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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - URBAN DEVELOPMENT

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

Abu Dhabi draws up Vision 2020 Plan

Posted on 15/11/2003

As rapid population growth in Abu Dhabi has surpassed planners' forecasts with all of the designated residential areas envisaged in a 10-year development plan (1990-2010) eaten up, foregoing schedules, the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department is making intensive efforts to meet the challenge. According to forecasts, based on differing estimates of citizen and expatriate population growth, a 2020 low growth scenario envisages a total population of 1.08 million with 28.2 per cent ...  >>MORE

A new township takes shape in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 09/11/2003

The Abu Dhabi Municipality has started building 400 residential units and 230 farms in the new Al 'Adlah township, opposite Zayed Military City in Ash'ab area. The project comes under the directives of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and is closely followed up by H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Land has already been levelled to set up 220 farms. Phase 1 of the project includes the construction ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to construct a new corniche

Posted on 09/11/2003

The Sharjah Directorate of Public Works will construct a new corniche at Sharjah Creek as part of a major project to transform the industrial areas to residential areas where most of the government departments will be based. This was announced by Mel Stewart, Engineering Adviser at the Ruler's Office in Sharjah. "The new corniche, which will also include a big number of parking lots, will ease the flow of traffic into the Creek's area that sometimes gets jammed," he said. "The directorate ...  >>MORE

Dh2.7b Dubai Sports City project launched

Posted on 01/11/2003

The Dubai Tourism Projects Development Co has signed a Dh2.7 billion plus contract with a consortium of three leading UAE businessmen for a sprawling 80 million square foot Dubai Sports City, part of the Dubailand project. The investors are Abdul Rahim Al Zarooni, Abdul Rahman Falaknaz and Abdul Rahman Bukhatir. Dubai Sports City is part of the 2 billion square foot Dubailand project that will involve investments of Dh18 billion. It is one of Dubailand's many facets designed to position Dubai ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Ladies beach to expand facilities

Posted on 01/11/2003

The Abu Dhabi Ladies' Beach will undergo a Dh35 million expansion to include new swimming pools, restaurants, water games chalets and other outlets. The renowned shore named Ras Al Akhdar has been closed for a year to undertake the expansion work. The project has been launched under the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Al Nahyan, wife of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and Chairperson of the UAE General Women's Union, which manages the beach. ...  >>MORE

Dh18b Dubailand project unveiled

Posted on 22/10/2003

Dubai yesterday announced the region's biggest tourism project - Dubailand - with an estimated investment of more than Dh18 billion. The government intends to spend Dh2.6 billion in the first phase to develop the project's infrastructure. Launching the project, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Minister of Defence, said: "This perfectly complements Dubai's strategic plans to add more depth to the tourism sector and contribute towards transforming the ...  >>MORE

Government to spend Dh2.6b on Dubailand

Posted on 22/10/2003

The Government of Dubai will spend over Dh2.6 billion in developing the first phase of infrastructure in the ambitious tourism project - Dubailand - envisioned by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, as the logical 'next step' to the series of projects Dubai has undertaken during the last couple of years. Dubailand is expected to increase the tourism sector's contribution to GDP from 12 per cent to 20 per cent. The UAE's tourism ...  >>MORE

Work to begin early next year on Green Community's second phase

Posted on 18/10/2003

The design for the second phase of the 'Green Community - a sprawling commercial and residential development from a joint venture between Union Properties and Dubai Investments - is being finalised, with work expected to start by the beginning of 2004. The second phase could entail costs of Dh1 billion plus. There are also plans to take on phase III of the project, which would see the development of an international-class golf course. Talks are on with a leading designer. Ninety-year ...  >>MORE

Construction of Madinat Jumeirah, a new city in Dubai, on schedule

Posted on 01/10/2003

The construction of the Madinat Jumeirah beach resort in Dubai is continuing on schedule with the soft opening of the 292 rooms and suites Mina A Salam five star Grand Boutique Hotel on September 1. The 31 Al Masyat courtyard villas in clusters with an accommodation of 340 rooms and suites in a variety of villa styles from 60 sq. meters. The villas are discreetly located throughout the Madinat Jumeirah resort. They are luxuriously designed, of premium quality, and are situated amidst the exotic ...  >>MORE

