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UAE President initiates Dh250m mosque in RAK

Posted on 08/10/2012

A mosque for 28,000 worshippers is to be built in Ras Al Khaimah city. The Dh250 million project will be 18,000 square metres - the size of two-and-a-half football pitches or 14 Olympic swimming pools. The mosque will include an Islamic museum, a library, a Quran memorisation centre and elaborate gardens, the state news agency WAM reported. The mosque is an initiative of the President, Sheikh Khalifa, and it will be named after him. The proposed site is the growing urban area of Al Dhait, ...  >>MORE

Dh120m 'The Pyramids' of Egypt to adorn Dubai skyline

Posted on 07/10/2012

The Pyramids of Egypt will be adorning the Dubai skyline in the next 30 months, if all goes well. At the cost of Dh120-million, Falconcity of Wonders, the master developer, will be building an 11-storey -high Pyramid, which will house offices and a museum. It expects to complete the monument in 24 to 30 months after it receives clearance from the authorities. "We are building a ‘small' Pyramid and we are waiting to get the building permit from Dubai Municipality. The Pyramid will contain ...  >>MORE

Dh1bn 'Dubai Sustainable City' launched…construction to begin by year-end

Posted on 03/10/2012

Diamond Developers, a Dubai-based developer, has launched Dh1 billion "Dubai Sustainable City” with construction set to commence by year-end. The city will have "zero” waste due to the integrated system for waste recycling, sustainable and natural transport means such as horse carts and 20 organic farms. It will cover 46 hectares and have 550 residential villas fitted with organic farms and solar cells to generate electricity and heat water. Eco-friendly and sustainable resort and spa, an ...  >>MORE

Dubai plans mammoth building complex

Posted on 01/10/2012

The Dubai Municipality on Sunday unveiled the proposal for a one-million-square-foot building complex that is likely to add to the architectural attraction of the emirate soon. The project, the image of which was revealed to the media, is envisioned as a multi-purpose complex that houses shopping complexes, corporate offices and residential flats to be located in Al Gharoud area. The Buildings Department of the civic body has completed the initial study for the project and has sent its report ...  >>MORE

UAE's planned Rock Stadium, built into mountainside, wins architecture award in London

Posted on 26/09/2012

A unique design for a football stadium carved out of a mountainside in Al Ain has won the award for Best Future Building at an international architectural competition in London. The Rock Stadium is a planned 40,000-seater stadium built into the side of Jebel Hafeet, near the UAE/Oman border. "We are very proud of this big award, especially when you consider the amazing projects we were up against," said Marwan Zgheib, founder of MZ Architects, the Lebanese firm that designed it. While ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi imposes new building permit rules

Posted on 25/09/2012

A new system established by municipal authorities now requires land boundaries to be fixed and approved before construction processes can begin on a plot, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City announced in a statement sent Monday. The new system will ensure that the base map of Abu Dhabi city, which is also being developed by the municipality, will be updated as soon as a plot is handed over for construction, the statement added. As part of the new regulations, provisional boundary lines for a ...  >>MORE

Prices down for 11 groups of building materials in August 2012 Y-o-Y, reports SCAD

Posted on 20/09/2012

Prices of several groups of building materials underwent changes during August 2012 compared with July 2012, with the rises ranging between 0.4 percent for paints and 14.9 percent for "construction labour", while declines ranged from 0.7 percent for "power cables" to 12.4 percent for "waterproofing products, according to Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD). SCAD issued yesterday its monthly report on the prices of building materials for the month of August 2012. The report presents an ...  >>MORE

World's tallest residential building in Dubai welcomes residents

Posted on 13/09/2012

TAMEER, real estate developer in the Middle East, announced the delivery of its landmark residential project Princess Tower, which soars at 414m high over the Dubai Marina skyline. Earlier this year, the tower was officially recognised as the World Tallest Residential Building by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat 'CTBUH' and the Guinness World Records 'GWR'. Occupying a land area of 37,410 square feet, the tower comprises of 6 basement levels, a ground floor and 100 levels ...  >>MORE

UAE was quick to realise importance of world-class infrastructure: Mohammed

Posted on 13/09/2012

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, asserted that the UAE has early realised the importance of investing in consolidated infrastructure with the highest degree of reliability and keeping pace with the world in various fields, according to a report on www.sheikhmohammed.ae. Sheikh Mohammed's words came in an introduction he gave to the annual report issued by the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai. ...  >>MORE

