30 January, 2023

Agreement signed for 1.8MW solar pv plant in Al Ain

Emerge, a joint venture between the UAE’s Masdar and France’s EDF, has signed an agreement with Coca-Cola Al Ahlia Beverages, Coca-Cola’s bottler and distributor in the UAE, to develop a 1.8-megawatt (MWp) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant for its Al Ain facility. The commercial & industrial (C&I) project, located at the Coca-Cola Al Ahlia Beverages facility in Al Ain, will be a combination of ground-mounted, rooftop, and car park installations. Emerge will provide a full turnkey solution for the 1.8-megawatt peak (MWp) project, including the design, procurement, and construction, as well as operation and maintenance of the plant for 25 years. Coca-Cola Al Ahlia Beverages is the bottler for Coca-Cola in the United Arab Emirates. It has a bottling plant in Al Ain and distribution centers across UAE to manufacture and distribute Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Arwa Water, Smart Water and Schweppes. It also distributes Monster Energy and Costa Coffee retail products.

27 January, 2023

Agreement signed for a British school in Dubai South

Dubai South has signed an agreement with Bright Capital Investment, a school operator and investment company, to lease and operate a premium-quality, affordable British School in the thriving Dubai South Residential District. The new school, which will follow the British curriculum, will be built across an impressive 250,000 square-foot campus with excellent facilities designed for students aged 3 to 18. It will accommodate over 3,000 students from Foundation Stage 1 to Year 13 and will offer large classrooms, state-of-the-art labs for Science, Technology, Engineering Arts, Mathematics (STEAM), and more.
Other facilities at the school feature a 25-metre competition standard swimming pool; a full football pitch; multi-purpose sports halls for basketball, netball, badminton, and gymnastics; ample outdoor green spaces for students’ outdoor activities, picnics and other events; and other exclusive amenities and services for students, parents and faculty members. The school will be built in phases, starting with the early and primary schools, and is scheduled to open to the community for the academic year starting September 2024, while registrations will commence by the end of 2023.

26 January, 2023

42-storey luxury waterfront project unveiled in Dubai

Damac Properties has announced the official launch of its 42-storey three-tower property - Damac Bay by Cavalli -  at Dubai Harbour. Aesthetically designed by the iconic Cavalli brand, the key development seeks to welcome residents to the wonders of luxurious seaside living. Damac Bay maintains a design scheme inspired by the wonders of maritime life throughout, with an interior that includes seashells, pearls and zebrafish patterns and a sleek exterior that pays homage to serene ocean waves. As an accent piece, Damac Bay’s towers are linked together by a Cavalli-inspired bridge that coils across its rooftops. The property offers residents their choice from 1-bedroom apartments to 5-bedroom super-luxury duplexes across the development’s master plan. With an innovative layout specifically designed by Cavalli, the property is assured to keep residents and guests entertained, refreshed and restored. The 2nd to 32nd floors feature luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom units allowing residents to enjoy the comfort of seafront living. The 33rd to 42nd floors offer a range of unit sizes from three-bedroom to five-bedroom duplexes crafted with detail to provide a wonderful seafront lifestyle. According to McLoughlin, Damac Bay residents will have access to a white-sanded private beach, a range of food and beverage outlets and the property’s exclusive Cavalli Lounge.
In addition, the three-tower property has been built to provide each unit with a beautiful seaside view. Damac Bay’s lobby serves as the property’s welcome point, detailed with high glass windows and an aesthetic sparked by the beauty of the sea. Further into the property, the towers’ podium level provides a maritime getaway in the form of an elegantly crafted water maze and snorkelling excursions. The podium is also fitted with hammocks suspended above the building’s ground-level infinity pool offering convenient access to the Cavalli Lounge and its premier menu.  Each of the three towers also features a rooftop infinity pool, allowing residents to bask in breath-taking views and work in comfort onboard the vista’s floating workstations. The rooftop area is also fitted with a state-of-the-art opera pavilion that overlooks the Arabian Gulf’s calming waves. According to Damac, the crownpiece of Damac Bay is the property’s water fountain located in the central tower. Synced to opera music, the enormous water fountain provides a water show to onlookers that can be enjoyed from within the towers’ vicinity or from miles away. Children residing in Damac Bay will have the opportunity to attend Virtual Reality school with lessons laser-projected onto the property’s water fountain.

26 January, 2023

Plans underway to certify sustainable aviation fuel in Abu Dhabi

The consortium of Masdar, TotalEnergies, Siemens Energy and Marubeni announced that the Masdar-led initiative focused on green hydrogen to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is actively working with licensors to certify a new production pathway for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from methanol. This novel pathway will provide one more option to address the global need to produce and make SAF available globally and help the aviation industry decarbonise. The consortium has been collaborating with the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa Group, and Khalifa University of Science and Technology, on a demonstration initiative for e-SAF.
Since January 2021, the partners in the initiative have completed a range of evaluations on technology suppliers, feasibility studies and conceptual designs, while working closely with regulators on compliance issues. The consortium has now zoned in on the methanol to jet (MTJ) pathway as its chosen technology route. Sustainable aviation fuel is an immediately available solution for significantly reducing the CO2 emissions of air transportation. It can be used as a drop-in fuel without modifying existing storage and refueling infrastructure, aircraft or engines. Gradual incorporation worldwide should help significantly lower the CO2 emissions of air transportation since, on average, biojet fuel produces 80 percent fewer CO2 emissions over its lifecycle when produced from waste and residue.

24 January, 2023

$30m food processing plant to be set up in Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi - Kezad Group, has signed an agreement with Emerging World FZC, the sole importer of PRAN-RFL Group’s products in the Middle East region, to establish a PRAN manufacturing plant to cater to local and regional markets. PRAN’s AED110-million (about $30 million) facility, being developed in multiple phases, will spread across more than 42,000 sq m in Kezad with direct access to AD Ports Group’s flagship Khalifa Port. The land lease agreement with Kezad Group has been signed for a period of 30 years.

24 January, 2023

Work in progress for lake projects in Sharjah

Sharjah is racing ahead to complete several valuable projects in the Central Region of the emirate, which will provide many jobs for citizens. Prime among these include the Al Dhaid Lake as well as Al Hafiyah Lake in the city of Kalba, (both 3 m deep). Work is taking place successively and many engineers in the region, especially women, will join the work in Al Bataeh and Al Dhaid projects at the Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority (Sewa).
Al Dhaid Lake, which runs 2 km long, 200 metres wide and 3 metres deep, adding that it is intersected in the middle by Al Dhaid Bridge, giving it an aesthetic view. The lake, which boasts 420 million gallons of water, will not only cater to Sharjah's utility needs but also help reduce the temperature in the city of Al Dhaid.
In addition to this, Sharjah is also working on the Al Hafiyah Lake Project in the city of Kalba which has 200 million gallons of water. Its daily consumption of water for the entire city is only 5 million gallons, enough to serve it for several months.

24 January, 2023

Ground broken on new vehicle testing centre in Sharjah

Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) has announced that one of its key units, Tasjeel has broken ground on its new testing and registration centre, which will come up over a 32,777 sq m area, at Al Sajaa in Sharjah. To be set up in collaboration with Sharjah Asset Management, the new facility will boast five testing lanes, each for light vehicles and heavy vehicles respectively as well as a workshop and a food court including a drive-thru restaurant. With this, the total number of testing centres in the emirate has now risen to 13. In addition to offering a seamless testing and registration process for both light and heavy vehicles, the site will provide access to a comprehensive range of automotive facilities including vehicle and driver licensing services.

23 January, 2023

Deal signed to build essential telecommunications infrastructure in Abu Dhabi

du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), and Etisalat UAE, branded as etisalat e& announced the signing of a Master Developer Agreement (MDA) with UAE-based Aldar Properties. Through the new partnership, both service providers will deliver essential telecommunications infrastructure for the developer’s major projects in line with the Taawun infrastructure deployment initiative. 
Under the agreement, du and Etisalat will install, maintain, and oversee fixed telecom services and solutions across Aldar Properties’ projects in Abu Dhabi’s most desirable destinations, including Yas Island, Saadiyat Island, Al Raha and Reem Island as well as government housing and infrastructure projects. Through the development of advanced telecom infrastructure, Aldar residents will be able to choose their own service provider and have access to the latest fiber-optics and advanced 5G communication solutions. This will help transform these communities into smart, sustainable, and high-quality-of-life areas for their residents with modern ways of living.

23 January, 2023

Taqa acquires key stake in Taweelah B IWPP project in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) announced that it has entered into the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) of the Taweelah B Independent Power and Water Plant (Taweelah B IWPP) and acquiring an additional stake in the plant. As part of a transaction valued at $65 million, Taqa has completed its acquisition from BTU Power Company and its liquidators of BTU’s entire interest in the Taweelah B IWPP in the emirate. In particular, Taqa acquired an additional 10% ownership stake in the owner of the Taweelah B IWPP – Taweelah Asia Power Company (Tapco), thereby increasing Taqa’s overall ownership stake in Tapco to 70%. In addition, Taqa acquired a 25% ownership stake in Asia Gulf Power Service Company Limited (the O&M contractor to Tapco). The Taweelah B Independent Power and Water Plant, owned and operated by Tapco, has 2.2 GW of gross installed power generation capacity with 162 million imperial gallons per day of gross installed water desalination capacity.

23 January, 2023

Work to start soon on fishermans wharf revamp project in Abu Dhabi

Modon Properties, a specialist in the creation of vibrant destinations in Abu Dhabi, has announced that work will soon start on the revitalisation of the Wharf project being developed within Mina Zayed, a historic landmark in the emirate, as part of its economic diversification strategy. The development plans for the Mina Zayed Fisherman's Wharf project was approved by Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed, Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office during a tour of the area that included a visit to the newly opened Fish Market. Mina Zayed is a component of this vision, and the evolving infrastructure is bringing increased benefits to traders, investors, and visitors.

23 January, 2023

Major road revamp project opened in Dubai

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened the Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street Improvement Project extending 3 km from the intersection with the Dubai-Al Ain Road up to the Academic City Roundabout. RTA also opened two 120-metre bridges at the intersection of Dubai Silicon Oasis, comprising four lanes in each direction. These improvements will raise the capacity to 14,400 vehicles per hour in both directions and ensure a smooth traffic flow in both directions of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street. The project is part of RTA’s master plan to improve roads, bridges, crossings, and tunnels to accommodate the growing traffic volumes and ease mobility across the emirate. Serving Dubai Silicon Oasis, over 25 universities and colleges. The project serves Dubai Silicon Oasis, over 25 universities and colleges, and a student population of 27,500 in addition to the surrounding development projects.  In the future, RTA plans to improve Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street in the sector from the Academic City to the intersection with Al Awir Street. The project works include improving the entrances and exits of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street by connecting with the intersection of Dubai-Al Ain Road, widening the Street to four lanes in each direction in a sector extending 3 km, and constructing two 120-metre bridges at the intersection of the Dubai Silicon Oasis, comprising four lanes in each direction. The works also include constructing a signalised intersection beneath the two bridges that serve 20 lanes in all directions with a capacity of 8,000 vehicles per hour to ensure a seamless traffic flow to Dubai Silicon Oasis and Zayed University. It also encompasses traffic improvements at the Academic City Roundabout and highway street lighting services.

20 January, 2023

New quick vehicle testing & licensing centre opens in Dubai

A quick vehicle testing and registration centre has opened in Dubai’s Seih Shuaib. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) anounced that the centre has a capacity of 500 vehicles and includes eight testing lanes: Five for heavy vehicles, three for light ones, and one for a comprehensive examination.The centre also offers a mobile testing service for light and heavy mechanical vehicles. Other services include a VIP one that enables customers to get their transactions done faster. It also has a plate factory and a workshop for repairing light and heavy vehicles.

20 January, 2023

Agreement signed for first EV battery recycling plant in Sharjah

Beeah Recycling, a subsidiary of UAE-based waste management leader Beeah, has signed an agreement with the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) for  joint collaboration on setting up the nation's first recycling plant for end-of-life batteries from electric vehicles. The EV battery recycling facility will be added to Beeah Recycling's integrated waste management complex, which currently has ten specialised waste processing and material recovery facilities that have contributed to a 76% waste diversion rate in the emirate of Sharjah, the highest in the Middle East. The addition of an EV battery recycling facility will help further increase landfill waste diversion in the future as more batteries from EVs approach end-of-life. As per the deal, Beeah Recycling will join the ministry and AUS to identify world-class technologies for the EV battery recycling facility. 

19 January, 2023

$545 million contracts signed for waste management in Abu Dhabi & Al Ain

The Abu Dhabi Waste Management Company, also known as Tadweer, has signed five contracts worth more than 2 billion dirhams ($545 million) covering operations in Abu Dhabi and Al-Ain. The six-year contracts cover the collection of solid waste, transportation services, public cleaning services, and waste container management. They were signed with Alphamed Abu Dhabi, Terberg RosRoca Vehicle Manufacturing, Beeah Sharjah Environment Company, Averda Waste Management, and Nael and Bin Harmal Hydroexport. They aim to improve the quality and environmental friendliness of services through the provision of electrical equipment for waste collection and transportation, cleaning services for main roads and automatic sweeping, and employee-training programs that conform to international standards. Tadweer plays a key role in supporting sustainability by reducing the amount of waste disposed of in landfills, investing in advanced technologies and solutions, and recycling waste by utilizing available resources, in accordance with the best standards and practices. Tadweer is also investigating opportunities for collaboration in the selective conversion of solid municipal waste into sustainable aviation fuel, as well as the possibility of converting waste into other fuels and sustainable chemical materials.

18 January, 2023

Partnership deal signed to turn carbon dioxide into rock in Fujairah

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has partnered with compatriots Fujairah Natural Resources Corporation, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and Oman-based technology company 44.01 on a project that plans to turn captured carbon dioxide into rock. It will launch a pilot project to permanently mineralise carbon dioxide within rock formations. Central to the project, due to begin this month, will be carbon capture and mineralisation (CCM) technology to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Through the pilot project, CO2 will be captured from the air, dissolved in seawater and then injected into peridotite formations deep underground, where it will mineralise, ensuring that it cannot escape back into the atmosphere.

18 January, 2023

Deal signed to build ammonia plants in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has signed a MoU with thyssenkrupp Uhde, a Germany-based subsidiary of thyssenkrupp Group that specialises in chemical engineering, to explore a long-term partnership to create new markets for hydrogen and promote global clean energy value chains. The agreement will focus on the development of projects for large-scale ammonia cracking, which is used to extract hydrogen from ammonia after transportation. Ammonia is a carrier of hydrogen, and it is much easier to compress and transport. When shipped, after arriving at its destination, the ammonia needs to be decomposed, or cracked, into hydrogen, before use in the energy value chain. Adnoc, a responsible provider of reliable, lower-carbon intensity energy, said as per the agreement, the duo will work together to develop large-scale ammonia cracking plants with thyssenkrupp technology. The agreement will also lead to the exploration of opportunities in the clean energy value chain for the supply and shipment of low-carbon or green ammonia from the UAE to large-scale ammonia cracking facilities globally. The ammonia cracking process is based on globally proven Uhde reformer technology, which is applied in over 130 large-scale chemical plants across the world.

17 January, 2023

New high-rise residential project unveiled in Dubai

Dubai’s leading design-led boutique developer Ellington Properties announced it has partnered with Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) to develop a new residential project within its premier mixed-used community Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT). The Upper House by Ellington will feature 377 units comprising studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom units, offering residents expansive views of Jumeirah Islands and the Dubai Marina skyline. Launched today (January 17), the AED1.2 billion ($327 million) project is Ellington’s first residential development in JLT. Embodying a holistic design philosophy, the project is due for completion by the beginning of 2026. According to Ellington, the residents will benefit from a wealth of facilities including a 37-m horizon pool, an interactive fitness studio, a health club with a climbing wall, a yoga studio, a sky spa, and padel and basketball courts. The project will also boast a movie theatre, a residential clubhouse, a record lounge, a podcast room, a skate park, a pet play area, a kids’ splash pad, a kids’ play area as well as an outdoor barbeque area.

17 January, 2023

PPP tender issued for student accommodation project in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), in collaboration with Khalifa University, has launched a major new public-private partnership (PPP) tender to deliver the accommodation and associated facilities for 3,250 students in the UAE capital. Abu Dhabi’s latest PPP tender will be delivered through the emirate’s proven and efficient PPP framework for expanding the role of the private sector in delivering public sector infrastructure and services. ADIO is the central Abu Dhabi government authority with responsibility for the facilitation, development and procurement of all infrastructure projects delivered through Abu Dhabi’s PPP framework.
The Khalifa University Accommodation PPP tender covers the Main and Sas Al Nakhl campuses and includes the design, build, finance, maintenance and transfer of accommodation across the two locations. The project will be executed by a special-purpose vehicle 100% owned by the successful bidder. All PPP tenders in Abu Dhabi follow a competitive, transparent and efficient evaluation process in accordance with Abu Dhabi’s PPP Law and ADIO’s Partnership Projects Guidebook and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Policy.

