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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - URBAN DEVELOPMENT

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

Exchange of expertise vital for developing modern Arab cities

Posted on 02/06/2003

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has urged the need for continuous dialogue and exchange of expertise at regional and international levels to plan Arab cities along modern lines. "The interaction between experts, researchers and town planners at various levels is the key to sustainable urban planning as the Arab world has lacked communication in the past over these issues," he told reporters after opening the sixth ...  >>MORE

Preventing an urban explosion

Posted on 31/05/2003

The UAE is developing at a breathtaking pace, and residents know they are fortunate to be living in the country's modern metropolises. The urbanisation growth rate in the UAE is much higher at 85 per cent because of limited agricultural activities and is expected to increase to 96 per cent by 2030. Some 90 per cent of the population was into agriculture around 150 years ago worldwide but now only three per cent is involved in agriculture, growing food for the rest of the population. "Dubai ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi reclaims sea for mega tourism project

Posted on 22/05/2003

Abu Dhabi is invading its own sea to expand westwards in a multi-billion dirham project involving extension of the breakwater and the construction of a Disneyland-style fun city, a wildlife reserve and a palm-dotted resort village for local and foreign tourists. Bulldozers and trucks are racing against time to bury the azure Gulf water behind the massive Marina Mall complex that kicked off the mega project four years ago to usher in a new era for the emirate's untapped tourism sector. ...  >>MORE

Dubai Creek resort to be developed

Posted on 21/05/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Minister of Defence has approved the plans to expand and develop the Creek Golf and Yacht Club, which is scheduled to be completed in a year and a half. The club will include a tourism resort designed to international standards and new facilities catering to requirements of club members, tourists and visitors. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Major civic projects in Khalifa cities soon

Posted on 20/05/2003

The Municipality and Town Planning Department of Abu Dhabi is planning to carry out major civic amenities projects, including new road networks for Khalifa 'A' and Khalifa 'B' twin cities, the National Consultative Council was told yesterday. According to a council report, the projects include 200 new houses for the nationals, a new bridge linking the twin cities with Shahama and Umm Al Nar, new clinics, a hospital, new schools and two police stations. The plans have been prepared after the ...  >>MORE

Dh650m Dubai Maritime City announced

Posted on 12/05/2003

Dredging for Dubai's new Dh650 million Dubai Maritime City (DMC) has begun and the first phase will be completed within one year. The first phase involves the reclamation and building the facilities for the ship repair work, explained Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, executive chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, who announced the project yesterday. "DMC will provide world class maritime services, catering to maritime industries that are continually growing," he added. Gulf ...  >>MORE

Over Dh 14 billion spent in investment projects in 10 years

Posted on 09/05/2003

The total funds allocated to federal investment projects over the last ten years amounted to Dh 14.382 billion approximately at a good annual average of Dh 1.438 billion, according to Planning Minister Sheikh Humaid bin Ahmed Al Mu'alla. In a foreword to the annual report issued today, the Minister said that the least volume of investments registered during the period had was in 1996 at Dh 931 million while the highest rate of investment was recorded in 2000 at Dh 2.136 bilion. "Total costs ...  >>MORE

New city to be built at Al Oha

Posted on 06/05/2003

An entire new city will soon spring up near Al Ain, with 2,000 free houses worth Dh1.7 billion with all civic amenities, according to a National Consultative Council (NCC) report. The report, prepared by the Eastern Region's Affairs Committee after its talks with government authorities in Al Ain, was presented to the council at yesterday's session chaired by Abdullah Mohammed Al Masoud. The council was told that work on the new city in Al Oha, near Al Ain, has started with the construction ...  >>MORE

Green Community Phase II plan set to be finalised

Posted on 28/04/2003

An artist's impression of the Green Community's Phase II master plan. ©Gulf NewsThe master plan for the Green Community's Phase II development - entailing investments of Dh700 million - will be finalised in the latter half of the year. The project, located off the Jebel Ali highway, will then take a further two months to be completed. It will see between 600 and 700 upscale villas coming up. In between, Phase III of the project - with estimated capital requirements of Dh1 billion - has ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Municipality to enforce demolition of old buildings

