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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT

UAE seeks Britain's assistance to regulate quarrying sector

Posted on 17/04/2008

Two prominent geologists from the British Institute of Quarrying are on a four-day visit to the country to offer technical assistance to the Ministry of Environment and Water and Federal Environment Agency (FEA) in devising an integrated system for management of quarries in the country. FEA Director General Dr. Salim Al Dhahiri met the two British experts Ruth Allington and David Garfith on Tuesday to discuss with them arrangements for their field visit programme to quarries host emirates of ...  >>MORE

'Atlantis, The Palm' to open in September 2008

Posted on 17/04/2008

Atlantis, The Palm will open this September as the flagship resort on The Palm Jumeirah - the first resort to open its doors on Dubai's revolutionary island. Created by Kerzner International Holdings Limited, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, the stunning new 1,539-room resort began accepting reservations February 1, 2008. Already attracting interest from around the world, Atlantis anticipates Middle East residents will account for 30pc of all visitors, with ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai surpasses KVLY-TV mast to become world’s tallest structure

Posted on 08/04/2008

Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower) has surpassed the height of the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, USA, to become the world's tallest man-made structure. Developed by the Emaar Properties, the iconic high-rise Burj Dubai is now 629 metres (2,063.6 ft) high while KVLY-TV, which holds the record for the world's tallest supported structure since 1963, has a height of 628.8 metres (2,063 ft). Burj Dubai is already the world's tallest building and tallest free-standing structure, and at 160 storeys, is ...  >>MORE

Dubai to raise US$4bn via note issue

Posted on 08/04/2008

Dubai, the Gulf Arab region's commercial hub, plans to borrow as much as Dh15 billion to help finance development of its infrastructure, a government official said on Monday. Dubai is set to begin roadshows for the first tranche of a medium-term-note (MTN) programme. The size of the inaugural conventional issue had still to be determined, Sami Al Qamzi, director-general of Dubai's Department of Finance said in an emailed statement to Reuters. The emirate will spend about Dh52.5bn over the ...  >>MORE

UAE accounts 37% of Gulf projects' value of over US$2 trillion for first time

Posted on 01/04/2008

Out of the total a staggering US$2 trillion worth of projects in the Gulf, the UAE remains the biggest projects market in the Gulf, accounting for 37% of the total project value, according to Meed Projects. The UAE, it said, has also registered the highest growth, with total project values in the federation rising by 46% over the past 12 months. Kuwait has the highest proportion of unawarded contracts, representing over 90% of all projects planned. The MEED Projects index, which monitors ...  >>MORE

Dh768bn Abu Dhabi projects so far in 2008

Posted on 27/03/2008

The value of new projects launched in Abu Dhabi in the first quarter of 2008 has exceeded billions of dirhams highlighting the "unprecedented” level of development in the capital, Emirates Business can reveal. The latest report by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) said the value of projects announced in the emirate since January this year amounts to some Dh768bn. "The projects reflect the unprecedented revival witnessed by Abu Dhabi in fields of infrastructure, real ...  >>MORE

Khalifa orders allocation of Dh16 billion for infrastructure project in N. Emirates

Posted on 23/03/2008

In a move to stimulate economic growth and prosperity, President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the allocation of Dh16 billion for infrastructure projects in Northern emirates. The allocation will be used to fund the construction of roads networks, new housing communities, drainage network and other projects which are deemed as necessary for sustainable economic growth, said Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works. Earlier, Sheikh Hamdan had received ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai set to inspire future architects: Alabbar

Posted on 05/03/2008

Emaar Board Chairman Mohammed Ali Alabbar said that Burj Dubai will become an architectural master work, which will inspire future generations of architects. He added on the second day the 8th World Congress of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTUBH) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai that "this huge pioneer building, which is being developed by Emaar, reflects spirit of challenge that characterises Dubai- not only because it is the tallest skyscraper, but a step towards ...  >>MORE

ADTA/TDIC break ground on new 'green building' headquarters

Posted on 19/02/2008

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the emirate's leading tourism asset developer, have broken ground on their new waterfront joint headquarters conceptualised to be at the forefront of intuitive sustainable design. Being built adjacent to Maqta Bridge, the main gateway to Abu Dhabi city, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the new headquarters has been designed by Singapore's Surbana Consultants. The headquarters is being positioned ...  >>MORE

