UAE Focus

HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, has unveiled the designs for Yas Arena, a multi-purpose facility located on the waterfront promenade at Yas Bay in Abu Dhabi that will play host to a wide variety of sports and entertainment events.

A new Hilton resort will be part of the Dh12-billion ($3.2 billion) development plan announced by UAE-based Miral, which oversees the development of Yas Island. Scheduled to open in 2019, the Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Resort will be located at Yas Bay, near the 18,000-capacity Yas Arena.

Ducab High Voltage (HV), a dedicated extra-high-voltage power cable manufacturing facility in the region, said it has provided a full turnkey solution for Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority’s (Sewa) longest-ever high-voltage power circuit, which runs between Muwaileh and Sajaa.

More than 76 per cent of the work has been completed on the $1-billion Al Maryah Central coming up in Abu Dhabi and the retail venture is on track for opening by the end of 2018, according to its developer, the UAE-based Gulf Capital.

Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of destinations, has awarded Faithful+Gould a four-year project management consultancy contract for the first phase of its Dh12-billion ($3.3 billion) master development Yas Bay. Located in the south of Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, the project will be delivered in two phases.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has awarded Spanish company Duro Felguera a deal worth Dh798 million ($212 million) for the development of the third phase of K-Station in Jebel Ali. K-Station is part of the Jebel Ali power and water desalination station, and one of the main plants.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said about 90 per cent of the work on the Dh177-million ($48 million) Al Khail and Financial Centre Bridge has been completed and is on track for launch by the year-end.

Work has started on the anchorages for the stay cable supports of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, following the completion of the foundation work on the iconic observation tower in a record time.

Nakheel has issued a tender for the construction of a new 1.2-million-sq-ft shopping, dining and entertainment destination in Dubai’s increasingly popular residential area of Nad Al Sheba. Part of Nakheel Malls’ Dh16-billion ($4.

Emirates Motor Company (EMC) Daimler Commercial Vehicles said it has completed a major delivery of 50 Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy-duty trucks to Abu Dhabi-based Transgulf Readymix company. EMC is the authorised Mercedes-Benz distributor in Abu Dhabi and flagship company of Al Fahim Group.

Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office, and master developer Nakheel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on city beautification projects. The MoU will support Brand Dubai’s #DubaiSpeakstoYou initiative, and seeks to launch unique art projects aimed at beautifying the city.

Four international consortiums have submitted bids to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) for the 200-MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant being developed as part of the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) solar park.  The lowest international bid presented to Dewa was for 9.

Foster + Partners, a leading UK-based architectural firm, has opened its new regional office in Dubai, thus reflecting the practice’s growing role in the development of the Middle East.  Located in the new Dubai Design District (d3), the office will provide a regional base for the practice to serve clients in the emirate.

Dubai Investments Real Estate Company (DIRC) has announced the completion of preparation work including excavation and shoring for the first phase of its Dh3-billion ($816 million) Mirdif Hills mixed-use project coming up in Mirdif, Dubai.

Dubai Investments said 45 per cent of the grading work and levelling of the roads has been completed at its upcoming project, The Palisades, within the Dubai Investments Park. The mixed-use project, which spreads over an area of 13 million sq ft, is being exclusively managed by Dubai Investments, through the Palisades Development Company.

Dubai Properties, a leading UAE-based real estate master developer and asset manager, has broken ground on the newest marina in Dubai at Marasi Business Bay. The installation of the pontoons, which marked the occasion, took place in the presence of Abdulla Lahej, group CEO of Dubai Properties at the Marasi Business Bay Promenade.

Potain cranes for big Dubai project NFT, one of the world’s top suppliers of tower cranes, has supplied nine units of Potain MCT 205 for Silicon Park, a major new tech-focused development in Dubai. NFT is a long-time business partner of Potain, a major brand from Manitowoc Company.

Majid Al Futtaim was poised to launch construction work last month on My City Centre Al Dhait, its new upcoming neighbourhood shopping destination in Ras Al Khaimah. The retail pioneer’s expansion into the Northern Emirate comes as part of the company’s strategy to increase its total investment in the UAE by Dh30 billion ($8.