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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - URBAN DEVELOPMENT

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

Township for nationals coming up in Sharjah

Posted on 30/08/2002

A 6,000-plot township with a whole range of civic facilities for nationals is being developed at Al Thaib area along Dhaid-Kalbaa Road, a senior official told "The Gulf Today” yesterday. Eng. Obaid A Althuneiji, member of the Sharjah Executive Council and director-general of the Town Planning and Survey Department of the Government of Sharjah, said the new suburban township will be equipped with all necessary facilities so that the residents need not come to the city for any of their needs. The ...  >>MORE

More areas landscaped in Al Ain

Posted on 21/08/2002

The Forest Department of the Ruler's Representative Court in the Eastern Region has recently completed landscaping 2,000 hectares in Ushoush, Rudha, and Al Leseed areas. The project is implemented under close supervision from Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The Department of Public Parks at Al Ain Municipality and Town Planning is carrying out a series of new projects at a cost of Dh95 million. These ...  >>MORE

DWTC on target for Dh850m exhibition, convention centre

Posted on 13/08/2002

Construction work is on round-the-clock for the Dh850 million development of the Dubai International Exhibition Centre and Convention Centre, which is to host the IMF and World Bank summit in September 2003. The site - which presently houses the Dubai World Trade Centre Tower, Dubai International Exhibition Centre (DIEC), and Dubai International Hotel Apartments - will soon include a convention centre, Dubai World Trade Centre Tower II, DWTC Novotel Hotel, DWTC Ibis Business Hotel, and a ...  >>MORE

Amusement hub at Corniche

Posted on 07/08/2002

From a narrow, nondescript sandy stretch before President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan took over as the ruler of Abu Dhabi emirate, the city's Corniche is set to turn into the Gulf region's 'Disneyland' when a major development project is completed. More than one billion plants will be used to give the project a natural touch along with its recreational facilities and modern roads, parks, tunnels and fountains that will ensure the Corniche remains one of the country's hallmarks for a long ...  >>MORE

PW Ministry spends Dh 160.7m over seven months

Posted on 06/08/2002

Spendings of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing on its investment projects totalled Dh 160.7 million over the first seven months of the year. The money went to projects in the ministries of Interior, Justice, Islamic Affairs and Awqaf, Finance and Industry, Education, Health, Public Works and Housing, Communications, Agriculture and Fisheries and Labour and Social Affairs. The ministry of Communications took the lion share with its spending reaching Dh 66.1 million. (The Emirates News ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi ladies beach to get facelift

Posted on 06/08/2002

Women in Abu Dhabi will enjoy better swimming facilities after the completion of an expansion project to be launched at the Ladies Beach, it was reported yesterday. The project has been launched on the orders of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, wife of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Chairperson of the UAE General Women's Union. The Dh35-million project, to be completed within a year, includes extension of the beach and construction of restaurants, a ...  >>MORE

Development plan will change the face of RAK

Posted on 04/08/2002

Ras Al Khaimah will metamorphose by 2009 thanks to a plan drawn up by UN experts. Some steps have been implemented, says Mubarak Ali Al Shamsi, Director General of Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, and others will soon take shape to change life forever. Al Shamsi gives Gulf News a glimpse of that ambitious plan. What are the main features of the plan? Development of agriculture is a top priority. UAE national farmers have been facing problems relating to water and irrigation and marketing. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to renovate irrigation lines

Posted on 29/07/2002

Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning has initiated a project for the renovation of irrigation water stations and extension of irrigation lines in all residential, industrial and commercial areas in the capital. Feri Hassan Al Mazroai, project in-charge, said the work was divided into several projects with some still in the planning stage and others under study such as irrigation services in the region between Khalifa city section-A and Airport Road till Al Shahama, costing over Dhs35 ...  >>MORE

Work in progress on Dh410 million projects

Posted on 27/07/2002

Social Services and Trade Buildings Department in Abu Dhabi will implement 37 projects at cost of Dh410 million ($45 million), in different areas in the emirate. In a report issued on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the accession of the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the department mentioned the completion of 6,000 projects at a total cost of Dh35 billion (about 10 billion) since its establishment, and provided more than 100,000 housing ...  >>MORE

