04 Jul Dubai Opera gets smart with building management solution from Siemens
Dubai Opera is now one of the world’s smartest and most energy-efficient performance spaces thanks to an extremely powerful building management platform from Siemens.
The dhow-shaped building is a multi-format performing arts centre which accommodates up to 2,000 spectators.
An innovative feature of Dubai Opera is the ability to switch between three usage modes: from a theatre to a concert hall to a ‘flat-floor’ mode, which automatically folds away seating to allow the space to be used as a banquet or event hall. The Siemens technology is able to automatically switch the cooling logic of the air conditioning system to maximum visitor comfort and energy efficiency.
The day-to-day operations of the iconic building are monitored and controlled by Siemens’ most advanced building management platform, Desigo CC.
The intelligent system generates significant resource savings by integrating the management of energy, air conditioning, ventilation and water consumption into a fully customised, graphical 3D interface. Desigo CC also integrates 14 additional subsystems, including access control, video surveillance, lighting control, elevators and escalators, the emergency central battery system and an uninterrupted power supply, giving operators total control over Dubai Opera’s operating performance.
Typically, Desigo CC achieves reductions in operating costs of up to 20 percent; when combined with other Siemens technologies such as Demand Flow for district cooling, energy savings can reach up to 40 percent.
“Dubai Opera is an important architectural landmark, and embracing the most modern digital technology for building management is a key part of Dubai’s drive to become a smart city,” said Koen Bogers, senior executive vice president, Building Technologies Division, Siemens Middle East.
With digitalised infrastructure increasingly important as a cornerstone of an energy-efficient smart city, advanced building technology from Siemens has been installed across the Middle East.
Recently, Siemens announced that its Desigo building management technology had been implemented at Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest theme park destination. Previous installations include Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Tornado Tower in Qatar, Atlantis Hotel in Dubai and the 3D-printed Office of the Future in Dubai.