Burj Alshaya in Kuwait, designed by Gensler
Burj Alshaya in Kuwait, designed by Gensler

UL and GCC Labs sign MoU to establish fire and safety services and facade testing in Saudi Arabia

UL and GCC Labs have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to localise fire and safety services and establish a facade-testing lab in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Intending to offer services across the Middle East and North Africa, the agreement combines UL's safety science knowledge, expertise and global resources with GCC Labs' understanding of local market needs and goals.

The goal of the testing lab is to raise the level of safety and building efficiency in the region, and, according to Hamid Syed, vice president and manager of UL Middle East, to foster "safe living and working environments in the region."

"This MoU represents our strong commitment to expanding safety services in the Middle East," he added. "It would improve the facade fire-testing market by significantly increasing both the capactiy and the quality of cladding and building systems." 

GCC Labs is a closed joint stock company that was formed by a group of governmental and commercial entities in the KSA and larger GCC. Its mandate is to provide testing, inspection and certification services for electrical equipment. It first partnered with UL in 2017 to strengthen the Middle East's renewable energy infrastructure. 

Saleh A. Al Amiri, chief executive officer of GCC Labs, added,"We are delighted to continue working with a globally renowned industry leader such as UL, whose mission and expertise perfectly complement our goal to deliver best in class services in KSA.

“This new collaboration aims to improve fire safety testing and certification, which is to help ensure the safety of all buildings in the future.”