split, window, or central air conditioning.
- Energy competence — The more energy efficient the unit, the more consumers save. With the UAE and Dubai itself joining climate change initiatives, consumers can likely expect energy efficiency to become a growing trend in the coming years.
- Installation — Different units have different installation methods as well as unique considerations such as extra parts and accessories. Buyers should take note that these could become unexpected costs that can compound upfront equipment costs.
- Maintenance — Specific units and models will have individual maintenance requirements, although general care and precautions always apply.
Even Hotter Climes
Consumers will probably be needing industrial chiller service providers even more in the coming years due to harsher climate conditions. A report from the Emirates Wildlife Society and World Wildlife Fund forecasts that climate change risks in the near future will adversely affect Dubai and the entire UAE. By 2050, temperatures will rise by 2 degrees Celsius, which leads to a domino effect of consequences, including an 11% upsurge in energy consumption and increases in building sector costs up to $834 million.
The climate change will inadvertently affect UAE sectors while also driving even more consumers to seek out service providers — whether it’s for installation of new systems, upgrading of old ones, or maintaining and repairing existing units.
The UAE is already committed to the Paris Agreement, promising to help the global community hold rising temperatures around the world to below 2 degrees Celsius for the decades to come. Meanwhile, Dubai itself joined C40, a leading group of 40 cities around the globe spearheading climate change protection initiatives.