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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - URBAN DEVELOPMENT

RAK Properties launches Dh10b Mina Al Arab

Posted on 01/05/2006

RAK Properties yesterday launched a residential and tourism project, Mina Al Arab, which, upon completion by 2011, will have a value of Dh10 billion, officials said. Spread along a three-kilometre beach, the project will have 11 five-star resort hotels including two eco-tourism resorts, 3,500 residential units, a cluster of 386 villas, six gated communities and a landscaped corridor. The Government of Ras Al Khaimah, which owns a 45 per cent stake in the company, has provided the land for ...  >>MORE

Tourism Development & Investment Company to transform

Posted on 25/04/2006

Saadiyat island into strategic global tourism destination Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) yesterday unveiled a new public joint stock company charged with developing the Arabian Gulf emirate's real estate assets and its flagship Saadiyat Island project, which will transform the 27 square kilometre natural island, just 500 metres offshore the United Arab Emirate's capital city, into a strategic international tourism destination. The Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), which ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi will have Dh1 billion Cert City

Posted on 17/04/2006

Centre of Excellence, Research and Training (Cert), the commercial arm of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), is set to establish Dh1 billion 'Cert City'. The mega venture will comprise a cluster of initiatives on learning, innovation, thinking and business, along with a real estate project including a hotel, shopping mall and convention centre. "Incorporated in 1997 as a research and training centre of excellence in the region, Cert entails Dh200 million contracts on operation, ...  >>MORE

Sama Dubai launches 'The Lagoons' project

Posted on 15/04/2006

Sama Dubai, the international real estate investment and development arm of Dubai Holding, announced today the launch of its spectacular new waterfront project 'The Lagoons', on the Dubai Creek. The 70 million square feet 'The Lagoons' is expected to catalyze Dubai's position as an international destination offering a perfect retreat for residents looking for the highest possible quality of life within a true metropolitan environment. The project considers environmental living as a core ...  >>MORE

Sorouh places central park in Shams Abu Dhabi

Posted on 14/03/2006

Sorouh Real Estate has invited four international Landscape/Architectural firms to participate in a competition to design the Central Park in Shams Abu Dhabi. The Central Park will be the largest open space area in Shams, the new and predominantly residential city to be built on Al Reem Island. The Central Park will take up about 8.5 hectares of the 134.6-hectare Shams project. The park will feature choreographed fountains equipped with the latest live water displays. The running water will ...  >>MORE

87% of reclamation work completed in Dubai Maritime City

Posted on 14/03/2006

Dubai Maritime City announced that reclamation work for its man-made peninsula has reached 87% of its total reclamation work, in order to meet the January 2007 deadline. Infrastructure work is expected to start in a few months on the reclaimed area and will be completed in stages. The total volume of reclaimed (dredged sand) material is now over 30 million cubic meters spread over a land area of approximately 216 hectares. The reclamation procedure started in April 2003, this is undertaken ...  >>MORE

Khalifa reviews projects models

Posted on 08/03/2006

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday reviewed the master plan for the development of Al Lulu Island, in presence of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The project, which is being developed by Surouh Real Estate Company, will be developed in Al Lulu Island as a new waterfront bustling with mixed use commercial, residential, cultural and recreational facilities. The project will also ...  >>MORE

Rise of the City Of Arabia in UAE starts soon

Posted on 17/02/2006

The pre-construction groundwork of the City of Arabia project in Dubai has been completed, Ilyas Galdari, Chairman of the Dubai-based I&M Galdari Group said in a press release today. "The rise of (Dh4 billion) City of Arabia from the sands of Dubailand" will start soon, Galdari added. The massive project, planned to be completed in 2008, will be one of the star attractions of the region's largest leisure, tourism, entertainment and lifestyle destination of Dubailand, where the world's best ...  >>MORE

Master plan for ambitious Dubai Waterfront completed

Posted on 04/12/2005

International architectural and planning firm Gruzen Samton has completed the master plan for the Dubai Waterfront the largest development of its kind in the world. The master plan includes a detailed plan of Phase One of Madinat Al Arab featuring development control and design regulations. Plans have also been provided for each investor detailing a map of their land plot and usage, its size and location, as well as height restrictions and built-up area specifications. Phase One was ...  >>MORE

