FIVE MIN­UTES WITH...

Kevin Bren­nan, Dubai Sports City

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1.45 Tell us a lit­tle about DSC Fa­cil­i­ties Ser­vices?

DSC Fa­cil­i­ties Ser­vices (DSC FS) is an in­te­grated ser­vice provider which of­fers tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions to our clien­tele with the ob­jec­tive of en­hanc­ing the ef­fi­ciency and ex­tend­ing the life cy­cle of the as­sets within the de­vel­op­ments and prop­er­ties that we main­tain.

What are a few projects cur2.05 rently man­aged by DSC FS

There are sev­eral projects cur­rently un­der DSC FS’s purview. A few of th­ese in­clude the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil — tech­ni­cal ser­vices, land­scap­ing, pest con­trol, waste man­age­ment; GEMS In­ter­na­tional — tech­ni­cal hard ser­vices, clean­ing, land­scap­ing, pest con­trol; villa com­mu­ni­ties in Vic­tory Heights — tech­ni­cal ser­vices, clean­ing, land­scap­ing. We also have sev­eral con­tracts with own­ers as­so­ci­a­tions and pri­vate villa own­ers.

4.05 Tell us a few chal­lenges that come with man­ag­ing a mas­ter com­mu­nity

Chal­lenges in a mas­ter com­mu­nity arise be­cause there can be so many Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tions e.g. each build­ing or each es­tate has its own com­mu­nity to main­tain as well as their con­tri­bu­tion to the mas­ter com­mu­nity. The mas­ter de­vel­oper is re­spon­si­ble for col­lect­ing the fees and man­ag­ing the main­te­nance of the en­tire com­mu­nity. The cur­rent gov­ern­ing bod­ies are TRAKHEES and RERA and Dubai Sports City and its com­mu­ni­ties are gov­erned by RERA. Sports City Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Man­age­ment Ser­vices (SOAMS) cur­rently man­age the mas­ter com­mu­nity on be­half of the de­vel­oper as well as a num­ber of other com­mu­nity own­ers as­so­ci­a­tions with the es­tate.

3.00 How does DM’s new di­rec­tive af­fect DSC’s self­suf­fi­cient strat­egy?

DSC has its own Sewage Treat­ment Plant (STP) as a per­ma­nent fix­ture. How­ever, re­cent strate­gic changes by DM says they wish to op­er­ate all STP fa­cil­i­ties within Dubai and there­fore we have been ad­vised that our STP must close within the next few years. As a re­sult, this now means the mas­ter com­mu­nity will be re­quired to buy most of its TSE wa­ter from the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and in fu­ture all of it.

4.45 Tell is about DSC’s sus­tain­abil­ity plans

All street lights in the com­mu­nity have been con­verted to so­lar power in line with our self-suf­fi­cient pol­icy. Th­ese street lights are cen­trally con­trolled via a Wi-Fi mesh which feeds all street light op­er­at­ing pa­ram­e­ters back to a cen­tral con­trol and mon­i­tor­ing com­puter and this gives us com­plete con­trol, down to in­di­vid­ual street lights.

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