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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

Burj Dubai is world's tallest

Posted on 19/07/2007

Burj Dubai is now officially the tallest man-made structure in the world. The tower scaled 510 metres late on Wednesday to beat the Taipei Towers that stands at 507.3 metres tall. Official sources engaged in the construction of the world's tallest tower told The Gulf Today that they have reached the goal in terms of the building's height. Although the height of the skyscraper has been kept under wraps, it is believed Burj Dubai will end up somewhere between 705 and 950 metres, When completed, ...  >>MORE

UAE to introduce green building rating system

Posted on 05/07/2007

A much-anticipated green building rating system will be introduced as a pilot in the UAE later this year, according to a Dubai Municipality official. The system will be modeled on the US Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating, which provides a benchmark to measure the environmental sustainability of building's design, construction and operation. It will be adapted to suit the UAE's climatic conditions and real estate market by the Emirates Green Building Council, a ...  >>MORE

Developers set to build the country green

Posted on 25/06/2007

The company designing one of Dubai's first low-carbon emission commercial tower has revealed it is working on three other green building projects in the UAE. Richard Smith, Technical Director of Atkins Middle East, said that he could not yet reveal details of the new projects. But, he said, the country's developers were becoming more interested in environment-friendly designs. "It is starting to come together quite well,” said Smith. "It was an impossible proposition two years ago.” He ...  >>MORE

Damac launches Dh2.5bn project

Posted on 21/06/2007

Dubai-based Damac Properties yesterday launched Damac Heights, its first branded project in Dubai, at the cost of Dh2.5 billion. Located in Dubai Marina, the 90-storey tower will house three-, two- and one-bedroom apartments until the 60th floor, with the next 25 levels dedicated to penthouses and duplexes. "We have got the land and work will start soon. We expect the tower to be completed by 2011,” said Hussain Sajwani, Chairman of Damac Holding. The tower, which has been designed by ...  >>MORE

Capital Centre to be completed in 2011

Posted on 14/06/2007

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) yesterday announced that construction has started on the Dh8 billion Capital Centre development in Abu Dhabi. Capital Centre is a business and residential micro-city, which is set to become the world's first fully networked exhibition and lifestyle destination. In a statement, Adnec said, "The project is the largest development on the main island of Abu Dhabi and is being developed around the new Adnec complex in a move to meet the increasing ...  >>MORE

Rakeen announces the development of Ras Al Khaimah Financial City

Posted on 12/06/2007

Rakeen, the leading developer in Ras Al Khaimah, under the patronage of Sheikh Saud Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has announced that it is to develop an iconic Financial City in the emirate. The development, which will be named Ras Al Khaimah Financial City is the hub of RAK Offshore project currently under development by the RAK Investment Authority, RAKIA. The city will consist of 12 cutting-edge designed towers and is set to facilitate the emirate's growth ...  >>MORE

TECOM Investments launches Energy and Environment Park

Posted on 06/06/2007

TECOM Investments, a member of Dubai Holding, yesterday announced the launch of the Energy and Environment Park (ENPARK), a fully comprehensive eco-friendly community for both commercial and residential use, as a role model for Dubai's commitment to sustainable development. The initiative will create a comprehensive eco-friendly community while ensuring a high level of welfare and quality of living for residents and workers. The park will consist of several components. The commercial ...  >>MORE

Dubai to have at least six supertowers by 2015

Posted on 28/05/2007

The fast-changing Dubai skyline will sport at least six "supertowers" of more than 100 habitable floors, more than any other city in the world, as per information available. The supertowers are Burj Dubai (where work continues after the completion of 126 floors), Burj Al Alam (slated to rise to 108 floors), the 101-storey Marina 101, Princess Tower (107 floors), the 120-storey Pentominium and Al Burj (which is expected to have between 180 and 200 floors). Most of these buildings are in ...  >>MORE

Master plans for 16 projects in Dubailand approved by Dubai Municipality

Posted on 20/05/2007

Dubailand, a member of Tatweer, announced today Dubai Municipality has approved 16 master plans for projects at the world's most ambitious family entertainment destination. Dubailand has consistently taken follow up measures to ensure projects are executed and delivered on time. "Projects of this magnitude add a new dimension to Dubailand and demonstrate the destination's attractive elements. Although the projects are massive, investors are strictly adhering to international standards and ...  >>MORE

