Jan. 30, 2013
-- At the onset of Fleming Gulf's GCC INFRA - Lighting Concepts Summit in Doha, Qatar, industry practitioners are gearing up to what promises to be a platform that provides a global perspective on solutions that are impacting the world of lighting. Little is known that the lighting sector can contribute greatly to the economy of a country by serving as a power saving system that allows electricity to be used on other utilitarian necessities. Awareness of fundamental concepts such as light matching, task lighting, use of energy-efficient lighting systems and leveraging the use of day lighting will carve a path to sustainable and intelligent lighting designs on the GCC region for the years to come. Dr. Yasser Mahgoub, Associate Professor - Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Qatar University and speaker at the summit shared his insights on GCC market in context to the awareness levels & business opportunities that architectural lighting offer.
“The GCC market is developing rapidly and is an excellent business opportunity for lighting industry and consultants. No generalization can be made on the awareness level regarding architectural lighting. While we find state of the art lighting concepts and designs in contemporary modern buildings designed by leading architects from around the world, we also find lack of awareness regarding lighting design in many private housing, gated communities, commercial facilities urban areas and public spaces. The market is also suffering from cheap imported materials and fixtures. There is a need to increase public awareness on the difference between quantity and quality and using the local language. Many messages are sent using English language and Western cultural references that are only received by expatriates, foreigners and few English speaking locals.”