17 January, 2023

Work completed on Unit 3 of Barakah nuclear plant in Abu Dhabi

Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (Enec) has announced the successful completion of Unit 3 of Barakah nuclear plant in Abu Dhabi. Once fully operational, the facility will provide up to 25% of the UAE's electricity needs without generating any carbon emissions, while freeing up an equivalent of billions worth of natural gas resources. Once fully operational, the Barakah Plant will provide abundant clean and reliable electricity 24/7 to power the UAE’s industries and over half a million homes, as well as supporting the UAE’s strategy for becoming a net-exporter of LNG by 2030. As the nation looks forward to hosting COP28, the Barakah Plant is preventing millions of tons of carbon emissions annually whilst helping to meet the growing demand for energy.

13 January, 2023

Worlds first 3D-printed mosque to be built in Dubai

Dubai will be constructing the world's first 3D-printed mosque. The project, undertaken with the vision and directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is scheduled to be completed in 2025. The mosque will have a floor area of 2,000 square metres and will accommodate 600 worshippers. The construction of the mosque will begin in October 2023. In the upcoming year, three workers will operate the robotic printer. The printer has the capacity to print two square meters of construction every hour with raw materials and a distinctive concrete mix. The Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities (IACAD) will construct the structure using 3D printing technology in four months.

13 January, 2023

Refurbishment completed for LinkedIns Mena headquarters in Dubai

Summertown Interiors, the UAE’s leading fit out contractor specialising in sustainable interiors, has completed the refurbishment of LinkedIn’s Mena headquarters located in Business Central Tower, Dubai. The revamp work on the 1,600-sq-m two-floor office was done in close collaboration with Dubai-based architectural and design consultancy SAY Studio, project management specialists CBRE Project Management and engineering consultancy firm Cundall. The team brought this concept to life by creating a physical space that embraces a creative and welcoming hybrid working environment. LinkedIn was aiming to attain both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and WELL Health-Safety Rating Gold Certifications for the new sustainable interior project. Some of the key highlights of the new sustainable workplace include collaborative working spaces; a multifunctional training room and dedicated media recording room; a welcoming cafe with a micro-kitchen co-working space; and a well-equipped mother’s room and social games room.

12 January, 2023

New walkway unveiled at Dubai Creek Harbour

Emaar has announced the launch of its new walkway, The Viewing Point, at Dubai Creek Harbour, which boasts some of the most spectacular sights in emirate. Standing 11.65m above the water level, it offers both residents and visitors a magnificent vista of the Dubai Creek and surrounding areas. Unveiling the eye-catching, 70-metre structure, Emaar announced it spans out over Dubai Creek, with a 26-m-long cantilever projecting out over the water giving unobstructed views across the Creek towards Downtown Dubai and back inland between the Address Grand twin towers. The new focal point is one of the key elements of the Dubai Creek Harbour masterplan, and has been designed to seamlessly blend in with its surroundings, stated the Dubai developer. Its positioning at the end of one of the area's most populated pedestrian walkways will ensure significant footfall to one of the city's most creative structures and one which will allow time for stunning photography and videos clips - it is perfect for anyone looking for that idyllic Instagram post, whether you are an in-demand influencer or someone who simply loves snapping on a phone. Its innovative design has already proved a talking point with residents and visitors alike, and is perfect for friends and families to gather and take in the beautiful surrounds, or bask in the sensational sunsets to be enjoyed from Dubai's newest vantage point.

10 January, 2023

Reclamation works to re-commence on a major island project in Dubai

Local developer Nakheel has approached contractors to complete the reclamation works for the Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai. The Palm Jebel Ali is about three times larger than the Palm Jumeirah. It significantly increases the amount of waterfront land available for development in Dubai. Based on the experience of Palm Jumeirah, it could take about 20 years to be considered fully developed. Nakheel has publicly stated its waterfront ambitions. The planned dredging contract is expected to involve 5-6 million cubic metres of material that will be used to complete the man-made offshore island, which is located to the south of Jebel Ali Freezone.

10 January, 2023

Work started on 47-storey luxury tower in Dubai

LIV Developers, a leading international luxury residential development company, has announced that work has begun on its latest project, LIV Lux, a 47-storey ultra-luxury tower at Dubai Marina. The project, which boasts smart homes and resort-style facilities in addition to unparalleled sea views, will be ready for handover by Q3 2026. The property will house a dedicated amenities floor spanning across 27,000 sq ft, including a 27-m lap pool, padel court, golf putting green, conference facilities, outdoor cinema and private residents beauty salon. Bespoke and beach-facing, LIV Lux's Signature & Penthouse units will also enjoy complimentary beach access to Dubai's largest beach resort in Dubai Marina. the latest in smart home technology will be deployed in select units, allowing for programmable lighting, AC, and controls for appliances and water features all from the convenience of your smartphone or laptop. LIV LUX will also allow new concepts for property buyers, such as the option to purchase furniture packages, allowing for convenient fit-out of bespoke furniture, increasing the rental yields for investors or allowing for seamless and hassle-free move in. It takes affluent living to new heights with a range of one-, two-, three and four-bedroom super-luxury apartments, and signature duplex penthouses complete with sophisticated and modern touches as designed by Atkins, the renowned designers behind Burj Al Arab, Dubai Opera, and Marsa Al Arab of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Extension.

9 January, 2023

Contract awarded for Merex flagship Jumeirah beach project in Dubai

SSH, a leading master planning, infrastructure, building design and construction supervision firm in the region, announced it has been awarded the consultancy contract for the J1 Beach project, located in the suburb of of Jumeirah 1 in Dubai. As per the contract awarded by Merex Investment Group, the UAE-based joint venture of Dubai Holdings, SSH will be the lead consultant on the project, delivering design and construction supervision. The J1 Beach forms a section of two Dubai Development Authority (DDA) plots, which comprise a total area of 103,550 sq m. Construction work has already begun in the area, with the new destination set to welcome guests by the year-end. On completion, the J1 Beach will feature three beach clubs, all with regional and international acclaim behind them, and 10 upscale, licensed restaurants where guests can dine with stunning sea views from sunrise to sunset. The new J1 Beach is set to replace La Mer South as the region’s flagship beach destination, offering visitors a unique and unforgettable experience by the beach.

9 January, 2023

75% of solar power system installation completed in Dubai

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has completed 75 per cent installation of solar power systems on a number of buildings and facilities in the emirate. The project has been undertaken as part of a 20-year agreement with the Dubai Centre of Excellence for Carbon Control to power buildings with clean energy in line with the policies of the Shams Dubai initiative. The Buildings and Facilities Department embarked on this project to install solar panels on several RTA buildings and facilities in partnership with the Dubai Carbon Center of Excellence (Dubai Carbon). The solar power production to reach 21 megawatts (21 MWp) monthly, which will slash about 50 percent of the electricity bills for the listed buildings. Work is currently underway to install solar panels on 15 out of 22 listed buildings and facilities, which include bus depots and multi-level parking terminals. It is working with the concerned bodies to endorse the designs for the installation of solar panels on the rest of the sites, and the project is set to be completed by the end of April 2023.

9 January, 2023

New sustainable city project unveiled in Abu Dhabi

Leading Abu Dhabi developer Aldar Properties is set to build a fully sustainable community on Yas Island in partnership with Diamond Developers, to cash in on the growing demand for eco-friendly living options. The Sustainable City - Yas Island will feature hundreds of condominiums and townhouses that will be powered by clean renewable energy and equipped with biodomes, solar panels and battery-charged communal vehicles to promote energy efficiency and lower emissions. The free-hold property will also be home to a range of communal facilities and amenities, including an equestrian centre with stables, a track and two arenas, a gym and multiple pools, cycling and jogging tracks, football, basketball and padel courts, retail and F&B outlets, a nursery, a centre for autism, and a green and sustainable mosque. To be developed in phases, it will boast residential units in 10 clusters. .
In the first phase, 272 condominiums and 240 townhouses will be released for sale on January 19, 2023. The project is underpinned by a central green spine that runs the length of the community, featuring parks, lakes, and biodomes where vegetables will be grown and distributed throughout the community. With a strong focus on enabling an active community, The Sustainably City - Yas Island will also be home to a range of communal facilities and amenities, including an equestrian centre with stables, a track and two arenas, a gym and multiple pools, cycling and jogging tracks, football, basketball and padel courts, retail and F&B outlets, a nursery, a centre for autism, and a green and sustainable mosque. Within this low emissions community, a network of communal battery-charged buggies and bicycles will be available so that residents and visitors can move around while their cars remain parked on the outer edge of the development, stated the Emirati developer. It will be an eco-friendly and walkable community with open green spaces, walkways and community farming plots, as well as recycling facilities, which will help lower carbon emissions, and solar panels, which will cut residents' energy consumption by half. It will have a central green spine that will run the length of the community, featuring parks and lakes, as well as biodomes, where vegetables will be grown and distributed throughout the community.

6 January, 2023

$15 billion allocated for low-carbon projects in Abu Dhabi

In a bid to scale up its decarbonisation efforts by 2030, the UAE’s energy giant, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), has hammered out a multi-year action plan and allocated $15 billion for low-carbon projects, covering carbon capture and storage (CCS), electrification, new CO2 absorption technology, hydrogen and renewables. ADNOC revealed its new multi-year strategy to progress the world-scale decarbonisation of its operations, as a key enabler of its net-zero by 2050 ambition and goal to reduce carbon intensity by 25 per cent by 2030. The UAE giant highlighted that this builds on its strong track record as a leading lower-carbon intensity energy producer, which includes its use of zero carbon grid power, a commitment to zero flaring as part of routine operations and deployment of the region’s first carbon capture project at-scale.
To curb emissions and meet its net-zero goals, the company allocated $15 billion (AED 55 billion) to advance an array of projects across its diversified value chain by 2030, which will include investments in clean power, CCS, further electrification of its operations, energy efficiency and new measures to build on its policy of zero routine gas flaring. The UEA firm outlined that it will apply a rigorous commercial and sustainability assessment to ensure that each project delivers lasting tangible impact. In light of this, a suite of new projects and initiatives are anticipated to be announced throughout 2023, including a first-of-its-kind CCS project, innovative carbon removal technologies, investment in new, cleaner energy solutions and strengthening of international partnerships. Building on its Al Reyadah facility, which has the capacity to capture up to 800,000 tons of CO2 per year, ADNOC intends to deploy technologies to capture, store and absorb CO2 by leveraging the UAE’s geological properties while preparing for its next major investment to capture emissions from its Habshan gas processing facility.
Furthermore, the company elaborated that its expansion of CCS is planned to support the scale-up of hydrogen and lower-carbon ammonia production capabilities in Abu Dhabi while advancing a world-scale 1 million tons per annum (mtpa) blue ammonia production facility at TA’ZIZ, the industrial services and logistics ecosystem that is enabling the expansion of the Al Ruways Industrial City, as well as Abu Dhabi’s wider chemicals, manufacturing and industrial sectors. Moreover, ADNOC disclosed that it has received 100 per cent of its grid power supply since January 2022 from Emirates Water and Electricity Company’s nuclear and solar energy sources, making it the first major company in the industry to decarbonise its power at scale through a clean power agreement of this kind. In addition, the energy giant announced that it concluded a $3.8 billion deal to build a first-of-its-kind, sub-sea transmission network in the MENA region, connecting ADNOC’s offshore operations to the onshore power network, with the potential to reduce its offshore carbon footprint by up to 50 per cent.

6 January, 2023

Sustainable emirates village projects launched in Fujairah

Fujairah authorities have announced the launch of Qidfa Development, a first of the ‘Emirates Villages’, an initiative aimed at creating a sustainable development model. The Qidfa Region Development Project aims to attract 100,000 tourists annually by increasing the region’s tourism potential and promoting its distinguished capabilities via media outlets. The plan also includes the launch of 50 development projects for the region’s youth, in addition to training 200 young men and women in all areas, in collaboration with strategic partners. Qidfa Oasis in the UAE is the name given to the location of a burial from the Wadi Suq period (2,000 to 1,300 BC). Archaeological digs at the sight of the oasis unearthed hundreds of artefacts that are now on display at the Fujairah Museum. This includes weaponry, pottery and coins. The most interesting of these finds is a bowl made from an ostrich egg, dating back more than 2,000 years ago. The region offers a myriad of economic advantages, which will enhance its stature in terms of having pioneering villages and as a key region in the country. It also has an AED10 billion power plant that generates electricity for nearly 380,000 homes. The ‘Emirates Villages’ project represents a new milestone in achieving the vision of the UAE leadership by introducing a sustainable development model that accommodates all regions across the country, while utilising the human capabilities and natural resources of each region, said Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Emirates Council for Balanced Development in the northern emirate of Fujairah, after launching the project. The project aims to promote tourism and highlight the distinguished potential of Emirati villages. It aims to achieve greater involvement of local communities, enhance the involvement of the private sector and advance the sustainable development model by boosting co-operation between federal and local governments. The Emirates Council for Balanced Development is working to achieve sustainable development for all regions through a unique development model based on partnerships between the government, the private sector and local communities. The project relies on effective partnership between the government sector, represented here by the Emirates Council for Balanced Development, the private sector, and local communities.

5 January, 2023

Deal signed to develop $5.4bn mixed-use project in Dubai

Azizi Developments, a leading private developer in the UAE, said it has signed with KEO International Consultants for the masterplan consultancy of its recently acquired 15-million-sq-ft plot of land within the prestigious Golf District in the rapidly growing Dubai South. As per the deal, Azizi will be the master developer, in charge of constructing the buildings, roads and all infrastructure of the mega AED20 billion ($5.4 billion) mixed-use development that will feature luxury villas, residences, commercial and entertainment space. The newly acquired land, which is part of Golf District, is strategically positioned in the emirate’s growth corridor, with Dubai speedily expanding towards the south. Situated alongside Emirates Road (E611), built to link the emirates together while also providing convenient access points to Dubai’s other major highways and various points of interest, the plot of land is among the best connected in the southern part of the emirate. With just a five-minute drive to the Al Maktoum International Airport, also known as Dubai World Central DWC, and few minutes away from the VIP Terminal, but without any air traffic above it, the land is outstandingly well positioned for a luxury community to be developed. A key highlight of the project will be a one-of-its-kind 2-km-long air-conditioned, glass-covered, pedestrian-friendly boulevard which will have shopping areas, commercial space and movie theatres as well as restaurants featuring a wide  range of the world’s cuisines in addition to other nightlife options.
With a total gross floor area (GFA) of 24 million sq ft, the project comprises kids’ play areas and ample underground carparking. Azizi’s vision for the project is for it to become an innovative landmark destination – one of the UAE’s most unique and distinguished attractions – visited by over 100,000 people from outside of the community on a daily basis, said its Founder and Chairman Mirwais Azizi after signing the deal with KEO International Consultants COO Gregory Karpinski at a key ceremony held yesterday (January 4). As per the masterplan, many of the community’s residences and three- to five-star hotels will have direct access not only to the boulevard, but also to its large swimmable crystal lagoon with 3 km of beach-like shores and distinctive water features, and its vast parks with abundant greenery. Moreover, with the project being an entire well-thought-through city, it will also feature schools, its own hospital, cycling and jogging tracks, and all that residents and visitors could wish for to cover their convenience, leisure, health, and well-being needs, said the officials on the occasion. KEO International Consultants is a creative enterprise, which offers end-to-end services to clients from inspiration – through conceptualization – to realization of planning, design, or project delivery in the built and natural environments. For over 57 years, it has led with vision, contributing to many of the world’s most ambitious projects, iconic places, remarkable experiences, and prosperous communities.

4 January, 2023

FM services contract awarded for Al Nasr Club facilities in Dubai

Dubai-based sustainable facilities management (FM) services group Imdaad has secured a three-year contract from Al Nasr Club Investment Company to provide a variety of solutions and services within its sports club and surrounding facilities. Under the terms of the contract, Imdaad will deploy a full range of hard services, soft services, and security solutions to help ensure efficient operations within Al Nasr Sports Club's 169,869 sq-m facility. Imdaad announced the focus will be on providing integrated FM services to three stadiums and public amenities within the club as well as its investment residential buildings - Al Nasr Plaza; Al Nasr Palace; Al Nasr 01; Al Nasr 02; Al Nasr - Central; Al Nasr – Square & Al Nasr Tagrouda. All these real estate projects of Al Nasr Club are being managed by Harbour Real Estate. For the project, Imdaad will be deploying a team of 50 soft services supervisors and operators, as well as 32 hard services personnel from its FM, electrical, electromechanical, HVAC, A/C and chiller, plumbing, and civil departments. The project’s scope of work includes seven buildings with a total of 94 shops, 810 apartments, 100 commercial units, as well as the stadiums and facilities within Al Nasr Football Club. In addition to this, Imdaad will also render various solutions including electrical and plumbing maintenance, A/C and chiller services, HVAC management, and cleaning services throughout the contract's duration.

