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World-class equestrian and polo club to be built at Dubailand

Posted on 20/03/2004

The rapidly increasing awareness about Dubai's most ambitious on-going project, the AED 18 billion Dubailand, has succeeded in attracting Plantation Holdings to set up a vast new upscale Equestrian and Polo facility at Dubailand. Salem Bin Dasmal, Chief Executive of Dubai Tourism Development Company, which manages Dubailand, and DDIA Deputy Director General, welcomed the entry of Plantation Holdings into Dubailand. Bin Dasmal said that the 2 billion square feet Dubailand has been launched ...  >>MORE

Dewan to build Thuraya Tower at Dubai Media City

Posted on 19/03/2004

The Dubai ReadyMix Group has awarded Dewan Al Emara Architects and Engineers, the consultancy, design and supervision of a 30-storey tower at Dubai Media City. Dewan Al Emara has recently re-established its Baghdad office and is actively taking part in the massive reconstruction requirements of Iraq. Part of the Dubai ReadyMix Group's real estate expansion plan, Thuraya Tower will be located at the side entrance of Dubai Media City and will overlook the Dubai Marina. "Excavation and ...  >>MORE

Construction contributes 17.2pc to Dubai GDP

Posted on 17/03/2004

Dubai's construction sector, which has witnessed strong growth in the last few years, now contributes 17.2 per cent to the emirate's GDP, according to a senior government official. The number of building permits issued by Dubai Municipality in January stood at 1,702. Dubai Municipality last year issued 21,293 building licences, an increase of 21.97 per cent compared with 17,457 licences issued in 2002, according to Khalid Mohammed Saleh, head of the Municipality's Building Permits and Systems ...  >>MORE

Market demolition date deferred

Posted on 17/03/2004

The proposed demolition of the Al Hamriyah Fruit and Vegetable Market has been given deferred by four months. Traders had been told to relocate their stalls to Al Awir by April but can now remain at their current location for another four months. This is because the building of a new accommodation block to house market workers has been delayed. Municipal workers are obliged to work with market traders, according to the directives of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality issues license for 16-storey building in Dubai Marina

Posted on 17/03/2004

Dubai Municipality has recently issued the license to build a 16-story building in Dubai Marina at a cost of Dhs64 million. Engineer Khalid Mohammed Saleh, Head of the Building Licenses Section at the Building and Housing Department of the Municipality said the proposed building would comprise residential apartments, offices and shops in addition to a large car park. The building will have three basements, ground floor, service floor and 16 upper stories. The total built-up area will be ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai to be showcased at Paris expo

Posted on 09/03/2004

EMAAR Properties will showcase Burj Dubai, set to become the world's tallest tower, and its other master-planned developments at the MIPIM exhibition. A high level delegation of senior officials from the region's largest real estate development company will attend the property event for the first time. The exhibition – now in its 15th year – runs from March 9 to 12 at Palais des Festivals and attracts leading real estate sector players from Europe, North America and Asia. The centrepiece of ...  >>MORE

DIFC projects lure global investors

Posted on 18/02/2004

Almost 100 investors have shown interest in the land development projects announced by Dubai International Financial Centre. Lawrence C. Elms, chief executive officer of Land Co, the land development arm of the Centre, said these include possible bidders from the US, Switzerland and Monaco and regional investors from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The land development plan envisages the creation of state-of-the-art infrastructure and scores of high-rise buildings on the 110-acre DIFC site within ...  >>MORE

Dubailand to attract Dh20b

Posted on 10/02/2004

Dubailand will be twice the size of Disneyworld in Florida and 100 times the size of Monaco. A ground-breaking Dh20 billion plan to develop Dubailand - the emirate's largest tourism project which will see the construction of 50 new hotels and resorts - was unveiled yesterday against a background of a jump in the number of tourists visiting Dubai. The massive project, forecast to be twice the size of Disneyworld in Florida, will add 50,000 rooms to 285 hotels and 150 serviced apartments, Salem ...  >>MORE

Dubailand details project segments

Posted on 10/02/2004

At full bloom, the Dh20 billion Dubailand project will encompass over 45 leisure, entertainment and tourist facilities, according to the top official of the operating company overseeing the project. The initial spadework on the project site, which will eventually cover two million square feet, has already started on the Emirates Ring Road. Of the six components that will form part of Dubailand, the 'Attraction and Experience World' is expected to take up the biggest chunk of the investments ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi firm inks deal for Dh750m Capital Plaza project