Posted on 27/04/2003

Old buildings condemned by the Sharjah Municipality must be dismantled by their owners, or they will have to pay the cost of demolition if the city does it, a senior official said yesterday. "A new local order authorising the civic body to undertake demolition following three warnings has come into effect, as owners have in many instances failed to respond timely," said Rashid Al Owais, director of the Technical Affairs Department. "The new order came into effect immediately after it was issued ...  >>MORE

Integrated plan to help Dubai grow

Posted on 22/04/2003

The second day of the conference on Dubai at Harvard University focused on the future of the city. The papers presented dealt with aspects of urban development and city planning, including the expansion of the Dubai International Airport. The first session, titled Mechanisms of Urban Planning and Promotion, began with a joint paper by Abdullah AbdulRahim, Director of Planning and Surveying Department of Dubai Municipality, and Dr. Maher Stino, a city-planning expert who contributed ...  >>MORE

Silicon Oasis project to be established in Dubai

Posted on 22/04/2003

Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (Dafz) signed an agreement with the American firm, CH2M Hill International Ltd, to prepare a master plan for Dubai Silicon Oasis project which is scheduled for construction next year. The contract for the master plan, which will be finalised by this year, was yesterday signed by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Dubai Silicon Oasis chairman, and Robert Sheh, CH2M Hill president. Dubai Silicon Oasis, will be located in Nad Al Shiba on 6 million square metres. ...  >>MORE

Dubai described as model city

Posted on 20/04/2003

Dubai is being used as a model city at an ongoing conference on urban planning and design challenges at Harvard University in the United States. Papers presented on the first day highlighted the attention paid by specialists to adopt Dubai as a case study due to the swift development of the city. Participants lauded the manner in which the city's 200 nationalities coexist, as well as Dubai's emergence as a key international city that has prospered in trade, economy and tourism. Opening the ...  >>MORE

Council reviews Deira Corniche plan

Posted on 16/04/2003

The Dubai Executive Council, chaired by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence yesterday discussed several development projects, specially the Deira Corniche plan. The plans for the Corniche were prepared by Dubai Municipality's Engineering Section. The project is in keeping with the move to develop beaches and provide recreational facilities for tourists. The members also listened to a presentation by the project engineer on the ...  >>MORE

Al Ras Creek beautification project finalised

Posted on 10/04/2003

Dubai Municipality has finalised the design of the Dh4.1 million Al Ras Creek entrance landscaping project which will be ready by the end of this year. Eng. AbdulRahman Al Sharid, Director of the General Projects Department, said work on the project is expected to start in June. He added that the site level would be modified into a series of slopes, gradually sloping down towards the ocean with the highest elevation of 6.50 metres from the sea level. Wide walkways have been carefully designed ...  >>MORE

Several projects to get underway

Posted on 10/04/2003

Dubai Municipality will soon undertake several projects including upgrading Jumeirah Mosque park and the beautification of Hamriyah Corniche. It will also begin the expansion of the Dubai Abattoir, the environment laboratory at Dubai Central Laboratory, the Handicapped Club in Al Ghusais and the Dubai Creek entrance in the Al Ras area. Abdul Rahman Al Sharid, Director of the General Projects Department, said services will be added to the Dubai Abattoir, built in 1989, due to increased demand. ...  >>MORE

Knowledge Village plans new facility

Posted on 09/04/2003

Knowledge Village, part of the Technology, Electronic Commerce and Media Free Zone, will set up a business centre for freelancers to share and rent, said a top official. About 40 companies have already registered with the Knowledge Village so far. Construction of the facility, which will house high-tech e-education, e-training and e-learning organisations, will create one million square feet of office space for these companies, said the official. Dubai Media City first executed this idea by ...  >>MORE

Multitude of mega projects marks Abu Dhabi construction sector

Posted on 30/03/2003

Post September 11. The ongoing war in Iraq. Regional tension or instability. Such events hardly have any bearing on Abu Dhabi's construction sector which continues to witness a beehive of activity with the execution of multi-million dollar projects. The buzzwords clearly are growth and development while cleverly learning to cope with war fears or setbacks and shocks resulting from events in other countries. According to statistics released by the Emirates Industrial Bank, the share of ...  >>MORE

