AHRI MENA Newsletter

May 24, 2023

Hassan K

Introducing the AHRI MENA Team

Dear Valued Industry Colleagues,

The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute's (AHRI) office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is addressing increasing regulatory requirements in the HVACR and water heating industry as well as increasing demand for AHRI certification programs and standards in the MENA region.

We are thrilled to share valuable industry information with you in this quarterly newsletter, which includes updates from our team of professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise:

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Dalip Singh

Nabil Shahin, Managing Director 
Leading all stakeholder relations in the MENA region

Dalip Singh, Senior Technical Analyst
Providing valuable technical analysis and support for AHRI MENA operations


I invite you to join us on this journey and to connect with our team. Whether you have questions, suggestions, or simply want to learn more about what we do, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Hassan Kal
Development Manager

AHRI/Industry News


AHRI Launches Standards Subcommittee

On March 21, AHRI’s MENA team launched the AHRI MENA Standards Subcommittee (SSC), the first-ever SSC outside of the United States. Members include the top local manufacturers and international partners representing the HVACR industry. The SSC will develop AHRI standards tailored specifically to the unique requirements of the MENA region to foster more effective communication with regulatory bodies and authorities. This historic development aims to provide a unified platform for industry players to express the manufacturers' voice in the region and tackle pressing issues such as minimum energy performance standards, environmental concerns, refrigerant transitions, and other industry-specific matters.

The formation of the AHRI MENA SSC signifies a major step forward in AHRI's efforts to be a recognized global entity and to promote international collaboration and integration within the HVACR industry and with regulatory bodies.

AHRI MENA Managing Director Nabil Shahin noted, “With the formation of the AHRI MENA Standards Subcommittee, a new chapter of growth and cooperation begins for the HVACR industry in the Middle East and North Africa. We are confident that the AHRI MENA SSC will successfully serve as the voice of the HVAC industry in the region. AHRI is committed to the prosperity and well-being of our members, and our physical presence in the area demonstrates our dedication to addressing the region's unique challenges and requirements. One of AHRI's primary objectives is to promote the harmonization of HVAC standards among GCC countries, encouraging a more unified and efficient market. This will facilitate sustainable growth, innovation, and collaboration among industry stakeholders. We are convinced that the AHRI MENA SSC will play a crucial role in optimizing the regulatory environment, advocating for energy efficiency, improving manufacturers' experiences, and ultimately, making life better for people throughout the region.” Contact: Nabil Shahin.


AHRI and GCC Lab Sign Memorandum of Intent to Develop New HVAC Test Facility

On January 30, AHRI MENA signed a memorandum of intent with the GCC Electrical Testing Laboratory to develop a regional HVAC test lab in its new facility. The team also witnessed Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, inaugurate the new GCC Lab Complex in Dammam Industrial Area 3. This event was an important part of the Kingdom’s efforts to localize industries and services, enhance local content, and build national capabilities to qualify the Kingdom for global energy leadership. Contact: Nabil Shahin.


AHRI MENA Visits DEWA Research and Development Center in Dubai

On January 24, AHRI’s MENA team visited the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) Research and Development Center at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai to discuss potential cooperation opportunities in energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction. The DEWA staff provided the team with a tour of their state-of-the-art facility and explored ways the two organizations can promote sustainable energy practices and reduce the environmental impact of their respective industries to meet the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.

The park is the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer model. It has a planned production capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030, with investments totaling $14 billion. When completed, it will save over 6.5 million tons of carbon emissions annually. Contact: Nabil Shahin.

Government Affairs


AHRI Leads Technical Committee Meeting on Energy Efficiency of Low-Capacity ACs

On March 9, AHRI led the inaugural technical committee meeting for the GSO TC03-WG7 workgroup for the energy efficiency requirements of low-capacity ACs in Dubai. The group, with representatives from Gulf Cooperation Council regulatory bodies and other stakeholders, discussed revisions to the GSO 2530-2016 standard. The committee's primary objectives are to introduce SEER and increase minimum energy performance standard, ultimately achieving harmonized regulations among all seven participating countries.

The workgroup is also harmonizing energy efficiency labels for ACs, marking a significant step toward achieving sustainable development goals and minimizing environmental impact. Contact: Nabil Shahin.

AHRI Comments on Saudi Draft Standby Power Consumption Regulation

On February 27, AHRI submitted comments to the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) on its proposed Technical Regulation of the Requirements for Standby, Off-Mode Electric Power Consumption of Electrical and Electronic Equipment. The regulation includes air conditioners covered under Harmonized System (HS) customs code 8415, which include both residential and commercial units.

