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Green building code in Dubai from next year

Posted on 12/08/2008

All buildings coming up in Dubai from next year will have to comply with the ‘Green' building standards of the Dubai Municipality (DM) failing which the building plans will not be passed, Issa Al Maidour, Assistant Director-General for Planning and Building Affairs, said on Monday. The municipality is preparing a legislative framework, termed 'Green Building Code', for the developers, contractors and consultants to follow. 'All building plans coming to us from next year must comply with the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi infrastructure and real estate investments to reach Dh200 billion by 2012

Posted on 11/08/2008

Infrastructure and real estate investments in Abu Dhabi are expected to reach Dh200 billion by 2012, according to latest studies, as a result of the government's efforts to fill in the gap in the supply for residential units within the UAE capital. The formation of Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties, in addition to various initiatives to fine-tune its real estate regulations, is also driving the growth of the market, which is expected to welcome 140,000 housing units by 2013. As the market ...  >>MORE

Steel prices drop 15% in the UAE

Posted on 11/08/2008

Steel prices in the UAE have dropped about 15 per cent since the end of July as a decline in global prices coincided with the summer lull in the desert country, traders said yesterday. A tonne of reinforcing steel bar (rebar), used in construction, fetched around $1,400 yesterday, down from around $1,650 in last week of July, dealers said. On July 20, a tonne of steel was traded at around $1,700 a tonne as demand for construction materials continued to drain the local market. Gulf states are ...  >>MORE

Hydra Properties completes foundation work of Hydra Avenue Towers at Al Reem Island

Posted on 10/08/2008

Hydra Properties, the leading UAE-based international property developer, yesterday said that it has fast tracked its prestigious Hydra Avenue Towers project, located at Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi, by completing the foundation work for the project ahead of the schedule. "Hydra Avenue Towers is all set to add majesty and grandeur to Al Reem Island. Avenue Towers is rising fast to fill a void in the property market in Abu Dhabi and is the answer to the prayers of investors and those who seek ...  >>MORE

Construction sector grows 25%

Posted on 05/08/2008

The UAE's construction sector grew by more than 25 per cent in 2007 – the highest increase among key contributors to the country's gross domestic product (GDP), according to official figures. The sector shot up by 25.4 per cent from Dh46.4 billion in 2006 to Dh58.3bn last year, the Central Bank figures showed. It was the country's fastest expanding industry, surpassing growth in the dominant oil sector, which stood at 18.5 per cent. Manufacturing was the second-fastest growing sector, ...  >>MORE

Ajman to invest Dh8.8 billion in infrastructure

Posted on 30/07/2008

The UAE emirate of Ajman is investing Dh8.8 billion in various infrastructure projects plus a coal-driven power plant. "Ajman's buoyant real-estate market has great potential," said Mohammed Al Zarah, the vice-president of Dubai-based Great Properties, in a statement yesterday. The company is a consortium put up by various investors in the Gulf Co-operation Council bloc. He added that the investment includes the Dh500 million allocated by the emirate for infrastructure such as roads, the ...  >>MORE

Major work commences on Dubai Trade Centre District

Posted on 29/07/2008

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) announced yesterday the commencement of major construction work on the first phase of the Dubai Trade Centre District (The District), the integrated commercial destination that is coming up at the heart of Dubai's business district on Sheikh Zayed Road, according to a Press statement. The District has also recently received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard pre-certification for its commitment to sustainability. With the ...  >>MORE

DPE to issue price index for building materials

Posted on 20/07/2008

The statistics section at the Department of Planning and Economy (DPE) is planning to issue general price index for basic building materials similar to the commodity price index issued recently to curb the manipulation of prices by some traders. According to a statement issued by the section, the building materials' price index will include 22 articles, constituting 90 per cent of basic construction materials. The price index will help in denoting periods of price stability or hiking in a way ...  >>MORE

Third of Dubai's budget for infrastructure

Posted on 17/07/2008

More than 33 per cent of Dubai's budget expenditure in 2009 will be earmarked for infrastructure projects, according to the head of the financial department. This follows the Dubai's department issuing Notice No2 of 2008, which starts the process for drawing up the budget for 2009. Sami Al Qamzi, Director-General of Dubai Department of Finance, said an initial expenditure ceiling has been set along with September 30 as the deadline to receive the budgets of various departments and ...  >>MORE