4 January, 2023

Work commenced for a luxury resort project in Sharjah

ASAS Real Estate, the property arm of Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB), has announced that the work has begun on its key freehold development, Khorfakkan Resort, coming up on the eastern coast of Sharjah, and is due for completion by the end of 2025. A first of its kind freehold development, it features luxury apartments with a private beach on the eastern coast of Sharjah and provides a variety of stunning views of the coast, mountain, amphitheatre and waterfall in Khorfakkan. 
The project also includes retail, restaurants, recreational facilities distributed and coordinated with the highest standards of exterior design to serve all apartments and provide the visual aesthetic dimension in the surroundings. A private beach and charming seafront characterise the project on the east coast with a picturesque mountain backdrop. It also boasts a strategic location overlooking the Khorfakkan Amphitheatre, Khorfakkan waterfall and the Souq Sharq. Khorfakkan Resort has been designed with the finest modern concepts of coastal living, making the most of its privileged location, which mediates the area between the mountain and the beach. The project would include a basement floor, a ground floor, and two upper floors for parking lots upon completion and nine residential floors.

2 January, 2023

New luxury desert resort opened in Abu Dhabi

Modon Properties, a UAE-based master developer of sustainable communities, has announced the opening of its new desert project, Bab Al Nojoum - Bateen Liwa Resort, located within the heart of its eco-tourism campsite destination, Liwa, in Abu Dhabi. Designed for families and individuals looking to reconnect with the spectacular natural landscape in comfort and luxury, the resort, which is located in Al Dhafra region, offers an immersive desert experience with a choice of private one-, two- and three-bedroom villas that blend deluxe living with eco-friendly elements and the desert. Offering amenities and services superior to average weekend getaways, every accommodation at Bab Al Nojoum - Bateen Liwa Resort features a private plunge pool, deck loungers, patio, and a fire pit that offers uninterrupted views of the sand dunes. The 50 sq m one-bedroom villa is comfortable for 3 campers, the 86 sq m two-bedroom villa can host five while the 102 sq m three-bedroom villa is ideal for a group of 7. Against the backdrop of rolling sand dunes deep in a tranquil desert environment, the resort also offers a range of cultural, wellness and experiences to cater to the needs of nature and adventure-inspired adults and kids alike. Bab Al Nojoum - Bateen Liwa Resort will help enhance the eco-tourism sector and enrich the portfolio of innovative projects in Al Dhafra and elevate the region’s potential as a prominent destination on the UAE’s tourism landscape.

2 January, 2023

Two new Enoc service stations opened in Dubai

Enoc Group, a leading integrated global energy player, has launched two new service stations located in Wadi Al Safa and Wadi Al Amardi, bringing the Group’s total number of service stations in Dubai to 133 and 180 across the UAE. Over the course of the year, Enoc has opened 6 new service stations across the emirate of Dubai, including locations such as Dafza, Dubai South and Dubai International City. The newly opened Wadi Al Safa service station will benefit motorists crossing the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road whilst the Wadi Al Amardi service station is expected to meet the fuelling demands of residents and motorists of Al Khawaneej 1 and 2 heading towards Emirates Road. Furthermore, Wadi Al Safa is located opposite Global Village, and as such will cater to the needs of motorists coming from Sharjah and other neighbouring Emirates heading towards Abu Dhabi, Jebal Ali and Dubai World Central.
The service station in Wadi Al Safa spans across 40,900 sq ft featuring a bridged canopy with four dispenser islands and eight dispensers. It is equipped with five double wall fuel tanks with a capacity of 15,000 imperial gallons and includes an EV charging station, advanced Vapour Recovery System and a ZOOM convenience store. The Wadi Al Amardi service station spans across 16,744 sq ft featuring a bridged canopy with three dispenser islands and six dispensers. It is equipped with five double wall fuel tanks with a capacity of 12,000 imperial gallons and includes an EV charging station, a standalone drive through restaurant and a ZOOM convenience store.

2 January, 2023

Agreement signed to set up 500,000 MT facility in Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (Kezad) announced it has signed a preliminary agreement with Dana Steel, the flagship manufacturing unit of industrial conglomerate Dana Group, for the establishment of its first hot and cold rolling steel complex in the UAE capital. As per the agreement, Dana Steel will make a key investment to develop a 50,000 sq m facility within the integrated trade, logistics and industrial hub of Abu Dhabi. The new complex will facilitate backward integration of the company’s continuous galvanising and continuous colour coating lines and will have 500,000 MT rolling capacity.  This approach will help boost Dana Steel’s manufacturing capacity in the Gulf region by replacing imported raw materials, such as cold rolled full hard coils, with a new Made in UAE supply. By providing a base for Dana Steel first facility in Abu Dhabi, Kezad Group is extending its support for the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy, which looks to more than double the size of the emirate’s manufacturing sector to AED172 billion by 2031 through a series of transformational programmes. By enabling vertical integration of their manufacturing supply chain, we look forward to supporting Dana Steel on its journey to serve customers and expand its international reach. The agreement with Kezad Group will mark Dana Steel’s first venture in Abu Dhabi while ushering in the first hot rolled pickled oiled (HRPO) and cold rolled (CR) steel facility in Kezad. In addition to hosting facilities for building metal products manufacturing in Kezad Group’s metals hub, the plant will also have capabilities to recover and recycle waste acid, enabling the company to pursue a circular economy approach. In the second phase of the expansion, Dana Steel will install a continuous galvanizing line (CGL) and colour coating line (CGL) in the same Kezad complex.

29 December, 2022

New upscale hotel opened in Fujairah

DoubleTree by Hilton Fujairah City opens its doors offering 228 rooms, including 14 stunning suites, and two restaurants, Bistro 1550 and Dura Café. The upscale hotel is located at the Al Taif Business Center and is attached to the Al Taif Mall. The 19-storey hotel provides city centre access with its proximity to the beach. It also provides a central point from which to explore Fujairah’s nature and some of the country’s most untapped areas of outstanding natural beauty. While Fujairah is a more traditional emirate, DoubleTree by Hilton Fujairah City embodies modernity and elegance with a nod to the locale.  DoubleTree by Hilton Fujairah City forms part of the Al Taif complex on Al Maktoum Road and sits adjacent to Fujairah International Airport, which is a plane spotter’s haven. So, whether visitors are there for business, shopping, leisure or merely a getaway from the west coast, the hotel offers something for everyone. The hotel comes complete with health and leisure facilities, including an outdoor pool and fitness studio, featuring state-of-the-art equipment. DoubleTree by Hilton Fujairah City also offers ballroom facilities, perfect for weddings or large family celebrations, with the largest multipurpose and flexible space in the city. This classic contemporary space can accommodate up to 1000 guests and comes equipped with the latest technology to ensure a seamless experience for hosts and guests.

28 December, 2022

New Spanish island style residential cluster launched in Dubai

Leading luxury project developer Damac Properties has announced the launch of Ibiza residential cluster within its Damac Lagoons master development in Dubai. The latest addition to the Mediterranean-inspired community comes after the successful launch of Portofino, Venice, Malta, Nice, Santorini, Costa Brava, Marbella, and Monte Carlo. Designed with the ‘Wonders of the Mediterranean’ concept at heart, each cluster is uniquely designed to evoke the spirit of the destination it represents. Ibiza cluster is based on the Spanish island that is world-renowned for its vibrant nightlife and beautiful beaches. Its natural scenic beauty and enchanting historical landmarks are more than enough to attract thousands of tourists every year from all over the world, especially during the summer. Damac Lagoons features elegant 4-5-bedroom villas nestled in a palatial paradise of white sandy beaches, delightful comforts and an abundance of lively experiences.  The cluster features a decadent Boho Lounge for people to immerse themselves in the place’s atmosphere. In addition, it will host an authentic tapas lounge, offering residents and visitors an exceptional Spanish gastronomic culinary experience. Spanning a 45 million-sq-ft area, Damac Lagoons is the group’s third master community development in Dubai. The master development’s latest activity hub and residential cluster will delight and amaze families in a scenic area surrounded by pristine water lagoons and the quaint ambiance of nature. A number of high-end amenities, including the cluster’s sunset beach and hammock chill-out spots, are guaranteed to give residents their own home away from home.

28 December, 2022

2 contractors appointed for Tilal Al Furjan gated community in Dubai

Nakheel, the world-leading master developer, announced that it has appointed GINCO General Contracting and Bhatia General Contracting to undertake the construction works of its Tilal Al Furjan project. GINCO General Contracting will work on the first phase of the project, comprising 235 units, while Bhatia General Contracting will work on second phase, comprising 246 units. GINCO General Contracting brings to the project over 35 years of experience, specializing in construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of various commercial, industrial, residential and institutional establishments. Located within the Al Furjan master community, Tilal Al Furjan will be a gated community with an ocean of lush, green landscaping and expansive outdoor spaces. A collection of four- and five-bedroom villas, Tilal Al Furjan will offer residents an elevated lifestyle, stylish homes and a host of curated amenities for families. Homes are connected by cycle paths and walk-ways leading to shared community spaces, encouraging community integration. Residents will benefit from large pools with kids’ pools, tennis and basketball courts, shaded play areas, family picnic areas and outdoor barbeque areas. The project has sold out, illustrating the strong demand for Nakheel’s developments, and handover of the project is expected by end of 2024.

27 December, 2022

Two new waterfront destinations opened in Abu Dhabi

Mugheirah Bay and Mamsha Al Mugheirah, two integrated waterfront destinations developed by Modon Properties, were recently inaugurated by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra region in Abu Dhabi. Located in Al Dhafra, the two projects are adjacent to Modon’s eco-tourism campsite project, Bab Al Nojoum - Al Mugheirah Resort. Offering a rich selection of retail, entertainment, leisure and lifestyle experiences, the 12-hectare Mugheirah Bay houses 15 F&B outlets, 3 retail buildings, a multipurpose gaming and retail centre, and an events lawn. The new vibrant destination also features a diverse range of unique recreational facilities including a splash park, skate park, outdoor gym, cycling track, multi-purpose courts for basketball, football and volleyball, as well as laser tag and paintball centre. The one-stop waterfront destination overlooks Mamsha Al Mugheirah, a boardwalk nestled between the surrounding natural mangroves, which connects The Bab Al Nojoum - Al Mugheirah Resort and Mugheirah Bay’s entertainment projects. Spanning across approximately 2 kilometres, Mamsha Al Mugheirah offers uninterrupted views of the sea. Set in a breathtaking landscape, Mugheirah Bay and Mamsha Al Mugheirah offer unparalleled views of the surrounding natural habitat that guests can access from a scenic jetty.
From the observation towers and educational centres located on Mamsha Al Mugheirah, visitors can also discover the variety of animals that inhabit the area such as the black heron and dugong. The opening of Mugheirah Bay and Mugheirah Boardwalk enriches the tourism and economic potential of Abu Dhabi with attractive investment opportunities and a variety of compelling experiences and amenities. With the addition such projects, the Al Dhafra region has become a prime destination for tourists and residents alike, while supporting construction and development operations. Mugheirah Bay and Mugheirah Boardwalk further reinforce Abu Dhabi’s position as an unrivalled destination for entertainment, leisure and business. With an array of flexible open spaces, Mugheirah Bay is an ideal location for temporary leasing of food trucks and kiosks. A robust network of shaded pedestrian routes featuring art installations connects the adjacent campsite with the northern beach community. The launch of Mugheirah Bay and Mamsha Al Mugheirah complements the various unique projects in Modon’s portfolio and are a continuation of Abu Dhabi’s efforts to elevate the position of the emirate.

26 December, 2022

Dh9.5 billion new residential projects to be announced soon in Dubai

Dubai’s well-diversified conglomerate Al Habtoor Group will invest Dh9.5 billion in three new projects, and will also build the world’s largest tower in terms of the number of apartments. The first project, located in Al Habtoor City, includes residential towers, with one of them being the largest in the world. It will be built at a cost of Dh4.5 billion. It is a vertical community that caters to all lifestyle needs, with over 20 amenities, including a panoramic infinity pool overlooking the magnificent Dubai skyline. The second real estate project will cost Dh2.5 billion and will be built near the Habtoor Grand Resort in Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). The third project involves the re-development of the Habtoor Tower in Marina at a cost of Dh2.5 billion. The group has interests in hospitality, automotive, vehicle leasing, real estate, education and publishing sectors. The group will finance the new projects through internal sources.

26 December, 2022

Global standard tennis complex opened in Dubai

Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) has inaugurated the Hubb Tennis - an international standard tennis hub offering world-class facilities within its free zone technology park - coinciding with the World Tennis League. To be built in two phases, the 100,000-sq-ft Hubb Tennis will boast a total of 27 courts, 13 padel courts, restaurants, supermarkets as well as sports café and other key facilities. The Phase One will see the setting up of nine tennis courts - certified by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) each one made with 9 layers acrylic-coated hard courts as well as three padel courts, tennis pro-shop, offices, massage facilities, players’ lounge, Scandinavian Rehab Physio Centre and a warm-up gymnasium. The Phase Two includes 18 tennis courts, 10 padel courts, with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, five pieces professional tatami mats, judo, wrestling and grappling facilities, gymnasium and rehabilitation centre, and boxing facilities with two professional rings, mixed martial arts with Octagon cages, Muay Thai training centres, restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacy, laundry, sports café, rehabilitation centres and sauna and auditorium to watch matches. Once fully ready, Hubb Tennis will host a wide array of tournaments, including the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors U18, ITF Seniors Tennis Tour, Junior Davis Cup, GCC Tournaments and Arab Championships under the umbrella of the UAE Tennis Federation. This opening is a testament to the continuously evolving community at DSO that keeps on attracting projects and investors from across industries. It will also strongly focus on creating educational opportunities for children and adults. As part of this priority, it will comprise tailored tennis schools for tournament officials, schools for tennis coaches, scholarship programs, and schools for ball-kids – each of these certified by the International Tennis Federation.

26 December, 2022

Work nearing completion on Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Improvement Corridor

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has opened Phase I of the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Improvement Corridor Project. The Phase 1 of the project extends from the intersection of Ras Al Khor with Dubai - Al Ain Road (Bu Kadra intersection) to the intersection of Ras Al Khor Road with Nad Al Hamar Road. Works included widening the road from three to four lanes in each direction over a 4km stretch, and opening all bridges leading to Dubai Creek Harbour extending 1,730m, with a capacity of about 10,600 vehicles per hour. The phase also included construction of a two-lane service road along Ras Al Khor Road stretching 4.2km. 

Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Corridor Improvement Project is one of the biggest projects currently undertaken by RTA. Works under Phase I and II of the project involve widening Ras Al Khor Road in a sector extending 8km from the intersection of Ras Al Khor with the Dubai- Al Ain Road up to the intersection with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road in addition to bridges extending 2km in total and a service road on both sides of the road. Upon the completion of the two phases, the capacity of Ras Al Khor Road will jump to 10,000 vehicles per hour, and the travel time will drop from 20 minutes to about 7 minutes. The project will enhance traffic safety and flow, and eliminate the existing overlapping traffic spots.
The project serves a host of major development projects inhabited by 650,000 persons, namely The Lagoons, Dubai Creek, Meydan Horizon, Ras Al Khor, Al Wasl, and Nad Al Hamar Complex. In future, the project’s scope will cover the construction of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing, which crosses over the Dubai Creek and links Al Jadaf in Bur Dubai with the road separating Dubai Creek Project and Dubai Festival City. The second phase includes improving the intersection of Nad Al Hamar Road and Ras Al Khor Road such that the capacity of the intersection will increase to 30,000 vehicles per hour through constructing a two-lane bridge extending 988m to provide free left turn for traffic inbound from Nad Al Hamar Road heading to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road.
It also includes the construction of another two-lane bridge extending 115m to serve the traffic incoming from Nad Al Hamar Road to Ras Al Khor Road in the direction of Dubai-Al Ain Road along with a two-lane underpass extending 368m to provide right-turn for traffic coming from Ras Al Khor Road heading to Nad Al Hamar. Additionally, works also include widening the existing turns as well as Ras Al Khor Road in the sector extending from Nad Al Hamar Road intersection to Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road intersection.

