UAE Focus

Kleindienst Group, developer of The Heart of Europe – a cluster of six islands on The World in Dubai – has unveiled the first Sweden Beach Palace at Sweden Island. The development will consist of nine luxurious palaces, plus one super-sized version, set in the beautifully landscaped, lush green surroundings of Sweden Island.

Abu Dhabi City Municipality has signed agreements with property developers to construct a community market in Mohammed bin Zayed City and a service station for residential districts at Al Shawamekh city.

DMCC, the world’s flagship Free Zone and a Government of Dubai authority, has announced that the construction of its Uptown Dubai development is proceeding at a steady pace with piling and raft work for the first supertall tower at the district already completed.

Aurora, a UAE-based boutique real estate development company, said it has successfully delivered its latest housing project, Hyati Residence, in Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) neighbourhood at an investment of Dh168 million ($45.7 million).

Leading global developer Emaar has announced that its 6-sq-km mega-development Dubai Creek Harbour, which is nearly twice the size of Downtown Dubai, will welcome its first residents early next year.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has launched a pilot project to install and test a 1.2 MW/7.2MWh sodium sulphur battery energy storage system (NaS BESS), at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Dewa will connect the storage systems to its grid.

Fentress Architects, a global design firm, has been selected to design the US Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai as a consortium partner with Big Things Group, a world leader in building, funding and operating major expositions and public diplomacy events.

A consortium comprising Cologne-based agency facts and fiction and Swiss construction company Adunic has won the bid to design and build the German Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Dubai Properties, a member of Dubai Holding, has completed the installation of energy-saving systems in its communities that will offset an estimated 1,450 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.

Grimshaw, a leading UK-based architectural firm, said it has been awarded a contract by the Sharjah government to design a botanical garden in the UAE emirate. Spread over a sprawling 600,000-sq-m area, it is similar in scale and ambition to the Eden Project at Cornwall, UK, and Oman Botanic Garden in Muscat, said Grimshaw.

The Sharjah Labour Standards Development Authority (SLSDA) has announced plans to establish a commercial centre and a Labour Recreational Park fully dedicated to the blue-collar workers in the emirate, a media report said.