ALDAR shortlists four contractors for Al Raha beach development

Posted on 28/11/2005

ALDAR Properties PJSC has short listed four dredging and reclamation contractors for the Al Raha beach development, the new city district of Abu Dhabi. Tenders for this work were received from five companies in the middle of last month. Arising from a detailed analysis of this tender four companies have been short-listed for final analysis prior to an award. The companies are Van Oord Gulf FZE, Dredging International NV, National Marine Dredging Company of Abu Dhabi, and Boskalis ...  >>MORE

Dubai Waterfront completes master plan

Posted on 27/11/2005

Dubai Waterfront, the world's largest waterfront development, has announced that its much anticipated master plan has been completed by architectural and planning firm Gruzen Samton. The Master Plan, which was first visualised in January this year has evolved following months of strategic planning and a meticulous preparation process. It includes a detailed plan of Phase One of Madinat Al Arab featuring development control and design regulations. Affection plans have also been provided for ...  >>MORE

Al Safa project to reflect traditional heritage of Dubai

Posted on 21/11/2005

A new housing and recreational project reflecting the Arab architecture with modernity will be built in Al Safa area in Dubai, said a senior civic body official. The project will cover an area of 100 hectares and provide investment opportunities. It will have water channels and a big lake surrounded by restaurants, office and residential complexes. Inspired by the traditional aflaj (water channel) system, the project will reflect the original architectural heritage of Dubai in terms of use of ...  >>MORE

Falcon City of Wonders to give a boost to tourism

Posted on 01/11/2005

Tourism in Dubai may get an added attraction as visitors will be able to see some the Seven Wonders of the World. The Falcon City of Wonders, the Dh5.5 billion community project being built in Dubailand, will feature architectural wonders such as the Pyramids, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, Great Wall of China, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Lighthouse of Alexandria. The Department of Tour-ism and Commerce Marketing says any additional projects can only aid in promoting ...  >>MORE

Jumeirah Open Beach will soon host top class recreational facilities

Posted on 29/10/2005

The ongoing construction work at Jumeirah Open Beach may be a nuisance to beach-goers, but it aims to turn the beach into a world class recreational facility. New features, to be completed by next March, will include a five-star restaurant, a beach bazaar, a food court, an amphitheatre, a skating park and a pool for children. There will be a jogging track along the 1.2 km stretch of the beach between the northern breakwater beside Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa and the T-shaped ...  >>MORE

Legends begins work on Dh14b Dubailand project

Posted on 11/10/2005

Legends Development Co, the company created to develop three theme parks in Dubailand, has begun work on the Dh14 billion Legends project. The company has opened a new on-site headquarters and started the earthwork for the first of the three theme parks within the development called Legends of Arabia. Mohammad Al Gergawi, chief executive of Dubai Holding, promoters of Dubailand, a big tourism, leisure and entertainment complex, inaugurated the Legends site office and headquarters on ...  >>MORE

Dh46 million beach project is open to private investment

Posted on 28/09/2005

Private firms have been invited by Dubai Municipality to grab investment opportunities offered by the Dh46 million Jumeirah Open Beach beautification project. In this regard municipality officials held a meeting with representatives of potential investors who were briefed on the major features of the project as well as the available investment opportunities. The second phase of the project consists of soft and hard landscaping of the beach-front as well as refurbishing of existing beach ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi in ambitious drive to develop the Western Region

Posted on 27/09/2005

The Government of Abu Dhabi yesterday launched an ambitious all-round development plan for the Western Region aimed at transforming the region — accounting for 70 per cent of the total UAE land area and home to an estimated 1.2 population — into a model of sustainable economic and social progress. The blueprint for the mega development unveiled yesterday under the directive of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan seeks to set a standard of excellence in the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi projects at Dh500b by 2010

Posted on 26/09/2005

The Information Centre at Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry has unveiled a study on the promising investment opportunities in Abu Dhabi. The centre said the volume of the investments projected to take place in Abu Dhabi up to 2010 would reach Dh500 billion. The centre added that the future projects were valued at Dh37.8 billion in the industrial sector, Dh113.7 billion in the construction sector, Dh45 billion in services (education and health), Dh0.748 billion in agriculture, Dh24 ...  >>MORE

