UAE Focus

Volvo construction equipment and trucks have played a key role in fast-tracking the construction of a major military runway project in the UAE.

Dubai International Airport said work at the Concourse D facility being developed at an estimated cost of Dh1.9 billion ($517 million) is nearing completion. Once ready, it will increase the airport’s capacity to 90 million passengers.

Leading Dubai developer Nakheel has awarded a Dh18.5-million ($5.03 million) contract to construct the new Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) access points, which will improve traffic flow and reduce journey times at one of Dubai’s largest and fastest-growing communities.

Burj Al Arab, a luxurious hotel and the flagship property of Dubai-based Jumeirah Group, is set to get its own exclusive giant beachside resort that will boast 32 beach cabanas, 400 sun loungers and two swimming pools, said a report.

Leading Kuwaiti developers National Real Estate Company and United Projects for Aviation Services Company have won approval for the detailed planning for their $1-billion Reem Mall project from the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC).

The Federal Electricity and Water Authority (Fewa) of the UAE is set to spend about Dh1.3 billion ($354 million) on the development of new power distribution stations and expansion of key facilities in the Northern Emirates, said a report.

About 61 per cent of the work has been completed on the Dh2-billion ($544 million) Dubai Water Canal, which links the Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf in a 3-km route passing through the heart of the UAE emirate, said a report.

UAE plans major road projects The UAE’s Ministry of Public Works is studying a proposal to lay a new road parallel to the Emirates Road, connecting the Northern Emirates to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, said a report.

The Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), a government-owned wealth fund, and Canada’s Brookfield Property Partners have broken ground on their 53-storey office and hotel tower project worth over $1 billion in Dubai. ICD Brookfield Place, a 1.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has approved strategic projects worth more than Dh27 billion ($7.34 billion) based on the independent power producer (IPP) model in its new budget. Dewa has announced a total budget of Dh23.65 billion ($6.43 billion) for 2016, a slight increase from Dh22.873 billion ($6.2 billion) last year.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said about 65 per cent of the construction work at Wafi Interchange had been completed and the project was set for opening by the end of April.

Global developer Emaar Properties has awarded the construction contract for its prestigious Dubai Creek Residences project at Dubai Creek Harbour to Al Basti & Muktha (ABM), a Dubai-based construction firm with projects like Old Town District of Downtown Dubai, a report said.

Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company, has announced the launch of The Green Planet in Dubai, the first bio-dome in the region that recreates the enchanting world of a tropical forest with its rich biodiversity of over 3,000 plants and animals. A majestic green canopy will cover the lush tropical vegetation within the building.

Taaj Arabia, an upcoming Dubai project inspired by India’s iconic landmark Taj Mahal, is likely to break ground this year and be ready in time for the mega Expo 2020 event, said a report.

UAE-based real estate developer Bloom Holding has announced the launch of enabling works within ‘Park View’, a mixed-use development taking shape in the university neighbourhood of Saadiyat in the capital Abu Dhabi.

Construction contractors are going online, thanks to – an online services company that connects customers with vendors. An encouraging response from subcontractors, who are signing up for its services to acquire projects online, is marking a major shift in doing business in the construction sector, said UAE-based businessbid.