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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - URBAN DEVELOPMENT

Marina district to take shape on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island

Posted on 15/04/2013

Plots of land on Saadiyat Island are being released for commercial use by the Tourism Development and Investment Company. The developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations said it had released 38 plots situated in the Saadiyat Marina District, which will become home to New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) next year. The plots, which make up the neighbourhood surrounding the NYUAD campus, range in size from between 2,100 and 5,100 square metres. Ahmed Al Fahim, the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to be special-needs friendly city

Posted on 11/04/2013

Buildings and public roads in Abu Dhabi will be made more accessible for special needs people, a senior government official said. "Public toilets that are special needs-friendly, ramps at building entrances, elevators that have Brail, zebra crossings without kerbs, special needs counters at shopping malls and other public places are some of our top priorities in making the emirate more sociable for people with special needs,” Mariam Al Qubaisi, Director of Special Needs at Zayed Higher ...  >>MORE

Bayanat to provide complete geospatial solution for Abu Dhabi's new street addressing, geo-names and signage system project

Posted on 01/04/2013

The Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) recently signed a contract with Bayanat, a Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) for Mapping '&' Surveying Services LLC appointing the latter to provide complete geospatial solution for DMA and Abu Dhabi's Municipalities on the implementation of the Emirate's new Street Addressing, Geo-Names and Signage System Project. The agreement was signed by Undersecretary of the Department of Municipal Affairs, Engineer Ahmed Mohammed Sharif, and CEO of ...  >>MORE

Municipality of Abu Dhabi City launches investment, recreational and service projects in partnership with private sector

Posted on 25/03/2013

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City is braced for launching a host of property developments and service projects capable of bolstering the municipal assets in tourist, recreational and business fields. The projects are set to be undertaken in partnership, cooperation and integration with the private sector under the Build, Operate '&' Transfer (BOT) model, without involving the allocation of any public funding for the implementation of these projects. These projects comprise two parts; the ...  >>MORE

DAMAC Properties to develop prime plot in Dubai Maritime City

Posted on 24/03/2013

DAMAC Properties, the largest luxury private developer in the Middle East, has continued its investment programme with plans to develop prime real estate in Dubai Maritime City. DAMAC's plot of land on the sea-front at Dubai Maritime City will be home to a high-rise luxury tower of serviced hotel residences and further expands the company's project portfolio in the emirate. Dubai Maritime City is strategically located north of the main city centre and creek area business district, between ...  >>MORE

5-year Abu Dhabi plan to spur UAE growth

Posted on 18/03/2013

Plans by Abu Dhabi to invest nearly Dh30 billion through its 2013-2017 development plan will spur growth in the UAE, create about 5,000 jobs and expand the non-hydrocarbon sector, according to an economic analyst. The plan, approved recently by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council (the emirate's cabinet), is part of a long-term development blueprint known as Vision 2030 that will push the emirate into a new era of socio-economic development. "The implementation of this plan is expected to result ...  >>MORE

Municipality of Abu Dhabi City launches irrigation master plan for Abu Dhabi city

Posted on 20/02/2013

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City has embarked on drawing up the Irrigation Master Plan for Abu Dhabi City to bring it in line with the urban growth seen by the city, and accordingly contribute to the sustainable development drive envisaged in Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 and reduce the consumption of fresh water resources, especially the desalinated water '&' groundwater, through total reliance on treated wastewater only for irrigating green spaces and landscaped areas. Rashid Al Falasi, Director ...  >>MORE

Dh6b Bluewaters project in Dubai to be tourism hotspot

Posted on 14/02/2013

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the Bluewaters project, a unique mixed use development by Meraas Holding. Valued at Dh6 billion, the destination will be located off the Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline and is poised to emerge as one of the largest tourist hot spots in the world. Meraas has also unveiled plans for the Dh1 billion Dubai Eye that will feature as a major component of the ...  >>MORE

