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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - URBAN DEVELOPMENT

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

Public Works Ministry spends Dh 325.2 million on projects

Posted on 17/08/2004

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing spent Dh325.2 million on its investment projects from January to July. The funds used undertake projects for the Ministries of Interior, Justice, Education, Public Works, Communications, Health and Information. The Communications Ministry was the major recipient of funds with projects costing 168.4 million. A total of Dh 20.9 million went to the Ministry of Interior, Dh 15.1 million to the Justice, and Dh 2.8 million to the Information Ministry. The ...  >>MORE

Corniche project gains pace despite scorching summer

Posted on 09/08/2004

Workers are defying the scorching heat and racing against time to complete a massive seaside project that will turn Abu Dhabi into one of the most attractive tourism sites in the region. Scores of workers armed with electric drills toil in the middle of the day behind large steel boards erected to shield the project from the highway. Giant cranes, huge bulldozers and trucks are busy through the day. The project is scheduled to be completed in December 2005. Costing more than Dh800 million, ...  >>MORE

Zoning in on planned growth

Posted on 07/08/2004

Over the past 34 years, Abu Dhabi, also called 'mini Manhattan of the Middle East' has spent more than Dh150 billion on development projects From a few scattered concrete buildings near the Corniche area in 1966 — when President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan became the Ruler of Abu Dhabi — to today's towering skyscrapers silhouetted against the skyline, Abu Dhabi has come a long way indeed. Dubbed the 'mini Manhattan of the Middle East', the city is also known as the ...  >>MORE

Al Futtaim Carillion wins Dh1.2b Dubai Festival City contract

Posted on 31/07/2004

The initial waterfront component of Dubai Festival City has awarded Al Futtaim Carillion a Dh1.2 billion construction contract for its Creek side retail, hospitality and entertainment facility, a local news daily reported today. The combined total built-up area of the facilities in this initial Dubai Festival City component exceeds 6 million square feet, with additional provision for under-cover parking that will accommodate 8,000 cars. The 1.8 million square foot retail centre will be the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Investments Park to proceed with second stage

Posted on 24/07/2004

The operating company behind the multi-billion dollar Dubai Investments Park is putting the final touches to plans to develop the second stage of the massive project, according to a top official. Khalid Kalban, chief executive of Dubai Investments, gave "Gulf News” an insight into the schedule and said an application to proceed with the project was imminent. A formal launch could take place as early as the middle of next year. As is the case with the first stage, which was launched in 2000, the ...  >>MORE

International City's Central District in Dubai sold out

Posted on 21/07/2004

Nakheel, the property development company responsible for Dubai's most stunning and innovative projects, has announced that the Central District of International City has already sold out, more than two years ahead of the completion date of the project. Located in the centre of International City and spread over 21 hectares of land, the bustling area will be the centre of International City's commercial activity but will also house residential and leisure amenities. The Central District ...  >>MORE

Work on DIP's Dh45 million new phases to start soon

Posted on 14/07/2004

The Dubai Investments Park (DIP), the multi-purpose industrial, business, residential and recreational development, has announced the development of its third and fourth phases, with an investment of approximately Dh45 million, which will get under way in August. It will include an additional ground area, which is up for lease. An agreement has been signed between the DIP and the City Engineering Company (Khansaheb) for executing the ground structure of the third and fourth phases of the ...  >>MORE

Galadari Group to develop Dubailand's Downtown

Posted on 06/07/2004

Dubai Tourism Development Company (DTDC) signed today an agreement with I&M Galadari Group for the development of the Downtown of the mega Dh20 billion Dubailand entertainment and tourism project. According to promoters, the development of the Downtown will cost Dh 4 billion. The agreement was signed by Ilyas Galadari and Mustafa Galadari, on behalf of I&M Galadari Group and Mohammed Al Gergawi, Chairman of the Board of Dubai Development and Investment Authority (DDIA). 'The downtown will be ...  >>MORE

Saudi Group to invest Dh400 million in Dubai Techno Park

Posted on 28/06/2004

The Jeddah-based Mattex International Group announced yesterday the lease agreement with Dubai Techno Park for the occupation of 1,000,000 sq Ft of land with a total investment of Dh400 million starting an immediate first phase investment of some Dh250 million in setting up two businesses on the newly acquired land at Techno Park. The agreement was concluded by Abdullah Al Qurashi, Chief Executive Officer of Technopark and Ahmed Al Rajhi representing the Mattex International Group. The ...  >>MORE

