17 May, 2024

Ground broken on broiler farm in Abu Dhabi

Al Ghurair Foods, a leading food processing company in the UAE, has held the groundbreaking ceremony for its first broiler farm in Abu Dhabi's Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (Kezad). Scheduled to be operational in 2025, the 68-hectare (680,000 sq m) facility will be built under a Musataha agreement across an overall area of 720 hectares (7.2 sq km), allowing for future expansion. Equipped with advanced technologies, the facility will adhere to leading international biosecurity standards and strict food safety protocols. It will also provide employment opportunities for more than 200 people, whilst supporting local farmers through a production contracting model. The strategic location of the farm within Kezad will enable Al Ghurair Foods to serve growing demand for poultry meat in the UAE, which has grown year-on-year in recent years. By establishing a local venture, Al Ghurair Foods will be able to bring high-quality, nutritious, and fresh products to closer to consumers. As the food processing division of Al Ghurair, one of the largest diversified family business groups in the UAE, Al Ghurair Foods is committed to enhancing the availability and capability of domestic food production in the UAE. Al Ghurair Foods Poultry farm is one of the largest producers of eggs in the UAE, distributed under the flagship brand Jenan.

15 May, 2024

New beachfront villas unveiled in Dubai

Alpago Properties has announced the launch of its latest masterpiece, Kural Vista. This beachfront signature villa represents the zenith of luxury living, uniquely combining breathtaking design, exceptional functionality, and the epitome of luxury amenities. Set on a plot of over 15,000 sq ft with a built-up area of 12,554 sq ft, the villa spans multiple levels with five en-suite bedrooms, each featuring private walk-in closets and terraces that offer stunning views of the crystal-clear Arabian Gulf and the glittering Dubai skyline. Located on the prestigious Frond G of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, Kural Vista is a paradisiacal sanctuary that stands out even in this exclusive neighbourhood. An entertainer's paradise, the villa includes a basement parking for 6 to 8 cars and a myriad of entertainment options including a serene Spa, a VR gaming area, a DJ booth with a Karaoke stage, a car simulator, and much more, ensuring that every moment spent here transcends the ordinary. In addition to the indoor luxuries of this sensational property, the outdoor area of Kural Vista is a spectacle of its own.
It features infinity-edge swimming pool with a built-in sound system, private beach access, a luxurious jacuzzi, an outdoor cinema, and a BBQ area nestled amongst a serene landscape that includes a 900-year-old Bonzai tree and a 1300-year-old Chorisia tree, enhancing the mystical allure of the property. This prime location adds to the overall appeal of this exceptional property, which is the complete embodiment of class and sophistication. With its exteriors designed by the globally acclaimed SAOTA Architecture and Design and the luxurious interiors meticulously crafted by CK Architecture and Alpago Contracting, this property sets a new standard in opulent living. The villa comes furnished from top to bottom with only the highest-end appliances and fixtures from renowned brands such as Poliform, Henge, Gagganeu, Oikos, Preciosa, Fendi Casa, Gessi, Antonio Lupi, Technogym and Bang & Olufsen to name a few, ensuring every aspect of the villa is bathed in quality and elegance. Kural Vista is now open for viewing by prospective buyers. This is a rare opportunity to own a remarkable piece of architecture in one of the most coveted locations in the world.

15 May, 2024

Two ultra-luxury residential project launched in Ras Al Khaimah

The Luxe Developers has officially launched The Celeste and The Stellar, two ultra-luxury residences that form an integral part of the company’s Oceano development, located on Al Marjan Island. The properties, valued at over AED90 million ($24.4 million) each, address the demand for ultra-luxurious properties in line with the increase in ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWI) relocating to the emirate. The Celeste and The Stellar, currently the most expensive residences in Ras Al Khaimah, offer a unique living experience, which is epitomised by the available space, eclipsing anything currently available on the real estate market in the emirate. The Celeste, spanning over 22,000 sq ft across the top two floors of the development, features seven bedrooms, multiple living areas with sunken seating for hosting, and an extensive kitchen. The six-bedroom Stellar, split across two levels, spans more than 21,000 sq ft, and features similar living arrangements. 
Both properties offer a serene and luxurious living experience as well as beach and sea views across Al Marjan Island, and are conveniently located just two minutes from the multi-billion-dollar Wynn integrated resort, further enhancing the development's attractiveness for investors. The uniquely designed properties, featuring interior design by world-renowned Hirsch Bedner Associates, are equipped with an array of world-class finishes and amenities designed to cater to the most discerning tastes. Owners of the properties will be able to enjoy the luxury associated with five-star hotels, including a spa, sauna, hammam, private pool, snow room, gym, home theatre, and dedicated office space. The residences also feature a sprawling 4504-sq-ft terrace with a uniquely designed infinity pool incorporating breathtaking vistas and unrivalled tranquillity, perfect for outdoor living. Embracing the future of residential living, both properties are fitted with cutting-edge smart technology, allowing residents to effortlessly control lighting, curtains, and air conditioning, ensuring optimal comfort with the touch of a button.

15 May, 2024

Partnership signed to develop an upscale residential community in Dubai

Gulf Land Property Developers has announced a strategic partnership with Tonino Lamborghini Group, a prestigious brand synonymous with Italian quality and sophistication worldwide, to develop an upscale residential community in the heart of Dubai. The new residential community introduces a fresh perspective to lifestyle living in Dubai and aims to leverage Tonino Lamborghini's 40-year design legacy with the expertise of Gulf Land Property Developers, currently engaged in crafting unique luxury living projects - Paradise Hills and Serenity Lakes. The community will encompass approximately 750,000 sq ft of gross floor area comprising two buildings with 6 floors and 2 buildings with 12 floors. Each building will have two parking levels and offer a range of 1-bedroom to 4-bedroom apartments with materials, interior design, fittings, and kitchens from the design studios of Tonino Lamborghini, setting a new standard in quality and attention to detail.

15 May, 2024

First greenfield material recovery facility in Abu Dhabi

Tadweer Group has announced the closed bidding for the planned development of Abu Dhabi's first greenfield Material Recovery Facility (MRF). The state-of-the-art facility will recover recyclable materials derived from municipal solid waste, significantly maximising the diversion of waste from landfills through recycling and preparing feedstock for the Abu Dhabi Waste to Energy facility. This will enable increased recycling, promoting a circular economy and supporting Tadweer Group’s wider ambition of diverting 80 percent of Abu Dhabi's waste away from landfill by 2030. The MRF will be developed as part of the organisation's circular cluster, a series of facilities, which will contribute to the circular economy and ensure that minimal waste ends up in landfills. The long-term objectives for the facility include providing feedstock for other waste conversion processes and products, such as waste to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).
The facility will also serve to promote local and foreign private sector investment and create employment and training opportunities for UAE nationals. The expected capacity will be 1.3 million metric tonnes per year. Additionally, the facility will cover an area of over 90,000 square metres, making it one of the largest MRFs in the region, and will be located within the Al Mafraq Industrial area, 36km from the centre of Abu Dhabi. Further, the facility is designed to meet a number of strategic objectives for Tadweer Group, with a focus on landfill diversion. This includes its role as a stepping stone for the next phase of the organisation’s growth, as Tadweer Group transitions to a high diversion and high recycling system. The bidding for the development of the facility will take place as part of a closed tender process. The awarding of the contract and engineering, procurement, and construction works are expected to begin at the end of 2024, with operations commissioning targeted for the end of 2026.

14 May, 2024

Deal signed to develop vertiports in Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah has signed a key deal to develop a network of vertiports to connect key attractions across the emirate with electric air mobility by 2027. Ras Al Khaimah Transport Authority (RAKTA) and Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) have signed a future-forward memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Skyports Infrastructure (Skyports), in this regard. Marking the beginning of an exciting partnership that will pioneer sustainable tourism through electric air mobility, this pivotal MoU will see Skyports develop a network of vertiports to connect key attractions across Ras Al Khaimah, propelling the emirate as a destination of the future and aligning with RAKTA’s Strategic Plan 2030. Under the agreement RAKTA, RAKTDA and Skyports will collaboratively design, develop, and operate Ras Al Khaimah's first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi ecosystem, with commercial operations set to commence by 2027. 
This innovative project will seamlessly integrate Skyports' vertiport infrastructure with RAKTA's existing transport network, providing fast and convenient zero-emission transport to Ras Al Khaimah's most popular areas and attractions, including Al Marjan Island, Al Hamra and Jebel Jais, the UAE’s highest peak. Tourists and residents visiting these iconic sites will experience substantial time savings from the service. For example, travelling from Al Marjan Island to Jebel Jais takes approximately 70 minutes by car. The launch of air taxi services will cut the journey time to less than 20 minutes. The vertiport network will transform transportation in Ras Al Khaimah and support its objective of responsibly driving 3.5 million visitors annually by 2030. By providing zero-emission transportation options, the emirate is reinforcing its commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainable development. These ambitions align with Skyports’ design approach, which prioritises integration with existing public transit networks to promote more sustainable transportation. In addition, this initiative directly addresses the pressing need for innovative solutions to cut carbon emissions in ground transportation, a sector that accounts for 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in the travel and tourism industry, as highlighted by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Furthermore, it will unlock future opportunities to integrate with air taxi networks across the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

