Summers in the United Arab Emirates are extremely hot, but construction workers must continue working through the heat if they hope to make adequate wages, which is why Emirates NBD has introduced A/C vests. The vests use simple, low-cost technology to significantly reduce body heat for workers who must wear long, heavy clothing to comply with safety specifications.
A/C vests are especially pressing during Ramadan. In Islam, Ramadan, which occurs in the early summertime, is spent fasting and abstaining from drinking water during the day. This abstention from fluids increases the risk of heat stroke, especially in the Middle Eastern heat. Functioning with cool water, the A/C vests work to effectively replace some of that lost liquid, ultimately causing workers' body temperatures to drop by as much as seven degrees Celsius.
Keeping construction workers cool reduces risk and helps them to continue working and earning for their families.