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UAE's fifth green building gets US certification

Posted on 21/04/2009

The UAE's fifth green building has been certified as US LEED platinum while 450 buildings are currently waiting to be certified in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as building codes for both emirates are being drawn up. Mario Seneviratne, World Green Buildings Council secretary congratulated Ali Bin Towaih, executive director of Enpark and Director of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Division (Seed) at Tecom Investments on the completion of the UAE's fifth green building, the Tecom Investment ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi introduces new rating method to improve quality of buildings

Posted on 21/04/2009

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has unveiled a New Buildings Rating Method, designed to dramatically improve quality of buildings in Abu Dhabi by allowing developers and their design teams to assess the performance of their proposed developments in light of rapidly evolving concepts for sustainability. The Rating Method will be an invaluable tool for designers, developers, government agencies and institutional investors. It will be accompanied by a Design Guide, which will provide ...  >>MORE

Elongated ‘oyster shell’ hotel for Lulu Island

Posted on 21/04/2009

The Government has chosen a marine design that resembles an "oyster shell that has been turned on its side and elongated” for a landmark tower on Lulu Island, an executive said yesterday. After reviewing four designs submitted by Sorouh Real Estate, the Government chose a concept by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, said James O'Hagan, Sorouh's senior manager for development and marketing of Lulu Island. A rendering of the project, which will incorporate a hotel and residential apartments, shows ...  >>MORE

TDIC on track with major commercial, leisure and tourism development projects

Posted on 20/04/2009

Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), a master developer of cultural, residential, and tourism destinations in Abu Dhabi, today presented a detailed delivery progress update of 12 of its key projects. The detailed update showcases TDIC's commitment in moving forward on schedule with its announced projects and comes only a short time after the company received AA ratings from three major credit rating agencies - Moody's, Standard '&' Poor's and Fitch Ratings. The information ...  >>MORE

Concreting commences at Burooj Properties' Al Ghurm Garden Villas

Posted on 20/04/2009

Burooj Properties, the real estate arm of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) and developer of realty projects in the UAE and larger Middle East, announced yesterday that it has commenced concreting works at the company's Al Ghurm Garden Villas project, following the completion of earth works. Located on Abu Dhabi Island close to Al Bateen Airport and Sheikh Khalifa Public Park, the 80-villa Al Ghurm Garden project spans a built area of over 285,000 square feet, with each villa occupying 4,124 ...  >>MORE

ICT awards construction contract for Dj260m residential project in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 20/04/2009

International Capital Trading LLC (ICT), a leading Abu Dhabi-based investment and development company has announced that it has awarded an AED 260 million contract to Pivot Engineering '&' General Contracting Co WLL for the construction of a residential project in Mohammed Bin Zayed City, Abu Dhabi. The project will encompass 170 three and four bedroom villas, as well as a broad range of amenities for the residents including a clubhouse and swimming pool, two playgrounds, a mosque, a ...  >>MORE

Siemens to build Dh1.7b power plant in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 31/03/2009

Germany's Siemens Energy has secured a Dh1.7 billion order for building a power plant with an integrated seawater desalination facility at Shuweihat on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, its chief executive officer said. The power plant will have a capacity in excess of 1,500 megawatts and will feed nearly 455,000 cubic metres of water into the local drinking water network. "We are on track with the project, which is together called Shuweihat II, and will be completing it by September 2011,” ...  >>MORE

President instructs building of dam at Sharm Valley in Fujairah

Posted on 25/03/2009

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has instructed that a dam be built at Sharm Valley in the emirate of Fujairah after heavy rains flooding towns and villages at the Eastern Coast, and causing sand barriers protecting houses at the mouth of the mountains to collapse. This was announced by H.E. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works, whose ministry was ordered by the President to carry out the project. Sheikh Hamdan directed planners at his ministry to ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's tourism infrastructure development continues apace

Posted on 13/03/2009

Berlin - Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), the tourism body with wide ranging responsibilities for building, developing and managing the tourism industry in the Arabian Gulf emirate has reported at ITB Berlin, one of the world's major travel shows, that the destination's accommodation stock will increase by more than 3,000 rooms this year in time for November's Etihad 2009 Formula 1 Grand Prix. Despite the global economic uncertainty, the authority confirmed that all previously announced ...  >>MORE

Dubai Industrial City completes construction of 64 showrooms in warehouse complex

