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Aldar awards nearly Dh4 billion contract in Kazakhstan to Arabtec-led JV
posted on 18/06/2013
Aldar Properties, Abu Dhabi's leading property development company, and Arabtec Holding PJSC, announced yesterday the award of a contract valued at nearly Dh 4 billion to an Arabtec-led JV for the development of the Abu Dhabi Plaza in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The joint venture brings together Arabtec and Consolidated Contractors Company SAL (CCC), two key players in the local, regional, and international construction industry.
In its capacity as development manager on behalf of the project owner, Aldar properties awarded the multibillion dirham contract to develop Abu Dhabi Plaza through its subsidiary Aldar EuroAsia. The project, a 500,000 square metre mixed-used development comprising five towers, the tallest of which will measure 320 metres. Construction is scheduled to commence shortly and the project is due for completion in 2017.
The complex will contain 566 luxury residential apartments, 107,000 square metres of commercial office space, a five-star hotel with additional serviced apartments, a 50,000 square-metre retail podium and four large basement car parks with space for more than 4,000 vehicles.
The Abu Dhabi Plaza is a response to the growth in the number of visitors to Kazakhstan's capital city and reflects the growing relationship between the UAE and Kazakhstan. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
EmiratesGBC exclusive UAE operator of Green Key label to drive sustainability in hospitality and tourism sector
posted on 18/06/2013
Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), has been assigned as the exclusive operator of the 'Green Key' eco-label to promote sustainability in the hospitality and tourism sector of the UAE.
Green Key is recognised by the World Tourism Organisation and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and is the largest global eco-label relating to accommodation.
A prestigious citation that underlines the environment-friendly energy, water and waste management commitment of hotels, serviced apartments and other accommodation facilities, Green Key is now regarded as a key consideration in promoting sustainable development.
EmiratesGBC will guide hotels and other tourism establishments in pursuing the Green Key eco-label, providing advisory on introducing best practices in environment and energy management. By strengthening awareness ongoing green, among all staff members, as well as guests, the Green Key certified hotel is expected to meet baseline criteria in environmental management and awareness, and the efficient management of water, energy and waste.
Adnan Sharafi, Chairman, EmiratesGBC, said: "Tourism and hospitality are key growth sectors of the UAE, with Dubai, under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, announcing the ambitious Dubai Tourism Vision 2020 to host over 20 million annual tourists by the turn of the decade. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Prices down for 12 Groups of Building Materials in May 2013, reports SCAD
posted on 18/06/2013
Statistics Centre, Abu Dhabi (SCAD) yesterday issued its latest monthly report on the prices of building materials in Abu Dhabi Emirate. The report presents an analysis of the movements in the prices of the key building materials during May of this year.
The report covers the movement of monthly prices for building materials used in Abu Dhabi during the month of May 2013 compared to April, as well as compared with May, 2012.
The dissemination of the report, which presents a wide range of price data as well as the key rising or falling groups during the specified period, is intended to serve the needs of data users in the public and private sectors for the purposes of research, planning and decision making in ways that support the construction sector, as well as related and dependent sectors.
SCAD pointed out that building materials groups have seen a change in average prices in May 2013 compared with April 2013, with increases ranging between 0.1% for wood and 13.5% for aggregates and sand. Declines of 0.2% for steel were recorded.
SCAD's report indicated that the monthly average prices for 12 groups of building materials have decreased in May 2013 compared with May 2012. The drop ranged between 1.1% for transport equipment and 15.7% for wires for residential towers.
The report further detailed that the average prices of wires decreased in May 2013 compared with May 2012. Wires for residential towers accounted for the largest decrease of 15.7%, while wires for apartments and small buildings decreased by 8.9% and 7.9% respectively.
The report indicated that some of the average prices of building material groups have seen an increase in May 2013 compared with May 2012.
For example, the average cost of aggregates and sand rose by 7.0% in May 2013, while all items in the group recorded an increase between 5.6% and 20.0% compared with May 2012.
Average prices of sanitary ware - bathroom set without accessories and sanitary ware - bathroom set with accessories increased during May 2013 by 20.5% and 10.4% respectively, while the average prices of sanitary ware - sink stainless steel with mixer-single group also increased by 3.6% compared with May 2012. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Dubai skyline gets another iconic addition
posted on 12/06/2013
Dubai continues to prove its real estate industry might as it witnessed yet another world class skyscraper, the one billion dirham Cayan Tower, previously known as Infinity Tower, that was officially inaugurated on Monday night.
According to its developer, Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development Company, which has operations in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, the 307-meter-high tower holds the record for the tallest twisted architectural creation in the world.
Speaking to journalists at the press conference held at Grovesnor House adjacent to the iconic structure, According to its developer, Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development Company, which has operations in Dubai and Saudi Arabia, the 307-metre-high tower holds the record for the tallest twisted architectural creation in the world said the company wanted to develop a different creation to be part of the competition for towers in the emirate,
Dubai's real estate sector no doubt indicates that it is stronger than pre-recession days.
Located in the Dubai Marina area, the residential tower has sold over 80 per cent of its approximately 570 residential units, which includes 495 apartments, with one to four bedrooms, and penthouses.
Alhatti however disclosed that currently, the sale of residential units has stopped, but it is expected to resume after the summer months, adding that buyers who have units in the tower can occupy them starting from this week.
The tower, which took eight years to construct, has a 90-degree curve from top to bottom, and also includes retail space and it is expected to have a spa as well.
Inspired by the structure of human DNA, each floor of the one- billion-Dirham (272-million-US-dollar) tower is rotated by 1.2 degrees to achieve the full 90-degree spiral, creating the shape of a helix.
A colourful pattern of fireworks lit the skyline of Dubai Marina on Monday night marking the beginning of the new towering structure as hundreds of invited guests including diplomatic corps and government dignitaries witnessed the ceremony.
The new twisted tower now join the ranks of the tallest buildings in Dubai that includes the world's tallest hotel, the 354.7-meter-high JW Marriott Marquis, and the Princess Tower (414 meters), the world's tallest residential tower which is a five-minute walk away from the twisted tower. – The Gulf Today
Cayan to inaugurate world's tallest spiral tower in Dubai
posted on 10/06/2013
Cayan Investment and Development is set to inaugurate its award-winning Dh1 billion Infinity Tower in Dubai on Monday, June 10th, 2013.