Posted on 07/01/2004

The Real Estate Investment and Services Company yesterday signed a financial arrangement with a consortium of Abu Dhabi banks led by National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the First Gulf Bank, Union Bank and Commercial Bank of Abu Dhabi to construct a Dh750 million Capital Plaza Commercial Development Project. The project will be located on the Corniche road in Abu Dhabi. Hamad Rashid Al Nuaimi, chairman of Real Estate Investment and Services Company said: "The tender for the project will start on 25th ...  >>MORE

Emirates Glass wins deal to 'clothe' The Gate

Posted on 23/11/2003

Emirates Glass, subsidiary of Dubai Investment, has won the contract to "clothe" The Gate - the entrance to the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The Al Quoz-based glass producer has won the contract to supply a massive 10,000 square metres of its EmiCool Super E2 glass for the facade of The Gate. Deliveries start this month and will be completed by January. This has been achieved against aggressive international competition. The Gate will be an international landmark symbolising ...  >>MORE

Federal investment programme costs hit Dh 7.9 b in 2003

Posted on 22/11/2003

The total allocations for the federal investment programme for 2003 stood at Dh 1.9 billion, with under-way projects accounting for 65.9 per cent or Dh 1.24 billion, according to Planning Minister. 'Total costs of new and under-construction development projects during 2003 reached Dh 7.9 billion,' said Sheikh Humaid bin Ahmed Al Mu'alla. The minister said in the federal investment programme report that bulk of the allocations were channelled into the basic services projects. 'A total of Dh ...  >>MORE

Ongoing local projects estimated to be worth Dh102b

Posted on 22/10/2003

The value of ongoing construction projects in the UAE is around Dh102 billion (US$28 billion), according to industry estimates. A majority of these are in Dubai. Besides, the freehold residential and commercial projects, about 50 hotels and a number of large shopping malls are being constructed, and this is driving the demand for construction materials. Additionally, these will also drive the demand for furniture and interior products. Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi international Airports are ...  >>MORE

Dubai gets tallest residential tower

Posted on 20/10/2003

The Al Rostamani Group has become the proud owner of the world's tallest residential building - the 21st Century Tower. Standing 269 metres high on the south side of Sheikh Zayed Road, the tower is also the 52nd tallest building in the world. Following their landmark projects - Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel - WS Atkins has designed the building. Research indicates that the 21st Century Tower has edged out Tower Palace Three (Tower G) in Seoul and the Trump World Tower in New York to ...  >>MORE

Dh200 million residential and office tower launched

Posted on 17/09/2003

Humaid bin Drai, a former senior Dubai Government official and Asteco Property Management has launched an eco-friendly and technologically advanced residential and office project on Sheikh Zayed Road. The project, Park Place, has been designed by an Australian firm, Cox Architecture Planning Design and inspired by the shape of a perfume bottle that Bin Drai came across 10 years ago. Once completed it will be a striking addition to the skyline on Sheikh Zayed Road. After completion the ...  >>MORE

Work on dredging begins at Dubai Maritime City

Posted on 26/08/2003

Work on the Dubai Maritime City has started with dredging and depositing of rocks off Dubai's mainland. Barges carried rocks and deposited them in the sea off Dubai Ports Authority's Port Rashid terminal and Dubai Drydocks according to a press release on Monday. The project is well under way and once complete, the Dubai Maritime City would provide the "ideal focal point for all maritime activity in the region.” Located between Dubai's Port Rashid terminal and Dubai Drydocks, it will be ...  >>MORE

Work on Dubai Pearl project to start soon

Posted on 24/08/2003

Construction work on Dubai Pearl, the Dh3 billion futuristic city, is to get into full gear by year-end with the vast project site - extending from the heart of the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone to the Palm Island - being fenced off. This landmark downtown concept, scheduled for completion in three years, encompasses Gulf's first opera house along with more than 2000 residences and offices, some 1500 hotel rooms and suites, a high-tech conference complex, a techno world, a massive ...  >>MORE

