Announcement of a landfill to solar project to be built in Sharjah
The UAE will build the Middle East's first landfill to solar project at Al Sajaa landfill in Sharjah. A consortium of BEEAH, Masdar and Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority (SEWA) will partner to partner develop a 120 megawatt (MW) solar farm on 68 acres of landfill area. The Al Sajaa landfill is expected to become redundant with Sharjah on track to becoming the first zero waste city in the Middle East. The emirate's waste diversion rate has reached 90 percent thanks to an integrated waste management strategy and the operationalisation of the UAE's first waste-to-energy plant. The landfill will be capped according to international regulations, environmental laws, geotechnical safety standards, and rehabilitation procedures to prepare it for the solar farm project. Project timelines and investment figures weren't disclosed.
New partnership signed for waterfront residential project in Abu Dhabi
In a groundbreaking collaboration and a first for the UAE Capital, Nine Yards Plus Holding has announced an exclusive partnership with Jacob & Co, the renowned US jeweller and watchmaker, for its Reem Island waterfront residential project in Abu Dhabi. Following the recent MoU signing between the two companies, the formal initiation of the business partnership is marked through this property development - the first-ever Jacob & Co branded residential development, in Abu Dhabi - is expected to commence construction in 2024 to be completed in 2027.
Promising to redefine luxury living, Jacob & Co will spearhead the concept design of the Reem Island Waterfront residential project, bringing its unparalleled expertise in luxury aesthetics and innovative design to the project. Situated in the heart of the UAE capital, the Jacob & Co and Nine Yards Plus Holding residential community will boast a diverse range of upscale residences, including luxurious apartments, and stylish townhouses, the waterfront development will cater to the varied preferences of any number of discerning homeowners. This strategic partnership will bring a touch of opulence and sophistication to the Abu Dhabi real estate landscape. Leveraging Jacob & Co's heritage in watchmaking, the residential project will incorporate unique horological elements into its design, creating an environment that seamlessly blends opulent living with a timeless, artistic craftsmanship. The development will also provide residents with an unequalled waterfront living experience, offering breathtaking views of the Abu Dhabi skyline, the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi and the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.
New development plans announced for free zone arm in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Airports announced new development plans for their free zone arm – ADAFZ. The development programme involves the planned construction of multiple Light Industrial Units (LIUs), currently in the master planning phase. The Airport and Free zone operator also revealed that these LIUs will be built on an area of 200,000 square feet in its Southside Logistics area, adjacent to the Cargo terminal. Currently in very high demand, the development of LIU's will satisfy the increasing need from the small to medium size business community as they offer a low-cost entry and are scalable to align with the growth of the customer/tenant. The units are ideally suited towards light manufacturing & assembly, freight forwarding & logistics, technology, consumer, retail and airport support services. Subject to approval of its master plan, ADAFZ intends to award construction of the LIUs in 2024 with a 12-18 month build time.
$817mn projects announced in Dubai
UAE-based developers Aqua Properties has announced plans to launch two residential projects worth $817 million (AED3 billion) in Dubai within the next six months. Among the upcoming projects is a 50-storey luxury tower on Sheikh Zayed Road and a sprawling 300,000ft2 plot, the largest land parcel in the Arjan neighbourhood. The Community - a series of co-living space buildings located in Jumeirah Village Triangle and Motor City - is under construction and due to be handed over December 2023. The Central Downtown, also in Arjan, is due for handover at the end of 2026. Aqua Properties is planning to deliver over 500 residential and commercial units in the first quarter of 2024.
First net zero energy mosque will be built in Abu Dhabi
Masdar City will set up the region's first net-zero energy mosque. The mosque will break ground in 2024. It's completion date to be announced in the coming months. The 2,349 square-meter structure, with capacity for 1,300 worshippers, will produce at least 100% of the energy it needs over the course of a year using 1,590 m² of on-site PV panels. The mosque's total energy requirements were reduced by 35% compared to international baselines using passive design, an architectural approach that responds to environmental conditions. It will be more than a gathering place, a community hub, or a place of worship. It will take people on a cultural, spiritual, and environmental journey, serving as a powerful symbol of our commitment as responsible stewards of the earth. This mosque is our gift to the community.
The mosque's main structure will be made primarily of rammed earth, and a series of tiered windows on the roof will allow the space to be illuminated with cascading natural light patterns. Outdoor colonnades will offer shade from the sun as worshippers transition from the outdoors to the sacred inner space. The rammed earth provides outstanding insulation, helping to keep hot air out and cool air in while also fostering a sense of place and belonging. It's also cost-effective. A series of tiered, operable windows on the ceiling will help inspire wonder and reverence for worshippers while also creating a natural ventilation system that will make air conditioning optional in the winter months.
Agreement signed to develop first super green hydrogen plant in Sharjah
BEEAH, Chinook Hydrogen and Air Water Gas Solutions and a subsidiary of Air Water Inc., a leading Japanese conglomerate with advanced industrial gases technologies, have entered a joint development agreement (JDA) to develop the world's first commercial-scale waste-to-hydrogen plant in Sharjah. The JDA will build on the success of the hydrogen-from-waste demonstration plant, which has achieved major breakthroughs by demonstrating an attractive, carbon-negative solution to produce green hydrogen from waste. The demonstration plant transforms various organic-based waste, including Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), non-recyclable plastics and wood waste, into super green hydrogen that is connected to a Toyota fuel-cell unit that generates power from the hydrogen produced, similar to the fuel cell installed in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles such as the Toyota Mirai.
The demonstration plant benefits from Chinook Hydrogen's RODECS pyrolysis technology, developed and optimised over 23 years with 18 gasification units installed world-wide. The technology is heavily patented, using 'Active-Hydropyrolysis' to process a wide range of post-consumer organic-based wastes in batches, including MSW, non-recyclable plastics, sewage sludge, biomass and waste wood feedstocks to produce syngas. Chinook Hydrogen's RODECS system is the only one in the world to process waste with low energy content to yield syngas with hydrogen concentrations of around 50 percent-vol. In this system, the hydrogen-rich syngas is further processed by advanced hydrogen refinement technology developed by Air Water to produce high-purity fuel-cell grade hydrogen for use in transportation, fine chemical and industrial applications. The plant can also capture and store carbon dioxide from the syngas, making the process carbon-negative.
The RODECS pyrolysis and gasification system in the demonstration facility is capable of producing up to 1.5 tonnes per day of hydrogen. The combined Active-Hydropyrolysis process controlled by the Hydrogen-Intelligence system ensures the production of the 'Super-Green-Hydrogen', which offers one of the world's lowest levelised cost of hydrogen (LCoH) today. Chinook Hydrogen, Air Water Gas Solutions, and BEEAH plan to implement a similar process and system, establishing the world's first commercial-scale, hydrogen-from-waste facility in Sharjah, UAE, with an initial capacity of seven tonnes per day. The goal is to progressively augment the Sharjah plant capacity to reach 20 tonnes per day and extend the concept and innovation behind this plant throughout the Middle East.
Announcement of the launch of largest marine reef developments in Dubai
Dubai has announced the launch of one of the world's largest marine reef developments, thus marking a pioneering step in the journey towards ecological preservation. The project will be led by the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and founding partner, the Regulatory Committee on Fishing of Living Aquatic Resources in Dubai, in cooperation with Dubai Chambers, the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), and Nakheel. The project, a part of the city's efforts to increase fish stocks, support sustainable fishing and contribute to boosting food security, will also play a vital role in reducing carbon emissions and increasing marine biodiversity.
The Dubai Reef project stands as a testament to Dubai's commitment, as exemplified by initiatives like the citywide sustainability movement, 'Dubai Can', in supporting marine life, enhancing marine biodiversity and its aspiration to establish itself as a leading global sustainable city.
The Dubai Reef project is a monumental endeavour, deploying artificial reef modules of various sizes, spanning a staggering 600 square kilometres of Dubai's pristine waters. The meticulous design of these reefs exceeds 400,000 cubic meters in total volume, with an estimated capacity to capture over seven million tonnes of carbon annually. Beyond carbon capture, this project plays a pivotal role in coral reef habitat restoration, coastal protection and the revival of marine biodiversity along Dubai's foreshore. As a key founding partner of the Dubai Reef project, the Regulatory Committee on Fishing of Living Aquatic esources in Dubai will be responsible for the technical aspects of fish stock propagation and sustainable fishing.
New waterfront neighbourhood launched in Dubai
Majid Al Futtaim, a leading mall developer and leisure pioneer in the region, has announced the launch of Plagette 32, its latest waterfront neighbourhood featuring an intimate collection of bungalows and villas located within its flagship community Tilal Al Ghaf in Dubai. The Plagette 32 is an exclusive residential neighbourhood consisting of 28 townhome-style Club Villas and four bungalow-style Water Bungalows, thoughtfully decorated by Bergman Design House, a luxury design studio specialising in exquisite interiors across hospitality, commercial, residential, and superyacht sectors. It is the latest in its series of developments in the Mena region, blending luxury with leisure and nature for a truly holistic living experience. The four-bedroom water bungalows are designed as resort villas, with individual living areas, private gardens, large living spaces, and an architectural approach that embraces indoor-outdoor living. Each property will also feature a roof lounge and terrace, with dominating views of the nearby crystal lagoon and the terrain beyond. With an emphasis on sophistication and tranquility, the bungalows' inviting atmospheres, alluring indoor garden courts, and deliberate design elements synergise to create a seamless flow of movement, resulting in a modern urban retreat where luxury and nature coexist in perfect harmony.
Purposefully grounded to blend with the natural topography, the bungalows are further characterised by their versatility, with options to customise amenities like floor and ceiling finishes, kitchens, and landscaping, including the addition of an infinity pool or plunge pool. The 28 vertical Club Villas are uniquely designed with up to five bedrooms spanning three floors, complete with an elevator to allow for easy transport between levels. With a skylight, double volume ceilings, and the option to tailor additional rooms, the Club Villa is an inviting property that boasts an excess of space to accommodate diverse resident preferences and needs. Eco-conscious materials, a light colour palette, and a playful integration of glass and hammered stone create an environment marked by zen, where residents can relax, refresh, and rejuvenate. Perhaps most significant is the ability to transform the entire first floor into a mega master living space, complete with his and hers walk-in closets, a living space, and an outdoor terrace with a large bathroom and secret jacuzzi. In its commitment to deliver unique residential experiences marked by excellent customer experience, Majid Al Futtaim Development will be offering all owners in Plagette 32 a lifetime membership to the exclusive Beach Club, a focal point of the community's lifestyle offerings, operated in partnership with Sunset Hospitality.
New prestigious residential development unveiled in Dubai
Master developer Expo City Dubai has revealed its most prestigious real estate units to date, launching Maha Villas, a limited number of elegant, stand-alone villas with elevated views of Expo Valley's nature reserve. Maha Villas debuts with a collection of top-of-the-range, spacious five-bedroom homes, offering a premium living experience that blends the tranquillity of nature with the convenience of contemporary living. Priced from AED 13 million, each features an expansive plot area, ranging from 7,537 sqft to 13,261 sqft and includes a private swimming pool and underground parking. The development boasts elevated vistas over the stunning nature reserve and offer a vibrant, sophisticated, and seamlessly interconnected lifestyle, marking an important milestone in the city's evolution, continuing to redefine urban sustainable living. The first development in UAE to feature 60 per cent green areas within a community, Expo Valley offers direct access to the nature reserve, lake and wadi, where the sights and sounds of local wildlife will become an integral part of daily life. Residents will also enjoy cycling tracks, walking trails, stables and bridleways, alongside play areas, recreational facilities - including three community clubhouses with gyms - charming cafes and farm-to-table dining, all at the doorstep.
New beachfront residences unveiled in Ras Al Khaimah
Aldar Properties unveiled Nikki Beach Residences, a new beachfront development on Al Marjan Island, featuring a range of leisure amenities that will revamp beach living in the emirate. Phase One of the project, set for launch on December 5, 2023 will include 357 spacious one- to five-bedroom apartments with large balconies offering panoramic ocean views and mesmerizing sunrises. Serviced apartments are available in both furnished and unfurnished options. The average price for a one-bedroom apartment is AED 2.3 million. The Nikki Beach Residences will bring an unparalleled residential experience to Ras Al Khaimah. It will be developing Nikki Beach Residences in line with the standards of Fitwel, the world's leading healthy building certification, making it the first development to do so in Ras Al Khaimah. The development will also aim to achieve LEED Silver certification.
Plans underway for solar panel installation in Dubai
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has commenced installation of solar panels at the Dubai Metro depots at Jebel Ali and Al Qusais as well as the tram depot at Al Sufouh. The project is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2024 and will produce a total of 9.959 megawatts of solar power. The initiative is part of the Dubai government's Shams Dubai initiative and the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy, as well as RTA's long-term strategy aimed at reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 by focusing on three primary sectors: public transportation, buildings and related facilities, and waste management.
The installation of solar panels covers two primary phases. The initial phase is the mechanical setup, during which the supporting structures are erected and the photovoltaic (PV) panels are mounted. The second phase involves the electrical setup, which includes laying out the wiring and establishing connections for the solar energy system. RTA is expected to achieve a total saving of carbon dioxide emissions amounting to 3.962 tons annually. The total solar energy production amounts to 3.165MW at Jebel Ali Metro Depot, 3.804MW at Al Qusais Metro Depot, and 2.990MW at Al Sufouh Tram Depot.
Project updates for tourism and hospitality developments in Sharjah
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) announced that steady progress was being made on its tourism and hospitality developments including the Kalba Beach, Kingfisher Retreat and Nomad projects undertaken by the Authority in Kalba region. Each of these projects is a testament to the group's dedication to elevating the eastern region into a premier investment and tourism destination. The Kalba Beach's construction processes will exclusively involve environmentally friendly materials, with work set to commence in Q1 2024 and handed over in the third quarter of 2025. Spanning an impressive 9.5 km, the beach is situated in the eastern region of Sharjah. The project's aspiration to become a premier tourist destination in the eastern region, boasting an array of restaurants, cafes, kiosks, and a diverse range of service and entertainment facilities for beach-goers. A dedicated play area for children will also be featured. Kalba Beach is steadfast in adhering to the rigorous standards of the Blue Flag global programme, ensuring services meet stringent safety criteria.
Kingfisher Retreat the expansion work will be completed in December 2023. Situated approximately 30 metres from the beach in Kalba City, the retreat will serve as an entrance to environmental reserves. Twenty luxury tents have been added to the project, bringing the total number of luxury tents to 40. These tents have roofs consisting of three layers of heat-insulating material and are equipped with low-impact lighting to preserve the natural wildlife in the reserve.
Nomad will be fully handed over in the last quarter of 2024. The project comprises 20 trailers equipped with all amenities, designed to adapt to various weather conditions and terrains, whether smooth or rugged. Located near the Kalba reserve, the project aims to harmonise with the surrounding natural beauty.