Extensive efforts see Sharjah green areas grow manifold

Posted on 24/02/2003

Due to the intensive efforts extended by the Government of Sharjah towards greenery and afforestation projects, the green areas now total over 7.8 million square metres, including projects which are still under implementation. This was revealed by Sharjah Municipality on the occasion of the UAE's 23rd Afforestation Week observed under the slogan "Agriculture is Life and Civilisation". Apart from green areas, there are 59 parks and promenades. In Sharjah city the green areas, parks and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to get new corniche

Posted on 17/02/2003

A stretch of water more than three kilometres long and 150 meters wide along the famous Corniche road has already been buried and the second stage of a massive expansion and improvement project involving construction of facilities has just been launched. Apart from road expansions on the Corniche, the construction work that has just been launched involves building of parks, restaurants, flyovers and underpasses, a heritage village and a museum. The project on the nearby man-made Lulu Island ...  >>MORE

Dubai goes greener

Posted on 17/02/2003

The level of greenery and beautification in Dubai has been increasing steadily because of the Dubai Municipality's initiative - an effective implementation of designs and constant follow-up of horticultural maintenance activities, according to a report brought out by the civic body on the occasion of the Plantation Week, which will be observed between February 22 and 26. As a result of this, the total cultivated area in the city now covers 1,950 hectares. Last year, the department ...  >>MORE

Plan to build 6,819 housing units

Posted on 30/01/2003

Dubai Municipality has planned several projects and is giving top priority to implementing them, said a senior official yesterday. Eng. Abdullah Abdul Rahim, Director General of Planning and Survey Department, told a press conference that one of the projects is the development of Al Jaddaf area. He said: "Developing Al Jaddaf area is considered one of the most important future projects. The area which is going to be constructed covers six square kilometres. "In this new area, there will be ...  >>MORE

Corniche Park starts taking shape in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 21/01/2003

The Corniche Park, the largest recreational facility in the capital, has started taking shape with many features that will boost the city's attraction as a world-class tourist destination. Part of the Dh200 million New Corniche Road East project, the park possesses a contemporary Arab character and will be a natural extension of the island. Work on the project began in December 2001 and is scheduled to be completed in July next year. According to the officials of Abu Dhabi Municipality, ...  >>MORE

Municipality okays mega complex

Posted on 03/01/2003

Dubai Municipality has recently issued a license to build a new commercial and residential building complex in the Al Bada area on Al Wasl Road at an estimated cost of Dh125 million. Khalid Mohammed Saleh, head of the building licenses and systems section at the municipality, said the complex will have three buildings, the first with ground and mezzanine floors, the second with ground, mezzanine and nine upper floors, and the third with ground, mezzanine and 19 upper floors. The complex, ...  >>MORE

Dubai plans biggest flower carpet

Posted on 02/01/2003

The groundwork for cultivating the Biggest Flower Carpet has been completed by the Drainage and Irrigation Department of Dubai Municipality, "Gulf News” reported today. The flower carpet, claimed to be the first of its kind in the region, will be displayed at Safa Park. "This Flower Carpet is expected to be a landmark in the city, which would add Dubai's name among the world capitals," said a spokesman for the department. He said the Flower Carpet, which will be displayed during the Dubai ...  >>MORE

Dh59 billion spent on Abu Dhabi development

Posted on 30/12/2002

The total estimated costs of the projects for included in the development budget of the Abu Dhabi Emirate's comprehensive developmental plan for the year 2002 were approximately Dh 59.495.000 billion, while the value of contracts was Dh 1.918.000 billion, a government official has said. He said that the annual allocations of the plan for 2002, including the direct work allocations have reached Dh 8.446.000 billion and were distributed among different departments and the general reserve, Butti ...  >>MORE