Dh 55 billion for Abu Dhabi development budget

Posted on 18/08/2003

The cost estimates of the Abu Dhabi development budget for the current year have totalled Dh 55.186 billion while the value of contracts has touched Dh 28.177 billion, it is disclosed here today. In a statement to WAM, Butti Al Qubeisi of the Abu Dhabi Planning Department, said that about Dh11.135 billion had been allocated for the annual plan of 2003, including direct labour funds. " The actual total expenditures of the development budget for the first half of 2003rose to about Dh 3.9 ...  >>MORE

New skyscrapers will soon change Sharjah's skyline

Posted on 11/08/2003

With commercial land at a premium in Sharjah, landlords are now reaching for the skies. The skyline of the emirate is slowly developing and the latest addition is a nearly-complete 42-floor apartment building. Al Noor Tower has a spectacular view taking in the Qasbah Canal, Khalid Lagoon, Mamzar Lake and the sea. It will be the tallest building in the emirate when the contractors hand over the project to the landlord in December this year, according to project engineer Hassan Hunish. Even ...  >>MORE

New sewage pumping station to be commissioned

Posted on 05/08/2003

The municipality will soon switch on a new sewage pumping station to cope with a growing population and geographical spread of the emirate. This project, in Al Ribat Road in the Ned Shama area, is part of a massive undertaking by Dubai Municipality for improving services and ensuring that the emirate has an infrastructure that will allow for further growth. Construction started last year and the project is expected to be ready this month. The final cost is expected to be about Dh70 million. ...  >>MORE

Construction continues on expansion, service projects

Posted on 29/07/2003

Government construction continues apace nationwide with the cost of current schemes by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing estimated at more than Dh240 million. The projects are aimed at fulfilling ambitious plans for healthcare, the expansion of government services and the construction of more mosques. A hospital being built in Kalba on the East Coast at a cost of Dh80 million tops a list of 12 projects which will soon be unveiled by the ministry. Engineer Ahmed Abdul Razzaq Yousuf, ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai to cost Dh3.9b

Posted on 21/06/2003

EMAAR Properties will spend about Dh3.9 billion to construct the world's tallest tower in Dubai. According to Mohammed Ali Alabbar, chairman of EMAAR Properties, the height of this tower, named Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower), is undecided. Burj Dubai, which will be built on Sheikh Zayed Road, will combine residential, commercial, hotel, entertainment and leisure outlets with open green spaces, water features, pedestrian boulevards, an 'old town' and one of the world's largest shopping malls. The ...  >>MORE

Infrastructure projects worth Dh5b underway in Western Region

Posted on 03/06/2003

Infrastructure projects worth about Dh5 billion are being carried out in Abu Dhabi's Western Region, a National Consultative Council (NCC) report said yesterday. According to the report prepared by the council's Committee for Western Region Affairs, the projects include new housing schemes, road networks, utility facilities and other civic services. The report, which was prepared by the committee after discussions with the authorities concerned, was presented before the council at its ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Public Works spends over Dh29 million on investment projects

Posted on 02/06/2003

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing has spent over Dh 29.5 million on investment projects in the month of May alone, bringing to about Dh 141 million the total of funds defrayed since the advent of present year up to the end of May. Of that amount, over Dh 50.343 million were spent on projects of the Ministry of Communications, Dh 46 million approximately on Education Ministry's projects and over Dh 8.668 million on health projects. The share of the Ministry of Public Affairs from these ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT’S new tower in Dubai

Posted on 25/05/2003

Dubai Municipality recently issued a licence to build a Dh302-million tower in the Al Kifaf area. Engineer Khalid Mohammed Saleh, head of the Building Licenses Section at the Building and Housing Department said the unique 31-storey building would comprise administration offices and communication facilities, in addition to a large car park. The building will have 3 basements, ground floors plus 31 upper stories. The total built up area will be more than 722,000 square feet while the plot area ...  >>MORE

Al Fattan to build towers at Marina

Posted on 20/05/2003

Al Fattan Real Estate Group will build two new residential towers in Dubai Marina at a cost of Dh492 million. Built on 8,733 sq.m with a construction area of 175,000 sq.m., Al Fattan Marina Towers are expected to be completed within two years and will be handed over in mid 2005. The contract for the new complex was yesterday signed by Al Fattan Real Estate Group, Nourer Consulting Group, the consultants and Arabtech, the contractor. Each residential tower will comprise 61 floors in addition to ...  >>MORE