Partnership signed to built solar power plant in Umm Al Quwain
The UAE's private utility company Utico has partnered with sustainable energy developer Yellow Door Energy (YDE) to develop a solar plant and a battery energy storage system in Umm Al Quwain, which will generate 4,700 megawatt-hours of clean energy annually. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), they announced the solar plant will remove 82,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent from the environment during the system's lifetime. The solar power plant announcement comes close on the heels of Utico partnering with Shandong Tianyi Chemical Corporation of China for a circular economy project to extract industrial chemicals from brine, a first of its kind in the GCC in recycling waste seawater from desalination plants.
$233mln new residential complex to be built in Dubai
Dubai-listed Kuwaiti firm, International Financial Advisors Company (IFA), has confirmed plans by a subsidiary to develop a property in the UAE worth AED858 million ($233.6 million). The project, a residential complex, is being planned by a 'joint-venture company' owned by the Dubai-based unit of IFA Hotels and Resorts. The JV has already issued a binding 'declaration of interest' to build a new residential complex in Dubai. IFA did not identify the JV company or disclose further details, including the scope of the project.
Partnership announced for the construction of an international school in Sharjah
Arada has announced a partnership with Innoventures Education, the UAE's leading private education company, which will see the opening of a premium new K-12 international school at the Aljada megaproject in Sharjah. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2024 and it is set to welcome its first pupils at the start of the 2026-2027 academic year. With capacity for 2,000 pupils, the school will prepare students for success using the American and IB curricula, providing an exceptional standard of education in an Emirate that is already well-known for the quality and excellence of its academic institutions.
Based in the fast-growing Aljada community, the school will be Innoventures Education's first in Sharjah. Planned on a 480,000 sq ft plot in the north-west of the megaproject, it is located in close proximity to residential communities.
World-class facilities at the school will include two swimming pools, an athletic track and pit, basketball and tennis courts, climate-controlled gymnasiums and a full-size football pitch. Pupils will also be able to take advantage of vibrant outdoor learning spaces, a library, labs for science, design and technology, studios for visual and performing arts, media and recording lab, rooms for Arabic and Islamic studies and an auditorium.
The Innoventures Education school will be the second of three schools in Aljada. Demand for private schools in Sharjah is driven by growing income levels, a large expatriate population, and increased uptake in demand from the Emirati population, according to L.E.K Consulting, a leading global strategy consulting firm.
New waterfront development project unveiled in Dubai
Nakheel has joined hands with Excelsior Real Estate for the launch of the second phase of its recently unveiled waterfront development - Rixos Dubai Islands, Hotel & Residences - the first luxury hotel and residential offering on Dubai Islands. The Phase II inventory of Rixos Dubai Islands, Hotel & Residences offers 331 residences with a mix of one- to three-bedroom units, four-bedroom duplexes as well as beach houses with large terraces as well as beach houses with gardens. Ranging from 93 sq m to 876 sq m, the apartments feature spacious floorplans, built in kitchens, large terraces with panoramic views overlooking the beach and seamless indoor-outdoor connectivity.
The units have been carefully constructed and are positioned at optimum angles to provide a full panorama to residents of the natural settings of the development. Apartments with high-ceilings and full-height glazing provide maximum natural light and ventilation into the interiors. Future residents can look forward to a range of amenities including adult and kids' pool, podium gardens, beach level snack bar and kids' play area.
First sustainable community launched in Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah Municipality announced the launch of the emirate's first sustainable community, Awafi Sustainable District, designed with the standards of Rafah guidelines. These guidelines have been developed in partnership with the Public Services Department and the Environment Protection and Development Authority. Currently, the community, located in the Awafi area, has 190 private residential plots and more than 13,000 square metres (sqm) of gardens and open spaces, with an additional 28,000 sqm of commercial service facilities.
Planned facilities include an exclusive community park with a play area, swimming pool and fitness corner, retail shops, mosques, a community farm and children's nursery, a dedicated footpath, and cycleways with storage facilities, landscaped public areas and sikkas, LED street-lit roads, shade structures and jogging tracks, parking for people of determination, Electric Vehicle charging points, communal waste collection points and recycling hubs. Through this project, Ras Al Khaimah aims to cultivate an attractive and environment-friendly community for residents by promoting increased use of outdoor spaces, healthy mobility, lower consumption of energy and water, and reduction of waste.
Plans announced for massive waterworld expansion in Abu Dhabi
Miral, Abu Dhabi's leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences, announced on Wednesday a 16,900m2 expansion to Yas Island's Yas Waterworld. Construction for the expansion is expected to be completed in 2025. The expansion will see the addition of 3.3km of slide sections and is expected to grow visitor capacity by 20% through the addition of 18 new rides and attractions, taking the park total to more than 60 rides and experiences. Once open, water park will include the UAE's highest slide, as well as the GCC's first amusement ride in a water park that is integrated within a waterslide complex. Features of the new expansion includes a swim up bar, a high-thrill boat ride, racing and tube slides, family raft rides, and a duelling master blaster. The expansion caters for mini thrill seekers as well by providing smaller-scaled versions of Yas Waterworld's most iconic rides.
Plans underway to build $950 million Engineering facility in UAE
Emirates, announced a massive US$950 million investment to build a new ultra-modern engineering facility at Dubai World Central (DWC). Spread over 1 million square metres, the engineering complex will be the largest and most advanced of its kind to be operated by any airline, adding a boost to Dubai's world-class aviation infrastructure. Purpose-built to support Emirates' aircraft fleet and operating requirements into the 2040s, the facility will also be a centre of excellence for commercial aviation engineering services in the Middle East, with spare capacity potentially offered to other airline operators. This significant investment signals the confidence in the future growth of Emirates and the aviation sector. The new facility will enable Emirates to be entirely self-sufficient when it comes to maintenance, repairs, overhaul (MRO) and all engineering requirements for our aircraft fleet. With the projected growth of the region's aviation sector, Emirates' new engineering facility will also play a key role as a centre of excellence, attracting the involvement of global players across the aviation supply chain. It will ll create thousands of skilled technical jobs and add value to Dubai's economy. The new engineering facility will be equipped to handle the full gamut of specialist aircraft engineering services - from routine aircraft checks to bespoke paint jobs, light to heavy maintenance programmes, engine repair and testing, to full cabin interior fit-outs and aircraft conversions. Construction work on Phase 1 is expected to begin in 2024 and be completed in 2027. Provisions have been made for further expansion, potentially doubling the capacity in Phase 2, in line with Emirates' fleet growth and operational requirements. The new Emirates Engineering complex will also incorporate sustainability into its design, including the use of green build materials throughout the complex; the installation of solar panels on roofs across the entire campus; and the set-up of recycling systems for oils and wastewater. Phase 1 of the project will deliver 8 maintenance hangars and 1 paint hangar - all capable of handling any size of commercial aircraft up to Code F (A380), an engine run-up facility, some 20 support workshops, massive storage facilities, and administration offices. The existing Emirates Engineering Centre at Dubai International (DXB) will continue to support the airline's operations, with the new complex at DWC initially handling spillover work and heavy maintenance programmes with longer aircraft ground time.
Design unveiled for sustainable project in Dubai
Japanese design firm Nikken Sekkei has unveiled the design of Midori Park in Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) at the ongoing Dubai Design Week. Qube Development is the developer of the mixed-use project, with a focus on sustainability and well-being through biophilic design. The signature cascading design of overhanging eaves, shading elements, and vibrant greenery are deployed throughout the complex.
295 new waterfront residences unveiled in Dubai
Leading developers Dutco and Ellington have announced the launch of a new waterfront project - One River Point - at Business Bay in Dubai, that houses a collection of 295 residences with a mix of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses. This comes on the back of the strategic alliance announced earlier this year to develop several premium residential developments in major communities extending well beyond Dubai and the UAE. Set for completion in the second quarter of 2027, One River Point promises to be a jewel in the heart of the thriving Business Bay neighborhood offering its residents a truly unparalleled living experience. Built on the foundation of contemporary aesthetics and cutting-edge technology, the development will house a collection of 295 design-led studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, three, and four-bedroom penthouses in addition to exclusive four-bedroom duplexes equipped with private pools. Beyond exceptional living spaces, One River Point offers a host of key amenities catering to the wellness-oriented and sophisticated lifestyle of its residents. Apart from two resort-style infinity pools and a dedicated children's pool, the building will also feature a fitness studio with provision for adult climbing as well as a yoga studio with a virtual trainer on the projector screen. Moreover, residents will also have access to an immersive experience room with a full projector screen, outdoor and indoor kids' play areas, a pets' wash and play area, open terraces. All residences will boast panoramic vistas of iconic Dubai landmarks, such as the Dubai Water Canal, Burj Khalifa, and Burj Al Arab. One River Point with its magnificent inventory and distinctive amenities will receive a strong response from both our current and prospective audiences. The launch of One River Point marks a significant step forward in our expansion plan under the Dutco Ellington brand.
Deal signed to collaborate new luxury villas in Dubai
Taraf and Yas Holding has joined hands with internationally renowned fashion house Karl Lagerfield to collaborate on luxury branded villas in Dubai. The project, set to launch in the coming months, will be Karl Lagerfield's third branded residential property in the world and the first in the Middle East. The villas will offer a glimpse into Karl Lagerfeld's multihyphenate world, combining his limitless iconic vision with contemporary creativity to celebrate his DNA and highlight his moto: 'Embrace the present and invent the future.'
$89.85mln contracts awarded for infrastructure works in Abu Dhabi
Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD Group) announced that infrastructure works have commenced on the Abu Dhabi Food Hub, Global Auto Hub - Abu Dhabi and other projects within its Area B1 in KEZAD Al Ma'mourah. The total cost of the infrastructure works is estimated at nearly 330 million UAE dirhams ($89.85 million). These investments are part of AD Ports Group's five-year organic capex program of AED15 billion planned between 2023 & 2027. Global infrastructure engineering company Parsons has designed the master plan of Al Ma'mourah Area B1. Infrastructure consulting firm AECOM has been awarded the design for secondary infrastructure within the Food and Auto Hubs. UAE-based Saif Bin Darwish has been appointed as the contractor for primary infrastructure works, which have commenced in Area B1. The masterplan for Al Ma'mourah Area B1 includes a logistics hub, media hub, light manufacturing, staff accommodation services, social amenities, commercial centres and a hotel.
The Abu Dhabi Food Hub is being developed in partnership with Ghassan Aboud Group and France's Rungis International. The hub will focus on food trade, processing, and distribution in the region.
Global Auto Hub - Abu Dhabi, also being developed in partnership with Ghassan Aboud Group, will have reserved areas for showrooms, storage, spare parts, workshops, test tracks, auction houses, social and office spaces in addition to logistics services, government support and commercial support services.
Abu Dhabi Food Hub and the Global Auto Hub - Abu Dhabi both cover 3.3 square km each.
Proposals invited for metro blue line network in Dubai
Dubai's Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has issued a notice seeking expressions of interest from contractors for the design and build of the new Blue line for the Dubai Metro network. The project is expected to cost several billion dollars to develop and is one of Dubai's largest upcoming infrastructure schemes, requiring international contractors to work in a joint venture with local partners. The design and build contractor will be responsible for all civil works, electromechanical works, rolling stock and rail systems. The contractor will assist in maintenance and operations for an initial three-year period after the project is completed. The Blue line will connect the existing Red and Green lines. It will have a total length of 30 kilometres (km), 15.5km of which will be underground and 14.5km above ground. The line will have 14 stations, seven of which will be elevated. There will be five underground stations, including one interchange station, and two elevated transfer stations connected to the existing Centrepoint and Creek stations. Companies seeking involvement in this project should express their interest by downloading the form on this link. The signed and stamped form should be emailed to [email protected] by no later than 2:00 PM on 24 November, 2023. The scope of the contract also includes the supply of 28 driverless trains, the construction of a depot to accommodate up to 60 trains, and the construction of all associated roads, facilities and utility diversion works. The detailed scope of work for the project includes:
- Civil works, including detailed design and construction of architectural and structural components (viaducts, tunnels, stations, etc)
- Design and execution of electromechanical works
- Design, procurement and delivery of operation and control systems for rail, stations and facilities
- Design, manufacturing and supply of rolling stock
Key construction milestones achieved for a lagoon project in Dubai
Leading UAE developer Damac Properties has announced significant progress within its third master development, Damac Lagoons, with the construction of villas in Phase I nearly one-month ahead of schedule. Spread across a total area of 4.5 million sq. m, this water-inspired community development promises to bring Mediterranean-themed living to the heart of Dubai. Damac Lagoons is situated adjacent to Damac Hills, the developer’s flagship community development, this visionary project offers an idyllic blend of tranquillity and accessibility to the vibrancy of Dubai's city life. Damac has achieved remarkable progress, with work underway on 6,500 villas in less than two years. With a total gross floor area (GFA) of 2.3 million sq. m. the community will feature more than 9,000 villas. To date, 98% of released units have been sold to date. The construction progress stands at an impressive 20%, with ongoing construction for 6,459 villas spread across 13 clusters.
Additionally, 1,432 villas (across 2 clusters) are in the final stages of appointing the main contractor, while 1,025 villas (across two clusters) are in the final stages of design. More than 2,300 villas have already reached the ground floor or above. With a central focus on water-inspired features, the community will consist of 176,650 sq m of water spaces, an area larger than 141 Olympic-sized swimming pools. On completion, the community is expected to accommodate more than 39,400 people.Thus far, the development has awarded more than AED1 billion ($272 million) worth of contracts to date for infrastructure, and over AED5.6 billion worth of contracts have been awarded to date for villa construction.
Contract awarded to design & build first ITCP in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) has awarded a contract to ST Engineering to its Urban Solutions subsidiary as part of a consortium, to design, build and maintain Abu Dhabi's first multimodal Intelligent Transportation Central Platform (ITCP) over three and a half years until 2027. As the consortium lead, ST Engineering Urban Solutions will design and build the ITCP in addition to being responsible for system integration and overall project management, while consortium partner Injazat Data Systems LLC (Injazat) will provide the IT and security infrastructure and system interfaces. The first multimodal intelligent transportation management platform in Abu Dhabi, the ITCP will integrate various subsystems and data sources into a centralised platform, enabling the Abu Dhabi ITC to implement effective multimodal transport strategies through automated response plans. The ITCP will leverage AI capabilities to enable real-time road traffic monitoring and incident detection, automated traffic information dissemination, as well as traffic congestion prediction capabilities, enabling shortened incident response time and improved traffic flow. Beginning with road transport management, the ITCP is designed to connect to other transport modes including rail networks and others over time.
The Intelligent Transportation Central Platform is poised to improve road travel in Abu Dhabi, enable citywide transport network visibility and management for the transport authorities as well as efficient and seamless commuter travel. Securing this project reflects the industry's confidence in our advanced transportation network management capabilities. The ITCP will be the cornerstone of Abu Dhabi's world-class sustainable transport system vision, and we look forward to partnering the Abu Dhabi ITC to support its success. The ITCP is central to Abu Dhabi's Transportation Mobility Management Strategy 2030, which aims to improve the emirate's public transport system, control traffic growth and reduce road congestion to cope with the demands of projected population growth.
