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Mohammed bin Zayed tours Cityscape 2010

Posted on 20/04/2010

The UAE, under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is keen to provide all forms of support to the business, investment and services sectors, including the property sector, said General H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. In a statement made yesterday during an inspection visit of the Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2010, Sheikh Mohammed underlined the huge potential Abu ...  >>MORE

New building concept saves 70% electricity

Posted on 19/04/2010

A recent study of Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority, has revealed a consumption of over 7,000 MWe in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi alone added to an expense of Dh8 million, a figure that is expected to rise with the high level of growth and construction in the UAE. ‘Stand-alone' Abu Dhabi villas have by far the highest consumption of energy due to their large spaces, un-insulated concrete walls, individual A/C units and high proportion of exposed external surface relative to internal volume. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi real estate ventures on track

Posted on 18/04/2010

The Government of Abu Dhabi has been crafting its future skyline offering a balanced growth that will be sustainable. The emirate, which hosts the UAE capital, is also developing a new administrative headquarters in Capital District where the seat of the UAE Government and Abu Dhabi Government will be relocated. Despite the current global financial crisis, a majority of Abu Dhabi's real estate and infrastructure projects are going ahead, with developers and government entities pumping in ...  >>MORE

Major deals expected at Cityscape Abu Dhabi

Posted on 18/04/2010

A business-like approach to real estate development and investment rather than the speculation of the past will be reflected in this year's Cityscape Abu Dhabi which opens Sunday, according to the organisers. "The world has changed and Cityscape is no longer about people scrambling for off-plan properties to flip as quickly as possible," said Rohan Marwaha, Managing Director, Cityscape in a press statement. "Now, the emphasis is on business-to-business, joint ventures, partnerships and the ...  >>MORE

Kuwaiti developer announces 4-tower Dh1.2 billion Al Reem Island project

Posted on 13/04/2010

Kuwaiti developer, National Real Estate Company (NREC) confirmed its confidence in Abu Dhabi's real estate market today; announcing an Dh1.2 billion four-tower residential project to be developed on Najmat Abu Dhabi on Al Reem Island. The waterfront ‘Carina Views' towers have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the middle-income professionals. Kuwait-based NREC is a leading regional real estate investment and development company that owns and manages properties and assets ...  >>MORE

ADNEC commences construction on landmark Al Ain Convention Centre district

Posted on 11/04/2010

In a significant development for Al Ain and a move that underlines its commitment to the city, ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) has announced the commencement of construction on phase one of the AED 3.5 billion Al Ain Convention Centre district, located near the popular Al Jimi area of the city. "Al Ain Convention Centre district is a pioneering and highly strategic initiative for Al Ain city and its people. ADNEC is very pleased to commence development on this landmark project ...  >>MORE

UAE infrastructure to touch Dh80 billion

Posted on 04/04/2010

The UAE's infrastructure sector will grow by 3.3 per cent this year and the industry value will reach Dh79.6 billion in 2010, a new report has said. The quarterly UAE Infrastructure Report by Business Monitor International (BMI) reckoned that infrastructure growth in the UAE this year will be fuelled by Abu Dhabi, and to a lesser extent by transport infrastructure projects in Dubai, such as the Green Line Metro project, the Al Maktoum International Airport and the expansion of Dubai Airport. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi raises its profile with new skyline

Posted on 30/03/2010

Abu Dhabi's skyline has begun sprouting the type of towers that help put a city on the world map. Not only is this new generation of buildings taller and slicker than the glass edifices of yesteryear, they include features that would make them stand out in any metropolis. The entire Capital Gate building, part of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, tilts at an angle of 18 degrees. This is more than 14 degrees further than the leaning tower of Pisa, which leans by accident, not design. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to focus on investing in infrastructure

Posted on 23/02/2010

Abu Dhabi said yesterday it would give priority to infrastructure in government spending for the next few years as part of its long-term development blueprint intended to achieve sustained growth in the oil-reliant economy. Mohammed Omar Abdullah, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, said the global financial crisis has prompted the emirate to rearrange its priorities, adding that a seven per cent growth target over the next two decades might not materialise. ...  >>MORE