9 May, 2024

First branded waterfront residence launched in Abu Dhabi

In a groundbreaking development for the luxury real estate market in Abu Dhabi, Metropolitan Capital Real Estate - a leading full-service real estate agency and part of the Metropolitan Group - is supporting the launch of Elie Saab Waterfront by Ohana Development, the first branded residence on Al Reem Island, as the leading associate. Ohana Development announced its Elie Saab Waterfront project, a visionary residential tower that will redefine luxury living in the heart of Abu Dhabi's Al Reem Island. The 39-floor tower will be the first branded residence on the Island and only the second in Abu Dhabi. Once complete in the first quarter of 2027, it will feature 174 luxurious apartments from Dh2 million to Dh45 million and 300 parking spaces. Phase one of the project is sold out. The remarkable project, born from a prestigious collaboration with fashion icon Elie Saab, seamlessly integrates the essence of haute couture into a lifestyle of unparalleled luxury and sophistication. It brings together Ohana Development's established record of excellence in sustainable, high-quality construction with Elie Saab's timeless design aesthetic. Residents can expect homes that are not only stunningly beautiful but also embody Elie Saab's signature style, characterised by graceful lines, sophisticated textures, and a touch of enduring elegance. 
From expansive penthouses to well-appointed apartments, each residence offers breathtaking panoramic views, detailed design elements and access to world-class services. The tower will offer residents a plethora of amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a luxurious spa, a paddle court, electric vehicle charging stations and infinity pools overlooking the city skyline. The project is meticulously crafted to cater to every desire, providing a lifestyle that is both lavish and effortless. Tailored concierge services ensure that every resident's needs are met with the utmost professionalism and courtesy. Elegant lounges, a library, meeting spaces and beautifully landscaped gardens provide serene environments for relaxation and social interaction. Residents will also be spoilt for choice with the high-end retail outlets and gourmet dining options located within the tower that will offer ultimate convenience and unparalleled luxury. The interiors boast custom furnishings, top-tier materials and a nuanced colour palette, ensuring that residents are enveloped in an environment of pure beauty and sophistication from the grandeur of the lobby to the private sanctuaries of the apartments.

8 May, 2024

MoU signed to built new electric vehicle manufacturing plant in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Emirates Global Industries - Alfahim Group to enable the manufacturing and assembly of electric commercial vehicles (ECVs) in Abu Dhabi. Under the agreement, ADDED will support Alfahim Group in the establishment of an industrial facility for the manufacturing and assembly of electric buses and trucks. The facility will also develop energy storage and charging solutions for a variety of industries and applications, in alignment with the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy (ADIS).
The development and enhancement of the transportation and green solutions sector, in collaboration with key private sector players, contributes to the growing industrial hub in Abu Dhabi. The new facility will also implement tailored training and qualification programmes for UAE nationals seeking careers in the ECV manufacturing sector. The agreement also includes plans to establish manufacturing facilities that meet the anticipated growth in demand for energy storage and charging networks, paving the way for the development of local ECV manufacturing projects. ADDED will support Alfahim Group to strengthen partnerships with international manufacturers toward the creation of a robust ECV production ecosystem in Abu Dhabi.

6 May, 2024

New residential community development launched in Dubai

Private developer Amwaj Development has entered the Dubai real estate market with the launch of its first project to cash in on the rising demand for the property market. The Starlight Park is a four-building freehold community in Meydan, offering 172 apartments including 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units. The completion date for Starlight Park is set for the second quarter of 2026. All apartments have dedicated parking spots, a common outdoor garden oasis, a rooftop pool, a fitness studio, a rooftop cinema, indoor/outdoor kids play areas, yoga and boxing studios, paddle tennis, EV charging stations and a resident's lounge.

3 May, 2024

Construction contract planned to be awarded for multi-trade market in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Ports Company is expected to award the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) package for its Al Haffar Souk (Phase 1) in Abu Dhabi by the second quarter of 2024. The project site is located approximately 60 km east of Abu Dhabi City, on the south side of the Abu Dhabi – Al Ain Highway. The bid evaluation is currently on going and the EPC contract is expected to be awarded in May 2024. The project's scope of work involves the construction of a multi-trade market with amenities planned within Dhaharat Al Teeb district over an approximate area of 1,400,000 square metres. The scope is divided into two facilities: Facility 1 (Plot 1) includes carpet shops, furniture shops, food retail, offices, while Facility 2 (Plot 2) includes plant shops and food retail. The scope also includes design and construction of the access roads, internal road work, plot paving work activities, pedestrian crossings, truck and Car parking spaces, external storm water infrastructure works, external wastewater work, potable water works, external firewater/firefighting network, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of a 11/0.4kV substations and associated medium voltage network to connection to the existing primary substations. The project is slated for completion by the fourth quarter of 2025.

2 May, 2024

72km mangroves coastal project proposed in Dubai

A groundbreaking initiative that sets new standards for coastal regeneration in Dubai has been proposed for development by URB, a leading urban planning and development firm based in Dubai. Dubai Mangroves aims to integrate ecological preservation with urban development, enhancing Dubai's coastline with a vision of planting more than 100 million mangrove trees over 72 km. The proposal aligns with the city’s environmental goals and the objectives of the Dubai 2040 Master Plan, focusing on urban resilience, biodiversity, and sustainable planning. The project is currently at the research stage with six pilot design studies proposed across selected areas. Each zone will serve as a model for how diverse infrastructural elements can be harmoniously combined with mangrove restoration efforts to create multifunctional coastal landscapes that offer ecological, recreational, and aesthetic benefits. At the heart of the new initiative are mangroves, known for their unique ability to sequester carbon, protect coastal areas from erosion, and support for marine life and food security. With the capacity to absorb approximately 12.3 kg of CO2 annually per tree, the entire project can sequester 1.23 million tonnes of CO2 each year, the equivalent of removing the CO2 emitted by more than 260,000 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles from the roads each year. The project also includes various edutainment assets, such as the Mangrove Visitor Hub, designed to educate and engage the community and visitors about the importance of mangroves and the broader environmental challenges facing our planet. The Hub, alongside the Botanical Museum and the Nature Reserve Conservation Center, will serve as platforms for research, education, and advocacy, promoting environmental stewardship among residents and tourists alike.

2 May, 2024

Second residential community launched in Dubai

The Abu Dhabi master-developer Aldar has launched its second residential community in Dubai, called the 'Athlon' and what it says is designed for those seeking 'active living'.  What this means is that future residents will have access to a 'dynamic program of activities curated by wellness experts'. The project thus goes all in on 'fitness-focused living'. The location is near Global Village. The project is being pitched to end-user buyers, with 1,492 units in all. These will be split into three- to four- bedroom townhouses, three- to five-bedroom 'standard' villas, and four- to six-bedroom 'premium' villas.
Athlon – based on the Greek word for 'place of contest' – is doubling down on the green space, with four themed parks surrounding a central park. There will be seven clubhouses, with 'dedicated zones for fitness and socialising throughout the community'. In all, there will be 10 kilometres of tracks, trails, and loops, with the cycling loop connected directly to Al Qudra’s 'iconic track'.

29 April, 2024

$136m showroom and service centre launched in Dubai

Dubai South, the largest single-urban master development, has signed an agreement with AGMC to launch a new AED500 million (136.13 million) showroom and service centre at Dubai South. It will serve customers of its automotive brands BMW, MINI and other brands. The new state-of-the-art facility, which will be built to the highest standards surpassing any existing facilities, spans 33,000 square metres, and will feature BMW, MINI and other brands vehicles, as well as a fully-fledged service centre to provide customers with after-sales and maintenance services. The centre is located strategically at The Business Avenue, a flagship location in proximity to the VIP Terminal and Al Maktoum International Airport with easy access to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Jebel Ali Free Zone and Expo Road.

29 April, 2024

New luxury residential development to be launched in Dubai

Axiom Prime Real Estate Development has announced the launch of Milestone Residences, a luxury development in Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT) merging urban elegance with the charm of natural scenery. The project features 51 residences across one- and two-bedroom units, two-bedroom apartments with maids' rooms, and two retail outlets. Milestone Residences presents an unparalleled living experience, luxurious living, and a blending of urban sophistication with the tranquillity of natural surroundings. It also promises high ROI given its stunning views of the community park, strategic location with easy entry and exit, and convenient access within the community and destinations beyond.

26 April, 2024

First operational vertiport unveiled in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), in collaboration with the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Abu Dhabi Mobility (AD Mobility), has unveiled the UAE's first operational vertiport for vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOLs). The temporary vertiport facility, constructed in line with the latest industry standards and regulations set by the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), offers a glimpse into Abu Dhabi's strategy to deliver one of the world's most advanced sectors for electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOLs) by 2026. AD Mobility will regulate the advanced air mobility sector in Abu Dhabi by working in conjunction with the UAE's GCAA. The temporary vertiport facility unveiled at DRIFTx was approved based on these rigorous standards, ensuring the highest levels of safety for operations. By pioneering this regulatory framework, the UAE's GCAA sets an example for regulators worldwide, showcasing a proactive approach to facilitating the safe introduction of emerging technologies.
Once complete, the vertiport network will be a key enabler of Abu Dhabi’s SAVI cluster. Centred in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, it provides state-of-the art facilities and value-add services within an enabling regulatory environment for companies developing advanced technologies across air, land, and sea mobility applications. This is an exciting time for mobility in Abu Dhabi.

