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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - URBAN DEVELOPMENT

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

Dubailand grows into Dh35b project

Posted on 18/04/2005

Dubailand, Dubai's ultimate leisure destination, has attracted Dh18 billion, or more than 50 per cent of the intended Dh35 billion investment so far. It has also expanded by at least 50 per cent in terms of land usage, project value and scope of work from the original plan, Salem Bin Dasmal, Dubailand's chief executive, told Iranian Business Council members yesterday. "Dubailand will now spread across three billion square feet, attracting an investment of Dh35 billion when completed," he ...  >>MORE

Dubailand's first phase will be completed in two years

Posted on 16/04/2005

Dubailand aims to attract more than 200,000 visitors a day to the world's greatest concentration of theme parks, museums and sports facilities, according to an official. "Already, Dubailand has captured the imagination of developers and architects across the globe, and we are seeing some truly amazing projects taking shape, from theme parks, sports centres, entertainment zones, shopping malls, resorts and more," said CEO Salem Bin Dasmal. An estimated US$9 billion (Dh33 billion) is being ...  >>MORE

Al Raha unveils Dh54b project in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 12/04/2005

Architects, engineers and construction companies are taking deep interest in the Al Raha Beach Development Project, costing Dh54 billion, whose model was unveiled at the CONSTRUCT light+building exhibition in the capital. Al Raha Beach Project will be spread over an area of 12 million square metres out of which 6.8 million square metres would be reclaimed land. It includes 60 towers and low-rise luxury buildings on the seashore to be built for a population of 120, 000. Addar Properties is ...  >>MORE

Aldar to unveil details on Al Raha Beach development

Posted on 10/04/2005

Aldar Properties will unveil details about the Al Raha Beach Development at the Construct Light and Building 2005 show, company representatives said. The show is being held from today to April 13, at the General Exhibition Corp (GEC) in Abu Dhabi. This real estate development project will transform the existing Al Raha Beach area into the new gateway to Abu Dhabi, company representatives said. "We are glad Aldar Properties, one of the premier real estate development, management and ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler to inaugurate urban planning forum

Posted on 03/04/2005

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah will open today the 8th Urban Planning Forum at the University of Sharjah. A number of sheikhs and delegations including experts, engineers and officials, will participate in the forum, which would discuss, among other issues, road designing. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Al Soyooh residential scheme approved

Posted on 21/03/2005

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, recently approved the elementary plan for Al Soyooh, a new residential area. Plots of residential land in the area will be allotted to those UAE nationals who have submitted their requests for the same at the Sharjah Town Planning and Survey Directorate (STPSD). Al Soyooh is located north of Kalba, 20km from Sharjah, and about 3.5km from intersection of Kalba and Al Saghaa Al Khawaneej ...  >>MORE

Khalifa approves new suburb master plan

Posted on 09/02/2005

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday approved ALDAR Properties PJSC's master plan for a new city district at Al Raha as the new gateway to Abu Dhabi city. Maximizing the water frontage at Al Raha Beach, the new city will provide a lifestyle destination embracing residential, commercial, cultural, entertainment and public amenities. Taking inspiration from capital cities with extensive water frontage, the new city district will occupy an area of 6.8 million square ...  >>MORE

President reviews the Al Raha Beach development plan

Posted on 08/02/2005

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan reviewed here yesterday at the Presidential Palace the comprehensive development plan of the Al Raha Beach. The expansion project, to cost about Dh54 billion, will make the pleasure beach a tourist show piece of international reputation and one of the emirate's major landmarks. Sheikh Khalifa expressed satisfaction on and appreciation for the plan, which include ambitious projects, including a number of development, tourist, housing and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi offers a glimpse of its seaside necklace

Posted on 06/02/2005

Phase I of one of the world's most prestigious seaside roads opened in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The road, part of the Corniche project, covers a 4.5-kilometre stretch from Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street midway between the Hilton and Sheraton hotels to Al Salama Street, said Khalfan Gaith Al Muhairbi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Municipalities and Agriculture Department. "The six-kilometre project is scheduled to be completed to Mina Zayed in December. "The Corniche project, costing more than Dh800 ...  >>MORE