Sorouh to deliver about 1,100 units this year

Posted on 23/02/2010

Sorouh, Abu Dhabi's second largest developer will deliver around 1,100 residential units this year and expects the property market in the emirate to stabilise this year, the company's chief operating officer said yesterday. "We'll deliver units in our Sun and Sky Towers at the end of the second quarter and start of third quarter," Gurjit Singh told Reuters on the sidelines of a property conference. "The handover of these units will show in our third-quarter results." Singh said he expects ...  >>MORE

Protecting a national asset: Burj Khalifa Towers with a 100 year design life

Posted on 18/02/2010

Standing 828 meters (2,717 feet) tall and boasting more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest structure: a single tower that will eventually house 12,000 people. The significance of designing and building the tallest building on Earth, costing over Dhs5.5bn (US$1.5bn), has become a matter of national pride making the protection of this national asset a priority to the government of the UAE, investors, and the tourism industry. "The combination of a 100 year design-life and ...  >>MORE

The World islands not sinking: Nakheel

Posted on 03/02/2010

Nakheel, developers of The World, has denied that The World islands are sinking. "Speculative reports suggesting that The World islands are sinking are wholly inaccurate," said a company statement. "The islands were finished some years ago and there has been no subsidence since. A system known as vibro-compaction was used to increase the load-bearing capacity of the reclaimed land mass," it said. "This process causes the soil to vibrate vigorously, minimising the tiny air gaps between the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plans 26 new infrastructure projects in 2010

Posted on 27/01/2010

Abu Dhabi Municipality has said 26 new infrastructure projects will be developed this year in Abu Dhabi City and its suburbs. At the first municipal forum organised by the Municipal Affairs Department at Yas Island on Monday, Salma Al Junaibi, Director of Contracts and Tenders Department at the Municipality, said: "Sixteen of the new projects will be related to roads and infrastructure and 10 to urban planning.” Mohammed Sharif, Under-Secretary at the Municipal Affairs Department, ...  >>MORE

UAE English Newspapers highlight inauguration of Burj Khalifa

Posted on 06/01/2010

The English newspapers in UAE have given outstanding coverage to the inauguration ceremony of "Burj Khalifa", the world's tallest tower. The Dubai-based "Gulf News" said that an awestruck audience watched as the tallest tower in the world lit up with fireworks at the launch ceremony of the Burj Khalifa. Thousands of attendees held their hands to their mouths as the fireworks crackling above lit up Dubai's sky, and gasped every time a dramatic stunt was performed. Many could be seen ...  >>MORE

Japanese Media prominently highlights inauguration of Khalifa Tower

Posted on 06/01/2010

The Japanese Media prominently highlighted the inauguration ceremony of Khalifa bin Zayed Tower through its reports and Japanese Nippon TV Channel described it as "The First Important Event of the Year". In the television news that followed the details of the inauguration celebration, the channel reported that the launch of "Khalifa Tower" sparked new optimism regarding Dubai economic model. On the other hand, the Japanese newspapers highlighted Khalifa Tower inauguration in their first ...  >>MORE

Khalifa Tower is a sign of progress, development and determination, UAE Arabic press

Posted on 06/01/2010

The Arabic language newspapers have spotlighted yesterday's historical event when Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the world's most iconic building " Burj Khalifa" in Dubai. The "Al Khaleej" noted yesterday that Dubai Tower which is now Khalifa Tower is a sign of progress, development and determination. "When Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid opens Burj Khalifa

Posted on 05/01/2010

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated in Dubai yesterday evening, Burj Khalifa, the tallest edifice ever built by man on earth. Sheikh Mohammed unveiled at the site the commemorative plaque engraved with the name 'Burj Khalifa' to the thundering applause and cheer of the gathering who congratulated Sheikh Mohammed on this magnanimous achievement in the nation's march of civilisation. Beyond the imagination ...  >>MORE

The world's tallest tower, 'Burj Khalifa' is 828 meter high

Posted on 05/01/2010

The world's tallest tower, developed by Emaar Properties, was unveiled tonight to a crowd of thousands and the world in a crescendo of fireworks, lasers and fountain displays. The official height of the tower, unveiled as 'Burj Khalifa', was announced as 828 metres (2,716.5 ft). A closely guarded secret, the official height of Burj Khalifa was flashed onto a giant screen before an estimated crowd of more than 400,000, as lasers and fireworks lit up the night sky. Fireworks cascaded from ...  >>MORE

