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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Hamdan bin Zayed tours Western Region's facilities

Posted on 06/08/2009

Gharbia - The health sector in Abu Dhabi is receiving incessant support of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and special care of H.H. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, yesterday. "The government is determined to upgrade the health care system in Abu Dhabi at bar with the highest internationally ...  >>MORE

Tahnoun views designs of Jebel Hafeet road development

Posted on 06/08/2009

H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative in the Eastern Region, viewed yesterday at Al Ain Municipality designs and models for development, improvement and maintenance of Jebel Hafeet road The height of Jebel Hafeet, Abu Dhabi's most well known mountain, is about 1047 meters. The length of the fully serviced Mubraza road leading to the Jebel Hafeet summit is 12 kilometres Sheikh Tahnoun was briefed by Dr. Mattar Al Nuaimi, Director of Infrastructure and ...  >>MORE

President inspects tourism projects in Saadiyat and Yas Islands, Al Raha Beach

Posted on 05/08/2009

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, accompanied by HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, made an inspectional tour of the Saadiyat and Yas Islands and Al-Raha Beach in Abu Dhabi yesterday to view the progress of work at various tourism projects. He began the tour from the Abu Dhabi Corniche area towards the Saadiyat Island passing along the new Abu Dhabi-Saadiyat Bridge as well as ...  >>MORE

Reem makes waves as flooding of marina commences at Najmat, Abu Dhabi

Posted on 26/07/2009

A significant milestone in the creation of Abu Dhabi's new urban waterside living project was achieved as Reem Developers, a subsidiary of Reem Investments, commenced flooding of the first man-made marina in Reem Island. The ceremony officiated by H.E. Abdulhamid Saeed, Managing Director of Reem Investments, marked the inundation of 355,000 million cubic metres of water into the marina which measures 250 meters wide in diameter. The entire process will take less than 30 days to complete. ...  >>MORE

UPC reveals Abu Dhabi Corniche beach development plan

Posted on 02/07/2009

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) on Wednesday revealed its Corniche Public Beach Development Plan, UPC said in a press release. Abu Dhabi residents will soon enjoy an interactive beach front with new events and restaurants as part of the new plan, according to UPC, the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urban environments and the management and implementation of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030. The plan incorporates cultural, environmental and aesthetic influences shaping Abu ...  >>MORE

Tigers' Dubai tee-off 'progresses'

Posted on 16/06/2009

Developers behind Tiger Woods Dubai, the multimillion-dirham golf-themed project in Dubailand, moved yesterday to shore up confidence following delays and questions over the final scope of the enterprise. When it was launched, the company had planned for 22 palaces, 100 luxury villas, a 360,000 square foot hotel and 75 mansions to be included in the project all around a championship 18-hole golf course, clubhouse and academy. But last week Tiger Woods sparked new questions about the project ...  >>MORE

Urban Planning Council presents Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 to US delegation

Posted on 12/06/2009

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urban regional environments yesterday received a delegation of the United States of America headed by H.E Richard Olson, United States Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates. The US delegation was received by H.E Falah Al Ahbabi, General Manager, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council at the UPC office in Abu Dhabi. The delegation visited the UPC and was presented with key aspects of the unique Vision ...  >>MORE

Reem island readies for first arrivals

Posted on 11/05/2009

Once a desolate and wild strip, the tiny Reem Island adjoining Abu Dhabi's coastline will soon cease to be a lonely place as it braces for first human arrivals for living this year. Located less than 100 metres from the nearest coastal point in the eastern flank of the capital, Reem, an Arabic for deer, has an area of one million square metres. "The island will be inhabited this year for the first time. The first stage of development has almost been completed and that part of the island is now ...  >>MORE

French companies eye urban planning projects in Abu Dhabi: French FM

Posted on 27/04/2009

The Abu Dhabi 2030 Urban Planning Project has generated widespread interest among French businesses, many of whom have brought high-profile economic development projects to fruition, said Bernard Kouchner, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. In an exclusive interview with Oxford Business Group (OBG), the highly acclaimed global publishing, research and consultancy firm, Kouchner told said that: "Several French companies are world leaders in areas such as water distribution and treatment, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi unveils new Capital City District