Posted on 12/03/2009

Dubai Industrial City, a member of Tatweer Dubai, yesterday announced it has completed the construction of 64 showrooms equipped with storage facilities at the warehouse complex. The showrooms are designed for use as offices or retail and product display areas. The showrooms feature two double floors each spanning 5,000 sq. feet as well as an additional 5,000 sq. feet of storage space located at the rear of the building. Rashed Al Ansari, Vice-President of Dubai Industrial City, said: ...  >>MORE

Top ten Abu Dhabi projects worth US$208 billion

Posted on 10/03/2009

Global slowdown notwithstanding, the capital of the United Arab Emirates continues to be transformed with masterplan budgets for the city's top ten civil projects worth US$208 billion remaining in place. Details of the top ten projects from new cities and island resorts to new communities and a light rail system are revealed yesterday (8 March 2009) by the organisers of Cityscape Abu Dhabi, which takes place from 19-22 April at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre "Abu Dhabi is not immune ...  >>MORE

DEWA earmarks Dh 57 bn for new projects

Posted on 05/03/2009

Work is in progress to execute major projects of production, transmission and distribution of electricity and water and that the production capacity will reach 7287 MW 333 MIGD by the end of the current year. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has allocated an amount of Dh 72.5 billion, out of which Dh 15.5 billion is allocated to the projects that had come into service in the past two years and Dh 57 Billion to new projects that are under execution. H.E Saeed Al Tayer, Managing ...  >>MORE

UAE plans to execute projects worth US$918bn: IMF

Posted on 02/03/2009

The UAE has plans to carry out projects worth a staggering US$918 billion (Dh3.36 trillion) in oil and gas, petrochemicals, real estate, industry and other sectors, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The value accounts for nearly 42 per cent of the total major enterprises to be implemented by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the medium term as part of a strategy to diversify their oil-reliant economy and upgrade their infrastructure, the Washington-based IMF ...  >>MORE

Mena's largest US$1bn space centre to be built in capital

Posted on 25/02/2009

Abu Dhabi will have the Mena region's largest space centre developed with a cost of US$1.03 billion (Dh3.7bn), it was announced at the ninth International Defence Exhibition and Conference. The centre with its own four satellites will be fully operational in 2013. It will receive, analyse and utilise data from satellites. It will be a fully commercial facility marketing its images and data international market. The Gulf Earth Observation Centre (4C Geoc) was announced under a three-way joint ...  >>MORE

Dubai Mega Projects 2009: providing inside track on region’s projects

Posted on 20/02/2009

At a time when the regional project industry is facing a very uncertain future, the need to have up to date, relevant and accurate information is vital to the success of any business. MEED Events' Dubai Mega Projects 2009 being held on the 15th - 17th March 2009 at The Westin Hotel Dubai, is the leading forum for industry professionals to gain the latest information on Dubai's mega project market. Speaking about the forthcoming event Edmund O'Sullivan, Chairman for MEED Events, ...  >>MORE

Sewa completes 90% gas work in Khorfakkan City

Posted on 11/02/2009

Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) has completed 90 per cent of work on a gas station in Khorfakkan City. The installation project, carried out in five kilometre area, has ended the first phase to bring natural gas to Kalba City in the Eastern Region. The project is due to be officially inaugurated when the natural gas will be supplied to consumers in Kalba City. Ibrahim Rashid, Sewa's Deputy Director-General, said the natural gas project in Sharjah has achieved a big success, as ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai all set for 09/09/09 soft opening

Posted on 18/01/2009

Burj Dubai, the world's tallest man-made structure, will see a "soft opening" on September 9 this year in tandem with the launch of Dubai Metro, according to an industry source. "The target is to have the event coincide with the opening of the Metro on 09/09/09," a person close to the matter told Emirates Business. "There is still work to be done in terms of finishing the building," the person said. "This includes the access and exit planning as well as connecting the sewerage lines to the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Maritime City prepares to fill Middle Eastern sea trade niche

Posted on 06/01/2009

Dubai Maritime City, the world's first purpose-built maritime centre and part of the Dubai World Group of companies, continues to achieve major development milestones and confidently progresses towards its 2012 completion date. Infrastructure for the Industrial Precinct of the unique maritime development is set to continue significantly during 2009 making it fully operational ahead of schedule with 85 per cent of the work complete. Groundwork for the Commercial Precinct is at 65 per cent, ...  >>MORE