The event will bring together a number of the UAE's most prominent figures. The launch of the tower comes after the company has received Dubai Municipality's certificate of completion.
President and Chairman of the Board of Cayan Group, Ahmed M. Al Hatti, described the project's quality standards saying: "Infinity Tower has been built according to the highest international standards for towers and that won it several international awards. The Tower has received 'Best Architecture' award in London's International Property Awards as well as four Arab Real Estate Awards in Dubai." "The Tower was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, also known for projects such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Trump Tower in Chicago and Jin Mao in Shanghai. It is a 75-storey tower, rising approximately 310 meters which makes it the highest twisted tower in the entire world," he added.
The project is characterised by its magnificent architecture, giving residents stunning panoramic views of the Palm Dubai or Marina, thanks to its 90 degree spiralling curve from top to bottom, in addition to construction and architectural plans which have been put in place specifically for the development, as well as an internal design which complements the exterior. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Tall Claim: Dubai now has the world's tallest twisted tower
posted on 05/06/2013
The Dh1 billion Infinity Tower in Dubai Marina, the world's tallest tower featuring a 90-degree twist, has been completed, according to its developer.
Cayan Investment and Development, a Saudi-based property development company, said it has received the Dubai Municipality's certificate of completion and will be inaugurating the tower on Monday.
The 75-storey tower is approximately 310 metres high, which makes it the highest twisted tower in the entire world, company president Ahmed M Al Hatti said.
Dubai is already home to Burj Khalifa (828 metres), the world's tallest tower, Princess Tower (414 metres), the world's highest residential tower and JW Marriott Marquis (355 metres), the world's highest hotel.
Infinity Tower has been designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill, the firm behind Burj Khalifa.
Thanks to its 90 degree curve from top to bottom, residents will have panoramic views of the Palm Jumeirah or Dubai Marina.
Although the tower will twist similar to the Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden, which is a series of cantilevered plates rotated about a straight structure, Infinity Tower's has much larger floor plates that require the structure to be twisted as it raised from level to level. Each floor is rotated by 1.2 degrees to achieve the full 90-degree spiral, creating the shape of a helix.
The tower will have studios to penthouses, conference rooms, tennis courts, pools, gymnasium, a nursery and a spa.
A total of 68 units are listed for sale in propertyfinder.ae, with prices ranging between Dh1,400 and Dh2,000 per square feet.
Cayan has already handed over are La Residencia Del Mar, Dorrabay and The Jewels in Dubai Marina and Cayan Business Centre in Tecom.
Emporis data reveals that Dubai has 1,881 tall buildings of which 856 exist, 627 are planned, 355 under construction, 42 un-built and one demolished. Overall, there are 909 high-rises and 448 skyscrapers. – Emirates 24|7
SCAD: 2461 residential units completed in Q1 2013 in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia region
posted on 05/06/2013
The Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi has issued its latest statistics on the buildings completed across the three regions of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Gharbia region) during the first quarter of 2013.
The report analyses data on the buildings completed in the first quarter of 2013 by region, type of usage and cost of construction, based on the administrative records of Abu Dhabi Municipalities.
According to SCAD's report, a total of 1,979 buildings were completed in Abu Dhabi Emirate during the first quarter of 2013, of which 1,283 buildings (? 65.0 percent) were in Abu Dhabi region, 668 buildings (? 34.0 percent) were in Al Ain region and 28 buildings (? 1.0 percent) in Al Gharbia region.
A total of 1,842 new buildings were completed in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi during Q1 2013, marking an increase of 343 buildings compared with Q1 2012. Extensions to existing buildings (which include new buildings constructed on the same parcel of land or additions of new units to existing buildings) increased marginally from 136 extensions in Q1 2012 to 137 extensions in Q1 2013.
According to the report, a total of 2,461 residential units were completed in Abu Dhabi region during the first quarter of 2013, down 6.2 percent compared with Q1 2012.
The corresponding figure for Al Ain region was 702 units, marking an increase of 513 units compared with the first quarter of 2012. On the other hand only 13 residential units were completed in Al Gharbia region during Q1 2013, down from 83 units in Q1 2012.
SCAD's data indicate that 91.4 percent or 1,809 of the buildings completed in Q1 2013 in Abu Dhabi Emirate were residential, with 55 commercial buildings completed over the same period.
A similar pattern is observed in Abu Dhabi region, where 1,203 or 81 percent of the buildings completed in the region during Q1 2013 were residential buildings, compared with 26 industrial buildings and 16 public facilities.
The corresponding figures for Al Ain region were 596 completions of residential buildings over Q1 2013, compared with 39 industrial buildings and 24 public facilities.
In Al Gharbia region, 10 residential buildings were completed during the Q1 2013, down from 46 residential buildings in Q1 2012.
During the first quarter of 2013, the estimated average construction cost in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi ranged between Dh3,518 and Dh4,104 per square metre, depending on the gross floor area, the interior finishes and the intended type of use.
Data shows a higher cost per unit area for buildings intended for residential use by landlords as compared with buildings constructed for investment purposes. Buildings with a gross floor area of 300-599 square metres had the highest construction cost (Dh 4,104 per square metre), while buildings with a gross floor area exceeding 1200 square metres recorded the lowest construction cost (Dh3,518) per square metre.
SCAD said its new report on building completions reflects the Centre's recognition of the huge importance of the real estate sector for the economy, whether reference is to completed projects or developments under construction.
SCAD said it is keen to highlight in its publications a full range of data on the real estate sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in light of the robust growth the emirate continues to post and the promising outlook for this trend to continue in the coming years. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Dubai Industrial City continues infrastructure developments
posted on 27/05/2013
Dubai Industrial City, a member of TECOM Investments and the second largest industrial real estate project in Dubai, announced yesterday that it is continuing with its infrastructure development programmes in the city and that it has selected Rajhi Construction Company to work on projects valued at Dh100 million.
The infrastructure works include: the establishment of road networks within the city spanning 60 kilometres, the extension of 154 kilometres of water pipes, communication cables for 360 kilometres, pipes to drain rainwater along 111 kilometres, pipes to discharge wastewater along 92.5 kilometres, and 53.5 kilometres of pipes for irrigation.