22 December, 2022

10-screen cineplex to be developed as part of Deira Enrichment Project

Cinepolis Cinemas, the largest movie exhibitor in Latin America and the third largest in the world, has signed a management agreement with Ithra Dubai to partner in a 10-screen cineplex, as part of the Deira Enrichment Project. The cinema will house ten screens with state-of-the-art auditoriums and will feature the brand’s signature reclining Standard and Deluxe seats, which offer an exclusive luxury viewing experience and boast personal amenities and advanced storage solutions. Currently under construction, it is expected to open in the first quarter of 2024.
Catering to the needs of younger cinemagoers, Cinepolis Junior will offer a jungle gym, bean bag seating, and 15-minute intermissions halfway through the film to allow children to take a break. An alternative to traditional screens is the outdoor rooftop, which will not only provide comfortable seating with high-definition viewing, but will also provide views of The Creek. Deira Enrichment Project is a vibrant mix of residential, commercial, retail and hospitality offering, developed to rejuvenate Dubai’s historic heart of commerce and original community centre while preserving its unique cultural characteristics.

22 December, 2022

Ultra-luxury project launched in Ras Al Khaimah

The Luxe Developers, a new entrant in the luxury property sector in the UAE, has announced plans for its flagship ultra-luxury residential project in Ras Al Khaimah at a private pre-launch ceremony. Hosted by Shubam Aggarwal and Siddharta Banerji, co-owners of The Luxe Developers, attendees at the event got a first glimpse of the ultra-luxury residential project, soon to be launched on Al Marjan Island. Synonymous with providing the very best in craftsmanship, The Luxe Developers ethos is taking understated luxury to a new level. Facing the shimmering waters of the Arabian Gulf and located on Al Marjan Island, Oceano, the flagship project by The Luxe Developers, is situated just opposite the much-awaited Wynn resorts. With The Luxe Developers, investors will be offered a chance to own their own lavish island escape, with their own private beach and a private jetty to dock their summer yachts. The Luxe Developers are redefining what was thought to be possible in functional architecture, with an exterior filled with elegant asymmetric lines and a mesmerizing entrance that warmly welcomes all our residents and visitors. The interiors are just as futuristic by reimagining, redefining, and revolutionising opulence, and seamlessly integrating smart technology throughout.

21 December, 2022

Euro Auctions to set up largest auction house in Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (Kezad) has signed a lease agreement with Euro Auctions Middle East, a subsidiary of the Euro Auctions Group, to establish its largest auction house in the region for industrial plant, construction equipment and agricultural machinery. The company conducts more than 60 auctions per year and markets to an international audience from over 95 countries worldwide due to its strong online presence. Under this deal, Euro Auctions Middle East will expand its current UAE operations in the integrated trade, logistics, and industrial hub of Abu Dhabi across a facility of more than 43,000 sq m area. The site operations are scheduled to commence in Q1 2023. By collaborating with Abu Dhabi Customs and Kezad Group, Euro Auctions will also have a proportion of the yard categorised as a bonded warehouse, offering import and export customers the same advantages as a freezone operation. With more companies selling well-maintained and newer machinery than ever before, Euro Auctions reported that the average lot price at its most recent UAE auction increased by 63% when compared to similar events in 2019. As a result, auctions are expected to become an increasingly popular option for buyers and sellers. Auctions are a quick and efficient way to sell unused or surplus stock, with quick pay-outs enabling companies to quickly reinvest the capital back into their business. From a buyer perspective, it allows an efficient use of their time when they can pick from a wide variety of equipment all in the one place. The development of the Euro Auctions project will provide existing and future customers with facilities that can supplement their business needs through a globally renowned facility, which will bring best-in-class practices to streamline storage and transportation while providing a transparent bidding process.

21 December, 2022

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi to launch mega-coaster in early 2023

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is gearing up to bring out the world’s most immersive mega-coaster, Mission Ferrari, on January 12, 2023. Located on Yas Island, the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be home to a variety of family-friendly rides and attractions. This new addition will expand the World’s Leading Theme Park’s exciting offerings to an even wider range of Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions, for both adults and younger guests. Mission Ferrari will provide an all-new exhilarating, high intensity and multisensory 5D rollercoaster experience that includes the world’s first sideways coaster drop.

20 December, 2022

Ground broken for $120m office project in Dubai

Tecom Group, the operator of business districts that are home to more than 7,800 companies, is constructing an office project at Dubai Internet City amid higher demand for commercial property in Dubai. The company has broken ground on the second phase of the Innovation Hub with a total investment of Dh442 million ($120.35 million). The project will have two high-end office buildings, four boutique offices, retail spaces and more than 800 parking spaces. Set for completion by 2024, the Innovation Hub Phase 2 will provide more than 355,000 square feet of gross leasable area. Bespoke solutions like the Innovation Hub address the need for high-quality commercial spaces, helping.

20 December, 2022

Plans underway to launch new projects worth $82m in Dubai

Dubai property developer Deyaar plans to launch three new projects worth Dh300 million ($82 million) as it focuses on expanding its real estate portfolio amid higher demand from buyers. The projects, comprising about 400 residential units and hotel apartments, will be launched in the Al Furjan area of Dubai. Deyaar’s first project will be Amalia Residences while the remaining two will be announced in 2023.

20 December, 2022

Road lighting LED project awarded in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has selected French consortium EDF (Electricite de France) and Engie to deliver Phase 2 of its Road Lighting LED public-private partnership (PPP) project. The selection was done by Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), in collaboration with the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT). DMT has signed a partnership agreement with Nojoom, a joint venture between EDF and Engie, to deliver the project in the UAE capital.The project, which forms part of the wider Abu Dhabi Road Lighting Programme, includes the finance, supply, installation, operation and maintenance of 133,473 LED energy-efficient luminaires in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. It will result in significant electricity savings of almost 2,400 million kWh, equivalent to a reduction of approximately 74% in power consumption, over the 12-year concession period.
The implementation of Phase 2 of this project will help in the reduction of energy consumption resulting from the installation of energy-efficient lighting which meets the highest standards of quality and supports improving road safety in the emirate. As it move forward with this critical project which contributes to enhancing the quality of life in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, our team will continue to collaborate with all partners involved. The project was procured in accordance with Abu Dhabi’s PPP Law and ADIO’s Partnership Projects Guidebook and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Policy. EDF and Engie signed a partnership agreement with DMT after a thorough three-stage evaluation of the proposals submitted by pre-qualified bidders. The selected consortium offered the best technical solution and will deliver the project over five phases covering smaller geographical zones across Abu Dhabi to ensure the highest standards of efficiency and sustainability.

19 December, 2022

New projects currently being implement in Hatta

A host of new projects has been implemented in Dubai's Hatta to enhance the well-being of residents and create unique experiences for visitors. The projects are implemented by the Supreme Committee to Oversee the Development of Hatta under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The ongoing projects form part of the Hatta Master Development Plan to catalyse the social, economic and educational development of the region over the next 20 years. Created and implemented by the Supreme Committee, the plan features an Urban Design Manual that provides design guidelines for buildings in the region’s mountainous topography.
Current projects include cycling and mountain bike tracks, solutions to streamline traffic and enhance mobility, a programme for supporting local farmers and generating business opportunities for the people of Hatta, a marketplace for local products, the Hatta Beach Project and the redevelopment of the Hatta Heritage Village. 
As part of further enhancing transportation to and within the area, the Supreme Committee has introduced new public and shared mobility solutions including express bus services from Dubai city to Hatta, rentals of vehicles, mobility hubs, e-hail services and electric scooters. Its implemented the initial phase of a track for cycles and mountain bikes stretching 11.5 km from the Hatta bus station to Hatta Dam. Work is currently under way to construct another 6 km cycling track in the city. A 5.5 km mountain bike path that connects the transportation stations at Al Tallah Park and Al Wadi Park, passing through Hatta’s archaeological sites and Wadi Hub, will also be added. The tracks link various transportation facilities and tourist attractions and enhance access to Wadi Hub and the region’s mountain trails.
Work has commenced on the construction of a new Hatta Souq aimed at providing a platform for farmers and other local residents to sell their products. Blending traditional and contemporary architectural designs, the Souq is being built using both manmade and natural construction materials. The Hatta Souq will house shops selling local vegetables, fruits and products as well as cafes and restaurants, entertainment areas and spaces for food carts.
The development of the Hatta Beach Project forms part of efforts to raise the region’s status as a major tourist destination and create attractions that can be enjoyed throughout the year. The project includes the Crystal Lagoon, an artificial lake with a beach area. The waterfront of the Hatta Beach will accommodate leisure and entertainment facilities, and services, and activities for tourists.
The Hatta Heritage Village is currently being redeveloped to highlight the culture, history and customs of Hatta. Opened in 2001, the Village, which has about 30 ancient buildings, brings to life Dubai’s heritage with reconstructed huts and buildings selling traditional ware. Built using mountain stones, mud and palm trunks, the Village was designed to resemble an ancient village in the region.

19 December, 2022

Lease agreement signed for recycled kraft paper manufacturing in Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD Group) has announced the signing of a 50-year land lease agreement with speciality tissue manufacturer, Star Paper Mill, for the establishment of a new facility to manufacture recycled Kraft Paper Jumbo reels, diversifying the company’s product offering to serve a growing demand for biodegradable packaging papers in the UAE. Under the agreement, Star Paper Mill in collaboration with RC Paper Machines, will expand its existing capacities with an investment of Dhs200m  in a 59,000 square metre site in KEZAD to manufacture recycled kraft paper jumbo reels to be used to manufacture corrugated cartons and high in demand, 100 percent eco-friendly biodegradable bag papers out of recycled raw materials. Star Paper Mill’s new facility would have installed capacity of 135,000 tonnes to manufacture recycled semi kraft liner, white top liner, testliner, fluting and bag paper, alongside areas for storage and general use. Approximately 10,000 TEUs cargo will be handled at Khalifa Port annually as part of the facility needs covering raw material and finished goods.

16 December, 2022

Development approved for new nature-inspired neighbourhoods in Dubai

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, has approved the development of three new Emirati neighbourhoods inspired by the natural beauty of the UAE. The residential areas in the Al Mizhar 1, Al Khawaneej 2, and Al Barsha 2 districts of Dubai will cover a combined area of more than 16.5 million square metres. The project was in line with Dubai's vision to provide the best environment, facilities and services for citizens in the emirate. The new residential areas will feature restaurants, open markets, shops, community halls and sports facilities. Gardens and squares in the neighbourhoods will provide facilities for sports and recreational activities. The design of the Al Mizhar 1 development is influenced by the ghaf, the national tree of the UAE. Al Khawaneej is inspired by water and the Al Barsha development by sand dunes.

15 December, 2022

121-unit luxury project unveiled in Dubai

Iman Developers, a leading Dubai-based luxury residential developer, announced the launch of its latest project, The Grove, a nine-storey building within the Dubai Hills community. The Grove, the eighth project in Iman's residential development portfolio, features a total of 121 apartments with a mix of studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom units. It carries an estimated value of AED194 million ($53 million). The property will boast a contemporary lobby that’s created with double-height ceilings and elegant fittings. Residents will also enjoy numerous world-class amenities including, cabanas and decks with a view of the green Dubai Hills community, a 25-meter recreational pool, a rooftop adults pool with a jacuzzi, a half basketball court, a lush green garden area, a fully equpped gym, club lounge and games area, indoor and outdoor kids play area, outdoor splash pad and rooftop barbeque facilities. The residential units will range from 414 sq ft - 477 sq ft; 700 sq ft to 896 sq ft, 1,078 sq ft – 1,292 sq ft and 1,706 – 2,560 sq ft respectively. The apartments at the Grove also enable sustainable living with smart living features, such as Google Nest Thermostats which are fitted in every unit that turns on and off based on usage patterns, providing complete automation, and offering a smart solution to energy saving. Apartments are highly secure with smart door locks that possess a fingerprint sensor integrated into the handle, offering one-grasp unlocking, as well as dual verification and hidden pic codes providing additional security.

14 December, 2022

Bids submitted for multiple wellhead towers in Abu Dhabi

At least six leading domestic and international contracting giants have submitted bids to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) for a key framework agreement which involves the provision of multiple wellhead towers (WHTs) offshore the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Bids for the five-year deal were recently submitted to Adnoc, and the operator is expected to select up to three engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) players for future awards under the framework agreement. The model being offered by Adnoc is akin to Saudi Aramco’s lucrative long-term agreements (LTAs) with EPC players covering brownfield and modification work on offshore oil and gas facilities in Saudi Arabia.

14 December, 2022

$1.089bn khalifa port expansion project opened in Abu Dhabi

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, has inaugurated Khalifa Port’s expansion - a major development project with a total investment of AED4 billion ($1.089 billion) in Abu Dhabi.  Khalifa Port expansion is a major national project that is considered an important addition to the UAE's ports and logistic services and will further enhance the UAE's position in the global trade. As part of the expansion, which includes the development of the port’s South Quay, Khalifa Port Logistics, and Abu Dhabi Terminals at a total investment of AED4 billion, Khalifa Port has grown from 2.43 sq km to 8.63 sq km, while its quay wall has been significantly extended from 2.3 km to 12.5 km. It now provides 21 berths and offers a range of bespoke services for key strategic industries, positioning it among the global elite of deep-water ports, with an estimated value of AED20.4 billion. The programme is set to make a major contribution to AD Port Group’s goal of increasing handling capacity at Khalifa Port by 2030 to 15 million TEUs per year, and general cargo handling capacity to 25 million tonnes. Khalifa Port is one of the most advanced deep-water ports in the world.

14 December, 2022

Big revamp plan unveiled for lifestyle destination in Dubai

Asset management firm Merex Investment Group has announced plans for a major revamp of its premium lifestyle and business destination in Dubai - La Mer South. Post the redevelopment, when it opens to the public by 2023-end, La Mer South will be renamed J1 Beach, with the addition of three brand new beachfront experiences – Gigi Rigolatto, Bâoli and Sirene Beach by Gaia – and 10 upscale restaurants that visitors can enjoy from sunrise to sunset. According to Merex, J1 Beach will become a flagship beach resort destination and the first-of-its kind in the region, offering uninterrupted sea views, premium F&B offerings and a cluster of high-end operators in the heart of Jumeirah, Dubai. The redevelopment will ease connectivity for visitors through valet services and ample parking, golf cart shuttle services and green pathways, which are shaded in the day and illuminated at night to create an ideal ambience for beachgoers. Visitors can even arrive by sea via the framed waterfront reception. The new restaurants for the J1 Beach development will make their debut in the UAE and will be completely licensed with day-to-night trade. J1 Beach is an exciting extension of Dubai, as a leading lifestyle and business destination, and we firmly believe that the addition of the day-to-night seaside lifestyle experiences and restaurants will reimagine the way visitors enjoy interactive and new elevated choices. In line with Merex Investment’s strategic priority to enable people to re-imagine the way they experience the city, the move will enable residents to be part of Dubai’s ever-growing vibrant and lifestyle landscape. Merex and Paris Society International signed an agreement to bring the legendary Gigi Rigolatto to the region for the first time. Voted amongst the world’s top brands in its category, Gigi Rigolatto offers guests an Italian menu, an interior restaurant, two exterior terraces, a garden, a Bellini bar, a swimming pool, a kids’ circus, a wellness area and direct access to the beach.

14 December, 2022

Work to begin soon on residential compound project in Sharjah

HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has approved the Al Gitanah Residential Compound 1 project being developed at an investment of AED369 million ($100 million), in the emirate's Muhathab suburb. The residential complex, which will feature a total of 366 homes, is a first of a series of similar projects to be implemented in Al Gitanah 3 and 5 next year. All of these projects will be available for loans and grants.

13 December, 2022

Worlds largest agritourism destination planned in Dubai

A new agritourism project in Dubai's desert is slated to become the biggest in the world of its type and create 10,000 jobs. Agri Hub by URB will promote a new experience, with food security, entertainment and adventure. Agri Hub is a highly attractive and activity-rich environment, which will transform Dubai into the world’s best rural visitor attraction in the world. Local farmers will have space to sell their products directly from their farms, while offering a new eco-friendly shopping, dining and edutainment experience for visitors. Beyond becoming a new tourism experience in the countryside and wilderness of Dubai, the project will also promote greater health, well-being, and prosperity for rural local inhabitants. Some of the project’s environmental features include 100 per cent renewable energy, 100 per cent water recycling, bio-saline agriculture, green transit systems and on-site zero waste management. Ultimately, it will serve as an innovative blueprint for decarbonised rural tourism hubs of the future. A few locations are being studied for feasibility, with the exact location to be confirmed in 2024. Construction is due to begin in 2025 and be completed by 2030. URB provides development management and master planning services, with a focus on net zero sustainable cities.