ST Engineering Urban Solutions has a decade-long track record of implementing urban transport management projects in the UAE including the iTraffic system in Dubai, an AI-powered traffic management system that monitors and manages the city's road networks. Apart from intelligent transport management systems, ST Engineering Urban Solutions provides other advanced road transport solutions including smart digital junction, fleet management, electronic tolling, and congestion pricing solutions. To date, it has delivered over 200 road projects in over 40 cities worldwide, including over 60 intelligent transport system projects.
Contract awarded for a mega onshore project in UAE
Indian construction and engineering multinational Larsen & Toubro (L&T) announced its hydrocarbon business, L&T Energy Hydrocarbon, has secured a letter of intent for a mega onshore project in the Middle East. The work scope involves engineering, procurement and construction of gas compression plants consisting of gas inlet facilities, gas compression system, produced water handling, propane refrigeration system, condensate transfer and utilities for gas compression facilities in new onshore facilities and its integration with existing gas compression plants. In addition, the power transmission and distribution arm of L&T Construction will set up three 230 kV extra high voltage substations to provide power to the gas compression plants.
EPCI contracts awarded for offshore jackets in Sharjah
Lamprell announce that it was awarded two Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contracts to be delivered within the GCC. The scope of work for the large and very large contracts consists of a total of six offshore jackets, three offshore production decks, and associated pipeline and subsea cables.
Engineering contract awarded for upgrading gas infrastructure in Ras Al Khaimah
China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Corporation (CPPE) has won a key front end engineering and design contract from United Arab Emirates-based Rakgas for upgrading gas infrastructure in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The project involves work on a new multistage pipeline of about 140 kilometres, which would upgrade the existing gas infrastructure, significantly increasing the capacity and flexibility across the northern emirates. As part of this development, CPPE will conduct a comprehensive FEED study. The new pipeline will connect from the existing Taweelah Fujairah Pipeline to Ras Al Khaimah, with a connection to the Sajaa gas storage in Sharjah. FEED studies will develop the work scope for the project's engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) tender.
$2.7 billion agreements signed multiple manufacturing deals in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has signed agreements with up to 30 companies for the local manufacturing of critical non-oil products in its supply chain, as it aims to further decarbonise its operations. The new agreements, outline the companies' intention to locally manufacture products potentially worth up to 10 billion Emirati dirhams ($2.7 billion) in Adnoc's supply chain. The new deals support its target to locally manufacture 70 billion Emirati dirhams ($19 billion) worth of products in its procurement pipeline by 2027 as part of the 'Make it in the Emirates' initiative.
The agreements will stimulate industrial growth, create more private sector jobs for UAE nationals and strengthen the resilience of Adnoc's supply chain. Adnoc did not specify the key players which have been awarded multiple manufacturing deals in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Among the products that will be produced locally under these agreements are personal protective equipment, battery energy storage systems and several other equipment aimed at sustainable operations. The new agreements have signed for local manufacturing opportunities offer the potential to enhance the UAE's industrial base, drive significant value back into the economy and create highly skilled private sector jobs for UAE Nationals.
Agreement signed to develop the largest solar plant in Sharjah
Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC), working under the auspices of the Petroleum Council of Sharjah, and Emerge, the joint venture between Masdar and EDF Group, have concluded a Solar Power Agreement. This important step is regarded as a major landmark for SNOC towards achieving its own de-carbonization and Net-Zero target for 2032, as well as contributing to the UAE Net-Zero by 2050 strategic initiative. SNOC and Emerge will develop solar PV solutions at SNOC's Sajaa Gas Complex which will supply power to SNOC's operations, as well as being connected to the main power grid. The excess solar power will be taken by SEWA, while SEWA will provide the required power for SNOC operations during the night.
It is expected that the total power produced by the solar plant will significantly exceed SNOC's current power demand, which will allow SNOC to convert more of its gas-powered units to electrical drives in the near future, resulting in significant reductions to SNOC's greenhouse gas emissions. The Solar Power Project is expected to be operational by the end of 2024. The expected capacity of the new solar plant will be 60 MWp. The technical and operational parameters have been developed according to international standards and in full compliance with SEWA's regulations regarding technical security and reliability of the electrical transmission and distribution grid systems. As regards the contractual relationship, these will be on a BOOT (Build-Own-Operate-Transfer) basis, for a period of 25 years.
The solar power plant will provide renewable energy to Sharjah at a competitive cost compared to gas power plants. It provides a win/win solution for SNOC and SEWA as the excess daytime power comes during peak daylight hours, while SEWA provides power to SNOC during the night when the overall demand is lower.
This project demonstrates the value of national professional cooperation amongst entities like SNOC, SEWA and Emerge, providing a 100% green project that supports the SNOC and Sharjah sustainability agenda and commitment to protecting the environment. The gas consumption of our Sajaa Plant currently accounts for the largest share of the carbon footprint associated with our own operations. This project is a significant milestone on SNOC's path to achieve Net-Zero by 2032 on its own operations. SNOC will implement this project alongside its other planned initiatives, including carbon capture and storage (CCS), elimination of methane leaks and flaring, and optimizing operational efficiencies. It will contribute to the reduction of CO2 by approximately 66,000 tons per annum, equivalent to taking more than 14,600 cars off the road.
$59.4m infrastructure contract awarded in Abu Dhabi
Combined Group Contracting (CGC) Company Emirates L.L.C., a subsidiary of Combined Group Contracting Company in Kuwait, has announced the acquisition of a major contract in Abu Dhabi, UAE. This contract, valued at AED 218.38 million (USD 59.4 million), was awarded by Aldar Projects L.L.C. Under this contract, Combined Group Contracting will be responsible for executing several Infrastructure Works, divided into distinct packages:
1. Package 4: Mirfa Port (75 Residential Plots) with a project value of AED 56,718,335.84.
2. Package 5: Delma Port (53 Housing Plots) with a project value of AED 72,191,602.45.
3. Package 6: Baynunah-Madinat Zayed (86 Residential Plots) with a project value of AED 89,473,399.29.
The project timeline is delineated as follows:
Package 4: 487 Days
Package 5: 426 Days
Package 6: 487 Days
Plans unveiled to launch new residential project in Dubai
DHG Properties plans to launch its flagship project, Helvetia Residences, in Dubai's Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) in Q4. This off-plan residential development will provide a premium but affordable housing option to investors and end-users alike. Moreover, it will enable DHG to strengthen Dubai's off-plan segment which has already registered a sales value of AED126 billion ($34.3 billion) in 2023. Sales transactions in the off-plan and secondary segments in Q3 2022 were the highest in 12 years, both in volume and value with 25,456 sales transactions worth AED69.7 billion.
Completion updates for new luxury project in Dubai
A major real estate developer London Gate is preparing to mark the imminent completion of several ventures. Among these, the 'Maya V' development is entering its final stages, ready to encapsulate sophistication and contemporary living in its finest form. Building on the resounding successes of its predecessors, the Maya V project is all set to establish new thresholds for luxury living.
In addition to Maya V, London Gate has introduced the 'Nadine' and the upcoming residential tower in Dubai Marina. The projects stand as a testament to London Gate's unwavering dedication to crafting extraordinary properties. These projects exemplify London Gate's resolute commitment to excellence, reaffirming their standing as pioneers in architectural brilliance.
Agreement signed for developing logistics & e-commerce hub in Dubai
Sinotrans Limited, a subsidiary and single logistics platform for China Merchants Group, has signed an MoU with Dubai South, to establish its first Middle East logistics and e-commerce hub at the Dubai South Logistics District. The signing ceremony took place in Dubai.
$20 million plans revealed to construct & develop organic fertiliser project in Ras Al Khaimah
Uterra Middle East Agro Industries will invest $20 million over the next three years to construct and develop Ras Al Khaimah's first organic fertiliser for soil project. The company, a unit of UniPax Investment Group, has acquired a land plot of 33,000 square meters in the Al Ghail Industrial Zone in Ras Al Khaimah to build a sustainable biosphere cluster. The facility will produce high-efficiency micro-biological organic fertiliser for agriculture and carry out research and scientific work for creating unique methods of cultivating plants, medicinal and valuable fungi. Uterra will also be farming fruits, vegetables and berries indoors and outdoors, as well as conduct organic animal husbandry.
Expansion plans underway for developing shopping malls in Al Ain & Abu Dhabi
Makani Real Estate, which is owned by Abu Dhabi Cooperative Society, is aiming to acquire and build new malls and community centres in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain as part of its expansion plans. The company currently owns malls and community centres worth Dh1.5 billion ($408 million) in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. It is also building a new community centre with space for retail stores and restaurants in the Khalidiya area of Abu Dhabi that is set to open in the fourth quarter of this year, 2023. The company plans to build two more malls in Shakhbout City and Mohammed bin Zayed City in Abu Dhabi in the next two years with 10,000 to 11,000 square metres of gross leasable area at each of them. It is also working on a big redevelopment plan, for existing malls including Makani Zakher, Al Ain Mall and Shamkha Mall as well as two other small community centres. Malls should offer a mixture of entertainment spaces for kids and families along with retail stores to boost demand. The company aims to finance new projects through a mix of debt and equity.
New residential buildings will be built in Ras Al Khaimah
Abu Dhabi's Aldar Properties keeps doubling down in Ras Al Khaimah, partnering with Nikki Beach Global to build three branded residential buildings at Al Marjan Island. The 'Nikki Beach Residences' will take shape between the upscale Rixos Bab Al Bahr and DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island. This is the Abu Dhabi master-developer's first residential project in Ras Al Khaimah.
Contract awarded for construction of permanent jumaa mosques in Dubai
Leading UAE-based developer, Damac Properties, has awarded Bitco Contracting contracts for the construction of two permanent Jumaa mosques in the prestigious communities of Damac Hills and Damac Hills 2. The Jumaa mosques will be strategically located along the ring road of each community, ensuring easy access for all residents and visitors. Preparatory work on both mosque sites has already commenced, and construction is progressing according to schedule. The targeted completion date for these projects is the first quarter of 2025. The new mosques will replace the existing temporary mosques, which are portacabin structures of a much smaller size, and will be capable of accommodating up to 673 worshippers each.
Tendering process starts for a solar power project on Abu Dhabi
EWEC (Emirates Water and Electricity Company), the main off-taker for water and power projects in Abu Dhabi emirate, has commenced the tendering process for the 1,500 megawatts AC (MWac) Khazna Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Project (IPP). EWEC has invited developers and developer consortiums to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) for the development, financing, construction, operation, maintenance and ownership of the greenfield solar PV power plant and associated infrastructure, located in the Al Khazna area of Abu Dhabi emirate. The successful developer or developer consortium will enter into a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with EWEC, which will pay for the net electrical energy supplied by the plant. The deadline for submission of EOI is 12.00 noon (Abu Dhabi local time) 2 October 2023 by email to khaznapv.project(at)ewec.ae.
Plans revealed for expansion of an offshore oil field in Abu Dhabi
Saudi Aramco is nearing the decision phase for at least nine offshore engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contracts for the expansion of its giant Safaniyah oilfield. The new phase of expansion on Safaniyah, the largest offshore oilfield in the world, is crucial to Aramco's ambition to expand its oil production capacity to 13 million barrels per day by 2027.
Plans announced to build new parks in Dubai
In the coming months, Dubai is set to develop 55 new parks. The declaration coincided with the completion of two family-oriented parks in Al Warqa 1 and 4 districts by Dubai Municipality, with a combined expenditure of AED 8 million ($2.2 million). This development is part of the fourth stage of their ambitious initiative aimed at building numerous family entertainment parks within residential areas to enhance the quality of life in the city. The project is one of the Municipality's strategic initiatives established with the goal of creating public parks and distinctive recreational spaces to further enhance the appeal of the Emirate as well as improve well-being and happiness among its citizens. The new family entertainment squares in the Emirate are focused on creating spaces to host family occasions and events, which include a variety of entertainment and sports activities. The Dubai Municipality also aim to provide investment spaces, such as kiosks, which will offer attractive investment opportunities for private sector partners and exceptional experiences for visitors. The design of family spaces is in accordance with the Dubai Code for Qualified Environment, providing suitable spaces for people of determination.
Deal signed to built bridges in Dubai
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed an agreement with Dubai master developer Nakheel to construct direct entrances and exits to the Dubai Islands project from Bur Dubai. The bridge spans 1,425 metres with four lanes in each direction. The Dubai Islands project will have a direct entry and exit points on the Bur Dubai side through a bridge stretching across the Dubai Creek between the Infinity Bridge and Port Rashid Development Project.
The bridge extends 1,425 m and comprises four lanes in each direction with a total capacity of 16,000 vehicles per hour in both directions. It rises 15.5 m above the waters of the Dubai Creek and features a 75-m-wide canal allowing ships of various types to traverse the creek. The project encompasses a dedicated lane for cyclists and pedestrians on one side of the bridge and two elevators will be installed at both ends to ease the mobility of pedestrians and cyclists. The project also sets forth the construction of surface roads extending approximately 2,000m to connect with the existing roads from both ends of the Dubai Islands and Bur Dubai. The project is set to complete in 2026. This marks the second agreement under the initiative to provide entrances and exits leading to Dubai Islands, a venture that RTA successfully undertook in partnership with Nakheel in 2020. The project envisaged constructing three bridges at the junction of Al Khaleej Street and Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, spanning 1.6 km that lead to Dubai Islands. This project forms a key phase of Al Shindagha Corridor Improvement Project.
The Corridor serves Deira and Bur Dubai in addition to several development projects such as Dubai Islands, Dubai Seafront, Dubai Maritime City and Port Rashid. As such, it is expected to serve about one million people. It will slash the travel time from 104 minutes to just 16 minutes by 2030, and the time saved over 20 years will be worth about AED45 billion. Being an integral waterfront development situated at the northern coastline of the emirate, Dubai Islands will be easily accessible by land and see through the well-planned road bridges and water transport.
Joint Venture formed to install solar photovoltaic project in Abu Dhabi
Emerge, a joint venture between UAE's Masdar and France's EDF Group, will install a 1-megawatt peak (MWp) solar photovoltaic (PV) project at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS) new sustainable campus on Saadiyat Island. The plant will generate nearly 35 percent of the school's annual energy, equivalent to displacing 770 tonnes of CO2. The project involves installing 1,380 solar modules across the rooftop and car park spaces at the new ACS campus. Emerge will provide a complete turnkey solution for the project, including finance, design, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance for 25 years. The project aligns with the UAE's sustainability goals and will contribute to the country’s Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative.
Contract awarded for offshore operations in Abu Dhabi
Houston-based drilling contractor Northern Offshore (NOF) has secured a contract from OQ, formerly known as Oman Oil Company, to charter its high-specification jack-up drilling unit, Energy Emerger, for offshore operations in Abu Dhabi. The new contract has a duration of four years.
