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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - URBAN DEVELOPMENT

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

TDIC projects at Saadiyat Beach win multinational awards for marketing excellence

Posted on 08/03/2012

Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi, and integrated communications agency Zed Communications, won six international marketing awards for real estate projects at Saadiyat Beach throughout 2011. These international awards reflect best practice and attention to excellence at what is fast becoming a world-class residential, leisure and tourist hub. Saadiyat Beach Villas and The Residences at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort were ...  >>MORE

Bain Al Jisrain renamed Al Maqtaa

Posted on 15/02/2012

The Bain Al Jisrain area in the capital that is located between the Al Maqtaa Bridge and Al Mussaffah Bridge has been renamed as Al Maqtaa area, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City announced in a statement sent yesterday. The Abu Dhabi Municipality has already started changing all signage and updating the geographical database to reflect the new name, as well as communicated the change to other entities. The renaming of the area, which is one of the newest suburbs in the city, is aimed at ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to develop greener, more walkable communities

Posted on 05/02/2012

Only 15 per cent of residents living in the capital's downtown area currently walk to their work place, but this is set to be doubled within the next two decades as a new urban model becomes more widespread, urban planning officials said. When implemented, this neighbourhood design will help make the entire emirate of Abu Dhabi greener and more environmentally sustainable, Ebrahim Al Hamoudi, manager of the transport planning department at the Urban Planning Council (UPC), told Gulf News. ...  >>MORE

TDIC successfully completes al Bateen Beach project

Posted on 25/01/2012

Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), yesterday announced the successful completion of the Al Bateen Beach project, which consists of a beachside park that overlooks 800 metres of pristine coastline and a number of amenities for visitors, with an emphasis on family-friendly fun. Al Bateen Beach is located in the Al Bateen area, which is ten minutes from the Abu Dhabi Corniche, and is set to cater to the immediate local residential population, as well as visiting residents. The ...  >>MORE

Green streetlights in Abu Dhabi save municipality Dh1 billion

Posted on 23/01/2012

Plans to fit every street light and traffic signal with energy-efficient bulbs will save the municipality up to Dh1 billion over the next 20 years, officials estimate. Light-emitting diode (Led) lights cost about 40 per cent more than traditional high-pressure sodium bulbs, said Martin Valentine, a lighting expert at the municipality. But while sodium street lights last about two years, the Led types have a life of at least 12.5 years, Mr Valentine said. With about 620,000 street lights ...  >>MORE

Urban planning gains sustainability edge

Posted on 27/12/2011

Residents of future urban infrastructure projects in Abu Dhabi will enjoy the cool shade of trees near their residential buildings and intersections where they wait to cross the road. Landscaping in future projects will be in places where people frequent, a senior official told Gulf News yesterday. It will also save a lot of water used for irrigation, said Humaid Al Hammadi, associate planner, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC). According to Abu Dhabi 2030 plan, the emirate's ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council establishes Facebook contest for students

Posted on 30/10/2011

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has launched a Facebook contest for students as part of its UniverCity Outreach Programme. The contest, part of the 'My Sustainable Abu Dhabi' campaign, reaches out to all university students in the UAE in an attempt to embrace and practice sustainability as a lifestyle. The campaign also aims to get students to pledge their support to the UPC's efforts to increase awareness on sustainability through its Estidama four-pillar initiative. As part of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Seychelles ink cooperation deal

Posted on 19/10/2011

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) has signed an agreement of intent with the Government of the Republic of Seychelles to provide consultation and promote cooperation in developing and producing the master plan for the City of Victoria on Mahe Island, the Capital of Seychelles. The deal was endorsed by both James Alix Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council presents Emirate's Urban Vision 2030 to Spanish delegation from City of Marbella

Posted on 06/10/2011

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) yesterday hosted a Spanish delegation headed by Mrs Angeles Munoz Uriol, Mayor of Marbella, Spain, and member of the Andalusian Parliament. The delegation was received by Falah Al Ahbabi, General Manager of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council at the UPC's offices. The Spanish delegation was presented with key aspects of the unique Abu Dhabi Urban Vision 2030, which reflects a new identity that represents Abu Dhabi Emirate's Plan 2030 Urban ...  >>MORE