13 December, 2022

New phase of massive urban development plan revealed in Dubai

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the second phase of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan. Phase II of the plan consists of several projects under ten key initiatives, including Enhancing Urban Centres, Dubai Real Estate Strategy, Urban Farming Plan, Preserving Urban Heritage Plan, Developing the 20-Minute City Policy, and the Pedestrian Network Master Plan. His Highness also reviewed the progress of 17 projects and initiatives that were part of the initial phase of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan. The new phase includes an integrated plan for developing five main urban centres (three existing and two new centres) in Dubai. The plan also prescribes a comprehensive strategy for Dubai’s real estate sector up to 2040 to align it with the requirements of the Master Plan and strike a balance between supply and demand. It calls for proactive initiatives to manage opportunities and changes in the real estate market, achieve sustainable urban development, and boost investor confidence. The Phase Two includes a framework for high-yield agriculture and farming by identifying suitable locations and developing the infrastructure and facilities required to ensure food security. It also outlines plans for preserving urban heritage to enhance the emirate’s identity, promote historical areas, landmarks and buildings, and improve the tourism experience at archaeological sites. The master plan also calls for developing a 20-minute city where residents can reach their destinations within a 20-minute timeframe on foot or by bicycle. The project involves developing integrated service centres with all the necessary facilities and increasing the population density around mass transit stations, allowing residents access to 80 percent of their daily needs and destinations within 20 minutes.
Additionally, a plan will be developed to enhance and utilise urban spaces, such as alleyways, spaces underneath bridges, and squares, by augmenting the elements of well-being to make them attractive and relaxing for residents and visitors. The initiative contributes to enriching the beauty of urban areas, developing green corridors, reducing the carbon footprint, and enhancing the landscaping strategy. A comprehensive plan for pedestrians and soft mobility across Dubai will focus on connected pathways in high-density areas. Phase II of the master plan involves developing an avenue for all residential neighbourhoods. It entails defining an area within the residential neighbourhoods and developing it under the principle of integrated street network where facilities and services are focused on catering to the residents’ needs. This initiative enhances well-being, supports soft mobility and reduces travel time within Dubai. With the support and follow-up of Dubai’s leadership, the Supreme Committee of Urban Planning in Dubai completed six projects, including Dubai’s National Housing Policy. As part of the policy, a historic housing budget of AED65 billion was allocated for housing citizens in Dubai, doubling the number of beneficiaries of Dubai’s housing programme. The area of the land plots allocated for housing nationals in Dubai also doubled, reaching 1.7 million sq ft.

12 December, 2022

15km of mountain bike trail opens in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi gets a new extreme adventure spot for cycling enthusiasts - a 15km uninterrupted mountain bike trail built to complement Hudayriyat Island's existing cycling trails. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Executive Council and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Office, has inaugurated Trail X, the first mountain bike trail of its kind in Abu Dhabi, on Hudayriyat Island. The facility is designed to international standards, with tracks and topography that simulate natural terrain and uninterrupted views of Abu Dhabi's skyline. The tracks are compatible with electric bikes and open to cyclists across all age groups and skill levels.

12 December, 2022

Work to begin on air mobility integrator centre for flying cars in Dubai

Dubai will house an advanced air mobility (AAM) integrator centre, the first of its kind in the world, which would allow companies to test and operate electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. To be set up by VPorts, which specialises in the design, construction and operation of AAM infrastructure, in Dubai South with an investment of $40 million over three years, the project itself will create 1,500 high-quality direct jobs in the UAE.
Similar to heliports, the vertiports will be designed for take-off and landing by eVTOLs. The centre, which would be set up in partnership with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH), will commence operations in 2024. VPorts signed the deal under a 25-year exclusive lease agreement with MBRAH, renewable for a further 25 years, to set up the centre on a 37,000-square-metre site. The project is expected to generate $7 billion (Dh25.7 billion) in direct revenues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi over 25 years.

9 December, 2022

New Cavalli-branded tower launched in Dubai

Damac Properties has revealed a branded development along the Dubai Canal as luxury launches continue in the emirate amid a booming market. Cavalli Couture is a 14-storey building featuring 70 units comprising three, four and five-bedroom duplex sky villas and duplex penthouses. The interiors, inspired by the Amazon jungle, will be branded by Italian fashion house Cavalli. Each unit will have its own infinity pool and terrace garden overlooking Dubai Canal, with views of the Dubai skyline and Burj Khalifa on one side while units on the other side will offer views of Safa Park and Burj Al Arab. Cavalli Couture penthouses will have access to private sky gardens and a party terrace with infinity pools.

9 December, 2022

Ground broken on $122m hospital in Dubai

Dubai-based Prime Healthcare has broken ground on its new hospital within Dubai Healthcare City premises. Designed by Stantec, a leading international design and consultant, the AED450 million ($122 million) project will be a nine-storey; 33,000 sq m facility, that will offer advanced non-invasive, interventional procedures and specialised rehabilitation facilities for heart, lung and oncology diseases and a wide spectrum of other specialties too. The hospital will have three centres of excellence in heart, lung, and oncology. 
The Heart Care Centre of Excellence will offer a range of invasive, non-invasive diagnostic procedures, as well as interventional procedures for coronary artery disease, valve disorders, structural heart disorders, and arrhythmias. The Lung Care Centre of Excellence will address all aspects of diagnosis, management, and treatment of respiratory conditions. The Marie Curie Cancer Institute (MCCI) patients will have a 360-degree comprehensive cancer care system.  

8 December, 2022

High-end Logistics warehouse opened in Dubai

DP World Logistics in Dubai has opened a 6,000-square-meter high-end warehouse offering new storage solutions at Jebel Ali Free Zone. The facility has 12,500 pallet positions and can accommodate cargo up to 18 meters high using Very Narrow Aisle racking systems and a monthly capacity of 6,000 twenty-foot equivalent units. It offers container freight station operations, warehousing and supply chain solutions, and freight-forwarding operations from six facilities in Jebel Ali and its assets include extensive yard operations, cross-dock warehousing, and cold storage and cool storage solutions. The new CFS 2 warehouse is yet another step in supporting our customers better, helping them explore varied business opportunities and move forward with tremendous growth potential in the region. As a reliable, trustworthy and time-bound logistics partner, we will continue creating a complete end-to-end logistics trade journey from and to high-growth markets for our clients.

8 December, 2022

Marriott International opens latest property in Dubai

Marriott International has opened its 100th property, Delta Hotels by Marriott, Dubai Investment Park (DIP). Situated in the district of Dubai Investment Park, close to many of the city’s key attractions and business hubs, the hotel brings a clean and purposeful design aesthetic reflecting the industrial nature of the area, featuring raw materials through exposed craftsmanship, eclectic furniture, and accessories. Delta Hotels by Marriott, Dubai Investment Park features 248 spacious guest rooms and suites featuring the brand’s modern approach to design inspired by true craftsmanship, an outdoor swimming pool, spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre.
In addition to these amenities, the property includes Masian Restaurant & Bar, a full-service restaurant serving international cuisine and shisha, along with a dedicated menu in the evening alongside specialty craft ales and cocktails; The Hub, a coffee shop lounge area serving Lavazza coffee beverages, premium baked goods, and snacks as well as prepared hot and cold items; and Pool Bar, with a selection of lite bites and refreshing beverages available for guests lounging outside by the swimming pool. Grab & Go and Delta Pantry – two of the brand’s signatures globally – are also featured. Offering small bites, fruit, juices, and other cold items, Grab & Go is perfect option for the traveller on the move. Designed to feel like a residential kitchen, the 24/7 Delta Pantry provides premium beverages and snacks available to Marriott Bonvoy Platinum, Titanium, Ambassador Elite Members, and paying guests. Filled with natural light, the technologically advanced meeting and conference space expands across three flexible areas, including the soon-to-be-debuted The Hall – designed for larger business meetings and corporate events.

7 December, 2022

$272.3mln catering services deals signed in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has signed contracts worth more than AED 1 billion ($272.3 million) with UAE companies to provide food catering services for its workforce. The contracts were signed with Royal Catering, Apex National Catering, National Corporation for Tourism & Hotels and Sodexo Kelvin to provide food catering services to all ADNOC Group’s companies from 2022 to 2027.

7 December, 2022

Agreement signed to develop rooftop solar project in Abu Dhabi

Emerge, a joint venture between Masdar and EDF, and Al Dahra, one of the largest integrated agri-businesses in the Middle East, have announced a strategic partnership to develop a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at Al Dahra Food Industry at Khalifa Industrial Zone Facility Abu Dhabi (KIZAD). The rooftop solar system will be installed on Al Dahra’s rice processing facility at KIZAD and will produce about 45 percent of its annual energy demand. Under the agreement, Emerge will provide a full turnkey solution for the 1.2-megawatt peak (MWp) project, including the design, procurement, and construction, as well as operation and maintenance of the plant. The project is scheduled to be operational next year. Al Dahra is a pioneer of innovative farming in the world. The strategic partnership with Emerge aims to support the country’s food security strategy by assisting with sustainable agricultural practices, supplementing existing electricity demand, and showcasing renewable energy technology and its impacts on industrial facilities.

7 December, 2022

New ultra-luxury residential development launched in Dubai

LIV Developers, a leading international Luxury residential development company, has announced the launch of its newest project, LIV Lux, a key ultra-luxury residential tower located in Dubai Marina. Taking affluent lifestyle to new heights, LIV Lux will offer residents and investors 47 storeys of refined living with state-of-the-art amenities, unparalleled sea views and resort-style facilities. Consisting of one-, two-, three and four-bedroom super-luxury apartments, as well as signature duplex penthouses, LIV Lux will cater to buyers looking for refined living in prime locations, or for those seeking real estate investment with high rental yields. 
LIV Lux will introduce the Signature & Penthouse Collections, featuring an array of super luxurious residences. The residential Tower elevates the availability of deluxe residences in Dubai Marina, with nearly half of the units comprising LIV’s Signature Collection. The LIV Lux Penthouses, spanning between 7,000 to 15,000 sq ft, offer striking features such as private art galleries, outdoor jacuzzis, zen gardens, and infinity edge pools on private terraces. The spaces also feature 6-meter-high ceilings with unobstructed Arabian Sea and Palm Jumeirah views, complete with expansive outdoor entertaining spaces.

6 December, 2022

$436 million mixed-use development launched in Dubai

Dubai developer Union Properties has launched a new project valued at around 1.6 billion dirhams ($436 million). The mixed-use development called Takaya will be located in Dubai Motor City. Construction is expected to commence during Q3 2023 with the handover of units expected in Q4 2025.

6 December, 2022

Exploration deal signed for unconventional oil block in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and Malaysian state giant Petronas have signed a landmark deal for the exploration and appraisal of Abu Dhabi’s first-ever onshore unconventional oil block. The historic agreement involves Abu Dhabi’s Unconventional Onshore Block 1 covering a 2000-square kilometre concession area in the Al Dhafra Region. Petronas will hold 100% equity and operatorship to explore and appraise unconventional oil in the concession area for a period up to six years. 
Following a successful appraisal phase, the parties can enter a production concession with a term of 30 years from the first award of the concession to Petronas, with Adnoc having the option to hold a 50% stake in the production concession. The agreement will see Petronas leverage and contribute financially to Adnoc’s ongoing three-dimensional (3D) mega seismic survey, which has already acquired data within the concession area.

5 December, 2022

Strategic partnership agreement signed in Abu Dhabi

His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Etihad Rail, witnessed the signing of the terms sheet for a strategic partnership for sustainable transportation between Etihad Rail, the developer of the UAE Railway Network and Borouge, a leading petrochemical company that provides innovative and differentiated polyolefin solutions, to transport 1.3 million tons of Borouge’s polyolefins annually from its petrochemical complex in Al Ruways Industrial City via rail for export to customers. Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Managing Director and CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Chairman of Borouge; and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, witnessed the signing as well. The agreement was signed by CEO of Etihad Rail, and CEO of Borouge, in the presence of members of Etihad Rail and Borouge’s Board of Directors. This strategic partnership comes in line with Etihad Rail’s efforts to provide logistics solutions to some of the country’s largest companies, where they can transport goods through the rail network at reduced costs and time. In doing so, Etihad Rail also contributes to reducing carbon emissions, in line with the objectives of the UAE. His Highness highlighted the role of ADNOC in supporting railway projects, as it was the first to use Etihad Rail’s services to transport granulated sulfur across the UAE, in addition, His Highness also highlighted Borouge’s innovative capabilities in developing advanced solutions that enhance the UAE’s competitiveness in the petrochemical industry and support the UAE’s economy diversification efforts.
This important collaboration between Borouge and Etihad Rail contributes to the growth of Abu Dhabi’s industrial sector and will support Borouge’s ongoing drive to optimize its logistics platform, lowering both its operating costs and carbon emissions. The partnership reinforces Borouge’s resilience and accelerates the export of its ‘Made In UAE’ products using more sustainable modes of transport, while underlining the partners’ commitment to the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative. This partnership supports the national In-Country Value programme, with 88% of the value flowing back into the local economy, boosting economic diversification and growth. Under the terms of this partnership, Borouge becomes one of Etihad Rail’s main customers. It also includes the development of a rail freight terminal in Al Ruways Industrial City, extending over an area of more than one million square metres, where the terminal will handle loading and unloading, as well as storage and maintenance of shipping containers. By using rail, the time required to transport Borouge’s products will be reduced to 4 hours compared to 12 hours via other modes of transport. Strategic meeting with representatives of the private sector to discuss ways to benefit from Etihad Rail’s freight services. Etihad Rail has successfully reserved 60% of the network’s annual transport capacity. This was achieved through the commercial agreements Etihad Rail has signed with key companies.

5 December, 2022

Dubai to build new rest stops for truck drivers

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded contracts for constructing three all-inclusive Truck Rest Stops in partnership with the private sector. The first contract was made with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and two contracts with Almutakamela Vehicle Testing and Registration. The contracts provide for the construction of three integrated Truck Rest Stops over a total area of more than 226,000 square metres with a capacity to accommodate about 500 trucks and heavy vehicles. The three stations will provide an array of services to enhance the safety and wellbeing of drivers. They include residential quarters for drivers, maintenance workshops, restaurants, administrative buildings, prayer rooms, driver training centres, clinics, pharmacies, exchange shops, laundry and other support services for the safety and wellbeing of trucks and heavy vehicle drivers. The three stations are situated in key areas nearby key roads and logistical cities that witness considerable numbers of trucks every day. International standards will be applied to ensure the safe entry and exit of these stations. The Trucks Rest Stop undertaken by Almutakamela Vehicle Testing and Registration on the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road is located near Jebel Ali Free Zone and Al Maktoum International Airport. It spans 100,000 square metres and has a capacity of 200 trucks and heavy vehicles. The second station, which is undertaken by ADNOC, is situated near Emirates Road, next to the Al Tayy Racetrack. It has an area of 76 thousand square metres and a capacity of 150 vehicles. The third station, which is also undertaken by Almutakamela, is located nearby the entry to the Dubai Industrial City (DIC) and covers 51,000 square metres and has a capacity of approximately 120 trucks and heavy vehicles. The agreement concluded with ADNOC and Almutakamela to build and operate these three rest-stops, aims to enhance the safety and wellbeing of drivers by providing amenities and services they need in daily life. The total area of the three stations is about 226 thousand square metres, and their capacity ranges between 120 and 200 trucks and heavy vehicles each.

 

5 December, 2022

Partnership agreement signed for new luxury hotel & branded residences in Abu Dhabi

Aldar Properties has entered into an exclusive partnership with Nobu Hospitality to launch a new luxury hotel, branded residences and a fine dining experience at Abu Dhabi's upmarket Mamsha Al Saadiyat. The five-star hotel will have 165 guest rooms and suites and a rooftop Nobu Villa. It is expected to open in 2026 and will have four food and beverage venues including the first Nobu restaurant in Abu Dhabi, state-of-the-art wellness and fitness centre, opulent swimming pools and expansive event and conference facilities.
Alongside the hotel, the development is planned to have the first branded Nobu residences in the Middle East and the second worldwide. The residences will have raised gardens overlooking the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a state-of-the-art gym, a movie room, swimming pools, indoor and outdoor play areas and exclusive access to a lounge. The new project activates Aldar’s existing prime land bank in Mamsha Al Saadiyat and will bolster our portfolio of high-quality and recurring income-generating properties across residential, hospitality and leisure segments.