Construction will be commenced soon on tallest tower in Dubai
Azizi is preparing to begin construction on the world's second-tallest tower in Dubai. The exact height of the tower, expected to be over 700 meters, is yet to be announced. The project will include a six-story shopping mall, over 700 residential units, and a luxury hotel with around 300 suites, operated by the developer under a new hospitality brand. Construction is slated for completion by 2027. Kang Sang Ku has been appointed as the Executive Director for this project.
Plans revealed to issue a slew of tenders in Ras Al Khaimah
The Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, through its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Office (REEM), is planning to issue several new tenders for various projects in the Emirate and is working on new initiatives like building energy performance rating and Net Zero. It include a large retrofit project addressing over 130 buildings across various entities and distributed solar installations on rooftops and carports (subject to favourable Federal regulations). Other projects include hybrid off-grid renewable projects in remote areas, such as mountains, and a centralised energy management system for monitoring energy consumption indicators in government and semi-government facilities. Values for the tenders was not disclosed. In the field of renewable energy, a well-identified pipeline of over 40 megawatts of solar PV projects in Ras Al Khaimah, including on-grid and off-grid systems that will be implemented subject to favourable regulation to be issued by the Federal Government.
Plans announced to launch mixed-use project in Dubai
Dubai-based international real estate developer MERED has forayed into the UAE with plans to launch its flagship project in Dubai Internet City. No details of the project were released. However, the company announced that Pininfarina, an Italy-based architecture and lifestyle design house, is the project's architect. MERED aims to develop a portfolio of ultra-high-end residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments in line with Dubai's 2040 Urban Master Plan.
New luxury hotel will be built in Ras Al Khaimah
The action at Al Marjan Island is getting heavier, both on the hospitality side and on the project. The Ras Al Khaimah destination will now see the launch of another upscale hotel, the W, as part of an agreement between Dalands Holding and Marriott International. Set for an opening early in 2027, the 'W Al Marjan Island' will feature 300 rooms and suites and 'enclosed by the Yanas and Jais mountains'. This will be the first W hotel in Ras Al Khaimah. Al Marjan has been getting a lot of development interest as well as deals, with one taking place for an Accor property just this week.
Plans underway for power transmission network projects in Dubai
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has announced that work is currently under way on power transmission network projects worth more than AED4.2 billion ($1.14 billion). In the first six months, it commissioned seven new 132 kV substations. Dewa announced this was in line with its efforts to boost the reliability and availability of energy transmission system in the emirate. Its adoption of the latest disruptive technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, smart technologies and innovative practices in all its services and operations, has contributed to achieving 100% in the reliability and availability of the energy transmission system in Dubai. In another key achievement, the Dubai utility announced that it has commissioned seven new 132 kV substations during the first half of the year at an investment of over AED962 million ($262 million). Completing the substations in Al Jaddaf, Al Hebiah Fourth, Al Rigga, Jebel Ali Port, Marsa Dubai, Al Yufrah, and Jebel Ali 2, required more than 6.8 million safe working hours. The projects involved laying of 36 km of 132kV ground cables. These initiatives help meet the requirements of the comprehensive sustainable development plans and supports the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan.
Plans revealed for redesigning a tower in Dubai
Emaar Properties has disclosed that the Dubai Creek Tower is currently undergoing a redesign phase. Following a competition that attracted involvement from various distinguished international firms, the tower is in the midst of a redesign process. Over the course of the next 7 to 8 months, Emaar Properties, in collaboration with the selected international firm, aims to cultivate a fresh concept for this project. Client hope to start construction within a year from now.
Plans underway to launch engineering works for a gas expansion project in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and US-based partner Occidental Petroleum are aiming to start initial engineering work for the further expansion of the Shah Sour Gas Facility in Abu Dhabi. Latest expansion plans are aimed at further boosting Shah terminal's capacity to 1.85 Bcfd, but challenges remain.
AED42 million main road landscaping works commenced in Abu Dhabi
Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD Group), the integrated trade, logistics, and industrial hub of Abu Dhabi, announced that it has commenced main road landscaping works across 288,000 sqm in KEZAD Al Ma'mourah. The AED42 million project includes landscaping 24 km of main roads and roundabouts in KEZAD Al Ma'mourah. The project also consists of planting 350 trees of different species along the roads and plating shrubs and hardscaping over an area of 120,000 sqm. Moreover, KEZAD will also construct irrigation pumping stations and water tanks connected to KEZAD wastewater treatment plant. The enhancements, aimed at improving the flow of traffic, facilitating the movement of goods and beautifying the area, are being executed in coordination with relevant government agencies such as the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Integrated Transport Centre, among others, as well as the businesses in the area to ensure smoothest possible workflow at an accelerated pace. It is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2024.
Partnership established to develop ready-to-move-in homes across UAE
$35mn consultancy service awarded for food & beverage projects in UAE
International project management and cost consultancy firm, Thomas & Adamson (T&A) to deliver project management (PM) and cost management (CM) services on four new food and beverage projects taking shape across Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The four projects have a total area of more than 4831 sqm. In the Dubai Hills district, T&A is spearheading PM services for two F&B ventures. Collaborating with Hotaru Holdings and interior fit-out specialist A&T Group Interiors, T&A is playing a pivotal role in bringing to life distinctive restaurants, spanning a combined space of 650.3 sqm. The consultancy establishments are poised to make a notable impact on the rapidly expanding F&B landscape of the UAE. Meanwhile, T&A will also provide CM services for an 1414 sqm. project in collaboration with Caprice Holdings, renowned for owning some of London's most esteemed F&B venues.
Situated within the financial hub of Dubais DIFC, the mission for this project is to echo and amplify Caprice Holdings' legacy of culinary distinction, with the intent of reshaping Dubai's dining sector. This venture represents Caprice Holdings' debut entry into the UAE's vibrant F&B scene.
In Abu Dhabi, T&A is working closely with an F&B asset owner and the broader supply chain, delivering both PM and CM services, to ensure a landmark 2787 sqm. project is delivered in line with the client's expectations. The project is expected to achieve the Estidama Pearl 2 rating.
Partnership joined to launch residential project in Dubai
UAE-based Roya Lifestyle Developments has joined hands with leading lifestyle hospitality group Ennismore for the launch of its inaugural project - SLS Residences at Palm Jumeirah, - which will bring the brand's second standalone residences when it opens in 2026. The partnership with Ennismore will result in residences that offer an extraordinary lifestyle experience coupled with a playful ambience, culinary artistry, theatrical interiors, subversive design touches, and unexpected indulgences that are at the heart of every SLS. Roya (Arabic for vision) takes a visionary approach to harmonious living combining classic sophistication with contemporary facilities.
Roya will develop unique living experiences where luxury meets legacy for a refined lifestyle. The proximity of locations to vibrant urban centres or serene natural surroundings, not only enhances the allure of its developments but also plays a pivotal role in elevating the long-term value of the properties. Roya Lifestyle Developments is dedicated to redefining industry standards by emphasizing innovation, impeccable design, and an unwavering commitment to quality. With a focus on creating timeless, refined living, Roya strives to shape the future of ultra-luxury real estate and provide its customers with unparalleled experiences.
Dh13.1 billion contract awarded to expand gas infrastructure in Abu Dhabi
ADNOC Gas has signed off on a Dh13.1 billion contract to a joint venture – between National Petroleum Construction Company Co. PJSC (NPCC) and Tecnicas Reunidas S.A. - to expand its gas processing infrastructure in the UAE. The project's scope includes the commissioning of new gas processing facilities to enable an optimized supply to the Ruwais Industrial Complex. Natural gas is a key transitional fuel with lower carbon emissions when burned compared to other fossil fuels. It also serves as an important raw material in industrial value chains. The expansion of gas processing infrastructure will also provide additional energy to the country's growing industrial section, while stimulating economic growth and diversification through the significant ICV generated by the contract.
$136mln automotive parts distribution hub to open soon in Dubai
Dubai-based Neweast General Trading has signed a lease agreement with Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the flagship free zone of DP World, to establish a 500-million-UAE-dirhams ($136.2 million) automotive spare parts distribution hub, among the largest in the Middle East and Africa. The construction of the new hub is on track, with completion expected by October 2024. The hub, which covers 165,000 square metres, will support efficient order fulfillment and delivery for more than 160 premium brands in the region. The company will distribute a range of automotive spare parts for various vehicles, including passenger cars, vans, buses, trucks, trailers, and heavy equipment. In addition, Neweast expects a 50 percent increase in its current workforce to support the latest expansion move.
Contract awarded for development of special systems in UAE
India's top engineering and construction firm Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has announced that one of its key subsidiaries - Heavy Civil Infrastructure - has secured a significant contract from a major client in the Middle East. The package is the first of its kind for the Indian construction conglomerate in the Middle East market. As per the deal, the business vertical of L&T Construction will provide feasibility study, concept design, detailed design, construction and installation of special systems.
Construction plan revealed for a residential complex in Dubai
Swiss developer Fortimo Group plans to start the construction on The Golf Residence in Dubai Hill, with site mobilisation scheduled between mid-September and October 2023. The tendering timeline for the project does not involve segregating the contract into enabling and main contracts. Instead, the entire process is being treated as a single entity. The expected completion date for the 10-storey residential complex is September 2026.
Agreement signed for establishment of a premium hotel brand in Sharjah
Sharjah Asset Management, the investment arm of the Sharjah Government, and IHG Hotels & Resorts have signed an agreement to bring Voco Hotel to Sharjah. The 191-room voco hotel, IHG's newest premium brand, is expected to open in 2027. The hotel's cost and construction timeline were not given. The new voco hotel will be a qualitative addition to the company's portfolio in the hospitality sector and add value to the overall tourism industry in the emirate.
Agreement signed for establishing regions first green batteries plant in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi-based GL Holding has announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Urban Mobility Systems (UMS), a leading Dutch company in the green energy sector, to launch a series of renewable energy projects in the UAE. The duo will begin the UAE venture with the establishment of a factory specialised in developing and manufacturing green batteries, electric motors, chargers, and power generators. UAE was keen to attract modern global technologies in the green energy sector, as part of its efforts to diversify the national economy, in partnership with the private sector. The goal of the collaboration is to boost the production of clean energy in the UAE. The partnership with UMS aims to establish the largest electric power battery and generator facility in the Middle East in Abu Dhabi, as well as transfer technologies from the Netherlands to the UAE and convert heavy civil and military equipment into machinery that does not produce emissions. The move was aimed at replacing combustion fuel with clean energy in heavy equipment.
New hi-tech studio will be build in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi-based twofour54 has unveiled plans to build a 400,000-sq-m studio facility within Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) that will be fully equipped to handle large-scale productions as well as metaverse projects. A part of Adnec Group, the new studio is aimed at bolstering Abu Dhabi's appeal as a global production destination and will complement its flagship site at Yas Creative Hub, as well as its other production facilities across the capital. Set to span over 100 acres, twofour54 Studios will be a future-proof, virtual production-ready, metaverse-enabled and fully-fledged production destination, addressing high demand in the regional and global production landscape.
The hitech facility will boast 7,000 sq m of office space and a host of other facilities equipped for film and TV production, post-production and screenings. It will also comprise 11 soundstages and six adaptable sets. Since its inception, twofour54 has been instrumental in bringing some of the most popular blockbusters to the big screen. By providing a grand destination year-round for film professionals and enthusiasts alike, twofour54 Studios seek to pave the way for groundbreaking projects that inspire audiences worldwide.
AED 805 million contract awarded for replacement of MOL in Abu Dhabi
National Petroleum Construction Company PJSC (NPCC) wholly owned by the National Marine Dredging Company PJSC has received a letter of award from ADNOC Offshore for the EPC works for replacement of 125 km of 20” Main Oil Line (MOL) from Umm Lulu to Zirku Island. The total value of the project related to the Letter of Award is AED 805 million and is expected to be completed within 32 months. This Award is the latest in a series of accomplishments that serve as a testament to the confidence of investors in the organization's performance, as well as in its future plans and expansion.
$82mln construction works commenced for three plots in Dubai
Dubai-listed Deyaar Development has begun work on combining three plots in Al Furjan, which will house three projects worth 300 million UAE dirhams ($81.68 million). The projects will house nearly 371 residential and hotel apartment units. The developments include Millennium Talia Residences, a furnished hotel apartments project operated by Millennium Hotels & Resorts, and Amalia Residences, a residential building. The development of the third plot will be announced soon. All the projects are scheduled for completion in 2025.
Construction underway for rehabilitation of a road network in Abu Dhabi
Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi - Kezad Group, the largest operator of integrated and purpose-built economic zones in the UAE, has commenced the upgrade and revamp of the road network and facilities across 40,000 sq m in Kezad Musaffah (ICAD 1). The AED55 million ($14.97 million) project includes repairs and recarpeting of 23 km of roads within Kezad Musaffah (ICAD 1), as well as widening of junctions, enhanced road markings and lighting, in additon to hard lanscaping and provison of bus stops. The enhancements are aimed at significantly improving the flow of traffic and facilitating the movement of goods to and from the area. The project is being executed in coordination with relevant government agencies such as the Abu Dhabi City Municipality and Integrated Transport Centre, among others, as well as the businesses operating in the area to ensure smoothest possible workflow at an accelerated pace. The project is planned to be completed in phases without causing organisational or movement challenges to businesses operating in the area.
Agreement signed to conduct feasibility study for CCS project in Sharjah
Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC), one of the major natural gas, condensate and LPG producers in the UAE, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japan's Sumitomo Corporation wholly owned subsidiary Sumitomo Corporation Middle East FZE to conduct a joint feasibility study related to the potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in Sharjah and beyond. The feasibility study will cover the entire CCS value chain, including the techno-economic analysis of CO2 capture, transport, storage, business models and assessment of regulatory aspects to assess the viability of a small to large-scale CCS project. The mature gas field owned and operated by SNOC is potentially a competitive carbon sink for sequestration due to its large storage capacity and ideal location, close to multiple large-scale CO2 sources such as power plants and other industrial emitters. The two companies aim to accelerate the decarbonisation of local industries through the CCS project, contributing to the UAE Net Zero 2050. This will be achieved by leveraging SNOC's gas management, subsurface capability and know-how relating to the mature gas fields and Sumitomo's project development and management expertise in energy and infrastructure sectors. SNOC has committed to reaching net zero on its own operations by 2032, and CCS has the potential to support this goal and beyond.
New collaboration forms to build two waterfront projects in Dubai
Ellington Properties is collaborating with Dutco to develop several premium residential developments in major communities across Dubai, under the Dutco Ellington brand. In the first phase of collaboration, Dutco Ellington will launch two new waterfront projects, bringing beautifully crafted developments and high-quality lifestyles to more communities in Dubai. The collaboration forms part of Ellington Properties' strategy for a new era of expansion as the company expands its portfolio of developments in the Emirate. Ellington Properties will bring its signature design-led philosophy and expertise to larger projects.