HCSEZ plans to build family-styled labour complexes

Posted on 16/07/2008

The Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones (HCSEZ), has announced plans to build family-styled labour complexes to provide proper residential units for those with limited incomes. The HCSEZ has taken regulatory measures to ensure good environment for residents at the current labour accommodations. Engineer Khadem Sawayeh Al Muhairi, executive director for the labour services at the HCSEZ, said the corporation would construct world-class complexes at competitive prices for the ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Economy reaches price agreement on cement at Dh18 per bag

Posted on 15/07/2008

The UAE Ministry of Economy, yesterday, announced the list of cement outlets and agents who have agreed to sell cement at Dh18 per bag at stores within the city limits and for Dh19 per bag in outlets that are away from the city. His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shihi, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Economy, said that the agreement completes the memorandum of understanding that the Ministry of Economy signed on May 2008 with cement manufacturers in the UAE to enhance ...  >>MORE

Sorouh selects Hill International as project manager for six towers at Shams Abu Dhabi

Posted on 10/07/2008

Hill International announced yesterday that it has been awarded a contract by Sorouh Real Estate PJSC, one of Abu Dhabi's leading real estate companies, to provide project management services for Gateway Towers 3 to 8 at the Shams Abu Dhabi development. The four-year contract has a value to Hill of approximately AED 128.6 million (US$35.0 million). Construction of the six mixed-use towers is expected to cost approximately Dh5.9 billion (US$1.6 billion) and be completed by May 2012. The six ...  >>MORE

UAE steel prices soar, construction boom drains market

Posted on 10/07/2008

Steel prices in the UAE have risen about 15 per cent so far this month compared as a construction boom in the Gulf Arab oil exporter has drained the building materials market, traders said yesterday. A tonne of reinforcing steel bar (rebar), used in construction, fetched around US$1,550 yesterday, up from around US$1,350 in the last week of June, dealers said. One executive from a Gulf steel producer said he expected prices to hit US$1,650 a tonne by the end of the month. The rising cost of ...  >>MORE

Aldar's Al Raha headquarters on schedule

Posted on 08/07/2008

Aldar Properties said yesterday the construction of its headquarters was "on track for timely completion". When finished in 2009 the facility will be the first building at Abu Dhabi's Al Raha Beach waterfront development to be occupied. The building has been designed by world-renowned architects MZ & Partners and recently received worldwide attention when it was named the Best Futuristic Design at the Building Exchange conference in Spain. Excavation, piling, basement work and finishes, and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to invest US$200 billion in infrastructure projects by 2030

Posted on 01/07/2008

In line with its strategic plan (2008-2012), the emirate of Abu Dhabi is aiming to create sustainable industrial growth driven by the ongoing economic boom. Utilising the windfall from a five-fold increase in oil prices, the UAE's capital has posted an impressive growth in non-oil sectors, with the manufacturing sector accounting for 11 percent of the GDP in 2008, while the real estate and construction sectors accounted for 4 and 9 percent, respectively. These figures reflect the serious ...  >>MORE

Dredging work kicks off at Marina Zone

Posted on 30/06/2008

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) has commenced dredging the 2.4 kilometre Marina Zone to enhance its state-of-the-art exhibition facilities, which will soon become largest in the Middle East. The National Marine Dredging Company's suction dredger, Al Kattouf, currently located in the Adnec channel opposite the exhibition centre, will increase the channel depth to six metre to improve access by excavating approximately 1.5 million cubic metre of seabed. The dredging operations ...  >>MORE

Emaar Bawadi unveils Maysan Towers in Asmaran community

Posted on 29/06/2008

Emaar Bawadi, the joint venture between Emaar Properties PJSC and Bawadi, a member of Tatweer, has unveiled the Maysan Towers, the first residential tower complex comprising three high-rise apartment towers within the 70 million sq ft Asmaran master-planned community in Bawadi. Registered customers can purchase homes on a 'first registered, first served' basis on June 30 at a sales event to be held at the newly opened Asmaran Sales Centre located on Al Qudra Road. This will be the first ...  >>MORE

Demolition of-40-year old building of central hospital in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 27/06/2008

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, commenced today the demolition of 40-year old building of the central hospital in Abu Dhabi. Dr Scott Strong, executive director of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City said the "demolition will take 4-5 days", adding that the central hospital had served Abu Dhabi population for four decades when it was annexed to Sheikh Khalifa medical city in 2004. The work at emergency and dialysis units continued until 2008. He added that the emergency cases, which were used to treated ...  >>MORE

