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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - URBAN DEVELOPMENT

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

Nakheel announces new multi-billion island project

Posted on 20/01/2008

Nakheel, the developer of the three iconic palm islands and the World, is expanding Dubai's coastline with the launch of a massive real estate development, the Universe - which will spread from the Palm Jumeirah to Palm Deira. The Universe will be a cluster of large coral- shaped islands, which will see the development of major residential, commercial and tourism projects. The Universe will have 3,000 hectares of land and will take 15 to 20 years to develop. "The biggest risk is not taking a ...  >>MORE

Land reclamation of the World Islands project completed in Dubai

Posted on 17/01/2008

The property developers, Nakheel has completed land reclamation of the World Islands' projects, which was launched five years ago. The cluster of the 300 man-made World islands, which were built in the shape of the world map off the coast of Dubai, were first announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on May 6, 2003. The next phase of the project involves handing over islands to developers for construction and the building ...  >>MORE

NIC unveils Dh5b project in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/01/2008

National Investment Corporation (NIC) has launched a Dh5 billion mixed-use project to reshape Abu Dhabi's breakwaters into a tourist hotspot. "The mega mixed-use project includes residential and office blocks, luxury villas, two five-star hotels, a marina boat club complex, and other tourist infrastructure," said Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairman of NIC. Talking to reporters after the signing of an agreement to construct a five-star hotel in the marina development, he said the ...  >>MORE

Nakheel to glamourise Dubai coastline

Posted on 10/01/2008

Nakheel, one of the world's largest privately-held property developers, yesterday announced its latest development - the Dubai Promenade, a sophisticated waterfront community which will create a virtual peninsula along the Dubai shoreline anchored by a five-star wheel-shaped hotel. Dubai Promenade is located between Dubai Marina and the seafront and is adjacent to Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC). Surrounded by the sea, a marina and a natural beach, Dubai Promenade will offer panoramic ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi’s Dh105m beach upgrade ready in April

Posted on 07/01/2008

Bulldozers are rumbling around the clock along the capital's shore to build one of the Middle East's largest tourist beaches, which officials expect to boost Abu Dhabi's tourism sector. The capital had invested Dh105 million to build Abu Dhabi Swimming Beach. The project was launched two months ago and is expected to be completed in April. Massive sand movers supported by hundreds of workers have finished reclaiming sand to build a beach that will run more than three kilometres along the Gulf ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to spend US$200 billion in the next five years on urban development

Posted on 06/01/2008

Abu Dhabi has embarked upon an ambitious plan to develop its infrastructure and the 'Plan Abu Dhabi 2030' will be the comprehensive guideline for the development of the capital city for quarter a century into the future, according to Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General, Urban Planning, Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi. Al Ahbabi said that a total of USD 200b will be pumped into various projects in the coming five years and the government's share will constitute only 40 percent ...  >>MORE

Aldar completes land reclamation and dredging for Coconut Island

Posted on 31/12/2007

Aldar Properties, Abu Dhabi's leading integrated property developer, on Sunday said it has substantially completed the land reclamation and dredging for Coconut Island, its premium island resort and gated residential development located off the Abu Dhabi west coast. The project is a joint venture with National Corporation for Tourism and Hotels (NCT&H) and is expected to be completed in 2010. The master plan of Coconut Island and the appointment of Denniston International Architects and ...  >>MORE

Billion dirham real estate project in capital

Posted on 31/12/2007

A real estate project worth Dh2.2 billion has been announced by Abu Dhabi, which is expected to house 3,000 residents when it is completed in 2009. Baniyas City project, close to the planned Capital District of the emirate, includes a shopping mall on a 140,000 square metre plot with 225 outlets and a car park for 2,280 vehicles. Baniyas Investment and Development (BID) Company, which was established in 2005 as a majority-owned subsidiary of Baniyas Sports Club, announced the project on Sunday ...  >>MORE

Urban Planning Council demonstrates progress on Abu Dhabi Plan 2030

Posted on 27/11/2007

The Urban Planning Council (UPC) of Abu Dhabi held a press conference today to showcase the milestones achieved on the Shahama - Saadiyat highway, which will link Abu Dhabi Island, Shahama through Yas and Saadiyat Island. As the capital enters its next phase of development and regeneration, it is critical that there is cooperation at every level to address the infrastructure requirements that the development will create. Working in conjunction with the private sector including ALDAR, Tourism ...  >>MORE