Dubai led 2002 with mega projects

Posted on 30/12/2002

The year 2002 has not been less eventful than its predecessor. The world - including the business world - came out of its shock over the events of September 11, 2001, but its reverberations continued to be felt until the end of this year. Internationally, there were several major events which impacted on the way business was done. Sometimes the events were solely to do with business practices - like the questions of accounting and the likes of Worldcom or the bankruptcy of United Air Lines. ...  >>MORE

Investment programme costs hit Dh 9b in 2002

Posted on 23/12/2002

The total costs of investment programmes for 2002 stood at Dh 9 billion with projects being carried out by Public Works Ministry taking the lion share, a Planning Ministry report said. 'Along with the Dh 4.8 billion projects by Public Works Ministry, federal ministries are undertaking projects worth Dh 600 million, while bodies with independent budgets are executing projects at a total cost of Dh 3.6 billion, said the report, which was released today. The report showed that total ...  >>MORE

Dh25 billion project to come us next year

Posted on 21/12/2002

The total value of construction of mixed-use developments in the UAE will exceed Dh25 billion in 2003, according to a top industry official. Almost all of these projects are in different phases of development in Dubai. Lee Tabler, chief executive officer of Al Futtaim Investments (AFI), in an exclusive interview with Gulf News, said, mixed-used developments will dominate the real estate development activities in future. Citing examples of Dubai Festival City, the Palm Islands and developments ...  >>MORE

EMAAR set to get into mega mall business

Posted on 18/12/2002

EMAAR Properties is awaiting government approval to set up a mega mall in Dubai, according to Mohammed Alabbar, chairman of the company and director general of Dubai Department of Economic Development, Alabbar was speaking at a two-day conference on World Class Retailing in the Middle East organised by Retail Week in association with Middle East Economic Digest. Further details related to the location, investments and leasable area were not provided. For EMAAR, this represents another major ...  >>MORE

Dubai to invest US$28b in new projects

Posted on 15/12/2002

Investment in Dubai projects could well exceed US$28 billion, said a senior Dubai Government official. Meanwhile, Mohammed Al Gergawi, chairman of Dubai Development and Investment Authority (DDIA) said private investors have confirmed participation in over 50 per cent of the recently launched Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) projects. He inaugurated the three-day international commercial architecture, property design and development exhibition and conference Cityscape 2002 at Emirates Towers ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to invite tenders for 502 projects

Posted on 09/12/2002

The Department of Social Services and Commercial Buildings in Abu Dhabi will shortly invite tenders for 502 construction projects comprising various residential and commercial buildings, according to sources. The projects, mostly residential villas and apartment complexes, are still in the study and design stage and awaiting approval. The department has so far invested Dh35 billion in executing over 6,000 projects since its inception, which includes the construction of over 100,000 ...  >>MORE

RAK greenery project underway

Posted on 17/11/2002

The Ras Al Khaimah Environmental Protection and Industrial Development Authority yesterday announced the implementation of a greenery project at Kadrah, 70km south of Ras Al Khaimah city. A senior official said the project is being implemented to neutralise the negative effects of a rock quarry. The quarry functioned there for a long time before it closed down, but residents are now suffering from its effects. The soil, particularly in Gharbalah, has been affected. This is part of a plan ...  >>MORE

New wildlife sanctuary in capital

Posted on 15/11/2002

Another major wildlife sanctuary in Abu Dhabi is coming up on Lulu Island facing the capital's skyline. The project is being carried out by the Public Works Department to add to the ongoing mega projects to beautify the capital. According to sources, work is being carried out with great speed on the island to turn it into a major wildlife sanctuary like Sir Bani Yas. "More than 25,000 date palms have already been planted on the island, and about 30,000 more are likely to follow in two to ...  >>MORE

Private sector builds Dh6.1b projects in '01

Posted on 05/11/2002

Dubai's private sector completed Dh6.1 billion worth of construction projects in 2001, according to the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). The figure was released during the first meeting of DCCI's Building Materials Trade and Manufacturing Business Group. The 200 representatives of the sector agreed to elect eight to 11 members to head the committee. Members will soon vote on nominations at a meeting attended by DCCI officials. Between 1997 and 2001, the value of completed private ...  >>MORE

