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July 2019

RTA, skyTran ink deal

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an MoU with skyTran, a global company specialised in the development of suspended transport systems, to help develop advanced public transport facilities in the emirate.

This MoU is in line with Dubai Self-Driving Transport Strategy aimed at converting 25 per cent of total mobility journeys in Dubai into driverless journeys by 2030, said the RTA.

According to Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, the CEO of Rail Agency at RTA one of such solutions is developing Sky Pod units operated by ‘Maglev’ technology, which are characterised by their safety and speed as well as the saving much of the resources associated with the daily mobility of people.



Sobha unveils MBR City tower

Sobha Realty  has launched One Park Avenue, its latest residential tower at the 8-million-sq-ft Sobha Hartland development in Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City (MBR City).

The 24-storey tower will include 403 one- to four-bedroom apartments, all with balconies that offer uninterrupted views of Dubai Creek, Downtown Dubai, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, Dubai Water Canal and Meydan Racecourse. All the units in the tower will be delivered in April 2023, it stated.

Designed to capture the imagination of the modern home owner, the building will seamlessly blend extravagance with comfort while channelling smart functionality.



Concreative eyes 3D printing unit

PARIS-based 3D-printing technology firm XtreeE is collaborating with Concreative, the first large-scale concrete 3D printing company in the UAE, to open a new production unit in the emirates.

The new unit, which will be operated by Concreative, aims to use the technology in 25 per cent of new construction in the next six years, incorporating XtreeE technology.

This launch is in line with XtreeE’s strategy of structuring a network of more than 50 globally connected 3D printing units by 2025.

Founded in 2015, XtreeE is a pioneer in large-scale additive manufacturing. It recently won major investment from TTWiiN Investment Partners, the innovation investment arm of US-based engineering consulting firm Thornton Tomasetti.   XtreeE’s latest round of funding includes investments from Shibumi International, a subsidiary of Gulermak Heavy Industries, and additional commitment from existing investor Vinci Construction.

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