Sorouh Awards Dh465m Infrastructure Contract for Shams Abu Dhabi

Posted on 09/11/2007

Sorouh Real Estate has awarded a AED 465 million contract to Al Geemi & Partners to construct the roads and utilities infrastructure at Shams Abu Dhabi. The world class integrated development is Sorouh's Dh25 billion flagship project on Reem Island, which once complete will offer 55,000 residents the perfect combination of modern comfort and natural living. Al Geemi & Partners was selected from a short-list of seven companies in a tendering process that included internationally renowned ...  >>MORE

Prince Andrew hails Desert Islands

Posted on 29/10/2007

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, hailed Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted Desert Islands destination as "a fascinating project which will be something of a benchmark in the development of eco-resorts." His comments came as the Prince, fourth in line to the British throne, was given a presentation on the unique destination during a private visit to the UAE capital. Prince Andrew was briefed on the world-class project by Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority ...  >>MORE

Over Dh1.2 trillion to be spent for development in Abu Dhabi - Study

Posted on 18/10/2007

Over Dhs.1.2 trillion are to be spent on various development projects in the emirate of Abu Dhabi in the coming years, predicted a study prepared by the Information Centre of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The constructional sector will take the major share of this investment absorbing over Dh850 billion (US$230 billion), a far different figure than that forecast earlier by the Construction Planning Council which put it somewhere between Dh500 billion to 600 billion. The ...  >>MORE

Sorouh unveils Al Ghadeer property development project

Posted on 17/10/2007

Sorouh Real Estate, Abu Dhabi's leading real estate developer, has unveiled Al Ghadeer, a major new development project located at Saih A' Sidirah on the Abu Dhabi - Dubai border. Bringing the concept of 'Easy Living' to life, Sorouh is developing Al Ghadeer as a self sustaining community hosting a variety of educational, recreational, social and commercial amenities. According to a press statement issued by the company, Al Ghadeer project is a mixed use development measuring three million ...  >>MORE

ALDAR complete land reclamation, ground improvement and sea walls for Al Bandar and Al Muneera

Posted on 17/10/2007

ALDAR Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi's first and leading integrated property developer has announced that it has completed the land reclamation, ground improvement and development of the diaphragm sea walls on its Al Bandar and Al Muneera projects. The foundations of these projects are already well under construction. ALDAR will be showcasing these extensive projects at this year's Cityscape Dubai taking place at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre from October 16 to October 18. The two ...  >>MORE

Nakheel unveils the 'new map of Dubai'

Posted on 16/10/2007

Nakheel, one of the world's largest and most innovative real estate developers, is marking the opening of Cityscape 2007 by releasing a unique set of images showing the remarkable transformation of Dubai's landscape and coastline. The photographs of Dubai's past, present and future show how Nakheel is literally transforming the map of Dubai. Satellite imagery shows Dubai in 1973, 1990, 2000 and 2007 and Nakheel is also releasing an image which shows what Dubai is predicted to look like once ...  >>MORE

Ferrari Company, Al Dar set up entertainment city at Yas Island

Posted on 01/10/2007

Luca Di Montezemolo, CEO of Ferrari Company, stressed the significance of exclusive co-operation agreement with Al Dar Property Company to set up Ferrari entertainment city at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The project covers land area of 500 hectares and will include: world auto race course as it will host a race in Abu Dhabi by 2009. It will also include international hotels, shopping mall centre at land area of 300 metre square and entertainment facilities. Montezemolo told Emirates News Agency ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to come up with a ultra-modern transport system

Posted on 25/09/2007

Considering the fact that Abu Dhabi's population is set to rise to 3 million inhabitants when we enter year 2030, there is a need to amplify its actual structures in order to be able to welcome all of its new incomers. The Government's Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 which is also known as the Urban Structure Framework Plan deals with the actual traffic issues. The main goal is to improve every possible aspect in order to turn traffic congestion into something inexistent. The plan consists of ten basic ...  >>MORE

UAE President sets up Urban Planning Council

Posted on 20/09/2007

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Law No. 23 for 2007 setting up the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council as an independent corporate body enjoying financial and administrative independence and full legal status to operate. The new body, to be also known as Urban Planning Council (UPC) for short, will be chaired by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Chairman of the Executive Council and Deputy Supreme ...  >>MORE