Federal projects cost rise

Posted on 02/11/2002

Sheikh Humaid bin Ahmed Al Mu'alla, Minister of Planning has said that the total costs of Federal Projects for the year 2002's Investment Programme, rose to nine billion dirhams registering an increase of 751 million dirhams against last year's 8 billion dirhams. Allocations for the current year's Federal projects, rose to 2.1 billion dirhams increasing by 160 million dirhams, Al Mu'alla stated in a report issued by the Ministry. An amount of One billion dirhams is allocated for the execution ...  >>MORE

Dh10m sewerage project at Dibba Al Hosn

Posted on 18/09/2002

The first phase of a Dh10 million sewerage network project at Dibba Al Hosn will start in December. The contract was awarded in June, said Engineer Ahmad Mohammed Fikri, Director General of Sharjah Municipality. To be completed in three phases, the work includes networking pipes of different sizes and establishing a number of inspection rooms, installation of pumps, and connecting the network to a sewerage treatment plant, which forms another project. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Al Ain gets bedecked to welcome more tourists

Posted on 13/09/2002

Al Ain, the oasis city of the Gulf, is undergoing a massive long-term development and beautification project which aims at boosting its position as one of the attractive tourist destinations in the region. Under the Master Plan (2002-2015), Al Ain will have a number of new landmarks especially designed to lure tourists from around the world, based on the success already achieved by the city over the past few years in terms of tourist arrivals. According to Engineer Abdullah H. Ghareeb bin ...  >>MORE

UNDP helps in preparing development plans

Posted on 07/09/2002

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) supports the UAE government in economic, social and human resource planning. In the last five years, it has assisted in the preparation of development plans for three emirates: the Dubai Strategic Development Plan (2000-2030), the Abu Dhabi Strategic Development Programme (2000-2020), and the Ras Al Khaimah Development Vision (2000-2009). Strategic development visions and strategies provide long term planning frameworks that help to foresee ...  >>MORE

PW projects receive Dh247.4m over first eight months

Posted on 02/09/2002

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing spent Dh 247.4 million on its projects over the first eight months of the year. The Ministry of Communications took the lion share with total spending reaching Dh 123.1 million followed by the Ministry of Education with Dh 40.4 million. Projects at the Ministry of Public Works and Housing cost Dh 30.2, Interior Dh 24.1 million, Health Dh 17.2 million, Labour and Social Affairs Dh 5.6 million, Justice, Islamic Affairs and Awqaf Dh 4.4 million and Finance ...  >>MORE

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UAQ Municipality to develop residential, industrial areas


Exchange of expertise vital for developing modern Arab cities


Preventing an urban explosion


Abu Dhabi reclaims sea for mega tourism project


Dubai Creek resort to be developed


Major civic projects in Khalifa cities soon


Dh650m Dubai Maritime City announced


Over Dh 14 billion spent in investment projects in 10 years


New city to be built at Al Oha


Green Community Phase II plan set to be finalised


Sharjah Municipality to enforce demolition of old buildings


Integrated plan to help Dubai grow


Silicon Oasis project to be established in Dubai


Dubai described as model city


Council reviews Deira Corniche plan


Al Ras Creek beautification project finalised


Several projects to get underway


Knowledge Village plans new facility


Multitude of mega projects marks Abu Dhabi construction sector


Extensive efforts see Sharjah green areas grow manifold


Abu Dhabi to get new corniche


Dubai goes greener


Plan to build 6,819 housing units


Corniche Park starts taking shape in Abu Dhabi


Municipality okays mega complex


Dubai plans biggest flower carpet


Dh59 billion spent on Abu Dhabi development


Dubai led 2002 with mega projects


Investment programme costs hit Dh 9b in 2002


Dh25 billion project to come us next year


EMAAR set to get into mega mall business


Dubai to invest US$28b in new projects


Abu Dhabi to invite tenders for 502 projects


RAK greenery project underway


New wildlife sanctuary in capital


Private sector builds Dh6.1b projects in '01


Federal projects cost rise


Dh10m sewerage project at Dibba Al Hosn


Al Ain gets bedecked to welcome more tourists


UNDP helps in preparing development plans


PW projects receive Dh247.4m over first eight months