Dubai plans sewage treatment plant in Jebel Ali

Posted on 25/07/2002

To cope with the rapid development of Dubai, the municipality is planning to construct a new sewage treatment plant in Jebel Ali.The plant will service various ongoing projects in the region, such as Emirates Hills, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, and other ambitious residential and commercial complexes rapidly coming up there, an official statement said yesterday. The project forms part of the emirate's strategic development plan extending to 2012. Green areas in Dubai now cover ...  >>MORE

AD Municipality to spend Dh 4.2b on infrastructure sector

Posted on 13/07/2002

Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department is currently undertaking 200 infrastructure and sewerage projects at a total cost of Dh 4.2 billion to meet the urban, industrial, socio-economic expansion and rapid increase in population. A report by the Department's Sewerage Projects Committee said 23 projects costing Dh 545.8 million had been achieved last year. ' Fourty nine projects at a gross value of Dh 1.1 billion are under- construction. Operational contracts for drainage networks ...  >>MORE

Ruwais city sports a new look with big expansion

Posted on 13/07/2002

Ruwais city, located 250 kilometres away from Abu Dhabi, has recently undergone a massive expansion with newly built 836 one to five-bedroom apartments. All the new apartments have modern furnishing and fittings and are pleasantly set amid landscaped grounds. Before the expansion, the city had 1,357 residential units ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom executive villas. Two new mosques and three schools have also been added along with a new road network. The city has its ...  >>MORE

Ajman moves to acquire newer look

Posted on 10/07/2002

Ajman Municipality has finished drawing up comprehensive plans to develop its infrastructure with the aim of attracting investment, further developing tourism and offering better services. The plans - some of them are already being implemented - takes into consideration the population growth and urban expansions, noted Ali Abdulla Al Hamrani, director general of Ajman Municipality, in an exclusive interview with Gulf News. The municipality, he said, has studied the re-planning of the emirate ...  >>MORE

Dh1.6 billion projects nearing completion

Posted on 05/07/2002

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing is in the process of completing housing, maintenance and restoration projects worth Dh1.6 billion. The projects include those being implemented for the Ministry of Public Works and Housing at an estimated cost of Dh1.4 billion, six projects for the Ministry of Justice, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs worth Dh96 million, two projects for the Ministry of Information and Culture valued at Dh33 million and one project for the Ministry of Finance and Industry. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans 17 more parking lots

Posted on 01/07/2002

The Abu Dhabi Municipality will be building 17 car parks in the capital under a master plan spending Dh450 million to ease parking problems. Despite the three underground car parkings in the capital near Abu Dhabi Investment Authority with a capacity for 727 cars, Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre car park for 371 cars and the Zaker Hotel accommodating about 300 cars, the problems seem to be growing. According to an official of the municipality, there will be enough parking places in Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Contractors in UAE to execute Dh20b projects

Posted on 22/06/2002

The UAE's construction sector will execute Dh20 billion worth of projects this year, the highest in a year so far, despite a decline in the number of projects. "The UAE construction section is facing a great challenge. Despite the fact that over 16,000 companies in the sector would together execute Dh20 billion worth of projects this year, the number of projects are continuously on the decline, said Rashed Ahmed Rashed, General Manager of the UAE Contractor's Association. "This amount is ...  >>MORE

Public Works Ministry spends Dh108.5 m in five months

Posted on 03/06/2002

Spending of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing on its investment projects totalled Dh 108.5 million in the five months of the year. A ministry report said that the Ministry of Communications had taken the lion share of Dh 47.4 million of the total allocations. Second in line was the Ministry of Education with its projects spending Dh 21 million, followed by the Interior Ministry with Dh 19.1 million. The ministries of Public Works, Health, Labour and Social Affairs, Finance and Industry ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Butti inaugurates Abu Dhabi-Geneva Flower Clock

