UAE Focus

ACO Dubai, part of the global ACO Group, has recently launched the manufacture and supply of its new building drainage products. It now offers a range of cast iron floor drains to suit almost any application, from pedestrian areas to commercial or residential buildings.

An Asian consortium comprising JinkoSolar Holding of China and Marubeni Corporation of Japan has made the lowest bid for a 350 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) independent power project in Abu Dhabi. The record-low bid of 2.42 cents a kilowatt-hour for power was the cheapest ever for solar power generation by a commercial project, reported Wam.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched its Route 2020 project, which covers the extension of the Metro Red Line 15 km from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the Expo 2020 site.

Khansaheb has won a Dh387-million ($105.3 million) contract from regional retail and leisure pioneer Majid Al Futtaim to expand and upgrade the City Centre Ajman, a major shopping mall in the UAE.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has awarded consultancy contracts for two projects aimed at meeting the emirate’s power and water needs. These include a contract for the advisory services to develop the fourth phase of the Aweer Power Station ‘H’, worth Dh22.2 million ($6.04 million).

Expo 2020 Dubai has revealed ambitious plans to transform the expo’s 4.38-sq-km site into an ecosystem that connects businesses in the transport and logistics, travel and tourism, real estate and education sectors, as part of creating a thriving knowledge economy. “Our legacy plans are wide ranging and ambitious.

Work will soon start on the ambitious Mohammed bin Rashid Library in Dubai with the awarding of a Dh1-billion ($272 million) contract for the construction of the biggest cultural project in the Arab world. The library, which is expected to be completed in mid-2018, will include eight specialised libraries, 1.

Farglory Land, part of Taiwanese conglomerate Farglory Group, has resumed work on a delayed $1-billion real estate project at Al Maryah island in Abu Dhabi and now expects to complete the development’s first phase in 2018, two years later than originally planned.

Dubai supervises 25,124 buildings The Buildings Department of Dubai Municipality is undertaking engineering supervision of 25,124 buildings under construction in various areas of Dubai. The engineering supervision process includes inspection and control of all construction works.

Dubai Holding has launched Jumeirah Central, an urban city district in Dubai that will offer its 35,000 residents a self-sufficient and holistic mixed-use experience through a range of facilities including schools, offices, parks, shopping centres, smart police services and comprehensive community amenities.

Dubai Holding plans to relocate the planned Dh25-billion ($6.8 billion) Mall of the World to a site on Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Road in Dubai. The project’s positive tourism contribution can be fully realised on the new site, Ahmad Bin Byat, vice chairman and managing director of Dubai Holding, said.

Tilal Properties has appointed Arcadis as the lead consultant and designer for its Tilal Mall and hotel complex in Sharjah. The mall will be located at the heart of its flagship Tilal City in the emirate. Arcadis will provide architectural, engineering and cost consultancy services on the project through to award of a construction contract.

Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) said work was progressing well on the Dh5.3-billion ($1.44 billion) Mafraq-Ghuwaifat Road project and was on track for completion by the middle of next year. The company said it has completed 72 per cent of the project.

Nakheel is working on the final details of a Dh4-billion ($1.1 billion) mega destination mall on Deira Islands in Dubai and the project should be put out to tender shortly, a Gulf News report said.

Abu Dhabi Ports has announced a major expansion for its Khalifa Port. The expansion at the port, one of the world’s fastest growing container, bulk cargo and roll-on roll-off vehicle transport ports, will add 1,000 m of quay wall and deepen its main channel and basin to 18 m from the current 16 m.