Al Ain revamps roads to tourist hot spots

Posted on 04/10/2011

Al Ain Municipality has widened and refurbished roads in some of the city's tourist hot spots to handle the growing traffic. The development has given a new look to the areas and eased the lives of thousands of people who travel through the areas, which include Green Mubazzarah Park, Ayn Al Fayda and Sha'ab Al Ghaf. The area, located in the foothills of Jebel Hafeet, witnesses a huge amount of traffic on national holidays and festive occasions such as Eid Al Fitr, Eid Al Adha and the new ...  >>MORE

2020 master plan defines land usage in Dubai

Posted on 02/10/2011

A 2020 master plan for the city of Dubai has been approved by the Executive Council, which clearly demarcates usage of land in the emirate, a senior government official has revealed. "It is a master plan for the city of Dubai… we have to know what we are going to do and what is our requirement on these lands and how we need to develop it,” Director-General of Dubai Municipality Hussain Nasser Lootah told 'Emirates24| 7'. "This master plan has taken all the aspects - residential, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi works on Dh30b housing boost

Posted on 28/09/2011

Greenery is scarce and the land barren except for a few scattered residential areas for miles around Abu Dhabi International Airport. But within the next few years, this corner of Abu Dhabi will see unprecedented changes, as three mega cities are developed at an estimated cost of Dh30 billion to serve the capital city's growing population. Khalifa City A, Khalifa City B and Mohammad Bin Zayed City span a total of 88.7 million square metres and are expected to house a large Emirati ...  >>MORE

Masterplan for 'Mother of the Nation Square' unveiled

Posted on 21/09/2011

The Family Development Foundation (FDF) and the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (PC) yesterday unveiled the masterplan for a new square near the Corniche area in Abu Dhabi, which will be called Mother of the Nation Square - in honouring the efforts and achievements of the Supreme President of FDF and Chairwoman of General Women's Union H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak. This came during a joint meeting held yesterday in Abu Dhabi and was attended by Ali Salem Obaid Al Kaabi, Chairman of the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's UPC unveils Baniyas-South Wathba master plan

Posted on 25/07/2011

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) yesterday unveiled the Baniyas-South Wathba Revitalisation Master Plan. Developed by the UPC, in close coordination with Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) and key stakeholders, the Baniyas-South Wathba Master Plan covers the areas of Baniyas, South Wathba and Al Nahda, one of the oldest Emirati communities in the UAE. The Master Plan is aligned with the principles of both Vision 2030 and the Capital 2030 Urban Structure Framework Plan and aims to revitalise ...  >>MORE

Musical fountain to be main draw at Sharjah waterfront

Posted on 12/07/2011

A musical fountain, part of the Dh100 million Al Majaz Waterfront Development project, is set to become the new landmark of Sharjah, according to a senior official of the emirate. Marwan Jasem Al Sarkal, chief executive officer of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), told Gulf News that Sharjah will unveil this new attraction in November. The musical fountain will be 220 metres wide and will shoot water up to 100 metres into the air, Al Sarkal said. Located in the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Unveils Shahama and Bahia Master Plan

Posted on 29/06/2011

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) yesterday unveiled the urban structure framework plan for the Shahama and Bahia region, known as Shahama and Bahia Revitalisation Master Plan. Incorporating the guiding principles of Plan Capital 2030, the Shahama and Bahia Revitalisation Master Plan is the first area master plan unveiled by the UPC with an aim to enhance and revitalise, in a sustainable manner, the existing communities while managing immediate and long term growth of this region. It ...  >>MORE

Al Ain works hard to keep its oases picture-perfect

Posted on 11/05/2011

Satellite and aerial imagery besides normal photographs have helped experts unearth a trove of information relating to the date palm oases of Al Ain as they attempt to map the seven green spaces that are considered jewels of Arabian culture and traditions. The data would be used to create topographical maps that could find diverse applications, including the future protection of the oases and the promotion of cultural tourism. The maps would also provide a detailed description of the palm ...  >>MORE

