The inaugural Annual Refrigeration Conference, organised by Technical Review Middle East magazine under Alain Charles Publishing Managed Events, was successfully held from 27-28 November 2018 at the Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai, UAE. The two-day event focused on leading the conversation on the main challenges faced by the refrigeration industry in UAE on day one, and a masterclass on refrigeration systems on day two. Expert speakers from a wide array of sectors including construction, HVAC, engineering consultancy, healthcare and health and safety delivered visionary keynote to a large audience.
Day one started with a presentation on food security and its impact on food safety and environment, by Ghaleb Abusaa from Ghaleb Abusaa Office (GASO). Erwa Mudathir Mohamed, a senior food safety specialist at Ras Al Khaimah Municipality gave an insightful presentation on the challenges of food establishment and refrigeration. Other speakers included Arvind Surange, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); Bjorn Ostbye, EMKE Group; Bobby Krishna TM, food safety department, Dubai Municipality and Guillermo Martinez, Araner. The attendees had the opportunity to engage in two product showcases. Johnson Controls presented their innovative and energy efficient products and TSSC delivered a presentation on “refrigeration energy use in transport and commercial food.” The highlight of the day was the panel discussion on the topic “Smart equipment and digitalisation in refrigeration vs traditional refrigeration”, where the audience had the chance to engage in the conversation.
On the second day, the audience had a detailed training on refrigeration systems by Simon Clarke, a global refrigeration consultant at Refcon. Some of the topics of the masterclass were understanding refrigeration systems and its properties, refrigeration system design and its functions, ammonia refrigeration systems and its importance and advanced troubleshooting of refrigeration systems.