UAE Focus

Dubai Holding has launched Marsa Al Arab, a mega-project spread over a 4-million-sq-ft area near the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah in Dubai, to be developed at a cost of Dh6.3 billion ($1.71 billion). Adding 2.

Abu Dhabi has launched work on a Dh3.2-billion ($870 million) project to build the world’s largest independent solar power plant in Suweihan. Construction work has begun on the solar photovoltaic (PV) plant after a financing package, totalling Dh3.2 billion, was secured.

Schon Properties, a leading private developer in Dubai, and Dubai Civil Engineering, part of Al Hamad Group of Companies, together broke ground on their joint venture project, iSuites, at Dubai Investments Park. The largest single-site hotel apartment project, iSuites is being developed at an investment of Dh3.2 billion ($871 million).

Work is progressing as per schedule on the Dh5.3-billion ($1.44 billion) Mafraq-Ghuwaifat International Highway, which involves construction of 16 new upper interchanges and basic improvements to the existing interchanges, said a report citing Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada).

Majid Al Futtaim, a leading shopping mall and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has broken ground on its new Dh2.6-billion ($707 million) super-regional mall – City Centre Al Zahia in Sharjah. When it opens in 2020, it will be the company’s largest mall within the UAE’s third-largest emirate.

Work on doubling the capacity of Jebel Ali sewage treatment plant in Dubai is in full swing with 17  per cent of the project’s second phase already completed, said a report. The Dh1.

Emaar Properties said it has accomplished the challenging engineering feat of designing, constructing and lifting a sky bridge that links the new Address Sky View hotel with the Address Residences Sky View in Downtown Dubai.

The Dubai government said it has secured $3 billion in long-term financing for expansion and development of the Dubai International Airport (DXB) as well as the Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has announced that it has, together with Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco), completed initial construction activities for Unit One of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant and the turnover of all plant systems to Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) for testing and commissioning, in preparation for safet

UAE-based NFT, a specialist in tower cranes, has moved into a new sprawling 300,000-sq-m yard, located just off Ghweifat International highway, in Al Dhafra, Abu Dhabi.

BMTC opens new-look showroom UAE-based Bahri & Mazroei Trading Company (BMTC), a leading provider of electrical, lighting and water solutions, has opened its flagship showroom in Dubai, following a Dh1-million ($272,181) facelift.

Jannah Hotels & Resorts, a leading operator and developer of luxury hotels in the UAE, has announced plans to build a 57-storey luxury mixed-use development on Al Khan Lagoon in Sharjah, which, upon completion in 2020, will become the emirate’s tallest building.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a Dh375-million ($102 million) contract for the construction of tunnels and roads leading to the Jewel of the Creek project. The awarding of the contract was co-ordinated with the Dubai International Real Estate Company (DIRE), said the RTA.

Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of destinations, has launched a Dh12-billion ($3.3 billion) master development plan to transform the southern end of Yas Island with a vibrant waterfront promenade with residential complexes and entertainment destinations.

Sharjah Municipality has created a new world record for the largest continuous concrete pour at an upcoming mall in Muweilah area of the emirate, according to a report.

Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) said work on its residential project Jawaher Saadiyat is more than 22 per cent complete, with ongoing works progressing as per schedule.

Arabtec Holding has announced that its subsidiary Arabtec Construction has been awarded a Dh1.46-billion ($398 million) contract by Wasl for the construction of the 2020 Tower, a mixed-use high-rise tower in Dubai.