Abdullah Belhoul, Managing Director of Dubai Industrial City said, "The GCC economy and UAE's economy in particular is witnessing a significant growth in all sectors and most importantly in the industrial sector, which contributes to building a diversified and a knowledge based economy. This considerable growth provides many opportunities for the industry players to seize, and we at Dubai Industrial City are keen to have a strong and advanced infrastructure ready in order to empower them, exploit these opportunities, and to enter the market as soon as possible. Moreover, this project is yet another proof of our ongoing efforts to meet all the requirements of our business partners." Many industrial companies based in Dubai Industrial City will benefit from this infrastructure development project, which also provides the opportunity for new companies wishing to establish their business in the city. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
YoY prices down for 16 groups of building materials in April 2013, reports SCAD
posted on 23/05/2013
Statistics Centre, Abu Dhabi (SCAD) issued yesterday its latest monthly report on the prices of building materials in Abu Dhabi Emirate. The report presents an analysis of the movements in the prices of the key building materials during last April.
SCAD indicated that this report covers the movement of monthly prices for building materials used in Abu Dhabi during the month of April 2013 compared to the previous March, as well as compared with April of 2012, compounding the great importance accorded to this report among the most important statistical bulletins published by the Centre Statistics - Abu Dhabi.
SCAD pointed that the building materials groups have seen a change in the average prices in April 2013 compared with March 2013, with increases ranging between 1.1% for the "Paints" group and 11.1% for the "Employment" group. Declines of 0.1% for the "Steel" group, and 3.7% for the "Power Cable" group were recorded.
According to SCAD's report, the average wages of "Employment" increased by 11.1% in April 2013 compared with March 2013. The average prices of "Power cable" decreased by 3.7% in April 2013, as a result of decreases in all items in this group which varied between 3.5% and 3.9%.
The "Block" group increased by 4.1% in April 2013, as a result of an increase in most items between 2.7% for "Hollow\ 6" 15x20x40 cm\ Thousand U.A.E." and 8.3% for "Solid\ 4" 10x20x40 cm\ Thousand\ U.A.E." compared with March 2013.
The average prices of the "Pipes (PVC)" group decreased by 2.4% in April 2013 compared with March 2013, mainly due to the decrease in some items in this group compared with March 2013. According to SCAD's report, the average prices for wires for "Small building" and "Apartments" decreased by 0.6% and 0.4%, while the average prices for "Wires residential towers" increased by 1.2%.
SCAD's report indicated that the monthly average prices for 16 groups of building materials have decreased in April 2013 compared with April 2012. The drop ranged between 0.1% for "False ceiling" and 14.9% for "Wires for residential towers".
The average prices of "Wires," SCAD maintained, decreased in April 2013 compared with April 2012. "Wires for residential towers" accounted for the largest decrease of 14.9%, while "Wires for Small buildings" and "apartments" decreased by 10.1% and 9.7% respectively.
The "Aggregates and sand" group decreased by 8.7% in April 2013. The declines ranged between 3.4% and 20.8% compared with April 2012. The average prices of "Block" decreased by 8.0% in April 2013 compared with April 2012, mainly due to the decrease in most items between 3.7% and 10.6%.
The report issued by SCAD pointed that some of the average prices of building material groups rose during the month of April 2013 compared to the same month of the previous year. The average wages of "Employment" increased by 36.2% in April 2013 compared with April 2012, while all items in the group recorded an increase between 20.0% and 76.5%compared with the same period last year.
The average prices of the "Glass" group increased by 13.9% in April 2013 compared with April 2012.
The average prices of the "Sanitary ware-bathroom set without accessories" and "Sanitary ware- bathroom set with accessories" groups increased during April 2013 by 24.7% and 10.4% respectively, while the average prices of the "Sanitary ware- sink stainless steel with mixer-single" group also increased by 3.6% compared with April 2012.
SCAD's monthly report of building materials prices report surveys the prices of 21 groups of commodities and services that represent the most important materials used in the construction activity, including cement, aggregate, sand, wood, steel, concrete, cement blocks, etc.
SCAD has published this report since 2008. The report data are collected by the Centre's field staff on a monthly basis, in line with the directives of the emirate's leadership for the development of economic sectors and support of their stability in all areas of interest to decision makers, policy planners, researchers, etc. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
EAD keeps close watch on industrial and developmental projects
posted on 22/05/2013
The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) revealed that it has cited more than 1000 violations in the first three months of 2013.
The EAD is a mandated entity in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for permitting and inspecting development and industrial projects to ensure their adherence to environmental regulations.
EAD's regulatory enforcement role is aimed at maintaining environmental standards in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In defining this regulatory benchmark in the Emirate, not only can EAD minimise environmental impact but also help to improve standards alongside the evolving construction, infrastructure and economic landscapes.
EAD utilises education initiatives, targeted outreach and communications to help permit holders understand how they can work in more environmentally-friendly ways without impacting their business.
In light of this effort, EAD has ramped up its inspection activities to ensure environmental compliance across the Emirate and over the last quarter. It issued 287 environmental permits and conducted 291 inspection visits.
Engineer Faisal Al Hammadi, Permitting '&' Inspection Director of the Environment Quality Sector, EAD said: "We are ramping up our inspection efforts to keep in line with the fast-paced development that the Emirate of Abu Dhabi is witnessing.
We ensure that we are fulfilling our obligation towards the environment not only through permitting, but also by conducting rigorous and random inspections to ensure that the wellbeing of the environment is kept at the heart of operations in both industrial and developmental projects."
The top three most common violations cited by EAD at industrial and developmental projects were: inefficient recordkeeping and staff training; the transfer of hazardous materials and their storage and handling on sites and; safety and emergency response protocols in case of accidents.
The remaining violations observed include the use of combustion units on work sites and the related preparation and processes for their operation; noise pollution as well as; solid waste and waste water management.
To enhance its inspections process, EAD has introduced an innovative system to record and monitor compliance at facilities and projects. It uses the Onsite Assessment, Compliance and Inspection System (OACIS) for the electronic collection, analysis and storage of data. Since its introduction, the system has helped to make the information collation process more time and resource efficient in order to allow EAD to focus on minimising environmental impact across the Emirate.
After EAD's inspectors conduct their inspection visits, recommendations are made on the best mitigation measures a project owner can adopt, which allows the inspection team to work closely with them to assist in making the necessary changes.
