: Al Qasimia University in Sharjah.
Al Qasimia University in Sharjah.

A Sigma A-XT gas extinguishing panel from Kentec is an essential component of a Luke Alexander fire extinguishing system protecting the Holy Quran Academy at Al Qasimia University in Sharjah.


Opened as a department of the university in 2017, the academy was established by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, the Ruler of the Sharjah and a member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates.

GECO, a leading mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) contractor and turnkey fire protection solutions provider in the UAE, was selected for the project to create and install a reliable and sustainable solution for the preservation of the Holy Quran, ancient manuscripts, and other holy books at the Holy Quran Academy.

The Luke fire extinguishing system is available in 16 different size options and made with high-quality stainless steel directly sourced from Luke Alexander’s manufacturing location in Singapore. As the only company in the world that manufactures both the fire extinguishing agent and the fire extinguishing system, Luke Alexander provides an unparalleled sense of reliability and convenience to safeguard the most valuable and important assets.

Luke 227 fire extinguishing agent is also approved under the UL 2166 and FM 5600 standards, and is a recognised trade name listed on the U.S EPA SNAP Program. Luke fire extinguishing system components are individually listed in the UL component recognition program and is collectively approved under UL 2166 standard as a UL approved system. 

Kentec’s Sigma A-XT releasing panel provides three initiation circuits as standard, which means the release of the extinguishant can be configured to activate from any combination of detection zone inputs to allow specific and controlled activations. It also features a large LED display, simplifying configuration and displaying the time remaining until release for added user safety.

Mr Sundararajan, Senior Sales Engineer of GECO, says: “We take great pride in the systems we install being able to ensure the continuity and preservation of such significant artefacts.”

Kevin Swann, Kentec managing director of Kentec, says:

“The extinguishing panels are both robust and easy to install, and allow the functionality of the system to be extensively modified to suit any type of installation, including this prestigious site. We are extremely proud that our trusted and reliable solutions are helping to ensure the continued preservation of such holy texts and important artefacts at the university complex.”

Ms. Yvonne Mun, Director of Luke Alexander, adds:

“My team and I are humbled to be selected as the chosen brand to undertake a project of paramount importance in preserving the heritage of UAE. We consider this as another Milestone Project for Luke Alexander. This reminds us that what we do is more than just a business, rather it is ensuring safety and security with our best quality products. This vision is what continues to motivate us to elevate and improve our craft to better provide innovative and excellent solutions to the public.”

The Sigma A-XT has been approved to UL864 and is FM listed. EN approved versions are also available.