Value of construction deals in UAE falls 85%

Posted on 01/01/2009

The value of construction contracts awarded in the UAE fell by 85 per cent in the fourth quarter compared to the same period last year, London-based weekly Middle East Economic Digest said. Contract awards worth US$14.4 billion were made during the fourth quarter of 2008, down from US$98.1 billion during the same period in 2007 as the global credit crisis rendered project financing a struggle, MEED said. Around US$23.2 billion worth of projects have been put on hold, almost 10 per cent of the ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai to stand tallest for at least a decade

Posted on 10/12/2008

Every cloud has a silver lining and for the world it literally will be The Burj Dubai. The global financial crisis has ensured that the super-tall skyscraper, already the region's pride, will cement its place as the world's tallest building for at least a decade. In the recent past, several projects have been announced in the Middle East threatening to surpass Emaar's Burj Dubai. However, analysts state that all such projects, which require billions to complete, have been brought to a grinding ...  >>MORE

Ajman Marina prepares infrastructure for big projects

Posted on 05/11/2008

Ajman continues to pave the way for big real estate projects to be developed in the emirate by continuing to execute various infrastructure projects, including road networks, and water and drainage systems. The current total cost for these infrastructure projects is Dh 408m, and it is expected to cost a further Dh 4bn in the future, according to an official from the Municipality planning department. Speaking of the situation, Abdullah Al Dehaim, Deputy CEO of Ajman Marina, said: "The future ...  >>MORE

Creek expansion to make Bur Dubai an island

Posted on 02/11/2008

The planned extension of Dubai Creek will create a complete inland waterway from Deira to Jumeirah, turning Bur Dubai into an island. Dubai Creek, which starts from the Arabian Gulf near Al Shindagha in Bur Dubai, is currently 14km long and ends at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. It will be extended by another 12.2km from Ras Al Khor, back to the Arabian Gulf, passing through Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road, Safa Park, Al Wasl, Jumeirah 2 and the Jumeirah Beach Park. The Roads and ...  >>MORE

Khorfakkan desalination plants begins operation

Posted on 20/10/2008

The Khorfakkan Desalination plant began production yesterday with a generation capacity of 5 million gallons per day, the Sharjah Electricity '&' Water Authority (SEWA) announced. "The plant will produce 2.5 MGPD in the initial phase following completion of the trial operation, technical tests and water filtration," said Ahmed Mohammed Al Mulla, SEWA's Deputy Director for technical Affairs. He added that the next phase will see installation of highly capable membranes and production of ...  >>MORE

Mohammed views masterplan of Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit

Posted on 15/10/2008

H.H. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, opened yesterday at the Emirates Palace an exhibition for the distinctive designs and projects of the Yas Marina Circuit Masterplan, which will host the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2009. His Excellency Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, said:'The Yas Marina Circuit is a real investment in developing sports infrastructure ...  >>MORE

Industrialists, developers and investors praise "Emirates Industrial City"

Posted on 12/10/2008

Emirates Industrial Cities Company has attracted a large audience to its leading project, Emirates Industrial City, at Cityscape Dubai 2008, which is currently being held at Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Center. Various investors and economic experts expressed their admiration and appreciation for the high standards the project is showing towards establishing fully integrated and specialized economical cities in the UAE. According to Sheik Abdullah bin Fahid Al Shakrah, ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to Spend Dh1.24 billion on
sewage treatment and roads

Posted on 05/10/2008

The Sharjah government has allocated Dh1.24 billion to finance the expansion and completion of sewage treatment and road construction projects. Dr Salah Al Haj, Director-General of the Sharjah Municipality, announced on Thursday that the amount has been approved by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasmi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, to develop infrastructure projects in the emirate. He said Dh100 million of the total amount would be allocated to fund the ...  >>MORE

Emaar to showcase US$100b global portfolio at Cityscape

Posted on 03/10/2008

Emaar Properties, one of the world's largest property developers, is highlighting its presence at Cityscape Dubai 2008 with a never-before global portfolio. Exhibiting projects from nine of its key global markets including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Canada, India and Pakistan, for the first time ever, Emaar will present projects of over Dh367 billion (US$100 billion) in development value at the premier property expo to be held at the Dubai International Convention ...  >>MORE