25 April, 2024

$6bn residential gated community unveiled in Abu Dhabi

ARA Real Estate Development, has unveiled the Arabian Hills Estate, a master-planned, gated community in Abu Dhabi, at an exclusive event held in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. The companyhas assumed the full development and management responsibilities for the AED22 billion ($6 billion) project. DECA Properties will be the exclusive sales and marketing partner for this ambitious 244 million-sq-ft project in Abu Dhabi. This partnership marks a significant step towards realising the vision of Arabian Hills Estate and aligns with the capital city’s 2030 vision for sustainable development and community-centric living. Arabian Hills offers open, freehold ownership, appealing to a diverse clientele seeking a modern lifestyle. The project incorporates stunning lagoons, natural pools, serene parks, and a range of recreational amenities including equestrian facilities, state-of-the-art wellness services, and multiple 5-star resorts and spas. The stunning project is designed to enhance the quality of life for primary residents as well as those on brief staycations.

25 April, 2024

New residential family-centric community launched in Dubai

Amwaj Development, marks its debut in Dubai's booming real estate market with the launch of Starlight Park, a four-building family-centric community in the heart of Meydan's District 11. The company has a planned development pipeline of over 1.5 million sq ft in new residential projects by 2024, and over 2 million sq ft in construction by 2025. The new four-building, five-floor freehold community offers 172 apartments including one-, two- and three-bedroom units, with expansive living and community spaces to create superior living experiences through cutting edge design, high-quality finishings and materials, and extensive resident amenities dedicated to each building. The Starlight Park is set for completion and handover in the second quarter of 2026.
All apartments at Starlight Park have dedicated parking spots and come with built-in television consoles in the living room, built-in cabinets and wardrobes and a custom designed wall feature in the master bedroom. The apartments are equipped with whitegoods from Italy including gas oven and stove, cooker hood, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, clothes washer and dryer. Residents of Starlight Park will enjoy dedicated amenities in each building which include a common outdoor garden oasis, a rooftop pool, fitness studio, rooftop cinema; indoor/outdoor kids play areas, yoga and boxing studios, paddle tennis, EV charging stations and a resident's lounge.

25 April, 2024

New residential development will be launched in Dubai

Emirati developer Binghatti has announced plans to launch a new mega development in Dubai, comprising a total of 1,666 residential units and 21 retail spaces adjacent to Dubai Hills. The landmark project, Binghatti Hills, is set to become the most expansive development within the community. The unveiling, on April 29, 2024 will be followed by a four-day sales event in Four Seasons Jumeirah, Dubai. The project will draw inspiration from the natural contours of terrains. Binghatti Hills seeks to capture the serene ambiance of a rolling hillside and translate it into an architectural masterpiece that embodies the spirit of tranquility amidst the bustle of city living. 
Binghatti Hills will feature private pools and lush sky gardens interwoven into the fabric of the architectural structure. It will boast a wealth of bespoke experiences within its meticulously designed amenity deck. Residents and guests alike can indulge in exclusive retreats at the private beach and find serenity amidst tranquil zen gardens. It will also offer a wide selection of playing fields for sports enthusiasts in addition to the pavilion, wellness center and kids play area for leisure seekers. The project promises great ease of access, with a strategic location in close proximity to the entrance and exit points of the community. The development will stand opposite the prestigious Dubai Hills Mall and will be in close vicinity to lavish hotels adding to its prominence with the city's vibrant landscape.

23 April, 2024

Partnership signed to establish an exclusive beach club in Ras Al Khaimah

Al Hamra has announced a partnership with Dubai-based Rikas Hospitality Group to bring a prestigious beach club for the first time to Ras Al Khaimah. The beach club will be located between Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah and the upcoming Sofitel Al Hamra Beach Resort. Set to open in Q4 2024, the exclusive beach club will provide a luxurious hospitality experience along with a wide range of waterfront leisure and entertainment options for both residents and visitors. This addition to Al Hamra's integrated tourism destination promises to become the premier hotspot in the Emirate.
Visitors and guests can look forward to gourmet dining experiences, including relaxed brunches, luxurious lunches, and extravagant dinners, all accompanied by live performances and curated events, making it a destination for unforgettable experiences. The launching of the exclusive beach club comes as another step forward in Al Hamra's legacy of introducing world-class experiences in Ras Al Khaimah. Aligned with the company's five-year growth strategy, addition of diverse experiences perfectly caters to the Emirate's mission to strengthen its appeal as an attractive tourism destination. The club will serve as a central waterfront escape, promising easy access to the nearby facilities and a carefully curated line-up of F&B offerings, as well as dedicated amenities to support with marina activities.

19 April, 2024

Agreement signed for 980kWp rooftop solar plant in Dubai

Emerge has signed an agreement to install a 980kWp rooftop solar plant for Dubai Maritime City that will offset 780 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. The project is part of a wider energy transition led by DP World, the parent company of Dubai Maritime City, to facilitate the widespread adoption of renewable energy and battery energy storage systems (BESS) within DP World's global supply chain.
Situated on the roof of the staff accommodation building and consisting of more than 1,700 solar modules, the plant will be delivered by Emerge as a turnkey solution, including finance, design, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance of the solar modules for 25 years. The project contributes to the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 initiative, which aims to see renewable energy make up 44% of the country's clean energy mix by 2050. Rooftop solar PV could provide approximately 6% of the UAE’s total power generation by 2030.

17 April, 2024

Premium office spaces launched in Dubai

Central Park Towers, a major office and event destination in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), proudly announces the launch of Fitted Offices - Level 2, a significant addition to its portfolio of premium office spaces. Fitted Offices - Level 2 comprises 15 well-designed units, ranging from 1,000 to 2,755 sq ft, catering to a diverse range of business requirements. At the core of this new offering is a spacious 1,863-sq-ft tenant lounge, mirroring the modern design and collaborative features of the Level 2 tenant lounge. It offers a host of features and amenities that enhance the tenant's experience. The thoughtfully designed floor-to-ceiling windows provide ample natural light, while direct elevator access to the offices ensures convenience for tenants. Access to the tenant lounge creates a collaborative environment, and the offices offer breathtaking views, providing an inspiring backdrop for success. The building offers a vibrant lifestyle destination, with a wide array of dining options, lifestyle amenities, and cafes.

17 April, 2024

Luxury hotel and residence development launched in Ras Al Khaimah

Almal Real Estate Development has announced the launch of its flagship hospitality project on Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah. The upcoming luxury hotel and residence development boasts more than 422 hotel rooms and fully managed residential units that open out to uninterrupted views of the picturesque Arabian Gulf. The hotel and residence facilities will encompass a sophisticated vibrant beach club, exquisite bars and restaurants, captivating infinity pools, all situated adjacent to the Wynn resort.
Almal Real Estate Development has appointed Palladium Hotel Group to manage its flagship development on Al Marjan Island, consisting of two properties: The Unexpected Al Marjan Island Hotel and The Unexpected Al Marjan Residencies, under the renowned brand Ushuaia Unexpected Hotels & Residences.

10 April, 2024

Design unveiled for new ultra-luxury residential development in Dubai

British architectural firm Foster + Partners has unveiled the design of the Vela Viento - being set up by Dubai developer Omniyat as part of its Marasi Bay project. The tower offers its residents ultra-luxury waterfront living with direct access to the waterfront promenade and marina. Standing at 180m, and spanning 41 floors, Vela Viento offers unparalleled views of Marasi Bay, Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai. Its 92 residences range in size from 2,000 sq ft to 9,730 sq ft (internal area), and include three unique bridge apartments, which span across the towers. The tower is topped by two double-height penthouses, each with their own expansive terraces and private pools. The development is set back from the marina, on the other side of Marasi Drive. A podium elevates the tower to enhance views and features a landscaped terrace, with an indoor-outdoor pool, and areas for relaxation. The lower tower is separated into two parts and connected by glazed sky bridges, to create a framed view of the Burj Khalifa as people approach. An elevated drop-off zone is augmented with spectacular water features and artworks, providing a distinctive arrival sequence. 100m up the tower, a generous amenity level overlooks the marina and offers panoramic views of the city. It features a double-height gym, a lounge with sunset views, and a terrace with a large infinity pool. The sky amenity is a focal point of the tower and provides a unique experience for residents and their guests.

8 April, 2024

Deal signed to establish boat maintainance and repair project in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) is collaborating with Dustour Marine Wooden Boats Trading Est to establish a new state-of-the-art project to support the emirate's coastal development in line with urban, social, recreational and economic expansion plans. The Musataha agreement was signed during the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development's (Added) second edition of its Al Multaqa meetings, targeted specifically at empowering Abu Dhabi's family offices to achieve further commercial success and drive accelerated economic growth. Located in Rabadan, the new Al Jaddaf project will provide a comprehensive sea paddle infrastructure tailored for boats. The 79,595 sqm project will encompass buildings dedicated to boat maintenance and repair, a centre for boat buying and selling, a shop catering to fishermen supplies, ample parking lots, boat stores, a cafe, various shops and restaurants, and a motel. It will also include a berth for 36 boats. The new Al Jaddaf project underscores the significance of serving coastal regions and will play a key role in in supporting Abu Dhabi's maritime activities and in promoting tourism in the Emirate. The project also supports Abu Dhabi's Tourism Strategy 2030, which outlines plans to boost visitor numbers to 39.3 million and increase the sector's GDP contribution to AED 90 billion by 2030. The project will also boast a boat slipway and a convenient fuel station, making Al Jaddaf a one-stop shop for both residents and tourists. This will not only attract visitors interested in experiencing the rich maritime heritage of Abu Dhabi, but also establish Rabdan as a central hub for potential investors in the yachting and boating industry. By concentrating these resources in one location, Al Jaddaf is poised to become a vibrant destination for maritime enthusiasts and a key driver of economic growth in the region.