To ensure customers are aware of the compliance process, EAD spends time on each compliance visit informing factory owners and developers of their obligations and how to work in more eco-friendly ways.
EAD has published a set of standard operating procedures and guidelines online to help developers, consultants and other stakeholders to stay up-to-date on the environmental permitting requirements and guidelines. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Dubai Municipality to complete 10 prestigious projects
posted on 15/05/2013
Eng. Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, has said that the civic body is in great confidence to accomplish the two ambitious tourism projects, the Dubai Safari and Dubai Frame by the end of 2014.
In addition eight high-tech specialised markets across the different areas of the emirate are being developed aiming to decentralise the business activities to more spacious and comfortable places enabling the visitors of the emirate, tourists and residents meet their shopping requirements away from the traffic congestion of the city.
The total cost of ten projects is estimated at around Dh 883.5 million.
The projects included Dubai Safari, Dubai Frame, Al Ayas Shopping Complex, Bird and animal market, Al Fahidi Market, Hatta traditional market, Fish market, Truck market, Used furniture market and Boat and fishing market.
In addition to these ten projects there are some other unique projects like Holy Qur-an Park and Maritime Museum which are still under the initial stages of designing and other preparations, according to DM. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE tops in GCC with US$16.2b construction deals last year
posted on 14/05/2013
The UAE has outpaced Saudi Arabia as the largest construction market with contracts awarded valued at US$16.2 billion in the GCC in 2012.
The UAE's construction market grew four per cent more than the US$15.6 billion of contracts awarded in the kingdom last year, Deloitte said in a report.
This is the first time since 2008 that Saudi Arabia has not recorded the largest value of construction awards in the region, according to Deloitte Middle East's newly-released annual report on the sector entitled "GCC Powers of Construction: Meeting the challenges of delivering mega projects”.
"With 2013 forecast to be a year of optimism and opportunity for construction in the Middle East, all eyes are back on governments in the region and how they propose to manage their spending,” it said.
"In a region where there is an acute deficit in terms of infrastructure, the ingredients for capital projects could not be better,” said the report, the fourth publication in its series.
The largest construction deal awarded in Saudi Arabia in 2012 was the contract to expand the Masjid Al Haram in Madinah. This will increase the capacity of the mosque from 600,000 to one million worshippers at an estimated cost of US$1.5 billion, the report said. Qatar was the third most active GCC construction market in 2012, with US$10.4 billion worth of contracts awarded, the report said.
Transport infrastructure dominated Qatar's construction sector, with four of the five biggest contracts awarded for major transport projects. Hosting the 2022 FiFA World Cup should yield considerable contracts across the construction and infrastructure sectors. Ahead of the sporting event, and in line with the country's 2030 Vision, Qatar's infrastructure spend is expected to reach US$150 billion.
Kuwait was the fourth most active construction market in 2012, with US$8 billion worth of deals awarded. The largest of these was the long-awaited US$2.6 billion deal to build the Subiya Causeway, which had been in the pipeline for almost a decade. Transport construction accounts for 76 per cent of total construction spend in the country.
The report further assesses other markets in the GCC, looking at challenges and opportunities for each. It says that the infrastructure and capital projects market in the Middle East is growing rapidly with governments announcing projects, utilising trillions of petro-dollars over the coming years.
"However, regional economies are facing different priorities from political stability to economic sustainability. Their treasury functions are under increasing pressure to save costs and increase revenue, whilst at the same time pushing an infrastructure agenda that doesn't necessarily ‘pay back'. With everyone focused on the spending, it is now more relevant than before to balance the focus on costs,” the Deloitte report said.
"With significant investment in major infrastructure programmes increasing over the coming years across the GCC, contractors, consultants and clients alike need to rethink the way they engage each other if they are to truly realise the benefits each can bring to the process,” said Cynthia Corby, Deloitte's audit partner and leader of the construction industry for the Middle East.
According to the report, clients' increasing need for transparency, predictability and sustainability of what they spend provides contractors with an opportunity to reflect on how they can meet this by better operational performance, improved procurement, schedule management and cost reporting, says the report.
"By leveraging best in class internal controls, contractors too can deliver ‘more for less' whilst still retaining existing or improved profitability,” said Andrew Jeffrey, director of Corporate Finance at Deloitte Middle East. – Khaleej Times
Structural secrets of Dubai's Burj Khalifa revealed in TV series
posted on 14/05/2013
The innermost secrets of the city's most famous landmarks are to be laid bare in a new television series.
State-of-the-art computer-animation techniques peel away the surface layers of buildings such as the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab and delve deep to reveal the technological marvels inside.
Dubai is one of six cities featured in Strip The City – the others are London, Rome, Sydney, Toronto and San Francisco. An episode is devoted to each, and the Dubai one will be screened next week.
"The fact that an episode is dedicated to Dubai shows the international fascination with this city,” said Frederic Copper-Royer, director of business development at OSN, which is broadcasting the series. The show's makers describe Dubai as the world's most extreme desert city, and say the episode explores "the secret technology and infrastructure that keep it running”.
Engineers and geologists explain how so many tall buildings have been built on sand and are able to withstand ferocious sandstorms.
One section, which explains how water is supplied to skyscrapers, begins with a spectacular sequence showing the Burj Khalifa's glass cladding flying off the building to reveal the structure beneath.
The viewer learns that pumping water up a building as tall as the Burj using a single pipe going from ground level to the highest floors would be dangerous because the immense pressure required could cause the pipe to explode.
Instead there are tanks at different levels. The water is pumped in stages from tank to tank until it reaches the top, where it is stored in a reservoir before flowing down to residents through the plumbing system. More than 900,000 litres pass through the building each day.
Another section explains how the Burj Al Arab is protected from the 130 kilometre-per-hour winds that sometimes batter it.
Winds of this ferocity would be strong enough to damage the concrete core, but the hotel and its guests are kept safe by the steel frame that surrounds and supports the structure.
The series was made by a London-based independent producer, Windfall Films, and is being screened on Discovery HD.
The Dubai episode is scheduled to be screened on the Discovery HD channel at 10.55pm on Sunday and again at 1.45pm on Friday, May 24. – The National; Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/structural-secrets-of-dubais-burj-khalifa-revealed-in-tv-series#ixzz2TF1Yzm9y
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Dubai ranked among the world’s top 10 best skylines
posted on 12/05/2013
A mathematical formula has found the city that has the world's best skyline.