EMAAR will build one of the finest downtowns in Dubai

Posted on 23/06/2004

EMAAR Properties has set its sights high with plans to create the big city buzz by developing Downtown Dubai as a vibrant urban district to match New York's Lower Manhattan, London's West End and Paris's Left Bank, a press release issued on behalf of the company said. Robert Booth, EMAAR Properties executive director, said Downtown Dubai will equal, if not surpass, some of the globe's finest downtowns and will further raise Dubai's global image. At the heart of Downtown Dubai will be EMAAR's ...  >>MORE

Nakheel developing Gardens of Discovery

Posted on 22/06/2004

Nakheel, the real estate arm of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp (PCFC), is developing a new 234-acre residential neighbourhood, Gardens of Discovery, involving 290 buildings housing 25,412 apartments. This will be fourth and biggest phase of the project to date. Once completed, it will be linked to the existing neighbourhood, according to a Nakheel official who spoke to Gulf News yesterday. Tenders for the first two packages of the fourth phase have already being floated while the third ...  >>MORE

Dubai Festival City to open two schools

Posted on 22/06/2004

Two international standard schools, that will service Dubai's educational needs, will be coming up at the Dubai Festival City, the 'city-within-a-city' being built on the banks of the Creek over an area of 1,600 acres. The two schools, of which one will follow the American educational system and the second the British educational system, will be operated by Educational Services Overseas Ltd. (ESOL), which currently operates institutions in Abu Dhabi, Cyprus, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Festival City’s first phase put at Dh9b

Posted on 21/06/2004

Al Futtaim Group is investing Dh9 billion (US$2.5 billion) in the first phase of the Dubai Festival City, DFC, development which is to be completed in 2006. Part of the project will be opened to tenants for occupancy this year, said a senior official. The master plan for the entire project has been updated to accommodate new ideas and expand the facility to incorporate new elements into the facility billed ‘A city within a city'. This includes constructing between four to 10 new hotels and ...  >>MORE

Dubailand phase 1 attracts strong investor interest

Posted on 12/06/2004

Investors have snapped up 78 per cent of the space in Dubailand's Phase 1 development, which is expected to attract Dh6 billion to Dh8 billion in direct investment, said a senior government official. Salem bin Dasmal, chief executive of the Dubai Tourism Development Co (DTDC), recently told Gulf News, "We are ahead of schedule in terms of attracting investment to the Dubailand project." Dubailand was designed by the Dubai Development and Investment Authority (DDIA) to add attractions to the ...  >>MORE

Dubai to spend over Dh22b on infrastructure

Posted on 29/05/2004

Dubai will invest over Dh22 billion (US$6 billion) in infrastructure related projects in the medium term, with US$4.5 billion earmarked for the light rail transit (LRT) development. Around US$500 million will go for roads and bridges, US$300 million for drainage and irrigation, and US$700 million for general projects. Dubai's existing road network stretches 10,000 lane kilometres on an investment of US$2.5 billion. It is under continuous expansion and development with over 20 major new ...  >>MORE

GHD wins Nakheel deal for expansion of fishing harbour

Posted on 26/05/2004

Mega property developer Nakheel has signed an agreement with GHD to supervise the fishing harbour expansion and the redevelopment project on Jumeirah Beach and Dubai Creek. The expansion and redevelopment project designs comprise three fishing harbours stretching along the Jumeirah coastline, including Jumeirah Harbour 1, Umm Suqueim Harbour 1 and Umm Suqueim Harbour 2. Each harbour can handle various kinds of fishing boats and yachts. Work on the project is to commence by the end of this ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality to embark on Dh47m plan

Posted on 23/05/2004

The Dubai municipality will soon embark on a five-year strategic plan to set up drainage and sewerage systems at an estimated cost of Dh47 million, to cover Dubai's demands till 2020. Engineer Hussain Sulaiman Al Marzooqi, head of the Design Office of the Drainage and Irrigation Department at the municipality, said the plan includes the construction of many drainage and sewerage projects covering the urban areas of Dubai. The new projects will help the emirate cope with the increasing ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's estimated development budget cost stands at Dh 55.2 billion in ‘03