Posted on 01/05/2002

Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning, yesterday inaugurated the Geneva flower clock presented by the City of Geneva to H.H the President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as a token of appreciation of the love and affection the President has shown to Geneva and Switzerland. The clock is set up in a scenic site next to the Sheraton Hotel. Present alongside Sheikh Butti was Manuel Tornare, Mayor ...  >>MORE

Corniche expansion work in high gear

Posted on 01/05/2002

Bulldozers rumble day and night to bury the water off Abu Dhabi city as part of a major project to expand its landmark Corniche and ease traffic pressure on one of the biggest seaside roads in the region, officials said yesterday. In a little over a month after forcing their way into the azure Gulf waters that surround the capital, an area of more than three square kilometres has been buried by earth extracted from the seabed, expanding the area of the city itself. The Corniche road is ...  >>MORE

Virtual reference system to help surveyors, GPS users

Posted on 29/04/2002

Dubai Municipality has set up a Dh2.5 million Dubai Virtual Reference System (DVRS) comprising a main control station and five external stations to provide solutions for engineers in the field of surveying and construction and for all users of the Global Positioning System or GPS in the emirate. According to Head of the Survey Section at the Planning and Surveying Department of Dubai Municipality Abdullah Ahmed Al Habbai the project will be useful for conducting scientific studies by ...  >>MORE

New frontage for Diera Corniche

Posted on 24/04/2002

The Deira Corniche will have a new frontage at a cost of Dh3.307 billion. Dubai Municipality will develop the Corniche next year and it will cover the area between Al Hamriya Port and Rashid Port, according to Qassim Sultan, Director General of the civic body. It is one of the most important development projects. It will develop the seafront which will be unique and beautiful. It will offer additional open and private beaches. The project will also offer land for urban development in the ...  >>MORE

UAE urbanisation level to reach 96pc by 2030

Posted on 09/04/2002

The UAE's current level of urbanisation, at 85 per cent, is set to hit 96 per cent by 2030, a top town-planning administrator from Lebanon indicated. He praised the UAE's dynamic but structured urban growth due to the visionary leadership, but warned the Arab world at large that unbridled urbanisation could well "ruralise the cities". He urged Arab countries to chalk out comprehensive plans to control the headlong rush towards urbanisation. The pressure from people in remote rural areas ...  >>MORE

Dh4.6b allocated for public projects

Posted on 06/04/2002

The Cabinet has allocated a Dh4.6 billion budget for the Ministry of Public Works and Housing to execute infrastructure projects this year. The projects that are to be taken up by the ministry will also include that of various other ministries. Speaking to Gulf News, Ibrahim Abdul Malik Mohammed, Assistant Undersecretary, Finance and Administration, Ministry of Public Works and Housing, pointed out that the Ministry has decided to spend Dh752.4 million out of the Dh4.6 billion. The remaining ...  >>MORE

Dubai development plan chalked out

Posted on 04/04/2002

As Dubai continues to transform rapidly, the civic body has chalked out a sustainable development plan until 2015. Dubai Municipality has allocated Dh5.1 billion to set up housing projects according to the plan, says a report by the Planning Survey Department. Some 32,000 buildings are needed, and each year 1,900 will be built costing Dh122 million. Each housing project will be be built over on area of 10,000 square feet. The municipality expects that the size of each family will reduce every ...  >>MORE

Dubai’s industrial Jaddaf area to be developed in 2003

Posted on 04/04/2002

Dubai Municipality will begin the redevelopment of the industrial Al Jaddaf area on the Creek in 2003, according to Qassim Sultan, Director General of the municipality on 30 March. The area will have 6,819 housing units for 34,000 people. Al Jaddaf will become a residential, commercial and entertainment area with an open beach, a park, a mosque and a shopping mall. The existing industrial users of this land will be relocated to Port Rashid and landowners will be given land elsewhere. ...  >>MORE