Mohammed inspects Techno Park master plan

Posted on 23/09/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, yesterday inspected the master plan for the Techno Park. The Techno Park is designed to attract foreign investment in research in oil and gas, desalination and environment management. The Gulf is expected to attract Dh40 billion in the next six years in the gas industry to develop new fields and upgrade the old ones. Techno Park was launched last year by the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp ...  >>MORE

Kerzner in US$650m joint venture with Nakheel

Posted on 23/09/2003

Nakheel Corp. and Kerzner International have entered an equal joint venture to develop a US$650 million, 2,000-room resort and water theme park on The Palm, Jumeirah. The first phase will see construction of a 1,000-room hotel and water theme park on 1.5 miles of beachfront. Construction of the new entity - Atlantis, The Palm - is scheduled to start next year and be completed by 2007. It will be developed over 75 acres at the centre of the crescent on The Palm, Jumeirah, being developed as ...  >>MORE

Work starts on The World project

Posted on 22/09/2003

The latest project from Nakheel Corp, The World, is in line with Dubai's efforts to develop the tourism sector to full potential, according to General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister. "The project is part of our strategy and vision for the future of Dubai in coming years. It is also in line with our continued efforts to boost the tourism sector, which we hope will play a major role as part of our policy to diversify sources of income away ...  >>MORE

Dubai International City's landscaping work begins

Posted on 21/09/2003

The Dubai government's Corporate Office has begun the landscaping of the Dh1.5 billion Dubai International City, to be located near the Emirates Road at Al Aweer, said an official. The project is being developed to tap more investments in Dubai's burgeoning property market which has seen unprecedented interest among investors. Over 400 pre-designed themed residential buildings and 35 commercial towers will be on offer for sale to local, regional and foreign investors. The new neighbourhood ...  >>MORE

Big in Dubai; Best of the future

Posted on 21/09/2003

The distinctive skyline of Dubai is an artist's delight. Structures such as the Burj Al Arab, soaring majestically out of the Arabian Gulf, have become internationally recognised symbols of this city. But Dubai is a city that is continuously evolving. Our visionary and dynamic city planners aim big and high. As soon as one ambitious, seemingly impossible project is brought to fruition, they embark on others that are even more challenging. Dubai aims to have the tallest tower in the world; it ...  >>MORE

The Palm

Posted on 21/09/2003

When the intention to construct two palm-shaped islands just off the coast of Dubai on land reclaimed from the sea was announced, the project was greeted with disbelief. But land reclamation for the first island called The Palm, Jumeirah is on schedule to be completed this year. A good portion of the $1.5 billion development, dubbed the 'eighth wonder of the world' will be completed by 2005. Both The Palm, Jumeirah and The Palm, Jebel Ali will feature date palms with 17 huge fronds, ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai

Posted on 21/09/2003

The Sheikh Zayed highway, flanked by some of the most impressive skyscrapers in Dubai, including the twin Emirates Towers will soon be home to the tallest tower in the world. The Burj Dubai, to be developed by EMAAR Properties, will have the largest rental spaces in the world. It will combine residential, commercial, hotel, entertainment, shopping and leisure outlets with open green spaces, water features, pedestrian boulevards, an 'Old Town' and one of the world's largest shopping malls. ...  >>MORE

Hydropolis Hotel

Posted on 21/09/2003

Another first of its kind project is the Hydropolis Hotel, the world's first underwater luxury resort. This 107,700 square metre habitat will soon materialise under the sea, off the coast of Dubai. The brainchild of German architect Joachim Hauser, this projected $500 million development announced by the Dubai Development and Investment Authority is expected to be ready by 2006. Its unique location in the last uninhabited frontier on Earth and its architectural composition are designed to make ...  >>MORE