Mohammad launches Dubai Waterfront

Posted on 30/01/2005

Dubai Waterfront, a huge mixed-use project expected to house 750,000 residents across its 10 planned districts, was launched yesterday. It will add a new dimension to Dubai's coastline, General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, said while launching the project yesterday. "It is an unprecedented advancement and a world-class addition to Dubai, one which will create long-term growth and investment for the UAE and the wider region," he told ...  >>MORE

New company to develop mega project

Posted on 30/01/2005

A new company, Dubai Waterfront, has been launched to develop the 81 million square metre, upscale water-themed mixed-use destination. Aiming to be the world's largest waterfront offering, the Dubai Waterfront project will feature 10 "districts or diversified zones" and be a base for 250 master-planned communities. Up to 750,000 people will reside in the Dubai Waterfront, the emirate's latest landmark property venture. There will also be room for about 150 hotel plots. The development ...  >>MORE

RAK begins ambitious mixed-use project

Posted on 22/01/2005

Ras Al Khaimah has embarked upon a major tourist and real estate project, with 2,500 villas under construction in a mountainous part of the emirate. The project is being implemented by a major real estate company with a capital of Dh1 billion, said a Ras Al Khaimah Government official. "This project is a first for the UAE, in that the villas will be built in scenic mountainous areas," he said. The ambitious mixed-use project will include airplane and helicopter landing areas, restaurants, ...  >>MORE

Jumeirah Islands villas close to completion

Posted on 21/01/2005

Residential villas in Nakheel's exclusive inland water front development, Jumeirah Islands, are in final stages of completion. Fast-paced activity is going on to complete several interior finishes. Landscaping of common areas is almost complete and so is the construction of a new access road from the Nakheel Interchange leading to the residential community, complete with landscaping and streetlights. Wahid Attalla, Nakheel's executive director of commercial and operations, said: "We are ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans Emirates Pearl

Posted on 29/12/2004

A massive residential and tourist city call Emirates Pearl will be built at a cost of Dh35 billion on an island belonging to Abu Dhabi under an agreement signed between the government of the emirate and a consortium of three companies according to a report published in "Arab News.' Encompassing an area of five million square meters, Emirates Pearl will be built on Abu Al Sh'oom Island northeast of Dhabi. The consortium includes Malaysia-based BBM, Al Ain based Al Rayan Investment and Abu ...  >>MORE

Arabtec to build villas in Silicon Oasis complex

Posted on 28/12/2004

Dubai Silicon Oasis has signed up with Arabtec, the contracting company, to build 560 residential villas in the complex. The villas, which are part of the Phase One execution, are going to be constructed at the southern part of the 700-hectare project located in Nad Al Sheba area of Dubai. The project is aimed to fulfil the requirements of the employees of companies within DSO and surrounding areas. The residential complex, which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2006, will ...  >>MORE

Plan for next phase of Festival City ready by mid-2005

Posted on 28/12/2004

The master plan for Phase II of the multi-billion dirham Dubai Festival City project will be finalised by mid-2005, an official said. "When this project was launched, we never envisaged such an outpouring of interest in residential units," said Phil McArthur, director of leasing and marketing for Dubai Festival City. Phase II will focus on further topping up of the residential elements within the development, as well as adding features to works executed during Phase I. Residential units are ...  >>MORE

Technology theme park to be ready by May

Posted on 28/12/2004

Zabeel Park, the first technology-themed park in the Gulf, is expected to be ready by May, according to planners at Dubai Municipality. Nearly three quarters of the work has been completed at the Dh200 million park, which will also feature private investments of millions of dirhams. A team of planners toured the site yesterday, led by Rashad Bukhash, director of the General Projects Department and senior officials of the department who had been asked to make an inspection by Sheikh Hamdan ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed launches 'Business Bay'

Posted on 15/12/2004

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, today announced the 'Business Bay', a new initiative that aims to make the UAE a leading international commercial and business centre. 'Business Bay' is a new commercial and business cluster that will be located along a new extension of the Dubai Creek. It will extend from Ras Al Khor to Sheikh Zayed Road. Covering an area of 64 million square feet, the new initiative will provide a conducive ...  >>MORE

Bridge over quiet waters...