Aldar raises Dh7b for project funding

Posted on 02/10/2008

Abu Dhabi-based real estate developer Aldar Properties PJSC has borrowed Dh6.98 billion (US$1.9 billion) this financial year for project funding, a top-ranking company executive said on Wednesday. "The money has been raised through the capital markets and bilateral facilities. It will be utilised to develop our ongoing projects in the emirate of Abu Dhabi," Shafqat Malek, Aldar's chief financial officer, told Gulf News in an interview. Last year, Malek said Aldar, one of the largest companies ...  >>MORE

DWTC plans two multi-billion dollar commercial developments

Posted on 25/09/2008

Two multi-billion dollar large-scale commercial destinations, incorporating exhibition areas and financial and business districts, have been announced by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The two projects – Dubai Trade Centre Jebel Ali and Dubai Trade Centre District – will be built to expand Dubai's infrastructural capabilities, enabling growth of the emirate as a global destination for events, networking, business and lifestyle, the DWTC said and added they will be two of the most ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid commissions trial operation of Dubai Metro

Posted on 21/09/2008

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum yesterday launched the trial operation of Dubai Metro which ran for 11 kilometers between Jebel Ali Station and Ibn Battuta Mall Station. Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler; H.E. Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of State for Cabinet ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali sewage water pumping station to be ready by mid 2009

Posted on 17/09/2008

Dubai Municipality has completed more than 58pc of the work of setting up the new sewage water pumping station at Jebel Ali, which is being set up at a cost of Dh195 million. The project, fifth biggest of the ongoing projects of the Municipality's Drainage and Irrigation Department, also includes setting up of necessary supporting pipelines. The project is part of the ongoing project of the main sewage water treatment plant at Jebel Ali and its huge pipe network and pumping stations. 'The ...  >>MORE

The tallest man-made edifice on earth continues to rise in Dubai

Posted on 02/09/2008

Burj Dubai, the iconic tower being developed by Emaar Properties PJSC, has reached a new record height of 688 meters (2,257.2 ft). The tower became the world's tallest after surpassing North Dakota, USA's KVLY-TV mast (628.8 metres; 2,063 ft) in April 2008. Currently at over 160 storeys, the tower also has the largest number of floors in any building. When completed, Burj Dubai will meet all four criteria listed by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which classifies the ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid inspects a number of projects in Dubai

Posted on 28/08/2008

Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, visited yesterday Dubai Municipality (DM), where he inspected designs of infrastructure projects being executed by DM. Sheikh Mohammed was received by engineer Hussein Lootah, acting DM director general, directors and heads of departments and sections. He was briefed about quality of services being rendered to public. Sheikh Mohammed was also briefed about the project of green buildings, which he ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi and golf firm team up to boost tourism

Posted on 27/08/2008

World-class golf courses could be developed in some of the most remote parts of the emirate to help boost tourism, it was revealed yesterday. A new alliance between the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) and Troon Golf, the world's largest golf course management company, will promote the emirate as a future top golfing destination. Improving the standard of golfing facilities across the emirate is a priority, with new golf developments likely to be built in Al Gharbia and near Al ...  >>MORE

Nakheel to maintain water quality at Palm

Posted on 27/08/2008

Floating booms will prevent reclamation foam from reaching swimming areas around the Shoreline Apartments, a Nakheel spokesperson told Emirates Business yesterday. Residents of the apartments were recently given letters from the developer warning them of fine sediment in the waters. In July, Nakheel revealed the new home for the world famous cruise liner, QE2, as the anchor of its marina development on the eastern trunk side of Palm Jumeirah. The site is midway down the shoreline boulevard ...  >>MORE

Bab Al Bahr's piling works completed ahead of schedule

Posted on 21/08/2008

Rakeen has announced that it has completed the piling works for half of the residential component of the Bab Al Bahr and is set to proceed with the construction of the residential units. Rakeen emphasized that the unobstructed workflow has been a significant success after a critical shortage of building materials as well as sharp increase in prices have affected several construction projects across the region. Rakeen also reported that main contractor Al Hamra Construction Company will start ...  >>MORE

Capital Centre reveals landmark towers

Posted on 20/08/2008

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has revealed two distinctive commercial and residential towers by SinoGulf Investments that architecturally mimic the movement of sand dunes. The towers will be key features of the Dh8 billion Capital Centre development underway surrounding Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Designed by world-renowned architects, Woods Bagot, the towers represent the abstraction of dune sand lines when the desert breeze blows. The concept design has been based ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's DPE releases building material index