Ground breaking ceremony held to built regions first rolling mill in Abu Dhabi
Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (Kezad Group), the integrated trade, logistics and industrial hub of Abu Dhabi, and Al Jazeera Steel Products Company jointly broke ground on the region's first rolling mill with rail production capability in the UAE capital. Kezad officials announced that the groundbreaking of the AED250 million ($68 million) rolling mill marks the beginning of a new era of industrial development in the region. The state-of-the-art, innovative and cutting-edge 450,000 tons per annum medium section mill from POMINI LRM (main technology supplier) will answer the growing customer demand for its products. As the region embarks on plans to build a GCC rail network to connect UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, there will be an increasing need for railway steel parts, which the mill will cater to. Apart from rails, the development of this manufacturing plant in Kezad will also cater to the growing requirements of its other products efficiently through Kezad and Abu Dhabi's well-established infrastructure and connectivity. The establishment of the mill on a 210,000 sq m area in Kezad aims to spearhead technological advancements, enhance steel manufacturing capabilities, and add to the growing demand for high-quality steel products.
Construction underway for a hotel apartments project in Abu Dhabi
UAE-based developer Bloom Holding has announced that work is moving at a steady pace on its hotel apartments project - Bloom Arjaan by Rotana - which is due to open in Q4, 2024. Located in Bloom's prestigious Park View on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island and managed by Rotana Hotel Management Corporation, units at this key development range from studios to one- and two-bedroom hotel apartments with sizes spanning from 44 to 114 sq m. This sophisticated development brings together the best of a second home with a hotel experience in the form of hotel apartments, featuring a variety of amenities and facilities including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, ample green spaces, and a floating infinity swimming pool, located thirty metres above ground, on a bridge that connects the two buildings. Residents can also enjoy the hotel's main restaurant and a range of retail, food and beverage outlets which include several renowned eateries and cafes.
Partnership builds to establish decarbonisation centre in UAE
In a groundbreaking move that solidifies the UAE's status as a global leader in sustainability and energy transition, the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI) has announced the establishment of the 'UAE Maritime Decarbonisation Centre.' As the first-of-its-kind Centre in the MENA region and the fourth globally. This pioneering initiative, developed in collaboration with DNV marks a historic milestone not only for the UAE but also for the entire Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and sets a new standard for maritime decarbonisation efforts worldwide. By leveraging the expertise of DNV and harnessing the UAE's strategic geographic location and maritime influence, the Centre aims to drive research, innovation, and collaboration among key stakeholders to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices, technologies, and policies in the maritime sector.
Setting a new standard for maritime decarbonisation. The establishment of the UAE Maritime Decarbonisation Centre reflects unwavering commitment to addressing climate change and promoting sustainable practices within the maritime industry. This Centre will play a pivotal role in advancing national and regional sustainability goals, while contributing to the global efforts in combating climate change.
The establishment of the UAE Maritime Decarbonisation Centre is a testament to the UAE's unwavering dedication to achieving its ambitious sustainability goals outlined in the UAE Net Zero 2050 Strategy. By spearheading the maritime decarbonisation efforts, the UAE aims to drive greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions that exceed global ambitions, positioning itself as a leading force in the global fight against climate change. The Centre will serve as a hub for research, development, and implementation of innovative technologies and strategies to reduce CO2 emissions in the maritime industry. It will conduct joint-industry projects, incubator and accelerator programmes, and future talent development initiatives. Furthermore, it will provide access to funding opportunities, foster collaboration among industry stakeholders, and serve as a knowledge hub by publishing research and information.
New contract awarded for epc services for offshore projects in Abu Dhabi
Robt. Stone has secured a major contract from a unit of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for its offshore project in the UAE capital. The project scope includes EPC of two power skids at Jebel Dhana including modification of various switch gears, additional isolation valves on inlet and outlet connections to small and medium tanks including RGA lightning system for tanks. It also involves the implementation of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study recommendations for Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline (ADCOP) line block valve stations, IPS and MOT. This contract award further strengthens Robt. Stone's position as a top EPC contractor in emirates for Adnoc. The project is a testimony of its strength and proven track record of timely execution of various projects in different Adnoc oil and gas fields like Neb, Asab, Bab, Buhsa, Sahil, Shah, Queshwira, Mender and earlier successful execution in MP-21 with Adnoc Onshore.
Partnership builds to construct truck rest-stops & lay-bys in Dubai
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is constructing 19 trucks rest stops and lay-bys across several hotspots in Dubai in collaboration with the private sector. The project includes three Integrated Truck Lay-bys: one in partnership with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and two in partnership with Almutakamela Vehicle Testing and Registration. In cooperation with Adnoc, RTA will also construct 16 truck rest stops in Dubai covering six key locations, strategic roads, and logistic cities that attract a huge number of trucks daily. These include Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Emirates Road, Dubai-Hatta Road, Dubai-Al Ain Road, Jebel Ali – Lehbab Road, and Al Aweer Road. The total area of the 19 trucks rest stops and lay-bys is more than 300,000 sq m, with a capacity to accommodate over 1,000 trucks and heavy vehicles.
The three Integrated Truck Lay-bys provide a host of services that step up the safety and wellbeing of drivers such as diesel-refuelling stations, motels, maintenance workshops, restaurants, administrative buildings, prayer rooms, driving training centres, clinics, pharmacies, exchange shops, laundry, and other support services and facilities for the safety and wellbeing of heavy vehicle drivers. The truck rest stops include service facilities, prayer rooms, diesel refuelling stations, restaurants, maintenance workshops, and rest areas for drivers. The three Integrated Trucks Lay-bys encompass a total area of over 226,000 sq m, each with a capacity ranging from 120 to 200 trucks and heavy vehicles. The lay-by undertaken by Almutakamela Vehicle Testing and Registration is located on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road near Jebel Ali Free Zone and Al Maktoum International Airport. It spans 100,000 sq m with a capacity of about 200 trucks. The second layby, which is undertaken by Adnoc, is situated near Emirates Road, next to the Al Tayy Racetrack. It boasts a 76,000 sq m area and has a capacity of 150 trucks.
The third layby, which is also undertaken by Almutakamela, is located nearby the entry to the Dubai Industrial City (DIC) and covers 51,000 sq m with a capacity of approximately 120 trucks. On the other hand, each of the Trucks Rest Stops spans an area from 5,000 to 10,000 sq m, with a capacity to accommodate 30 to 40 trucks. The construction of trucks rest stops and lay-bys contributes significantly to improving traffic safety, reducing truck related accidents by up to 50%, streamlining the traffic flow during truck ban times, increasing traffic awareness of truck drivers about traffic rules, and resolving the problem of parking trucks on main roads and residential areas. The project provides convenient facilities for truck drivers, especially during the ban timings on trucks movement on some roads. It meets the increasing demand for truck parking spaces, especially given the huge rise in the number of truck trips in Dubai to more than 300,000 trips per day lifting 1.5 metric tonnes of commodities per day. The project's goal is to provide investors with opportunities to engage in development projects and diversify their investment portfolios. Its benefits include improving the quality of public services, transferring knowledge from the private sector to the public sector, and training government employees on managing and overseeing this type of long-term projects based on the Build-Operate-Transfer model.
New contract awarded for crane replacement in Abu Dhabi
Sparrows Group (Sparrows) has been awarded a major crane replacement contract for a client in the Middle East. The project, which is worth $13 million, is expected to last 18 months. The scope of work will see Sparrows complete all aspects of the engineering required to replace four BOS Liebherr cranes of four offshore platforms, which are beyond their expected operational life. Sparrows will handle all crane interfaces, installation, commissioning and testing, as well as engineered lift plans for the removal and installation of the cranes using a lift barge, which is to be supplied by the main contractor, along with the new cranes. The project will be carried out in two phases, with phase one taking place onshore from the company's Abu Dhabi facility and workshop and phase two offshore.
Plans underway to apply 3D printing technology for a villa in Dubai
Dubai Municipality has announced that it has issued the first construction licence for a private villa using 3D printing technology. A four-meter-high structure will be printed in a single session, and the villa construction work that started recently will be as part of an unprecedented global project. To be built entirely from locally sourced concrete, the villa is expected to be completed by this October, 2023. These procedures enhance the aspirations of Dubai and support the objectives of the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy 2030. The strategy aims to increase the percentage of implemented 3D printed buildings in the Emirate to achieve a minimum rate of 25% by 2030. This project aims to encourage contractors, engineers, investors, and real estate developers to adopt and use technology in their building operations. The municipality further offers support and facilities to monitor and control the usage of this innovative technology in building and construction.
Plans unveiled for a new residential property in Dubai
Partnership signed to install solar system in Dubai
The Meydan Group and SirajPower have signed a partnership to install a 1.2MWp solar rooftop system at the renowned The Meydan Hotel in Nad Al Sheba, Dubai. The innovative solar solution will generate 2.1GWh of clean energy annually, which is equivalent to fully charging over 110 million smartphones, and will reduce the hotel's dependence on non-renewable energy sources. As tourism accounts for 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the hospitality industry must explore sustainable alternatives and leverage new technologies to achieve net-zero status.
With the installation of the sustainable solar rooftop system at The Meydan Hotel, the company is advancing its sustainability efforts and achieving its goals in line with Dubai's Clean Energy Strategy and the nation's sustainability goals to increase Dubai's energy mix to 75% clean and renewable by 2050.
Announcement of the launch of new residential development in Dubai
DHG Properties has announced its UAE foray with the launch of its flagship development 'Helvetia Residences' at Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) in Dubai, featuring 430 residential units. DHG Properties will look to launch its off-plan sales in September 2023 with a commitment to excellence and affordability for its customers. Announcing the launch, its entry into the UAE market comes at an opportune time, as the country experiences remarkable growth and development. DHG aims to contribute to the nation's vision by creating properties that elevate the standard of living, foster sustainable communities, and provide outstanding value for its customers. Through its debut project, the Swiss group looks to provide the same excellence that it has been providing across Europe for over 30 years. JVC is becoming increasingly popular for UAE residents who work around the area, and as such is a great choice to start the group's journey in the country. Through its beautifully designed residential community, immediate access to highways, and affordable pricing, it provides a vibrant living experience for all ages, and is definitely one of the up-and-coming areas in Dubai.
Agreement signed to establish 1st international campus of IIT-Delhi in Abu Dhabi
The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), the Ministry of Education in India, and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-Delhi) - India's leading technical education and research institution - have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the first international campus of IIT-Delhi, with the formation of the new IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi. Complementing the ongoing UAE-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), the MoU reflects the shared vision of both nations to prioritise educational excellence, innovation, knowledge exchange, and investments in human capital as the foundations for future prosperity and enablers of long-term economic growth and sustainable development. The MoU to establish the IIT-Delhi campus in Abu Dhabi unfolds a new chapter in the internationalisation of India’s education. An exemplar of new India's innovation and expertise, the IIT Delhi campus in UAE will be an edifice of friendship. It will set a brand-new template for leveraging the power of knowledge for both mutual prosperity and global good as envisioned in NEP.
IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi will complement the academic, research and innovation ecosystem in Abu Dhabi through collaboration with key players such as Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence, Khalifa University, New York University Abu Dhabi, Technology Innovation Institute, and Hub71 to offer complimentary programs, conduct cutting edge research, and advance the local startup ecosystem. The IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi campus is set to launch its academic programs in January 2024 with a host of bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. programs, and operate research centers related to sustainable energy and climate studies, as well as computing and data sciences. IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi will offer a diverse range of programs covering Energy and Sustainability, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science and Engineering, Mathematics and Computing and other disciplines of engineering, sciences and humanities. IIT-Delhi Abu Dhabi graduates will join an illustrious alumni network of graduates from 23 campuses across India.
MoU Signed to enhance the automotive industry in Abu Dhabi
NWTN Inc., an eco-conscious mobility technology company bringing passenger-centric green premium mobility solutions to the world ('NWTN'), announced that NWTN Technologies Industries – Sole Proprietorship LLC., NWTN's wholly-owned subsidiary, signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding ('MOU') with the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development ('DED') to enhance cooperation and contribute to the development of the automotive industry in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Under the terms of the MOU, NWTN has agreed to establish and construct an integrated production line, as well as to expand its factory in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in adherence to the highest international standards. The MOU also entails mutual cooperation between the parties to expedite the advancement of the modern automobile industry and transportation in Abu Dhabi, in alignment with the goals set forth in the Industrial Vision 2031. Furthermore, the MOU aims to foster an innovative community that actively contributes to automotive technology trends, while strengthening collaboration in the green economy and environmental sectors.
Within the framework of the MOU, the DED has committed to cooperation and coordination in order to devise a streamlined work system that simplifies, facilitates, and enhances the necessary procedures for NWTN to obtain industrial licenses. The DED will ensure that these procedures adhere to the required technical, organizational, and procedural standards. The DED has agreed to promote and support the integration of Emirati nationals into the workforce of NWTN and NWTN has agreed to provide necessary training and professional development opportunities to the Emirati candidates. The MOU is valid for an initial period of two years, with the option to renew upon mutual agreement between the parties.
Agreement signed for establishing a new MRO facility in Dubai
Tim Investment, a leading player in the global aerospace sector, has reached an agreement with Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH) to set up its new MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) hangar facility at Dubai South. The groundbreaking of the new hangar will take place during Dubai Airshow 2023 in November, 2023 and construction is expected to be completed by Q1 2025. MBRAH is a free-zone destination for airlines, private jet companies, MROs, and associated industries.
New contract awarded for clinkerisation project in Fujairah
Thyssenkrupp Industries announced an important milestone was reached for Pure Cement UAE and Thyssenkrupp Industries India Pvt. Ltd. (Polysius Cement Division) when they inked the Contract for a prestigious Clinkerisation project at Al Tawyeen, Fujairah, UAE. The contract encompasses a comprehensive range of services, including the design, engineering, and supply of state-of-the-art equipment for Raw Material Grinding and Pyro processing. The scope also involves the supply of the rugged and field-proven POLYCOM in finish mode for raw grinding and the incorporation of the latest generation modified POLYTRACK cooler for the Pyro section. Furthermore, the plant will operate on Natural gas as primary fuel. This investment marks Pure Cement's inaugural foray into the cement industry, underlining their ambitious plans for future.
Plans underway to build new electric vehicle charging stations in Dubai
Dubai is planning a significant expansion of its electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure to support the growing adoption of electric vehicles in the city. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) aims to add over 680 charging points within the next three years, resulting in a 170% increase in the network of public charging stations. With this new initiative, the city is poised to enhance its reputation as a leader in sustainable transportation. DEWA's plan aligns to transform the city into a global hub for green economy. It is part of Dubai's broader Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050, which aim to generate 100% of the emirate's power from clean energy sources and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
In addition to DEWA's efforts, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has implemented a long-term strategy to transition to net-zero emission public transport by 2050, further driving the shift towards green mobility in the city. The push for green mobility in Dubai gained momentum with the launch of DEWA's EV Green Charger Initiative in 2015 as part of the Green Mobility Strategy 2030. The ambitious plan to expand the charging infrastructure reflects Dubai's commitment to sustainability and the adoption of clean transportation solutions. By investing in EV charging infrastructure and encouraging the use of electric vehicles, Dubai aims to reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality, and contribute to the global transition towards a more sustainable future.