Comprehensive Urban Plan launched by Abu Dhabi Government

Posted on 20/09/2007

Abu Dhabi Government launched Wednesday The "Plan Abu Dhabi 2030: Urban Structure Framework Plan", a comprehensive plan for the development of the City of Abu Dhabi that will guide planning decisions for the next 25 years. To oversee the said plan and the further development of urban planning policy, President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has established Urban Planning Council (UPC) by Law No. 23 for 2007. The UPC will be chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown ...  >>MORE

First phase of Yas Island project will be completed by next year

Posted on 19/09/2007

Parts of the Formula 1 race track, grandstand, marina and the tunnels have already begun to take shape on the 2,550-hectare Yas Island which will be staging the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 in the UAE in 2009. The media were briefed on the progress during a tour to the island where construction is in full swing and the first phase seems headed for completion by 2008-end. Speaking to the mediapersons, Ronald Stephen Barrott, CEO of Aldar Properties, developers of the unique race track and the adjoining ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Department of Planning issues 2006 development project report

Posted on 17/09/2007

The Planning and Statistics Division of the Department of Planning - Abu Dhabi (DPAD) has issued a report on the 2006 development budget, which contains what had actually been achieved on the ground from the projected programmes in various economic sectors at all organizational levels, beginning from the phase of conceiving the idea about the project to the end of implementation. In a statement, DPAD Assistant Under Secretary, Butti Al Qubaisi, said total estimates of the development budget ...  >>MORE

A master plan for development

Posted on 14/09/2007

The master plan outlined by the Abu Dhabi government demonstrates a bold outlook for the future. Not only will every care be taken to ensure the preservation of the natural environment and coasts, but also that plans should reflect the development of the emirate. Perhaps most significant is the introduction of an intra-emirate metro and an intercity train service by 2030. Dubai is in the process of constructing an intra-emirate metro service, primarily designed to link the airports and major ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Municipality announces Emerald Gateway project

Posted on 30/08/2007

Abu Dhabi Municipality has announced that it is developing in partnership with the private sector, the unique Dh7 billion Emerald Gateway project located along the main highway Coast Road halfway between Abu Dhabi downtown and Abu Dhabi International Airport along a main artery highway leading into the city. The development includes 88 towers on both sides of a 3.5 kilometre segment of the highway. The site offers tremendous potential to become an important high-end residential and hotel ...  >>MORE

New master-plan to offer growth roadmap

Posted on 28/08/2007

The newly announced Dubai Urban Development Framework (DUDF) will offer a comprehensive roadmap for Dubai's future up to 2020 and beyond, according to a top government official, that would solve the main concerns of today's urban life. "The DUDF is our roadmap for the future of Dubai in offering sustainable growth that will look into environmental and social aspects of the urbanisation," Ahmad Bin Bayt, secretary-general of Dubai Executive Council, told Gulf News in an interview. Dubai, which ...  >>MORE

Dubai to reshape urban development

Posted on 27/08/2007

Dubai's Urban Planning Committee on Saturday awarded a prestigious contract to a consortium headed by internationally acclaimed Urbis (Australia) to prepare the Dubai Urban Development Framework (DUDF), with support from environmental and engineering experts WSP Group. The project, expected to be completed in 14 months, seeks to create an innovative, flexible and fully integrated development planning and management framework for Dubai to the year 2020 and beyond. Urbis won the contract out of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi expands infrastructure plan

Posted on 09/08/2007

The Abu Dhabi government plans to massively boost its infrastructure through long-term investments to upgrade airports, seaports and public transportation system to support the emirate's economic development, said the Executive Council in its recently issued Policy Agenda for 2007-08. It said the proposed US$7 billion international airport would provide capacity for 20 million passengers per year in its first phase, due to be completed between 2010 and 2012. "When the total project is ...  >>MORE

Al Raha Beach reaches first Safety 'Milestone'

Posted on 29/07/2007

ALDAR Properties, Abu Dhabi's leading, integrated developer, has announced that its Al Raha Beach development Joint Venture Company, ALDAR Laing O'Rourke, has established its first safety milestone at the enormous Al Raha Beach project in Abu Dhabi, with the first one million hours worked without any reportable accident whatsoever. ALDAR's achievement endorses its premise that safety is paramount to its entire staff. The organisation adheres to Abu Dhabi Health & Safety regulations, which are ...  >>MORE