Posted on 07/12/2004

A new bridge is being built over the channel connecting the sea and the beach area of the Sheraton Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The bridge on the new road from Port Zayed is now on the final stages of completion and when completed will ease the heavy traffic. The bridge is part of the Dh750 million new Corniche project in Abu Dhabi. (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

Dubai Mountain City to be set up

Posted on 04/12/2004

Abu Dhabi-based Al Hashemi and Dubai's Al Salem groups are launching a Dh12.25 billion commercial, residential and tourism project, Dubai Mountain City. The project will become a complete tourist destination in itself. Inspired by the famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon, German architects Stolzle Sahihi Wolf and Partner have designed the mountain-shaped structure, half of which will rise from the sea. The project will be 300 metres high with a diameter of 650 metres. It will be part of a bigger ...  >>MORE

Mubazzarah turns over a ‘green’ leaf

Posted on 29/11/2004

A string of new facilities has made Mubazzarah a prime recreation centre, enabling tourists to spend an enjoyable time in the lush green environment. New lodgings, shops and restaurants have been set up at the park, which attracts visitors from all over the UAE on weekends and holidays. Many visitors also come from the neighbouring Gulf countries. Located in the foothills of Jebel Hafeet, the highest mountain in the country, Green Mubazzarah was one of the last projects monitored personally by ...  >>MORE

Development tops ministry agenda, says Hamdan

Posted on 28/11/2004

Development and success is the goal of the Ministry of Public Works. "Our ministry is one of the most important in the country because it offers its services to a large number of people,” said Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who heads up the ministry responsible for building roads, schools, hospitals, houses and governmental buildings. "We need with us only hard-working people who care about the development of the country. Those who do not care will have no place among us,” Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Emirate is witnessing ongoing improvements

Posted on 27/11/2004

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is witnessing ongoing improvements in constructing of modern highways, roads, bridges and underpasses to alleviate congestion and facilitate traffic movements. Plans are being designed to modernise the infrastructure of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in order to keep pace with the fast growing developments in all fields, taking into account, as well construction of new towns and housing complexes. A report by the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department said ...  >>MORE

New Corniche Road ‘will boost tourism’

Posted on 18/11/2004

The Dh750 million new Abu Dhabi Corniche Road, a major project slated to further boost tourism in the capital city, is nearing completion. The project is aimed at providing state-of-the-art recreational facilities for residents of the capital city to socialise, relax and enjoy themselves as well as to lure tourists to the city. One of the main features of the project is the Corniche Park, the largest recreational facility in the capital, which has many characteristics that will further boost ...  >>MORE

Construction sector set to play big role in UAE GDP

Posted on 15/11/2004

During the next five years, it is predicted that the cost of construction projects may amount to Dh200 billion as various projects are in the pipeline in all the emirates. This will eventually play a significant role in UAE's economic structure. In recent times, the building and construction materials including the locally manufactured ones have witnessed continuous increase in price which have affected various economic activities like commerce and the real estate sectors. According to ...  >>MORE

Federal project costs touch Dh8.4b

Posted on 01/11/2004

The overall cost of development projects of UAE ministries and federal autonomous authorities for this year has touched Dh8.4 billion, according to Sheikh Humaid Bin Ahmad Al Mualla, Minister of Planning. "Aside from the total actual spending on them, gross cost of these projects amounted to Dh5.5 billion by the end of 2003, Dh2.2 billion of which were earmarked for on-going projects as well as other new service and productive projects during current year," he said in a statement marking ...  >>MORE