Posted on 17/08/2008

The Department of Planning and Economy (DPE) - Abu Dhabi yesterday released the second edition of the Building Materials Index in a bid to check any price manipulation by some vendors. DPE said the current boom in the construction sector worldwide has brought about a corresponding increase in the prices of building materials in the emirate. It expressed hopes that "project owners will find this index useful as it will keep them informed about pricing trends. "This information will further ...  >>MORE

Green building code in Dubai from next year

Posted on 12/08/2008

All buildings coming up in Dubai from next year will have to comply with the ‘Green' building standards of the Dubai Municipality (DM) failing which the building plans will not be passed, Issa Al Maidour, Assistant Director-General for Planning and Building Affairs, said on Monday. The municipality is preparing a legislative framework, termed 'Green Building Code', for the developers, contractors and consultants to follow. 'All building plans coming to us from next year must comply with the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi infrastructure and real estate investments to reach Dh200 billion by 2012

Posted on 11/08/2008

Infrastructure and real estate investments in Abu Dhabi are expected to reach Dh200 billion by 2012, according to latest studies, as a result of the government's efforts to fill in the gap in the supply for residential units within the UAE capital. The formation of Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties, in addition to various initiatives to fine-tune its real estate regulations, is also driving the growth of the market, which is expected to welcome 140,000 housing units by 2013. As the market ...  >>MORE

Steel prices drop 15% in the UAE

Posted on 11/08/2008

Steel prices in the UAE have dropped about 15 per cent since the end of July as a decline in global prices coincided with the summer lull in the desert country, traders said yesterday. A tonne of reinforcing steel bar (rebar), used in construction, fetched around $1,400 yesterday, down from around $1,650 in last week of July, dealers said. On July 20, a tonne of steel was traded at around $1,700 a tonne as demand for construction materials continued to drain the local market. Gulf states are ...  >>MORE

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UAE's fifth green building gets US certification


Abu Dhabi introduces new rating method to improve quality of buildings


Elongated ‘oyster shell’ hotel for Lulu Island


TDIC on track with major commercial, leisure and tourism development projects


Concreting commences at Burooj Properties' Al Ghurm Garden Villas


ICT awards construction contract for Dj260m residential project in Abu Dhabi


Siemens to build Dh1.7b power plant in Abu Dhabi


President instructs building of dam at Sharm Valley in Fujairah


Abu Dhabi's tourism infrastructure development continues apace


Dubai Industrial City completes construction of 64 showrooms in warehouse complex


Top ten Abu Dhabi projects worth US$208 billion


DEWA earmarks Dh 57 bn for new projects


UAE plans to execute projects worth US$918bn: IMF


Mena's largest US$1bn space centre to be built in capital


Dubai Mega Projects 2009: providing inside track on region’s projects


Sewa completes 90% gas work in Khorfakkan City


Burj Dubai all set for 09/09/09 soft opening


Dubai Maritime City prepares to fill Middle Eastern sea trade niche


Value of construction deals in UAE falls 85%


Burj Dubai to stand tallest for at least a decade


Ajman Marina prepares infrastructure for big projects


Creek expansion to make Bur Dubai an island


Khorfakkan desalination plants begins operation


Mohammed views masterplan of Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit


Industrialists, developers and investors praise "Emirates Industrial City"


Sharjah to Spend Dh1.24 billion on
sewage treatment and roads


Emaar to showcase US$100b global portfolio at Cityscape


Aldar raises Dh7b for project funding


DWTC plans two multi-billion dollar commercial developments


Mohammed bin Rashid commissions trial operation of Dubai Metro


Jebel Ali sewage water pumping station to be ready by mid 2009


The tallest man-made edifice on earth continues to rise in Dubai


Mohammed bin Rashid inspects a number of projects in Dubai


Abu Dhabi and golf firm team up to boost tourism


Nakheel to maintain water quality at Palm


Bab Al Bahr's piling works completed ahead of schedule


Capital Centre reveals landmark towers


Abu Dhabi's DPE releases building material index


Green building code in Dubai from next year


Abu Dhabi infrastructure and real estate investments to reach Dh200 billion by 2012


Steel prices drop 15% in the UAE