Unified address system for the UAE soon

Posted on 12/02/2013

Finding your favourite restaurant or telling the civil defence the location of an emergency you witnessed will soon become easier in the UAE with the help of a new unified address system that will uniquely identify each location. The address system is being developed by the Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA), the umbrella body for municipalities in Abu Dhabi emirate. It was approved by the Executive Committee of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council last week, shortly after the new standards ...  >>MORE

Dubai’s urban landmass pushing past 64%

Posted on 21/01/2013

Dubai continues to seek out room for more development projects even as a civic body survey shows that more than 60 per cent of Dubai city is either covered by buildings or used for projects under construction. According to a survey that was carried out by the buildings inspection department at Dubai Municipality, 64 per cent of the city is occupied by buildings while the share of buildings in rural areas adds up to only three per cent — leaving room for expansion projects. The new database ...  >>MORE

Nakheel plans 13 recreation areas

Posted on 21/01/2013

Nakheel is building on the success of Al Ittihad Park at Palm Jumeirah by bringing new, indigenous recreation areas to its Jumeirah Village and Jumeirah Heights communities. Hundreds of trees have been planted at the Jumeirah Village Circle, where Nakheel is creating 13 parks covering 2.9 million sq.ft. between them. When complete, the parks will contain more than 6,000 palm and desert trees, two jogging tracks measuring around 840 metres and 720 metres, children's play areas and shaded spots ...  >>MORE

Dh6 billion upgrade for Abu Dhabi's strained sewers

Posted on 20/01/2013

One of the biggest changes to the emirate in the coming years will be completely unseen and, if all goes well, completely unnoticed. Abu Dhabi Executive Council's multibillion-dirham plan for infrastructure development includes an upgrade of the city's overloaded sewerage system, and its expansion into new urban areas. A Dh5.7 billion overhaul of the network has been under construction since 2009 to meet projected population growth and ease the burden on an already strained system that dates ...  >>MORE

More development projects underway, says Mohammed bin Zayed

Posted on 14/01/2013

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has said the plans and projects underway are designed to translate into reality the vision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. "This vision aims to foster Abu Dhabi progress and development as it should be and strengthen the UAE's status as an economic and social example to be emulated by ...  >>MORE

Sharjah aims to achieve sustainable development

Posted on 03/01/2013

Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, stressed that the emirate aimed to work towards sustainable development in order to adequately serve both today's and tomorrow's generations. He emphasised on the importance of Sharjah's achievements last year, which stem from the wise vision of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. According to a report published by the Government ...  >>MORE

Mega projects to boost UAE landscaping sector

Posted on 24/12/2012

A fresh investment of around Dh38 billion in the UAE construction industry will provide new opportunities of around Dh4 billion in the country's landscaping sector, according to industry specialists. The UAE outdoor design and landscape sector will benefit from the multibillion surge in the country's construction industry in 2013 and a new event in Dubai will create major openings for manufacturers and suppliers worldwide to capitalise on a market making a comeback. The launch of Outdoor ...  >>MORE

Reem Island to get first school


Posted on 17/12/2012

Another new school has been announced for Abu Dhabi, this one destined for Reem Island. Evolvence Knowledge Investments Limited (EKI) and Sorouh announced Repton School Abu Dhabi was due to open next September, spread across two campuses — though one campus would not open till the following year. The news comes after two other Abu Dhabi schools were announced last month, both of which accommodate nursery to high school. The first campus is a 7,000-square-metre site for 520 children from ...  >>MORE

Beach awarded ‘Blue Flag’ for high standards

Posted on 16/12/2012

A dark blue flag was hoisted at Al Bateen Beach in the capital on Wednesday, indicating its excellent standards of health and safety to visitors. The beach is the second in the emirate, as well as in the Middle East, to receive the internationally recognised Blue Flag Certification. The first beach to be recognised for its standards in the region was the Abu Dhabi Corniche in June 2011. The 800-metre Al Bateen beach received the certification from the Emirates Wildlife Society, which is the ...  >>MORE