Nakheel alone to own Waterfront

Posted on 20/09/2005

Madinat Al Arab, one of the largest components of the Dubai Waterfront project, will have more than 200 towers and attract more than Dh40 billion in investment, officials said. Officials of Nakheel, the developer, hinted that this was only a glimpse of what would follow. Nakheel, the Dubai-based master developers and the force behind Dubai Waterfront, has also abandoned its business model calling for joint ventures with strategic investors, a top official confirmed. "The entire Dubai ...  >>MORE

Nakheel unveils Phase A of Jumeirah Golf Estates

Posted on 19/09/2005

Nakheel - the UAE's leading property developer - has joined forces with golfing superstar Greg Norman to launch the first phase of Dubai's premier residential golfing community - Jumeirah Golf Estates. Nakheel, famed for its iconic landmarks such as The Palm, and The World, is bringing the same pioneering ingenuity to the game of golf. Launched in September 2004, Nakheel Golf aims to raise awareness of golf in Dubai on a global platform by developing unique and unforgettable courses. ...  >>MORE

Dubai Sports City will construct country’s largest stadium

Posted on 19/09/2005

Dubai Sports City yesterday announced the development of the UAE's largest stadium that will have a seating capacity of 65,000 spectators, a top Dubailand official said. "In response to General Sheikh Mohammad's Vision, Dubailand and Dubai Sports City (DSC) have decided to expand one of the large stadia, from its existing capacity of 35,000 spectators to 65,000,” Salem Bin Dasmal, chief executive of Dubailand, told Gulf News yesterday. The UAE's largest stadium, with a seating capacity of ...  >>MORE

Sorouh launches Shams Abu Dhabi project

Posted on 14/09/2005

Under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sorouh Real Estate officially launched its corporate identity and operations yesterday with the announcement of its first project Shams Abu Dhabi, a major development located off the northern shore of the capital. Sorouh Chairman Saeed Eid Al Ghafli said the development will provide a new focal point for the downtown of Abu Dhabi. To be completed by ...  >>MORE

Marsa Al Khor waterfront project begins

Posted on 14/09/2005

Dubai Festival City has unveiled its Dh6 billion Marsa Al Khor project, a 245,000 square metre waterfront complex similar to some of the world's finest lifestyle locations, including Cape Town's waterfront and Sydney Harbour. Marsa Al Khor office and residential venture, between Al Garhoud Bridge and the new 12-lane Ras Al Khor crossing, is due for phased completion from 2007. Omar Al Futtaim, chief executive of the Al Futtaim Group, said, "We are delivering yet another world-class project ...  >>MORE

Nujoom real estate deal set for Sharjah

Posted on 14/09/2005

Sharjah announced the establishment of the Dh18 billion Nujoom Islands project yesterday, under the management of Al Hanoo Holding Company. According to Saudi Arabia's Al Hanoo Holding, the luxury development will be built in three stages over five years. Residential units will be offered for sale soon after completion of the infrastructure and service facilities. Nujoom Islands intends to cover approximately 60 million square feet near Hamriya village, and accommodate 40,000 residents. ...  >>MORE

Falcon City of Wonders launched in Dubai

Posted on 11/09/2005

An ambitious Dh5.5 billion (US$1.5 billion) project within Dubailand, Falcon City of Wonders, was launched at a grand ceremony held today (Saturday, 10 September, 2005) at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Dubailand is one of the biggest leisure, entertainment and tourism destinations in the Middle East region, spread over an area of 3 billion square feet. The Falcon City ...  >>MORE

Sharjah clears Nujoom isles master plan

Posted on 30/08/2005

The Government of Sharjah has approved Al Hanoo Holding Co's master plan for Nujoom Islands, a 60-million-square-foot residential and commercial project. Sheikh Abdullah Al Shakra, chairman of Al Hanoo, said, "We have identified Sharjah as a market with the greatest potential for real estate project development. "This is why we have focused our business in the emirate by launching two major real estate and infrastructure development projects: Nujoom Islands and Emirates Industrial ...  >>MORE

Private sector urged to join beautification drive

Posted on 28/08/2005

The municipality has embarked on a project to renovate Deira and Bur Dubai's commercial business districts and is calling on landlords to refurbish old buildings, officials said. The move is part of the municipality's efforts to attract more visitors and develop Dubai according to international standards. Engineer Abdullah Abdul Rahim, Director of the Planning and Survey Department at the municipality, said the development of the central business districts (CBDs) was extremely important due ...  >>MORE

