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08 January, 2015

Cofely Besix Facility Management is awarded the region's first data centre maintenance contract by The Gulf Data Hub

The Gulf Data Hub (GDH) is a prestigious new data centre located in Silicon Oasis in Dubai, officially opened since January 2014. The building consists

Cofely Besix Facility Management is awarded the region's first data centre maintenance contract by The Gulf Data Hub
Dubai, UAE, 08 January, 2015: The region's leading integrated facilities management company, Cofely Besix Facility Management (CBFM), has been awarded its first data centre maintenance contract in the Middle East for an initial period of one year.

The Gulf Data Hub (GDH) is a prestigious new data centre located in Silicon Oasis in Dubai, officially opened since January 2014. The building consists of two floors to accommodate initially 6000 sq. metres of data centre space, comprising up to 14,000 sq. metres of built up area on a 65,000 sq. metres plot.

Cofely Besix Facility Management will provide integrated facility management services, including technical maintenance, as well as mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), civil and soft services such as cleaning, pest control, and landscaping.

This brand new facility is the company's first data centre contract in the Middle East, building on the wider experience of Cofely Services in Europe. The Gulf Data Hub contract is run by Christophe Van Hamme and overseen by Dubai Operations Manager, Bart Holsters, who both have many years of managing data centres for Cofely in Belgium.

"Cofely in Europe has a vast amount of experience in the maintenance and operation of data centres and we are bringing their know-how and experience attained in Europe to the Middle East, to apply best practices and lessons learnt to the running of the GDH contract," explained Christophe Van Hamme, Facility Manager at The Gulf Data Hub.

"Our main focus is now set on the reliability and maintainability of the facility, and in the second stage of management, the sustainability will be looked at. This will involve implementing green initiatives along with the client such as optimising air distribution, managing harmonics, as well as optimising chilled water distribution and associated temperatures," added Van Hamme. 

Operating and maintaining more than 350,000m² of data centres around the world, Cofely Services is a global benchmark in the field of data centre technical environment management.

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About Cofely Besix Facility Management
Cofely Besix Facility Management LLC is a joint-venture established in 2008 by Cofely Services and the BESIX Group, to provide first-class integrated facility management services in the Middle East.

Cofely Services is part of GDF SUEZ Energy Services, the European leader in multi-technical services, which has a turnover of €14.7 billion in 2013 and 90,000 employees. GDF SUEZ Energy Services is one of the business lines of GDF SUEZ, one of the world's leading energy providers.

The Besix Group, active for more than 40 years in the Middle East, has a wide range of experience of real estate and infrastructure construction.

The strengths of these two companies were combined in order to deliver the most critical part of facility management - the maintenance of technical installations and energy management.

Cofely Besix Facility Management delivers an Integrated Facility Management Model which provides the ability to offer multiple services on multiple sites, all through a single point of contact. That means that we offer a complete range of maintenance, cleaning, management solutions and essential multi-disciplinary trades, supported via a 24/7 call centre, to every industry sector, from residential and commercial to educational and airports. Clients include The Burj Khalifa Tower, Dubai Mall in Dubai, almost 100 Musanada schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, and Adar Headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

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