Posted on 15/05/2004

Estimated cost of the development budget in Abu Dhabi stood at Dh 55.2 billion by the end of 2003. 'Approved contracts were Dh 28.2 billion while annual allocations were Dh 11.1 billion, said Butti Al Qubaisi, Acting Under Secretary at Abu Dhabi Planning Department. He told the Emirates News Agency (WAM) that 53.7 per cent of total allocations went to Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department, 26.5 per cent to the Abu Dhabi Public Works Department, 11.7 per cent to Al Ain Municipality ...  >>MORE

UAE is set to reach development targets by 2015: Report

Posted on 08/05/2004

The UAE is all set to realize its development targets by the year 2015 as it has so far made a lot of achievements in all walks of life. The UAE Development Millennium Report, issued today by the Ministry of Planning, said the accomplishments reached has placed the country among the developed nations and that some of the targets set for 2015 could be achieved well ahead of the fixed date. Planning Minister Sheikh Humaid bin Ahmed Al Mualla said in a statement that the realisation of these ...  >>MORE

Nakheel puts The World islands up for sale

Posted on 04/05/2004

Palm developer Nakheel yesterday released for sale all 300 of the islands that form its flagship The World project. Investors can now start bidding for the multi-million dirham islands, which have been created in the shape of individual countries and continents. But first they face a stiff hurdle - all interested parties have to negotiate a thorough screening process. This has been put in place to ensure that the exclusivity of the project is maintained. Prices for the islands range from ...  >>MORE

Dubailand can make Dubai 'Orlando' of the Middle East

Posted on 01/05/2004

The Dh18 billion Dubailand development project can make Dubai the Orlando of the Middle East as themed attractions will allow Dubai to meet its targets of attracting 40 million visitors by 2015, according to Glenn Davidson, general manager of the Wild Wadi Water Park. Orlando in the US is home to Disney Land, the largest theme park in the world. "Khaleej Times”, which reported the story in its issue of today quoted Davidson as saying that Dubailand can be the visitor attraction that will be ...  >>MORE

Al Hamra starts Dh1b Ras al-Khaimah project

Posted on 27/04/2004

Al Hamra for Realty Development [Al Hamra] has started the execution of a real estate and tourism project – Al Hamra Village - on Red Island in Ras Al Khaimah at a cost of AED 1 billion. A company official said that the unique project is the first and largest of its kind in the Northern Emirates. It would have 1,200 residential units ranging from villas of various sizes, bungalow-style apartments, an 18-hole golf course and a marina for yachts and boats of various sizes. The project, which ...  >>MORE

GFH Plans US$1.5 Billion Investment In Theme Park Resort In Dubailand

Posted on 18/04/2004

In a significant development, Bahrain-based Islamic investment major Gulf Finance House (GFH) marked its entrance into the entertainment and leisure development sector in Dubai today, with the signing of a theme park resort in Dubailand The Agreement provides for GFH and partners to co-develop the Arabian Legends Theme Park Resort (Arabian Legends) within the ambitious Dh18 billion Dubailand development, which is designed to create one of the regions single largest destinations for ...  >>MORE

Two city areas to get developmental projects

Posted on 13/04/2004

The municipality has unveiled a slew of development plans for Al Barsha and Jebel Ali areas. They include residential, industrial, tourist and commercial projects and as part of the design, an investment park at southern Al Barsha residential area is to be developed. The investment park, strategically located close to Emirates Road, would feature public amenities such as markets, schools, mosques and public parks and new service roads linking the area. Plans have also been unveiled for a new ...  >>MORE

Minor changes sought in Silicon Oasis master plan

Posted on 11/04/2004

The advisory committee for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) has recommended some minor changes to the master plan submitted recently by the project consultant, according to a top official. These and other related issues will be taken up at the DSO board meeting scheduled for this week, said Dr Eesa Bastaki, director for education, research and development for DSO. The master plan for the project was drawn up by CH2M Hill-IDC. Promoted by the Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA), DSO has been conceived ...  >>MORE

Investors show keen interest in The World

Posted on 08/04/2004

With sales of The World islands set to start at the Arabian Travel Market here next month, Nakheel has already received well over 100 expressions of interest from prospective investors. There are over 300 islands, shaped in the form of countries, making up The World. "Prices of the islands will be announced at the Arabian Travel Market," said Wahid Attalla, executive director, commercial and operations at Nakheel, the holding company for projects such as The Palm, Jumeirah Islands and The ...  >>MORE