Emaar to unveil The Grand Boulevard homes

Posted on 25/06/2008

Emaar Properties is ushering in a new urban cultural experience with the launch of The Grand Boulevard, an architecturally spectacular two-tower residential complex located on Burj Dubai Boulevard. Featuring a theater, two levels of retail and an extensive spread of leisure amenities, The Grand Boulevard will be launched on Saturday. The Grand Boulevard comprises 69- and 22-storey towers that have been designed through a collaboration of the Chicago office of Adrian Smith, the designer of ...  >>MORE

Leading architects in global competition to design one of the world's tallest towers

Posted on 24/06/2008

In what has been labelled as a unique internal design competition, Tameer Holding yesterday announced that acclaimed designers Atkins will compete amongst itself across three of its leading design centres for the privilege of designing an iconic skyscraper intended to be developed on Sheikh Zayed Road. Based on current world rankings, the colossal mixed-use project will be amongst the world's tallest structures and will comprise of residential, commercial and retail configurations in addition ...  >>MORE

Sama Dubai launches construction of Dh20 billion Dubai Towers

Posted on 23/06/2008

Sama Dubai yesterday announced the commencement of construction work for its highly anticipated Dubai Towers. Set against a backdrop of beautifully landscaped islands in the heart of Dubai, the cluster of towers will represent sophisticated architecture. Centrepiece of The Lagoons Central Business District of Dubai Towers will comprise four state-of-the-art residential, commercial, retail and hospitality towers. Built at a cost of over Dh20 billion reflecting Dubai's vision and commitment to ...  >>MORE

Emaar has US$100b of foreign projects

Posted on 19/06/2008

Dubai-based developer Emaar Properties has more than US$100 billion worth of international projects in the pipeline, a senior executive said yesterday. Arif Amiri, senior director of investor relations and corporate governance, said Emaar's international growth is endorsed by the growing confidence in our projects by international investors. "With a pipeline of projects valued at over $100 billion, we forecast international operations to contribute 60-70 per cent of our total revenues by ...  >>MORE

Emaar raises Burj Dubai height; completion in 2009

Posted on 18/06/2008

Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building being developed by Emaar Properties PJSC, will be taller than previously envisaged, with height enhancement work already in progress. Construction of the two communication floors is ongoing and structural steel work has started. The final height of Burj Dubai will be revealed only on its completion in September 2009. Alongside height enhancement, Burj Dubai is also upgrading its interior finishes. International designers from California had been ...  >>MORE

Dubai to get Dh1.3bn Rotating Tower

Posted on 17/06/2008

Work on building the 59-floor Rotating Tower in Dubai is expected to begin soon and an official launch of the unique real estate project is due to take place in New York on June 24. The Dh1.3 billion tower has been designed by David Fischer and will be the first prefabricated skyscraper. Ninety per cent of the building will be constructed as modules at an industrial plant in Jebel Ali and then assembled on the central core. An official from Besix, which has been awarded the construction ...  >>MORE

Nakheel wins Sustainable Initiative Award

Posted on 17/06/2008

Real estate developers Nakheel has won the Sustainable Initiative Award for its Waterfront Palm Canal Towers development at the inaugural Facilities Management Middle East Awards 2008. Nakheel saw off tough competition in the hotly contested category of Sustainable Initiatives and was highly commended by the judges for its efforts in obtaining one of the Middle East's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications. The award recognises Nakheel's achievements in ...  >>MORE

DM sets up lab to test green materials

Posted on 16/06/2008

AS A precursor to new laws on the green buildings initiative in Dubai, the Dubai Municipality (DM) has set up a new laboratory for testing green materials like thermal insulation products, fly ash etc. The establishment of the new laboratory under the Dubai Central Laboratory Department makes it mandatory for all products related to thermal insulation to be tested for compliance with international standards. "The new laboratory will be used for assessing the characteristics of these materials ...  >>MORE

Nakheel signs Dh2.9b construction contract

Posted on 11/06/2008

Nakheel has signed a contract with an Al Habtoor/Murray & Roberts joint venture for the construction of the Trump International Hotel & Tower on Palm Jumeirah. The contract valued at Dh2.9 billion has been awarded for the construction of the eagerly awaited 62-storey structure, which is set to become a focal point of the Palm Jumeirah. The 270 metre design, which has a total gross built-up area in excess of 250,000 square metres, will feature two towers that rise above the Palm Monorail and ...  >>MORE

