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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - URBAN DEVELOPMENT

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

RAKIA launches Dh3.7b 'Gateway City' project

Posted on 14/07/2008

RAK Investment Authority (RAKIA) has launched the Gateway City, a Dh3.7-billion land development project in Ras Al Khaimah being offered to investors wanting to put up real estate properties in the area. Located on Emirates Road between exits 119 and 122, the project offers 60 million sq ft of land for real estate developers, RAKIA said in a statement yesterday adding that the project will be done in at least five phases. Rakeen Company is developing the land project, whose delivery of its ...  >>MORE

President concludes western region visit

Posted on 12/07/2008

President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, concluded Friday four-day tour of western region. The visit included Zayed city, neighbouring areas, farms, construction and service sites. The visit also included Habshan district, where he toured oil installations and construction projects. Sheikh Khalifa was accompanied by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, representative of ruler in western region and a number of officials. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

RAK to launch multi-billion dollar city

Posted on 12/07/2008

Ras Al Khaimah has started work on a multi-billion dollar new city, which will house 200,000 people and have its own mass rapid transport system, according to the daily Emirates Business 24/7. Rakeen, the real estate development arm of the Ras Al Khaimah Government, has commenced work on the project called Gateway City, which is being developed on the Emirates Road, a person close to the project said. International consultants are currently working on the master plan, which is estimated to be ...  >>MORE

President continues his tour of Western Region

Posted on 10/07/2008

Liwa - President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday continued his inspection tour of the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. Accompanied by General HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Khalifa toured some of the new construction and services projects and met with citizens in the region. His tour also covered Mahadir Liwa, Al Mizaira'a and a number of farm areas. Sheikh Khalifa was briefed ...  >>MORE

Khalifa receives citizens of the Western Region

Posted on 10/07/2008

Liwa - President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said that new concepts of development would not affect delivery of basic services to the citizens. In remarks during a meeting with natives of the Western Region here yesterday, President Sheikh Khalifa assured his audience that new projects encompassing the sectors of real-estate, tourism and services would be executed in the Western Region in accordance with new concepts of development. These projects, he said, would be implemented ...  >>MORE

Lagerfeld is Dubai-bound

Posted on 10/07/2008

Dubai Infinity Holdings has signed fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld to design 80 residential homes, which will include a limited edition line, on Isla Moda, the world's first fashion island, on The World. The exclusive collaboration extends across the Gulf Co-operation Council and India. "Dubai Infinity Holdings is excited to bring Karl Lagerfeld to the UAE for the first time as he embarks on laying his footprint on Isla Moda. He is the first of five iconic designers who will shape Isla Moda into ...  >>MORE

Emaar unveils Warsan

Posted on 26/06/2008

Emaar Properties unveiled yesterday its new project, Warsan Estate, an exclusive residential community located on Al Awir Road. The master plan of the project, currently being finalised, envisages over 500 single family townhomes that will appeal to residents who value the privacy of villa living in an immaculately laid out residential community. Marking Emaar's expansion to new geographic locales in the city, Warsan Estate will be a medium-sized master-planned community that offers varied ...  >>MORE

Dh1.5 billion projects planned for Al Gharbia

Posted on 10/06/2008

Aldar Properties has announced two mixed-use projects worth a total of Dh1.5 billion in Al Gharbia – formerly known as the Western Region. The schemes will be developed at Ruwais, 240km west of Abu Dhabi city. The first is Ruwais Mall, a Dh500m shopping complex that will be built and managed by the developer and is due to open its doors in 2010. "Reclamation work on the 40,000 sq m retail destination has already started," said Chairman Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh. "There will be further expansion ...  >>MORE

Ground breaking for Dh14bn Pearl Dubai project

Posted on 09/06/2008

Pearl Dubai, a consortium of investors led by Al Fahim Group, broke ground for Dubai Pearl, the Dh 4bn mixed-use development, located in the heart of Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone. Senior officials from Dubai Pearl and TECOM Investments were present at the groundbreaking ceremony, including Abdullatif Al Mulla, Group CEO, TECOM, Ali BuRuhaima Chief Officer Asset Development Zoning Authority, TECOM and Abdul Majeed Al Fahim of Pearl Dubai. Dubai Pearl's 1.7 million square feet of plot ...  >>MORE

Ajman to build Dh 13b real estate city.