5 April, 2024

$1bn esports island will be built in Abu Dhabi

Gaming lounge operator True Gamers has unveiled plans to build Abu Dhabi's first esports island within Al Raha Beach area at an estimated cost of $1 billion. A first-of-its-kind project globally, it will boast a luxury hotel, hi-tech venues for gaming tournaments and other key amenities. The proposed spot is at the heart of one of the city's quickly growing neighbourhoods, facing Yas Island on one side and Raha Beach's housing developments on the other. One possible location for the esports Island project is between Al Bandar and Al Dana developments in Al Raha Beach. It could cost an estimated $1 billion with True Gamers committing between $280 million and $300 million.
A hotel is also being planned for the island, called GG Resort, with 200 rooms, each equipped with gaming PCs. A parachute jump check-in inspired by popular battle royale game PUBG is also planned. If built, the island’s sections would include one area called The Digital Tower, a hub with spaces for meetings, start-up accelerators and animation studios. TG Arena would feature spaces for esports tournaments as well as a computer club with around 100 PCs, a simulation racing section and a space for console gaming. There would also be a bootcamp section that is akin to American collegiate fraternities, with accommodation built with input from esports team managers from around the world.

4 April, 2024

$3.2bn battery cell gigafactory project unveiled in Ras Al Khaimah

Statevolt has announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art, technology-agnostic battery cell Gigafactory in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, at an investment of $3.2 billion, through its local subsidiary, thus marking a significant milestone in advancing technological innovation in the energy storage sector (ESS). Unveiling the mega plan for UAE, working alongside various industry and community partners, it will implement the modular design approach, allowing for a faster route to market as well as a solution to diversify production based on technology readiness.
The gigafactory is designed to set a new standard in battery technology with its superior safety and extended lifecycle, delivering battery solutions that are adaptable to a wide range of climates and conditions. The factory will start by producing semi-solid state battery cells, with the aim to move to solid state battery cells once the project reaches full capacity. The Gigafactory embodies Carlstrom's vision of leveraging technological innovation for global energy transformation and local economic enhancement. This ambitious project, with a site spanning 60 hectares in Al Hamra Industrial Zone at Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (Rakez), is anticipated to generate up to 2,500 direct  job opportunities, fostering significant economic development in Ras Al Khaimah and the surrounding region. Moreover, it aligns with the UAE's strategic vision to become a leading hub for green technology and energy transition, reinforcing the country’s position as a leader in sustainable industrial development. The gigafactory, positioned to meet the surging global demand for ESS, crucial for stabilizing the grid, enhancing renewable energy integration, and improving energy efficiency, is strategically focused on key export markets such as Africa, India, the UAE, and the broader Middle East region. 
With an expected annual production capacity of up to 40GWh upon full operation, Statevolt is well-positioned to address the growing need for sustainable energy management. These markets are increasingly pivotal, given their ambitious renewable energy targets and the essential role of energy storage in achieving these goals. Statevolt has reached a commercial land agreement in Rakez, marking the first milestone in the development of this new project. Following the land agreement, Statevolt will be applying for building permits, and expects to have the first production line fully operative by the end of 2026.

3 April, 2024

$1bln beachfront gated community launched in Abu Dhabi

UAE-based Jubail Island Investment Company (JIIC) has launched Bada Al Jubail, a 4 billion UAE dirham ($1.09 billion) beachfront gated community in Abu Dhabi. The development spans over 446,000 square metres of land with eight kilometres of beach frontage. Land plots range between 2,000 and 6,000 square metres, with nine typologies of mansions. The new community has a 30-yacht marina, watersports activities, a yacht club, a members' lounge, a cigar bar, cycle tracks and jogging paths, a wellness centre and spa, a fitness studio, and a kids club. Residents will have access to Jubail Island's amenities, including private schools, a beach club, retail destinations, restaurants and 1.4 million square meters of parks and open spaces. Bada Al Jubail is due for completion by the end of 2027.

2 April, 2024

Ground broken on flagship residential tower project in Dubai

Mered, a prominent international real estate developer, has joined forces with Dutch Foundation Dubai (DFD), a leading full-service engineering foundation company, to break ground on its flagship UAE project - Iconic Tower, featuring 311 luxury apartments at Dubai Internet City. The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by major partners of Mered along with influential stakeholders, and industry leaders, thus signifying the official commencement of construction. Designed to soar to a majestic height of 286.4m, the Iconic Tower will be an architectural marvel. With 311 opulent apartments offering unrivalled luxury living experiences, the tower will also feature an array of world-class amenities, including a private lounge and dining room, gym, private cinema, infinity pool, jacuzzi, sauna, ice spa and more. Moreover, the tower will provide 423 dedicated parking spaces, including exclusive air-conditioned spots, ensuring convenience and comfort for residents. The Iconic Tower stands as a testament to its unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation. With construction slated for completion by September 2024, the tower promises to redefine luxury living in Dubai and leave an indelible legacy on the city's skyline.

2 April, 2024

Contract awarded for bus stations and depots in Dubai

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a number of contracts under a three-year plan to improve 22 bus stations and depots (16 bus stations and 6 bus depots). The project scope covers carrying out infrastructural works on buildings, providing comprehensive passenger facilities, passenger waiting terminals, driver service offices, bus overnight parking spaces, engine maintenance workshops, and dedicated bus inspections and maintenance bays. The overall objective is to introduce a new, holistic service experience that significantly improves the quality of public transport services. The project covers enhancing 16 stations designated for public bus passengers including nine stations at Deira and seven in Bur Dubai, namely: Mall of the Emirates, Sabkha, Jebel Ali, Al Quoz, Ibn Battuta, Hatta, Gold Souk, Al Qusais, Deira City Centre, Al Ghubaiba, Union, Al Satwa, Al Rashdiya, Abu Hail, Etisalat, and Al Karama. The bus passenger terminals will be renovated along with building facades, system infrastructure works will be implemented, and prayer rooms will be added at select stations. The project covers also developing six bus depots at Al Khawaneej, Al Qusais, Al Ruwyyah, Al Aweer, Jebel Ali, and Al Quoz. These will see the revamping of inspection lanes, providing engine wash lanes, drainage system improvements, floor maintenance, and the installation of new system infrastructure and rehabilitating public facilities. In addition to providing drivers residential quarters at Jebel Ali and Al Quoz Depots, the scope of exterior works across all stations covers installing traffic signals & sidewalks, revamping external lights, infrastructure work for security systems, redesigning the bus parking yards at five stations, and adding initial test zone at Al Khawaneej, Al Ruwyyah, and Al Aweer depots.

28 March, 2024

Agreement signed to launch tallest residential tower in Dubai

Six Senses, part of the IHG Hotels & Resorts luxury and lifestyle portfolio, and Select Group, a renowned real estate developer headquartered in Dubai, have signed an agreement to launch Six Senses Residences Dubai Marina. Six Senses Residences Dubai Marina features wellness-centric and community-enhancing infrastructure elements and amenities that are being seamlessly integrated into the design of the 122-storey building, which will be the world's tallest residential tower once complete. Situated in a prime location in Dubai Marina, the 251 residences range from two-, three- and four-bedroom residences, four-bedroom half-floor penthouses, four-bedroom duplex sky mansions, and five-bedroom triplex sky mansions. Residents can also choose from bespoke features and personal touches, including a wellness wardrobe stocked with home fitness and biohacking equipment and mood-boosting sensory art. Layered onto the infrastructure is a comprehensive suite of amenities, occupying a total area of 61,250 sqft, spread across four levels, and uniquely themed to promote well-being. Plans are afoot for a dedicated longevity centre combining high-tech science and diagnostics with high-touch services. Part of the plans are a large gym, cryotherapy and hyperbaric oxygen chambers, a crystal sound healing room, and a spa area with a range of hydrotherapy amenities and a juice bar. The sparkling 25-m lap pool on the Skydeck on the 109th floor also testifies to the pioneering design. There's a community, brought to life in this case through various lounge and gathering areas, a games room, and a cinema, with programming to include a range of talks, workshops, and events. The development is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2026.

28 March, 2024

Plans underway to set up a $100m steel recycling plant in Abu Dhabi

UAE-based Green Metal Industries will set up a AED367 million ($100 million) special steel recycling and production facility in Kezad, Abu Dhabi. The plant, the construction of which has already started, is expected to start commercial production in Q1, 2025, and is expected to generate employment opportunities, stimulate economic growth and foster innovation in the region. Spanning over 116,000 sq m in Kezad Industrial Area (Kezad al Ma'mourah), the facility will primarily source raw materials locally and process them in Abu Dhabi. It will also serve as a catalyst for sustainable development and innovation in the construction industry across the GCC and the wider region. For recycling scrap metal, the plant will be leveraging advanced recycling technologies, playing a crucial role in reducing carbon emissions and will leave a positive impact on both the local community and the global effort towards sustainability. The plant will utilise cutting-edge recycling technologies like meltshop, refining facilities (AOD/VOD/VD), multi-product continuous casting, and a rolling mill, for converting metal scrap into high-quality products for diverse industrial applications, including construction and infrastructure developments.