Shurooq has 3 ecotourism projects

Posted on 08/05/2011

Marwan Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), has announced that the authority is intending to launch three ecotourism projects in Sharjah that will be the first of their kind in the emirate. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the 18th annual Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which concluded on Thursday at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The facility is part of a series of projects Shurooq announced during its ...  >>MORE

Deerfield's Town Square on Track for Delivery in Q4 2012

Posted on 27/04/2011

Deerfield's Town Square, the Dh700-million destination mall taking shape at the Al Bahiya district of Abu Dhabi, has achieved significant progress on the leasing and construction front and is on track for delivery in Q4 2012, developers MBI announced yesterday. With Jones Lang Lasalle on board as retail and leasing consultants, over 34 per cent of the project has already been leased to retail tenants. Nearly 40 per cent of the mall's 808,000 sq. ft. gross leasable area has been assigned for ...  >>MORE

Majaz project 60% complete

Posted on 24/04/2011

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has completed 60 per cent of the construction work on the Al Majaz Waterfront development project, which will be the central park of Sharjah. The work completed excludes the 4,700 square metres allocated for the construction of eight new restaurants and cafés overlooking the Khalid Lagoon and the musical fountain. Construction work on the buildings began in January. Marwan Jassim Al Sarkal, Shurooq CEO, said the Al Majaz Waterfront ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council to highlight plans at Cityscape 2011

Posted on 17/04/2011

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) is set to take a central role at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2011, demonstrating progress and the latest developments on its Emirate-wide urban development strategy - Vision 2030. The event, which will be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, will run from April 17- 20. Plan Capital 2030, Plan Al Ain 2030 and Plan Al Gharbia 2030 will lead the UPC's participation at Cityscape Abu Dhabi this year and dedicated interactive kiosks for each will give ...  >>MORE

16,000 new homes for capital

Posted on 17/04/2011

Property sales in the capital are expected to rise sharply this year when more than 16,000 homes come on to the market and the Government issues Abu Dhabi's first detailed property regulations. Although prices are expected to continue falling this year, thousands of homes are being handed over to buyers who booked them before the downturn in 2008. "The market is coming to a stage where it is becoming more mature," said Sami Asad, the chief executive of the developer Aldar Properties. "We ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans for better public spaces

Posted on 06/04/2011

A survey of 11,000 households last year revealed that nearly two-thirds of residents in the emirate lacked parks, playgrounds and other community facilities in their neighbourhoods. Now the Urban Planning Council (UPC) has developed guidelines for new public spaces. With an emphasis on pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, better access to the waterfront, and areas for families and neighbours to gather, the guidelines were designed with residents in mind. "It's our priority to listen to and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi eyes revamping 50% of city's streets

Posted on 16/03/2011

About 50 per cent of Abu Dhabi city's streets will be revamped as part of an urban regeneration project to make the city more livable and sustainable, officials at a conference in the UAE capital said. Abu Dhabi city is expected to have 3.1 million residents, 7.9 million annual tourists, and 686,000 residential units by 2030. The Abu Dhabi government predicts a population of 1.3 million by next year, with 3.3 million annual tourist visits and 251,000 residential units. For this, the Urban ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler inspects basic services infrastructure projects

Posted on 03/03/2011

H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah, inspected yesterday progress of work in essential infrastructure and services projects in Shais area where. Sheikh Sultan, who was accompanied by Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr bin Hamad Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Public Works Department and top senior municipal officials, inspected the Dafta-Shais road and tunnel project which is being built by the Government of Sharjah as part of its plans to improve ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler oversees development measures in Kalba

Posted on 01/03/2011

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, yesterday inspected the Kalba City marine facilities, the fishing harbour and the Kalba Corniche. He was accompanied by senior officials and representatives of consulting firms engaged in the modernisation of the area. After giving directives for sustainable development of the marine facilities, Dr Sheikh Sultan proceeded to the city area where he inaugurated the branch office of the ...  >>MORE