World's tallest tower taking its final shimmering form

Posted on 19/05/2007

Burj Dubai, on course to becoming the world's tallest tower, is taking its final shimmering form as installation of curtain wall glass panels commenced on Level 19 of the super-structure developed by Emaar Properties. Burj Dubai is currently over 125 floors tall and one of the five tallest structures in the world. "The structure of Burj Dubai is progressing on schedule and, now, with the start of the curtain wall installation, the finishing works will proceed at full speed. With the ...  >>MORE

Bawadi doubles investment to Dh200 billion

Posted on 13/05/2007

Bawadi, a member of the Dubai-based property developer Tatweer, yesterday announced it is to double its initial investment to Dh200 billion. This follows the recent announcement launching the world's largest shopping area of over 40 million sq ft gross lease-able area within Bawadi, the integrated hospitality and tourism project, member of Tatweer. The move is in line with the directives of H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai. ...  >>MORE

Infrastructure projects in UAE exceed US$300b

Posted on 10/05/2007

The UAE accounts for the bulk of the ongoing and planned infrastructure projects in the GCC countries, amounting to an estimated US$1.3 trillion plus of investments over the 2007-2012 period, Dubai-based Khaleej Times daily quoted economists as saying. "As of early April 2007, there were over 2,000 infrastructure projects", the paper quoted Edward Morse, Lehman Brothers' Chief Energy Economist as saying. The core of these, over US$300 billion, are in the UAE, mostly in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, ...  >>MORE

Phase 2 of capital's expo centre gets under way

Posted on 10/05/2007

Construction recently began on the second phase of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The Dh580 million project will see the venue double in size to become the Middle East's largest purpose-built exhibition centre, with inter-connected exhibition floor space totalling more than 55,000 square metres. The exhibition centre's distinctive U-shape design will be achieved by constructing five additional exhibition halls, a multi-purpose hall with seating for more than 5,000 people, 15 meeting ...  >>MORE

Fujairah to get Dh600m resort

Posted on 10/05/2007

Mina Al Fajer Real Estate LLC, a leading property developer in the UAE, yesterday said it will develop a Dh600 million mountain-sea resort property that will include a 200 room five-star hotel managed by the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. The property will help Fujairah, the country's east coast emirate, to become a major tourism destination. Mina Al Fajer Resort, as the project is called, will commence in June 2007 and is expected to be completed before the end of 2009, giving Fujairah its ...  >>MORE

New 16,000 capacity labourer residential city to be built in Al Ain

Posted on 10/05/2007

Under the direction of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces - ALDAR Properties PJSC, has announced an agreement with the Higher Corporation of Specialized Economic Zones in Abu Dhabi to build a 16,000 capacity workers residential city in Al Ain. The agreement which was reached at the inauguration of Cityscape Abu Dhabi will ...  >>MORE

Dubai Creek takes a turn

Posted on 06/05/2007

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 Shindagah in Bur Dubai, is currently 14 kilometres long and naturally ends at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. It is being extended for another 12 kilometres from Ras Al Khor back to the Gulf, passing through Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road, Safa Park, Al Wasl, Jumeirah 2 and the Jumeirah Beach Park. ...  >>MORE

Islands rising and The World is selling fast

Posted on 02/05/2007

The World, which lies off the coast of Dubai, has sold 130 of its 300 islands and will begin handing them over to developers by the end of this year, said an official from the developer Nakheel. From the beginning of 2008, the islands, which retail between Dh55 million to Dh165 million, will be developed into five-star luxury resorts with each one having its own unique flavour. Celebrating its fourth anniversary on May 6, The World is Nakheel's most ambitious plan to date and is fast ...  >>MORE