The formula created by Emporis has put Hong Kong on top of the list of 10 cities with the best skylines. New York and Singapore take the second and third slot. Chicago has been ranked fourth with Dubai placed fifth on the list and is the only city from the Gulf Co-operation Council countries to make it to the list. The emirate is home the iconic Burj Khalifa (828 metres), the world's tallest tower, Princess Tower (414 metres), the world's highest residential tower and JW Marriott Marquis (355 metres), the world's highest hotel.
As revealed by Emirates 24/7, Dubai is set to get a 111-storey tower on Sheikh Zayed Road, and Emaar Properties Chairman Mohamed Alabbar has pointed to building a tower taller than existing Burj Khalifa.
Emporis data reveals Dubai has 1,881 buildings of which 856 exist, 627 planned, 355 under construction, 42 unbuilt and one demolished. Overall, there are 909 high-rises and 448 skyscrapers.
In Hong Kong, there are 8,108 buildings of which 7,892 exist, 140 planned, 32 under construction, 15 unbuilt and 29 demolished. In total, there are 6,593 high-rises and 1,317 skycrapers
In New York, there are 728,438 buildings of which 727,735 exist, 114 planned, 91 under construction, 123 unbuilt and 375 demolished. The city has 5,845 high-rises and 700 skycrapers.
Singapore has 6,913 buildings of which 6,402 exist, 45 planned, 240 under construction, 16 unbuilt and 210 demolished. The island city has 4,574 high-rises and 190 skycrapers.
The Emporis formula determines the best skyline in the world in real time by assigning points to high-rise buildings based on floor count.
Its calculation for the best skyline, however, does not include TV towers, masts, bridges, or other structures. – Emirates 24|7
Municipality of Abu Dhabi City moves ahead with construction of infrastructure projects at Khalifa City A
posted on 12/05/2013
In implementation of the prudent vision of Abu Government aimed at improving the quality of living for residents to bring it in line with highest metropolitan standards worldwide through nurturing a safe and secure community as well as a sustainable, open and competitive economy, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City is moving forward with the construction of infrastructure projects at Khalifa City A at all levels, spanning public parks, storm-water drainage projects, pumping stations and street-lighting works across the city.
In doing so, the Municipality of Abu Dhabi City adopts a strategy aligned with the directives of Abu Dhabi Government under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council. Thanks to the unlimited governmental support to bolster the infrastructure, the Municipality is always seeking to upgrade the infrastructure of the city in a way that fulfils the needs and expectations of the community and provides world-class services conforming to the vision of Abu Dhabi Government focused on the provision of a superior and safe living for all residents. This drive also meets the futuristic vision of Abu Dhabi 2030 and the scale of the exponential growth rates experienced by the Emirate. It also echoes the intention of Abu Dhabi to move forward towards realising its aspirations to provide the highest standards of living and services for the benefit of all citizens.
As for the rainwater drainage project at Khalifa City A, works include modifying the openings of more than 2637 existing manholes, constructing 2426 new manholes as well as 493 new inspection chambers, and extending pipes spanning more than 67 thousand meters.
Infrastructure projects pencilled for construction at Khalifa City A include the construction of pumping stations including a pipeline extending 950 longitudinal meters with diameters ranging from 1400 to 2400 mm, in addition to the construction of 3 new pumping stations that will contribute to nurturing a safe environment capable of handling huge amounts of water and draining it at the highest global standards and specifications.
The Municipality is also engaged in construction programs and projects designed to rehabilitate roads at Khalifa City A, which involve street lighting works for 3000 poles or more, cables extending more than 116 thousand meters, and 77 light-feeding boxes.
The total area of Khalifa City A spans 22.9 square kilometres divided into 42 sectors comprising 3833 land plots, of which 3686 are residential land plots. The number of land plots under construction is 2840 plots, and the number of commercial plots is 60 whereas the number of government and public plots reaches 87, moreover, the City includes 3 public parks.
The Municipality is pondering the construction of 4 new public parks at Khalifa City A; which comes in response to the wise Decision of the Executive Council to allocate a budget in support of the infrastructure projects at Khalifa City A to the order of 396 million dirham to keep pace with the demographic growth in the City and provide quality services to residents. These projects conform to the best practices of conserving natural resources, protecting the environment, providing growth ingredients and improving the community's living, social and cultural experience in order to provide decent living in keeping with the attention of our leadership to ensure the stability and welfare of residents; which will ultimately serve the objectives of Abu Dhabi Government to enhance the profile of the city at the regional, Arab and international levels. - Emirates News Agency, WAM
'Dubai Frame' project’s progress reviewed
posted on 12/05/2013
Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, on Wednesday visited the Dubai Frame project site in Zabeel Park in the presence of assistant director generals and senior officials of the municipality.
The visit was aimed at reviewing the progress of the project which is anticipated to be a new icon of Dubai like Burj Khaleefa and Burj Al Arab. Dubai Frame is likely to attract over 2 million tourists every year.
Having reviewed the project site and preparations, Lootah expressed his delight in having such an impressive milestone and icon in Dubai and said that the project is a complete glassy and transparent frame resembling a huge window frame to highlight the attractions of the city, where the visitors can view the scenes and buildings on Sheikh Zayed Road from one side symbolising the modern Dubai city, while other side of the frame will show the landmarks of Deira, Umm Hurair and Karama, which symbolise the old Dubai.
"The ground leg of the Frame will include a museum that tells the story of the development of the city and information on its past and present. The electrical panoramic elevators will help visitors move through its facilities as if they are moving in the sky inside the glass frame," Lootah said.
The Dh120 million project will be constructed in an area of 697 square metres with 150 metres height and 100 metres width and likely to be completed by the end of 2014. – Emirates 24|7
Dh 1.5 billion Abu Dhabi infrastructure projects approved
posted on 09/05/2013
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, headed the Council's meeting held at the Crown Prince's Court on Wednesday May 8th 2013.
At the outset of the meeting, the Council members reviewed topics on the agenda presented by various government departments. They stressed the need for all projects and programmes, whether underway or being planned, should be fully integrated. As such, they can have a have a far greater impact on the work that is progressing in Abu Dhabi Emirate in all fields.