Dubai building sector buzzing with activity

Posted on 30/04/2003

Construction activity in Dubai increased substantially during 2002 and the trend is continuing this year. Fears of the Iraq war having a negative impact on the construction sector have proved wrong. Work on all the major residential and commercial projects is continuing as planned. Meanwhile, Dubai Municipality's Licensing and Building Standards Section, in a recent report, approved 3,367 licensing applications from a total of 4,617 received during the third quarter of 2002. The rate of ...  >>MORE

Dubai convention centre construction completed

Posted on 08/04/2003

Construction of the Dh536 million Dubai International Convention Centre has been completed and furnishing will start soon. The centre will host the joint annual meeting of the governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in September 2003. Main features of the centre that would enhance Dubai's profile as an international conferences and exhibitions venue are a multipurpose hall, concourse, multi-storey car parking facility, 14-storey office building, podium and two hotels. ...  >>MORE

Phase one of the Dubai Investments Park inaugurated

Posted on 30/03/2003

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, saw the current difficult circumstances facing the region as short-term disruption and hoped they would disappear. Inaugurating the fully-leased phase one of the Dh1.5 billion Dubai Investments Park and laying the foundation for phase two, Sheikh Hamdan yesterday stressed that the UAE encourages the private sector to invest locally though it is does not prevent them from investing abroad -once ...  >>MORE

Hamdan to open Dh1.5b Investments Park

Posted on 24/03/2003

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, will inaugurate on March 29, the huge Dubai Investments Park which is being developed at a total cost of Dh1.5 billion. The first phase of the region's only privately developed and managed fully integrated investment zone, which offers local and foreign investors a range of unique benefits, facilities and services, has been completed. The Park, the only one to be launched by the private ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Rashid reviews model designs of Federal Ministries complex

Posted on 03/03/2003

Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler, Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of the Emirates Real Estates Corporation yesterday reviewed a number of design models for the Federal Ministries Complex in Abu Dhabi. Work will begin on the complex after six months from the approval of the ideal design. Sheikh Hamdan ordered the formation of a technical panel to study the models and recommend the best one for final approval. Sheikh Hamdan asked the officials overseeing the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah to build Dh60m court complex

Posted on 02/03/2003

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing will build a one-stop court and prosecution complex in Sharjah at a total cost of Dh60 million. Faud Bukhash, Director of the Ministry's Building Design Department, told Gulf News yesterday that the ministry started construction last month and work is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2004. The complex will have in its premises the civil court, appeal court, Al Sharia, Public Prosecution, Appeals Prosecution, the Justice Department ...  >>MORE

Dubai to build world's tallest tower

Posted on 25/02/2003

EMAAR Properties, the UAE's premier real-estate development company, today announced its intention to start the construction of the world's tallest building in 2003. Mohammed Al Abbar, EMAAR's Board Chairman, said that the new building would further boost Dubai's already booming construction progress. Talking during the company's fifth General Assembly, Al Abbar said that the new building which would introduce new engineering standards would be an architectural masterpiece that would compete in ...  >>MORE

Yet another jewel in Dubai's crown

Posted on 20/02/2003

After delays due to gusty winds, the world's longest footbridge was finally lifted and put in place yesterday in Dubai, adding a new architectural signature to the city's fast-changing skyline. The 73-metre footbridge linked the 19th floors of two Marriott Executive Apartments near the Clock Tower roundabout in Deira. It will give residents of the towers' apartments access to the shared leisure facilities including a swimming pool, gym and sauna. The footbridge beats the current record ...  >>MORE

Dubai Investments Park gets 99-year lease-hold

Posted on 08/02/2003

The Dubai Government has raised the 30-year leasehold period granted for the Dubai Investments Park (DIP) up to 99 years. DIP, which is being developed, managed, and operated by the Dubai Investments Park Development Co (DIPDC), is approximately 3.5 kilometres in width and 9.7 kilometres in length. DIPDC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments, which has been set up to promote investments in Dubai, with an authorised capital of Dh1.3 billion - in which 50 per cent is paid up. The ...  >>MORE

UAE drafts common contractors' classification code

Posted on 30/01/2003

Sharjah - The UAE Contractors' Association has finalised a mechanism to classify contracting companies in a bid to find solutions for problems facing them and upgrade their performance. The Association's higher technical consultation committee met yesterday to review the final touches of the draft guidelines and form. Mohammed Al Moazen, chairman of the committee, said the committee would seek observations and views of other specialised public and private bodies before approving the final ...  >>MORE