Al Ain plants more than 1m flowers

Posted on 09/02/2011

The Al Ain Municipality has planted more than one million flowers on the streets, roundabouts and public parks in the city as part of its downtown landscaping and beautification project to reflect the city's oasis image. Engineer Mona Al Ka'abi, Director of the Public Parks and Horticulture Department at the municipality said, exactly 1,864,423 flowers were planted which consisted of more than 60 species of seasonal flowers. They have been planted in the city's various streets and public ...  >>MORE

Mubadala partners with Gulf related for signature retail destination on Sowwah Island

Posted on 27/01/2011

Mubadala Real Estate and Hospitality (MREH) yesterday announced it has entered into a joint venture (JV) with Gulf Related, a regional real estate development company. The new JV has been formed to develop, lease, and operate 'The Galleria at Sowwah Square' a 33,000 square meter of Gross Leasable Area (355,000 sqft) signature retail and dining concept in Sowwah Square, the premium commercial real estate development located at the heart of Abu Dhabi's new Central Business District (CBD) on ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed tours Sowwah Island, New Central Market

Posted on 26/01/2011

His Highness Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, inspected yesterday progress of construction in major projects in Abu Dhabi. Accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Sheikh Mohammed started his field tour at Sowwah Island, a 114 hectare prestigious and premium commercial development. Sowwah Island is the location ...  >>MORE

3D model to help with Abu Dhabi's urban planning

Posted on 25/01/2011

A three-dimensional model that will map all areas of Abu Dhabi to aid urban planning and infrastructure development is being developed by Abu Dhabi Municipality, officials said yesterday. The 3D model will cover more than 5,866 square kilometres in the emirate, and include the area of the capital city, the Western Region and Al Ain. It will be carried out by the Geographic Information System section at the municipality's spatial data division. According to the statement, the two-year 3D ...  >>MORE

Al Qattami joins 'Plant a Million Trees' initiative in Dubai

Posted on 16/01/2011

Education Minister Humaid Al Qattami took part yesterday in the environmental drive to plant a million trees in Dubai. The initiative was launched earlier in November last year by Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for a greener Dubai by planting a Ghaf tree at Dubai Police Academy. The indigenous Ghaf (Prosopis cineraria) has been an integral part of the UAE's distinctive desert environment and the civilization that developed ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Corniche, streets to get facelift

Posted on 16/01/2011

The Department of Public Works and Agriculture in Fujairah is carrying out new projects aimed at planting the Fujairah Corniche and a number of public squares and streets in the emirate with trees and flower beds to give the city a face-lift. The move is in line with the fast growing development the emirate is witnessing, said Salem al Maksah, Director of the Department. "We will begin planting and improving the Corniche Street, where work will be done in three phases due to the ageing flat ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality launches third Dubai map

Posted on 12/01/2011

Dubai Municipality has launched Dubai Map 2010, the third map of Dubai. The map enumerates and gathers all the data of the Emirate of Dubai such as updated names and numbers of areas, names of roads, intersections, bridges, tunnels, and names of government bodies, development projects in the emirate with details of projects under development and that have been completed, in addition to the list of medical services such as hospitals and clinics, tourist services such as hotels, restaurants, ...  >>MORE

Landmarks on the Ajman waterfront

Posted on 02/01/2011

The emirate's determination to become a tourist destination and an investment hub is at the heart of its plans for redeveloping its 28-kilometre waterfront. Officials say that the designs are intended to make buildings and complexes global landmarks. The development programme, which will cost hundreds of billions of dirhams, will come under the Urban Planning Strategy 2030 and aims to offer an attractive waterfront that places the city on the tourist map and makes it a more desirable ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Municipality orders construction contractors to adhere to environmental '&' public health standards

Posted on 29/12/2010

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City has issued a circular to all companies and entities engaged in the construction of buildings and infrastructure to adhere to the standards of public health, safety and environment. This Circular comes in the context of the strategy the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City aimed to maintain the modern profile of the city '&' healthy environment of the community, and stress the importance of cleaning roads and pavements bordering construction sites of buildings and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi project to create more green space in the city