Posted on 20/04/2009

Details of the massive new government and economic district for the capital of the United Arab Emirates was unveiled yesterday in the presence of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. A model of the Capital City District project is the centrepiece of the stand of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council at Cityscape Abu Dhabi, the real estate and investment exhibition and conference, officially ...  >>MORE

Out of the sea, a city is rising

Posted on 13/04/2009

Just a year ago, Sowwah Island was an empty patch of desert off the waters of the Beach Rotana hotel shaped like a pair of lips. Now the 117-hectare island is a hive of construction activity, with towers starting to jut out of the ground and a constant stream of lorries. "It's a Manhattan in the making,” says John Thomas, the executive director of Mubadala Real Estate & Hospitality, the master developer of the project. "This is the heart of the new central business district.” Sowwah is ...  >>MORE

Al Ain plan foresees trebling of population

Posted on 09/04/2009

Officials have unveiled a master plan to preserve Al Ain's unique character while sustaining a nearly three-fold increase in population over the next 20 years. The Plan Al Ain 2030, a set of guidelines for the development of the UAE's fourth largest city, was released by the Urban Planning Council yesterday. The blueprint projects the city's population to grow by 21 per cent over the next five years alone, from the current 374,000 residents to 476,000. Among the priorities outlined by the ...  >>MORE

Dh5bn plan for Khalifa City A approved

Posted on 23/03/2009

A Dh5 billion project to expand and redevelop Khalifa City A was approved yesterday by the Urban Planning Council, allowing construction to begin. The district will grow from its current 7,000 residents to some 53,000 by 2030, with more than 4,500 new villas and around 100 apartment blocks. The plans also include 30 schools and 30 public parks, as well as shops, hotels and a medical compound. There will be a network of shaded pathways, and a tram route linking Khalifa City A to the capital ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi finalises plans for Putrajaya-type administrative district

Posted on 13/03/2009

The Abu Dhabi government is gearing up to develop a new administrative district, Capital District, that will house the future government offices and residences. Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) which is overseeing the project, has approved three masterplans in a meeting held in the presence of Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Chairman of the Executive Council, Chairman of the Urban Planning Council. This mirrors similar steps taken by some other ...  >>MORE

Three urban planning projects for Abu Dhabi approved

Posted on 12/03/2009

Three pivotal master plans for the emirate of Abu Dhabi have been approved, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (ADUPC) said. The plans, the Capital District Concept Plan, Khalifa B Master Plan and Shahama and Bahia Revitalisation Plan, will be unveiled at the 2009 edition of Cityscape Abu Dhabi. Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi, general manager of ADUPC, said, "The approval of the three master plans is a major step towards the realisation of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030.” The 4,500-hectare Capital District ...  >>MORE

Dubai plans new suburbs

Posted on 10/03/2009

Two huge new suburbs are to be built in Dubai to accommodate growing residential demand, Emirates Business has learned. The developments – next to Al Barsha and Al Khawaneej – will meet the residential needs of Emiratis until 2015, Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said yesterday. Details of the locations and other information are to be sent to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who ...  >>MORE

Dh1.6b Fishermen's Marina to be developed at Al Bateen

Posted on 18/02/2009

Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), a master developer of major Abu Dhabi tourism destinations, has awarded a Dh142 million (US$39 million) marine works contract to AST, a UAE-based contractor. The contract covers dredging and construction of a two-kilometre quay wall and pontoons for the Fishermen's Marina at the Wharf urban redevelopment project. The marine work has already commenced and is expected to take a year to complete. Featuring berths for 320 fishing vessels and 38 ...  >>MORE

UPC launches new Estidama website

Posted on 18/02/2009

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urban environments, has launched the new web site version of Estidama - Arabic for sustainability - an initiative that groups together communities, organisations, businesses and policy-makers to further encourage responsible decision making to bring Abu Dhabi and the region towards global sustainability leadership. "Engaging and educating the community is one of UPC's main objectives and the new ...  >>MORE

SCCI sets up local arm of World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Posted on 24/01/2009

The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has announced that it hosted last Thursday the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in a special meeting that led to the formal establishment of the Business Council for Sustainable Development United Arab Emirates (BCSD-UAE), under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah. The event also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ...  >>MORE

