AL-MUNTADA Saint-Gobain’s first Knowledge Space in the Middle East
Hady Nassif CEO Saint-Gobain Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, Antoine Ghazal CEO Saint-Gobain Gulf Countries inaugurated today AL-MUNTADA – Knowledge Space by Saint-Gobain under the auspices of the French Embassy in the UAE represented by Jean-Baptiste Chauvel, Regional French Economic Counsellor for the Arabian Peninsula and Ahmed Baghoum Acting CEO of Masdar City. AL-MUNTADA, net-zero carbon 400-square-meter space built over a 2,200-square-meter land will showcase the latest Innovations of Saint-Gobain in light and sustainable Construction. namely the lightweight façade system, internal partitions and acoustic ceilings from Gyproc, acoustic and sustainable decorative flooring systems from Weber, pre-insulated lightweight HVAC ducts from Kimmco-Isover, Best performant acoustic ceilings tiles and seamless acoustic ceilings from Ecophon, high performance glass which provides high light and visibility by using Saint-Gobain Glass, fire resistant and safety glass from Vetrotech, Safety films on glass from Solar Gard and sustainable cast iron draining pipes from Saint-Gobain PAM. The Photovoltaic panels used are also generating 20% more energy than what is required to operate the building. Using the latest technology of smart glass from SageGlass in its construction, AL-MUNTADA will offer a unique Feel, Hear, See, Breathe experience. This space also features a digital and physical solutions library, a learning center that will target improving the technical awareness in the construction and will be open for Developers, authorities, architects, Consultants, Engineers, Contractors, Distributors and University Students allowing them to discover the world of Saint-Gobain. Masdar City, the hub of sustainability, was naturally selected to be the home of this energy positive building. As world leader in the light and sustainable construction, Saint-Gobain which is engaged in a net-zero carbon commitment by 2050 will accelerate its growth in UAE and the GCC through AL-MUNTADA- Knowledge Space by Saint-Gobain, as well as raise awareness of its innovative solutions addressing the challenges of light and sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change. “For Many years, Saint-Gobain has been a partner of Masdar City promoting the same values, vision of sustainable future through a representation office. Today, with AL-MUNTADA, we are offering our customers and all stakeholders the opportunity to experience what the future of construction would look like. We are happy to see as many professionals as possible to come and visit” says Hady Nassif, CEO Saint-Gobain EMME cluster. Ahmed Baghoum, Acting CEO of Masdar City, said: “Over the last 15 years, Masdar City has evolved significantly as a global hub for sustainability-centred enterprises, and hosts some of the world’s most innovative companies looking to grow their businesses. AL-MUNTADA Knowledge Space by Saint-Gobain adds to our rich portfolio of global businesses that share our vision to securing a greener future for all. This is a testament to confidence among international businesses in Masdar City as the ideal destination that drives their growth aspirations while contributing to a sustainable future.”
Worldwide leader in light and sustainable construction, Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and services for the construction and industrial markets. Its integrated solutions for the renovation of public and private buildings, light construction and the decarbonization of construction and industry are developed through a continuous innovation process and provide sustainability and performance. The Group’s commitment is guided by its purpose, “MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME”. €44.2 billion in sales in 2021 166,000 employees, locations in 76 countries Committed to achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2050 For more information about Saint-Gobain visit www.saint-gobain.com and follow us on Twitter @saintgobain
ABOUT MASDAR CITY
Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City is one of the world’s most sustainable developments. It is made up of a rapidly growing clean-tech cluster, business free zone and residential neighborhood with restaurants, shops and public green spaces. Masdar City is a working model for cities around the world in environmental, economic and social sustainability, and continues to push the boundaries of innovation. The sustainable city is home to the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency, as well as several Fortune 500 companies, hundreds of entrepreneurs and a leading graduate-level research institute.