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A1 flues set for Dubai indoor theme park

The first contract after signing a landmark export deal will see A1 Flue Systems ship industrial chimney system to Dubai to be installed in the world’s largest indoor theme park.

IMG Worlds of Adventure covers an area of more than 1.5 million square feet and will feature four adventure zones under one roof – including ones for Cartoon Network and MARVEL, as well as IMG Boulevard and the Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure zones. It is due to open this year.

The project is a massive boost for A1 - which is the UK market leader in the design, manufacture and installation of commercial and industrial chimney, flue and exhaust systems.

Director TJ Duncan-Moir said the company has achieved quicker-than-expected export growth after it formed a strategic alliance with the Abu Dhabi-based Bin Jabr Group, which is actively involved in projects across the UAE related to heating and cooling products. As the UAE gears up to host the World Expo in 2020 (Dubai) and the FIFA World Cup in 2022 (Qatar), the region has high growth potential.

“The ink is barely dry on our agreement with the Bin Jabr Group and we have already secured a contract to supply flue and chimney systems to the world’s largest indoor theme park,” said TJ.

“We have an unrivalled portfolio of high-profile projects in the UK – including the recent deal to design, manufacture and install the flue systems as part of the redevelopment of the iconic Battersea Power Station in London – but this is an incredible first step onto the world stage for our business.

“Given the scale of construction in the UAE at the moment, we hoped that our first project would be a skyscraper because we excel at such challenging projects. But to be involved in the world’s largest indoor theme park is a massive coup for us – even though the project itself is actually very straightforward.”

The partnership agreement with the Bin Jabr Group originally came about because A1 was recommended by a company in Germany.

Murat Aydemir, CEO of the group’s HVAC & Energy Division, said: “A1 Flue Systems came highly recommended as a world-class solution provider, and a visit to its factory at the start of the year exceeded our expectations that the Bin Jabr Group can partner with A1 Flue Systems on a range of projects in the United Arab Emirates.”

Reflecting on the deal, fellow director John Hamnett said he is immensely proud of the fact that the skills, knowledge and expertise of the family-run business from a quiet corner of Nottingham could be about to take big steps forward.

“We are keeping our feet firmly on the ground, but we can’t help grinning from ear to ear because our first export contract is such a high-profile one, which speaks volumes about everyone at A1 Flue Systems,” said John.

“As a business, every single person is fully committed to the highest standards of excellence, which set A1 Flue Systems apart in a very competitive market. And this approach is reaping rewards.”