Al Futtaim launches Dh1b project at Silicon Oasis

Posted on 24/04/2007

Al Futtaim Real Estate, one of the leading property developers in the UAE, yesterday broke ground for a Dh1 billion development project at Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO). The development will be located on 62,820 square metres of land and will be built in three phases, the first of which will involve a cost of Dh200 million and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2008. Muammar Khalid Al Katheeri, director of planning and construction for the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority ...  >>MORE

DIFC launches Lighthouse Tower

Posted on 22/04/2007

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) yesterday launched 400-metre luxury office tower 'DIFC Lighthouse Tower' that will be constructed in the heart of the DIFC, adjacent to the famous 'Gate' building. The gross floor area of the project will be 90,000 square metres. A beacon of modernity, the Lighthouse will be characterised by special external lighting features that will distinguish it from all other high-rise buildings in Dubai. As well, the approved environmentally sensitive ...  >>MORE

UAE wood imports cross Dh5.2 billion

Posted on 10/04/2007

The huge construction boom taking place across the UAE is fuelling the demand for wood and wood products, giving rise to a market that is seeing unprecedented levels of growth. Statistics from the Department of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC) reveal that imports and re-exports of all types of timber into the region are at an all time high, a demand that has increased the need for specialist woodworking machinery and tools. The UAE has always imported wood and wood ...  >>MORE

Aldar to build resort off Abu Dhabi coast

Posted on 09/04/2007

Aldar Properties and The National Corporation for Tourism and Hotels (NCTH) have formed a joint venture to develop a resort and residential apartments on the two islands located off the tip of the Intercontinental Hotel on the western coast of Abu Dhabi, an Aldar statement said yesterday. "The smaller of the two islands, known as Coconut Island, has a natural sand bar surrounded by clear turquoise waters providing an idyllic setting for the resort. "The development will link the two ...  >>MORE

TDIC partners with Al Farida to build Dh500m complex at Zayed Sports City

Posted on 09/04/2007

Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), which manages the tourism assets of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), has partnered with Abu Dhabi's Al Farida Investment Co for a Dh500 million hotel, apartment and shopping centre around Zayed Sports City, a statement said. Zayed Sports City is the largest sports stadium in the UAE and host to major international events. The five-star complex, known as 'Bridgeway at Zayed Sports City', will boast a 306 room, 11-storey hotel, 146 ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai now has more floors than any building in the world

Posted on 08/04/2007

Burj Dubai, already the tallest structure in the Middle East and Europe, now has more floors than any building in the world. Currently at 120 storeys and 422.5 metres high, the Emaar Properties building is also one of the five tallest structures in the world. Dubai's iconic tower is now taller than the Empire State Building (381 metres) in New York and the John Hancock Centre (344 metres) in Chicago, two of only five completed buildings that have 100 storeys or more. To date, 304,800 ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai work to finish on time

Posted on 06/04/2007

Emaar Properties, developer of the $900 million Burj Dubai, has said the world's tallest tower will meet its scheduled completion dates despite continued delays to the exterior facade of the building. The concrete structure remains exposed to the elements due mainly to the bankruptcy of Swiss-based curtain walling giant Schmidlin last year, the parent company of Schmidlin, which was contracted to install the tower's exterior materials. Greg Sang, Emaar's assistant director of projects and ...  >>MORE

Mubadala reaches Financial Close on UAE University new Campus PPP Project in Al Ain

Posted on 05/04/2007

Al Hikma Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, yesterday announced the completion of the limited-recourse financing of the UAE University New Campus PPP Project in Al Ain, UAE. A syndicate of international and regional banks is providing the US$410,000,000 debt package to the region's first, and the world's largest, single education public-private partnership project. The mandated lead arrangers are Barclays Capital, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, ...  >>MORE

Dh16 billion DTC District Phase I work underway

Posted on 29/03/2007

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) on Wednesday started the construction of its new state-of-the-art Dubai Trade Centre (DTC) District. A ground-breaking ceremony was held at the DWTC to mark the beginning of the first phase of the Dhs16 billion new business district coming up at the heart of the city. Dubai Civil Aviation President, Emirates Group Chairman and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) Vice Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum broke ground in the presence of DWTC officials and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to build free zone near international airport

Posted on 27/03/2007

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is planning to construct a free trade zone at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Occupying more than seven million square metres, the free zone will offer investors an impressive package of world-class facilities and services, say developers. Clusters of amenities will be brought under one roof and all the required facilities will be conveniently integrated to ensure that investors receive the best service. The creation of a free trade zone is in response ...  >>MORE

ADTA Chairman inspects "The Quay" site.