275-metre water fountain in the offing

Posted on 10/06/2008

Plans for one of the world's tallest water fountains – featuring a vast light and sound show – were unveiled yesterday for the 30-acre Burj Dubai lake at Downtown Burj Dubai. Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman of developer Emaar, said the fountain would be an "iconic feature" and "global water-engineering marvel" to add to the Emirates' tourist attractions. He said, once complete, it would attract as many as 10 million people annually. At 900ft (275m) long – equivalent to more than two football ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Conference on Sustainable Construction kicks off

Posted on 09/06/2008

UAE MInister of Environment and Water Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad yesterday opened the Dubai International Conference on Sustainable Construction at the premises of the Dubai Police Academy. Over 500 delegates, ministers and officials from the ministries of environment, scientists as well as public and private sector representatives from around the world will participate in the event during which winners of the 4th edition of the Zayed International Prize will be awarded. The event is being ...  >>MORE

Nakheel, Arabtec sign Dh3b deal

Posted on 08/06/2008

Nakheel, a Dubai World company, has signed an agreement with Arabtec Construction LLC to build the first 1,500 homes at its Al Furjan development. The contract valued at Dh3 billion has been awarded by Nakheel for the construction of villas and terrace homes at the family orientated community. Construction will commence in August 2008, with the first residences expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2010. Set in 540 hectares south of Ibn Battuta Mall and adjacent to Discovery ...  >>MORE

Revised code of safety standards soon

Posted on 05/06/2008

Construction companies in Dubai have been warned they will face severe penalties if they do not meet new safety requirements. Dubai Municipality will soon issue a revised code of safety standards, which will be binding on all construction projects in the emirate. The code specifies stringent penalties and calls for the formation of a safety management committee at each construction site prior to the start of work. Ahmed Khalil Abdul Karim, safety engineer at Dubai Municipality's Building ...  >>MORE

Construction projects estimated at Dh1.6 trillion

Posted on 02/06/2008

The investment in infrastructure projects will exceed Dh630-650 billion by 2011-2013 according to recent reports, and the value of construction projects in the UAE is estimated at Dh1.6 trillion, during the period between 2004 and 2007, with Abu Dhabi's share alone estimated at Dh880 billion according to a report issued recently by Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry". The investment in tourism infrastructure has significantly increased in Abu Dhabi this year to cater to the growing ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to set up green building code

Posted on 31/05/2008

A green building code is to be introduced in Abu Dhabi as part of a major new sustainability programme, it was announced yesterday. The Pearl Building Rating initiative is designed to cut the use of water by 30 per cent and energy by 20 per cent. It is part of the Estidama – sustainability in English – programme intended to earn Abu Dhabi the title of the Middle East's green capital within 15 to 20 years.\The code will be applied first to upcoming buildings and then to existing ones in ...  >>MORE

Super-slim tower to push design boundaries in Dubai

Posted on 21/05/2008

A super-slim tower named P-17 is a fresh attempt to push back the boundaries of engineering and design, says the head of architecture at the company behind the project. Joe Tabet, of UK-based Atkins, has designed the 81-floor structure, to be built a few blocks from Emirates Towers. It will be developed by Tasameem Group and is due to be completed by 2011. The design is intended to integrate contemporary architectural thought with innovative engineering solutions, says Atkins. He said the ...  >>MORE

TDIC plans grade A labour village at cost Dh700 million

Posted on 19/05/2008

Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi's leading tourism asset developer, is to build a 'Grade A' Accommodation village, complete with a wide range of recreation facilities at cost Dh700 million. The Dh700 million Saadiyat Construction Village (SCV) has been master planned by Singapore's award-winning Surbana Corporation Pte Ltd., which has 45 years of township planning and development experience. It has been designed to international per capita standards for space, food ...  >>MORE

Dh734m Eclipse Tower in Jumeirah Village

Posted on 19/05/2008

The Dh734 million Eclipse Tower's sale will be launched within the next couple of months at the rate of Dhs1600 per square foot, said the sales manager of AAA Appraisers, the development arm of the AAA International group. This commercial tower will be located at a prime location right of the Al Khail road entrance into Jumeirah Village. It will have a gross built up area of 350,000 sq Feet with a judicious mix of retail space of 55,000 sq feet. The pre launch was announced on Sunday and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Investments Park bags prestigious Cityscape award

