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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT

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

Tallest Dubai Marina tower tops out at 40th floor

Posted on 06/10/2002

Al Murjan, the first and tallest of the six towers that constitute Phase 1 of the multi-billion dollar Dubai Marina being developed by EMAAR Properties, has marked its topping out ceremony. Dubai Marina promises to be 'a city within a city' and marks one of the Gulf's biggest building projects. On completion, the 50 million square-foot project will house luxury residential and leisure facilities covering 2.89 square kilometres. A whole range of spectacular skyscrapers at Dubai Marina will ...  >>MORE

Dh292m spent on investment projects by ministry

Posted on 02/10/2002

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing has spent Dh292 million on investment projects from January-September 2002. The highest amount of money was allocated to projects commissioned by the Ministry of Transportation amounting to Dh127 million followed by projects of the Ministry of Education and Youth which was to the tune of Dh58 million. Projects of the Ministry of Public Works and Housing were allocated Dh44 million while the Ministry of Interior received Dh28 million. The Ministry of ...  >>MORE

UAE building activity could exceed Dh20b

Posted on 14/08/2002

The overall value of construction activity in the UAE could well exceed Dh20 billion this year, according to industry sources. In Dubai alone, currently 730 multi-storeyed buildings are being constructed. This is apart from the residential neighbourhood projects undertaken by EMAAR and Union Properties. Recently, a joint venture between Union Properties and Dubai Investments, known as Property Investments, awarded the Dh168 million Green Community project contract to Belhasa Engineering and ...  >>MORE

Supreme council for building sector likely

Posted on 03/08/2002

A supreme council for the UAE's construction sector is likely to be set up this year to regulate, monitor and unify building and construction codes that will reduce disputes, payment-related issues and other problems, said a top industry official. Explaining the need for such a council, Rashed said all the seven municipalities had their own building codes. Rashed said building and construction in the UAE was of high quality and matched international standards. "Our construction is the best ...  >>MORE

37 projects worth Dh410m planned in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 28/07/2002

Thirty-seven projects together entailing an outlay of Dh410 million will be implemented in various areas by the Social Services and Trade Buildings Department in Abu Dhabi. In a report issued on the 36th anniversary of the Accession of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, the department noted it has completed 6,000 projects at a total cost of Dh35 billion since its establishment. It has also provided over 100,000 housing units, the report added. ...  >>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

Abu Dhabi's GIC scrapped, panel set up

Posted on 04/07/2002

Abu Dhabi-based General Industry Corp (GIC) has been abolished. Instead a new high-level committee has been set up to supervise industrialisation in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, top officials confirmed. The new committee is headed by Sheikh Hamid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Economic Department. "The new committee will oversee the operations of GIC and will also implement the functions assigned to it by the Executive Council," said Saeed Saif bin Jabr Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Abu ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans to expand sewage

Posted on 30/06/2002

Abu Dhabi has launched a drive to expand its water sewage systems in Wathba and other remote areas to protect the environment and serve the fast growing population. The Abu Dhabi Municipality said it had almost completed a Dh 60 million project to expand the existing sewage network in Wathba and Bani Yas and to set up new projects. The projects have a treatment capacity of around 3.5 million gallons per day and will serve at least 40,000 people in those areas. "Wathba and Bani Yas have ...  >>MORE

Dh15 million for setting up axle-weighing stations

Posted on 30/05/2002

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing has allocated Dh15 million for the first phase of a project to set up axle-weighing stations at different places in the UAE, a top-ranking official said Monday. Ali Hamad Al Shamsi, Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, has asked the municipalities to submit proposals on the locations for setting up axle-weighing stations on highways that connect the northern Emirates. The axle-weighing stations will include two kinds of ...  >>MORE

Federal projects use only 51.7pc of allocated funds

Posted on 27/05/2002

About 51.7 per cent of the budgetary allocation for last year's federal government projects were utilised, which is lower compared to the previous year, according to a study conducted by the Ministry of Planning. About Dh982 million out of a Dh1.9 billion allocated were spent last year, including the Dh391.6 million used by the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, which is 53 per cent of the total budget allocated to the ministry. The UAE University, the Higher Colleges of Technology, the ...  >>MORE