Dubai's rosy economy all set to bloom

Posted on 31/03/2002

Dubai's economy is set to bloom thanks to a Dh290 million flower trading facility to be built at Dubai International Airport. The 30,000-square metre Dubai Flower Centre, which will be built next to the Cargo Village, is expected to trade between 250,000 to 300,000 tonnes of flowers a year - generating billions of dirhams in turnover, confirmed Khalifa Al Zaffin, engineering projects director, Dubai Civil Aviation (DCA). Currently, this one-of-its-kind facility in the region is in the design ...  >>MORE

Al Jaddaf area to be developed next year

Posted on 31/03/2002

Dubai Municipality will start by the end of next year the development of Al Jaddaf area, said Qassim Sultan, Director General of the municipality. Sultan 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 6,819 housing units which will accommodate around 34,000 people," Sultan said. He explained that the commercial buildings which will be built will ...  >>MORE

UAE observes Arab town day

Posted on 16/03/2002

The UAE joined, yesterday other Arab countries in celebrating the Arab Town day. The day, which coincides the anniversary of founding the Arab Town Organisation (ATO) in 1967, is being observed under the theme "Planning and development of local resources for better reality in towns". Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department, praised today sound policies adopted by President ...  >>MORE

Final design of Dubai Festival City okayed

Posted on 15/03/2002

The final design elements of Dubai Festival City were recently endorsed by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister. Sheikh Mohammed sanctioned the development after viewing a scale model and the final blueprints of the first phase of the 'city within a city' during a recent visit to the project's exhibition barge moored on the Dubai Creek. The project was made public during last year's Dubai Shopping Festival opening ceremony. The first ...  >>MORE

Dh750m road projects completed in Dubai

Posted on 28/02/2002

Dubai Municipality's Roads Department completed road projects worth nearly Dh750 million last year. These included the Dh68.6 million Ring Road third phase; the new Dh47.4 million vegetable and fruit market roads at Al Aweer; the Dh40.1 million interchange at Al Mamzar; the Dh25.5. million Port Saeed road network; the Dh24 million renovation at Al Mamzar Corniche; the Dh23.2 million road network at Za'abeel; and the road work at Al Khawaneej that cost Dh21.2 million. Other projects below the ...  >>MORE

Phase II of Corniche project takes off

Posted on 26/02/2002

The second phase of the Abu Dhabi Corniche project has got under way, with an extensive beautification scheme being planned as well as the shifting of the existing Corniche Street. A senior Abu Dhabi municipality official said this is being carried out under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's business centre to be replaced

Posted on 26/02/2002

Abu Dhabi is planning to replace its oldest commercial centre with a traditional and heritage bazaar as part of its long-term development plan stretching until 2010, according to the municipality. Hamdan's old marketplace will be demolished to give way to another souq "reflecting the UAE's past and present", according to the municipality's blueprint, which was published in the semi-official daily, Al Ittihad. The blueprint includes several other projects involving greening, setting up more ...  >>MORE

90 per cent of Dubai will be urban by 2015

Posted on 04/02/2002

Dubai will have nearly 90 per cent of its urban area developed by the year 2015. The urban development plan for Dubai envisages an enhanced role for the emirate as a financial, commercial and tourist centre, Qassim Sultan, Director General of Dubai Municipality said on Sunday. Presenting the future urban development strategy for the emirate of Dubai at the monthly business meeting of the French Business Council, Sultan said the comprehensive development strategy was based on the prime ...  >>MORE

Dubai gives land for EMAAR project

Posted on 22/12/2001

The Dubai Government has donated land for EMAAR Properties to develop its new multi-billion dirham project for golf and equestrian activities that will also include a luxury resort hotel, residential and commercial facilities. The large-scale, unique flagship project is located in the juncture of three key ring roads leading to Al Ain, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The area of land for the new project, which will commence construction in February 2002, totals 125 million square feet. The Board of ...  >>MORE

New traffic control system launched in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 19/12/2001

Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department has launched a new state-of-the-art traffic control system. The closed TV circuit, CTVC, is part of a master plan aimed at improving traffic network in the capital. The project included the setting up of an integrated network of traffic signals to control the traffic and pedestrian movement at the junctions and other locations on busy roads. The network links several control points to the main control centre based at the municipality. The ...  >>MORE

