UAE Focus

Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE national railway, has awarded a Dh4.6-billion ($1.25 billion) contract for the civil works and construction of Package D of Stage Two of the rail network to a joint venture of the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) and National Projects and Construction (NPC).

Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) has announced pilot operation of the world’s first unmanned cooling plant at Jumeirah Village Circle in Dubai, with a total cooling capacity of 50,000 refrigeration tonnes (RT).

Damac Properties, the region’s leading luxury real estate developer, has announced the completion of the final floor slab of Tower A of Golf Vita, its upcoming 26-storey residential tower within the 42-million-sq-m master development, Damac Hills.

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) has launched a new initiative which will enhance urban spaces and nature sites in a bid to categorise Abu Dhabi as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

West Coast Group, one of the UAE’s leading suppliers of waste and facilities management services, has confirmed an order for 24 all-wheel drive (AWD) trucks from Renault Trucks.

Dubai has been ranked among the top ‘Construction Mega Cities’ (those having a pipeline of projects worth over $30 billion) for 2019 along with London and New York in a list compiled by GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

UAE-based Jubail Island Investment Company (JIIC) has awarded infrastructure works contract worth over Dh80 million ($21.7 million) to Gulf Contractors Company (GCC) for its Jubail Island project in the capital Abu Dhabi.

Dubai-based mining, crushing and logistics operator Minerals Technocom Contractor has recently installed and commissioned a Terex MPS 1200TPH plant in Ras Al Khaimah to support the production of steel-grade limestone for JSW Cement, a wholly-owned subsidiary of India-based JSW Cement.

Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) said work is progressing well on the Dh1.13-billion ($307 million) Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Road extension project at Umm Lafina and Al Reem islands.

Emirates Global Aluminium has announced that Al Taweelah alumina refinery in Abu Dhabi has produced one million tonnes of alumina since operations began in April. Al Taweelah alumina refinery is now expected to reach sustained production at its nameplate capacity during the first half of 2020.

The UAE government has announced plans to build more than 17,873 new residential units across the country at an investment of Dh17.32 billion ($4.7 billion) over the next five years, under a major housing programme.

The Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA) Dubai Hospital has announced plans to build a four-storey building as part of its plans to expand its services across the emirate.

Modon Properties (Modon), a development company mandated by the Abu Dhabi government to build vibrant and sustainable communities and develop strategic mixed-use projects, has been given the go-ahead to develop a comprehensive residential project at Al Dhanah in Al Dhafra Region. Announcing the Dh2.

Emerson, a leading global technology and engineering company, has received ISO/IEC accreditation for its Psychrometric Lab in Dubai, which will support its commercial and residential solutions businesses.

Hill International, a global leader in managing construction risk, has announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide advisory and supervisory services on Phase One and Two of Al Reeman in Abu Dhabi for Aldar Properties.

Mott MacDonald wins terminal job Mott MacDonald, a renowned global engineering, management and development consultancy, has been awarded a major contract by UAE-based AquaChemie Middle East for its new chemical terminal at Jebel Ali, Dubai.