Dubai to spend Dh3b on infrastructure

Posted on 08/04/2002

Dubai is to spend Dh3 billion (US$817 million) on infrastructure during the next three years by adding new roads, expand existing ones, widen Garhoud Bridge by adding six more lanes and building a mono rail system to ease the city's growing traffic, officials said yesterday. The growth in population and tourist traffic is putting additional pressure on the road network, and as part of its ongoing development programme, Dubai Municipality will invest in new projects. Dubai Municipality announced ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality budget set at Dh3.2b

Posted on 08/01/2002

The Dubai Municipality budget for this year is set at Dh3.2 billion – an increase of Dh500 million over the last year's budget, according to a top civic official. Qasim Sultan, Director General of the municipality, said building roads and bridges will be among the most important projects this year. Adding another 119 buses to the public transport system is yet another important project, he said. The cost of the new fleet of buses will be Dh75 million. Sultan said that the municipality ...  >>MORE

Six new towers sanctioned

Posted on 07/01/2002

Dubai Municipality last year issued licences to build six new buildings at a total cost of Dh719 million, said a senior municipality official. Khalid Mohammed Saleh, Head of the Municipality's Building Licences Section, said that the first building was a Dh300 million, 43-storey skyscraper on Sheikh Zayed Road. It is a new hotel and office tower which also comprises an apartment block. The second building licensed by the municipality was another 43-storey skyscraper on Sheikh Zayed Road to ...  >>MORE

Building and construction sector holds 52.6% of national investment

Posted on 10/12/2001

The cost of the building and construction sector reached Dh161.2 billion, constituting 52.6% of the national investment which totalled Dh306.6 billion, in the period from 1995 to 2000. A report issued recently by the Planning Ministry on the progress of the country's building and construction sector between 1995 and 2000, said that the significance of the sector increased on the national level from 48.8% in 1995 to 56.6% in 2000. It has emerged as one of the most profit making sectors in ...  >>MORE

UAE building sector stabilises at Dhs15 billion

Posted on 08/12/2001

The construction industry in the UAE seems to have stabilised at around Dhs15 billion per annum in the recent years and is expected to remain at that level in the near future, a study said. The study by the Emirates Industrial Bank (EIB) released recently said despite reservations by several analysts, the construction industry has continued to expand. "Construction grew steadily in the last 10 years and there was a period of rapid growth during 1995 to 1998 for construction activity," ...  >>MORE

Projects worth Dh100m executed in Sharjah

Posted on 05/12/2001

Infrastructure projects costing more than Dh100m have been carried out recently at Sharjah Industrial Area under a comprehensive plan to enhance public facilities and services throughout the emirate. His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, had given instructions to develop infrastructure projects and public services throughout the emirate, according to Obaid bin Ahmed Al Tunaiji, Director General of Sharjah Directorate of ...  >>MORE

Demand for marble, granite products growing: EIB study

Posted on 05/12/2001

Demand for marble and granite products has been growing at considerable pace of about 6 per cent per annum, in the last five years (1995-99), according to a new study on the marble and granite sector in the UAE by the Journal of the Emirates Industrial Bank (EIB). "One of the spin-offs of the economic activity in the huge construction industry sector in the UAE, is a very large marble and granite business, which lends itself mostly to trading but also to manufacturing activity in a minor way ...  >>MORE

Dubai roads to be named

Posted on 29/11/2001

Dubai municipality announced on 27 November that it will name 21 unnamed streets, following a local order issued by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and Industry and Chairman of Dubai Municipality. The municipality will name the roads after prominent Arab world capitals and cities. http://www.dm.gov.ae ...  >>MORE