Dubai Festival City

Posted on 21/09/2003

This is a city within a city, spanning 1,200 acres along the shores of the historic Dubai Creek. It is a privately funded US$1.6 billion project of the Al Futtaim Group and will offer a mix of entertainment, dining, shopping, a marina, hotels, residential and office space, sports and leisure facilities including an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. The complex will be split into 15 communities, offering different styles of houses. Four hotels, a resort on an island in the ...  >>MORE

Mall of the emirates

Posted on 21/09/2003

Snow is forecast in Dubai next year. The Majid Al Futtaim group is developing Mall of the Emirates, an entertainment and leisure complex, whose cornerstone is the first snow playground in the Middle East. This indoor winter sports resort will offer downhill skiing, snow boarding, an ice skating pond and an alpine village where you can build snowmen, go tobogganing and have snowball fights with real snow even during the Dubai summer. The project facing the Sheikh Zayed Highway is nearing ...  >>MORE

Madinat Jumeirah Resort

Posted on 21/09/2003

The stretch of Jumeirah beach, already dotted with beautiful structures such as the world's only seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab and the wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel, will soon boast an Arabian summer palace-like complex straight out of the Arabian Nights. The Madinat Jumeirah resort, estimated to cost $340 million, is a themed complex designed to be a city within a city, showcasing the history, culture, heritage and architecture of the region. A cultural village featuring ...  >>MORE

The World

Posted on 21/09/2003

With the The Palm island project well under way, Nakheel recently unveiled plans to construct another offshore island development, called The World (pictured on Page 1). It consists of 200 islands of varying shapes and sizes, strategically positioned to form the world map. The 60 million square feet development is set to be the most exclusive water retreat in the world. The 200 islands will be themed to reflect features of the countries they represent on the world map. The islands will be ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport

Posted on 21/09/2003

The Dubai International Airport is considered to be the Middle East's premier airport and among the fastest growing airports in the world. A $540 million expansion programme that began in 1997 resulted in the opening of the state-of-the-art Sheikh Rashid Terminal in 2000. The airport has the capacity to handle 22 million passengers annually, but according to projections, 30 million passengers are expected to use the airport by 2010. Hence, the Department of Civil Aviation is set to begin the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Humanitarian city launched

Posted on 08/09/2003

The UAE's latest initiative - the Dubai Humanitarian City- has been launched by the Dubai Development and Investment Authority (DDIA), under the directives of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister. The Dubai Humanitarian City would become a station for many different regional and international organisations and establishments that provide humanitarian services. "The city, under the directives of Sheikh Mohammed, aims at providing a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi in mega tourism venture

Posted on 02/09/2003

Abu Dhabi has finally endorsed a mega venture to transform a coastal man-made island into a major tourism centre involving a Disneyland-style fun city, hotels and restaurants, a wildlife reserve and other facilities. A decree issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, gave birth to the company which will oversee the development of the palm-dotted island. The General Corporation for Development and ...  >>MORE

Techno Park invites bids for construction

Posted on 01/09/2003

A tender for the first phase of the multi-million dollar Techno Park - a project being developed by the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp. (PCFC) - has been floated recently by Nakheel, its project development partner. About 45 companies are bidding for the project which is still open. The tender will close next month and the contract awarded thereafter. Construction is to begin in October and completed before the end of next year, according to officials. About 135 companies active in the ...  >>MORE

Pearl Island Authority set up at Dh100m

Posted on 01/09/2003

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued a law in his capacity as Deputy Ruler of Abu Dhabi to set up the General Establishment for Developing and Investing Pearl Island at a capital of Dh100 million, which shall be entirely paid by Abu Dhabi government. According to the law, the establishment shall have the objectives of developing and investing the Pearl Island in such a manner that ensures that the island would ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi souq prepares to fade into history