$272 million agreement signed for expansion of a factory in Abu Dhabi
Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi - Kezad Group, the largest operator of integrated and purpose-built economic zones in the UAE, has signed an agreement with Global Fluorine Chemical Factory (GFCF) for the expansion of its project in Kezad Mussafah. The phase 2 expansion will allow the company to triple its production capacity. In addition to the 100,000 sq m that GFCF currently occupies at Kezad Musaffah, the company will invest over AED1 billion in the new facility on an adjacent plot, that spans an additional 120,000 sq m. Four more chemical products will be added to GFCF's product mix with the opening of the second phase of the factory.
GFCF, a joint venture with a focus on the production and distribution of refrigerants, was founded in 2020. With a capacity of 20,000 tonnes, the enterprise now employs 200 workers. The expansion plan advances UAE's goal of developing a circular economy as GFCF's phase two will now be able to get the raw ingredients for its premium refrigerants. The factory's strategic location will enable it to make use of the wide variety of services offered by AD Ports Group and Kezad Group and obtain easy access to international consumer markets. The company's position in the worldwide market will be further strengthened through effective distribution and improved connections. The agreement, signed in the presence of Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) & AD Ports Group, demonstrates MoIAT's dedication to strengthening supply chains' localisation and resilience in line with Operation 300 billion. As part of the UAE's Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative, it also exemplifies the practical measures being implemented to assist the industrial sector's GDP contribution and promote sustainable industrial growth in line with the COP 28 objectives. GFCF's processes minimise water waste, and the production unit will incorporate heat recycling, aligning with Kezad Group's sustainability goals. Kezad and GFCF are committed to implementing eco-friendly practices, in line with the country's commitment to sustainable industrial development and addressing climate change.
Deal signed for supply UD trucks in Al Ain
Al Masaood Commercial Vehicles and Equipment (CV&E) has entered into a deal with Lavajet to supply a fleet of 134 UD Trucks in bid to boost the waste management sector at Al Ain in UAE. The division, which is part of Al Masaood Group, is the sole distributor of UD Trucks in Abu Dhabi. Al Masaood CV&E has been collaborating with Lavajet for the last four years to provide aftersales services for Croner and Quester Trucks in the waste management segment, which is utilised by Tadweer - Abu Dhabi Municipality’s Waste Management Centre. As part of the new contract, Euro 5 versions of Quester and Croner trucks will soon operate in Al Ain region. These UD trucks are equipped with features designed to reduce their environmental impact, increase efficiency and uptime, improve profitability, and optimise the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). These new vehicles, with their advanced features, will significantly reduce the environmental impact of waste management and promote sustainable practices.
The UD Trucks Quester comes with an automated transmission, whereas the UD Trucks Croner is furnished with an automatic transmission. Along with the newest advanced driver display, both trucks showcase a variety of other innovative features, including an advanced body builder module control unit and flexible chassis for all waste management applications.
First cold store facility opened in Dubai
Maersk (Maersk) has opened its first cold store facility in the UAE. The 13,000-square metre cold store is located in Dubai Industrial City. The demand for perishables that require cold storage is rising in the UAE owing to the growing population and robust tourism resulting in increased demand for speciality foods without compromising the integrity of the product. With 12,500-pallet position space at the new cold store facility, Maersk aims to foray into the large and growing demand for frozen, chilled, and ambient storage in the UAE. Maersk will offer 24x7 B2B and B2C fulfilment operations, e-commerce solutions to retailers/distributors and FMCG brands, and value-added services such as co-packing, labelling, and repacking, cross-docking and last-mile delivery to retail outlets.
Plans unveiled for an ultra high-end residential project in Dubai
Two Independent Buildings Development, each Building 6 exclusive Mansions ranging from an impressive 9,000 to 16,000 square feet. Dubai, known for its extravagant real estate developments, is set to witness the creation of a new pinnacle of refined living as PMR Property, a prestigious Dubai-based real estate developer specialising in hyper luxury properties, joins forces with Foster + Partners, the renowned British design firm. Together, they are set to bring to life an opulent residential project that will redefine the concept of hyper-luxury in Dubai. Positioned along the prestigious Dubai Water Canal in close proximity to prestigious projects such as Four Seasons Residences and Mr. C Residences, this ambitious development will consist of two buildings, each building six exclusive Mansions, each one occupying two or tree entire ﬂoors and boasting expansive double-height living areas ranging from an impressive 9,000 to 16,000 square feet. Each residence will feature amenities including a private swimming pool, private elevator, private GYM, private Cinema, expansive garden terraces, and ﬂoor-to-ceiling windows that offer 180-degree breathtaking views of the iconic Dubai Water Canal and the magniﬁcent Burj Khalifa. The project envisions as a global benchmark for refined and exclusive luxury living.
The grand entrance of the project is designed to captivate residents and guests from the moment they arrive. A double-height lobby, surrounded by reflective pools, serves as a stunning focal point, leading to personalised underground parking pods that unveil a private car showroom. The arrival experience is nothing short of remarkable and personalised, as private lifts seamlessly open directly into the residential units, offering a seamless transition into the lap of luxury. Taking into account the unique climatic conditions of the UAE, the design of the Project meticulously addresses sustainability and building performance. It incorporates integrated design elements that foster a strong connection between the residents and the natural environment, promising a harmonious living experience that transcends expectations.
Contract awarded for decommissioning project in Abu Dhabi
Aquaterra Energy, UK announces a multi-million-pound contract with a major Abu Dhabi based operator, working in partnership with TPMC, to provide offshore riser equipment and services for the decommissioning of eight wells, in 80m water depth offshore Abu Dhabi by 2028. Aquaterra Energy secured the tender through its leading offshore engineering expertise, regional knowledge, and status as a fully independent riser connector OEM. The offshore specialists will provide a completion and workover riser system complete with AQC-CW connectors, as well as an additional subsea riser system, tieback engineering and rig modifications. Throughout the contract Aquaterra will deliver a complete end-to-end managed service, providing engineering services, expertise and personnel.
The completion and workover riser system, complete with AQC-CW connectors, is certified to BS EN ISO 13628-7 2006 and can operate in water depths of up to 1,500m. The system has been designed to withstand repeat make and breaks, whilst offering a gas tight metal-to-metal seal. Aquaterra Energy will work closely alongside in-country partners to manufacture and transport the project equipment. This will provide thousands of hours of local employment for the region, as well as opportunities for upskilling and knowledge sharing. Local in-country inspectors will be deployed to ensure the high quality of work throughout the project. By working with local partners, Aquaterra will ensure significant carbon savings through minimising transportation and travel costs.
Plans unveiled for new tourism village in Ajman
The UAE has announced the launch of Masfout, the second of its Emirates Villages project, in the northern emirate of Ajman. The Masfout Project, which boasts key tourism and heritage facilities, aims to attract 100,000 tourists from across the region. Mafout was launched by the Emirates Council for Balanced Development to establish a sustainable development model and create new economic and investment opportunities to ensure social stability and decent living for the community. Masfout enjoys breathtaking natural landscapes and a unique geographical location, and is known for its cold winters given its location between towering mountains and highlands that attract nature enthusiasts. The city has a rich history and many important historical sites, such as the Masfout Museum. Another notable site is Masfout Castle, which is situated on top of a high mountain peak and dates back to the 19th century. There is also the Bin Sultan Mosque, built in 1815 AD. Masfout is a relatively large area with many villages, such as Al Muzeira, Al Khanfariya, and Al Sabigha, and has many distinguished tourist attractions and luxury resorts. The project is based on several pillars, including developing tourism projects, meeting the community's services needs with key partners, supporting the private sector through the development of 50 projects, drafting strategic and training programmes that support community members, and promoting the region and its history. The project, which will commence in Q4 2023, includes the development of tourism, heritage and service facilities that can attract 100,000 tourists and support youth projects in the region. The goal is to enable the local youth to take advantage of economic opportunities.
Plans underway to establish first gastroenterology hospital in Dubai
Asan Medical Centre, one of the largest medical institutions in South Korea, in co-operation with Abu Dhabi-based Scope Investments, is setting up the first Gastroenterology Specialist hospital in the UAE on a 21,150 sq m area within Dubai Healthcare City premises. The 65-bed facility, being implemented in co-ordination with Dubai Health Authority, comprises seven ground floors and two basement floors, and will be equipped with the latest devices, equipment, technologies and digital solutions in addition to the best of specialists and doctors with international expertise. Work on the Asan Medical Centre's first ever hospital outside Korea is set to begin soon and will be completed in 2026. On completion, the hospital will start providing multiple services in diagnosing and offering specialized treatments for gastrointestinal tumors including that of the stomach, colon, and pancreas, as well as for liver transplant patients, and morbid obesity surgeries. As the first hospital specializing in the digestive system in the Arab region, this project will play a vital role in boosting the competitiveness of the emirate as an ideal destination for health tourism, especially since the centre will harness its long experience to serve patients in this medical field.
$2 billion offshore jack-up contracts awarded in Abu Dhabi
ADNOC Drilling Company PJSC, UAE confirmed the award of five 10-year contracts, totaling approximately $2 billion, in support of ADNOC Offshore's growing drilling operations. The contractual conditions, particularly the duration, were agreed with the client in light of the strength of the offshore jack-up market with higher day rates. The contracts supporting drilling operations across five fields in ADNOC's offshore portfolio, are for the charter of five high-specification, premium jack-up rigs along with all required manpower and equipment. The rigs will commence activity progressively from the end of 2023, with significant revenue expected in 2024 and first full-year revenue contribution from 2025. The revenue associated to these contracts is included in the Company's full year 2023 and medium-term guidance. The five rigs have been acquired as part of the Company's fast-tracked rig fleet expansion program, designed to enable the delivery of ADNOC's accelerated production capacity growth to responsibly meet rising global energy demand. The new rigs - SALAMAH1, AL SAADIYAT, AL SILA, RAMHAN and YAS - will be among the most capable, high-specification rigs working in the Arabian Gulf. Each of the five rigs will be equipped with a battery energy storage system to increase efficiency and reduce emissions. The hybrid power technology system stores energy in its batteries to use when there is a need for continuous power or to provide instant extra power when there is an increase in demand. The new rigs are central to ADNOC Drilling's rigorous decarbonization strategy and the Company's commitment to support ADNOC's target to reduce greenhouse gas intensity by 25% by 2030, as well as the UAE Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative.
New joint venture build to set up drydocks in Abu Dhabi
AD Ports Group has joined forces with UAE-based Premier Marine Engineering Services, a specialist in ship building and repair services catering to the marine and offshore industries, to set up a new joint venture, Safeen Drydocks. The joint venture, Safeen Drydocks, which is 51% owned by AD Ports Group, will offer a broad range of services including drydocking, afloat repairs, ship building and refurbishment in the region. The hub of Safeen Drydocks' operations will be located at Khalifa Port and encompass a 45,000 sq m shipyard and repair facility, 350-m quay wall for vessel afloat repair, and a floating dry dock for vessel maintenance and refurbishment.
The floating dry dock is expected to commence operations in July 2023, while the shipyard has already begun work with construction of two barges for a UAE-based client. Once fully up and running, the hub will be operated by Safeen Drydocks and be fully equipped to accommodate a range of vessel types including tankers, bulk vessels, container ships, offshore vessels and jack-ups.Through the new joint venture, AD Ports Group will leverage its reputation and experience as one of the world's premier facilitators of maritime logistics, industry and trade, and contribute quay space at Khalifa Port for the development and operations of the new services hub.
Premier Marine will, in turn, contribute its technical knowledge and experience in helping customers build, repair and maintain vessels and other maritime assets in an environmentally sustainable manner. Together, the two entities will serve the needs of not only Safeen Group's maritime fleet, but also of broader regional and international client base spanning the shipping and offshore maritime sectors.
Agreement signed to develop new beachfront residential project in Ras Al Khaimah
Abu Dhabi-listed RAK Properties and Dubai-based Ellington Properties have signed an agreement to develop a residential beachfront project on Hayat Island in Mina Al Arab, Ras Al Khaimah. The deal marks the Dubai-based developer's entry into the emirate. The apartment project will have high-end restaurants at ground level and resort-style amenities. No details on the project's cost, completion timeline and number of apartments were not given. The new project forms part of RAK Properties' broader master plan for Hayat Island alongside Angel Bay, an outdoor leisure destination, housing clubs, restaurants, activities and entertainment.
$21.8bn Sewerage system plan approved in Dubai
Dubai has approved an innovative $21.8 billion sewerage system plan for the next 100 years. The project, a collaboration between the Government and private sector, aims to create an advanced and sustainable infrastructure. It also targets an impressive 25% decrease in carbon emissions. This approach has been a key driver of Dubai's rise as a leading global city as well as its ability to set new standards in future readiness and create an integrated infrastructure that rivals the world's best. The system, which will create one of the world’s most advanced and sustainable infrastructure, will be constructed in partnership with the private sector.
New seafront residence unveils in Dubai
DAMAC, unveils an exclusive seafront residences, Skycrest Collection. Located in the centre of Dubai harbour, the expertly designed residences will span multiple floors of the two projects, across all five towers that overlook the harbour. Furthermore, the Skycrest Collection will feature ultra-luxurious apartments designed by Italian fashion house Cavalli and will offer access to exclusive amenities for owners. DAMAC Bay and DAMAY Bay 2 will bring to Dubai's skyline an escalated sense of luxury and elegance. Situated in a pristine and relatively unexplored area of Dubai, the twin-project will offer unparalleled sophistication and living ambience, unlike anything the city has seen thus far. The Skycrest Collection will be the crème a la crème of both projects, becoming the crowning glory with all its exclusivity and exquisiteness. In a city that never ceases to sleep and innovate.
Plans unveils to build largest cluster in Dubai
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), has announced it will build the largest cluster of Artificial Intelligence and tech companies in the Mena region in the next five years. Dubai AI & Web 3.0 Campus, to be set up on a 100,000-sq-ft area at the DIFC Innovation One premises, will act as a catalyst for growth, attracting global innovators, start-ups, and industry leaders to establish a vibrant ecosystem of AI-driven initiatives within the region. The AI & Web 3.0 companies will also benefit from a sector-specific dedicated licensing and regulatory framework, in addition to leveraging DIFC unique soft infrastructure.
The campus will provide world-class physical and digital infrastructure including R&D facilities, accelerator programmes and collaborative workspaces, to attract, build and scale AI companies. DIFC’'s 2030 strategy is centred around driving the future of finance through cutting-edge technology, innovation, and partnerships. DIFC's Innovation Hub offers one of the region's most comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environments, including cost-effective licensing solutions, fit-for-purpose regulations, innovative accelerator programmes and funding for growth-stage start-ups. The fastest growing sector in DIFC with 686 associated firms, FinTech and Innovation saw funds of over $615 million raised in the Centre during 2022. The campus will be home to visionary entrepreneurs, disruptors and engineers who possess a deep passion for emerging technologies.