Upon directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Council endorsed a number of infrastructure development projects across the Emirate with a total cost of more than Dh1.5 billion. The projects include infrastructure development work at Khalifa City (A), Sheibat Alwatah Housing Project and the Zayed City - Ghayyath Highway.
The Council also discussed plans related to the tourist sector and customer services, and looked into the Abu Dhabi Government "Mystery Shopper" Programme, which aims to provide accurate and realistic information about the government's services to its customers. The Council underlined the necessity to provide customer services of high quality to support increased levels of development being experienced by the Emirate in various sectors.
Dh396 million allotted for infrastructure improvement at Khalifa City (A) The Council approved allocation of Dh396 million to carry out infrastructure development projects at Khalifa City (A) so as to keep pace with the population growth in the city, maintain a high quality of life, and at the same time preserve natural resources and protect the environment in the area.
The new plans cover street lighting, constructing pavements, improving the rainwater drainage network, building water pump plants and reducing the level of underground waters.
The implementation of these projects is in line with several initiatives launched by the Abu Dhabi government in response to the leadership's directives. The main objective is to further develop Abu Dhabi Emirate and strongly establish Abu Dhabi as a place of attraction for world tourism and economic activities. This can only be realised through providing better infrastructure services based on international standards that can meet requirements for progress in all fields.
Dh712 million for Sheibat Alwatah Housing Project The Council approved a tender to carry infrastructure work worth Dh712 million at Sheibat Alwatah Housing Project (A '&' B) in Al Ain city. Al Ain Municipality was authorised to approve all contracts presented by the real estate developer before being concluded with the consulting engineering and contracting companies that will be partners to complete the project infrastructure work.
The project plan of action, to be carried out over 28 months, includes constructing roads, installing electricity, sewerage and rain water networks, telecommunications and roadside greening. The project includes 1,580 villas dedicated for UAE nationals.
Upon directives from His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, housing projects intended for UAE nationals are considered to be a top priority on the Abu Dhabi Executive Council's agenda. His Highness, time and again, underlined the necessity to secure all means that guarantee the best living conditions for citizens and their families.
Dh267.5 million to fund Zayed City - Ghayathi double-lane road project Another decision was taken by the Council under which the Department of Transport was assigned to conclude a contract with a contracting company to carry out a two-track, 80km road project linking Zayed City with Ghayathi in the Western Region.
The Dh267.5 million project includes supplying roundabouts and intersections along the road with lighting using solar energy. The project is expected to improve transport services in the Western Region and help reduce car accidents to further ensure safety.
Within the Abu Dhabi government's drive to make the Emirate a haven for world tourism, the Council approved costs of contracts concluded with Museums to establish cultural institutions on Saadiyat Island. These include the Sheikh Zayed National Museum, the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi. These cultural projects are expected to be completed within the coming five years, placing Abu Dhabi on the world tourism map. Such places of interest will further develop Abu Dhabi as a desirable destination already widely known for its entertainment, conference and business tourism facilities.
Dh175 million to improve facilities at Abu Dhabi main bus depot The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi was authorised to refer a tender to a contracting company to improve public facilities at Abu Dhabi main bus depot at a total cost of Dh175.8 million.
The project, to be located at Khalifa City (A), includes establishing a main bus depot that could accommodate around 480 buses. A fuel station, car washing facilities and a maintenance workshop accommodating 550 buses will also be set up.
The new depot was designed to improve public transport services to meet future demands. It will be provided with environment- friendly facilities that will meet the world's highest standards. - Emirates News Agency, WAM
Abu Dhabi World Trade Centre to open in 2014
posted on 25/04/2013
Residents in the capital will be able to enjoy a unique combination of world class shopping, dining, entertainment and living in the heart of Abu Dhabi when the World Trade Centre opens its doors next year.
The Aldar-developed WTCAD (World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi) located on the 12-acre site of the old Central Market, will have a shopping mall, residential tower, business tower, a souq and The Courtyard by Marriott Hotels — all creating an unrivalled downtown experience unique to the capital.
The Souq has been open since August 2010. The mall and the offices are expected to be operational later this year. Construction of The Residences and The Courtyard hotel will be completed in 2014.
The line-up of international retail outlets in the WTC mall, that combines traditional architecture with modern luxury, include the first House of Fraser in the Middle East, Ted Baker, Rodeo Drive, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Gerry Weber and Escada to name a few.
Casual dining outlets will include favourites such as PF Chang, Le Pain Quotidien and Fatburger.
Entertainment comes in the form of an eight-screen cinema complex, and the WTCAD will also have a medical clinic, Spinney's supermarket and beauty salons to complete the mix.
"From the first House of Fraser outside the UK to the unique rooftop gardens and the extensive retail and dining offerings, we are really excited and looking forward to the time when shoppers will be able to enjoy an unrivalled shopping experience in a beautifully designed space,” said David Wallace, retail mall manager at the World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi. – Gulf News
TDIC to showcase investment opportunities in Abu Dhabi at Cityscape
posted on 16/04/2013
Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), will be showcasing its diverse portfolio of prestigious developments and its offering of unique investment opportunities at this year's Cityscape Abu Dhabi.
The event, which will take place on April 16-18, 2013 taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, will give potential investors the chance to learn more about TDIC's various ongoing projects such as those located in Abu Dhabi city and Saadiyat.
Visitors of TDIC's stand will be introduced to the investment opportunities on offer, whether for leasing or sale, at the university neighbourhood, the Saadiyat Beach Golf Views, and across Saadiyat Beach, in addition to the residential offering at the Saadiyat Beach Villas, The Residences at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and the Eastern Mangroves residences Ahmed Al Fahim, Executive Director of Marketing, Communications, Sales and Leasing at TDIC, stated: "We are excited about our participation at Cityscape Abu Dhabi this year to shed light on the investment opportunities we're offering through our diverse portfolio of projects. We have witnessed recently significant growth in the real estate market in Abu Dhabi and in the UAE in general, which is evidence to the return of confidence in the investment sector, supported by the availability of liquidity in the market and the bank's offering of various financing options."
TDIC has received much interest in the commercial plots it has recently released on Saadiyat Marina District, which make up the area known as the university neighbourhood and which by 2014 will become home to New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). The infrastructure work for the area is under way to be completed by the first quarter of 2014. The university neighbourhood gives investors a wide range of potential opportunities that go hand in hand with the growth of a campus area such as retail outlets, commercial centres, entertainment facilities, educational institutions, hospitality and residential projects and many others.