Construction work of Dubai’s first green mosque to begin soon

Posted on 13/09/2012

Construction of Dubai's first green mosque will begin soon as the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) on Wednesday announced that leading UAE contracting company Al Arif Contracting has been awarded the contract for its construction and maintenance. Construction work on the 45,000 square foot mosque is expected to begin soon and will be completed in 18 months. The mosque, which can accommodate up to 3,500 worshipers, will be located in a 105,000 square foot lot in Bur Saeed area close ...  >>MORE

TDIC achieves 10 million working hours safety record on Saadiyat beach villas

Posted on 05/09/2012

Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of tourism, cultural and residential projects in Abu Dhabi, along with its partners, celebrated 10 million working hours in the construction of Saadiyat Beach Villas with no accidents. This outstanding safety achievement demonstrates TDIC's dedication to best working practices, particularly in the welfare of its workers. The luxury development, which started construction in September in 2009, has witnessed its first ...  >>MORE

EmiratesGBC’s task force to develop green financing scheme

Posted on 13/08/2012

Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, is working with industry partners to develop a green financing scheme that will support the funding of green retrofit projects. In line with its commitment to the UAE's vision of a ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development,' the Council's dedicated task forces are discussing various aspects that will promote the development of ...  >>MORE

Emaar to unveil new mosque in Downtown Dubai

Posted on 12/08/2012

For quite some time now, Downtown Dubai has been known for its wide-ranging shopping opportunities and tourist destinations including the world's largest mall and the world's tallest man-made structure. The newest addition to this ever growing property development will satisfy yet another need of its residents as a 15,000 sq ft- mosque is currently underway. Global property developer Emaar Properties PJSC has unveiled the ‘Sheikh Zayed Bin Mansour Al Nahyan Mosque' for Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi inspectors plug gaps in construction safety

Posted on 11/08/2012

Two and a half years ago, construction safety was primarily overseen by a three-member team at the municipality. On-site inspections were rare, regulations were still under development and accidents were common. Requirements for construction site safety plans were not enforced, and few workers were educated about the risks of the job. "We have come very far since then," said Abdulaziz Zurub, who established the health and safety division at the municipality in May 2010 and is now its ...  >>MORE

EmiratesGBC launches e-library to provide educational resources on sustainability

Posted on 24/07/2012

Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) has launched its Academy page on its official website, which provides technical papers and resources on sustainability. A one-stop-source for publications related to green building practices, the new tool is an extremely valuable resource to the industry. Over 300 technical reports, by different authors, are already available online and can be easily searched with a unique filter feature. The Academy page was created in collaboration with various ...  >>MORE

‘Dubai Frame’ to take shape by 2013 end

Posted on 08/07/2012

Visitors and residents will be able to watch Dubai's iconic buildings and skyscrapers from atop a 150-metre-high glass bridge by the end of 2013 with the government approving the construction of a much-awaited project on Thursday. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has directed to implement the Al Berwaz Tower project ‘Dubai Landmark' at Zabeel Park, WAM reported. The Berwaz or the Frame Tower is popularly ...  >>MORE

World first for Abu Dhabi workers who walk on air - 228 metres above ground

Posted on 05/07/2012

Workmen at a skyscraper development in the capital are walking on sunshine thanks to an innovative net system that allows them to saunter between towers without ropes or scaffolding - 228 metres above ground. The 1,800m net has been strung across a 30m gap between two of the towers that make up The Gate Towers development, making it the largest and highest installation of its kind. "There's no office like it," said project manager Mickey Schram, one of the skywalkers who spends every ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 takes place among world's elite projects

Posted on 03/07/2012

The Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 has been named in a list of the top 100 infrastructure projects worldwide, alongside a host of other projects from the UAE and the wider Arabian Gulf. KPMG released its Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition, a look at the 20 best infrastructure projects in five regions around the world, at the World Cities Summit in Singapore last night. Profiles of the Abu Dhabi's Vision 2030, Masdar City, Paris-Sorbonne University on Reem Island, and Yas Island Waste ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi spending at all time high