Hilary Clinton congratulates Sheikh Mohammed on opening of Burj Dubai

Posted on 05/01/2010

The US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has sent a special message of felicitation to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on the occasion of the unveiling of Burj Dubai, the world's tallest tower. In a letter to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, the Secretary of State also congratulated H.H, for the creation of Dubai Forum as a platform for focused discussions on sustainable development in the UAE. In her ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai opens to the public on Jan. 5

Posted on 05/01/2010

At the Top, Burj Dubai, the world's highest observation deck on Level 124 of Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, will open doors to the public from January 5, 2010, according to a press release by Emaar Properties, developer of the Tower Tickets are time stamped at 30-minute intervals, on specific days, in order to carefully manage the daily rush of sightseers. Introductory ticket price is Dh100 for adults and Dh75 for children up to 12 years. For those who simply cannot wait, immediate ...  >>MORE

Spectacular sound, light, water and fireworks to mark Burj Dubai inauguration

Posted on 04/01/2010

The inauguration of Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, developed by Emaar Properties, will feature a spectacular display of sound, light, water and fireworks on the evening of January 4, 2010. A combination of dazzling fireworks, light beams, choreographed water displays, and sound '&' music effects will describe the evolution of the world's most iconic new building in a breathtaking sensory journey. In all, 868 high-powered ‘stroboscope' lights will be integrated into the facade of ...  >>MORE

Thousands to take part in inauguration of Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building

Posted on 04/01/2010

Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, will open today (January 4, 2010) in a carefully orchestrated ceremony before a crowd of thousands. Developed by Emaar Properties, Burj Dubai is the focal point of the 500-acre master planned community Downtown Burj Dubai. A giant screen on Burj Park Island, as well as several television screens placed across Downtown Burj Dubai including the Waterfront Promenade, will broadcast the inauguration in real-time. Hundreds of international media, including ...  >>MORE

UAE largest investor in rail infrastructure with US$26.8bn projects

Posted on 04/01/2010

The UAE continues to remain the largest investor in rail infrastructure with projects worth US$26.79 billion (Dh98.4bn) either being planned, designed or under construction. A total of US$113.5bn worth of rail infrastructure projects are currently being either planned or under construction in the GCC, according to statistics released by Ventures Middle East. Saudi Arabia stands second in the list of countries in the on GCC with rail projects worth US$19.28bn. Meanwhile according to a media ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid to inaugurate Dubai Tower on Jan 4th

Posted on 03/01/2010

On January 4, 2010, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President '&' Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai is inaugurating Burj Dubai (Dubai Tower), the world's tallest building (more than 800 meters), as yet another unique achievement by Dubai to be added to the pages of humanity's modern history as yet another landmark to further promote Dubai as an Emirati and Arab city with global brand and ambitions. The inauguration of Dubai Tower is true demonstration of Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai showcases 'vertical travel' with world's highest elevators

Posted on 31/12/2009

Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building by Emaar Properties, set to be inaugurated on January 4, 2010 to mark the fourth anniversary of the Accession Day of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum as the Ruler of Dubai, is setting new trends as well as world records in elevator and escalator installation and operation. In what is described as the 'intelligent elevator installation,' Burj Dubai will have 57 elevators and eight escalators streamlining the travel needs of the ...  >>MORE

Contracts worth US$78.2 billion awarded this year

Posted on 28/12/2009

A total of US$78.2 billion (Dh287.2bn) worth of construction contracts were awarded in 2009 with energy projects leading the list. According to statistics made available by Ventures Middle East, the last quarter (until December 16) witnessed contract awards to the tune of US$36,399 million. The second quarter alone witnessed contracts being awarded to the tune of US$17,516m. The fourth quarter also witnessed the largest infrastructure contract in terms of value with projects worth ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai by the numbers

Posted on 26/12/2009

When the world's tallest building is inaugurated on January 4, 2010, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the record books will brace themselves to receive a flood of new entries. For many, Burj Dubai will be defined by its soaring beauty. Others will marvel at the audacity of its engineering. Countless more will cherish the breathtaking views from At The Top, Burj Dubai, the observation deck on level 124. But ...  >>MORE

UAE tops Arab World in construction work

Posted on 24/12/2009

An upsurge in public and private investments boosted the UAE's building activity by more than 20 per cent in 2008 and allowed it to have the largest construction sector in the Arab World, official figures showed. Saudi Arabia, the world's oil superpower with the largest Arab economy, had dominated construction activity in the region in the previous years before it was outpaced by the UAE in 2008, showed the 2009 Arab economic report, released by the Abu Dhabi-based Arab Monetary Fund (AMF) ...  >>MORE