5 December, 2022

Stats Group wins big subsea pipeline project work in Abu Dhabi

UK-based Pipeline technology specialist Stats Group announced it has been commissioned by UAE-headquartered oil and gas EPC contractor National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) to provide pipeline isolation, hot tapping and plugging services to the world’s largest diameter subsea pipeline intervention project, on behalf of a national operating company. Stats announced the project win is the result of its long-term commitment to support localisation in the Gulf region. The scope of work will include the hot tapping and double block and bleed isolation of multiple pipelines with diameters ranging from 42' up to 56' in the Middle East region, using Stats SureTap hot tapping machines and its patented BISEP technology. This was a landmark project for Stats Group and it reinforces the group's credentials for providing innovative subsea hot tapping and high integrity isolation solutions which can address diverse and technical challenges.

29 November, 2022

$816m residential Bio Living project unveiled in Dubai

MAG, a leading real estate developer in the UAE, has announced the launch of Keturah Reserve, an AED3 billion ($816 million) exclusive and innovative new luxury residential development within Meydan development in Dubai. Unveiling the project, MAG announced the project offers transformational living through the design of space and is the first residential development in the Middle East to immerse residents in nature through the ‘Bio Living’ concept that incorporates nature into the built environment to improve the physical, mental and emotional health of its occupants. Keturah Reserve will feature super homes comprising villas and one-,two-,three,and four-bedroom apartments.
Amenities at the project include expansive communal spaces, an outdoor pool, women’s and men’s gyms to help develop the body’s core and the circulation of the inner Qi, spas, restaurants that focus on non-processed organic foods that embrace and enhance a healthy lifestyle, and healthcare facilities, such as a homoeopathic clinic, a pharmacy and a herbalist store. Other activities at the project include a pilates studio, a water bike pool, silk rope classes, and rooftop meditation and yoga spaces, all designed to strengthen the body’s core from the inside out. Activities for children are based on intuition training and educational development through play. Keturah Reserve, which is part of the new luxury real estate and hospitality brand Keturah, is designed by renowned architect Charlie Wu and is scheduled to be completed by Q2 2025. Keturah Reserve is uniquely conceived and designed with every detail crafted meticulously to elevate and enrich the lives of its residents. The project is the epitome of luxury living with a real sense of community. The development is a Keturah concept that elevates and evokes the profound well-being of mind and body through the innovative design of its interior, exterior and personal spaces, connecting residents with the surrounding nature through Bio Living. Keturah Reserve is a place to tend to the inner self, inspired by the ‘from the inside out’ concept. All amenities, activities and food and beverage services are curated with that in mind explained Al Gaddah.

29 November, 2022

$119.8m substation projects awarded in Dubai

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that it has commissioned a new 132/11kV substations in Al Awir First with a transmission capacity of 150 MVA, at a total cost of AED 180 million. DEWA also inaugurated a new transmission 400/132kV substation in Jebel Ali First and overhead cables with a conversion transmission of 2,000 MVA, at total cost of AED 338 million. This raises the total number of 400 kV transmission substations in Dubai to 27 stations and the number of 132kV transmission substations to 333 stations, in addition to 30 other 132kV substations under construction. DEWA has awarded new contracts for five 132/11 kV substations in citizen housing neighbourhoods in Wadi Al Amardi, Wadi Al Shabak, Nadd Hessa, Al Khawaneej 2, Al Awir 1, with a total cost of AED 440 million.

28 November, 2022

Largest skate park opened in Sharjah

UAE developer Arada has opened the third and final phase of Aljada Skate Park, announced to be the largest facility of its kind in the Middle East. Located in the Madar family entertainment district of the Aljada megacommunity in Sharjah, the skate park was opened by Australia’s Keegan Palmer, the skateboarding Olympian gold medallist, who designed its third phase. Spread over a 90,000-sq-ft area, Aljada Skate Park contains a beginner section, an intermediate section and a pro-level street and park section, which will enable the facility to host global standard competitions. This is not only the largest but also the most challenging and creative skate park anywhere in the region. Aljada Skate Park is now a focal point for the growing skate community here in the UAE.

28 November, 2022

Bu Hasa Flow Line project commenced in Abu dhabi

China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering (CPP) Co., Ltd announced that the Abu Dhabi Bu Hasa Flow Line Project contracted by CPP was officially commenced. The Abu Dhabi Bu Hasa Flow Line Project is located in the Bu Hasa Oilfield, about 200 kilometers southwest of Abu Dhabi. The owner is Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and the largest oil producer in ADNOC Group. The project mainly includes detailed design, procurement and construction of BQ station, typical drawing design of oil wells, gas lift wells and water injection wells, and detailed design, procurement and construction of 67 wellheads and surface pipelines.

28 November, 2022

Tendering underway for an offshore expansion project in Abu Dhabi

Leading domestic and international contracting giants are ready to battle for two prized offshore packages from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), as the state-run company eyes further expansion of its huge Lower Zakum Oilfield. Adnoc is advancing multiple offshore developments as its plans to scale up its oil production capacity to 5 million barrels per day by 2025.
The target date for realising this ambition was recently brought forward from 2030. The recent Lower Zakum expansion, dubbed as the Early Production Scheme-2 (EPS-2), envisages increasing the field’s output by 50,000 bpd, ramping up its production capacity to 490,000 bpd in the coming years.

28 November, 2022

Masterplan unveiled for rural, countryside development in Dubai

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the Dubai Countryside and Rural Areas Development Master Plan, spanning an area of 2,216 sq km. The plan seeks to preserve the nature of areas including Lehbab, Margham, Al Marmoom, Al Lisaili, Al Faqaa and Al Aweer, and provide a variety of services and amenities to residents and visitors to enhance their wellbeing. It will serve as a comprehensive plan for the next 20 years, in line with the Dubai Urban Plan 2040. The key objective is to offer a unique touristic experience and transform each area into a key tourist destination in the emirate. The Dubai ruler also approved a host of development projects and initiatives aimed at protecting natural reserves and archaeological sites. The Supreme Committee for Urban Planning will be in charge of implementing and governing the projects. Sheikh Mohammed also approved the Saih Al Salam Scenic Route (Route 1) project, a 100km-long road for vehicles and bicycles. To be built based on the Scenic Route concept, the project will include facilities to provide a holistic tourism experience. It aims to increase the number of activities, events and services that promote desert tourism. The project will also offer investment opportunities for inhabitants, support local projects that stimulate tourism and encourage entrepreneurs to preserve the area’s nature and distinctive identity.
The Route 1 project includes major initiatives, such as providing facilities and services to visitors along the route, offering trips to the ancient sites of Saruq Al Hadid and Al Marmoom Heritage Village, and other experiences including horse and camel riding and desert walks. As part of the project, camps and lodges in the form of glass domes with panoramic windows will be built along with open lounges that will allow people to enjoy their stay beside the existing lakes in the area. As part of The Route 1 project, vertical balloons will be made available to the visitors for offering them an elevated view of the lakes. In addition, kayak boats will be available and souvenir shops and cafes close to the lakes to enrich the visitors’ experience. The Saih Al Salam Scenic Route 1 Project will also include an outdoor cinema experience through the Open Cinema initiative, in addition to events and art exhibitions. There will be a Caravan Park fitted with the infrastructure and public facilities to receive caravans. The project also includes sports initiatives such as skydiving, hot-air balloons, safari trips, and a club for remotely controlled planes and cars. It will also include the first dedicated path for desert means, bicycles and desert electric scooters to link tourist attractions and entertainment areas with the existing cycling track at Al Qudra and Saih Al Salam.

24 November, 2022

New residential cluster launched at lagoons community in Dubai

Damac Properties has announced the launch of the Monte Carlo residential cluster within its Damac Lagoons master development. The latest addition to the Mediterranean-inspired community comes after the successful launch of seven clusters: Portofino, Venice, Malta, Nice, Santorini, Costa Brava and Marbella. Monte Carlo comprises 4 and 5-bedroom townhouses and is nestled between the Malta and Portofino clusters. Nestled around large pristine water lagoons, white sandy beaches and equipped with a diverse and exciting range of amenities, each cluster is uniquely designed to evoke the spirit of the destination it represents. the Mediterranean city which is the inspiration behind the neighbourhood was part of Monaco at the base of the Maritime Alps along the French Riviera. The city is a popular destination for the world's elite and most famous for the Monte Carlo Casino. It also hosts an array of world-class events such as the Monaco Grand Prix and Monaco Yacht Show and is replete with Michelin-star restaurants, elegant top-rated spas and haute couture shops. Much like its namesake destination in the south of Europe, the cluster offers an elite experience for the discerning few equipped with amenities such as an Aqua Opera School House Pavilion and a Board Games Casino Pavillion. For vintage car lovers, there will be a special memorabilia area to showcase some of the most popular vintage cars from around the world. Niall McLoughlin, Senior Vice President of Damac, said: "Monte Carlo offers a holiday escape without ever having to travel, thanks to the classic designs of its luxury townhouses that channel the spirit of the French Riviera. The cluster is yet another value addition to Damac Lagoons which was launched late last year. The vintage vibe and kids-friendly casino pavilion is a fun play off the Monte Carlo spirit.

24 November, 2022

NH Collection to open 588-key Dubai property next year

NH Hotel Group's upper-upscale brand NH Collection has announced plans to launch its first property in the UAE - NH Collection Dubai The Palm - in February next year. It will be the first of the brand to launch in the Middle East and will join an existing portfolio of over 70 NH Collection properties worldwide. The new-build 533-key property is owned by top luxury real estate and hospitality developer Seven Tides, which operates a collection of distinguished properties in the UAE and UK. It is located beside the lagoon of Palm Jumeirah with direct beach access. NH Collection Dubai The Palm features 227 hotel guest rooms and suites as well as 306 studios and apartments across 11 room categories as well as other key amenities including the 45-m rooftop infinity pool, fully-equipped fitness centre, kids’ club, and NH Collection Spa and eclectic dining venues. Higher room categories, including the Premium Sea View Room, the One Bedroom Sea View Suite, and Superior One Bedroom Sea View Apartment, will feature exclusive access to the NH Collection Premium Lounge.
Ideally located on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah, the property offers easy access to downtown Dubai, the attractions of The Palm, and leisure districts of JBR and Dubai Marina, while also being within easy reach of Dubai International Airport, Dubai Old Town, and business zones throughout the emirate. The hotel’s superb location and array of leisure and dining facilities make it poised to be a favourite with visitors to the city and locals alike. We are looking forward to welcoming guests to this exciting new property in February 2023. From the 45-m rooftop infinity pool, fully-equipped fitness centre, kids’ club, and NH Collection Spa, to the selection of eclectic dining venues, when NH Collection Dubai The Palm opens its doors in February it will welcome guests to exceptional hospitality and facilities. The bold, original décor of the interiors and accommodation reflect local colours and the vibrancy of the destination, something guests will feel each time they step into their elegant room or suite with captivating views of the Marina skyline and Arabian Gulf. Also the new hotel features a beach club and restaurant and a one-of-a-kind rooftop infinity pool connecting the north and south towers of its hotel and residences.

24 November, 2022

Deal signed to study distributed solar generation in Abu Dhabi

KEZAD Group - Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi, a subsidiary of AD Ports Group, signed an agreement with TotalEnergies Renewables Distributed Generation Middle East & Africa, an affiliate of TotalEnergies. They will explore opportunities to solarise assets across the group’s industrial areas. Under the agreement, each partner will contribute expertise and technologies to conduct a series of feasibility studies for distributed solar generation, covering economic, commercial, regulatory, and technical aspects. The agreement seeks to realise the full potential of solar power installation across KEZAD Group’s built assets, which today cover over 400,000 square metres. The agreement comes as Abu Dhabi accelerates its development of solar energy solutions to support the UAE agenda to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The emirate plans to install 5.6 GW solar PV capacity by 2026 and is currently developing a solar plant with 2 GW capacity in the Al Dhafra region.

24 November, 2022

Alef launches $435.6m Darb 3 in Al Mamsha Raseel, Sharjah

Alef Group, the leading real estate developer in Sharjah, has launched Darb 3 in Al Mamsha Raseel (Zone 3), following record sales achieved with Al Mamsha Raseel – Darb 1 development project, to be delivered on time in the last quarter of 2024. The launch of Darb 3 coincides with recent amendments to Sharjah property ownership laws to encourage international and expat investment to the Emirate. Darb 3 is the third building in the Darb Cluster in Zone 3 of the company’s Al Mamsha Raseel development. The AED1.6 billion project, located in the Al Muwaileh area will be the city’s first fully walkable community. The new development will showcase and embody key elements of Sharjah’s rich history and culture. Local and international investors will benefit in this project by recent amendments made to property ownership laws in the Emirate of Sharjah. Darb 3 comprises 213 units, offering a variety of modern one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with private terraces and outdoor spaces and interactive water features.

24 November, 2022

Ground broken on e-commerce fulfilment centre in Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD Group), the integrated trade, logistics, and industrial hub of Abu Dhabi and a fully-owned subsidiary of AD Ports Group, and noon.com, the Middle East’s leading online shopping destination broke ground on the UAE’s largest fulfilment centre in Abu Dhabi, which will form part of an anchor investment by noon into the emirate’s fast-growing e-commerce space. The 252,000 sq m fulfilment centre facility is being designed and developed by KEZAD Group under a Build-to-Suit agreement and is scheduled for delivery in 2024. With the introduction of new automation technologies for storage, material movement, and sorting, the facility will enable rapid delivery of products to millions of noon customers throughout the UAE and will bolster the local economy with the creation of several thousand new jobs. While noon already has a facility with KEZAD, it has decided to expand its operations to a larger area by utilizing KEZAD Group’s Build-to-Suit solution, which will facilitate the design and delivery of noon’s turnkey facility. The development has been tailor-made to meet the company’s specific operational requirements, helping to reduce costs, boost productivity and offer essential supply chain efficiencies.
Additionally, the completed facility will be a sustainable building conforming to Estidama 2 Pearl rating which incorporates initiatives to enable water, energy and waste minimisation. By leveraging the innovative development solution, the noon fulfilment centre will be delivered by KEZAD Group on a fast-track basis to the end users’ exact specifications. This approach offers a very strong option for businesses seeking an asset light approach while still retaining full control of their operations and standards.

23 November, 2022

Expansion announced for innovation hub in Dubai

The Dubai International Financial Centre is expanding its Innovation Hub and launching its first residential offering. DIFC Living and Innovation Two will become a major part of phase three of DIFC’s Innovation Hub, which is currently home to more than 600 growth-stage technology companies. Phase three of the DIFC Innovation Hub includes 184,000 square feet of offices and co-working spaces and a further gross floor area of 107,000 square feet earmarked for retail use. It will also include state-of-the-art conference halls. There will be more than 170 upscale residences, which DIFC expects to be highly sought-after. Occupants will have direct internal and external access to Gate Avenue. The project is expected to be completed in 2025. Amenities will include several outdoor green spaces, including vertical gardens and roof terraces, while communal workspaces will allow residents to achieve greater work/life balance while interacting with their neighbours.

23 November, 2022

Ultra-luxurious mixed-use project launched in Dubai

Sobha Realty, a leading luxury real estate developer in the UAE,  has announced the launch of another master-planned mixed-use development in Dubai - Sobha Hartland II - which will come up on a 8 million sq ft area (of which around 3.92 million sq ft is allocated for greens and open spaces). Unveiling the project at the ongoing Cityscape Dubai 2022 property event, Sobha announced it will offer five- to six-bedroom villas, and one- to four-bedroom apartments to the residents along with uber-luxurious living inside a private gated community. Located at a strategic location in the vicinity of Sobha Hartland, it is just 7 to 10 minutes away from Burj Khalifa and downtown, with views of the Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary and Burj Khalifa. Sobha Hartland II features state-of-the-art lifestyle amenities including clubhouse, religious facilities, school, a crystal lagoon with waterfront retail outlets and a community retail centre. The villas also houses a private central water body with a beach edge, adding to the beauty of the project. The project is being constructed with finesse and quality, strictly adhering to top-quality standards and sustainable practices. Through our ‘Backward Integration’ model, we aim at delivering the project in time, and will ensure a living experience like none other at Sobha Hartland II. More than 8,000 trees would be planted in the community, with over 50% of the community area dedicated to greens and open spaces. The project is expected to be completed in 2025, with estimated time of delivery for villas starting in Q2 2025, and apartments in Q4 2025.

