Bauporte Gulf, a leading European entrance system and door manufacturer headquartered in Dubai, has reported increasing demand for burglar-resistance class, RC3, entrance systems and doors from building owners and designers across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), in particular in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Threat-resistant doors have always been the benchmark standard for banks and financial institutions throughout the world, however a more recent trend has emerged where architects and designers of five-star hotels and an increasing number of government buildings are also enquiring about RC3-rated entrance systems, says the company. Other security features such as night shutters for refurbishment and new-build projects across the region are also seeing demand, it states.
The internationally-recognised RC3 certification ensures the majority of burglars using a variety of tools such as drills, knives, saws, screwdrivers, crowbars or hammers, will encounter greater difficulty in trying to break in, says Bauporte Gulf.
The European company has been designing and manufacturing doors to these specifications at its factory in Germany which are then shipped to the Middle East and installed by its local team.
The company custom designs and manufactures automatic RC3-rated doors in a range of options including swing revolving, sliding and pivot doors, together with higher specification bullet and ballistic-resistant options also currently available, it states.
“Installing RC3 doors can help hotel and exhibition centres win major government contracts, such as G7 summits, because organisers are often required to choose venues with the highest level of security features,” remarks Paul Haslam, partner at Bauporte Gulf.
“When you start talking about high-security doors, people often immediately think of thick steel doors with unbreakable locks. However, modern security doors are nothing like that. Next-generation security doors generally come in an all-glass finish so the doors look inviting and seamlessly blend into the modern all-glass entrance façades, creating that all-important first and last impression when entering or exiting a building,” explains Haslam.
“Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states are currently generating the greatest demand for automatic RC3-rated doors which could be due to a higher perceived risk in those countries. This is less the case in the UAE, where most RC3-rated door enquiries are for bank and financial institution buildings, as well as some government buildings,” he adds.