RAK considers building new city

Posted on 20/11/2001

The Ras Al Khaimah Department of Lands and the emirate's Municipality are considering building a new city next to the old city of Ras Al Khaimah to accommodate the increasing population, said a senior official. The old city of Ras Al Khaimah had been planned to accommodate about 20,000 people but now accommodates more than 80,000. The most recent statistics show that the total population of Ras Al Khaimah emirate is 171,000. Experts are currently working on choosing the site for the ...  >>MORE

Public Works spend Dh308.6m in 10 months

Posted on 05/11/2001

Ministry of Housing and Public Works spent Dh 308.6 million on its investment projects in the first ten months of the year, with the ministry itself taking the share of lion of expenditure at Dh90.4 million Came in the second place was the ministry of communications with Dh72.7 million, followed by education ministry with Dh54.8 million. The ministries of interior, health and information spent Dh 54.2 million, Dh22.6 million, Dh6.3 million respectively. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Dubai expansion continues at frenetic pace

Posted on 22/10/2001

Dubai's expansion is continuing at a frenetic pace with 730 multi-storey buildings currently under construction in the emirate, according to figures released by the Building and Housing Department of Dubai Municipality. The buildings, once complete, will add 3,547 apartments and 569 shops to the growing property sector of the emirate. Eng. AbdulRahman Al Sharid, Director of the department, which regulates construction activities in Dubai, said 566 of the multi-storey buildings are in Deira and ...  >>MORE

22 dams to be constructed in Fujairah

Posted on 08/09/2001

Twenty-two new dams will be built in Fujairah at a cost of Dhs150 million to provide a million cubic metres of water to the city. The report published in Al Fujairah, a newsletter of the Fujairah Municipality, said that 10 new dams in different parts of the emirate will be constructed by this December under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. These dams are intended to protect the nationals living in the emirate from floods during winter and provide ...  >>MORE

Ten firms vie for UAE project

Posted on 03/09/2001

Ten international contractors are in the bidding for the third and biggest package of Abu Dhabi's Third Crossing project, estimated to cost Dh550-750 million. The bid submission closes in mid-October, officials confirmed. The third package of the project, for a bridge connecting Abu Dhabi to the mainland, entails construction of an 850-metre long road plus bridge over the waters to almost run parallel to the existing Maqta bridge. There will also be a 1.3-kilometre long dual carriageway ...  >>MORE

24.2 pc rise in spending on projects

Posted on 15/08/2001

Dubai Municipality's spending on various infrastructure projects rose by 24.2 per cent over a period of three years according to figures released by the civic body's Statistics Centre yesterday. More than 60 per cent of the expenditure was related to road developments. The municipality spent more than Dh1,475 million during 2000 on infrastructure projects including roads, drainage, irrigation, building, government housing, planning and horticulture projects. Projects expenditure totalled more ...  >>MORE

56 new projects worth Dh1.192b in pipeline

Posted on 11/08/2001

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing will carry out 56 new projects at a total cost of Dh1.192 billion, while 95 ongoing projects worth Dh2.691 billion are under completion, Khalid Ali Sultan Al Kaabi, head of the ministry's Public Relations Department, said. The ministry was in the process of preparing studies and designs for the new projects, he added. Kaabi said that 32 of the new projects belong to the Ministry of Interior, including construction of premises for the traffic and ...  >>MORE

817 buildings under construction in Dubai

Posted on 08/08/2001

Dubai will add 8,268 more apartments and 1,105 shops to its growing property sector when the ongoing construction of 817 multi-story buildings are completed, figures released by the Building and Housing Department of Dubai Municipality show. "Of the total multi-story buildings coming up in Dubai, 593 are in Diera which offer a total of 4,906 apartments and 704 shops and 224 buildings in Bur Dubai with 3,363 apartments and 16 shops," said Fouzi Mohammed Al Shuhhi, head of the Building Control ...  >>MORE