In close proximity is the Saadiyat Beach Golf Views, an area situated in the heart of the island's championship golf course with limited land plots for sale, giving potential homeowners an exclusive opportunity to build their own dream home at the finest address in Abu Dhabi. Since their launch, TDIC has witnessed increased interest from potential homeowners with more than 60 percent of the plots sold to date.
A very limited number of land plots along the stretch of Saadiyat Beach will be showcased to investors who are interested to invest in the hospitality and leisure sector such as luxury hotels and beach clubs. These plots are located on the island's tourism hotspot, next door to international five-star hotels such as The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort and the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, in addition to the island's top-class sport and leisure facilities - such as the region's first championship beachfront golf course, Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, and the world's first Monte-Carlo Beach Club outside of Monaco, the Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat.
During Cityscape Abu Dhabi, TDIC will also showcase its retail portfolio including ‘The District', a world-class retail destination in the heart of the island's Cultural District and which is scheduled for completion by 2017. TDIC has partnered with L Real Estate (LRE), a global real estate development and investment fund sponsored by LVMH, to develop the retail destination. It comprises three levels - all above ground starting from the street level - distributed over 168,000 square metres of leasable space with more than 550 units allocated for luxury and fashion brands, dining outlets, high-end department stores, home furnishing chains, art galleries, family entertainment venues and various other speciality stores and services. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Aldar's disc HQ in Abu Dhabi ranked among the world's most spectacular offices
posted on 08/04/2013
Aldar's disc-shaped headquarters has taken its place alongside global landmarks such as Kuala Lumpur's Petronas Towers and the Lloyd's of London building in a line-up of the world's most dazzling corporate offices.
The 23-storey circular building at the capital's Al Raha Beach has been named in a list of 16 eye-catching structures compiled by a jury of experts.
Designed by MZ Architects, which has offices in Abu Dhabi and Lebanon, the 110-metre tall building, which opened in 2010, was the first upright circular building in the Middle East.
This is not the first time the building has won international recognition – it was named Best Futuristic Design at the 2008 Building Exchange Conference in Spain.
The structures, which are not listed in any particular order, were selected from dozens around the world by experts from the building-data firm Emporis. The jury considered innovative design, visual impact and function in making its choices.
The list also includes two BMW buildings in Munich, the Hearst Tower in New York, Gazprom's headquarters in Moscow, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong and the Adidas Laces building in Herzogenaurach, Germany.
Some of world's best-know architects and practices are represented, including Cesar Pelli, Richard Rogers, Foster and Partners and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the company behind the Burj Khalifa.
"Especially for big companies, architecture has become an important image factor in recent years,” said an Emporis spokesman.
"Buildings serve as corporate representation and are a company's ‘built business card'.”
The accolade for the Abu Dhabi landmark was welcomed by Ahmed Al Ali, an Emirati architect.
"It is very important to recognise such a building and highlight the importance of architecture in this region,” he said. "Good architecture brings good recognition, and buildings represent new attitudes. And, as we celebrate the importance of traditional architecture, we should celebrate also new buildings.”
Mr Al Ali, a principal at Dubai-based X Architects, said the Aldar building was beautifully designed.
"Maybe I disagree a little bit with the colours and the details,” he said. "But the form of it is very nice, especially when you see it from far away and the sunset casts a shadow that is a beautiful dark circle.”
Aldar is in the process of merging with fellow Abu Dhabi developer Sorouh.
Power Structures: The World's Most Spectacular Corporate Headquarters will be officially announced tomorrow. For full details, see www.emporis.com. – The National
Phase 2 of ‘Damac Towers by Paramount’
posted on 04/04/2013
Damac Properties, the Middle East's largest luxury private developer, is launching phase two of a US$1 billion luxury hotel and serviced residences to Indian investors, following a sell-out event in Dubai.
Damac Towers by Paramount', is being developed on platinum real estate in Dubai overlooking the Burj Khalifa and the world's largest mall. More than 200 units were snapped up in just a few hours, making it one of the most sought-after projects in the region.
Damac Towers by Paramount comprises a 540 key Paramount Hotel & Residences and more than 1,000 units of Damac Maison – Paramount co-branded serviced hotel residences.
Developed by Damac Properties in partnership with Paramount Hotel & Resorts (PHR-FZ-LLC), the project offers an ambience and reflection of the Hollywood glamour and California cool lifestyle, synonymous with Paramount Pictures over the past 101 years.
Damac Properties will be presenting the project during a road show in Riyadh and Jeddah on April 6, 2013 and there will be further events in Dammam and Mecca on April 7 2013, with exclusive launch prices for the second release of the project. – Khaleej Times
Construction to recommence on Dubai Trade Centre District
posted on 31/03/2013
Work will shortly recommence on the construction and re-master-planning of Dubai Trade Centre District, a 146,000 square metre site between the current Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and Emirates Towers, Dubai World Trade Centre said.
Approval for the recommencement of work was granted by H.H Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Board of Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), and the Board of DWTC, following a review of proposals at DWTC's annual board meeting last Thursday (21st March). The approval extends to the construction of the first phase which includes a mid-scale hotel of 588 keys and three buildings located immediately adjacent to Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, and the re-master-planning of the remainder of the District.
Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre, commented: "In the late 1970's the building of Sheikh Rashid Tower - the premier building of DWTC - was the catalyst for the development of the Commercial Business District (CBD). As shown by the high occupancy rates of commercial buildings in the CBD, there is now demand for prime office space in the area, particularly from large multinational corporations looking to consolidate and companies who are outgrowing their existing offices. Occupancy rates in business hotels are similarly high, demonstrating a requirement for more supply. This first phase of Dubai Trade Centre District will cater to this dual demand." On-shore office space in the CBD - the area between Sheikh Rashid Tower and Burj Khalifa - represents approximately 13% of the total office space in the city. Current occupancy levels are at approximately 85%, a figure already significantly higher than the wider Dubai market average and which is forecast to rise above 90% in the next year.
Construction of the Dubai Trade Centre District has been on hold since early 2010 and with construction of the first phase recommencing, the remainder of the site will be re-master-planned to ensure it fits with the changing requirements of the local economy.