26 March, 2024

New modern residential development launched in Dubai

Esnaad Real Estate Development has launched its ground-breaking project, 'The Spark by Esnaad', marking a significant milestone in the company's journey. Strategically located in Mohamed Bin Rashid City, District 11, along Dubai Al Ain Road, 'The Spark by Esnaad' is a modern residential development featuring a ground floor, five additional floors, and a rooftop, offering meticulously designed 50 apartments. The project includes 20 units of one-bedroom apartments and 30 units of two-bedroom apartments, showcasing Esnaad's commitment to meeting the diverse needs and preferences of its clientele. 'The Spark by Esnaad' stands as a testament to our dedication to innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction. We believe in enriching lives by creating exceptional living spaces that surpass mere functionality. This project underscores our commitment to providing premium and trustworthy residential opportunities in Dubai. The project is distinguished by its design-led approach, contemporary design, emphasis on quality, and value for money.

25 March, 2024

Construction work underway for road network infrastructure project in Dubai

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced the completion of 75 percent of the Intersection of Garn Al Sabkha-Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Roads Improvement Project. It involves the construction of four bridges that span 2,874 meters in total designed to handle a traffic capacity of 17,600 vehicles per hour. The project is undertaken to enhance the road network infrastructure in Dubai to cope with the ongoing urban and population growth of Dubai. The contractor has completed the construction of the foundations and columns of the bridges and is currently working on casting the bridge walls, installing iron supports, expanding the roads, lighting works, rainwater drainage networks and the necessary traffic diversions to complete the bridge construction works. One of the main bridges is expected to be completed by the second quarter of this year. The project is part of a plan to upgrade Garn Al Sabkha Street, a crucial project linking Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. It aims to ensure seamless traffic flow between Sheikh Zayed Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, First Al Khail Road, and Al Asayel Street. Once opened, the project will cut down the distance and the journey time by 40% for traffic heading from Garn Al Sabkha Street to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road towards Al Qusais and Deira. It will slash the peak hour journey time from 20 minutes to just 12 minutes. It will also diminish the journey time by 70% from 21 minutes to 7 minutes for traffic going from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road rightward to Al Yalayis Street in the direction of Jebel Ali Port.
The project encompasses the construction of four bridges. The first one spans 943 metres at the intersection of Garn Al Sabkha Street and Al Asayel Street. This two-lane bridge in each direction accommodates 8000 vehicles per hour in both directions and facilitates the traffic flow between Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. The second bridge, extending 601 metres, consists of two lanes, and serves traffic moving from Garn Al Sabkha Street East in the direction of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, and North in the direction of Al Qusais and Deira. This bridge has a capacity of 3,200 vehicles per hour. The fourth bridge, which spans 666 metres and consists of two lanes, helps ensure a smooth traffic flow by eliminating the overlapping of traffic from Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road to the service road leading to the entrances of Dubai Production City. This bridge has a capacity of 3,200 vehicles per hour. The project includes road works over 7 km, the enhancement of surface intersections on the service road parallel to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, as well as street lighting, traffic signs, traffic systems, rainwater drainage system and irrigation network.

25 March, 2024

New boutique residential development to be launched in Dubai

DAMAC Properties will launch boutique residences as part of the Autograph Collection within the DAMAC Hills master community in Dubai. The collection comprises four- to seven-bedroom units, offering 50 luxury villas in the master community. The prices for new residences start from 5.1 million UAE dirhams ($1.39 million).

22 March, 2024

Construction work underway for bauxite residue plant in Abu Dhabi

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has stated that its bauxite residue pilot plant in Al Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, is expected to be completed in 2024. The plant, with a production capacity of up to 6 tonnes/day, will convert bauxite residue, which is a by-product of alumina refining, into manufactured soil, which EGA calls 'Turba' (the Arabic word for soil). The pilot facility will enable trials to test on a large scale the enhanced plant growth witnessed during laboratory-scale trials while using less water and fertiliser. These trials have also indicated that Tuba may have up to 10 times better CO2 absorption properties than the UAE's natural soil.

21 March, 2024

Plans underway to develop luxurious hospitality destination in Dubai

Dubai Holding, a leading investment company with operations in 13 countries, has announced that it has partnered with leading global lifestyle and leisure hospitality company Ennismore to introduce its Delano brand in the UAE. Opening later in 2024 at the waterfront destination Bluewaters, Delano Dubai will be a luxurious destination marked by attention to detail, craftsmanship and personalised experiences. It will feature 251 guestrooms, including 84 suites, some with private pools, exceptional culinary and mixology experiences, an ocean-front swimming pool, and ultimate discretion on a secluded corner of this island retreat.

20 March, 2024

New residential project to be built in UAE

Al Habtoor Group will build a 3,720 sq-m residential building for charity in Ajman at a cost of AED9 million ($2.45 million).  A joint endowment agreement was signed on this occasion. The endowment residential building seeks to provide residential units for rent and investment.

20 March, 2024

Contract to be awarded soon for subsea water transmission project in Dubai

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) is expected to award the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its Subsea Water Transmission Pipeline Network by the third quarter of 2024. The initial EPC tender issued on 11 January 2023 with bid submission date of 23 February 2023 was cancelled. The new tender was issued on 25 December 2023 and the bid submission was scheduled on 29 February 2024. The contract is expected to be awarded by early May 2024. The commercial bidders list includes Concord Stars Contracting ($20.4 million), Green Oasis General Contracting Co. 16.1 million), Tasneem General Contracting ($11 million), and Shaanxi Construction Engineering Installation Group Corporation. ($16 million). The project's scope of work involves the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Subsea water transmission pipeline network and associated works. The project is slated for completion by the second quarter of 2026. The estimate of the project cost is $40 million.

19 March, 2024

Flagship residential project unveiled in Dubai

Leading international real estate developer Mered, along with Pininfarina, a renowned name in the architectural design sector, showcased their flagship Dubai project - the Iconic Tower - at the Mipim 2024 real estate expo held in Cannes, France. A symbol of ultra-luxury living in the heart of Dubai, Iconic Tower features 311 premium ergonomic apartments as well as other key amenities including a lavish private lounge and dining room in addition to gymnasium and exclusive private cinema. The 66-floor building also boasts a infinity pool with breathtaking sea views, expansive outdoor terrace, indulgent jacuzzi, rejuvenating ice spa and innovative air-conditioned private parking spaces.

19 March, 2024

Two new beaches to be developed in Abu Dhabi

Miral, the leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences in Abu Dhabi, announced the development of two beaches at Yas Bay Waterfront, Abu Dhabi's vibrant day-to-night destination on Yas Island. Complementing the existing lifestyle and leisure offerings at the destination, the beaches will span a length of 280 meters each and a combined total of 560 meters. Located on the west side of the pier, the West Beach has been designed as a family destination and will feature beachside play areas for children, world-class dining outlets, food trucks, pedestrian walkways, as well as rest and recreation facilities. East Beach, located on the east side of the pier and just across the award-winning Etihad Arena, will feature outdoor fitness spaces and sports zones for beach football and volleyball. Open seating areas, coupled with a sunset lounge, will allow visitors to experience a variety of sports, entertainment, and music events. The upcoming experiences are an extension of our vision to enrich the diverse and unique experiences available to visitors on Yas Island, positioning it as a top global destination for leisure and entertainment while further contributing to Abu Dhabi's wider tourism growth. The beaches will serve as an exciting addition to iconic leisure and lifestyle experiences at Yas Bay Waterfront, home to over 20 al fresco restaurants and cafes, world-class nightlife concepts, a floating beach club, an award-winning concert arena, luxury hotels, and an expansive promenade. Both developments will be located minutes-away from Yas Island's award-winning attractions and experiences, including SeaWorld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; Ferrari World Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi; CLYMB Abu Dhabi; Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi; and Yas Marina.

12 March, 2024

Agreement signed to built luxury residential project in Dubai

Hilton and Nabni Developments have entered an agreement to build Waldorf Astoria Residences in Dubai Downtown. Located in the iconic district of Downtown Dubai, Waldorf Astoria Residences Dubai Downtown will heighten the prestigious hospitality brand’s global presence as the first-ever standalone Waldorf Astoria residential address outside of the US. Set to be situated on a 1.5-acre (65,000 sq ft) plot in Downtown Dubai, the residences will pair world-class design by Carlos Ott Architects and interiors by award-winning hospitality design firm Hirsch Bedner Associates with a Waldorf Astoria-managed luxury hospitality experience. The project is set for completion in 2028.

8 March, 2024

Agreement signed to develop multi-solar plants in Abu Dhabi

The UAE Ministry of Defence and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC (Masdar) have signed a partnership agreement to develop multi-solar plants across Abu Dhabi. Emerge, a joint venture between the UAE's Masdar and France's EDF Group, will provide a full turnkey solution for the projects, including finance, design, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance for 25 years. As energy services company, Emerge offers clients full turn-key solutions through solar power agreements and energy performance contracting at no up-front cost to the client.