56% of permits processed on same day

Posted on 31/07/2001

The Building Permits and Regulation Section of Dubai Municipality has registered tremendous growth in the number of applications completed on the same date of their submission. Statistics show that the section has completed more than 56 per cent of such applications on the same day in June 2001, as compared to 34.4 per cent in June 1999 and 53.2 per cent in the same month of last year. "The section received some 847 building license applications in June this year, of which 446 or 56.6 per cent, ...  >>MORE

Accession Day Special Report: AD Municipality: driving force for progress

Posted on 30/07/2001

Abu Dhabi emirate owes much of its modern infrastructure development to the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department. The department has earned special credit for its tireless efforts in developing the emirate's basic services sectors. Driven by high oil revenues the emirate is pressing a head with its plans for urban and socio-economic development, charting its course confidently to higher growth. By the advent of the new millennium, the emirate has embarked on ambitious plans to ...  >>MORE

Mini town for labourers in Al Ain

Posted on 22/07/2001

A mini town for low-income labourers as well as more roads and subways are planned for the oasis city of Al Ain and its suburbs. Other plans include the construction of four fertiliser plants and the relocation of stone crushing mills away from populated areas. A National Consultative Council report says architectural and engineering designs have been completed on a satellite town for 40,000 workers. In addition, several road and recreational projects are underway in the Eastern Region. The ...  >>MORE

Blueprint drawn up to deal with growth

Posted on 15/07/2001

A feasibility study by the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department shows that residential and commercial infrastructures and roads will occupy 47 per cent of the entire emirate of Abu Dhabi by 2010. The study was prepared by the Planning Department to assess future developments and projected population growth. According to a report by the department, a study carried out by a private firm suggests that the emirate will witness a rapid increase in the occupation of land compared ...  >>MORE

Construction industry to see Dh60b investment

Posted on 14/07/2001

Investments in the construction sector in the country will reach Dh60 billion during the next five years, 90 per cent in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, according to a report prepared by the emirates Industrial Bank. It said the sector will experience fundamental and qualitative developments in the future, turning major investments into the tourist sector with around Dh27.6 billion in tourist projects. This will increase the contribution of the construction sector in the gross domestic product (GDP) from ...  >>MORE

Sharjah adopt new system of street names, numbers

Posted on 14/07/2001

In the next few months all streets and buildings here will have their own identity under a new system introduced by the Directorate of Town Planning and Survey. "The directorate has finalised the design of the new system," Director-General Obaid bin Ahmed Al Tunaiji said, adding that samples of the new road signs have been installed on roads in some areas. Al Tunaiji said the project is being personally supervised by Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler ...  >>MORE

17 new underground parkings for Abu Dhabi

Posted on 14/07/2001

The city centre will have 17 single- and multi-level underground parking lots to meet future traffic challenges, according to an Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department report. Two lots with capacities of 393 and 371 vehicles have been opened in the commercial heart of the capital. One is three-level. The ground level can accommodate 140 vehicles, the first level 152 and the second level 101. The second lot, which is single level, has space for 371 vehicles. "These two parking ...  >>MORE

Stricter rules for building sector likely

Posted on 11/07/2001

The Ministry of Planning in co-ordination with the Municipalities and the UAE Contractors' Association is likely to enforce stricter norms to be observed in the construction industry to pull it out of its present bad phase. Confirming that the construction industry in the country is going through difficult times, the Ministry of Planning has urged authorities concerned such as municipalities to take necessary steps to revive the construction industry's fortunes. The UAE Constructors ...  >>MORE

Public Works Ministry approves tenders

Posted on 11/07/2001

Public Works and Housing Ministry has awarded a tender for the construction of a Blood Bank in Sharjah at a total cost of Dh6.65 million and a Handicapped Centre in Ajman at a total cost of Dh5.5 million. The Blood Bank includes various rooms of male and female blood donors, initial blood testing, and laboratories. It also includes many facilities such as two waiting areas, children rooms where they can play and covered parkings. Meanwhile the Handicapped Centre includes units for deafness, ...  >>MORE

