American University in Dubai: Concrete, Cement and SCM Survey

The American University in Dubai (AUD) was commissioned by EcoSmart to complete a survey on concrete, cement and SCM production and usage in the United Arab Emirates to gain a better understanding of the current industry and practices being employed.

Information obtained from the survey included costs, quantities and qualities of concrete, cement and SCMs used in the UAE. The authors estimated volume of concrete used in the UAE in 2007 to be 31-35 million cubic meters and total amount of cement produced to be 15 million tonnes. Of the 31-35 million cubic meters of concrete poured 80% had 28 day strength requirements of 40-60 MPa and over half had durability requirements for which SCMs are well suited.

GGBS consumed in the UAE was 2.5 million tonnes in 2007 and though information regarding sly ash use was scare information gained implied increased usage with ash sales more than doubling for one marketer between 2005 and 2007.

The average cost in 2007 for concrete was 270 AED/m3 and concrete while concrete with durability requirements costed slightly more at 280 AED/m3. Between 2005 and 2007 prices varied significantly for cement, GGBS and fly ash with the largest increase in prices seen for fly ash (44% increase).

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