Posted on 09/06/2008

H.H Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Ajman and Ajman Oasis signed an agreement to build a fully integrated real estate city in Al-Tallah area along Emirates Road between Ajman and Sharjah. Stretched on an area of 40 million square feet, the Dh 13 billion project which will be constructed over 10 years will comprise a shopping mall, hotels, mixed-use towers, hospital, school and other amenities. The developer has commenced work on the design phase. – ...  >>MORE

Rakeen unveils its Dana Island project in RAK

Posted on 09/06/2008

Rakeen, one of the Middle East's most dynamic land master planners and property development companies, and the real estate development arm of the Ras Al Khaimah government, announced the launch of its Dana Island project in Ras Al Khaimah. The announcement was made during a launch event held at the Jumeriah Beach Hotel, Dubai. Dana Island, being developed to accommodate several world-class hotels, and commercial and residential complexes, extends 7 kilometres into the sea, and is expected to ...  >>MORE

Plan to overhaul address system in Dubai areas

Posted on 08/06/2008

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will be soon introducing the Comprehensive Address System Project for an experimental three-month period in Jumeirah and Sheikh Zayed Road, officials said yesterday. The Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA, Mattar Al Tayer, said the project has been designed to overhaul the existing address system in a way that offers more help to citizens, residents and visitors to reach their destinations easily. "We had formed a committee ...  >>MORE

UPC to announce redevelopment of Shahama and Bahia

Posted on 05/06/2008

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), in partnership with the Emirates Foundation, next week launches an extensive revitalization plan for the communities of Shahama and Bahia in Abu Dhabi, located along the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway. The project will involve local and international experts coming together for a weeklong workshop in early June, and will involve consultation with members of the community to research community needs. Results of this consultation will be presented to the ...  >>MORE

Giga Group launches Dh2 billion Smart City

Posted on 02/06/2008

Goldcrest Properties, a member of one of the leading property developers in the region, GIGA Group, yesterday announced the launch of 'Smart City', a Dh 2 billion freehold residential development comprising of eight luxury residential towers. The project is spread across an impressive built-up area of 4.2 million square feet along the Emirates Road and is being developed by Goldcrest properties. With the announcement, Smart City opened sales in their new Goldcrest office and Sales centre with ...  >>MORE

Al Gharbia: New name for Western Region

Posted on 13/05/2008

The Western Region Development Council (WRDC) - the central coordinating body leading development and promoting opportunity in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, yesterday announced the new name for the region as part of its plans to encourage social and economic growth within the region as an integrated part of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The region will now be known as Al Gharbia in both English and Arabic. The new identity for the region was developed following extensive market research across ...  >>MORE

Enpark unveils eco-development masterplan

Posted on 13/05/2008

The Energy and Environment Park (Enpark), a member of Tecom Investments, yesterday unveiled key components of its master plan, combining environmental, social and economical elements to create a model reflecting Dubai's benchmark for sustainable development. Launched in June 2007, Enpark seeks to provide an enabling platform for sustainable business operations through the integration of eco-friendly policies, standards, education programmes, and technologies. With a gross floor area of ...  >>MORE

Mubadala launches Al Sowwah Square Initiative

Posted on 12/05/2008

Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) yesterday announced the launch of the latest initiative, Sowwah Square; a flagship commercial development at Sowwah Island developed by John Buck International, a joint venture between Mubadala and the John Buck Company. Sowwah Island is the location earmarked by the urban framework plan, 'Plan Abu Dhabi 2030' for Abu Dhabi's new Central Business District. Sowwah Square is a prestigious commercial development containing over 570,000 square meters of ...  >>MORE

Website lets you see how city will change

Posted on 12/05/2008

The public can view the long-term vision for the city's future online on a new website. At the click of a mouse, residents can see the way in which their neighbourhood will change over the next 20 years according to the Urban Planning Council's (UPC) blueprint. The UPC was set up under the chairmanship of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, last September to implement the long-term plan for the capital. "Abu Dhabi is at the centre of the prosperity, growth and change sweeping ...  >>MORE

