UAE Focus

Work is under way on Dubai Holding’s new $272-million waterfront destination along the creek within Business Bay.

Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) said work was progressing well on the Dh5.3-billion ($1.44 billion) Mafraq-Ghuwaifat International Highway, linking western region cities and facilitating commercial transport on the international road.

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) said that its district cooling transmission pipeline has now crossed the 223-km mark in Dubai.

Dubai Municipality has awarded a major consultancy and supervision contract to US-based Parsons Corporation for a Dh12-billion ($3.26 billion) deep tunnel sewerage project that will cover key catchments of Deira and Bur Dubai in the city.

A landmark stadium with a seating capacity of 60,000 will be set up at a cost of Dh3 billion ($816 million) within the Dubai Club premises in Al Aweer, Dubai. The Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium will boast several key amenities including a training hall, 5,000-capacity car-park, a sports museum and conference halls.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai have together ranked among the top 17 of the most active cities for shopping centre development, according to CBRE’s latest Global Shopping Centre Development report. The cities currently have a total of 626,887 sq m of total retail space under construction, an 11 per cent rise on last year’s figures.

Dubai revealed its Expo 2020 masterplan in the form of a dedicated experiential zone at the Arab Media Forum last month (May) at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Gemini Property Developers, an India-based company, said it has started work on its luxury apartment project in Dubai, the first of a series of the group’s high-end residential projects in the GCC region.

UAE master developer Nakheel will likely award tenders this year for its ambitious retail destination, Deira Mall, said to be the largest shopping destination in Dubai with a gross leasable area of an estimated 4 million sq ft.

Leading developer Nakheel said work on its Dh1.2-billion ($327 million) retail, dining and entertainment destination coming up at the heart of Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, was progressing well with 50 per cent construction completed. The 4.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has received five bids from international organisations for the third phase of the 5,000 MW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The lowest recorded bid at the opening of the envelopes was 2.99 US cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa.

caterpillar officially opened its new state-of-the-art regional training centre for the African and Middle East Region (AME) in Dubai recently. The centre leverages the latest in learning technology by offering hands-on machine and energy/transportation technical and sales training for Cat dealers and customers in the AME region.

UAE-based Azizi Developments has awarded a contract worth Dh200 million ($54 million) to Keilani Construction Company (KCC) for the development of two high-end serviced residences at Al Furjan master community, a 15-minute drive from the new Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai.

BASF, Kanoo open Abu Dhabi branch BASF, the world’s leading chemical company and a major supplier of materials to the construction industry, has joined hands with regional partner Kanoo Group to open a new branch office in Abu Dhabi.

Dubai is to open this year the largest materials library in the world, the D-Town, which will be the first in the world accessible to both design-related industries and the public. Created by D-Town Enterprises, D-Town Library aims to be a centre of information and interchange of know-how for all design disciplines.