Burj goes extra mile to keep The Park green

Posted on 21/12/2009

As part of Burj Dubai's green initiative, the landscaping for The Park, an 11-hectare oasis surrounding the foot of the tower, is irrigated using a condensate collection system, said Emaar. Water condensate from the tower's cooling equipment is recovered, providing an estimated 15 million gallons of water a year, enough to fill 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The oasis has six spectacular water features, lush green gardens and colourful flowering trees and distinct divisions that serve ...  >>MORE

Capital Gate is leaning towards a world record

Posted on 07/12/2009

The next time you are inclined to stand at a jaunty angle and take pictures of an iconic leaning tower, head to Abu Dhabi — not Rome where the Leaning Tower of Pisa, one
of the world's most recognisable building, leans. The tipsy tower, as some call the 185-foot-tall white marble Tower of Pisa, was not supposed to lean. It was an accident. But the world's largest leaning structure under construction in Abu Dhabi is not. The Dh8 billion Capital Gate, a techno-marvel designed by global ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi residential city for workers on track

Posted on 10/11/2009

The Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) has announced that the infrastructure works of a residential city for workers in Al Mafraq will be completed by next month. The Municipality is building the infrastructure worth Dh651 million and a private company is developing the residential buildings for the workers, a municipality spokesperson said. Rental Once construction of the accommodation for the workers is completed, private companies can rent the space for their workers, the spokesperson said. ...  >>MORE

Dubai looks ahead to 2010 with new airport, host of projects

Posted on 10/11/2009

Dubai has pioneered some of the world's most exciting and extraordinary developments and 2010 will be no exception as the emirate defies the global economic downturn. The travel and tourism industry is expected to directly contribute 5.4 per cent, or Dh47.3 billion, to the UAE's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2009, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The WTTC has ranked the UAE 21st in terms of absolute market size. Dubai's standing can only improve when the world's ...  >>MORE

Official opening of iconic Burj Dubai announced

Posted on 05/11/2009

The Burj Dubai will be opened on January 4, 2010, coinciding with the accession to power of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The 160-plus storey structure is considered the world's tallest building. Mohammad Ali Al Abbar, Chairman of Emaar real estate company said the company decided to launch the tower on this date as a gesture of gratitude towards Sheikh Mohammad, who is considered the builder of modern ...  >>MORE

UAE steel prices increase again by up to 14 per cent

Posted on 18/10/2009

Steel prices in the UAE have increased again, by five to 14 per cent, following a marginal drop earlier in the month. According to statistics released by the Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (Scad), prices of 10-32mm rebar in the UAE and bars imported from Turkey have risen by Dh280 per tonne, going up to Dh2,250 on October 13, compared to the previous week. Prices of flat steel, too, have increased by 5.4 per cent to Dh2,600 per tonne compared to Dh2,466 during the first week of October. As ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's iconic leaning tower reaches final height of 160 metres

Posted on 16/10/2009

Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi's iconic leaning tower, has topped out its central core and reached its final height of 160 metres, marking one of the most significant milestones in its construction. Capital Gate leans an incredible 18 degrees (14 degrees more than the famous leaning tower of Pisa). It is being developed by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and has been designed by global architects RMJM. The tower forms the focal point of the Capital Centre development, an AED8 billion ...  >>MORE

UAE steel bar prices down 5.6%

Posted on 12/10/2009

Prices of steel bars in the UAE has dropped by 5.6 per cent, or by Dh117, compared to the last week of September, according to data made available by Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (Scad). Local prices of 10-32mm steel bars decreased from Dh2,087 per tonne on September 26 to Dh1,970 per tonne. Among the main reasons for the decrease in local prices is lack of demand and a correction in the prices of scrap and billets and prices of Turkish steel bars. Local rebar prices have been on the rise ...  >>MORE

Falconcity of Wonders to be ready by 2017

Posted on 07/10/2009

Falconcity of Wonders will take another seven to eight years to complete, meaning it won't be finished until 2017, according to the project's chief executive. Salem Al Moosa, chairman and chief executive of Falconcity of Wonders told Gulf News that he would revisit the operations once Cityscape has finished. "This year we will be revisiting our operations. Revisiting depends on many parameters and the world financial problem also dictates... we have to look into the phasing of the project and ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai's exterior is now complete

