Global water technology firm Xylem Inc., manufacturer of Godwin and Flygt pumps, has opened a new pump rental and service business in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to serve the growing demand from the construction and infrastructure sectors, as well as municipal customers in the Middle East and North Africa.

The opening follows Xylem’s announcement in January 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 and building local capabilities, including a pump manufacturing facility, a pump rental and services operation, and offices in the UAE, Oman and Qatar.

Xylem’s pumps and dewatering solutions ply a key role in various stages of construction projects by keeping project sites free of unwanted water during the build. Currently there are $390.8 billion worth of construction projects underway in Dubai.

“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.”

“The 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 now operational and is located in Jebel Ali, Dubai. The location provides pumping solutions from Xylem’s Flygt and Godwin brands.