ALDAR/Laing O'Rourke JV to develop Al Bandar Neighbourhood at Al Raha Beach

Posted on 27/06/2007

ALDAR Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi's first and leading property developer, has awarded the 1st major building contract for its AED 54 billion waterfront project, Al Raha Beach, to the ALDAR/Laing O'Rourke. The contract will see ALDAR/Laing O'Rourke develop the Al Bandar neighbourhood in the massive Al Raha Beach project. Al Bandar has been designed by architects Broadway Malyan of the United Kingdom and will be the first mixed use neighbourhood development in Al Raha Beach, presenting retail, ...  >>MORE

Dubai Lifestyle City project launched

Posted on 29/05/2007

Introducing a unique concept of haute living, ETA group of companies has launched Dubai Lifestyle City . In an unprecedented move in the booming property sector in the region, ETA will rope into the project as partners some of the most respected international brands in a variety of fields to give it a special touch of efficacy, exclusivity and credibility, including JW Marriott and IMG Academies. Tony Ashai, the celebrated Beverley Hills designer, will design Dubai Lifestyle City in the ...  >>MORE

Western Region set for boom

Posted on 13/05/2007

Developers in Abu Dhabi's Western Region are gearing up to fight for a share of the tourism market over the next few years. The area has a number of potential attractions – not least 230 kilometres of beautiful coastline, which at present is inaccessible to beach lovers. There is, however, a huge shortage of facilities – the entire coast has just two hotels and one of them is in urgent need of renovation. Much of the desert is covered with electricity pylons and oil drills – even Liwa ...  >>MORE

Dubai makes landscape projects part of road development plans

Posted on 10/05/2007

Landscaping and greenery will be included in the road development plans for the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said a senior official. The RTA, which recently established a dedicated Landscape Section in its Traffic and Roads Agency, has announced it will spend Dh56 million for a landscaping and greenery project for two upcoming interchanges and the new Al Garhoud Bridge. The RTA will showcase its landscaping and greenery project at the Garden and Landscaping Middle East ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Government to publish comprehensive urban

Posted on 09/05/2007

In a briefing to the real estate sector, the government today revealed a major urban planning initiative that has been underway in the Emirate since mid-2006. Known as "Plan Abu Dhabi 2030", the initiative will lead to the publication of a comprehensive urban plan for the city of Abu Dhabi within months. Delivering on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the urban planning initiative will create a coherent and ...  >>MORE

Masdar launches world's first city for Zero-Carbon, Zero-Waste

Posted on 09/05/2007

The world's first attempt to create a zero-carbon, zero-waste city was officially launched Monday during Cityscape in Abu Dhabi. The new six square kilometre energy, science and technology community will open in late 2009. The development is a unique, integrated "Green Community" in the heart of Abu Dhabi, which uses the traditional planning principals of a walled city, together with existing technologies to achieve a zero-carbon and zero-waste sustainable development. The city will house ...  >>MORE

Nakheel unveils super-luxury resort at Coral Island of The World

Posted on 03/05/2007

Dubai-based Nakheel, the region's largest developer in terms of project value, is building a super-luxury resort on Coral Island - one of its 300 man-made islands that forms The Word. The company did not reveal the value of the project. The World is a 300-island development reclaimed from the sea in the shape of the world map, and Coral Island will be the first island on to be developed. Coral Island covers an area of 73 hectares and is located across 20 connected islands in the North ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi unveils Desert Islands project

Posted on 30/04/2007

The Tourism Development Company, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), has announced plans to develop eight islands on the Western Coast of Abu Dhabi. Dubbed as "Desert Islands", the Dh11.5 billion project is an extension of the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to exploit the resources of the area to introduce eco-tourism. The project will involve development of tourism infrastructure that will include parks and historical sites in addition to a whole ...  >>MORE

Khalifa launches Qasr Al Sarab project

Posted on 27/03/2007

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday launched Qasr Al Sarab, a luxury 5 star Arabian retreat to be built in Abu Dhabi's Liwa desert at the Empty Quarter (Rub Al-Khali). The launching ceremony was attended by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Sheikh Khalifa viewed model and designs of the innovative project and renewed his support for such projects which contribute in enhancing ...  >>MORE