Posted on 27/03/2007

Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan - Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), which manages the authority's tourism assets, made an inspection visit to the site of the planned residential and commercial shoreline hub, The Quay in the heart of the UAE capital. Sheikh Sultan toured the site and was briefed on the waterfront project by Abdullah Al Masaood, Chairman of Abu Dhabi's Al Masaood Group and of Khor Abu Dhabi Property ...  >>MORE

Stargate construction work 99% completed, says developer

Posted on 22/03/2007

Osus, a property developer, has announced that 99 per cent of construction has been completed at the Dh250 million spaceship-styled family theme park Stargate being developed at the Zabeel Park. The project, also called Bawabat Al Nojoum, will be completed and handed over this summer as scheduled, a company statement said. Construction is almost finished, while nearly 30 per cent of electromechanical works and nine per cent of interior design and decoration works of Stargate have been ...  >>MORE

Work set to commence on Fujairah's Creativity City media freezone

Posted on 16/03/2007

Work will soon commence on a 40,000-square-metre media park called Creativity City in Fujairah, which officials said will be a free and dedicated space for creativity. The business park will cater to individuals and companies working in the media, communications, design and technology fields. As well as new investors, Creativity City will contain a number of already existing ventures such as Fujairah FM on at least two sites. The first development will be located near the city entrance ...  >>MORE

Construction begins at Sorouh's Dh729 million project

Posted on 15/03/2007

Abu Dhabi's leading real estate developer, Sorouh Real Estate, announced the start of construction of its Dh729 million project, Golf Gardens. Overlooking Abu Dhabi Golf Club, the 347,000 square meter development will feature 390 luxurious residential villas and town houses with occupancy slated for the last quarter of 2008. The Golf Gardens will have a self-supporting infrastructure including convenience stores and a well-developed recreational element, with the Golf Gardens Club located in ...  >>MORE

ALDAR's Central Market project races towards completion

Posted on 13/03/2007

ALDAR Properties PJSC announced today that its flagship Central Market project is ahead of schedule in readiness to achieve its phased completion dates. Abu Dhabi's first and leading developer is slightly ahead of schedule and the first phase of the project [the Souq] will be complete by mid-2008. Confirmation of ALDAR's statement that the project is on target is clear for all to see , with infrastructure and enabling works already in place. The development's massive excavation is now ...  >>MORE

The burgeoning Burj Dubai rises to a global challenge

Posted on 04/03/2007

Dubai has moved a bit further in its march to claim the title of the world's tallest building, as the Burj Dubai is now the highest building in the Middle East and Europe. Emaar, the developer of the super-structure, said Burj Dubai was now the tallest building in the Middle East and Europe and was on its way to the global title. "Burj Dubai is not a mere vertical conquest or a race for fame; it is an icon for the collective aspiration of the people of Dubai, who have dreamt the impossible ...  >>MORE

First labour housing zone at Industrial City completed

Posted on 26/02/2007

Dubai Industrial City yesterday announced the completion of its first Labour City in the Base Metal zone, with a capacity to accommodate 12,500 supervisors and groups of workers. The Labour City, which comprises 14 buildings, is the first of seven that are planned for construction in the Dubai Industrial City at a cost of Dh1.6 billion. The remaining six cities will be launched this year and completed in the first quarter of 2008. The unique and advanced mixed-use development provides ...  >>MORE

DIP projects to attract Dh20bn

Posted on 19/02/2007

Dubai Investments Park, a unit of Dubai Investments, said that more than Dh20 billion worth of residential projects will be constructed in the park this year. This will bring the park's total investment value to almost Dh21bn, the company said in a statement. Seven major developments by a consortium of developers are earmarked for construction in DIP during 2007, offering investors 19,392 residential units when the projects are completed by 2010. The multi-phased developments will be ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler tours new SCCI's construction site