Dubailand hopes to attract 15m tourists by 2010

Posted on 21/08/2005

The Dubai government hopes its Dubailand project, which includes several theme parks, will lift the number of international tourists visiting the emirate from 6 million this year to 15 million in 2010. Salem Bin Dasmal, chief executive of Dubailand, says the resort will be "one of the top five destinations in the world for family entertainment, tourism and leisure". The project was inspired by the Walt Disney World resort in Florida where Disney operates a cluster of parks that have helped ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi unveils new project worth Dh14 billion

Posted on 10/08/2005

The Mohammed bin Zayed City will have new 265 residential and commercial units at a total cost of Dh 14 billion. Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, Under Secretary of the Department of Municipalities and Agriculture told reporters on Tuesday that the project will be financed by the public and private sectors and will stretch over one million square metres approximately at three different neighbourhoods of the city. "At a gesture of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the size of land ...  >>MORE

Dubai Creek gets a ‘new life’…

Posted on 07/08/2005

The booming city's arterial waterway that is the lifeline of Dubai will soon wend its way into Sheikh Zayed Road. Work on the Dh200 million expansion project being undertaken by Dubai Properties will take 16 months to complete. The New Creek will be the centre point of the Business Bay, projected to be Dubai's new business hub. (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

Move to create a top class beach

Posted on 07/08/2005

The Municipality is spending Dh100 million on Jumeirah Beach in an effort to strengthen the emirate's reputation as a premier beach holiday destination. The Coastal Management Section of Dubai Municipality has started work on the project, which includes the redevelopment of Jumeirah Open Beach, to make it a safer place for swimmers and a major attraction for beach lovers. The second phase of the development involves the enhancement of beach facilities, including landscaping the beach front. ...  >>MORE

Umm al-Qaiwain to build Dh30-billion township

Posted on 26/07/2005

The emirate of Umm al-Qaiwain is poised to build a new township at a cost of more than Dh 30 billion. An agreement to this effect was signed here on Monday between the northern emirate and Tameer Investment Holding, the company that is engaged in the construction of the world's tallest residential tower, the Princess Tower in Dubai Marina. The new city, to be named Madinat Al Salaam (Arabic for 'the City of Peace'), will be constructed on an area of 220 million square feet at Al Surra ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to develop Dh 25bn rail project

Posted on 21/06/2005

As part of a multibillion-redevelopment plan for Abu Dhabi International Airport, the capital will also develop a circular railway linking the city with the expanded airport and free trade zones proposed within the airport expansion project. Hanan Sayed Worrell, Projects Manager, Supervision Committee for the Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (SCADIA) told 'Khaleej Times' of Dubai that a light rail system has been planned for the future. "The airport redevelopment plan involves ...  >>MORE

Jebel Ali Airport City likely to allow foreign ownership

Posted on 22/05/2005

Government is weighing various options to facilitate the registration of new companies and organisations with the Jebel Ali Airport City (JAAC), officials said. This could include 100 per cent foreign ownership of company and properties, a source close to the development, said. Currently, a 100 per cent foreign ownership is allowed only to companies registered under free zones and, in the absence of a federal law, freehold ownership is restricted to certain areas only. While some ...  >>MORE

Plan for Jebel Ali Airport City rail, road network underway

Posted on 14/05/2005

Planning for an integrated road and rail transportation network to support Jebel Ali Airport City facilities, including Jebel Ali International Airport (JXB) and Dubai Logistics City (DLC) is under way. Key Dubai government officials and private sector executives have met to agree on the creation of a steering committee, which will co-ordinate the various parties involved in the project's transportation requirements. When completed, Jebel Ali Airport City will be host to 900,000 residents ...  >>MORE

Dh221 million project The Cove" kicks off in Ras al-Khaimah

Posted on 09/05/2005

Orascom Hotels and Development (OHD), one of Egypt's largest land development companies, yesterday had the groundbreaking event for "The Cove", their first major project in the UAE. This pioneering project will cover 50 acres of untouched beach property on Ras al-Khaimah's coastline. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah along with Sheikh Faisal bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of RAK Finance Department were the guests of honour on the occasion. During ...  >>MORE