Bani Yas unveils Bawabat Al Sharq in capital

Posted on 12/05/2008

Bani Yas Investment and Development Company (BID) announces the launch of Bawabat Al Sharq, a massive 108 hectares mixed-use development in Abu Dhabi's Bani Yas city. This unique project will encompass modern residential, retail, entertainment and sporting facilities. Bawabat Al Sharq will include the new headquarters and sports facilities for the Bani Yas Sports Club, which includes a FIFA-standard football stadium with a seating capacity for over 20,000 spectators. Phase 1 of the project, ...  >>MORE

Fujairah on the spotlight in Cityscape Abu Dhabi

Posted on 12/05/2008

Mina Al Fajer Resort, an upscale Dhs800m mixed-use development in Fujairah, announced its participating in the upcoming Cityscape event in Abu Dhabi. The luxurious developer has successfully placed itself on the must-invest list of property investors and prospective homeowners in the UAE and across the GCC. Abu Dhabi investors are believed to compose a large share of the company's flagship project. Banking on its previous successes in Dubai, Qatar, Bahrain and most recently in Kuwait, Mina Al ...  >>MORE

Khalifa briefed on developmental projects at Sowwah Island

Posted on 11/05/2008

President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was briefed yesterday on the developmental project of Al Sowa Island at his Al Bateen Palace in presence of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Sheikh Khalifa expressed his satisfaction about the layout of the project, saying that "more efforts should be stepped up to develop the UAE on par with developed countries". He called on competent authorities to ...  >>MORE

Dh100bn planned to develop Western Region

Posted on 08/05/2008

The emirate of Abu Dhabi is planning to spend around Dh100 billion to give a major fillip to the tourism industry in its Western Region, which makes up more than half of the UAE's total land area. The region, stretching from inside the famous Empty Quarter, or Rub Al Khali in Arabic, to Sila'a on the Saudi border and all the way to the border with Dubai and the Gulf coast, has been picked by the Abu Dhabi Government as the region's biggest sea and desert tourism and business destination, with ...  >>MORE

Oqyana World First unveils US$5bn project on The World

Posted on 08/05/2008

Oqyana World First, the first fully master-planned island community on The World, off the Dubai coast, yesterday unveiled the final plan of its US$5 billion (Dh18.3bn) project, including a yacht club and dive centre, a reef lagoon, an outdoor performing art centre and a waterfront promenade. A large-scale model of Oqyana, which covers Australasia, will be showcased at Arabian Travel Market, according to a statement. The design remains true to its vision of being a car-free community, ...  >>MORE

World learns from Abu Dhabi

Posted on 07/05/2008

Abu Dhabi has been identified as the ultimate "power city” of the next millennium in a survey of 130 global cities drawn up by one of the world's largest property advisory firms. In its fourth biennial World Winning Cities study, Jones Lang LaSalle unveiled Abu Dhabi as the "power city” that would become one of the world's fastest growing "urban stars” and be on the "radar screen of the real estate industry” for the next decade. The company also predicted that Abu Dhabi would be a "city of ...  >>MORE

Civic leaders announce plan to make Abu Dhabi a “world class” city

Posted on 07/05/2008

Civic leaders yesterday announced a list of priorities to strengthen the capital's "world class” image. Abu Dhabi Municipality has revealed a five-year plan that includes enforcing the smoking ban, improvements to the landscape and outsourcing services to the private sector. Juma al Junaibi, the authority's general manager, outlined the proposals in a speech in the Intercontinental Hotel yesterday. The smoking ban will be enforced in malls, restaurants, hotels and cafes; improvements will be ...  >>MORE

Ajman Ruler attends groundbreaking ceremony of Dh220bn Zorah development

Posted on 03/05/2008

Ajman held on Thursday a VIP groundbreaking ceremony for an AED 220 billion real estate initiative aimed at developing the emirate's coastline into a sustainable residential, business and leisure community. The ceremony was graced by His Highness Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman. Named Al Zorah, the new city will be developed by the Al Zorah Development Company, a joint venture between the government of Ajman and Solidere International Limited, ...  >>MORE