Arabian Aluminium completes 50% of cladding on Burj Dubai

Posted on 06/02/2008

Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building being developed by Emaar Properties PJSC, has completed 50 per cent of its cladding work, undertaken on an accelerated schedule by Arabian Aluminium Company. More than 12,000 panels covering over 50,000 square metres have been installed on the tower, which is now the world's tallest free-standing structure. Burj Dubai is currently 604.9 metres high. The final height and number of levels have not been revealed. The cladding work is being undertaken in ...  >>MORE

ALDAR Awards final tranche to ACC for its Dh4.2bn Central Market Development

Posted on 05/02/2008

ALDAR Properties, Abu Dhabi's largest real estate development firm, has awarded Arabian Construction Co (ACC) an additional Dh694 million contract to build the luxury shopping mall at Central Market, representing the final element of the Dh4.2bn re-development of Abu Dhabi's old souk. This follows on from ALDAR Properties announcement in early September that Abu Dhabi's largest contract at Dh2.7 billion had been awarded to ACC for the Central Market Towers. By adding the retail areas, ACC's ...  >>MORE

ADNEC hands over first plot of Capital Centre

Posted on 31/01/2008

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) on Wednesday announced the handover of the first plot of Capital Centre land to Sultan Bin Rashed Group, marking a significant milestone in the project's year long history. Opening in early 2010, the development will be a striking tower of serviced hotel apartments with 207 rooms, featuring state-of-the-art facilities, according to an ADNEC press release. Commenting on the land handover, Managing Director of ADNEC Ahmad Humaid Al Mazrouie, said ...  >>MORE

President orders comprehensive infrastructure upgrade

Posted on 20/01/2008

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered implementation of projects to upgrade infrastructure in all parts of the country. This comes in the light of presentation made by Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, following his inspection tour of the areas affected by the heavy rains and floods throughout the country. The move underlines Sheikh Khalifa's keenness to provide all means of well-being ...  >>MORE

Dh1.380 billion infrastructure projects in Ajman

Posted on 15/01/2008

Ajman is claiming its prominent position on the UAE's architectural map following the ongoing infrastructural development projects in the emirate. Last year, Ajman invested Dh580 million in infrastructure related projects that included the construction of 5 bridges, roads, lights and the developing of government complexes. The US$2 billion Ajman Marina, being developed by the award winning Tanmiyat, is leading the quest to implement the transformation of Ajman into a popular world ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai reaches 158 levels to set world record

Posted on 05/01/2008

Burj Dubai, the iconic tower developed by global property developer Emaar Properties, has reached 158 levels - the most in any building in the world - and is now 598.5 metres high, Emaar said. "Cladding work of the tower is now ongoing at an accelerated pace with 58 storeys already wearing the shimmering sheen of the high-performance cladding system," the statement said. "The primary materials used - reflective glazing, aluminium and textured stainless steel spandrels and vertical stainless ...  >>MORE

Construction and trade anchor 15% traffic growth at UAE ports

Posted on 05/01/2008

The UAE shipping industry had a jumpstart to the current year with a 15 per cent increase in the volume of traffic over 2007 at the country's ports. The increase was propelled by greater movement of trade, including the higher volume of oil shipments and the growing number of construction projects being implemented in the region. Sources in the shipping sector in the UAE said ports in western and eastern Africa maintained their positions as the most important destinations for exports from the ...  >>MORE

Dubai begins largest canal project post-Suez

Posted on 02/01/2008

Dubai has begun construction on the largest canal project in the Middle East for more than a century, joining a list of mega-projects in the Gulf emirate, Emirates News Agency, WAM reported on Monday. Government-owned real estate developer Limitless this week started excavation work on the 11 billion dollar canal, 75-kilometre (47-mile)-long canal, WAM said. The "Arabian Canal" will be the biggest project undertaken in the region since work started on the 163-kilometre (101-mile) Suez Canal in ...  >>MORE

TDIC to redevelop Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen waterfront

Posted on 11/12/2007

The Al Bateen district of Abu Dhabi, the oldest occupied area of the UAE capital city, is to be redeveloped at a cost of Dh1.6bn to include a signature waterfront destination with a luxury five-star hotel complex. The 54,000 square metre site will be known as the Al Bateen Wharf and will include a San Francisco-style Fishermen's Marina and the Al Bateen Wharf Hotel. The 400-room hotel will also have a serviced residential wing with 200 apartments. It will be developed by the UAE's Belbadi ...  >>MORE