Beautifying the Corniche

Posted on 25/10/2004

A worker fixes lights on Abu Dhabi's new Corniche Road, which will be opened to the public soon. The Corniche is undergoing an image overhaul with a series of beautification projects and the demolition of several old landmarks. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

A beautiful ‘Cover Job”

Posted on 24/10/2004

The new Abu Dhabi Corniche has started to take shape with many features that will further boost the city's attraction as a world-class tourist destination. These beautifully designed canopies are part of the Corniche beautification project, scheduled to be completed nest year at an estimated cost of Dh750 million. The project is aimed at providing state-of-the-art recreational facilities for residents of the capital to socialise, relax and enjoy themselves as well as to lure tourists to the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi loses another landmark; Clock Tower on Corniche gives way to massive Dh800m redevelopment project

Posted on 17/10/2004

Yet another famous Abu Dhabi landmark has come down this time it is the Clock Tower facing the Corniche. One of the oldest and most recognisable structures downtown, the Clock Tower fell as a result of the redevelopment project. Its demolition is part of the ongoing Dh800-million improvement project. Planners said people should not feel disappointed because a new and more graceful clock tower will be built soon. The replacement will be more than twice the height 70 metres of the original ...  >>MORE

Jumeirah Islands has the highest water-to-land ratio in the world

Posted on 16/10/2004

Jumeirah Islands has a 23:77 water-to-land ratio, making it a one-of-a-kind real estate project. The ratio is said to be the highest in the world for a project of this scale. Nakheel announced yesterday that work on the lakes and canals was progressing on schedule. It has already completed filling the artificial lakes with seawater that is pumped in from the Gulf, using highly advanced pumping and water circulation techniques. The project is the first development in the world where man-made ...  >>MORE

Dubai Holding launched to manage major projects

Posted on 09/10/2004

Dubai has announced the setting up of a special body, which will be responsible for managing various mega projects embarked upon in the emirate in the last five years, it was announced in Dubai yesterday. Dubai Holding will also research, identify and execute future major projects that will benefit the emirate and the region, the announcement also said. The setting up of the new boy was under the directives of Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al ...  >>MORE

Towering progress

Posted on 05/10/2004

Urbanisation picks up pace: The new construction sites near the second interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai where buildings are rising at a rapid rate. In the foreground is the Al Murooj Complex. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Dubai-based firm ties up with London’s Museum

Posted on 02/10/2004

Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari of the I&M Galadari Group, the investors in downtown Dubailand, have revealed that dinosaurs are making their way to the city of Dubai - where they will find their home at a major new attraction in Dubailand's downtown area. Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari yesterday signed up with the natural history museum, London, to start developing detailed plans for this exciting project, the total cost of which is estimated to be about Dh600m. The museum, Khaleej Times reports ...  >>MORE

Nakheel plans to recreate old world with Lost City

Posted on 27/09/2004

Nakheel has launched the 'Lost City', which aims to recreate a series of old lost cities from the ancient world that was discovered after centuries of them being lost and forgotten. Properties in the Lost City are going on sale today. Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, chairman of Nakheel, said: "As the leading property developers in the region, Nakheel, with the Lost City project is offering the investors a unique opportunity to own a piece of history in Dubai. "The Lost City in the form of ...  >>MORE

Dubai Media City's major project may get more land

Posted on 19/09/2004

There is a move to allocate more land for the Dubai Media City's ambitious International Media Production Zone (IMPZ) project, according to a top official. Although actual details are to be finalised, the decision has been brought about by sheer demand from prospective clients, the official added. If so, this would be the second time since the project located on Emirates Road was first announced in July last year that the allocated area has been expanded. Recently, the promoters took a ...  >>MORE

Investors snap up 10 per cent of World

Posted on 18/09/2004

Nearly 10 per cent of the 300 islands comprising The World project from Nakheel Corp has already been snapped up by investors, according to a top official. Each of the manmade islands is being developed in the shape of a country. The developer is now expecting a steady build-up of momentum following its participation in a recent property summit in Paris and an impending event in Monaco, where the global yachting community will be tapped. The World has drawn a great deal of attention from ...  >>MORE