Capital to get a new address system

Posted on 28/04/2008

The capital is to get a new address system to help everyone from residents to postal workers and emergency services locate streets, offices and houses quickly and logically. The system, to be designed with the help of a Norwegian company, should replace the traditional Middle Eastern method of identifying locations by their proximity to landmarks or intersections plus ‘a bit of guesswork and luck' which can make finding an address a frustrating experience. Juma Mubarak al Junaibi, the Director ...  >>MORE

Deserts have blossomed into impressive cities

Posted on 27/04/2008

Observing the massive developments surrounding the United Arab Emirates, particularly in Dubai, one finds it hard to imagine that less than half a century ago this booming country was mainly a barren stretch of desert. Once serene islands of sand have now become foundations for some of the world's most impressive business, lifestyle and leisure property developments. Indeed, the UAE has blossomed into an international tourist hotspot; the World Economic Forum in fact recently cited the ...  >>MORE

President views development models for Western Region

Posted on 23/04/2008

President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday called for boosting contributions to the improvement of living conditions of citizens in the Western Region of the United Arab Emirates through an all-encompassing development strategy that would prioritize education, health care and infrastructure. Sheikh Khalifa made his remarks as he viewed a comprehensive presentation on the development projects underway in the Western Region of the country. Sheikh Khalifa also viewed the progress ...  >>MORE

Qasr Al Sarab resort near Liwa on schedule

Posted on 16/04/2008

The Palace of the Mirage – the English name for the Qasr Al Sarab desert retreat being built near Liwa – is becoming a reality. Construction work on the luxury resort in the Empty Quarter is progressing well, says the firm behind the project, Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC). The retreat is being built seven kilometres from Liwa's main Hamim Highway and 90 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport. It is set against a backdrop of the Rub Al Khali's dunes – among the highest ...  >>MORE

Nakheel launches Veneto

Posted on 16/04/2008

Nakheel, a Dubai World company, has announced the launch of Veneto — the exclusive residential district in Waterfront and the first community to launch in the world's largest coastal development. Veneto features city centre living close to Sheikh Zayed Road with each home no further than two kilometres from the coastline. Veneto has been master planned to create an exclusive waterside neighbourhood on the fringe of Waterfront City, the urban heart of the metropolis. Veneto will comprise of ...  >>MORE

Aldar unveils US$5b Al Dana plan

Posted on 13/03/2008

Aldar Properties has revealed a detailed plan for its US$5 billion commercial development, Al Dana, at the heart of the 10.5-kilometre Raha Beach development. Work on the development is underway, with several buildings under construction. They include four integrated buildings comprising the World Trade Centre, and the Gateway, building which was designed by celebrated architect Rafael Vinoly who designed New York's new World Trade Centre. "The total investment in Al Raha Beach is about US$48 ...  >>MORE

Nakheel unveils centrepiece of giant Waterfront development

Posted on 13/03/2008

Nakheel has revealed the masterplan for Waterfront City, the centrepiece of Waterfront, the largest urban development project in the world. Waterfront City will have a residential population of about 92,000 and a working population of 310,000 people. Covering more than 330 hectares, Waterfront City will comprise a central island surrounded by four districts - the Boulevard, Madinat Al Soor, the Resort, and the Marina. Located on the western coast of Dubai, the entire Waterfront development ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to get Yas Island boost

Posted on 12/03/2008

Aldar Property's Yas Island Project, home of the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park as well as attractions from Warner Brothers and five-star hotels and residences, will contribute to the economy of Abu Dhabi, the company said in a statement. In 2007, the Abu Dhabi International Airport received a record 6.9 million passengers, a 31 per cent increase over the year before. Forecasts for 2008 are around 7.6 million. As Abu Dhabi is promoted to an international audience attracting a growing ...  >>MORE

Nakheel will start work on Greece in December

Posted on 25/02/2008

The island of Greece on Dubai master-developer Nakheel's The World mega project will become a luxurious boutique resort, with construction due to begin in December 2008. Speaking at the launch of Greece yesterday, owner Baron Jean van Gysel de Meise said: "The World is an ideal location because it's exclusive and a little haven away from the stress of Dubai." Spread out over 45,000 square feet, Greece will have 65 units at a value of US$170 million, with an estimated sales value of US$200 ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa reviews Lulu Island development project