Waterfront master plan ready

Posted on 08/05/2005

The master plan for Dubai Waterfront, an ambitious project comprising industrial and leisure and commercial facilities near Jebel Ali has been completed and will be executed after a company is formed to undertake the project. Nakheel, the company behind the project, will form the Dubai Waterfront Company (DWC) by partnering with other investors willing to get involved in the mammoth venture, which is scheduled to be completed in 10 years in phases. Unlike other Dubai projects where the ...  >>MORE

Nakheel wins Italian award

Posted on 07/05/2005

Leading property developer Nakheel announced on Friday that they have received global recognition for their leading design and exceptional vision from the esteemed construction awards ceremony held in Italy by Samoter, the International Exhibition of Earth Moving, Site and Building Industry Machinery. The international commendation, received for the iconic creation and dramatic design of both The Palm and The World projects has been shared with the leadership of the country, Nakheel founders, ...  >>MORE

The World on schedule to be completed in three years

Posted on 01/05/2005

Dubai-based property developer Nakheel's The World project, comprising 300 private islands arranged into a world map, is on schedule to be completed in 2008, the company said in a statement. Already 88 of the islands are visible, it said. About 181 million cubic metres of sand has been deposited so far. Since the launch of The World about two years ago, more than 300 workers have been working in shifts round the clock, seven days a week on the construction of the development, the statement ...  >>MORE

Masterplan for Ras Al Khaimah adopted

Posted on 01/05/2005

A masterplan to develop land in Ras Al Khaimah for a variety of industrial, residential, touristic and agricultural projects was approved by the Government yesterday. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ras Al Khaimah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler, approved the plan, whose first phase will involve 540 square kilometres. The Government sponsored the plan, and private sector consultants played a key role in drawing it up. About 9.7 per cent of the land included in the plan (or 52 square ...  >>MORE

Dh7.2b City of Arabia to feature dinosaur park

Posted on 27/04/2005

Dinosaurs, a monorail and the world's largest mall these are just some of the features of the US$1.96 billion (Dh7.2 billion) City of Arabia development unveiled in Dubai yesterday. The development will include a 10 million square-foot mall, a dinosaur theme park inhabited by 100 life-size roaring, walking animatronic dinosaurs, a cluster of towers and residential and commercial areas. A monorail will connect the development's different sections. Occupying 20 million square feet at ...  >>MORE

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RAK Properties launches Dh10b Mina Al Arab


Tourism Development & Investment Company to transform


Abu Dhabi will have Dh1 billion Cert City


Sama Dubai launches 'The Lagoons' project


Sorouh places central park in Shams Abu Dhabi


87% of reclamation work completed in Dubai Maritime City


Khalifa reviews projects models


Rise of the City Of Arabia in UAE starts soon


Master plan for ambitious Dubai Waterfront completed


ALDAR shortlists four contractors for Al Raha beach development


Dubai Waterfront completes master plan


Al Safa project to reflect traditional heritage of Dubai


Falcon City of Wonders to give a boost to tourism


Jumeirah Open Beach will soon host top class recreational facilities


Legends begins work on Dh14b Dubailand project


Dh46 million beach project is open to private investment


Abu Dhabi in ambitious drive to develop the Western Region


Abu Dhabi projects at Dh500b by 2010


Nakheel alone to own Waterfront


Nakheel unveils Phase A of Jumeirah Golf Estates


Dubai Sports City will construct country’s largest stadium


Sorouh launches Shams Abu Dhabi project


Marsa Al Khor waterfront project begins


Nujoom real estate deal set for Sharjah


Falcon City of Wonders launched in Dubai


Sharjah clears Nujoom isles master plan


Private sector urged to join beautification drive


Dubailand hopes to attract 15m tourists by 2010


Abu Dhabi unveils new project worth Dh14 billion


Dubai Creek gets a ‘new life’…


Move to create a top class beach


Umm al-Qaiwain to build Dh30-billion township


Abu Dhabi to develop Dh 25bn rail project


Jebel Ali Airport City likely to allow foreign ownership


Plan for Jebel Ali Airport City rail, road network underway


Dh221 million project The Cove" kicks off in Ras al-Khaimah


Waterfront master plan ready


Nakheel wins Italian award


The World on schedule to be completed in three years


Masterplan for Ras Al Khaimah adopted


Dh7.2b City of Arabia to feature dinosaur park