Posted on 22/01/2009

SCCI sets up local arm of World Business Council for Sustainable Development The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has announced that it hosted last Thursday the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) in a special meeting that led to the formal establishment of the Business Council for Sustainable Development United Arab Emirates (BCSD-UAE), under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah. ...  >>MORE

UPC becomes the exclusive sponsor of the 2nd Edition of Al Manakh

Posted on 19/01/2009

HRH Prince Willem Alexander, Crown Prince of The Netherlands and the Minister for Foreign Trade of the Netherlands, Frank Heemskerk attended the signing ceremony of the exclusive sponsorship by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) of the 2nd edition of Al Manakh. The Urban Planning Council is the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urban environment. Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi, General Manager, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council hosted the Crown Prince at the Emirates Palace in Abu ...  >>MORE

New committee to name Dubai streets

Posted on 12/01/2009

H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Finance and Chairman of Dubai Municipality yesterday issued a decision setting up a committee for naming Dubai streets. Seeking help from social figures and dignitaries and experts, the new body will give streets the names which reflect the history of the emirate, according to the decision. Dubai Municipality will have the final say to pick up the most suitable of names recommended by the committee which shall be a consultative body. ...  >>MORE

The Tiger Woods Dubai Plant Nursery begins to support horticultural requirements of Al Ruwaya Golf Course

Posted on 11/01/2009

The Tiger Woods Dubai, a member of Tatweer Dubai, yesterday announced its plant nursery, which aims to support the horticultural requirements of the 55 million sq. ft. golf community development, now boasts over 60 acres of grass - the equivalent of nine holes - and houses nearly 4,500 trees in addition to a wide variety of shrubs. The nursery that has begun to cater to the requirements of Al Ruwaya Golf Course also features a reverse osmosis (RO) plant that purifies 5,000m3/day of treated ...  >>MORE

BurjDubai’s new feat: 780 metres, 160 storeys

Posted on 31/12/2008

Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building on Tuesday reached a record of 780 metres height and the building, the centrepiece of Emaar's US$20 billion Downtown Burj Dubai project, now has more than 160 storeys. However, it's still not known what the final height of the tower will be. In 2008, Burj Dubai achieved the distinction of being the world's tallest structure surpassing the KVLY-TV mast (628.8 metres; 2,063 ft) in North Dakota, USA. The tower is already taller than Taipei 101 in Taiwan, ...  >>MORE

Oasis city gets a makeover

Posted on 05/12/2008

Government spending billions to boost facilities in Al Ain as the city becomes increasingly popular with tourists. Fast-track development has seen Al Ain grow swiftly from just a cluster of small villages to a well-planned, modern city that is at the forefront of a social and economic revolution. The beauty of Al Ain and its surroundings are being dressed up in new revelry, as the government invests billions of dirhams in a variety of development projects. Al Ain has long been known as the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's UPC launches Estidama sustainable programme

Posted on 21/11/2008

To enable Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, the Urban Structure Framework Plan for Abu Dhabi, to establish a distinctive framework for measuring sustainability performance beyond the usual planning and construction phases, The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urban environments, is addressing sustainability concerns of the community at large through 4 key angles; environmental, economic, social and cultural. By setting up new standards, the UPC, ...  >>MORE

UPC to address Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 at London investment forum

Posted on 27/10/2008

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) will highlight its innovative Plan 2030 vision and Estidama tailored framework at the Abu Dhabi Investment Forum in London on the 28th of October. The UPC's participation at the highly anticipated event will underline its role in paving the way to create a leading, modern, authentic and sustainable Arabic city that responds to the evolving needs of its people and attracts investors. The UPC will reveal its plans on delivering economic sustainability ...  >>MORE

Plan Abu Dhabi 2030: Sustaining Urban Mobility

Posted on 26/10/2008

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) is designing a development strategy which is integrating land use and transportation - a concern for urban planners - for the UAE capital through the implementation of a unique concept. The UPC is thinking ahead many years to decentralise population density currently centred in the north eastern part of Abu Dhabi Island, with a high density spine extending southwards along Airport Road. "Abu Dhabi's population is projected to increase to three ...  >>MORE