Posted on 31/08/2003

The Abu Dhabi bazaar which cuts across the capital's two main streets of Hamdan and Khalifa, houses more than 700 shops selling a variety of consumer items including garments, shoes, perfumes, incense, home appliances, and electrical products. Most of the shop owners are from Pakistan, India and Iran, giving the marketplace more an Asian identity than a local aura. The souq has an estimated area of around 50,000 square metres and is characterised by its shabby two-storey buildings and tiny ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Development Plan set to be revised

Posted on 18/08/2003

The Town Planning Department of Abu Dhabi Municipality has embarked on a project to update the Abu Dhabi Master Development Plan (1995-2010) to cater to the rapid population growth and infrastructural expansion. The move comes in the wake of instructions from higher authorities to carry out planning for redevelopment of suburbs outside Abu Dhabi Island including Khalifa townships, Shawamikh, the new cemetery and other areas. Work is already under way to redevelop the whole of Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Dubai to have world's first underwater hotel by 2006

Posted on 13/08/2003

Dubai will have the world's first underwater hotel by 2006. Billed as the ultimate in luxury living, the Hydropolis Hotel will cost an estimated US$500 million and feature over 200 suites. While the technical details are still being worked out, the property will be built down to a depth of 20 metres, some 300 metres off the Jumeirah coast. Joachim Hauser of Germany, who has had extensive knowledge of the Middle East through a slew of products in the last two decades, has conceived the ...  >>MORE

220 suites under the sea

Posted on 13/08/2003

Come October 2006, the Jumeirah coastline will feature the world's first underwater hotel - the Hydropolis. Initial construction work of the estimated US$500 million super luxury facility is expected to start later this year. The brainchild of Joachim Hauser, architecture designer of the concept and one of the promoters, the 107,700 square metre development will be built down to a depth of 20 metres, nearly 300 metres from the Jumeirah coastline. Sure to be a feat of architectural and ...  >>MORE

Dutch firm to build The World

Posted on 02/08/2003

The World consists of a group of islands representing the seven continents. Dutch dredging and marine contractor Van Oord ACZ has been awarded a Dh850 million contract for the construction of 'The World' off the coast of Dubai by its developer Nakheel. Van Oord won the contract in competition with other international dredging and marine construction companies. The project will be carried out in cooperation with Ballast Ham Dredging. Nakheel, the company behind the two Palm Islands, ...  >>MORE

Al Ain to devise fresh masterplan for urban and rural development

Posted on 20/07/2003

The Al Ain Town Planning Department will draw up a fresh masterplan for the development of the city and its surroundings, covering the region's urban and rural development and growth up to 2015. It will be the second such plan as the department successfully implemented a 15-year plan from 1985 to 2000. It helped the municipality draw up the city's existing design. Sheikh Tahnoon bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive ...  >>MORE

New lagoon taking shape

Posted on 06/07/2003

In its efforts to offer a healthy environment, to eliminate sewage water and harness rainwater, Dubai Municipality is constructing several drainage projects throughout the city. One of the main projects, which is now under construction, is a huge lagoon in Ghusais at a cost of Dh60 million, said Farid Saadi, Assistant Director of the Drainage and Irrigation Department. The lagoon will cover 20,000 square metres. This is a part of the municipality's aim to protect roads and installations from ...  >>MORE

Massive development project for Abu Hail

Posted on 30/06/2003

The Dubai Development Board will launch in November this year the Abu Hail Development Project, part of an ambitious tourism plan for the Deira Corniche Area. The massive project will require demolition of a number of old buildings which will be reconstructed, brought up to modern standards and turned into high quality residential units to boost the touristic features of the area and, at the same time, earn more income for the owners and landlords. Under the project posted on a special web ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khaimah plans to rebuild the old city

Posted on 29/06/2003

The emirate's Government will soon demolish the old city of Ras Al Khaimah, which starts from the Clock Roundabout and ends near the Fish Market, and will reconstruct it according to modern standards. This crucial area had been constructed at random. Residents carried out constructions without obtaining official permission. A senior municipal official said the Ras Al Khaimah Government has a vision for the area as it faces the Creek and can be one turned into of the most attractive tourist ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi island set for a facelift