7 March, 2024

Works to commence soon for stadiums in Dubai

Dubai Sports Council has announced it will soon start work on the new Shabab Al Ahli – Dubai Club stadium at Al Ruwayyah 3 and the new Al Wasl Club stadium at Al Jaddaf, in the emirate following the approval of its architectural designs. These stadiums are being designed in such a way that they can accommodate over 20,000 spectators each. The Shabab Al-Ahli Stadium has an avant-garde design featuring a lofty circular roof supported by columns simulating the moon, and outer space symbolising unity and balance. The stadium also features eco-friendly systems and a design that aligns seamlessly with smart city requirements.
With an innovative 'city within a city' design concept, the Al Wasl Club Stadium exemplifies Dubai’s unique urban identity through its integration of open spaces. Dubai Sports Council pointed out that the design of the stadium was also aligned with sustainability principles and the requirements of smart cities, thus reflecting a forward-thinking approach to stadium architecture. The project demonstrates the dynamic evolution of Dubai's sporting sector and the emirate's dedication to enhancing sporting achievements and widening the fan base. It also underscores Dubai's ambition to solidify its position as a leading global sports hub, in line with its future aspirations. Furthermore, the project aims to bolster Dubai's clubs by enhancing their facilities and stadiums, thereby supporting their development strategies and nurturing local talent. The project is also designed to meet the future needs of the two premier clubs, which are among the largest and most esteemed in both the country and the region. This project is set to make a significant contribution to both the sporting community and society at large and play a crucial role in future sports development plans. Dedicated team will be setting up comprising officials of Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Sports Council, Shabab Al Ahli – Dubai Club, and Al Wasl Club to oversee the stadium project. Their first task is to assign the construction work to a specialised firm committed to ensuring the highest quality standards and completing the project within the agreed timeframe.

7 March, 2024

New residential villa community unveiled in Dubai

Taraf has joined hands with German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld to unveil its exclusive residential community of villas that marks a groundbreaking collaboration, seamlessly blending each partner's unique vision. Through a meticulous interplay of premium materials, water features, and artistic architectural designs, this exceptional community creates an environment that truly captivates the senses. This community development showcases a unique blend of luxury with creativity to redefine sophisticated living. The remarkable residence was meticulously selected by Karl himself in the centre of his favourite neighbourhood on the scenic left bank.
Blending fashion and design, a runway is a part of the architectural tapestry seamlessly connecting the villas, to the clubhouse and the luxurious surroundings, whilst highlighting the alluring Burj Khalifa views. Comprising 51 residences each of which feature 5 to 7 bedrooms, property sizes range from 721 sqm to 1790 sqm.  Residents have the opportunity to personalise their properties by choosing between two distinct design options for the facade: Soft Modern and Urban Modern. Each facade is married with the grand entrance, reminiscent of the Maison’s 18th-century charms, guiding residents towards a spiralling staircase, while sunlight reflections from the swimming pool illuminate striking feature windows.

7 March, 2024

Agreement signed to built homes in Saudi Arabia

Saudi-based Talaat Moustafa Group has reached an agreement with the National Housing Company (NHC) to jointly develop more than 27,000 residential units, including villas and apartments, for Saudi families as part of its Banan City project coming up in the Al Fursan suburb of Riyadh. Spread across a project area of 10 million sq m in northeastern Riyadh, the Banan City aims to integrate high-quality, sustainable services such as healthcare, education, commerce, sports facilities, and other public amenities. Of the total project area, 40% will be dedicated to expansive green spaces. A multi-purpose project from NHC, the Banan City is being developed as an intelligent residential community with comprehensive services, ideal for Saudi families. On completion, the Banan Project will boast over 50,000 housing units across an expansive 35 million sq m area that will accommodate more than 250,000 residents.

1 March, 2024

Plans underway to establish new factory in UAE

Petrozo Energy, a leading Singapore-based oil and gas company, has announced plans to establish a new manufacturing facility on a 430,000 sq ft area in the Hamriyah Free Zone, Sharjah. Under the agreement, a new Petrozo Energy plant will be set up in Sharjah's Hamriyah Free Zone with an estimated investment of AED120 million ($35.3 million). The state-of-the-art facility is projected to have a substantial monthly output capacity of 6,000 metric tonnes, equating to an annual production of approximately 72,000 metric tonnes. This expansion is expected to secure the company a 15% share of the total market production.

1 March, 2024

Ground broken for green industrial data centres in Dubai

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has broken ground on the region's first 100% renewable energy powered industrial data centres at its Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah sites. The new data centres will enable EGA to further deploy artificial intelligence and automation solutions at the heart of the company's industrial operations, while reducing EGA's total IT energy consumption by 50% through real-time Artificial Intelligence-optimised power, cooling management and latest generation computer infrastructure. EGA is developing the new data centres with local technology provider, Scientechnic. The construction is a key part of EGA's digital roadmap, which is transforming EGA's operations through Industry 4.0 adoption and broader digital transformation.
The data centres will improve the resilience of EGA's computing and will be certified to the Uptime Institute's Tier III standard, a global benchmark for data centres. The development of the data centres and the use of the hybrid cloud together increase EGA's data processing capacity by 2,300 times while significantly reducing unit processing costs, future proofing EGA's computing for the company's digital transformation.

29 February, 2024

Two new developments worth $26billion launched in UAE

Emaar Properties, a global property developer of pioneering architectural landmarks, announced the launch of two new major projects in Dubai -- The Heights Country Club and Grand Club Resort next to The Oasis, with a total development value of AED96 billion ($26.14 billion). The Heights Country Club, sprawling across 81 million sq ft and valued at AED55 billion, is poised to set a new standard in premium high-end living.  Designed to offer an exclusive retreat, it merges state-of-the-art amenities with serene landscapes, creating a haven of comfort and elegance. Spanning over 60 million sq ft and boasting a development value of AED41 billion, the Grand Club Resort features the best of wellness and opulence. The resort is meticulously designed to house world-class wellness facilities, offering an unparalleled experience in luxury hospitality. Both developments will feature environmentally conscious designs that are consistent with the company's goals of sustainable development and future-ready living spaces. These exclusive lifestyle destinations will be a harmonious blend of exclusivity, sustainability, and innovative design, setting new standards for high-end real estate in the UAE.

29 February, 2024

$41mln retail park launched in Dubai

Dubai-based Samana Developers has launched a 150 million UAE dirhams ($40.84 million) Samana Retail Park in Arjan master development. The retail community is near the Greek-inspired Samana Mykonos Signature residential project. The project is scheduled for handover in the first quarter of 2027.

29 February, 2024

Agreements signed to establish community retail centres in Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu DhabiKezad Group has announced two land lease agreements with Sam Force Trading, to create vibrant retail community centres. Under the agreements, Sam Force will construct and operate community retail centres on two prime locations in Kezad which will cater to the diverse needs of residents and businesses within the Kezad community. The centres in Khalifa Industrial Area (Kezad Al Ma’mourah) and ICAD (Kezad Musaffah) will encompass a diverse commercial and retail offering, including restaurants and cafes, supermarkets, and business centres, enriching the community's lifestyle and core amenity availability. The development of these retail centres is a testament to Kezad's role as a catalyst for economic growth and its dedication to meeting the evolving needs of its diverse community.

28 February, 2024

Plans underway to develop logistics facilities in Dubai

Dubai South, an aviation, logistics and real estate master development, and the Abu Dhabi-listed Aldar Properties have entered a joint venture to develop Grade A assets in Dubai, including build-to-lease and build-to-suit facilities. The first project will be a Grade A build-to-lease logistics facility located in the Dubai South Logistics District, totalling 24,000 sqm of gross floor area (GFA). Aldar will be responsible for the design, development, and delivery of the assets. This first facility is expected to be completed and tenant ready by Q4 2024 and paves the way for further development for third-party logistics (3PL), ecommerce, and retail tenants. The projects being developed with Dubai South form part of Aldar's recently announced 1 billion UAE dirhams ($272 million) investment in logistics real estate.

27 February, 2024

New luxury hotel featuring various amenities launched in UAE

Mercure, part of Accor, a world-leading hospitality group, has expanded its portfolio in the Middle East region with the opening of the Mercure Dubai Deira. Here  guests can experience the rich local heritage, tapestry of culture, and flavours of Dubai. Set in the heart of Deira, the hotel is conveniently located 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport. The property is located by the Gold Souk Metro station and Dubai Bus station allowing easy travel, while also being surrounded by the Deira Waterfront Market, Dubai Creek, the bustling Gold and Spice Souk and heritage museums. The hotel offers a variety of room types including classic, superior, privilege and family suites. As part of the hotel's local charm, guests are greeted with welcome postcards and children can take part in a heritage-inspired treasure hunt on arrival. The culinary journey at Mercure Dubai Deira features Farmstead that boasts a unique garden-to-table concept, with indoor and outdoor seating offering low-carbon footprint meals sourced just steps away from the kitchen. With an array of amenities available, the hotel offers rooftop infinity swimming pool, boasting views of the Deira heritage area and the modern Dubai skyline including the iconic Burj Khalifa, while families can find a dedicated kids' swimming pool. Conveniently situated near the Atmos Rooftop Lounge, guests can indulge in cocktails showcasing spices and botanicals that can be found in the Dubai spice souk, as well as bites, while basking in the sun. For fitness enthusiasts, the hotel offers a 24-hour fitness centre well-equipped for all essential exercise needs.