Zayed mosque in Al Ain

Posted on 08/12/2001

The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan mosque at Gemi in Al Ain was re-opened yesterday by Faraj bin Hamouda Al Dhahiri, board member of the Zayed Foundation for Charitable Works, on behalf of Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Under Secretary of Ministry of Finance and Industry and Board Chairman of the Foundation. The opening ceremony was attended by Ali Al Hashemi, Advisor at the President's Court for Religious and Judicial Affairs, senior officials at Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Awqaf and ...  >>MORE

Dubai names streets after famous Arab cities

Posted on 28/11/2001

Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, and Chairman of Dubai Municipality Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued a local order naming some of the unnamed streets of Dubai after prominent Arab cities, a municipality press release said on Tuesday. The local order will be applicable to all maps, drawings and related documents issued by authorities concerned in Dubai. The streets and the names were picked up on the basis of a study conducted by the Planning and ...  >>MORE

UAE spends US$225b on development

Posted on 11/11/2001

The UAE has pumped almost quarter of a trillion dollars into development and infrastructure projects since it was founded 30 years ago, according to an official report. The massive investments sharply boosted growth and pushed the value added in various sectors from only Dh17.9 billion (US$4.8 billion) in 1980 to Dh174.7 billion (US$47.6 billion) by the end of 2000, the planning ministry said in its report on transport, communication and storage sector in the UAE. Investments in that sector ...  >>MORE

Dh43.3m project to upgrade Ras Al Khor Interchange approved

Posted on 30/10/2001

A Dh43.3 million tender to upgrade the Ras Al Khor Interchange at the Nadd Al Hammar Road junction was approved by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality. Qassim Sultan, Director General of Dubai Municipality, noted that the project was presented to the municipality chairman for approval after the municipality's Technical Committee had approved it earlier this month. Sultan said that the project ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Executive Council approves Corniche project

Posted on 27/10/2001

The Abu Dhabi Executive Council has approved the designs and preparations made to begin the second phase of the beautification project for the Corniche road. The project, which seeks to expand the Corniche road to ensure free flow of motor traffic, to provide more parking lots along the road in the City Centre and to modernise the recreational areas along the Corniche by setting up gardens and other attractive recreation structures, is being executed in line with the commitment by H.H. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

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PW projects receive Dh247.4m over first eight months


Township for nationals coming up in Sharjah


More areas landscaped in Al Ain


DWTC on target for Dh850m exhibition, convention centre


Amusement hub at Corniche


PW Ministry spends Dh 160.7m over seven months


Abu Dhabi ladies beach to get facelift


Development plan will change the face of RAK


Abu Dhabi to renovate irrigation lines


Work in progress on Dh410 million projects


Dubai plans sewage treatment plant in Jebel Ali


AD Municipality to spend Dh 4.2b on infrastructure sector


Ruwais city sports a new look with big expansion


Ajman moves to acquire newer look


Dh1.6 billion projects nearing completion


Abu Dhabi plans 17 more parking lots


Contractors in UAE to execute Dh20b projects


Public Works Ministry spends Dh108.5 m in five months


Sheikh Butti inaugurates Abu Dhabi-Geneva Flower Clock


Corniche expansion work in high gear


Virtual reference system to help surveyors, GPS users


New frontage for Diera Corniche


UAE urbanisation level to reach 96pc by 2030


Dh4.6b allocated for public projects


Dubai development plan chalked out


Dubai’s industrial Jaddaf area to be developed in 2003


Dubai's rosy economy all set to bloom


Al Jaddaf area to be developed next year


UAE observes Arab town day


Final design of Dubai Festival City okayed


Dh750m road projects completed in Dubai


Phase II of Corniche project takes off


Abu Dhabi's business centre to be replaced


90 per cent of Dubai will be urban by 2015


Dubai gives land for EMAAR project


New traffic control system launched in Abu Dhabi


Zayed mosque in Al Ain


Dubai names streets after famous Arab cities


UAE spends US$225b on development


Dh43.3m project to upgrade Ras Al Khor Interchange approved


Abu Dhabi Executive Council approves Corniche project