Beautification project worth Dh 4 m to be built in Dubai

Posted on 30/08/2004

A Dh 4-million beautification project is currently being constructed in Bani Yas area at the heart of Dubai metropolis. The project, expected to be completed in December, includes construction of an amphitheatre, a 130 m high fountain, cafe's and exhibition areas and involves diversion of a road northeast of the Twin Towers building in the Bani Yas area. According to an official at the Dubai Municipality, the project is being built on a surface area of 2,400 sq. metres. "The Municipality will ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi uplift budget estimates hit Dh55.8 billion

Posted on 25/08/2004

The Abu Dhabi Planning Department announced that the total estimated cost of development budget of the emirate has reached Dh55.86 billion at the end of 2003, whereas the value of approved contracts has reached Dh28.177 billion. Sources said that 53.76 per cent of the total allocations has been granted to Abu Dhabi Municipality Department's Town Planning and Sewage Projects Committee; 26.55 per cent to the Department of Works; 11.72 to Al Ain Department of Planning and Sewage Committee; 1.25 ...  >>MORE

Nakheel's The World project on schedule to meet deadlines

Posted on 23/08/2004

The World project is on schedule with several landmasses having been reclaimed or in various stages of completion. In March, the first island representing The World - that of the UAE - broke the surface of the Arabian Gulf. "With several land masses in the geographic area comprising Eurasia and North America having already emerged above water, the entire development has clearly begun to take shape," said Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, chairman of Nakheel, the developer. "In addition to two ...  >>MORE

Civic designs aim to give Deira and Bur Dubai a modern look

Posted on 22/08/2004

The municipality has announced plans for redesigning the central business districts in Deira and Bur Dubai by incorporating several modern features. The move is part of the civic body's efforts to develop Dubai according to international standards and reinforce its position as a world-class city. The planning study will involve three phases with the first phase focusing on studying the situation covering such aspects as the urban environment and population. It will also involve gathering ...  >>MORE

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Dh7.2b City of Arabia to feature dinosaur park


Dubailand grows into Dh35b project


Dubailand's first phase will be completed in two years


Al Raha unveils Dh54b project in Abu Dhabi


Aldar to unveil details on Al Raha Beach development


Sharjah Ruler to inaugurate urban planning forum


Al Soyooh residential scheme approved


Khalifa approves new suburb master plan


President reviews the Al Raha Beach development plan


Abu Dhabi offers a glimpse of its seaside necklace


Mohammad launches Dubai Waterfront


New company to develop mega project


RAK begins ambitious mixed-use project


Jumeirah Islands villas close to completion


Abu Dhabi plans Emirates Pearl


Arabtec to build villas in Silicon Oasis complex


Plan for next phase of Festival City ready by mid-2005


Technology theme park to be ready by May


Sheikh Mohammed launches 'Business Bay'


Bridge over quiet waters...


Dubai Mountain City to be set up


Mubazzarah turns over a ‘green’ leaf


Development tops ministry agenda, says Hamdan


Abu Dhabi Emirate is witnessing ongoing improvements


New Corniche Road ‘will boost tourism’


Construction sector set to play big role in UAE GDP


Federal project costs touch Dh8.4b


Beautifying the Corniche


A beautiful ‘Cover Job”


Abu Dhabi loses another landmark; Clock Tower on Corniche gives way to massive Dh800m redevelopment project


Jumeirah Islands has the highest water-to-land ratio in the world


Dubai Holding launched to manage major projects


Towering progress


Dubai-based firm ties up with London’s Museum


Nakheel plans to recreate old world with Lost City


Dubai Media City's major project may get more land


Investors snap up 10 per cent of World


Beautification project worth Dh 4 m to be built in Dubai


Abu Dhabi uplift budget estimates hit Dh55.8 billion


Nakheel's The World project on schedule to meet deadlines


Civic designs aim to give Deira and Bur Dubai a modern look