Newtownabbey-based ESF completes £600k Dubai Arena contract

Newtownabbey-based ESF has just completed its biggest contract to date at the new Dubai Arena
Gareth McKeown

A NEWTOWNABBEY street furniture manufacturer has completed its largest contract to date in Dubai, worth £600,000.

Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) has supplied over 700 products to the new state-of-the-art Dubai Arena, including bollards, benches, tree grates and litter bins.

The latest contract, first revealed by The Irish News last year, continues a path of ongoing growth at the manufacturer, whose international customers include some of the world's largest theme parks and government organisations.

ESF managing director, Alan Lowry said they are delighted to have completed the contract at what is expected to be one of Dubai's leading tourist attractions.

"Having the opportunity to showcase our products to the millions of tourists, estimated to be 25 million per year by 2025, is a great achievement for a small company from Northern Ireland," he said.

“We supplied a number of products, most of which were manufactured in Northern Ireland, including security bollards to go around the perimeter to ensure its protection as well as benches, litter bins and tree grates."

"We have been very fortunate to deliver a number of projects across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in recent years with our street, themed and solar powered products, including IMG Worlds of Adventure, Warner Brothers Park and Global Village. We are hopeful to continue that growth, with the addition of our security products, throughout the UAE and Middle East in the months and years ahead," Mr Lowry said.

Both the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Invest Northern Ireland were instrumental in enabling ESF to quote for the prestigious Dubai project.

Swathi Sri, head of territory – India, Middle East and Africa at Invest NI added:

“We are delighted to see the ESF team build on their recent successes in the UAE and to work on such a significant project as the Dubai Arena. Northern Ireland has a world class reputation for design capabilities, and ESF’s success stands as a testimony to their commitment to high-class quality and ongoing innovation."

The Dubai Arena, officially named the Coca-Cola Arena, is due to open in June 2019 and will span half-a-million square feet. The multi-purpose arena will have the capacity to accommodate 17,000 people and will host a variety of events all year round.

Founded in 2013, ESF primarily specialises in street furniture, such as bins, benches and bollards.

In recent years, however the company has diversified and built up a strong export business supplying some of the biggest theme parks in the world, including internationally recognised brands such as Disney and Warner Bros.

Last year the company supplied products to 22 countries globally and opened its first American office.

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