UAE Focus

Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi, has awarded the main construction contract for Jawaher Saadiyat, a residential community at the Saadiyat Beach District, to Al Jaber Building.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) expects to solicit bids within eight months for road projects worth as much as Dh4 billion ($1.1 billion) as part of a bigger drive to upgrade transport links in the city, according to Mattar Al Tayer, the director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said its joint venture firm Hassyan Energy Company has awarded a major engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to Harbin Electric International and General Electric (GE) for its ambitious 2,400 MW Hassyan Clean Coal project.

A consortium led by UAE-based renewable energy company Masdar including the Spanish companies FRV (Fotowatio Renewable Ventures) and Gransolar Group, has won the bid for the 800 MW third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. A Masdar-led consortium, which bid a Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) of $2.

Abu Dhabi approves $148m projects Abu Dhabi government is set to pump in more than Dh544 million ($148 million) on major infrastructural projects including new internal roads, water networks, a wastewater system, electricity and communication lines and rain water drainage systems, said a report.

Aldar Properties, a leading real estate developer in Abu Dhabi, has awarded Dh440 million ($120 million) contracts to National Projects and Construction (NPC) for Nareel Island, its masterplanned island community, and for Al Merief, the distinctive community in Khalifa City.

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) said it has achieved yet another milestone in the development of the country’s first nuclear energy plant, with the successful installation of its Unit Three Reactor Vessel (RV) at Barakah.

Arcadis, a leading global design and consultancy firm, has been signed up as the lead consultant and designer for Tilal Mall, an upscale retail destination which will be built at the heart of Sharjah’s Tilal City. The Dh2.4-billion ($653 million) Tilal City is set to become the first-of-its-kind mixed-use community in Sharjah.

Mashreq, one of the UAE’s leading banks, has signed up Arabian Construction Company (ACC) to build its new corporate headquarters in Downtown Dubai. The L-shaped structure has been designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Chicago Office.

Dubai Parks and Resorts, a leisure and entertainment destination coming up on a 16-million-sq-ft area, has broken ground on the first Six Flags-branded theme park in the region. Six Flags Dubai will be its fourth theme park alongside motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai, and Bollywood Parks Dubai. Set over an area of 3.

UAE-based Damac Properties has announced the launch of ‘The Beach at Navitas Hotel & Residences,’ an new collection of golf and beach-style living apartments set within its Akoya Oxygen master development in Dubai.

Dubai Municipality has launched a new green building rating system called  Al Safat (date palm fronds in Arabic), which will be applicable to all types of upcoming buildings – residential, commercial, industrial and other facilities, said a report.

Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) has so far completed 32 per cent of the work on the Dh4.4-billion ($1.20 billion) new Al Ain Hospital, which will be handed over to Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) once ready.

Leading regional developer Nakheel has awarded a Dh1.8-billion ($490 million) contract to UAE-based Empower, one of the world’s largest district cooling service providers, for provision of district cooling services to its key developments – Jumeirah Village Circle and Jumeirah Village Triangle.

Volvo’s machines are playing a crucial role in reviving a quarry that has supplied quality aggregates used in the Burj Khalifa super skyscraper and rock armour for Dubai’s Palm Islands.   With the financial crisis of 2008, a number of quarries in the Northern Emirates fell silent.