RAK boosts infrastructure to double GDP in five years

Posted on 10/12/2007

Ras Al Khaimah is developing a multi-billion dollar satellite town that will double the emirate's population to half a million in three to five years, officials said. The Gateway City will cover 4.8 square kilometres. The city and its allied development will attract massive investments in industries, education, tourism, property and healthcare sectors that will create thousands of jobs. It will be the emirate's latest real estate venture is part of its ambitions to become a Dubai-style ...  >>MORE

Spectacular design for new Abu Dhabi building unveiled

Posted on 09/12/2007

Seba Real Estate unveiled one of its spectacular developments "SEBA Tower", an architectural marvel that will enhance the skyline of the capital and set the bar for innovative urban design. The Dh600 million mixed-use tower is strategically located in the city's most prestigious address. Over 262,000 square feet of office and retail space and 316 luxurious residential apartments will be ready for rent by mid 2010. The unique design of this 50 stories silhouette will be visible from miles ...  >>MORE

Tougher codes planned to protect UAE environment

Posted on 25/11/2007

The UAE is actively seeking to upgrade its environmental protection codes at the federal level in line with the global agenda to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a top UAE official. According to United Nations statistics, the UAE ranks 43rd on the list of global polluters, arguably due to the numerous construction projects underway in Dubai. This is an image the capital is aggressively aiming to change. In an exclusive interview with Gulf News, Minister of Environment and Water ...  >>MORE

Banks arrange Dh750m financing to construct Abu Dhabi F1 circuit

Posted on 28/10/2007

BNP Paribas, mashreq and HSBC banks successfully co-arranged a contractor financing of Dh750 million for the construction of the Abu Dhabi F1 circuit. mashreq has also been appointed as the facility and security agent for the transaction. The borrower, Cebarco WCT, is a legal entity established between Bahrain's Cebarco and Malaysia's WCT Engineering, both prestigious clients of the three banks in their respective branches. The Abu Dhabi F1 circuit is being developed by Aldar Properties, ...  >>MORE

Aldar unveils Mideast's first spherical building

Posted on 28/10/2007

Aldar Properties has awarded its subsidiary Aldar/Laing O'Rourke the contract to construct its new headquarters. Aldar, Abu Dhabi's first and fully integrated development company, yesterday said its headquarters will be the first spherical building in the Middle East, built to satisfy the most demanding international business elite. The futuristic aluminium and glass exterior, underground parking, turnstile security, marble floors and walls and will ensure this is a commercial building fit ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi company plans Dh700m project in Al Ain

Posted on 16/10/2007

Sultan Bin Rashed Group, a diversified private sector business group based in Abu Dhabi, said yesterday it plans to develop a Dh700 million property in Al Ain which will have 192 hotel apartments and a shopping mall. The Wahat Hili project will be built in a single phase and it will include Hili Rotana suites, consisting of hotel apartments operated by the Rotana Group, and Wahat Hili Mall, managed by Aswaq Management and Services (AMS), it said. The Wahat Hili development is slated for ...  >>MORE

Dubai Properties unveils Dh4b development

Posted on 16/10/2007

Dubai Properties, leading master developer, yesterday unveiled its latest development within Business Bay - the Dh4 billion Bay Square. The five million square feet development, scheduled for completion by 2009, is positioned as a new age community project, targeting businessmen, residents and retailers seeking a stress-free lifestyle in a corporate environment. The centrepiece of the 13-building development will be a boutique hotel - with a 'downtown' setting, and an exclusive residential ...  >>MORE

Tameer unveils Dh7b Abu Dhabi project

Posted on 12/10/2007

Sharjah headquartered regional developer Tameer yesterday said, it will build a 73-storey skyscraper Tameer Towers in Abu Dhabi, worth Dh7 billion. It is a premium mixed-use development located on a prime location on Shams, between the sea and the one million square feet Central Park. Designed by one of the world's largest and most renowned architectural firms Gensler, the project encompasses one state-of-the-art commercial skyscraper, four beautifully-designed residential towers, one seven ...  >>MORE

Ajman Marina to be ready in five years

Posted on 03/10/2007

Saudi investor Tanmiyat Group, in partnership with the Government of Ajman, is developing Ajman Marina, a Dh11 billion (US$3 billion) mixed-use project that will be built on three million square feet of reclaimed land near the Ajman Kempinski hotel, a top official said. The development is expected to transform the growing skyline of Ajman - the smallest of the UAE's seven emirates. "It will have residential, commercial and retail areas where residential units will be offered on a freehold ...  >>MORE