The regulation would set maximum standby power consumption at 0.5 W. AHRI recommended excluding HS code 8415 from the draft since even smaller residential air conditioners still require power consumption during off and standby mode to hold valves at closed positions, operate the crankcase compressor heater, and allow critical controls to function, among other reasons. SASO responded promptly to AHRI’s comments and has promised to consider excluding HS code 8415 from the regulation. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.

Webinars and Events

MENA UL Webinar

AHRI and UL to Host Free Webinar on HVACR Appliance Regulations

AHRI MENA and UL Solutions will host a free webinar, Navigating Compliance with HVACR Appliance Regulations, on Wednesday, June 21 at 4:30 GMT+4. This webinar will provide HVACR contractors, engineers, and consultants with valuable insight regarding regulation changes and upcoming requirements to help them make informed business decisions. AHRI MENA Development Manager Hassan Kal will moderate the session featuring Managing Director Nabil Shahin and UL Regional Certification Office Lead Moath Awwad. Register for the webinar here. Contact: Hassan Kal.

Kuwait workshop

AHRI MENA Team Participates in Kuwait Energy Efficiency Workshop

AHRI’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team co-organized and participated in a two-day workshop, May 15 and 16 in Kuwait, during which AHRI MENA Managing Director Nabil Shahin served as a lecturer. The workshop, Raising Energy Efficiency for HVAC Systems and Moving to SEER, was hosted by the Ministry of Electricity, Water, and Renewable Energy and organized by the Energy Conservation Code for Building Technical Committee, chaired by the Deputy Assistant for Electric Network Distribution, Eng. Saad Alrasheedi, in conjunction with AHRI to establish the country's energy efficiency goals.  The workshop was attended by representatives from the Public Authority of Industry, Kuwait University, Kuwait Institute of Science and Research, and the Public Authority of Environment. Contact: Nabil Shahin.


AHRI MENA Presents on Advancements in Energy Efficiency in Riyadh

On May 10, AHRI’s MENA team participated in the Saudi Energy Efficiency Council Center’s (SEEC) kick off meeting for the SASO 2874 Technical Committee in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The team provided updates on the latest advancements in HVACR energy efficiency calculations and AHRI and ASHRAE standards that address high ambient climates. SASO 2874 is the standard that regulates the performance of commercial HVAC products.

SEEC also recognized the significant contributions of AHRI's recently retired Vice President of International Affairs Jim Walters, presenting him with a certificate of appreciation to recognize his dedication, commitment, and expertise which substantially impacted HVACR standards in Saudi Arabia. The meeting was attended by a wide range of stakeholders, including manufacturers and government officials. Contact: Nabil Shahin.


AHRI Participates in ACREX 2023 Exhibition

The AHRI MENA team participated in the ACREX India 2023 Exhibition held March 14-16 in Mumbai. ACREX is the largest HVACR exhibition in Asia and featured over 450 exhibitors with a great influx of visitors from India and the MENA region. The team met with several existing and prospective certification program participants and industry stakeholders to discuss AHRI standards, certification, and other programs relevant to the region. Contact: Nabil Shahin.

AHRI AMCA webinar

AHRI and AMCA Host Free Webinar on Energy Efficiency in High Ambient Regions

AHRI MENA and AMCA International, Inc. hosted a free educational webinar, Energy Efficiency in High-Ambient Regions and the Use of Circulating Fans, on March 8. The session addressed the use of circulating fans to reduce building energy use, increase thermal comfort, and provide improved comfort during extreme events and in high-ambient regions. A recording of the webinar is available here. Contact: Nabil Shahin.

Saudi Expo

AHRI Exhibits at HVACR Expo Saudi 2023

AHRI MENA participated in the HVAC R Expo Saudi 2023 Exhibition held February 18 -21 in Riyadh. More than 28,000 local and international construction experts and 820 exhibitors from 40 countries attended the event, which showcased the latest innovations and technologies in the construction sector. The AHRI team met with several existing and prospective certification program participants and industry stakeholders to discuss AHRI standards, certification, and other relevant regional programs. Contact: Nabil Shahin.

ISHRAE Tournament

AHRI Participates in ISHRAE UAE Sub-Chapter Football Tournament

AHRI MENA Managing Director Nabil Shahin served as the Honorable Chief Guest and assisted in hosting the 2023 ISHRAE UAE Sub-Chapter football tournament recently held in Dubai. Eight teams participated in the tournament, which was won by Leminar Air Conditioning Company. Congratulations to Leminar and everyone who participated in this great event. Contact: Nabil Shahin.

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