UAE project spending to increase next year

Posted on 13/12/2012

Three in four industry figures believe that project spending in the Middle East will increase next year, according to a survey, with the UAE tipped to invest the most. An upgrade to the energy sector, and massive government spending on infrastructure will boost the projects market next year, finds the survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). "In terms of where that growth is coming from, it's predominantly the energy sector, and large government infrastructure programmes," said Jonathan Roe, ...  >>MORE

Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding launch first project in MBR City

Posted on 10/12/2012

Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding have launched Dubai Hills, a gated golf-course community, which will be the first project in the recently announced Mohammad Bin Rashid (MBR) City, the developers said yesterday in a joint statement. The development, located between Emirates Road and Al Khail Road, will feature luxury villas overlooking an 18-hole championship golf course, they said. The villas will be allocated plots of 20,000 to 30,000 square feet each. Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approves development of 30-million sq. ft leisure and entertainment destination

Posted on 27/11/2012

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has approved the development of an Dh10-billion destination that focuses on delivering a multi-faceted leisure and entertainment experience to residents and tourists of Dubai. Master developers Meraas Holding has been mandated to develop this unique project that will be located at Jebel Ali and feature five distinct theme parks based on movies, animals and fun characters that shall appeal ...  >>MORE

MBR City to build on key sectors that already drive Dubai’s economy

Posted on 26/11/2012

The Mohammad Bin Rashid City (MBR) is expected to build on the sectors that already drive Dubai's economy as well as attract a larger mix of international retailers and stimulate competition among major malls in the emirate, analysts say. The mega-development was announced after Dubai showed signs of recovery from the global financial crisis of 2008, which was when several massive projects were put on hold. The question on the minds of many is, is it happening too much too soon again? "If it ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid City announced

Posted on 25/11/2012

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced the establishment of a new city within Dubai, setting new benchmarks in urban development in the region. Comprising four key components, the new city, which will be called "Mohammed Bin Rashid City", will feature world class leisure facilities and provide an integrated environment for the development of entrepreneurship and innovation. The first component focuses on family ...  >>MORE

Al Gharbia rakes in Dh300b in projects

Posted on 24/11/2012

Al Gharbia, or the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, has become the largest investment destination in the UAE with development projects to the tune of Dh300 billion. Al Gharbia covers an area of 40,000 square kilometres, approximately 60 per cent of the area of the emirate and its development projects testify to the Abu Dhabi Vision for 2030. A report on Al Gharbia revealed all this and "a growing market of world class opportunities”. The report also showed that the population of Al Gharbia region ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid approves fourth phase of Dh 2.5 billion Madinat Jumeirah expansions project

Posted on 18/11/2012

The Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has emphasised that the development of the tourism infrastructure in Dubai must match the UAE's growing position as an international tourist hub, stressing that the process of development never stops and has no limits. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed made his remarks as he gave directives to launch the fourth phase of the expansion of Madinat Jumeirah, which is expected to cost Dh 2.5 ...  >>MORE

Landscaping project for Abu Dhabi mosques begins

Posted on 14/10/2012

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, in cooperation with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, has embarked on a project for irrigating and landscaping the surroundings and external patios of mosques in the main Abu Dhabi island. The project includes the landscaping of five mosques in each of Al Wathba South, Bani Yas, Khalifa City (A), Bahya, and Al Samha. Commenting on the project, Rashid Al Falasi, Director of Parks and Recreational Facilities, Municipality of Abu Dhabi ...  >>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

Central Park to open ‘shortly’ on Palm Jumeirah

Posted on 07/10/2012

A long-awaited public park on Dubai's man-made island of Palm Jumeirah is expected to open soon, Gulf News has learnt. A spokesperson for the developer, Nakheel, said Central Park will open "shortly”, with plans for shops under study by Nakheel Retail. The shops and cafes will be located in the Golden Mile row of residential buildings right next to the park. Golden Mile developer IFA Hotels and Resorts confirmed to Gulf News that at least 24 outlets are expected to open by mid-2013. The list ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Corniche (Al Bahr Road) opens tonight