Sultan opens urban development seminar

Posted on 05/04/2004

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, said yesterday that the Sharjah city had emerged as a green oasis with fresh air thanks to the sound planning. 'Unlike other cities, Sharjah city acts as a lung giving fresh air through its green parks, kindergarten and lawns,' Sheikh Sultan said in his inaugural address yesterday to the Seventh Sharjah Urban Planning Symposium (SUPS) at University of Sharjah. 'The event has won respect and ...  >>MORE

UAE Island first to surface in Nakheel's 'The World' project

Posted on 31/03/2004

Dubai's luxury offshore project 'The World' by Nakheel, has announced today that after less than six months of construction the island representing the UAE has broken the surface of the Arabian Gulf. The island has been reclaimed to a depth of minus 14 metres below the water's surface, and will continue to develop to plus three metres above the water over the coming months as dredging work continues. 'With several million cubic metres of sand and rock having already been placed, the ...  >>MORE

Initial phase of new Abu Dhabi Corniche project completed

Posted on 07/03/2004

The Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department has completed a greater part of the infrastructure projects for the new Abu Dhabi Corniche Road project, scheduled to be completed next year at a total cost of Dh750 million. More than 70,000 square metres have been filled with sand to pave the way for the construction of various projects, including roads parking lots, which can accommodate 3,500 cars at vantage points on the road and recreation grounds, as well other installations and ...  >>MORE

DIFC to be developed as city centre concept

Posted on 23/02/2004

Dubai International Financial Centre, DIFC, will be developed as a city centre concept across the 110 acres with a built up area of two million square meters above the podium level and two million squares meters below the podium that will include an integrated parking area that would accommodate 36,000 cars. The project will be a state-of-the-art community that apart from providing office facilities also have all other building uses to create a 24/7 city destination of choice. Lawrence C ...  >>MORE

Dubai Marina to be 'Nice of Middle East'

Posted on 22/02/2004

Washington- The architectural boom that Dubai is witnessing reflects the ambition of the emirate to become one of the most distinctive cities in the world, according to a leading financial daily. A report in the Financial Times paid special attention to EMAAR's projects, and included an interview with Mohammed Ali Alabbar, director-general of the emirate's Department of Economic Development and president of the EMAAR Group. It revolved on projects managed by the group and focused on the ...  >>MORE

Transforming Abu Dhabi seaside into a one-stop tourist destination

Posted on 15/02/2004

Work is progressing fast at the Corniche. The massive project which began two years ago will transform the seaside into one of the most attractive tourism destinations in the region. The area will turn green with a number of parks for families and holidaymakers. "What we will have there is simply everything... parks, shops, recreation, fountains, heritage villages and museums," said Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi, Executive Council studies progress of new markets, bridge projects

Posted on 28/01/2004

Abu Dhabi Executive Council (AEC) held here yesterday its ordinary meeting, presided over by its chairman His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. During the meeting, the council reviewed a number of on-going projects in various sectors. It discussed several reports and studies on future projects, including models and designs of bridges that will link the Abu Dhabi Pleasure Beach with the Khalifa City and ...  >>MORE

Umm al-Qaiwain is witnessing unprecedented developments: says Sheikh Marwan

Posted on 10/01/2004

Sheikh Marwan bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Chairman of Umm al-Qaiwain lands and Property Department, emphasised that Umm al-Qaiwain Government is giving a top priority to providing the Emirate's people and its residents with the infrastructures for the necessary services, keeping pace with ongoing developments witnessed by other emirates. He further stressed that the Emirate is currently witnessing an unprecedented developments in the industrial, investment and construction sectors, in line with ...  >>MORE

RAK unveils ten ambitious urban development projects

Posted on 06/01/2004

The New Ras Al Khaimah Structure Plan yesterday outlined 10 major projects which will give the emirate a facelift. The announcement came during a meeting of the committee overseeing the plan at the municipality. The 10 projects are: RAK-Sharjah Ring Road, Al Hamra Fort Resort, Al Murjan Island, Noor Project, Khor Al Qarm (Jazerah Al Hamrah) Resort Development, Tower Links Golf Course, Al Shamal Area Nationals Subdivision, Al Khabil Area Nationals Subdivision, Hulaya Island Development and ...  >>MORE

