Search through tenders for work in the GCC region and it will not take long to find requests for proposal covering the repair and protection of concrete.
It has been well recorded that environmental factors in the GCC have an adverse impact on concrete structures. Thanks to a combination of high ambient temperatures, salt-contaminated dust, sea water and underground salts the region has a concocted a natural recipe for the gradual deterioration and destruction of concrete.
It’s a challenge that has drawn considerable attention over the years as it became apparent that ‘a large number of existing reinforced concrete structures in Dubai, and the UAE at large, are suffering from durability problems, leading to accelerated deterioration and cracking, thus reducing the functional service life’.
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