Posted on 29/12/2010

Six million trees and millions of other shrubs, fencing plants and flower tubs will adorn the roads, bridges and tunnels of Abu Dhabi Island by the end of next year This is part of efforts by the municipality of Abu Dhabi to increase the amount of greenery in the capital. In a statement on Monday, the municipality announced its plans to increase the green areas in the capital to more than 30,942 hectares in 2011. Abdullah Al Shamsi, acting executive director of municipal infrastructure ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council completes ‘Style Your Life’ residents survey

Posted on 21/12/2010

The 'Style Your Life' community survey launched by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) for understanding how residents' across Abu Dhabi Emirate use existing community facilities and what additional facilities might be required by residents both now and in the future has been successfully completed. The 'Style Your Life' survey which commenced on September 20, 2010 is aimed towards developing an effective community facility infrastructure in the Emirate by means of elaborate community ...  >>MORE

Sharjah's most vital street named after Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed

Posted on 04/12/2010

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah has ordered naming the Islamic Institute Street the Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Sheikh Sultan's decision to name the street after President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan came amid the country's celebrations of the 39th national day anniversary. "His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi has decided to name the emirate's most vital street after President His ...  >>MORE

Dubai Lagoons' first stage close to completion

Posted on 20/09/2010

Crystal Lagoons, creator of the largest crystalline lagoon, is close to completing the first stage of the US$1.2-billion Dubai Lagoons project, located in Downtown Dubai, said a press statement. The company will construct, maintain and provide technical support for initially a pilot lagoon, before the end of 2010, prior to taking responsibility for all of the main water features through the development. It said the residential development was 80 per cent pre-sold. The company said this is ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khaimah's Al Marjan Island 70% sold

Posted on 14/09/2010

Seventy per cent of Al Marjan Island, the first man-made island in Ras Al Khaimah, has been sold and all developments on the island - including the much publicised La Hoya Bay - are ongoing, a senior official said. "We only sell land and about 60-70 per cent of Al Marjan Island has been sold," Khater Massaad, CEO, RAK Investment Authority (Rakia), said, adding that the stalled projects by Khoie Properties have been progressing. "Mr (Frank) Khoie has signed an agreement with Arabtec and we ...  >>MORE

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


TDIC projects at Saadiyat Beach win multinational awards for marketing excellence


Bain Al Jisrain renamed Al Maqtaa


Abu Dhabi to develop greener, more walkable communities


TDIC successfully completes al Bateen Beach project


Green streetlights in Abu Dhabi save municipality Dh1 billion


Urban planning gains sustainability edge


Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council establishes Facebook contest for students


Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Seychelles ink cooperation deal


Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council presents Emirate's Urban Vision 2030 to Spanish delegation from City of Marbella


Al Ain revamps roads to tourist hot spots


2020 master plan defines land usage in Dubai


Abu Dhabi works on Dh30b housing boost


Masterplan for 'Mother of the Nation Square' unveiled


Abu Dhabi's UPC unveils Baniyas-South Wathba master plan


Musical fountain to be main draw at Sharjah waterfront


Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Unveils Shahama and Bahia Master Plan


Al Ain works hard to keep its oases picture-perfect


Shurooq has 3 ecotourism projects


Deerfield's Town Square on Track for Delivery in Q4 2012


Majaz project 60% complete


Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council to highlight plans at Cityscape 2011


16,000 new homes for capital


Abu Dhabi plans for better public spaces


Abu Dhabi eyes revamping 50% of city's streets


Sharjah Ruler inspects basic services infrastructure projects


Sharjah Ruler oversees development measures in Kalba


Al Ain plants more than 1m flowers


Mubadala partners with Gulf related for signature retail destination on Sowwah Island


Mohammed bin Zayed tours Sowwah Island, New Central Market


3D model to help with Abu Dhabi's urban planning


Al Qattami joins 'Plant a Million Trees' initiative in Dubai


Fujairah Corniche, streets to get facelift


Dubai Municipality launches third Dubai map


Landmarks on the Ajman waterfront


Abu Dhabi Municipality orders construction contractors to adhere to environmental '&' public health standards


Abu Dhabi project to create more green space in the city


Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council completes ‘Style Your Life’ residents survey


Sharjah's most vital street named after Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed


Dubai Lagoons' first stage close to completion


Ras Al Khaimah's Al Marjan Island 70% sold