Plans revealed for bridge construction in Dubai
Dubai has revealed plans for the construction of seven additional bridges, aimed at enhancing the safety and accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians within the emirate. These bridges offer secure and convenient pathways for pedestrians to cross busy roads, supporting Dubai's efforts to become a more bicycle-friendly city and fostering the overall well-being of the community. Attaining these goals will maximise the happiness of both residents and visitors of Dubai. A bridge connecting Al Khaleej Street between the intersection of Omar Bin Khattab Street and Abu Bakr Al Siddique Street, near Dubai Hospital is among the new footbridges. In addition, six more footbridges totalling 888m in length are being constructed across Dubai. The design emphasized the use of aesthetic and innovative components, as well as hi-tech electromechanical systems, alarms, firefighting, and remote monitoring systems.
The bridges are equipped with dedicated bike tracks and racks. The construction of footbridges is consistent with Dubai's traffic safety strategy, which aims to make the city the safest in the world in terms of traffic safety. It also seeks to reduce fatalities from run-over accidents to as low as zero by providing infrastructure and safety measures for motorists and cyclists. The construction of these bridges adheres to the highest international standards for traffic safety evidenced by numerous service facilities such as electric elevators, alarm and firefighting systems, remote monitoring and others. The number of footbridges has increased tenfold in the past 17 years, from 13 in 2006 to 129 at the end of last year. RTA intends to construct another 36 footbridges during 2021-2026, bringing the total number of pedestrian bridges to 165.
RTA has inaugurated a new footbridge on Al Khaleej Street, connecting the junction of Omar Bin Al Khattab Street and Abu Bakr Al Siddique Street, near Dubai Hospital. This bridge spans about 120m long, 3.4m wide, and 6.5m high from the asphalt. It has two elevators, stairs, and a room for electromechanical systems like alarms, fire-fighting systems and remote monitoring systems. Six-footbridges are presently under construction on different major streets in the emirate. These include:
A bridge on Al Mina Street situated between Al Saqr and Al Mina intersections
A bridge is on Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street between Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street and Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Street
A bridge on Ras Al Khor Road, forming a link between the Creek Harbour and Ras Al Khor Industrial Area
A bridge on Ras Al Khor Road, directly across Marhaba Mall and Wasl Complex in Nadd Al Hamar
A bridge on Al Manara Road in the Al Quoz Creative Zone
A bridge on Al Khawaneej Street, opposite to the Arabian Centre
RTA has recently inaugurated a series of footbridges aimed at providing safe mobility means for pedestrians enabling them to cross the roads. These bridges boast a distinctive design, that is influenced by the unique characteristics of each region and is in shape and colour harmony with the surrounding buildings. Several factors were considered in choosing the locations for these footbridges, notably, the rate of run-over accidents, traffic intensity, mobility of residents between both sides of the road, distance from the nearest pedestrian crossing, locations of public transportation stations, and areas where markets, shopping centres, and government and private establishments are situated.
New partnership builds to establish technology hub in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has partnered with Valeo to develop the automotive industry in Abu Dhabi by establishing a technology hub to manufacture autonomous and electric car components in the emirate. The hub will develop industrial solutions to support local electric car startups in Abu Dhabi as well as cooperate with the local Startups electric vehicle companies. Valeo plans to explore new areas of development by integrating its advanced technologies and its sustainability vision in green cities.
The agreement to design and manufacture electric and autonomous driving car components will improve smart and sustainable mobility and contribute to the development of transport industries, which is one of the subsectors targeted by Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy (ADIS) and its initiatives, including Industry 4.0's innovative technologies to drive Abu Dhabi's transition towards a smart, circular and sustainable economy.
Solar panels to be installed at school in Dubai
Sustainability and environmental awareness run through the airy halls of Swiss International School Dubai, from including sneakers made from recycled plastic on the uniform list, to encouraging pupils to consider waste in fashion with competitions like Junk Kouture. Mindful of the school calendar, UAE-based sustainable energy provider for businesses, Yellow Door Energy, will install 1,366 solar panels, enough to provide shading to 200 parking spots at the school, over the summer break. The installation measures around 3,000 square meters - larger than three tennis courts and will generate around 1,300 megawatt-hours of clean energy in the first year of operation, offsetting 920 metric tons of carbon emissions. The system will produce 30,680 megawatt-hours of clean energy over its expected lifetime of 25 years, avoiding 21,700 metric tons of carbon emissions. The project is expected to be energised in October 2023. This solar lease signifies our unwavering commitment to sustainability, renewable energy, and embracing the Year of Sustainability. This project aligns with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals of providing Quality Education as well as Affordable and Clean Energy.
New parks to be opened soon in Abu Dhabi
Taking further initiatives towards a greener and sustainable future, more than 100 new parks will be built in the emirate of Abu Dhabi by the end of 2023. The construction of new parks comes as part of the first phase of the 'Livability Strategy' involving the development of community facilities worth Dh12 billion in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Al Dhafra, which was announced in May 2023. Overall, 113 parks will be built with 70 in Abu Dhabi, 30 in Al Ain, and 9 in Al Dhafra region. By 2025, an additional 277 new parks will be constructed with 180 in Abu Dhabi, 80 in Al Ain, and 17 in Al Dhafra. The first phase of the strategy also aims to provide infrastructure facilities such as pedestrian and cycling paths, beautification works, and community facilities such as sports fields, clinics and mosques, in addition to increasing the number of parks and green spaces across the emirate.
100mn sqft waterfront luxury lifestyle development launched in Dubai
Emaar Properties celebrated the launch of The Oasis by Emaar, its latest waterfront luxury lifestyle destination, with a gala event held last night at the Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai. Emaar Properties, known for its commitment to excellence, has meticulously curated The Oasis to offer a selection of over 7,000 residential units. The focus lies on expansive mansions and villas set on generous plots, providing residents with breathtaking views of water canals, picturesque lakes, and beautifully landscaped parks. Dubai's newest lifestyle destination, The Oasis by Emaar, is a colossal and prestigious development spanning over 100 million square feet (9.4 million square meters). With a remarkable development value of USD 20 billion, this project showcases exceptional architectural design by renowned global architects, complemented by stunning interiors crafted by prominent international designers. Aiming to provide a prestigious and upscale living experience in Dubai's real estate landscape, the development is designed to create a resort-style lifestyle, with 25% of the land dedicated to lakes, water canals, parks, jogging tracks, green spaces, and various luxury amenities. This emphasis on recreational spaces allows residents to enjoy a high-quality living environment and engage in an active and healthy lifestyle. The Oasis by Emaar is situated in a prime location within Dubai, surrounded by high-end developments. It offers proximity to four international golf courses, allowing residents to indulge in their passion for golf. The development is conveniently located just a 20-minute-drive from downtown Dubai, providing easy access to the city's vibrant attractions. The development will also feature an expansive 1.5 million square feet retail area, hosting a wide array of lifestyle brands and offering residents access to superior shopping options. Moreover, there will be a variety of food and beverage outlets, ensuring a diverse culinary scene to cater to different preferences. The Oasis by Emaar, is poised to complement the urban landscape of Dubai and redefine the future of luxurious living amidst nature and water, blending harmonious architecture and exceptional amenities.
Partnership announced for the installation of solar panels in Dubai
Swiss International School Dubai has announced its partnership with UAE-based sustainable energy provider Yellow Door Energy for the installation of 1,366 solar panels, enough to provide shading to 200 parking spots at the school, over the summer break. The installation measures around 3,000 sq m – larger than three tennis courts – and will generate around 1,300 megawatt-hours of clean energy in the first year of operation, offsetting 920 MT of carbon emissions.
The system will produce 30,680 megawatt-hours of clean energy over its expected lifetime of 25 years, avoiding 21,700 metric tons of carbon emissions. The project is expected to be energized in October. A major player in the region, Yellow Door Energy is responsible for financing, designing, building, commissioning, operating, and maintaining the solar plant for the duration of the lease.
Master plan for megaproject unveiled in Abu Dhabi
Modon Properties has recently revealed the comprehensive plan for Hudayriyat Island in Abu Dhabi. The developer is renowned for specialising in the creation of dynamic communities, exceptional hospitality and lifestyle encounters, and top-notch sports facilities. Spanning an impressive 51 million square meters, equivalent to 53.8% of Abu Dhabi Island, this colossal integrated development boasts a remarkable allure stemming from its distinctive natural surroundings and prime location. In addition to the unparalleled residential offerings of the future, Hudayriyat will house state-of-the-art sports facilities, establishing it as the preferred destination for individuals seeking unparalleled sports and leisure experiences. By adhering to a progressive global model of sustainable living, this ambitious project will enhance the diversity of the emirate's urban landscape and create a highly coveted living environment for both residents and visitors, further cementing its appeal. The project is a key contributor to achieving Abu Dhabi's strategic vision by driving the city's urban expansion. The integrated development comprises high-end residential communities with panoramic 360-degree views of Abu Dhabi city and the waterfront, from its elevated positioning on and surrounding two hill communities, 45 & 50 m high respectively. Modon's masterplan will add 53.5 km of coastline to the city's landscape, including 16 km of beaches, consolidating Abu Dhabi's position as a world-class lifestyle destination connecting tourism, leisure, sport, and urban access. Exciting destinations within the Al Hudayriyat Island project will also include Velodrome Abu Dhabi, Surf Abu Dhabi, a wide range of sport, commerce, and leisure amenities, the largest urban park in the Emirate, and a 220-kilometer-long network of cycle tracks.
- Surf Abu Dhabi
Set to open by the end of 2023, Surf Abu Dhabi will be the biggest and most advanced artificial wave facility in the world. Designed in partnership with Kelly Slater Wave Co., the landmark destination will offer a high-performance surfing experience, featuring the world's longest ride, biggest barrel, and largest man-made wave pool. Underscoring Abu Dhabi's sporting and leisure credentials, the exclusive surfing complex seeks to attract everyone from beginners to pro-surfers. Surf Abu Dhabi will provide an ideal location to host major international events and will play a major role in developing the surfing community locally, regionally, and globally.
- Velodrome Abu Dhabi
Scheduled to launch in 2025, Velodrome Abu Dhabi will feature the first UCI Category 1 indoor cycling track in the region, suitable for international championships. In addition, there is a rooftop track, connected to the ground via a 600-meter cycling ramp winding around the outer walls, giving 360 degree views of Hudayriyat and Abu Dhabi Skyline. Hi-tech support facilities will cater to cyclists of all levels, whether professional, intermediate, or amateur and further cement Abu Dhabi's position as the first Bike City in the region.
- Largest Urban Park
Spanning more than 2.25 million square meters, the park included in the masterplan will be the largest urban park in the Emirate. Once completed, the nature-centric project will provide a space for individual adventures and outdoor encounters. the destination will feature a variety of areas, such as an elevated cycling track, an eco-tourism platform, and Mangrove Walk. It will also be home to an eco-farming space, food and beverage outlets, playgrounds, and events valley.
Agreement signed to provide services at a desalination plant in Abu Dhabi
GE Gas Power has signed an agreement with the Taweelah Asia Power Company (Tapco) to provide a range of asset and performance services for the reliable and efficient operation of the gas turbines at the Taweelah B Power and Desalination Complex in Abu Dhabi. Tapco, the owner of the largest independent water and power plant (IWPP) in the UAE, is 60% owned by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa). The Taweelah B complex, which operates three distinct power generation and desalination facilities, uses different technologies, including simple, open, and combined-cycle gas turbines and multi-stage flash distillation. Its work scope includes major inspection works on 9E gas turbine and generators and complete disassembly, overhaul, and commissioning activities. In addition, it involves outage support to enhance the capabilities of the Taweelah B plant for the future and position it to benefit from long-term high performance. The landmark agreement was signed at the Taqa headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
Revolutionary healthcare city showcased in Dubai
Ring Island Dubai, is a pioneering concept envisioned by Kalbod Design Studio. With the aim of housing medical services and revolutionising urban design, the multi-faceted project features an ingenious underwater access route and an advanced transportation system with monorails and electric cars. The project also features strategically positioned stations that seek to provide seamless movement, in addition to a pedestrian-oriented approach to create a serene atmosphere. The island comprises of five layers, including an underwater entrance, a futuristic transportation level, and a crescent-shaped land level with a central tower for education and culture.
The first layer can be found underground and serves cars, pedestrians, parking, and green spaces, while the next level incorporates futuristic transportation. In the third level, the buildings are strategically located while a suspended path with parametric and Islamic patterns connects the residential zone (hotels). Lastly, suspended sterile paths adorned with the same patterns link the project's medical towers. The island's central tower, which spans across an impressive one million square meters, will consist of two prominent blocks. The building's base, covering an expansive 670,000 square meters, will serve as a hub for educational and academic endeavours. On the other hand, the crescent-shaped section, occupying 330,000 square meters, will be dedicated to various functions such as an exhibition hall, research and development facilities, a science and technology park, a library, and a digital achievements showcase. Furthermore, complementing the central skyscraper, 14 specialised medical towers and 24 elegant hotels will enhance the island's landscape with symmetry and visual allure.
Ground breaking ceremony held for twin-tower waterfront development in Ras Al Khaimah
UAE-based Luxe Developers has broken ground on Oceano, an upscale twin-tower waterfront development located on Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, stretching over 18 storeys. The project, valued at over AED1.5 billion ($408 million), boasts 206 units with a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments, six penthouses, and two exclusive sky villas, in addition to private pools as well as indoor and outdoor entertaining areas. Oceano will be located on a unique corner plot on Al Marjan Island and spread across a Built Up Area (BUA) of 79,000 sq m. Residents will have access to a range of amenities often associated with five-star hotels, including a luxury spa, an infinity pool connecting the two towers, a state-of-the-art gym, a cigar lounge, a library, a yoga room, a children's play area, and a chauffeur's lounge. A dedicated retail level will feature 12 units offering the best in hospitality, F&B and leisure. Outdoors, in addition to the extensive green spaces and lush landscaping, residents will enjoy a resort-style swimming pool, a dedicated children's pool, a private beach, and jetty access for those mooring yachts. A concierge and 24-hour security will also be provided.
Critically acclaimed Dewan Architects + Engineers, who are at the forefront of the Middle East's architectural and engineering design sector, were responsible for developing Oceano's unique design. Its novel design incorporates free-flowing glass facades and minimalist frames, and with each floor rotated on different planes, every resident can maximise the uninterrupted panoramic views. Interiors have been designed by the renowned Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), a leading hospitality design firm, where a focus on marble finishes and unique accents within each of the units accentuates the luxury offering.