Posted on 06/09/2012

The Sharjah Public Works Department and Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) will jointly open the Sharjah Corniche (Al Bahr Road) tonight (Thursday), after the completion of the Dh21 million development works and the provision of service facilities on the road that connects Ahmed bin Darwish Square to Al Merraija Square. Corniche Road is situated within the Heart of Sharjah project, which is overseen by Shurooq, in cooperation with a number of government authorities and ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed reviews Khalifa Port and Kizad progress

Posted on 09/08/2012

His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has reviewed the progress made at the megaproject Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) at Taweelah. This came during an in-depth presentation made at the Crown Prince's majlis by ADPC Chairman Dr. Sultan Al Jaber; CEO, Tony Douglas; Executive Vice President Ports Unit, ADPC, Captain Mohammed Al Shamisi and the Executive Vice ...  >>MORE

Sowwah Square: welcome to Abu Dhabi's city of tomorrow

Posted on 08/08/2012

It looks at first glance like a pile of computer motherboards or a futuristic complex straight out of Star Wars. Sowwah Square, which has quickly become one of the most distinctive buildings on the Abu Dhabi coastline, was always going to be something special. The centrepiece of Al Maryah, the development formerly known as Sowwah Island, the square is the new home of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and valued by Mubadala Development at Dh4 billion (US$1.08bn). Mubadala is a strategic ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Zayed launches Western Region's Investment Map

Posted on 05/08/2012

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region yesterday launched the Invest Map of the Western Region, a comprehensive guide to investment opportunities in the region. Sheikh Hamdan praised the initiatives adopted by the government of Abu Dhabi under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Gen. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. ...  >>MORE

Sharjah announces development projects worth Dh1b

Posted on 02/08/2012

Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) announced the commencement of development works in the Eastern region of the emirate of Sharjah, with the announcement of Al Hisn Island in Dibba Al Hisn in Sharjah, after the approval of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. This brings the total number of announced projects in the Eastern Region to three, following the recently announced Dh420 million The Chedi Khorfakkan ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid hails Dubai Municipality projects

Posted on 12/07/2012

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was briefed on a number of development schemes and projects implemented by the Dubai Municipality in different parts of the emirate. Sheikh Mohammed visited the municipality on Wednesday, accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; and a number of officials. ...  >>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

TDIC posts better performance in 2012

Posted on 01/07/2012

Tourism Development Investment Company (TDIC) is on growth track and has achieved positive earnings performance in 2012. Ahmed Al Fahim, Executive Director of Sales and Leasing for TDIC stated: “In 2011, we accomplished phenomenal sales of TDIC’s residential properties -Dhs2.1 billion in sales were closed and these will be reflected in the company’s financial statements as they are handed over to their owners in the coming year. A combination of the opening of revenue-generating assets ...  >>MORE

Ajman on the path of rapid development

Posted on 22/05/2012

The city of Ajman has been divided into six sectors and 44 residential areas by the Ajman Municipality in a bid to facilitate rapid development in the emirate. Addressing a press conference on Monday at the municipality's premises, Yahaya Ibrahim Al Reyaysa, Director General of Ajman Municipality, said the division of the city would contribute a great deal in attracting investors and tourists. The division of the city would not affect its identity and heritage as the roads, bridges and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi makes world's striking city skylines list

Posted on 01/05/2012

Abu Dhabi has raced up a chart ranking the 100 most striking city skylines in the world. Five years ago the capital did not even appear in the list, but today it is in 43rd place following the completion of a large number of high-rise projects. A year ago the city was ranked 89th. Dubai and Sharjah are also in the chart, which is produced by building data firm Emporis. The list ranks the cities whose skylines have the greatest visual impact. Dubai has moved up one place to seventh ...  >>MORE

Beckoning visitors to Fujairah corniche

Posted on 24/04/2012

Come summer and the Fujairah Corniche throngs with life. "Emiratis from every nook and corner of the country visit the area to enjoy a barbeque and to swim and dive in the sea,” said Nabil Saeed, a Fujairah resident. Keeping this in view, the Fujairah Municipality is all set to improve the area near the corniche. "The plan stems from the keenness of the government of Fujairah to develop tourism in an effective way, keeping in line with the progress taking place in the emirate,” said Mohammed ...  >>MORE