26 February, 2024

$190.6mln contract awarded for road improvement project in Dubai

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract worth AED700 million for Al Khail Road Improvement Project. This project features the construction of bridges spanning 3,300 metres, along with road improvement works covering 6,820 metres across seven locations along Al Khail Road, including Zabeel, Meydan, Al Quoz 1, Ghadeer Al Tair, and Jumeirah Village Circle. The project contributes to expanding the capacity of current intersections and bridges by approximately 19,600 vehicles per hour to streamline the traffic flow along Al Khail Road, eliminate traffic overlapping at flyovers crossing Al Khail Road, ensure a smooth traffic flow, and cut down travel times by 30 percent. The project aims to enhance seven locations along Al Khail Road, starting with Zabeel, particularly between Oud Metha Street and Financial Centre Street intersections. This includes constructing a three-lane bridge spanning 700 metres to accommodate about 4,800 vehicles per hour, linking traffic from Zabeel Palace Street and Oud Metha Road directly onto Al Khail Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi. Additionally, the project involves improvements of surface roads extending 850 metres to link the traffic inbound from Al Khail Road heading to Financial Centre Street in the direction of Sheikh Zayed Road. The second site is Meydan along Al Khail Road between Al Meydan Road and Ras Al Khor Road intersections. It covers the construction of a two-lane bridge extending 610 metres to accommodate 3,200 vehicles per hour, linking traffic from Al Meydan Road onto Al Khail Road in the direction of Deira. Works at this site also include improvements of surface roads extending 1,550 metres to connect the traffic coming from Al Khail Road heading to Ras Al Khor Road.
At the third site in Al Quoz 1 on Al Khail Road between the intersections of Al Meydan Road and Al Waha Street, the project entails the construction of a two-lane bridge stretching 650 metres, accommodating 3,200 vehicles per hour to link the traffic from Al Meydan Road onto Al Khail Road in the direction of Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, the project includes improvements to surface roads extending 2,170 metres to link the traffic from Al Khail Road to Al Waha Street and Latifa bint Hamdan Street. The fourth site is located in Ghadeer Al Tair along Al Khail Road between the intersections of Al Meydan Road and Latifa bint Hamdan Street. It includes the construction of a two-lane bridge extending 640 metres with a capacity to accommodate 3,200 vehicles per hour to link the traffic from Latifa Bint Hamdan Street onto Al Khail Road in the direction of Deira. Additionally, the project includes improvements on surface roads extending 1,350 metres to link the traffic coming from Al Khail Road heading to Al Meydan Road. The fifth site of the project is situated at the Jumeirah Village Circle along Al Khail Road between Hessa Street and Al Khamila Street. The construction works include a two-lane bridge spanning 700 metres capable of accommodating 3,200 vehicles per hour to link the traffic coming from Al Khail Road to Hessa Street. Additionally, the project involves upgrades to 900 metres of surface roads, enhancing traffic connectivity from the Jumeirah Village Circle to Al Khail Road in the direction of Deira. At the sixth site, the project entails surface widening works on Al Khail Road in Al Jaddaf, through the addition of a new lane to enhance traffic flow in the direction of Deira to increase the road's capacity by approximately 2,000 vehicles per hour. At the seventh site, the project involves constructing a surface widening of Al Khail Road at the entrance to Business Bay by adding an extra lane to ensure smoother flow to Business Bay area from Al Khail Road and step up the traffic safety of that sector of the road in the direction of Abu Dhabi.

26 February, 2024

Plans announced for creek restoration in Dubai

A new project will repair and rebuild the iconic Dubai Creek walls, which weathered various challenges for over 50 years. It will prevent potential flooding during harsh weather conditions and minimise disruptions to commercial traffic. The project by Dubai Municipality, which costs Dh112 million, is set to be implemented in two phases. The initial phase will restore a 2.1km stretch along the Deira side of Dubai Creek. The site will be divided into multiple sections, and each segment will be sequentially patterned to ensure uninterrupted docking traffic. The second phase will cover a 2.3km length on the Bur Dubai side. The project will also install 200 anchors along the creek to ensure safe navigation services and facilities. The project is set to improve security and safety measures for maritime traffic and commercial operations within Dubai Creek. The project's 14-month timeline includes the restoration of the 2.1 km Deira pier, which will involve replacing and repairing damaged sections of the concrete wall, reaching a depth of 8 meters and increasing its height to 3 meters. These improvements will ensure the safe docking of ships in the area. Dubai Creek is one of the most vital historic maritime channels in the Emirate, marking the initiation of Dubai's trade interactions with the world over a century ago.

23 February, 2024

Announcement of expansion of residential development project in Dubai

Emaar Properties has announced a significant expansion of The Oasis, its flagship residential development in Dubailand. The mega project will see a 108 percent increase in its land space, which will increase the development value to 73 billion UAE dirhams ($19.88 billion) from AED34 billion. The Oasis is growing not only in size but also in vision, enabling us to bring significant new projects to the market and further elevating our sales levels. With 25 percent of its land dedicated to recreational areas, The Oasis focuses on a resort-style living experience. The expanded green spaces, lakes, jogging tracks, and luxury amenities aim to encourage a community-focused, active, and healthy lifestyle.

23 February, 2024

Contract award is expected for an aquaculture project in Abu Dhabi

Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) is expected to award the design, build and operate (DBO) contract for its sea-cage aquaculture project in Al Sila by the second quarter of 2024. The tender for the DBO contract was issued in January 2024 and the bid submission is scheduled on 26 February 2024. The contract is expected to be awarded by early April 2024.
The scope of work for the proposed project involves construction and operation of a finfish sea-cage aquaculture project in Al Sila as part of the Emirate's initiative to develop a sustainable aquaculture industry. The scope includes two main parts: project design and build services, and project management and operation services. The selected bidder is required to develop detailed designs for 24 sea cages capable of producing around 700 tonnes of fish annually, as well as land-based supporting facilities, including infrastructure and buildings. Additionally, the bidder must execute the construction phase of the project and fully operate and manage it, including tasks such as sourcing and purchasing fish juveniles and feeds, marketing harvested fish, providing training to government staff, and studying environmental effects on the project.
Deliverables include detailed designs, sea cages, land-based facilities, progress reports, and a final report with recommendations. The duration for Design and Build is expected to be completed within 18 months followed by Operations and Management for period of 24 months.

23 February, 2024

$116mln residential building project tendering process initiates in Dubai

Dubai-based property developer AMIS will kick off the tendering process in February, 2024 for 425 million UAE dirhams ($115.71 million) The Woodland Residences in Meydan, followed by the commencement of enabling works in April or May, 2024. This well-planned timeline ensures an efficient project execution, the project is anticipated to be delivered by mid-2026.

22 February, 2024

New waterfront garden villas launched in UAE

Dubai real estate master developer Nakheel has announced the launch of exclusive Bay Villas, on Dubai Islands B, a part of the city's premier living, entertainment, leisure, and tourism waterfront destination, Dubai Islands. This new development comprises waterfront villas, semi detached residences and townhouses as well as garden villas, set within a lush, landscaped gated community, offering luxurious coastal living in close proximity to key locations across Dubai. Residents can enjoy beach access with a central park and landscaped corridors ensuring abundant scenery in every location. Swimming pools are served by community pool houses, with sports facilities, children's playgrounds, and a linear park leading to the waterfront for residents directly from their homes. Bay Villas offer a unique living experience that reflects the region's rich traditions. Each residence is carefully crafted to pay homage to Emirati culture, where contemporary design is infused with traditional elements, creating spaces where light enhances the natural, warm colours reminiscent of the desert landscape.

20 February, 2024

New automotive aluminium component plant to be launched in UAE

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (Kezad Group), one of the largest operators of integrated and purpose-built economic zones, has signed a lease agreement with Automotive Precision Technology (APT), a subsidiary of UAE-based Al Ghurair Group, for an automotive aluminium component manufacturing facility. APT will be setting up its advanced manufacturing facility on a 30,000-sq-m area within Kezad that is strategically located adjacent to Emirates Global Aluminium. It will be operational by early next year.

19 February, 2024

Memorandum signed for a key sustainable project in UAE

Besix, a pioneer in sustainable waste solutions and a key player in the region's energy transition, has announced that it has signed a MoU with Dubai Municipality, Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) and Japanese group Marubeni for a key project that will eliminate landfilling as part of its plans to achieve 'UAE Net Zero' by 2050. Besix combines its construction expertise with the integration of waste management technologies, facilitating the synthesis of diverse contributions towards SAF conversion. Dubai Municipality anchors the initiative, providing indispensable resources including municipal solid waste (MSW), energy for SAF conversion, and land for facility development, demonstrating their commitment to sustainability and a shared vision for a better world.

15 February, 2024

Foundation stone laid for market and trading platform in Dubai

The foundation stone for Bharat Mart, a market and trading platform for Indian businesses was laid in Dubai, during a ceremony held at the World Governments Summit 2024. Plans for the marketplace were unveiled by DP World. Expected to open in 2026, Bharat Mart will offer a world-class trading platform for Indian manufacturers and exporters to access global markets. Envisaged over a 2.7 million sq ft area, Bharat Mart is poised to become a mega distribution hub for Indian businesses to trade domestically in the UAE and re-export to regional and global markets. The Phase One of the project encompasses 1.3 million sq ft area. Bharat Mart is projected to house 1,500 showrooms catering to retail and wholesale customers, and over 700,000 sq ft of Grade A warehousing space, providing tenants with combined free zone and onshore benefits. The facility will also offer light industrial units, office spaces and meeting facilities. Bharat Mart will be conveniently located 11 km from Jebel Ali Port, the largest seaport in the Middle East, and 15 km from Al Maktoum International Airport, providing seamless multimodal logistics solutions for Indian exporters. Through the Jebel Ali ecosystem, traders will have direct connectivity to more than 150 maritime destinations and air links to over 300 cities. With it's world-class infrastructure, logistics capabilities and business-friendly ecosystem in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), Bharat Mart will be the ideal gateway for Indian goods to efficiently reach the UAE and other high-growth markets in the Middle East, Europe and Africa. The market will be situated in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) and will be part of a wider trade ecosystem that DP World is developing through the Dubai Traders Market, a hybrid retail and wholesale marketplace that will host traders from around the world.