Roads, mountains, beaches don't make a country great: RAK Crown Prince

Posted on 13/02/2007

People are the key to sustained excellence in a nation's development, and will continue to be a primary priority for Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, told the first conference of investors and business leaders in the emirate today. The Ras Al Khaimah 2007 conference, organized by the emirate's Investment and Development Office and regional business magazine MEED, is focused on the current developments and opportunities in the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi projects worth close to Dh1tr

Posted on 13/02/2007

The total value of announced and on-going projects in Abu Dhabi has inched close to Dh1 trillion, currently at Dh991 billion (US$270 billion), a report says. "Abu Dhabi, the largest among UAE's seven states, is by far the wealthiest and in 2005 had the highest per capita income in the world at US$46,147. It has proven oil reserves which are estimated to last for another 150 years and currently pumps 3.5 million barrels of oil per day generating in excess of US$90 billion annually," it said. ...  >>MORE

Development plan for Umm al-Qaiwain approved

Posted on 12/02/2007

Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid bin Ahmed Al Molalla, Deputy Ruler of Umm al-Qaiwain and Chief Commander of the UAQ Police and Security, has approved the development plan for the emirate, it was announced yesterday during a Press conference held at the UAQ Municipality. The plan, which has been drawn up following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Molalla, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Umm al-Qaiwain, envisages radical improvements in all sectors, said Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Al Fahim to develop Dh800m resort

Posted on 12/02/2007

The Al Fahim Group - one of Abu Dhabi's largest holding companies will develop a 369-room resort in Abu Dhabi with a cost of Dh800 million, the company said in a statement. Designed by 4D Design of Germany, the hotel, which is set to open in the third quarter of 2008, will deliver a striking backdrop to the rejuvenated Creek beachfront when viewed from Maqta Bridge - the main gateway to the capital city. The hotel will have 369 guest rooms, conference and meeting facilities with 12,000 ...  >>MORE

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Aldar unveils new mixed-use development


Nakheel announces new multi-billion island project


Land reclamation of the World Islands project completed in Dubai


NIC unveils Dh5b project in Abu Dhabi


Nakheel to glamourise Dubai coastline


Abu Dhabi’s Dh105m beach upgrade ready in April


Abu Dhabi to spend US$200 billion in the next five years on urban development


Aldar completes land reclamation and dredging for Coconut Island


Billion dirham real estate project in capital


Urban Planning Council demonstrates progress on Abu Dhabi Plan 2030


Sorouh Awards Dh465m Infrastructure Contract for Shams Abu Dhabi


Prince Andrew hails Desert Islands


Over Dh1.2 trillion to be spent for development in Abu Dhabi - Study


Sorouh unveils Al Ghadeer property development project


ALDAR complete land reclamation, ground improvement and sea walls for Al Bandar and Al Muneera


Nakheel unveils the 'new map of Dubai'


Ferrari Company, Al Dar set up entertainment city at Yas Island


Abu Dhabi to come up with a ultra-modern transport system


UAE President sets up Urban Planning Council


Comprehensive Urban Plan launched by Abu Dhabi Government


First phase of Yas Island project will be completed by next year


Abu Dhabi's Department of Planning issues 2006 development project report


A master plan for development


Abu Dhabi Municipality announces Emerald Gateway project


New master-plan to offer growth roadmap


Dubai to reshape urban development


Abu Dhabi expands infrastructure plan


Al Raha Beach reaches first Safety 'Milestone'


ALDAR/Laing O'Rourke JV to develop Al Bandar Neighbourhood at Al Raha Beach


Dubai Lifestyle City project launched


Western Region set for boom


Dubai makes landscape projects part of road development plans


Abu Dhabi Government to publish comprehensive urban


Masdar launches world's first city for Zero-Carbon, Zero-Waste


Nakheel unveils super-luxury resort at Coral Island of The World


Abu Dhabi unveils Desert Islands project


Khalifa launches Qasr Al Sarab project


Roads, mountains, beaches don't make a country great: RAK Crown Prince


Abu Dhabi projects worth close to Dh1tr


Development plan for Umm al-Qaiwain approved


Al Fahim to develop Dh800m resort