Posted on 16/02/2007

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah yesterday visited the construction site of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & industry's new building in Al Khan area. He inspected works on the building which is slated to be one of the Sharjah city's landmarks. Sheikh Sultan also toured some other projects being developed in the area such as the trade centres of Egypt and Russia (and CIS). (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Emaar's Mosela Tower offers 24 different floor plans

Posted on 08/02/2007

Emaar Properties has begun offering buyers the opportunity to choose from 24 floor plans at the Mosela Tower in The Views residential development. Amlak Finance is offering up to 96 per cent home finance support for owning a home in the 24-storey building that features a mix of studios, and one-, two- and three-bedrooms. Sales will commence on February 10. Mosela blends Mediterranean architectural elements that are characteristic of mid-rise towers with the height advantage offered by ...  >>MORE

RAK attracts projects worth more than Dh20b

Posted on 30/01/2007

A government body promoting investment in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) says it has attracted projects more than Dh20 billion into the emirate in the last two years - a figure which it aims to double by 2010. Officials at RAK's Investment and Development Office (IDO) say 60 per cent of its future investment deals will be channelled into the lifestyle development, which includes booming sectors such as tourism, leisure and real estate. Industrial development will account for the remaining 40 per cent. ...  >>MORE

Ajman eyes a place on world's tourism map

Posted on 24/01/2007

The inception of Akar Properties LLC was part of the efforts aimed at boosting the status of the emirate as an investment destination through coordination among governmental authorities and international experts who focus their efforts on creating a high-quality investment environment that would generate benefits for UAE nationals, residents and investors alike, said Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman. Sheikh Ammar made his remarks at a press briefing on investment ...  >>MORE

Skyscraper to be built in honour of Sheikh Zayed

Posted on 24/01/2007

Abu Dhabi-based developer Pearl Properties will develop a 61-storey tower to honour the memory of Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late President of the UAE, a statement said. Al Hekma Tower, which means The Wisdom Tower, will be sited near the first Interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road, and will display an image of the late ruler which will crown the top of the building at a height of 50 metres. When completed in 2008, this will be the largest portrait of a single individual to be seen ...  >>MORE

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Burj Dubai reaches a record high


Burj Dubai is world's tallest


UAE to introduce green building rating system


Developers set to build the country green


Damac launches Dh2.5bn project


Capital Centre to be completed in 2011


Rakeen announces the development of Ras Al Khaimah Financial City


TECOM Investments launches Energy and Environment Park


Dubai to have at least six supertowers by 2015


Master plans for 16 projects in Dubailand approved by Dubai Municipality


World's tallest tower taking its final shimmering form


Bawadi doubles investment to Dh200 billion


Infrastructure projects in UAE exceed US$300b


Phase 2 of capital's expo centre gets under way


Fujairah to get Dh600m resort


New 16,000 capacity labourer residential city to be built in Al Ain


Dubai Creek takes a turn


Islands rising and The World is selling fast


Al Futtaim launches Dh1b project at Silicon Oasis


DIFC launches Lighthouse Tower


UAE wood imports cross Dh5.2 billion


Aldar to build resort off Abu Dhabi coast


TDIC partners with Al Farida to build Dh500m complex at Zayed Sports City


Burj Dubai now has more floors than any building in the world


Burj Dubai work to finish on time


Mubadala reaches Financial Close on UAE University new Campus PPP Project in Al Ain


Dh16 billion DTC District Phase I work underway


Abu Dhabi to build free zone near international airport


ADTA Chairman inspects "The Quay" site.


Stargate construction work 99% completed, says developer


Work set to commence on Fujairah's Creativity City media freezone


Construction begins at Sorouh's Dh729 million project


ALDAR's Central Market project races towards completion


The burgeoning Burj Dubai rises to a global challenge


First labour housing zone at Industrial City completed


DIP projects to attract Dh20bn


Sharjah Ruler tours new SCCI's construction site


Emaar's Mosela Tower offers 24 different floor plans


RAK attracts projects worth more than Dh20b


Ajman eyes a place on world's tourism map


Skyscraper to be built in honour of Sheikh Zayed