23 November, 2022

Aldar plans upscale residential community in Ras Al Khaimah

Leading Abu Dhabi developer Aldar Properties has acquired a prime beachfront plot of over 40,000 sq m on Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah from master developer Marjan. Aldar plans to combine this plot with existing land purchased as part of the DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island acquisition earlier this year to develop a mixed-use residential community overlooking the Arabian Sea. Set to launch in 2023, the development will become Aldar's first residential community in Ras Al Khaimah with a mix of over 2,000 branded and premium residences with access to retail spaces, a beach club, and two kilometres of private beach. Al Marjan Island is regarded as a world-class leisure and lifestyle destination, and it continues to attract interest from leading regional and international investors and operators.

22 November, 2022

566 woodland villas launched in Sharjah

UAE developer Arada has announced the launch of the fourth phase of its mega woodland community development - Masaar - in Sharjah. Azalea features a total of 566 homes ranging from two-bed townhouses to six-bed villa units. Azalea consists of 566 homes ranging from two-bedroom townhouses to six-bedroom villas, which are being introduced for the first time within Masaar. Smart features come as standard at every Azalea home while larger villas offer increased privacy, additional lounges, expansive terraces and pristine swimming pools. Azalea is located over the north side of the Masaar master plan, with all homes within easy walking distance from the community’s international school. Every home in Azalea will be completed by the end of 2024. Construction at the project’s first residential district, Sendian, is under way and is expected to be completed by the end of June 2023, while contracts for Masaar’s second and third phases, Kaya and Robinia, are expected to be awarded by the end of this year. The next milestone for delivery in December will be the completion of the Masaar buffer zone, the border that runs around the outside of the community. This zone will contain thousands of trees and feature two professional looped cycling and jogging tracks, each 6.6 kilometres in length.

22 November, 2022

$544 million residential villas project unveiled in Dubai

UAE property developer Arada is launching a Dh2 billion ($544 million) project in Dubai as it capitalises on high demand and looks to expand to new markets. The Jouri Hills Project, with 294 high-end villas and townhouses, will come up at Dubai's Jumeirah Golf Estates. The construction will start in six months and the project will be done in two years. This is the first project for the Sharjah-based developer in Dubai. The Jouri Hills project will be financed through a mix of debt and equity.

22 November, 2022

Biggest real estate development project launched in Dubai

Sobha Realty launched one of the biggest developments in the city, the iconic Sobha One Tower, during its participation at Cityscape Dubai 2022. The Sobha One is composed of five interconnected towers, contributing to Dubai's unique skyline. With spectacular waterfront views, the skyscraper will also include elegantly designed one- to four-bedroom apartments and two- to four-bedroom duplexes. The project is being developed with keen eye for detail to meet the needs of all residents, and strive to imbibe the principles of finesse and form. The goal is to raise the benchmark of the real estate industry and provide a living experience like none other.

22 November, 2022

Deal signed for key solar installations in Dubai

SirajPower, the UAE's leading distributed solar energy provider in the region, has sealed a partnership deal with master developer Nakheel that will see it deliver nine projects across the UAE. The agreements include the one for a 3.1MWp solar rooftop for Nakheel’s The Gardens residential complex, as well as Dragon Mart 2&6, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Island, International City Pavilion, Jumeirah Park Pavilion, Discovery Gardens Pavilion, and Al Furjan Pavilion South. SirajPower announced it offers a commercial solar leasing solution for residential and retail markets, which enables large-scale entities like Nakheel to benefit from energy security and independence by paying less for their energy consumption while simultaneously producing clean energy without an upfront investment. Looking ahead, Nakheel & SirajPower's partnership will continue to thrive as other projects are in the pipeline to achieve the UAE's vision of becoming carbon-negative by 2050.

22 November, 2022

Work completed on Phase 2 of first walkable community in Sharjah

Alef Group, a leading real estate development company in Sharjah, has announced the completion of Phase 2 of its multi-use project, Al Mamsha Sharjah Zone 1 (Al Mamsha Souks). Seen as Sharjah’s first fully walkable community, Al Mamsha Souks is a novel and exciting take on community living within the region. The project, strategically located in the heart of new Sharjah, comprises housing units that include studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, and duplexes. Spanning across a 1.5 million sq ft area, Al Mamsha Souks Zone 1 Sharjah is the region’s newest top destination, with multiple residential buildings amid vast expanses of lush greenery and pedestrian-friendly walkways. The project also boasts luxury retail stores, upscale dining options, cafes, and hotels with high quality services.

21 November, 2022

Ground broken on 324-unit waterfront development in Ras Al Khaimah

RAK Properties, a leading property development and tourism infrastructure company in the UAE, has broken ground on its latest waterfront development - Bay Residences - located within the Mina Al Arab community in Ras Al Khaimah. An addition to Hayat Island, Bay Residences will feature 324 apartments with a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units boasting direct access to the beach. The immense success of our latest residential projects paved the path for further development on this much sought-after location of Hayat Island. Bay Residences is adjacent to the prestigious 5 star property - InterContinental Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort & Spa. The residential complex includes swimming pools, playgrounds, retail, F&B outlets, and a gym enhancing the benefits of seaside living. Surrounded by promenades, walkways, boardwalks, parks and beautifully landscaped open spaces, the residential apartments are conveniently located to benefit from a wide array of dining, retail and entertainment options.

15 November, 2022

Ultra-luxury living destination unveiled in Dubai

Tilal Al Ghaf’s Lanai Island, the first of the two ultra-luxury neighbourhoods to launch at Island Estate, is an entirely new proposition by Majid Al Futtaim Communities, part of Majid Al Futtaim Properties. The first release from Signature Living by Majid Al Futtaim, a new brand that amplifies the elevated experience central to the Majid Al Futtaim proposition, Lanai Island rises from the crystal waters of Lagoon Al Ghaf, a 150m2 recreational lagoon where residents can swim, relax on pristine white sandy beaches, and take part in a variety of watersports.
Comprising a limited release of 13 expansive ultra-luxury homes, Lanai Island homes have been designed in collaboration with award-winning South African architects SAOTA and stylish interior finishes by world-renowned Kelly Hoppen Interiors. The island offers an unparalleled secluded retreat tailored to the elite lifestyle needs of the region’s growing segment of ultra-high-net-worth-individuals, delivering directly to the burgeoning demand for super-prime properties – currently an underserved sector in the emirate’s residential real estate market.
The two mansion designs, Edge and Shore, take inspiration from the surrounding waters and local landscape with authentic architecture that blurs the boundaries between indoor and outdoor. Floor-to-ceiling windows abound to ensure a visual link to the lagoon is maintained throughout the interior spaces. At the same time, natural stone cladding, a subtle layered palette of complementary tones, and organic textures combine to add impact to the underlying biophilic aesthetic. Sunken rooftop terraces facilitate spectacular panoramic views, with lushly planted multi-level terraces and internal secluded courtyards bringing light and life to interior spaces. In the landscaped gardens, swimming pools look out over the lagoon, while multiple outdoor lounging and dining terraces invite residents and their guests to gather.
Edge: Lanai Island is home to four eight-bedroom Edge mega mansions, each offering a GSA of 2787m2. Situated on large corner plots directly on the water, the average plot size comes in at 2322.5m2. In addition to eight ensuite bedrooms, each mansion features impressive double-height living and dining areas, a modern fully-equipped show kitchen, a rooftop deck with 360° views of the lagoon, a home theatre, home gym and spa, and a swimming pool, and hot tub. Other highlights include an underground parking gallery for 12 vehicles, a dedicated service area with a separate entrance, two back kitchens, and staff quarters for up to 12 employees.
Shore: Lanai Island’s Shore has seven-bedroom mega mansions, of which nine are available in this first release, have similar specifications. Each home offers a GSA of 2136.7m2 with an average plot size of 2229.6m2, with direct beach access, a parking gallery for nine vehicles, and a service area with one back kitchen and staff quarters for six employees.

18 November, 2022

Silicon central mall solar carport ready to generate 1.7 GWh in Dubai

Line Investments & Property LLC, the shopping mall and management division of Lulu Group announces the launch of 1MWp solar carport and 4 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations at Silicon Central, installed early this year by SirajPower, the UAE’s leading distributed solar energy provider as part of the mall’s sustainability initiative. The solar carport project covers 5,500 sqm and will produce 1.7 GWh of clean energy annually, offsetting more than 1,205 metric tons of CO2 emissions equivalent to nearly 20,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years. The brand-new Silicon Central boasts a GLA of 80,000 sqm of retail, F&B, and cinemas, including a 9,000 sqm Lulu Hypermarket and department store spanning 7,800sqm totaling 16,800 sqm. Other than providing energy for the day-to-day operations of the Lulu Group’s Dubai Silicon Central Mall, the Dubai Silicon Central Mall’s Solar Carport will also provide shaded car parking for cars alongside charging slots for electric cars. The facility will help reduce the mall’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

18 November, 2022

Worlds first Real Madrid theme park set to open in Dubai

Real Madrid and Dubai Parks and Resorts are launching the Spanish club’s first theme park in the Middle East. The attraction, which is set to open next year, will include a museum, amusement rides, games testing football skill, and shops selling memorabilia from the European team’s illustrious history. Real Madrid is a global football megastar with an unparalleled record of success and millions of passionate fans in all corners of the globe.

17 November, 2022

Deal signed to build 88-unit residential project in Dubai

Ellington Properties, a leading design-led boutique developer in Dubai, has sealed a partnership deal with Shuaa Capital, the region's leading asset management and investment platform through its real estate development arm, Northacre, and Sol Properties, a unit of UAE-based Bhatia Group, to develop a new residential project on Palm Jumeirah. With nine residential floors, the new project will have 88 units comprising two to six-bedroom units as well as duplex units. The project will reflect Ellington Properties’ signature design-led approach, with exceptional features and resort-like amenities that will provide high-quality lifestyles. BIG Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), the leading global architect with offices in Copenhagen, New York, London, Barcelona, and Shenzhen, has been signed up to design the project. The partnership is a strategic alliance that brings together leading players in the investment and real estate industries to work on an iconic project that will feature exquisitely designed spaces for luxury living. This is Ellington’s third development on Palm Jumeirah, following the recently launched Ellington Beach House, a residential apartment project of 123 units, and The Ellington Collection, comprising nine prestigious beachfront villas.

11 November, 2022

MoU signed to establish a low-carbon hydrogen plant in UAE

Dubai-based Emirates National Oil Company has signed an initial agreement with Japanese heavy-industry manufacturer IHI Corporation to explore setting up a low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia plant in the UAE, supporting the Emirates' energy transition efforts. The fuel produced will be exported to Japan and supplied within the UAE as well as the broader region for bunkering and other purposes. This makes Enoc the latest UAE company to foray into the booming hydrogen industry, which is expected to reach a valuation of $183 billion by 2023. Hydrogen, which can be produced from both renewable energy and natural gas, is expected to play a key role in the coming years as economies and industries transition to a low-carbon world to mitigate climate change. Low-carbon ammonia, which is made from nitrogen and clean hydrogen, is the most promising at-scale hydrogen carrier and potential clean fuel for a wide range of applications, including transportation, power generation and fertiliser production. Enoc and IHI will conduct pre-feasibility and feasibility studies for a full-scale production plant.

10 November, 2022

Agreement signed for Dubai Healthcare City project

UAE-based Azizi Developments has signed an agreement with German energy services company ista International for supply of premium metering for chiller consumption at all the apartments within its Creek Views I and Aliyah projects in Dubai Healthcare City. This move comes as a cost-free addition to those already residing in the Creek Views I and Aliyah homes, with Azizi investing substantially in its already delivered projects to further improve lives through enhanced sustainability. Azizi had recently launched Rêve, a 24-building, ultra-luxury phase in its Riviera project, and delivered seven buildings in the first phase, as well as the 634-unit Creek Views I project in Dubai Healthcare City, built at a value of nearly AED 300 million.

10 November, 2022

New luxury tower launched in Downtown Dubai

Damac Properties, a leading UAE developer, has announced the launch of its new luxurious 25-storey building, Elegance Tower, in the heart of Downtown Dubai. Branded by renowned designer Zuhair Murad, the tower features one-bedroom apartment of up to 827.21 sq ft and two-bedroom apartments of up to 1,379.61 sq ft displaying elegance with its white and gold interiors. With its prime location in the heart of the bustling downtown area, and only a short walk away from The Dubai Mall, the building offers the best views of the city, including vistas of Za’abeel, Dubai Canal and Burj Khalifa. Among the unique features of the tower is the 'secret' door in all units, which appears as a decorative shelf display in the living room but opens up directly into the master bedroom, giving the homes a sense of privacy and singularity. The interior embodies the essence of the Zuhair Murad brand.

9 November, 2022

Work on hotel project nearing completion in Dubai

Dubai luxury project developer Damac has announced that work is nearing completion on its 295-key Damac Hills 2 Hotel, which is set to open in the coming months. The Edge by Rotana-managed property is located in Damac Hills 2, a vibrant community that curates a one-of-a-kind living experience. It is surrounded by lush green parks and calming lakes and is a vibrant dining destination that attracts and brings the community together. The hotel is also ideal for fitness enthusiasts who are looking to indulge in a relaxing escape where they can savour a delicious breakfast and cycle on the famous Al Qudra Cycling Track to kick off their mornings with a fresh start. With the popular Sevens Stadium, Hamdan Sports Complex and Dubai Camel Racing Club located nearby, guests staying at the idyllic hotel can be in the heart of all the sports action without having to drive back to the city to catch the games. The hotel is home to Urban Bar Deli, a casual all-day dining restaurant that promise to bring you a world of flavours with an array of dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A perfect spot to unwind with friends, diners can dive into a range of culinary delights while sipping on a variety of beverages in a relaxed setting. The property boasts 4 meeting rooms, a F&B outlet, a fully equipped gym, 2 temperature-controlled pools for children and adults, and a kid’s play area, the hotel is elegantly furnished and is the perfect option for both business and leisure guests alike.

9 November, 2022

Bidding underway for an offshore contract in Abu Dhabi

Leading domestic and international contractors are preparing to submit bids later this month to Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) for a key framework agreement, which involves work on multiple wellhead towers offshore Abu Dhabi. Adnoc is swiftly progressing with the bidding process and is expected to finalise its preferred contractors for the framework agreement within weeks. Bids for the framework deal are due on 18 November 2022 and at least three engineering, procurement and construction contractors are likely to be eventually selected by the operator.

9 November, 2022

First waste to renewable methanol plant to be built in Middle East

Averda, the leading end-to-end waste management, treatment and recycling company in emerging markets, has teamed up with WasteFuel, a developer of bio-refineries focused on converting municipal solid waste into low-carbon fuels headquartered in Los Angeles, US, to develop the first commercial scale municipal waste to renewable methanol plant in the Middle East. Location for the first plant was being researched, but it was most likely to be in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
The plant will produce renewable methanol for shipping from unrecyclable waste currently being collected and disposed of by Averda. This renewable fuel would help shipping companies achieve up to 90% reductions in CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases and pollutants compared to conventional fuels The world generates 2.01 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste annually and global waste is expected to grow to 3.4 billion tonnes by 2050, more than double population growth over the same period.

7 November, 2022

Coiled tubing drilling contract awarded in Sharjah

Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC) has awarded a framework agreement to SLB which will execute SNOC’s new Underbalanced Coiled Tubing Drilling (UBCTD) project. The agreement was signed by Hatem Al-Mosa and Hichem Bouhlel during their participation at ADIPEC. The new deal will see the management of up to four wells with an option to extend the project to two years. It targets to realize SNOC’s ongoing efforts on economic and operational optimization and thereby increase the productivity of its gas operations and storage in the Moveyied field. The agreement covers the project management and execution of Integrated Coiled Tubing Drilling services comprising the provision of coiled tubing drilling unit, fluid pumping services, nitrogen pumping services, underbalanced flowback package, CTD directional BHA’s, drilling services, and drill bits. SLB’s advanced, Integrated Coil Tubing Drilling services with proven underbalanced control during drilling will provide the existing gas storage wells with higher quality multi-lateral legs with no formation damage, resulting in enhanced production and injection performances.

7 November, 2022

Agreement signed for the treatment of hazardous industrial waste in Abu Dhabi

A consortium formed by Veolia, Vision Invest and ADQ, under an innovative, one of a kind, non-recourse project finance scheme, has signed an agreement to acquire two hazardous industrial waste treatment plants of the Al Ruways complex from ADNOC Refining. With an annual capacity of nearly 70,000 tonnes, these plants currently treat most of ADNOC’s industrial hazardous waste. Through this agreement, Veolia, and its partners ADQ and Vision Invest will treat the hazardous industrial waste of Abu Dhabi’s biggest industrial complex in Al Ruways that includes the largest oil refinery in the Middle East. The contract will start in 2023, subject to customary completion requirements, and will more than double Veolia Hazardous waste activity within the Middle East. Pioneer and leading provider of hazardous waste management solutions in the Middle East, Veolia will lead the plants operations in Al Ruways, leveraging on its comprehensive expertise covering the entire hazardous waste treatment chain. The group will have 50,1% participation in the operating company alongside Vision Invest (24.95%) and ADQ (24.95%). The solutions developed by Veolia will help to further mitigate the environmental impact of industrial activities and promote a circular economy approach. Veolia will specifically focus on maximizing the resource recovery (water and oil) from the oil and gas hazardous waste, to reuse them on nearby industrial plants, setting up innovative circular economy and local energy loops. The consortium will also significantly expand the existing solar farm to produce more locally sourced green energy.

