UAE Focus

Azizi Developments has announced plans to launch a new mega community project in the heart of Dubai at an investment of Dh25 billion ($6.8 billion).

Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (Dafza) has announced plans to develop the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region’s first free zone dedicated to e-commerce in Dubai at an investment of Dh2.7 billion ($735 million).

UAE-based Al Ghurair Properties has announced a new wave of projects worth Dh5 billion ($1.36 billion) across Dubai including 58 buildings in a sustainably-built layout that will include 8,000 residential units and 350,000 sq ft of retail units.

Dubai Municipality has announced plans to implement its new green building rating system, Al Saafat, (palm frond in Arabic) early next year, reported state news agency Wam.

UP enters Abu Dhabi market Union Properties has announced plans to develop its first housing project in Abu Dhabi – the Al Dhafra Beach.

NFT, a global leader in tower cranes and the exclusive Potain dealer in the Middle East, recently organised a tour of Potain’s factories in Lyon, France, for clients offering them an opportunity to experience first-hand the innovative manufacturing process of its principal’s high quality products.

The UAE has launched the Mars Science City project covering 1.9 million sq ft, making it the largest space stimulation city ever built that will provide a viable and realistic model to simulate living on the surface of Mars.

Master developer Nakheel has awarded a Dh165-million ($44 million) contract to the UAE-based APCC Piling and Contracting for the construction of six marinas in Deira Islands that can accommodate 614 boats and 60-m-long yachts. Construction will begin in the fourth quarter of 2017, with phased delivery over two years, said the company.

Emirates Motor Company’s (EMC) has officially inaugurated a dedicated testing facility for Mercedes-Benz heavy-duty trucks in Abu Dhabi that will evaluate the performance with heavier loads and hotter ambient conditions than any other facility. EMC is the authorised Mercedes-Benz distributor in Abu Dhabi and flagship company of AlFahim.

Masa, a German concrete block-making machines and plants manufacturer, has helped Transgulf Cement Products in Dubai commission its third plant that will substantially boost the UAE-based company’s production capabilities.

Dubai Properties has achieved a key construction milestone with the completion of the raft casting at its Bellevue Towers residential project in Dubai. Valued at more than Dh200 million ($54.