Posted on 21/06/2012

Abu Dhabi, buoyed by a surge in oil revenue, boosted public spending to an all time high in 2011 and the increase was in both current and development expenditure, according to the IMF. The increase was in both current expenditure and development spending, which climbed to its highest level of more than Dh7 billion as the emirate appeared to be pursuing post-crisis fiscal expansionary measures. Despite a sharp rise in oil income, the emirate's fiscal balance recorded a deficit albeit less ...  >>MORE

Sorouh completes world's highest penthouse bridge structure for the Gate Towers

Posted on 31/05/2012

Abu Dhabi-based developer Sorouh Real Estate Company has completed lifting the fourth and final section of the penthouse bridge for its 65-storey residential development Gate Towers on Shams Abu Dhabi, Al Reem Island. This engineering feat marks the completion of the world's highest penthouse bridge structure for a residential development. The final section of the bridge was elevated 245 metres and lifted into its final position over the course of four days. The completed structure is now ...  >>MORE

Burj hailed as best example of safe high-risers

Posted on 28/05/2012

Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, has been picked by the GCC Civil Defence General Managers as an ideal example for high rise structures in terms of fire protection systems and safety measures taken in emergency cases. The civil defence managers team, which concluded its 23rd meeting in the UAE, agreed to circulate the fire protection system installed in Burj Khalifa to the member states. It also recommended the circulation of the study conducted by the UAE Ministry of Interior on ...  >>MORE

Recycled building wastes to be used in Etihad Rail work

Posted on 27/05/2012

Recycled aggregates from construction and demolition wastes will go towards the development of the Etihad Railway Network in Abu Dhabi, announced the Centre for Waste Management (CWM). The venture will take place under a strategic agreement between the CWM and contractor Thiess Services Middle East (TSME) to manage a recycling facility for construction and demolition wastes. TSME will supply at least 750,000 tonnes of recycled aggregates to Al Jaber Group for the completion of the railway ...  >>MORE

Dubai's Princess Tower enters Guinness World Records

Posted on 22/05/2012

Guinness World Records has officially recognised TAMEER's Princess Tower as the world's tallest residential building, towering over the Dubai Marina skyline at 414m from base to tip. The prestigious Dubai Marina development stands a staggering 107 storeys tall and encompasses six basement floors, one ground floor, 100 above-ground levels and 8 retail stores. The tower occupies a land area of 37,410 square feet, housing 763 luxury apartments, including one, two, three and four bedroom ...  >>MORE

450 dhows can berth at new wharf

Posted on 14/05/2012

The Dubai Municipality has announced the Dhow Wharfage Development Project, which will create an additional integrated infrastructure that will facilitate increase in dhow trade through Dubai. The project, which involves constructing a comprehensive wharfage stretching 3km between the Deira Corniche and Palm Deira in front of Hyatt Regency Hotel, is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. Hamdan Al Shair, Director of Environment Department, Dubai Municipality, said this project will ...  >>MORE

Business Bay canal gets the go-ahead

Posted on 14/05/2012

The Business Bay canal will be completed and connected to the sea as the Dubai Municipality takes up the project that is expected to be finished within two years. Announcing the ‘completion of Business Bay canal and its connection to the sea' project, estimated to cost about Dh150 million-Dh200 million, Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of the municipality, said: "It is a very challenging project but we are hoping to add value to the site and bring something that is unique to Dubai." ...  >>MORE

Cityscape Abu Dhabi ends on a positive note

Posted on 26/04/2012

The sixth edition of Cityscape Abu Dhabi concluded on Wednesday, bringing an end to four successful days of the latest real estate development updates and announcements, both locally and internationally. Several major UAE based developers showcased their key developments to visiting investors and partners from more than 80 countries. Among them, Sorouh Real Estate launched its retail property brand Boutik, aimed at enhancing the lifestyle experience at some of its major developments. The ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi 2008-2016 projects put at Dh1.3trn

Posted on 02/04/2012

Abu Dhabi is expected to pump a whopping Dh1.3 trillion into projects in eight years starting from 2008 and nearly half of the investments will cover the construction sector, according to local estimates. The massive projects have given a strong push to the emirate's economy over the past few years despite unstable oil prices, with real GDP expanding by around 3.4 per cent in 2011, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry said in a study released this week. It put GDP growth at four ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Construction Village wins MEED's UAE National award

