UAE Focus

Expo 2020 Dubai’s pavilions for some participant countries have reached above-ground level, a key milestone in construction on the 4.38-sq-km site in Dubai.

Preparations for the mega Expo 2020 Dubai event are firmly on track, with Dh10.8 billion ($2.9 billion) worth of construction contracts already awarded this year besides the Dh411 million worth of non-construction contracts, said the event organisers during a dedicated Procurement Conference.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to bear the Louvre name outside France, was inaugurated last month.

The UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the tunnelling works of the Route 2020 Project, which will add 15 km to the Dubai Metro Red Line from Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the site of Expo 2020 Dubai. The tunnel starts at Discovery Gardens and stretches 3.

The UAE has the second largest pipeline of shopping centres under construction in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, according to leading global real estate advisor CBRE. A total of 1 million sq m of new shopping centre space was completed across the EMEA region in the first six months of the year with a further 11.

The Reem Mall consortium has signed up Itinera Ghantoot as lead contractor for its $1.2-billion shopping, leisure and entertainment project coming up in the capital Abu Dhabi.

Dubai Municipality has begun exploratory work for a deep tunnel sewerage project that will cover the key catchment areas of Deira and Bur Dubai. The Dubai Strategic Sewer Tunnel Project, which is estimated to cost nearly Dh12 billion ($3.

Majid Al Futtaim has officially broken ground on its new Dh1.4-billion ($381 million) lifestyle destination, City Centre Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi.

After a successful first event that saw 500 lots sold, Euro Auctions, a global auctioneer of industrial plant, construction equipment and agricultural machinery, has announced a second auction in Dubai, which will be held on December 11.

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) has started commercial operations at its Dh5.4-billion ($1.46 billion) Mirfa independent water and power plant (IWPP) located about 110 km from the UAE capital in the Dhafra region. The plant is the 10th facility to be built under the public-private partnership model in Abu Dhabi.

Nuclear plant 84pc complete Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) said work is progressing at a steady pace on its ambitious Barakah project in Abu Dhabi, with over 84 per cent of the construction already completed at all the four units of the plant.