7 November, 2022

Azizi announces sale of premium residential units in Dubai

UAE-based Azizi Developments has launched the sale of units at its premium developments - Riviera Rêve III (within the fourth phase of its French Mediterranean-inspired waterfront lifestyle community) and Park Avenue III, the third of its serene, well-connected mid-rise Park Avenue project in MBR City. The sales launch was held at the developer’s Sales Gallery in Conrad Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, offering visitors the unique opportunity to snap up new units which were released throughout the day. Riviera Rêve III comprises 24 ultra-luxury buildings with 5,061 homes featuring more than 2,600 studio apartments, as well as 1,579 one- and 876 two-bedroom units. The most exquisite of these will be the distinguished duplex penthouses. Park Avenue comprises three buildings with 372 residential and 29 retail units. Each building has its own fully equipped gym and swimming pool. Work is progressing swiftly, with the structures of Park Avenue I, II and III now all being 99% complete and the total workforce having been increased to 675 to further accelerate construction.

4 November, 2022

$9.5 billion worth of agreements signed for oil & gas industry products in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has signed deals with 25 leading domestic and international players worth $9.52 billion (35 billion Emirati dirhams) for multiple oil and gas industry products to be manufactured within the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The agreements set out the suppliers’ intention to manufacture 21 products in the United Arab Emirates, supporting the delivery of Adnoc’s 2030 strategy. Leading companies who have signed agreements with Adnoc include Siemens, Halliburton, Celeros FT, Emerson, Proton R&D and Schneider Electric
Leading national oil companies in the region are increasingly aiming to scale up local content requirements in crucial oil and gas projects. Saudi Aramco’s In Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) and QatarEnergy’s Tawteen are some of the key localisation programmes being taken up by the Gulf giants. Adnoc has a crucial In country Value (ICV) requirement in its oil and gas tenders and other key services that highlight its localisation drive. Among the key oil and gas industry products that would be manufactured in the UAE are pressure vessels, compressors, pipeline inspections gauges, specialist valves, industrial pumps, switchgear and other key equipment. The agreements could also see investments made in machining, reverse engineering and non-destructive testing equipment. Adnoc is spending billions of dollars to expand its oil and gas production capacity in the coming years. The emirate is likely to achieve oil production capacity of 5 million barrels per day as early as 2025.

4 November, 2022

Offshore oil & gas vessel deal awarded in UAE

UAE-headquartered Gulf Marine Services (GMS), a provider of self-propelled, self-elevating support vessels for the offshore oil, gas and renewables industries, has secured two new deals and a contract extension for its vessels with increased day rates. GMS announced the award of two new contracts and one contract extension, explaining that one of the new contracts is for a large-class (E Class) vessel, while the other one is for a small-class (K Class) vessel. On the other hand, the contract extension is for a mid-tier (S Class) vessel. These deals come a little over a month after GMS won a contract with an increased day rate for large and small-size class vessels.

4 November, 2022

Work completed on new British curriculum school in Dubai

GAJ (Godwin Austen Johnson), one of the largest British architectural and design practices in the UAE, announced it has completed work on a K-12 school in Dubai and handed it over to UAE holding company - Al Zarooni Emirates Investments. Located in the City Walk area of Jumeirah, the new Citizens School has been conceived and developed by Al Zarooni Emirates Investments. On the Jumerirah project, GAJ announced it has been designed to inspire and stimulate and features a teacher training foundation, excellence centre and K-12 school. The first of the key spaces - the reception, parent’s cafe, lobby and learning stairs - help create a welcoming, relaxed, and immediate contact point for students, parents, and teachers, stated the UK design practice. Forming the heart of the school the wide interactive staircase with connecting views encourages interaction and enhances a sense of community and shared purpose. A large skylight floods the entrance area with natural daylight - a theme that is followed throughout the school. The Citizens School is double the size of other schools in the catchment area spanning 43,000 sq m. It has a 2,900 sq m sports field with football and rugby pitches adhering to Fifa and World Rugby standards as well as a six-lane semi-covered swimming pool.  In the Foundation Zone the aim is to excite the children about learning and exploring, stimulating young imaginations, with its hide and seek exploration zone, private reading nooks as well as various playful and flexible elements such as soft seating, and large floor cushions. Natural finishes with sound absorbing materials are combined with colourful elements to create a safe and friendly learning space. The nursery design is a light, neutral space punctuated by pops of vibrancy and whimsical shapes of assorted sizes. It features a storytelling zone with soft seating and cosy reading nooks and access to indoor and outdoor play areas.

4 November, 2022

$82m wiring plant opend in Fujairah

Kromberg & Schubert, a leading German manufacturer of complex wiring systems for the automotive industry, has announced the opening of its new AED300 million ($82 million) plant in Fujairah Free Zone. An international industrial company with more than 100-year history, Kromberg & Schubert is mainly engaged in the production of cable harnesses, and has a 40,000 strong workforce globally with presence in over 40 countries. The plant, which has been built on a 55,000 sq m area, was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah. The Fujairah plant will have an annual manufacturing capacity of 50 million pieces of automotive wire and cables with 3,500 workers striving to achieve the target.

4 November, 2022

Borouge, Adnoc unit set up giant warehouse in Abu Dhabi

Borouge, a leading petrochemical company that provides innovative and differentiated polyolefin solutions, and Adnoc Logistics and Services (Adnoc L&S) has announced the opening of the Borouge Global Gateway at Khalifa Port. At the heart of the operations is a mega warehouse - the largest in the Middle East with a size of more than 40 football pitches - that will enable Borouge to store 180,000 tonnes of polyolefins every day, with 2.5 million tonnes per year throughput. The facility will be owned and managed by Adnoc L&S, a unit of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and the region’s largest shipping and integrated logistics company, It will play a critical role in enabling Borouge to improve operational efficiencies, by centralising and integrating its logistical operations and also facilitate the export of the group’s ‘Made In UAE’ polymer solutions to international markets. The warehouse is part of Borouge and Adnoc L&S’ 25-year agreement covering transportation and handling operations for Borouge’s products at Khalifa Port for export.

3 November, 2022

$1.6bn integrated drilling fluids services contract awarded in Abu Dhabi

Adnoc Drilling Company awarded a five-year framework contract worth $1.6 billion for integrated drilling fluids services to support the expansion of Adnoc’s lower-cost and lower-carbon intensive production capacity, as it continues to respond to growing global demand for energy. The award covers Adnoc’s onshore and offshore fields and will see an additional $750 million above guidance added to Oilfield Services (OFS) revenue, or $150 million per year. The award covers Adnoc’s onshore and offshore fields and will see an additional $750 million above guidance added to Oilfield Services (OFS) revenue, or $150 million per year. The contract award brings the total value of awards confirmed by Adnoc Drilling in 2022 to $8.85 billion, of which $1.15 billion has been incremental to the Company’s previously disclosed revenue guidance.

2 November, 2022

Four new premium British schools to open in Dubai

Dubai’s second-largest school operator, Taaleem Holdings, will open four new premium British schools in the next three years. One school in Mira and another in Jumeirah will open in 2024. Two more schools, one in Dubai and the second one in Abu Dhabi will open in 2025. Each school will have the capacity for 1,600 to 2,000 pupils. It will be building a school in the Mira Community and this will be the first premium school in the community which also has access to Town Square. The second school is in an incredible location by the water canal in Jumeirah. The regulatory approvals were in place and the design actioned.

2 November, 2022

Polymers reprocessing plant opened in Abu Dhabi

Maire Tecnimont’s subsidiary NextChem, through the associate company GCB Polymers, inaugurates a new re-processing and upcycling plant for polymers today in the Kezad Industrial Zone, in the UAE capital city Abu Dhabi. This new plant processes a very wide range of polymer products, from near to prime to the lower end of plant scraps, post-industrial and post-consumer waste, and also recycled polymers. The plant is capable of both improving and upgrading lower-quality polymers (such off-spec products, plant scraps) and upcycling plastic waste into higher-value, qualified products fit for specific industrial applications, thus representing an effective contribution to the development of a circular economy.
Located between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the largest industrial and free trade zone in the Middle East, the plant was built by GCB Polymers, a joint venture between NextChem, P2 Polimeri and Polyme General Trading. GCB Polymers is a pioneer investor at the Kezad Polymer Park, a plastics value chain ecosystem located close to the heart of a large industrial zone, in support of UAE Circular Economy Policy, in country value and contributing to a new circular economy approach in the UAE. The plant will use the nearby deep-water Khalifa Port on a daily basis to import and export products and will reach the production of as much as 180,000 per year tons of polymers in the next few years. These polymers can be used to make products for the home, garden furniture, pipes, packaging, and many other applications. 

2 November, 2022

$4 billion worth of framework deals signed in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has awarded a trio of framework agreements to leading domestic and international drilling services giants, as the emirate steps up its upstream spending, aimed at achieving 5 million barrels per day of oil production capacity in the coming years. The deals are together valued at $4 billion and involve integrated drilling fluids services to support the ongoing expansion of its lower cost and lower-carbon intensive production capacity. 
The awards were given to Adnoc Drilling, Schlumberger and Halliburton. They cover Adnoc’s onshore and offshore fields and will run for five years with an option for a further two years. The Abu Dhabi giant has awarded multiple framework deals this year, as it is said to be bringing forward its target of producing 5 million bpd from 2030 to 2025. In the past 12 months, Adnoc has awarded over $16 billion in agreements for drilling-related equipment and services. Many more onshore and offshore contracts for engineering, procurement and construction are likely to be singed by the emirate in the coming years for a business pipeline which includes the multi-billion development of the Hail & Ghasha sour gas fields. The operator noted that the framework agreements were awarded following a competitive tender process.

28 October, 2022

Fitout in key revamp of 489-key Marriott property in Dubai

The Fitout, one of the leading providers of complete interior solutions in the UAE, has announced that it has completed the work on the Panorama Restaurant as part of its refurbishment of the 489 rooms at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Dubai. Revealing its ongoing work for Residence Inn by Marriott, Fitout announced it has successfully delivered half of the project to the client while the hotel is fully operational with customers enjoying all the amenities, despite the renovations being carried out  - from floor to ceiling. The detailed drawings executed by the firm are in accordance with the Marriott specifications and uphold the unique branding of the hotel. It is developing unique designs for the interiors of the hotel, which meets the evolving demand for innovative and state-of-the-art interiors in the hospitality industry. The hotel’s guest rooms will feature unique wall coverings imported exclusively from Italy and made with the finest materials and cutting-edge technologies. Moreover, we are placing high priority on sustainability, at every stage of construction of the rooms. Likewise, the company also utilised quality materials from Italy and cutting-edge technologies for the construction of 700-sq-m Panorama Restaurant's interiors which is now fully completed. Designed in harmony with the overall theme of the hotel, the interior of the restaurant has a distinctive design that blends modern architecture with previously employed sinuous curves and arches. The designs for the rooms and the restaurant have been created to suit the prime location at which it is located, offering its guests and diners a magnificent view of the seaside and DIFC. Fitout, announced, had effectively co-ordinated with the hotel’s Italian designers to promptly alter shop drawings in accordance with the client's specifications and make every effort to deliver the project on schedule.

27 October, 2022

62-storey residential tower unveiled in Dubai

UAE developer Sobha Realty, a leading premium real estate developer in the UAE, is launching its first signature residential project, The S, on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. The 62-storey building will host 43 stories of superlative residences, along with six levels of enclosed podiums designed to park luxury brands of cars. It is also equipped with 24/7 concierge and security service for safety and convenience. Furthermore, the tower has been designed to let residents enjoy breath-taking views of the sea from the north side, while also being greeted by the south side's lush golf course vistas. “The S” fully reflects Sobha Realty’s signature style and sophistication, a result of the company's vast experience and design capabilities, following Sobha’s unique “Backward integration” model. The tower, with its ideal location between Palm Jumeirah, Sheikh Zayed Road, and Dubai Internet City, offers easy access to the prime locations of Dubai such as Dubai Marina, Emirates Golf Club, and Burj Al Arab among others. The S tower, like all of Sobha Realty's creations, incorporates the most cutting-edge technologies, including a number of intelligent features. In addition to smart lights, window shades, and other connected features that can be controlled with your smartphone, the tower also boasts of high-speed lifts that allow for rapid transit to your apartment. Similarly, fresh air units with high-efficiency filters and UV filtration for improved air quality are also present throughout the building structure to ensure the overall wellbeing of residents. Sobha Realty announced the new skyscraper will also feature a luxury bespoke café, a health spa, a sauna, lounge area, well equipped gym, and a children’s day care centre. Also, in the tower's lobby there will be an art gallery that will showcase original masterpieces of leading artists from across the globe. Residents will further have access to a temperature-controlled infinity-edge pool and a meditation corner, thereby promising the highest levels of luxury and elegance for a distinctive lifestyle.

27 October, 2022

Deal signed to set up carrefour market in Dubai

Deyaar, a leading property developer in Dubai, has reached a deal with leading UAE business conglomerate Majid Al Futtaim to set up retail major Carrefour as the anchor retail offering within its urban community, Midtown, located in the neighbourhood of Dubai Production City. Carrefour Market is set to occupy 9,000 sq ft of central retail space in the master development. A versatile concept owned by Majid Al Futtaim Retail in the UAE, Carrefour promises to provide a complete list of essentials for day-to-day living, ranging from nutrition to household goods and personal care products to electronics. It will be the mainstay of the community attracting residents to explore a wider expansive retail space of more than 65,000 sq ft. The master plan continues to expand on its modern urban community concept, served by a massive central garden and a mixed-use public retail and restaurant space. The family-friendly community is close to Dubai metro stations, schools, shopping centres, and Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, which provides convenient access to the rest of the emirates. Located in Dubai Production City near Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Midtown has been designed keeping in mind the lifestyle needs of today’s fast-paced world. The new addition in Midtown simplifies everyday living, supporting residents to stay fully equipped with everything they need all year around. Deyar announced the retail landscape in the existing phase of Midtown - Afnan and Dania is a total of 24 mid-rises surrounded by an interesting line of F&B concepts - from street food to casual dining, pharmacies, clinics, kids’ nurseries, salons, laundry, pet care and tailoring studios amongst other essential services. With the upcoming phase of Mesk and Noor receiving an incredible response from people, Deyaar aims to elevate residents’ daily life by adding more services and amenities in this new development.

27 October, 2022

Mediterranean-inspired residential community launched in Dubai

DAMAC Properties has announced the launch of the Marbella residential cluster in its DAMAC Lagoons master development. The latest addition to the Mediterranean-inspired community comes after the successful launch of six clusters: Portofino, Venice, Malta, Nice, Santorini, and Costa Brava. Nestled around extravagantly large pristine water lagoons, white sandy beaches and equipped with an unparalleled diverse range of amenities, each cluster is uniquely designed to evoke the spirit of the destination it represents. Marbella blends an aura of luxury and comfort to a new height of urban contemporary living that amplifies and incorporates the quintessential Mediterranean holiday lifestyle filled with fun, entertainment, Zen and extravagance into the daily lives of residents. 
Marbella, the pearl of the Spanish coast and the joy of Andalucía is known for its flamenco, fascinating history and flavours. This cluster recreates the magic of southern Spain. Its design follows cues from the jet set life that takes place in Puerto Banus allowing residents to indulge in its picturesque small streets, white houses, abundant flowers, fountains, stores, and terraces. The central square 'Plaza de los Naranjos’ furthers the Mediterranean magic with fragrant orange trees, a town hall, and a selection of restaurants. Offering high-end to midrange 4 and 5 bedrooms, Marbella embeds townhouses with rustic mellow vibes, hues of summer linen, woven coir, wood, and Olive trees - a true mix of old town architecture of Marbella and contemporary southern Spanish towns. Women will have a place to call their own at the Ladies Hub - Costa Del Sol. From the fully-equipped gym and spa, to the beauty salon and meditation lounge, clients can be fully pampered before relaxing by the nearby beach. A special olive tree garden perfect for a wedding photoshoot fuels the spirit of happiness and romance across the entire cluster.