Posted on 27/03/2012

Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC) has been awarded the MEED's UAE National award for its Saadiyat Construction Village, the master developer of tourism, cultural and residential projects in Abu Dhabi, announced in a press release. The project was nominated by HLG Leighton Contracting which is in contention for the GCC Metito Social Project of the Year award. The Saadiyat Construction Village is a model of best practice that has been built to house up to 20,000 workers ...  >>MORE

A monument to Burj Khalifa

Posted on 21/03/2012

Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, now has a monument symbolising the international collaboration that marked its rise to the top. Emaar Properties has unveiled ‘The Burj Monument,' 18 metres high and in stainless steel, in Downtown Dubai, near The Dubai Mall. Located strategically on a visual plane aligned with the awe-inspiring magnificence of the tower, the monument draws its design inspiration from the three-core structure of Burj Khalifa, originally based on the floral ...  >>MORE

Volume of construction projects in UAE crosses US$1.2 trillion

Posted on 27/02/2012

A recent study showed that the volume of construction projects in the UAE is estimated at US$1.249 trillion, with buildings taking the largest share of USD 871.6B. The energy projects, which included oil and gas, petrochemicals and water and electricity took a share of US$190.9B. The volume of infrastructure development, including roads, bridges, railways, sanitation and ports, stood at US$187.2B, according to the study carried out by Ventures Middle East. The report published in the ...  >>MORE

Steel prices decline 5.9 percent in January, says SCAD

Posted on 14/02/2012

The average prices of several building materials groups have undergone changes during January 2012, compared with December 2011, with the largest fall recorded in the average price of the "Steel" group, which declined 5.9 percent as items within this group retreated by 0.6 - 21.1 per cent, followed by the "(PVC) Pipes" group (down 5.6 per cent), "Transport equipment rents" (down 3.9 per cent) and "Wires for apartments", (down 3.6 percent), the Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD) said in its ...  >>MORE

SCAD releases latest report on prices of building materials in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/01/2012

Prices for a number of building materials showed changes during December 2011, compared with November 2011, according to the latest monthly statistical report issued by Statistics Centre- Abu Dhabi (SCAD). It added that prices for transport equipment increased by 11.3 per cent as all items in this group registered price increases of between 1.3 per cent and 43.5 per cent. The glass group rose by 6.4 per cent. In addition, prices of concrete rose by 6.0 per cent and wood rose by 2. 2 per ...  >>MORE

Existing buildings to be made more sustainable in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/01/2012

For more than a year, energy and water consumption efficiency have been brought to the fore in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, with new projects awarded building permits only if they prove efficient use of resources, said a senior official. Urban planning authorities are now drawing up guidelines that will also make existing structures sustainable. These guidelines will call for more efficient water, lighting, cooling and insulation fixtures, among various other elements, so that older ...  >>MORE

New walkway to link Metro to Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall in 2013

Posted on 04/01/2012

Going to Dubai Mall via the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro Station might just be another walk in the park by 2013 as plans to build a pedestrian link in Downtown Dubai were announced on Tuesday. An 820-metre-long glass pedestrian link will conveniently connect mall-goers using Dubai Metro to Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping and entertainment destination, and the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Called ‘The Dubai Mall Metro Link,' the project is considered one of the ...  >>MORE

Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi launched at glittering gala

Posted on 04/12/2011

On the eve of the 40th UAE National Day, Abu Dhabi, the nation's capital, welcomed its newest architectural marvel and definitive lifestyle destination, which defines the world-class work, live and play environment that awaits residents and customers in one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. H.H. Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan launched Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, a symbol of the city's modern, sophisticated and luxurious ambitions, at a glittering gala dinner within Jumeirah at ...  >>MORE

Railway plans for shifting sands

Posted on 27/11/2011

For centuries the Liwa Oasis provided sanctuary for the Bedouin people. Now it will provide sanctuary for the nation's trains. When construction begins on the first leg of the 1,200-kilometre Etihad railway, months of work will already have gone into research to conquer the one thing that can stop an Arabian train in its tracks: sand. Engineers can carve tunnels through mountains but the fight against sand is fought on shifting battle lines. Though sand can be so light that it floats on air, ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid endorses Dh2 billion new package of projects in Dubai