Posted on 22/06/2003

Sammaliah Island (or Dream Land) in Abu Dhabi is set to undergo a Dh400 million master redevelopment plan. The island, situated on the Gulf about 4km northeast of Abu Dhabi city, will have several heritage and recreation parks and facilities. The plan, which has recently been approved, is being carried out by the Public Works Department (PWD). Among the main feature of the project will be holiday chalets and a major hotel which are part of a multifaceted programme to attract tourists and ...  >>MORE

Projects at Abu Dhabi's development budget cost Dh 59.5 b in 2002

Posted on 21/06/2003

A senior Abu Dhabi economist has disclosed that estimated costs of projects in Abu Dhabi's development budget for 2002 totalled Dh 59.5 billion. Butti Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Head of the Economic Section at Abu Dhabi Planning Department, said contracts were valued at Dh 25.9 billion and allocations at Dh 8.5 billion including those of direct work for the same year. 'Public Works Department received 36.5 per cent of these allocations, followed by Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Municipalities and Town ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to recover long-unused land

Posted on 16/06/2003

The Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department warned yesterday it will cancel all agreements regarding land allotment for various prime locations that have remained unused for long periods. The municipality will withdraw lands that have been licensed for schools, hospitals or labour camps, but have not been used or licensed for construction during the one-year grace period. According to the Executive Council's decision last year, all the land contracts are considered immediately ...  >>MORE

RAK plans to reclaim sea for housing projects

Posted on 15/06/2003

The Ras Al Khaimah government is seeking to reclaim part of the sea to make way for new residential areas. The board of the Ras Al Khaimah Fund for Supporting and Improving Services was asked to conduct a study on the feasibility of reclaiming the sea to provide areas in the northern part to build houses for nationals. Sheikh Muntasir bin Khalid Al Qasimi, chairman of the board, has been assigned to follow up the studies. A full report is to be made by October, including the cost of the ...  >>MORE

UAQ Municipality to develop residential, industrial areas

Posted on 08/06/2003

The Umm al-Qaiwain Municipality is planning to develop residential and industrial areas in a big way, according to the municipality chief, Sheikh Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Mualla. In an interview with Al Baladyat (municipalities) magazine, Sheikh Abdullah said that Umm al-Qaiwain would promote new residential and industrial areas and redesign the old zones. The new plan will also take into consideration the economic importance of the area. The first phase of the project 2.2 million square ...  >>MORE

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Foundation work starts on waterfront centre


Abu Dhabi draws up Vision 2020 Plan


A new township takes shape in Abu Dhabi


Sharjah to construct a new corniche


Dh2.7b Dubai Sports City project launched


Abu Dhabi Ladies beach to expand facilities


Dh18b Dubailand project unveiled


Government to spend Dh2.6b on Dubailand


Work to begin early next year on Green Community's second phase


Construction of Madinat Jumeirah, a new city in Dubai, on schedule


Mohammed inspects Techno Park master plan


Kerzner in US$650m joint venture with Nakheel


Work starts on The World project


Dubai International City's landscaping work begins


Big in Dubai; Best of the future


The Palm


Burj Dubai


Hydropolis Hotel


Dubai Festival City


Mall of the emirates


Madinat Jumeirah Resort


The World


Dubai International Airport


Dubai Humanitarian city launched


Abu Dhabi in mega tourism venture


Techno Park invites bids for construction


Pearl Island Authority set up at Dh100m


Abu Dhabi souq prepares to fade into history


Abu Dhabi Development Plan set to be revised


Dubai to have world's first underwater hotel by 2006


220 suites under the sea


Dutch firm to build The World


Al Ain to devise fresh masterplan for urban and rural development


New lagoon taking shape


Massive development project for Abu Hail


Ras Al Khaimah plans to rebuild the old city


Abu Dhabi island set for a facelift


Projects at Abu Dhabi's development budget cost Dh 59.5 b in 2002


Abu Dhabi to recover long-unused land


RAK plans to reclaim sea for housing projects


UAQ Municipality to develop residential, industrial areas