Innovative sandstorm absorbent skyscraper launched in Dubai
The Sandstorm Absorbent Skyscraper is an innovative architectural solution designed to tackle frequent sandstorms experienced in desert cities like Dubai. Consisting of 25 towers located along Dubai's main route, the structures feature a sleek glass design that rises from the ground, housing essential facilities at their core. Not only do they showcase exceptional engineering, but they also provide a sustainable and secure sanctuary amidst the sandstorms. The towers incorporate two functional cavities meticulously designed to harness artificial magnetic fields and windpipes. The ingenious combination effectively absorbs soil particles while ensuring optimal pressure and suction, prioritising residents' comfort. The result is a harmonious equilibrium achieved with the utmost safety. In a sustainable cycle, the sandstorm's electrical charge dissipates as it enters the building’s facilities. The purified soil is then directed to isolated silos made of steel and heat-transferring pipes which are located at the base of the towers. Fuelled by solar panels, the heat-transferring pipes elevate the sand's temperature to 600 degrees Celsius, creating thermal batteries that store and supply power to the towers and neighbouring buildings. This ensures uninterrupted functionality for several months, eliminating the need for conventional electricity sources. Beyond their resilience to sandstorms, the towers serve a variety of purposes. The lower levels offer vibrant public spaces, while the middle zones provide comfortable residential areas. At the pinnacle, grand laboratories and cutting-edge research bases are dedicated to studying sandstorms and fostering future advancements that aim to address the natural phenomenon.
Agreement signed to build first automobile facility in Abu Dhabi
Sinaha Platform, an Emirati e-commerce and marketing platform specialised in promoting national industries and products, has signed an agreement with international partners to build the first automobile facility in Abu Dhabi that manufactures automobiles from recyclable materials. The move is aimed at establishing Abu Dhabi as a prominent auto hub for sustainable production. This initiative marks a significant milestone for the country's automotive industry, contributing to the achievement of Operation 300Bn and the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy.
The vehicles produced in this facility will feature eco-friendly and recyclable external structures, promoting environmental sustainability and incorporating technologies that enhance fuel efficiency by reducing weight and material consumption. In addition to catering to local demand, the factory will supply the international market with affordable, high-quality cars equipped with advanced four-wheel drive technology. The purpose of the platform was to improve quality investment opportunities to build a more sustainable, efficient, and competitive industrial sector in a way that supports the national economy and global climate action plans. Made using local raw materials, the new vehicle model has a highly advanced and effective damping protection system that meets all applicable standards. The model will feature two engines; an economical petrol engine and an all-electric engine.
$155 million housing project unveiled in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi has announced the launch of its Sweihan housing project, being developed as part of the integrated Emirati Neighbourhood initiative, at a total investment of AED572.1 million ($155 million) in the UAE capital. Spread over a 800,000 sq m area, the project will feature 204 villas for its citizens, a community centre in addition to malls and parks as well as two mosques. It will also boast vast green spaces as well as allocated plots of land for commercial and community facilities.
The Sweihan project is the first to be implemented in line with Abu Dhabi Housing Authority's Integrated Neighbourhood Directory - a set of standards and guiding principles for the interior of government housing in the emirate that ensures homes meets the needs of Emirati families. Each villa comprises two majalis, dining and living rooms, five bedrooms, and other facilities. According to ADHA, the project was developed with the aim of creating a tightly-knit and integrated community offering high-quality facilities. It was built according to the latest specifications to provide an integrated residential community that is characterised by authenticity and modernity, involving the construction of separate villas that share public outdoor spaces, stated the Authority. The designs of each villa reflect Emirati national identity, culture, and heritage in order to meet citizens' needs and enhance their quality of life, as well as match the increasing urban expansion of the Sweihan area.
Agreement signed for developing a manufacturing unit in Abu Dhabi
Agreement signed to set up multifunctional oil refinery in Sharjah
India's Infinite Mining & Energy has signed an agreement with Sharjah's Hamriya Free Zone Authority (HFZA) to set up a multifunctional oil refinery with a daily production capacity of 10,000 barrels. Infinite announced that is going to double its investment in the free zone and establish the plant with annual refining capability of up to 3.6 million barrels alongside a modern oil storage facility equipped with over 20 loading slots. The agreement was signed at HFZA headquarters.
Under the agreement, Infinite will lease a 200,000-sq-ft plot of land in the free zone to build its facilities. This expansion is expected to significantly increase the company's storage capacity, catering to the growing demand for its services and products. The free zone serves as a prosperous hub for regional and international companies specialising in the oil industry. With an ideal business environment and a system of exceptional services and benefits, HFZA continues to stand as a prominent industrial base for international companies in the sector. This latest investment by Infinite further underscores HFZA's success in attracting key players in the oil and energy industries. Infinite's new expansion plans demonstrates HFZA's leading reputation as a preferred investment destination for heavy industries and the petrochemical sector. Upon completion, the new facility is set to create over 100 job opportunities for technicians and workers, thereby contributing to the local employment landscape.
Innovation of smart facility to simulate leakages in Dubai
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (Dewa) research centre has innovated an advanced, smart facility to simulate various leakage cases of water transmission pipelines. The facility includes smart transmission pipes equipped with sensors to monitor hydraulic indicators, collect data on water pressure, flow and temperature, and control an IoT platform that stores data. This data is used to train Machine Learning models to detect leakage events. This allows evaluation, development and testing of new leak detection techniques. The centre developed the facility using software and hardware, based on the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), which allows for complete remote monitoring and control of the facility.
The facility includes smart transmission pipes equipped with sensors to monitor hydraulic indicators, collect data on water pressure, flow and temperature, and control an IoT platform that stores data. This data is used to train Machine Learning models to detect leakage events. Based on experimental data using the facility, the developed algorithm was able to identify leakage events with 94.4% accuracy. Further experimentation is ongoing to improve algorithms for leak detection in water transmission pipelines and test sensors. The new facility strengthens its leadership and global excellence in reducing losses in water networks. The role of the R&D Centre in developing Dewa's smart grid and the disruptive technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to provide world-class services that enhance the quality of life in Dubai and maintain the organisation's position at the forefront of global utilities.
New agreement signed to deploy electric & hybrid vehicles in Dubai
Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Al Futtaim Automotive to deploy 360 vehicles, including electric and hybrid variants, for use in Dubai's key conferences and events over a three year period. As part of the agreement, which supports RTA's sustainable transport network and the 'Zero-Emissions Public Transportation in Dubai 2050' strategy, RTA's official mobility partner will also provide assistance for further building the Authority's electric charging technology and infrastructure.
Under this three-year partnership agreement, Al Futtaim Automotive will supply a total of 360 electric and hybrid vehicles and buses, including 10 electric buses, 250 electric vehicles, and 100 hybrid vehicles. Al-Futtaim Automotive will also provide the necessary infrastructure for electric charging that includes 10 electric charging units capable of both direct and alternating current. Furthermore, the Group will provide technical support for operational activities, electric mobility, and advanced technology utilisation specific to the electric fleet. Al-Futtaim Automotive will supply 10 electric buses, including Volvo models, each outfitted with cutting-edge smart technologies. These buses feature an intuitive user interface that assists drivers in managing their routes by enabling efficient communication and data exchange through seamless integration with the vehicle systems. The smart bus is further equipped with an innovative passenger counting system that uses high-tech sensors to monitor the number of passengers entering and exiting the bus. The bus has a designated spot for wheelchair users, thereby catering to people of determination. The buses have touch screens, providing drivers with real-time information on battery usage rate, door status, and temperature, as well as alerts and messages on the head-up display. They are also equipped with a one-of-a kind geographical navigation system that informs the driver about the environment and the suitability of the road for the bus.
$975m deal signed to build artificial island in Abu Dhabi
Adnoc Logistics and Services, a global energy maritime logistics leader, has won a $975-million artificial island construction contract by Adnoc Offshore. As part of Adnoc's In-Country Value program, at least 75 per cent of the total contract value for dredging, land reclamation and marine construction of an artificial island 'G' for the Lower Zakum offshore field, will flow back into the UAE economy. This award is a significant milestone in Adnoc Logistics & Services' (Adnoc L&S) strategy to pursue new growth opportunities. Adnoc L&S' Integrated Logistics business unit is an end-to-end, fully integrated energy logistics services provider. The provision of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services in the integrated logistics business is a new offering by the company in line with its announced strategy to achieve significant ongoing growth, including expansion into new verticals. This is the first major award for Adnoc L&S after it listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) on June 1 following the highest demand globally for an IPO this year. Capitalising on the project management expertise, end-to-end logistics solutions, and strategic partnerships, Adnoc L&S is primed to execute major offshore EPC contracts that support it's customers' ambitious growth plans and deliver value to it's shareholders. This contract award for the construction of artificial island 'G' exemplifies the strategy to tap into new growth areas, showcasing the expanding range of services offered to the customers and the trust that Adnoc Offshore has placed as their partner of choice. The award is part of Lower Zakum's long-term development plan, aiming to safely and sustainably unlock greater value while helping to meet the increasing global energy demand. Adnoc Offshore has extensive experience in deploying the artificial island concept for project delivery, resulting in significant cost savings and environmental benefits compared to conventional approaches that require more offshore installations and infrastructure.
Water pipeline extension completed in Sharjah
Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority (SEWA) has concluded the extension project of a crucial main pipeline with a diameter of 800mm, aimed at transporting water from Al Zubair Station to Al Shanouf Suburb. The project, initiated in July 2022, utilised environmentally friendly materials to ensure water quality, while effectively catering to the growing demand for freshwater in the region. The new pipeline will provide residents in the areas of Mahdub, Hadibah, and the new sections of Al Shanouf Suburb with a sustainable supply of fresh and pure water, thereby increasing the efficiency of the existing network. The implementation employed carbon steel pipes coated with safe and sanitary epoxy in adherence to the latest international standards governing the freshwater distribution and transportation systems. Rigorous water pressure tests have been carried out, confirming the pipeline's readiness for operation. With a length exceeding 6 km and an 800mm diameter, the project's total cost amounts to approximately AED15.5 million.
Contract awarded for installation of jackets in Abu Dhabi
National Petroleum Construction Co (NPCC), has been awarded a contract worth $162.31 million by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). The contract encompasses the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) activities for the installation of seven jackets.
Agreement signed for developing a port offshore facilities in Abu Dhabi
Singapore-based Crystal Offshore will construct a base in Khalifa Port featuring office facilities and fabrication workshops to provide advanced repairs and refits to jack-up rigs as well as marine and offshore vessels. The new shipyard fabrication facility will cater for drilling rigs and marine assets as well as deep water vessels such as FPSO and semi submersibles. For this, AD Ports Group, a leading facilitator of global trade, logistics and industry, has signed a 25-year agreement with Crystal Offshore, a recognised one-stop Logistics Solution provider to the Marine & Offshore Industry. Under the agreement's terms, a 20,000 square metre plot of land and an associated quay wall in Khalifa Port will be allocated for Crystal Offshore.
New projects announced to boost industrial sector in Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi's industrial sector is set for a boost with eight new projects announced during the Make it in the Emirates Forum held in Abu Dhabi from 31 May to 1 June 2023, and organised by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT), in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Economic Development Department (ADDED) and ADNOC. The event brought together decision-makers, experts, entrepreneurs, financing institutions, and investors from the industrial sector to enhance cooperation and explore new industrial collaboration opportunities. It also highlighted the potential for localising products by redirecting local purchases into the national economy and giving priority in bids to companies that participate in the National In-Country Value (ICV) Program. The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and its partners signed MoU agreements with high-growth companies covering key areas, including manufacturing, banking, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare that will accelerate the growth of the UAE capital's manufacturing base. During the Forum, ADIO also signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) to support the industrial sector. Abu Dhabi's ambitious Industrial Strategy aims to double the sector's GDP contribution by 2031, leveraging strong enablers such as infrastructure, competitive operational costs, business-enabling regulations and access to financing. The projects announced by KEZAD Group, Infinity Green, Vitamol, ADAFZ, A2N Holdings, EMIC, Mark AB Capital Investment, SuperJet International, Oil Man, United Eastern Group, Orion Italy and Petrona Gulf DWC will significantly bolster Abu Dhabi's industrial ecosystem. The MoUs signed by ADIO during the Forum will power the next wave of growth of Abu Dhabi's industrial sector.
A2N Holdings LLC, a company headquartered in Abu Dhabi with an extensive investment portfolio in the healthcare and distribution sectors, is embarking on a ground-breaking venture to establish the first fully integrated state-of-the-art IV solutions manufacturing facility in the UAE.
Emirates Investment Corporation (EMIC), a diversified investment company with a portfolio covering a range of sectors including Aviation, F&B, Facility Management, Oil and Gas and retail, will setup a pioneering solar manufacturing facility in Mussafah, which will employ cutting-edge automated technology to manufacture solar products from cells to panels.
Infinity Green, a subsidiary of India's Sathi group, has introduced green solutions to the UAE for two decades. The leading cement manufacturer signed an MoU along with KEZAD Group to establish the first fully automated and integrated glass recycling plant in the Gulf to be set up in KEZAD Al Ma'mourah.
Oil Man, a pioneering UAE-based company, has signed an MoU to establish a state-of-the-art facility for the design and manufacture of advanced drilling tools and pipeline repair equipment. This initiative emphasises their role as a technology owner and developer, contributing to the growth of the local industry.
The MoU between Mark AB Capital Investment, a UAE based private equity company, and SuperJet International (SJI), an Italian aviation company based in Italy, will support the development of the civil aviation industry in the UAE by establishing a state-of-the-art facility in Al Ain.
Vitamol, a researcher and manufacturer that focuses on the production of high-quality functional powder products, created through its trademarked Molecular Dispersion Technology, signed an MoU along with Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone (ADAFZ) to build a first-of-its-kind research and manufacturing plant located within ADAFZ for pharmaceutical application and global export of local camel milk powder.
United Eastern Group, in partnership with Orion Italy and Petrona Gulf DWC, will setup United Clad Technology, a manufacturing facility in Abu Dhabi to produce clad pipes, fittings, flanges, valves and bends for the Oil & Gas Industry.
Proposals invited for a new customs clearance centre in Abu Dhabi
In collaboration with the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) is inviting proposals for the design, build, maintenance and operation of a new Al Ghuwaifat Customs Clearance Centre. The proposed project is located in the Bayah Al Sila district of Al Ghuwaifat in Abu Dhabi, specifically Plot C1. The project entails the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of the new customs clearance center, which will feature offices, as well as supporting retail and food and beverage outlets.
Tender No.: RFP-ADIO-CS-M17. The deadline for proposals is 3 July 2023, 3 pm (UAE time). The proposals submitted have to be in line with the Instructions to Bidders included in the RFP.
$1.63 billion industrial project announced in Abu Dhabi
UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology announced industrial projects, including the first Hydrogen Electrolyzer Plant, worth more than 6 billion dirhams ($1.63 billion), as part of a slew of initiatives to support the Make it in the Emirates programme. The hydrogen electrolyser plant produces green fuels. Increasing the value of purchase agreements for local manufacturers and industrial investments by more than AED10 billion and allocating more than AED20 billion via Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) for the purchase of products exclusively from national factories.