DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Oct. 12, 2016)—Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company, announced the opening of a new pump rental and service business in Dubai to serve growing demand from the construction and infrastructure sectors, as well as municipal customers, across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

This follows the company’s announcement in January this year of a $35 million investment in expanding its operations in the region. The investment, which will continue until 2018, will enable the localization of products as well as building local capabilities, including a pump manufacturing facility, a pump rental and services operation, and offices in the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar.

Xylem’s pumps and dewatering solutions can play a key role in various stages of construction projects by efficiently and effectively keeping project sites free of unwanted water throughout the project build. The number of construction projects currently underway in Dubai equate to $390.8 billion. Xylem’s new pump rental and service hub will serve customer needs for temporary and long-term rental solutions, and provide access to thousands of Xylem rental assets capable of addressing complex dewatering challenges.

“The Middle East and North Africa region is evolving at a rapid rate, with thousands of construction and infrastructure projects currently underway,” said Graeme Saunders, Director of the Dewatering business for Xylem MENA. “Our new local pump rental and service hub puts us in a very strong position to better serve our customers. Our local team is uniquely qualified with in-depth pump application knowledge that will enable us to provide our customers with customized solutions.”

“This new hub is part of a larger, significant investment we are making in the MENA region as we work to solve our customers critical water challenges,” said David Flinton, Senior Vice President and President of Xylem's Dewatering business. “Investment in the new hub also supports our global strategy to help build resilient communities by offering products and services to prepare for, respond to, and recover from extreme weather events including flooding and drought.”

Xylem’s new dewatering rental and service hub is operational and located in Jebel Ali, Dubai. This location provides innovative pumping solutions from the company’s Flygt and Godwin brands. Xylem offers a complete rental portfolio as well as proven engineering expertise tailored to meet the needs of customers in the municipal, construction, industrial, emergency and mining segments.