Abra stations, breakwaters among Dh30m coastal projects

Posted on 22/12/2003

The coastline of Dubai is set to be the focus of maintenance projects costing Dh30 million, ranging from waterbus stations to breakwaters. Money has already been spent on surveys for the work which reflects Dubai's close relationship with the sea and the importance of Dubai Creek. Five waterbus, or 'abra', stations will be created along the creek at a cost of Dh11.6m. Three of these will be in front of the old Souq and the Sabkha Area in Deira, while the other two will be in front of the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi boosts green city status

Posted on 21/12/2003

Municipality officials have been asserting Abu Dhabi's status as the green city of the Gulf with dozens of horticulture and irrigation projects in the last 12 months. The projects provide an insight into the rapid progress of the emirate's masterplan for developing greenery and landscaping. The Town Planning Department's plan has seen the creation of 200 wells and six water tanks in Abu Dhabi and the Western Region since last year. It has allowed for the cultivation of nearly 2,000 hectares ...  >>MORE

AD sets to start building new market in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 13/12/2003

Preparations for the commencement of construction work of the new Dh 350 million central market in Abu Dhabi are in full swing. The Abu Dhabi Municipality and Planning Department has drawn plans to replace the central souk with a new landmark, reflecting traditional Arab and Islamic design in line with the country's urban development. The department has notified shopkeepers to vacate and move to the near-by fruit and vegetable market by March 2004 so as to start demolition and prepare the ...  >>MORE

Master plan to lure tourists to capital

Posted on 01/12/2003

Planners in Abu Dhabi have proposed that the capital city should have a national museum, a zoo, a marine museum, a national public library, and a public square with a landmark like London's Trafalgar Square and Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The planners at the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department said the proposed projects would boost the role of Abu Dhabi as a capital city and promote it as a tourist attraction. The proposal was made in a report analysing the progress of work ...  >>MORE

Foundation work starts on waterfront centre

Posted on 18/11/2003

Foundation work has begun on 2.5 million square feet of retail and entertainment space at the Dubai Festival City - the waterfront destination being developed on the banks of Dubai Creek. "This is the start of this huge construction component of Dubai Festival City which will result in one of the biggest and most varied retail and entertainment offerings in the Middle East," said Omar Al Futtaim, CEO of the Al Futtaim Group, which is developing the project. "After six months of foundation ...  >>MORE

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


Public Works Ministry spends Dh 325.2 million on projects


Corniche project gains pace despite scorching summer


Zoning in on planned growth


Al Futtaim Carillion wins Dh1.2b Dubai Festival City contract


Dubai Investments Park to proceed with second stage


International City's Central District in Dubai sold out


Work on DIP's Dh45 million new phases to start soon


Galadari Group to develop Dubailand's Downtown


Saudi Group to invest Dh400 million in Dubai Techno Park


EMAAR will build one of the finest downtowns in Dubai


Nakheel developing Gardens of Discovery


Dubai Festival City to open two schools


Dubai Festival City’s first phase put at Dh9b


Dubailand phase 1 attracts strong investor interest


Dubai to spend over Dh22b on infrastructure


GHD wins Nakheel deal for expansion of fishing harbour


Dubai Municipality to embark on Dh47m plan


Abu Dhabi's estimated development budget cost stands at Dh 55.2 billion in ‘03


UAE is set to reach development targets by 2015: Report


Nakheel puts The World islands up for sale


Dubailand can make Dubai 'Orlando' of the Middle East


Al Hamra starts Dh1b Ras al-Khaimah project


GFH Plans US$1.5 Billion Investment In Theme Park Resort In Dubailand


Two city areas to get developmental projects


Minor changes sought in Silicon Oasis master plan


Investors show keen interest in The World


Sultan opens urban development seminar


UAE Island first to surface in Nakheel's 'The World' project


Initial phase of new Abu Dhabi Corniche project completed


DIFC to be developed as city centre concept


Dubai Marina to be 'Nice of Middle East'


Transforming Abu Dhabi seaside into a one-stop tourist destination


Abu Dhabi, Executive Council studies progress of new markets, bridge projects


Umm al-Qaiwain is witnessing unprecedented developments: says Sheikh Marwan


RAK unveils ten ambitious urban development projects


Abra stations, breakwaters among Dh30m coastal projects


Abu Dhabi boosts green city status


AD sets to start building new market in Abu Dhabi


Master plan to lure tourists to capital


Foundation work starts on waterfront centre