Emirates to soon have its own eco-rating system

Posted on 25/09/2007

Developers, consultants and contractors were yesterday invited to join a scheme that aims to encourage the construction of eco-friendly buildings in the UAE. Sustainable – or green – buildings play a vital part in reducing electricity and water consumption, say environmentalists. Designs for such buildings are intended to show respect for surrounding habitats, heritage, regional values and other social factors. The Emirates Green Building Council asked developers and other industry figures to ...  >>MORE

Chinese firm wins contract to build Omniyat tower

Posted on 16/09/2007

Omniyat Properties, the real estate development arm of the UAE based Omniyat Holdings, has chosen China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) as the main contractor for its Dh345 million ($92 million) 25-storey commercial tower, 'Bayswater'. Construction on the commercial tower in Dubai's Business Bay district, has now entered its second phase with Al Dhafra Piling Contracting completing the enablement work. Currently, 25 per cent of the main construction and 33 per cent of ...  >>MORE

At 150 storeys, Burj Dubai towers above all the others

Posted on 14/09/2007

Just 1,325 days since excavation work started on the site of the $900 million Burj Dubai, the tower is now the world's tallest free-standing structure, surpassing the 553.3 metre CN Tower in Toronto, which held the record since 1976. Emaar Properties' tower has risen to 150 liveable storeys, the largest number of storeys for any building in the world. It has already surpassed Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which at 508 metres (1,667 feet) held the title since it opened in 2004. More than 320,800 ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to develop inter-city train network

Posted on 13/09/2007

A master development plan for Abu Dhabi, reviewed yesterday by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will include an inter-city train network and metro lines, WAM reported. The plan, aimed to develop the emirate up to 2030, will see an expansion of the transport network to accommodate the expected growth of Abu Dhabi's population to 3 million by that year. "Intensive work is needed to develop the UAE to the level of the most advanced nations," Shaikh Khalifa said at ...  >>MORE

Aldar awards Dh2.7b Abu Dhabi project to Arabian Construction

Posted on 05/09/2007

Aldar Properties has awarded a Dh2.7 billion contract to Arabian Construction Co (ACC) for building three towers including a 88-storeyed structure at the Central Market in the heart of Abu Dhabi's Central Business District. The contract for Central Market is the largest single building contract to be awarded in the Abu Dhabi. Designed by leading UK architects Foster & Partners, the Aldar project comprises a residential tower, five-star hotel tower, office tower and a four-star hotel, the ...  >>MORE

First underground tunnel completed for Metro rail

Posted on 02/09/2007

Dubai Metro achieved a major milestone yesterday with the completion of its first underground tunnel. The Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), or Al Wugeisha 2, successfully drilled through to Al Rigga Station yesterday morning to connect it to the Union Square Station. "It is a milestone in the construction of Dubai Metro. More milestones will be achieved as the construction work progresses,” said an official at Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). Officials of the RTA witnessed the last ...  >>MORE

Building boom boosts UAE rebar consumption

Posted on 23/08/2007

It is estimated that the UAE, the GCC's second biggest user of rebars after Saudi Arabia, will use between 44 and 66 million tonnes of steel reinforcement products in 15 years, organisers of a steel industry fair in Sharjah said. The UAE uses 3.8 million tonnes of rebar a year compared with Saudi Arabia's five million, Expo Centre Sharjah said, quoting Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting statistics. Rebar accounts for the major portion of steel imported into the region because of the ...  >>MORE

Majestic mosque gets finishing touches

Posted on 19/08/2007

More than 1,500 workers, supervisors, designers and engineers are working feverishly to put the final touches on Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which can accommodate about 40,000 worshippers. The mosque is scheduled to open at the end of Ramadan for Eid prayers and its main prayer hall can accommodate about 5,000 worshippers, said project manager Khowla Salem Al Sulaimani. The striking domes of the mosque are reportedly the largest ever built on any mosque. "Two international Islamic organisations ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Zayed Mosque to be opened in Ramadan

Posted on 10/08/2007

Municipal Affairs Department of the Abu Dhabi Municipality is supervising the finishing touches being given to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, one of the ten largest mosques in the world. Director of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque Project Khoulah Al Sulaimani said that the main prayer hall of the mosque is expected to be opened during the final days of the month of Ramadan. The carpet to be spread in the prayer hall arrived yesterday from Iran and preparations are going on for fixing it. The 5000sq-metre ...  >>MORE