Posted on 18/05/2008

Dubai Investments Park (DIP), the largest integrated business and residential community in the Middle East and a subsidiary of Dubai Investments Company has been adjudged the Best Mixed-Use Development (Built) at the prestigious Cityscape Middle East Real Estate Awards 2008. "We are delighted to win this honour," said Omar Al Mesmar, General Manager of Dubai Investments Park. Cityscape Middle East is the premier awards event for the region's real estate sector, and we consider it a matter of ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler inaugurates new projects in Dibba al Hisn

Posted on 13/05/2008

HH Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah inaugurated on Monday five new government buildings in Dibba al-Hisn region. The buildings will house various government departments to provide services to the residents in the region. The ruler also inaugurated the newly built vegetable and fish markets in Dibba al-Hisn. Later, Sheikh Sultan met citizens living in the area and spent a long time talking to them. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Yet another record for Burj Dubai

Posted on 13/05/2008

Burj Dubai, the world's tallest tower being developed by Emaar Properties, has recorded another global first with the installation of glass panels at a height of 512 metres (1,679.76ft). Arabian Aluminium Company (AAC) set the new record yesterday by laying out the high-performance cladding system on Level 141. The cladding system uses reflective glazing, aluminium and textured steel spandrels and vertical stainless steel tubular fins as the primary materials. At 636 metres, Burj Dubai is now ...  >>MORE

ADNEC Phase 2 enters final stage

Posted on 30/04/2008

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced that Phase 2 of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre has entered its final phase of construction. The main structural work of the Dh500m Phase 2 development is complete and the main shell of the building is now in place; over the next few weeks glazing, marble and other key elements will begin to be installed. Construction is scheduled for completion in September this year. Simon Horgan, CEO of ADNEC said: 'Despite testing ...  >>MORE

Dubai Waterfront canal flooded

Posted on 29/04/2008

The first part of Dubai Waterfront's manmade canals was flooded yesterday signalling the beginning of what will become the largest waterfront project in the world on completion. Engineers working on the project stood on a bund of 100 metres separating the new canal from the Arabian Gulf as seawater was pumped from two jets into four-metre deep channel. Work on the eight km Palm Cove Canal, which is 80 per cent complete, began in February 2007 and will be the first of four main waterways ...  >>MORE

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Green building code in Dubai from next year


Abu Dhabi infrastructure and real estate investments to reach Dh200 billion by 2012


Steel prices drop 15% in the UAE


Hydra Properties completes foundation work of Hydra Avenue Towers at Al Reem Island


Construction sector grows 25%


Ajman to invest Dh8.8 billion in infrastructure


Major work commences on Dubai Trade Centre District


DPE to issue price index for building materials


Third of Dubai's budget for infrastructure


HCSEZ plans to build family-styled labour complexes


Ministry of Economy reaches price agreement on cement at Dh18 per bag


Sorouh selects Hill International as project manager for six towers at Shams Abu Dhabi


UAE steel prices soar, construction boom drains market


Aldar's Al Raha headquarters on schedule


Abu Dhabi to invest US$200 billion in infrastructure projects by 2030


Dredging work kicks off at Marina Zone


Emaar Bawadi unveils Maysan Towers in Asmaran community


Demolition of-40-year old building of central hospital in Abu Dhabi


Emaar to unveil The Grand Boulevard homes


Leading architects in global competition to design one of the world's tallest towers


Sama Dubai launches construction of Dh20 billion Dubai Towers


Emaar has US$100b of foreign projects


Emaar raises Burj Dubai height; completion in 2009


Dubai to get Dh1.3bn Rotating Tower


Nakheel wins Sustainable Initiative Award


DM sets up lab to test green materials


Nakheel signs Dh2.9b construction contract


275-metre water fountain in the offing


Dubai International Conference on Sustainable Construction kicks off


Nakheel, Arabtec sign Dh3b deal


Revised code of safety standards soon


Construction projects estimated at Dh1.6 trillion


Abu Dhabi to set up green building code


Super-slim tower to push design boundaries in Dubai


TDIC plans grade A labour village at cost Dh700 million


Dh734m Eclipse Tower in Jumeirah Village


Dubai Investments Park bags prestigious Cityscape award


Sharjah Ruler inaugurates new projects in Dibba al Hisn


Yet another record for Burj Dubai


ADNEC Phase 2 enters final stage


Dubai Waterfront canal flooded