Of the re-master-planning, Almarri commented: "Just as this first stage is designed to satisfy clearly defined opportunities, revising the wider masterplan and adopting a multi-phased approach gives us the flexibility to ensure that plans for the Dubai Trade Centre District are able to respond to evolving market dynamics." Construction will begin in the third quarter of this year, with a target completion date for the first commercial building in the final quarter of 2015 and an opening date for the hotel in early 2016. Construction of the other two buildings in this phase - both designated for mixed-use purposes - are expected to commence construction in 2014 and 2015 and be completed within 30 month timelines. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE construction industry rises to new heights
posted on 24/03/2013
The UAE construction industry is witnessing a fast track growth with a groove of on-going projects, investment into green open spaces, and the strong government support, a report from RNCOS analysts said the market, which was estimated at US$39.4 billion (Dh144.6 billion) in 2012, is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 9.5 per cent during 2012-2016.
Additionally, a new report released by EC Harris predicts that UAE's construction market has returned to near full capacity, taking into account the UAE's estimated real gross domestic product (GDP) growth, thriving industry sectors such as leisure and tourism, ability to raise debt funding, investment in major pipeline construction projects and construction tender price levels.
Moreover, favourable government policies, such as permitting non-UAE national freeholds and leaseholds are attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in construction. An increasing number of foreigners are now focusing on acquiring properties across the country, thereby contributing to the growth of the construction sector.
This positive turnaround of the UAE's construction industry has led Danube Group, a leading construction and home interior company in UAE to record an increase of 15 per cent growth in its business. The increase brings the company one step closer towards achieving a revenue target of Dh1 billion by the year 2015.
"[The year] 2012 has been a momentous year for our business growth,” said Rizwan Sajan, Founder & Chairman of Danube Group. "The construction industry in UAE has always been a key source in driving growth for the nation's economy. The developments in the construction industry are a positive indication of better revenues for the market. This will lead to extraordinary demand for building materials and technological innovations, thus boosting the economy further,” said Rizwan Sajan, Founder & Chairman of Danube Group.
Further, the country is witnessing massive investments from both public and private enterprises in the construction sector. Post the announcement of Mohammad bin Rashid City which will comprise of a Universal Studios theme park, more than 100 hotels and the world's biggest shopping mall, the construction sector in UAE is being fuelled by expansion.
In line with this, Danube also introduced the region's largest Industrial Complex at Technopark, Jebel Ali. Strategically located to cater to the GCC markets, the Industrial Complex oversees an investment of Dh50 million which will help reduce UAE's construction industry's dependence on imported finished products as these will be custom-manufactured in the complex. Lately, the company has also been recognised for its exemplary performance and key initiatives rendered towards regional development, including the collaboration with Dubai Metro.
Moreover, the year 2012 has given rise to a myriad of developments in the construction industry across the Mena region with an anticipated US$1.95 trillion worth of construction projected in the UAE for 2013. Aiming to maintain a sustained development in the industry, Danube will post a 15 per cent increase in its growth.
Also, the real estate projects in UAE are on a high, paving way for the growth of the construction industry. According to a Citi report, Dubai added real estate projects valued at over US$110 billion (Dh404 billion) in November 2012 alone, taking the total preliminary stage projects in the UAE to US$199 billion. – Gulf News
UAE’s road, aviation infrastructure rated world’s 2nd and 3rd best
posted on 18/03/2013
The UAE's tourism, road and aviation infrastructure is among the best countries in the world.
According to the recently-released World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, the UAE has been the rated second best in quality of roads and third in quality of air transport infrastructure worldwide. The quality of port infrastructure and ground transport network were rated 5th and 8th, respectively, best in the world.
The UAE has also been investing heavily in infrastructure development projects over the years. According to Business Monitor International, the UAE is currently investing US$58 billion (Dh213 billion) on roads and bridges alone, including projects which are currently underway and in the planning stage. This figure - which is more than any other Gulf country - accounts for nearly half of the regional spend on development of basic facilities.
The report, prepared by World Economic Forum (WEF), rated UAE first globally in terms of presence of major car rental companies in the country.
The UAE also leads the region in overall ranking and was ranked 28th globally. The emirate's global ranking moved up two places since the last assessment, WEF said.
The emirate also got the distinction of being the best in the world in effectiveness of marketing to attract tourists.
WEF report said: "Perhaps the most important competitive advantage of UAE travel and tourism competitiveness relates to its world-class international hubs for global air travel. Further, the country has carried out effective marketing and branding campaigns (1st) and has embraced policy rules and regulations that are conducive to the development of the sector (13th).”
The report said aviation is critical to the economy of the UAE, with the sector opening foreign markets to UAE exports, lowering long-distance transport costs, and increasing the flexibility of labour supply. Aviation contributes more than 6 per cent to the UAE's GDP. – Emirates 24|7
'Flower Tower' to be introduced to UAE audience for the first time
posted on 12/03/2013
A residential tower with plants built into façades and balconies could soon be making a UAE debut, when the building is introduced to a captive Mid East audience for the first time at the region's dedicated outdoor landscaping show this month.
The ‘Flower Tower' is the creation of French architect Edouard Francois, and is designed to be an extension of surrounding parks, blending gardens with concrete and glass, creating an impression that even in urban areas, inhabitants feel as though they are surrounded by forests.
With one building already constructed in Paris, the Flower Tower will be presented by Italian company Teracrea at the Outdoor Design Build & Supply Show, taking place from March 25 to March 27 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
An incubator of ideas with the aim of encouraging greenery, plants and plant systems to play a leading role in architecture and outdoor design, Teracrea will have a full line-up of innovative solutions from its portfolio at the three-day show, including clay and terracotta pots, vases, trellises, and hydroponics.
The Flower Tower will likely steal the spotlight though, and is expected to be a major draw card for Teracrea, as regional governments and developers step up their commitments to place more emphasis on creating green spaces in outdoor environments.
The Dubai Municipality has outlined its vision by 2025 to see a quarter of the emirate covered in green space, spanning some 38,000 hectares, while expected legislation this year across the GCC will require developers and contractors to include a minimum of 25 per cent of 'green space' and 'outdoor landscaping' in all residential and commercial projects.
Visitors to Outdoor Design Build & Supply will include government and urban planning officials, corporate project managers and horticulture experts who will give exhibitors the opportunity to strengthen existing relationships while putting them in front of a targeted market. – Emirates 24|7