Nakheel's Forbidden City to feature 4,000 low-rise apartments

Posted on 26/10/2008

Dubai's master developer Nakheel yesterday unveiled a residential neighbourhood Forbidden City in International City inspired from the legendary Royal Court Palace of Imperial China. Forbidden City will offer its own extensive community facilities, enhanced by the range of retail and leisure offerings at International City and Dragon Mart. The new city will be home to 4,000 low-rise studio, one-bed and two-bed apartments. At the heart of the development will be a landscaped vista leading to an ...  >>MORE

Aldar is taking Yas Island to Asia

Posted on 23/10/2008

Visitors to ITB Singapore will have a closer look into the host of tourist attractions being developed by Aldar Properties as part of its flagship luxury leisure destination in Yas Island. While Yas will be the hallmark of Aldar's participation in ITB, Abu Dhabi's leading property development, investment and management company will also use the high profile event to highlight its diverse portfolio of developments that are aimed at promoting the capital of the United Arab Emirates as an ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Lubna discusses UAE urban development at 2008 Global Creative Leadership Summit

Posted on 25/09/2008

UAE Minister of Foreign Trade HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi discussed the UAE's unique approach to urban development, cultural tourism and diversification during a panel session on "Cities and Countries: Diversifying to Survive." The session was part of the 2008 Global Creative Leadership Summit, which was held from September 21 to 23, 2008 at The Metropolitan Club in New York City. Sheikha Lubna will join prominent international experts, public figures, academics, technologists, artists, Nobel ...  >>MORE

ALDAR announces new plans for Noor Al Ain Development Plan

Posted on 25/09/2008

ALDAR Properties yesterday announced that it was revising its Noor Al Ain project in Al Ain to cope with new guidelines developed by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) through the UPC's constant consultation process with its developer partners. "ALDAR and UPC and a number of other developers and consultants have been working closely on a new set of guidelines that will evidently be integrated into the Urban Structure Framework Plan for Al Ain," said Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Chairman, ALDAR ...  >>MORE

2030 Vision brand launched

Posted on 16/09/2008

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) today unveiled its new corporate brand symbolizing the Emirate's 2030 long term vision. The new brand will help communicate Plan Abu Dhabi 2030's key principles including preserving the area's delicate ecology, ensuring economic sustainability, enhancing transport links, increasing public open spaces and fostering Emirati culture. Reflecting the dynamism and substance of this unique 'Next Generation Planning' mindset, the creation of this brand ...  >>MORE

UPC announces new community design guidelines

Posted on 10/09/2008

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) through Estidama, the Sustainable Buildings and Communities Program, has invited building developers as well as consultants and selected government entities to evaluate the updated interim community guidelines as part of an ongoing pilot program. The test phase will apply to selected community projects in the emirate of Abu Dhabi that are being reviewed by the UPC. Uniquely, the new guidelines will be the first in the Middle East to be specifically ...  >>MORE

Nujoom canals phase II work begins

Posted on 21/08/2008

The canals within the Al Nujoom Islands project circulate water within nine days against the global average of 12 days, said the chairman of Al Hanoo Holdings yesterday. Water flow through the canal marked the beginning of phase two of the project said the developer. Sheikh Abdullah Al Shakrah, Chairman of Al Hanoo Holding, developer of Al Nujoom Islands project, said: "These water canals were made with the highest international standards to ensure water circulation inside the canals is done ...  >>MORE

Planners draw new blueprint for Al Ain

Posted on 05/08/2008

The city planners behind Abu Dhabi's reinvention are drawing up an ambitious new blueprint for developing Al Ain and the Al Gharbia region. The plans will reflect the rapid rate of expansion in the rest of the country, and will guide construction and policy in the areas formerly known as the Western Region for years to come. The Urban Planning Council (UPC) said the plans should be published by the end of the year, with the Al Ain draft due in September or October. The prospect of large-scale ...  >>MORE

Relief coming for Jumeirah Village

Posted on 05/08/2008

A new road network and flyovers near Jumeirah Village are set to ease fears of traffic congestion in a rapidly developing part of the city where up to half a million people will be living within five years. The roundabout at the junction of Emirates Road and Al Khail Road, clogged by heavy traffic accessing nearby construction sites, will be redesigned as part of a scheme to replace busy intersections on Al Khail Road with clover-like interchanges. Construction will run in conjunction with ...  >>MORE