Federal fund approved to support small, medium projects

Posted on 07/07/2001

After the success of Dubai's Tomooh scheme and Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Khalifa Programme in support of UAE nationals' small and medium projects, the formation of a similar federal fund was approved yesterday by the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry's board of directors. Consequently, a committee was formed to prepare a comprehensive study on the fund. It will be finalised in October, Chairman Saeed Al Suwaidi said. The Ministry of Economy and Commerce also allowed the ...  >>MORE

DWTC to invite $160m hotel bids

Posted on 20/06/2001

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) will invite pre-qualification bid from contractors by early August to build two hotels at an estimated cost of US$160 million (Dh584 million). The hotels, to be located at the DWTC complex next to the planned convention centre, are due to be completed by September 2003, when the IMF-World Bank annual meeting is slated to happen, said in a Middle East Economic Digest (Meed) report. Contractors had applied for pre-qualification in late May to build the new ...  >>MORE

Capital junction to get a facelift

Posted on 06/06/2001

The busiest junction near the Cultural Foundation in the capital is set for a facelift as part of a long term redevelopment scheme for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to improve the traffic network in the city. The junction, constructed in 1985, had now become congested. While the Airport Road runs smoothly via a tunnel, the roundabout above it is not coping with the traffic flow. The plan involves the removal of the roundabout and redesigning the junction to include more lanes to allow traffic in all ...  >>MORE

UAE has highest number of skyscrapers in the Arabian Gulf

Posted on 21/05/2001

The UAE which is already home to highest number of skyscrapers, 237, in the Arabian Gulf is set to gain further appeal with the construction of as many as 49 high-rise buildings over the next three years. The high-risers will adorn the impressive skyline of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. A record 137 skyscrapers are presently located in Abu Dhabi, 124 in Dubai and 32 in Sharjah, according to a comparative study of the architectural marvels located in the Arab Gulf Co-operation Council (AGCC) ...  >>MORE

Medium term boom seen in construction sector: study

Posted on 07/05/2001

The future of the UAE's construction sector would be considerably linked to the expansion of the non-oil economy and demand for new construction projects will continue to remain high for the next five years, according to a new study published by the Emirates Industrial Bank (EIB) Journal. The study on the "UAE Construction Sector” states: "Despite reservations by several analysts, the construction industry has continued to expand. Its future would be considerably linked to the expansion of ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi spends Dh150b in key projects


Tallest Dubai Marina tower tops out at 40th floor


Dh292m spent on investment projects by ministry


UAE building activity could exceed Dh20b


Supreme council for building sector likely


37 projects worth Dh410m planned in Abu Dhabi


AD Municipality to spend Dh 4.2b on infrastructure sector


Abu Dhabi's GIC scrapped, panel set up


Abu Dhabi plans to expand sewage


Dh15 million for setting up axle-weighing stations


Federal projects use only 51.7pc of allocated funds


Dubai to spend Dh3b on infrastructure


Dubai Municipality budget set at Dh3.2b


Six new towers sanctioned


Building and construction sector holds 52.6% of national investment


UAE building sector stabilises at Dhs15 billion


Projects worth Dh100m executed in Sharjah


Demand for marble, granite products growing: EIB study


Dubai roads to be named


RAK considers building new city


Public Works spend Dh308.6m in 10 months


Dubai expansion continues at frenetic pace


22 dams to be constructed in Fujairah


Ten firms vie for UAE project


24.2 pc rise in spending on projects


56 new projects worth Dh1.192b in pipeline


817 buildings under construction in Dubai


56% of permits processed on same day


Accession Day Special Report: AD Municipality: driving force for progress


Mini town for labourers in Al Ain


Blueprint drawn up to deal with growth


Construction industry to see Dh60b investment


Sharjah adopt new system of street names, numbers


17 new underground parkings for Abu Dhabi


Stricter rules for building sector likely


Public Works Ministry approves tenders


Federal fund approved to support small, medium projects


DWTC to invite $160m hotel bids


Capital junction to get a facelift


UAE has highest number of skyscrapers in the Arabian Gulf


Medium term boom seen in construction sector: study