World’s longest walkway to grace Dubai’s skyline

Posted on 18/11/2002

Dubai has set in motion the process to add another world's first to its long list of attractions with the scheduled installation of the longest pedestrian bridge between two buildings near its landmark Creek Tower. The 74-metre long bridge will link the twin 17-storey Skywalk Towers at the top. The Skywalk Towers houses the J.W. Marriot's first ever Executive Apartments in the Middle East. Ranked 35th on the list of world's best skylines, Dubai elbowed out Malaysia with till now had the world's ...  >>MORE

Mohammed approves final masterplan of Festival City

Posted on 13/11/2002

The final masterplan of the Dh14.68 billion (US$4 billion) Dubai Festival City, which will be ready in ten years, has been endorsed by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence. The Dh5.50 billion (US$1.5 billion) first phase of the four million square metre project is being undertaken by Al Naboodah and Al Futtaim Tarmac, said Omar Al Futtaim, chief executive officer of Al Futtaim Group, project developers. He said Global Village, an ...  >>MORE

Oasis Learning ventures into infrastructure assets

Posted on 07/11/2002

In another first, Oasis International Leasing (Al Waha) is expanding its asset portfolio to include infrastructure such as power generation plants and high value medical equipment, a top company official said. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors are likely to take up 49 per cent equity in the company, while the proposed rights issue to enlarge the company's share capital by Dh200 million will take place at an opportune time. Mohammed Saif Al Mazrouei, chairman, Oasis Leasing, said that ...  >>MORE

Dubai’s construction sector slows down in first half

Posted on 27/10/2002

Dubai's construction sector witnessed a slowdown during the first and second quarters of this year compared with the same period last year, according to recently released Dubai Municipality figures. A comparison between figures of the second quarter of 2002 and those of the same period last year indicates that the number of buildings decreased by 1.3 per cent and the value of completed buildings went down by 34.4 per cent. Despite this slowdown, the construction sector actually picked up ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi spends Dh150b in key projects

Posted on 07/10/2002

Abu Dhabi has pumped more than Dh150 billion into infrastructure and other development projects over the past 34 years to take advantage of its massive oil resources and transform the former desert oasis into a modern city. Such investments have totalled Dh151.8 billion ("41.3 billion) since 1968, two years after President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan took over as Ruler of Abu Dhabi in 1966, according to the Abu Dhabi Planning Department. The investments by the government ...  >>MORE

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World-class equestrian and polo club to be built at Dubailand


Dewan to build Thuraya Tower at Dubai Media City


Construction contributes 17.2pc to Dubai GDP


Market demolition date deferred


Dubai Municipality issues license for 16-storey building in Dubai Marina


Burj Dubai to be showcased at Paris expo


DIFC projects lure global investors


Dubailand to attract Dh20b


Dubailand details project segments


Abu Dhabi firm inks deal for Dh750m Capital Plaza project


Emirates Glass wins deal to 'clothe' The Gate


Federal investment programme costs hit Dh 7.9 b in 2003


Ongoing local projects estimated to be worth Dh102b


Dubai gets tallest residential tower


Dh200 million residential and office tower launched


Work on dredging begins at Dubai Maritime City


Work on Dubai Pearl project to start soon


Dh 55 billion for Abu Dhabi development budget


New skyscrapers will soon change Sharjah's skyline


New sewage pumping station to be commissioned


Construction continues on expansion, service projects


Burj Dubai to cost Dh3.9b


Infrastructure projects worth Dh5b underway in Western Region


Ministry of Public Works spends over Dh29 million on investment projects


ETISALAT’S new tower in Dubai


Al Fattan to build towers at Marina


Dubai building sector buzzing with activity


Dubai convention centre construction completed


Phase one of the Dubai Investments Park inaugurated


Hamdan to open Dh1.5b Investments Park


Hamdan bin Rashid reviews model designs of Federal Ministries complex


Sharjah to build Dh60m court complex


Dubai to build world's tallest tower


Yet another jewel in Dubai's crown


Dubai Investments Park gets 99-year lease-hold


UAE drafts common contractors' classification code


World’s longest walkway to grace Dubai’s skyline


Mohammed approves final masterplan of Festival City


Oasis Learning ventures into infrastructure assets


Dubai’s construction sector slows down in first half


Abu Dhabi spends Dh150b in key projects