Central Market rebranded as World Trade Centre

Posted on 23/04/2012

Abu Dhabi's Aldar Properties has renamed its mixed use mega real estate project located in the city centre as the World Trade Centre from Central Market. The project, which includes a four star, a shopping mall, A grade residential as well as office spaces will get a huge boost with the rebranding. "Half of its retail space is leased out,” as major brands have shown interest in the property, said Mohammed Al Mubarak, deputy chief executive officer at Aldar Properties, while talking to ...  >>MORE

Sowwah Island renamed as Al Maryah Island

Posted on 19/04/2012

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City announced the renaming of Sowwah Island as Al Maryah Island. The move aims to showcase the true historical '&' environmental values of the UAE and the economic '&' urban importance of the island, the Municipality said in a press release. Al Maryah Island occupies a unique location in the midway between the current business area of Abu Dhabi, and the forthcoming futuristic projects at Al Reem Island, Mina Zayed and the new cultural district at Saadiyat ...  >>MORE

6,700 more parking spaces in Capital by month-end

Posted on 12/03/2012

By the end of March, the Department of Transport (DoT) in Abu Dhabi will provide some 6,700 parking spaces to residents in the densely populated Tourist Club area in the Capital, while a number of multi-storey parkings will be ready by the end of 2013. On Sunday, the DoT officials unveiled a paid parking machine, ‘Mawaqif', in front of Abu Dhabi Mall, which is supposedly a highly crowded area with cars being parked in the middle of service roads, footpaths and even on the sides of the roads. ...  >>MORE

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Marina district to take shape on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island


Abu Dhabi to be special-needs friendly city


Bayanat to provide complete geospatial solution for Abu Dhabi's new street addressing, geo-names and signage system project


Municipality of Abu Dhabi City launches investment, recreational and service projects in partnership with private sector


DAMAC Properties to develop prime plot in Dubai Maritime City


5-year Abu Dhabi plan to spur UAE growth


Municipality of Abu Dhabi City launches irrigation master plan for Abu Dhabi city


Dh6b Bluewaters project in Dubai to be tourism hotspot


Unified address system for the UAE soon


Dubai’s urban landmass pushing past 64%


Nakheel plans 13 recreation areas


Dh6 billion upgrade for Abu Dhabi's strained sewers


More development projects underway, says Mohammed bin Zayed


Sharjah aims to achieve sustainable development


Mega projects to boost UAE landscaping sector


Reem Island to get first school



Beach awarded ‘Blue Flag’ for high standards


UAE project spending to increase next year


Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding launch first project in MBR City


Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approves development of 30-million sq. ft leisure and entertainment destination


MBR City to build on key sectors that already drive Dubai’s economy


Mohammed bin Rashid City announced


Al Gharbia rakes in Dh300b in projects


Mohammed bin Rashid approves fourth phase of Dh 2.5 billion Madinat Jumeirah expansions project


Landscaping project for Abu Dhabi mosques begins


Dh120m 'The Pyramids' of Egypt to adorn Dubai skyline


Central Park to open ‘shortly’ on Palm Jumeirah


Sharjah Corniche (Al Bahr Road) opens tonight


Mohammed bin Zayed reviews Khalifa Port and Kizad progress


Sowwah Square: welcome to Abu Dhabi's city of tomorrow


Hamdan bin Zayed launches Western Region's Investment Map


Sharjah announces development projects worth Dh1b


Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid hails Dubai Municipality projects


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


TDIC posts better performance in 2012


Ajman on the path of rapid development


Abu Dhabi makes world's striking city skylines list


Beckoning visitors to Fujairah corniche


Central Market rebranded as World Trade Centre


Sowwah Island renamed as Al Maryah Island


6,700 more parking spaces in Capital by month-end