Posted on 02/10/2009

Exterior cladding for Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building being developed by Emaar Properties PJSC, is now complete. The tower has accomplished a world record for the highest installation of an aluminium and glass facade. The total weight of aluminium used on Burj Dubai is equivalent to that of five A380 aircraft and the total length of stainless steel bull nose fins is 293 times the height of Eiffel Tower in Paris. The last cladding panel numbered 24,348, weighing 750 kg and 1160mm x ...  >>MORE

Work on Dh730m hospital begins

Posted on 24/09/2009

UEMedical has officially broken ground and begun construction on Danat Al Emarat Women & Children's Hospital. The 70,000-square metre project is being built with an investment of Dh730 million, Gulf News has learnt. Located in the Officers City area of Abu Dhabi, the Danat Al Emarat Hospital will become one of the largest and most comprehensive hospitals for women and children in the Middle East. "The hospital will provide critically needed maternity and neo-natal services in Abu Dhabi as ...  >>MORE

Burj Dubai will be crane-free in a 'few weeks'

Posted on 07/09/2009

The last of the cranes atop the Burj Dubai will be taken down in a few weeks, an Emaar Properties spokesperson told Emirates Business. The cranes were originally supposed to come down by end-August. "The dismantling of the cranes will be completed in a few weeks from now as they are currently being utilised for the final phase of glass cladding on the higher levels of Burj Dubai. Additionally, the cranes are being used to facilitate seamless movement of materials for the interior works of the ...  >>MORE

First phase of new Trade Centre Plaza project on track to open this month

Posted on 07/09/2009

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), which operates the region's largest convention facilities, yesterday said the first stage of its new Trade Centre Plaza scheduled to open this month. The new facility is being built on the existing car parking lot close to Sheikh Zayed Road just a short distance from the new DWTC Metro station. The new plaza will host a mix of cafes and restaurants. "This will provide additional entertainment for over a million DWTC visitors per year and it is ...  >>MORE

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Mohammed bin Zayed tours Cityscape 2010


New building concept saves 70% electricity


Abu Dhabi real estate ventures on track


Major deals expected at Cityscape Abu Dhabi


Kuwaiti developer announces 4-tower Dh1.2 billion Al Reem Island project


ADNEC commences construction on landmark Al Ain Convention Centre district


UAE infrastructure to touch Dh80 billion


Abu Dhabi raises its profile with new skyline


Abu Dhabi to focus on investing in infrastructure


Sorouh to deliver about 1,100 units this year


Protecting a national asset: Burj Khalifa Towers with a 100 year design life


The World islands not sinking: Nakheel


Abu Dhabi plans 26 new infrastructure projects in 2010


UAE English Newspapers highlight inauguration of Burj Khalifa


Japanese Media prominently highlights inauguration of Khalifa Tower


Khalifa Tower is a sign of progress, development and determination, UAE Arabic press


Mohammed bin Rashid opens Burj Khalifa


The world's tallest tower, 'Burj Khalifa' is 828 meter high


Hilary Clinton congratulates Sheikh Mohammed on opening of Burj Dubai


Burj Dubai opens to the public on Jan. 5


Spectacular sound, light, water and fireworks to mark Burj Dubai inauguration


Thousands to take part in inauguration of Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building


UAE largest investor in rail infrastructure with US$26.8bn projects


Mohammed bin Rashid to inaugurate Dubai Tower on Jan 4th


Burj Dubai showcases 'vertical travel' with world's highest elevators


Contracts worth US$78.2 billion awarded this year


Burj Dubai by the numbers


UAE tops Arab World in construction work


Burj goes extra mile to keep The Park green


Capital Gate is leaning towards a world record


Abu Dhabi residential city for workers on track


Dubai looks ahead to 2010 with new airport, host of projects


Official opening of iconic Burj Dubai announced


UAE steel prices increase again by up to 14 per cent


Abu Dhabi's iconic leaning tower reaches final height of 160 metres


UAE steel bar prices down 5.6%


Falconcity of Wonders to be ready by 2017


Burj Dubai's exterior is now complete


Work on Dh730m hospital begins


Burj Dubai will be crane-free in a 'few weeks'


First phase of new Trade Centre Plaza project on track to open this month