Japanese channel hails construction boom in Dubai

Posted on 10/08/2007

Tokyo - In a special program about Dubai, A Japanese TV channel NHK hailed the construction development and civilization advancement in Dubai. The TV program showed some scenes from Dubai including construction projects . And in an interview with one of the Japanese residents in Dubai who said that he is learning a lot in Dubai . A Japanese lady also told that she is trying to realize her dreams in Dubai. A Japanese businessman who established a company three years ago said that he decided to ...  >>MORE

Dubai's projects over next decade total $310 billion: MEED

Posted on 07/08/2007

The value of projects either planned or under way in Dubai will total $310,000 million over the next decade, according to The Dubai Real Estate Report 2007 launched by the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED). "Of this, close to $230,000 million, equivalent to almost three-quarters of the total, is planned in the property sector", added the in-depth report which provides insight into supply and demand trends in the Emirate's booming property sector. Dubai's real estate and business services, ...  >>MORE

World's biggest carpet ready for Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Posted on 01/08/2007

Tehran - The world's largest hand-woven carpet was unveiled here on Tuesday. The 45-ton green coloured carpet, custom made for Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan mosque in Abu Dhabi, will be transported to the UAE capital by two airplanes. The manager of Iran Carpet Company (ICC) said 1,200 selected carpet weavers and scores of experts had been involved in weaving the four-piece rug which took one year to complete at an estimated cost of US$8.5 million. Covering an area of 5,700 square meters, ...  >>MORE

Cost of building materials soars in UAE

Posted on 23/07/2007

UAE builders will have to pay more for building materials as import costs from top supplier China have increased and sea freight rates are rising. China, which supplies an estimated one-third of materials such as timber and steel to the country, has cut the rebate it provides to its construction material exporters, according to a Dubai-based importer. At the same time, freight rates for containers from East Asia to Dubai have risen about 85 per cent since May. "We are expecting 12 to 15 per ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai reaches a record high

Posted on 22/07/2007

Today, the world has a new global landmark - Burj Dubai. At 512.1 metres (1,680 ft), Burj Dubai, developed by Emaar Properties, is the tallest building in the world. The achievement once again puts Dubai in the international spotlight and underlines Emaar's arrival as a global developer. Now a Financial Times Global 500 (FT Global 500) company, Emaar has a significant presence in 30 international markets. Burj Dubai is now taller than Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which at 508 metres* (1,667 ft) has ...  >>MORE

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UAE seeks Britain's assistance to regulate quarrying sector


'Atlantis, The Palm' to open in September 2008


Burj Dubai surpasses KVLY-TV mast to become world’s tallest structure


Dubai to raise US$4bn via note issue


UAE accounts 37% of Gulf projects' value of over US$2 trillion for first time


Dh768bn Abu Dhabi projects so far in 2008


Khalifa orders allocation of Dh16 billion for infrastructure project in N. Emirates


Burj Dubai set to inspire future architects: Alabbar


ADTA/TDIC break ground on new 'green building' headquarters


Arabian Aluminium completes 50% of cladding on Burj Dubai


ALDAR Awards final tranche to ACC for its Dh4.2bn Central Market Development


ADNEC hands over first plot of Capital Centre


President orders comprehensive infrastructure upgrade


Dh1.380 billion infrastructure projects in Ajman


Burj Dubai reaches 158 levels to set world record


Construction and trade anchor 15% traffic growth at UAE ports


Dubai begins largest canal project post-Suez


TDIC to redevelop Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen waterfront


RAK boosts infrastructure to double GDP in five years


Spectacular design for new Abu Dhabi building unveiled


Tougher codes planned to protect UAE environment


Banks arrange Dh750m financing to construct Abu Dhabi F1 circuit


Aldar unveils Mideast's first spherical building


Abu Dhabi company plans Dh700m project in Al Ain


Dubai Properties unveils Dh4b development


Tameer unveils Dh7b Abu Dhabi project


Ajman Marina to be ready in five years


Emirates to soon have its own eco-rating system


Chinese firm wins contract to build Omniyat tower


At 150 storeys, Burj Dubai towers above all the others


Abu Dhabi to develop inter-city train network


Aldar awards Dh2.7b Abu Dhabi project to Arabian Construction


First underground tunnel completed for Metro rail


Building boom boosts UAE rebar consumption


Majestic mosque gets finishing touches


Sheikh Zayed Mosque to be opened in Ramadan


Japanese channel hails construction boom in Dubai


Dubai's projects over next decade total $310 billion: MEED


World's biggest carpet ready for Sheikh Zayed Mosque


Cost of building materials soars in UAE


Burj Dubai reaches a record high