Posted on 27/10/2011

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, launched about Dh2 billion new package tourism development, residential and commercial projects in Dubai, being carried out by Dubai Real Estate Corporation under the umbrella of Wasl Group. This was disclosed during the visit of Sheikh Mohammed yesterday to the headquarters of Wasl Group in Dubai. He was accompanied by H. H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince ...  >>MORE

Al Habtoor restarts work on Dh1bn Palm hotel

Posted on 06/10/2011

Al Habtoor has restarted work on a multimillion-dollar hotel development on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah after the project stalled three years ago when the economic downturn hit the emirate. The Dh1 billion (US$272.2m) 330-room property is expected to open in 2013. "Now we think it is the right time to start," said Khalaf Al Habtoor, the chairman of Al Habtoor Group. "There are a lot of visitors to the country. The tourism to the country is increasing from all over the world." The announcement ...  >>MORE

Capital Gate wins prestigious Cityscape Awards

Posted on 02/10/2011

Capital Gate has received award for Best Overall Project of the Year 2011 and Best Commercial / Mixed Use Project at the Cityscape Global Awards for Architecture in Emerging Markets. The iconic 35-storey, 160m Capital Gate tower - built to lean 18 degrees westwards, is owned and developed by ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) and designed by global architecture firm, RMJM. It forms the focal point of ADNEC's Capital Centre master-planned development in Abu Dhabi, the capital of ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Zayed opens bridge in W. Region

Posted on 29/09/2011

The UAE is currently undertaking massive infrastructure projects at par with international best practices thanks to the sound directives by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and close follow up of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, according to H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region. Sheikh Hamdan made his remarks while ...  >>MORE

Emirates Green Building Council marks opening of new 'green' office with announcement of two awards to promote sustainability

Posted on 18/09/2011

Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an organisation aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices in the UAE, opened its new office in Al Joud Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Dr Elissar Sarrouh, United Nations Resident Co-ordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, opened the new office. At the ceremony, EmiratesGBC honoured five organisations that have made commendable contribution to EmiratesGBC. ...  >>MORE

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UAE President initiates Dh250m mosque in RAK


Dh120m 'The Pyramids' of Egypt to adorn Dubai skyline


Dh1bn 'Dubai Sustainable City' launched…construction to begin by year-end


Dubai plans mammoth building complex


UAE's planned Rock Stadium, built into mountainside, wins architecture award in London


Abu Dhabi imposes new building permit rules


Prices down for 11 groups of building materials in August 2012 Y-o-Y, reports SCAD


World's tallest residential building in Dubai welcomes residents


UAE was quick to realise importance of world-class infrastructure: Mohammed


Construction work of Dubai’s first green mosque to begin soon


TDIC achieves 10 million working hours safety record on Saadiyat beach villas


EmiratesGBC’s task force to develop green financing scheme


Emaar to unveil new mosque in Downtown Dubai


Abu Dhabi inspectors plug gaps in construction safety


EmiratesGBC launches e-library to provide educational resources on sustainability


‘Dubai Frame’ to take shape by 2013 end


World first for Abu Dhabi workers who walk on air - 228 metres above ground


Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 takes place among world's elite projects


Abu Dhabi spending at all time high


Sorouh completes world's highest penthouse bridge structure for the Gate Towers


Burj hailed as best example of safe high-risers


Recycled building wastes to be used in Etihad Rail work


Dubai's Princess Tower enters Guinness World Records


450 dhows can berth at new wharf


Business Bay canal gets the go-ahead


Cityscape Abu Dhabi ends on a positive note


Abu Dhabi 2008-2016 projects put at Dh1.3trn


Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Construction Village wins MEED's UAE National award


A monument to Burj Khalifa


Volume of construction projects in UAE crosses US$1.2 trillion


Steel prices decline 5.9 percent in January, says SCAD


SCAD releases latest report on prices of building materials in Abu Dhabi


Existing buildings to be made more sustainable in Abu Dhabi


New walkway to link Metro to Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall in 2013


Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi launched at glittering gala


Railway plans for shifting sands


Mohammed bin Rashid endorses Dh2 billion new package of projects in Dubai


Al Habtoor restarts work on Dh1bn Palm hotel


Capital Gate wins prestigious Cityscape Awards


Hamdan bin Zayed opens bridge in W. Region


Emirates Green Building Council marks opening of new 'green' office with announcement of two awards to promote sustainability