ALDAR Properties announce financial results for Q2 2008

Posted on 30/07/2008

ALDAR Properties, the leading integrated property development company yesterday announced the company's financial and operational highlights for the second quarter of 2008. Commenting on the results, Ronald Stephen Barrott, Chief Executive of ALDAR said: "Results for the first half of the year were in line with our expectations and again our financial performance was reinforced by sales activity during the period. These results are a reflection of our focused and structured approach to the ...  >>MORE

Island projects taking shape in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 21/07/2008

Local developers have been altering many of Abu Dhabi's 200 islands – some natural, some man-made – to make way for high-rise buildings, marinas and luxury villa developments. These shoreline reclamations and island re-shapings are being closely watched by the Urban Planning Council, because it is one of the capital's defining policies to maintain the islands' natural beauty and wildlife. "Several of the islands have been changed over the years, but not much is allowed now,” said Peter ...  >>MORE

Dh1.2 billion, infrastructure cost of Al Nujoom Islands

Posted on 20/07/2008

Al Hanoo Holding, one of the largest holding and development companies in the region, has organised two workshops with Halcrow International and Emcor Services. The basis of these workshops is to discuss the latest developments of the infrastructure of Hanoo's largest project, ‘Al Nujoom Islands', which is being developed on the Arab Gulf in Hamria area in the Emirate of Sharjah. Al Hanoo Holding's Chairman Sheik Abdullah Al-Shakrah said: "Holding of the workshops coincides with the ...  >>MORE

Yas Island development stays on schedule

Posted on 17/07/2008

Aldar Properties, a leading integrated property development company, said yesterday it was on schedule for completion of phase 1 infrastructure work on its entertainment destination – Yas Island. Aldar is currently in the process of deepening the canal leading to Yas Island to allow super yachts to anchor in the Royal Yas Marina, providing excellent views for the audience to the Yas Marina Circuit. The marina wall and excavation is currently 90 per cent complete. The marina is dammed to ...  >>MORE

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Hamdan bin Zayed tours Western Region's facilities


Tahnoun views designs of Jebel Hafeet road development


President inspects tourism projects in Saadiyat and Yas Islands, Al Raha Beach


Reem makes waves as flooding of marina commences at Najmat, Abu Dhabi


UPC reveals Abu Dhabi Corniche beach development plan


Tigers' Dubai tee-off 'progresses'


Urban Planning Council presents Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 to US delegation


Reem island readies for first arrivals


French companies eye urban planning projects in Abu Dhabi: French FM


Abu Dhabi unveils new Capital City District


Out of the sea, a city is rising


Al Ain plan foresees trebling of population


Dh5bn plan for Khalifa City A approved


Abu Dhabi finalises plans for Putrajaya-type administrative district


Three urban planning projects for Abu Dhabi approved


Dubai plans new suburbs


Dh1.6b Fishermen's Marina to be developed at Al Bateen


UPC launches new Estidama website


SCCI sets up local arm of World Business Council for Sustainable Development


UPC becomes the exclusive sponsor of the 2nd Edition of Al Manakh


New committee to name Dubai streets


The Tiger Woods Dubai Plant Nursery begins to support horticultural requirements of Al Ruwaya Golf Course


BurjDubai’s new feat: 780 metres, 160 storeys


Oasis city gets a makeover


Abu Dhabi's UPC launches Estidama sustainable programme


UPC to address Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 at London investment forum


Plan Abu Dhabi 2030: Sustaining Urban Mobility


Nakheel's Forbidden City to feature 4,000 low-rise apartments


Aldar is taking Yas Island to Asia


Sheikha Lubna discusses UAE urban development at 2008 Global Creative Leadership Summit


ALDAR announces new plans for Noor Al Ain Development Plan


2030 Vision brand launched


UPC announces new community design guidelines


Nujoom canals phase II work begins


Planners draw new blueprint for Al Ain


Relief coming for Jumeirah Village


ALDAR Properties announce financial results for Q2 2008


Island projects taking shape in Abu Dhabi


Dh1.2 billion, infrastructure cost of Al Nujoom Islands


Yas Island development stays on schedule