Posted on 20/02/2008

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday reviewed at the Al Bateen Palace a model of the Six square-kilometre Lulu Island development project, in the presence of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Also present at the presentation of the project were Minister for Presidential Affairs, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Finance Department, H.H. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Sustainable development embraced as core value in Abu Dhabi plan

Posted on 14/02/2008

The fundamentals of sustainable development have been embraced as core values in Abu Dhabi's Urban Plan 2030, top officials said at a key industry conference in the UAE capital. Addressing delegates to the 'Building A Sustainable Future: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges' conference being organised by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a non-profit research and educational organisation dedicated to responsible land use, Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan said the Government of Abu Dhabi is ...  >>MORE

Milestone progress realised on ALDAR's Al Raha Beach project

Posted on 10/02/2008

ALDAR, the renowned Abu Dhabi-based international property developer has reached a major milestone on the esteemed Al Raha Beach development. The Eastern Precinct is now protected with a completed marine sea wall, from the joint venture company, Soletanche Bachy - NSCC. The Al Raha Beach project is formed of 11 precincts and has a total development area of 12 million square meters. Each precinct or village has a unique characteristic which sets it apart from its neighbouring village in the ...  >>MORE

Dubai World Central grading work completed at a cost of Dh159m

Posted on 10/02/2008

Grading work on the third phase of Dubai World Central (DWC), the massive, 140-square kilometre multi-phase development under construction in Jebel Ali, has been completed at a cost of Dh159 million, DWC said on Saturday. Over 21 million cubic metres of earth was moved over 13 months in phase three; taking the total grading at DWC to 72 million cubic metres over three phases spread over 62 square kilometres since grading first commenced in January 2005. Phase 1 grading work included Dubai ...  >>MORE

Aldar unveils new mixed-use development

Posted on 31/01/2008

Aldar Properties yesterday unveiled its mixed-use development Al Zeina, the strategic gateway to the Al Raha Beach Development. Upon completion of the precinct, Al Zeina will open its doors to reveal 137 villas, 116 townhouses, 779 apartments, all 1,032 units of which will be ready for residents at the time of handover. Al Zeina contains apartments, townhouses and villas, private boat moorings, retail high street with local supermarket and shops, one jetty restaurant, and several food and ...  >>MORE

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Yas Island development stays on schedule


RAKIA launches Dh3.7b 'Gateway City' project


President concludes western region visit


RAK to launch multi-billion dollar city


President continues his tour of Western Region


Khalifa receives citizens of the Western Region


Lagerfeld is Dubai-bound


Emaar unveils Warsan


Dh1.5 billion projects planned for Al Gharbia


Ground breaking for Dh14bn Pearl Dubai project


Ajman to build Dh 13b real estate city.


Rakeen unveils its Dana Island project in RAK


Plan to overhaul address system in Dubai areas


UPC to announce redevelopment of Shahama and Bahia


Giga Group launches Dh2 billion Smart City


Al Gharbia: New name for Western Region


Enpark unveils eco-development masterplan


Mubadala launches Al Sowwah Square Initiative


Website lets you see how city will change


Bani Yas unveils Bawabat Al Sharq in capital


Fujairah on the spotlight in Cityscape Abu Dhabi


Khalifa briefed on developmental projects at Sowwah Island


Dh100bn planned to develop Western Region


Oqyana World First unveils US$5bn project on The World


World learns from Abu Dhabi


Civic leaders announce plan to make Abu Dhabi a “world class” city


Ajman Ruler attends groundbreaking ceremony of Dh220bn Zorah development


Capital to get a new address system


Deserts have blossomed into impressive cities


President views development models for Western Region


Qasr Al Sarab resort near Liwa on schedule


Nakheel launches Veneto


Aldar unveils US$5b Al Dana plan


Nakheel unveils centrepiece of giant Waterfront development


Abu Dhabi to get Yas Island boost


Nakheel will start work on Greece in December


Sheikh Khalifa reviews Lulu Island development project


Sustainable development embraced as core value in Abu Dhabi plan


Milestone progress realised on ALDAR's Al Raha Beach project


Dubai World Central grading work completed at a cost of Dh159m


Aldar unveils new mixed-use development