15 February, 2024

AED5 billion lithium processing plant will be built in Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD Group) and UAE-based Titan Lithium have announced the signing of a 50-year land lease agreement for the establishment of a state-of-the-art lithium processing plant in Khalifa Industrial Area (KEZAD Al Ma’mourah). To be developed in three stages with AED 5 billion in investment by Titan Lithium, the plant will produce battery-grade lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide for battery makers and electric vehicle OEMs around the world. Spanning over 290,000 square metres, the plant represents a critical turning point in the UAE's development as a key force in the worldwide lithium processing market.
It also reinforces AD Ports Group strategy to be involved across the entire supply chain in the automotive industry with end-to-end logistics solutions, from the factory to the end customer. Once established, the plant will be importing approximately 150,000 tonnes of Lithium annually from its mines in Zimbabwe for processing through the adjacent Khalifa Port. This is a clear illustration of AD Ports Group symbiotic ecosystem built in Abu Dhabi, whereby the whole ecosystem benefits through revenue synergies from a significant development for one of the five vertically integrated clusters. The project is poised to create a number of job opportunities, stimulate the local economy, and place Abu Dhabi at the forefront of the lithium processing industry. As the world transitions to renewable energy sources, the role of lithium as a key component in this shift becomes increasingly vital. The proposed plant will use state-of-the-art technologies and the best sustainable practices in its operations, ensuring the highest level of environmental responsibility while driving forward the global electric vehicle revolution. Availability of processed Lithium is crucial for the manufacturing of battery packs used in electric vehicles, a rapidly growing sector in the global push for sustainable energy solutions.

12 February, 2024

New branded residences to be launched in Dubai

Rove, a leading lifestyle hotel and residence brand, has partnered with leading homegrown real estate platform IRTH to develop two new properties in Dubai, including the upcoming Rove Home Marasi Drive at Business Bay. A joint venture between leading Dubai developers Emaar Properties and Meraas Holding, Rove is boosting its presence in the UAE residential market and now aims to launch 3,000 branded residences in the next five years. It is being designed to be a peaceful and green oasis with various amenities for residents to enjoy. Spread across three distinct zones at different heights, it will feature a mix of fully furnished studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments along with other key amenities including a floating podium level, indoor and outdoor swimming pools as well as co-working spaces and a range of recreational and fitness facilities. Every building has its own ecosystem and community, offering a range of amenities for residents to be entertained from dusk to dawn, including co-working spaces, arcades, Rove Cafés, convenience stores, and sports facilities.

8 February, 2024

Plans underway to construct biodegradable polymer facility in Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD Group), the largest operator of integrated and purpose-built economic zones, has welcomed Gulf Biopolymers Industries Ltd. (GBI) to the KEZAD ecosystem. The GBI facility will be the first unique producer of biomass-based, recyclable and biodegradable polymer in the Middle East. GBI's commitment to sustainability and innovative technology in manufacturing Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) and its additional upstream products resonate with KEZAD's vision of promoting eco-friendly and technologically advanced business environments. GBI's state-of-the-art facility across 135,000 sqm in KEZAD, with a capacity of 30,000 million tonnes per annum is dedicated to producing PLA, a fully biodegradable material derived from renewable resources. GBI's venture is a leap towards meeting the global demand for sustainable products and driving further research and development in biodegradable polymers.

8 February, 2024

49 contracts worth AED 22 billion awarded in UAE

Aldar Properties has announced the awarding of 49 contracts, totalling AED 22 billion, for a series of projects, including infrastructure, residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments across Abu Dhabi. The contracts were awarded to 36 UAE based companies with almost 50% of the value – AED 10.5 billion – being recirculated to the local economy, in line with the National In-Country Value (ICV) programme, which was launched by the UAE government as part of the Projects of the 50. The ICV programme is crucial to economic and social development, job creation, and the growth of the national GDP. The awarded contracts will result in the delivery of villas, townhouses, apartments, Grade A offices, retail spaces, schools, and major highways within some of Abu Dhabi's key growth locations, including Yas Island, Saadiyat Island, and Al Shamkha. 53% of the contracts were awarded for Aldar owned projects, while the remaining 47% are projects being delivered on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government.

6 February, 2024

Agreement signed to establish industrial complex in Abu Dhabi

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and HYCAP Group, the net zero asset management company, have signed an agreement to develop the production, storage, and transport of green hydrogen, spearheading the transition to net zero in line with the UAE's Net Zero 2050 Strategy and National Hydrogen Strategy. The Memorandum of Understanding between HYCAP Middle East and ADDED will also see the two organisations join forces to assess establishing an industrial complex in Abu Dhabi with the involvement of local partners. The complex will specialise in industries related to hydrogen and the advancement of renewable energy sources, aiming to attract and establish more industrial companies and bolster the value chains within this sector. The complex will contribute to the development of Abu Dhabi's sustainable industrial sector and the goals of the Abu Dhabi Industrial Strategy (ADIS), which seeks to develop value chains for targeted sectors. It will also consolidate Abu Dhabi's position as the region’s most competitive industrial hub.

5 February, 2024

Partnership signed to built new bridge in Dubai

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has entered into a strategic partnership with Shamal Holding, to develop entry/exit points for Dubai Harbour project to ease the movement of visitors and residents. Under the agreement, RTA will undertake the construction of a two-lane bridge in each direction spanning 1,500 m. The bridge will extend from Sheikh Zayed Road to Dubai Harbour, an exceptional seafront district that hosts the region's marina. Dubai Harbour stands out for its prime location, nestled between Bluewaters Island and Palm Jumeirah, in proximity to iconic landmarks like Burj Al Arab and Expo Dubai
The seafront district is an exceptional lifestyle destination, boasting iconic vistas and a convenient location. It combines a wide range of living, retail, and hospitality choices. It is also home to Skydive Dubai, featuring a 770-m-long runway that extends 550m into the Arabian Gulf. The new bridge will extend from the fifth intersection on Sheikh Zayed Road (near the American University in Dubai) to Dubai Harbour Street. Once ready, the new bridge will be accommodating 6,000 vehicles per hour. It passes by the intersection of Al Naseem Street with Al Falak Street and crosses over the intersection of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street up to Dubai Harbour. The project also includes surface improvements at four intersections along the bridge: the fifth intersection on Sheikh Zayed Road, the intersection of Al Falak Street with Al Naseem Street, the intersection of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street with Al Naseem Street, and Dubai Harbour Street. When completed, the project will improve the flow of traffic and reduce the travel time from 12 minutes to 3 minutes.

1 February, 2024

Construction commenced for new warehousing capacity in Abu Dhabi

Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi - KEZAD Group, the largest operator of integrated and purpose-built economic zones, announced that it has commenced the development of warehousing capacity of more than 250,000 square metres, with an investment of AED 621 million to bring additional capacity of pre-built industrial and logistics facilities online by the end of 2025. KEZAD Group has commenced construction of the new phases in light of strong demand for warehousing and other prebuilt facilities across the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in both free zone and domestic industrial areas. The development includes construction over more than 97,500 sq metres of leasable area in Khalifa Industrial Area (KEZAD Al Ma'mourah A & B) and more than 153,000 sq metres of leasable area in ICAD 3 (KEZAD Musaffah).

1 February, 2024

New premium residences development plan launched in Dubai

Taraf, the real estate division of UAE-based investment group Yas Holding, has announced the launch of a set of premium residences - The Cello, in the heart of Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) ushering in a new era of refined living. The residences will boast a wide range of residences - from open studios to spacious one- to three-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom penthouses, thus epitomising contemporary living. Featuring distinctive architecture and serene interiors, these homes offer a seamless integration of work, living and leisure. Taraf's fourth project, it will offer an abundance of retail stores, restaurants, bars and cafés, with nearby Al Khail Road and Hessa Street providing onward access to the rest of the city for business or leisure. Its signature attention to detail and comfort ensures each property strikes a perfect balance between functionality and ambiance, with sizes ranging from 430 to 5,000+ sq ft. It boast several key amenities including a large swimming pool, kids’ pool, external cinema, outdoor gym, zen reading spot, and a barbecue area in addition to fitness facilities as well as a multipurpose room. This urban oasis in JVC embodies contemporary living, emphasizing harmony and rhythm in daily life.

31 January, 2024

$144.3mln new school expansion project is approved in Dubai

The expansion of the 'Dubai Schools' project has been approved with a budget of AED530 million ($144.32 million). The project aims to build a world-class education system in the emirate, with a focus on increasing the number of schools and seats available, investing in new technologies and facilities, and promoting innovation and creativity in the classroom. As part of the project, a new school is being established in Al Khawaneej. This will contribute to adding over 6,400 seats, 295 classrooms and 123 laboratories and specialised classrooms. It will also raise the total number of seats offered by 'Dubai Schools' to 15,000 by 2033. The new initiative to expand the ‘Dubai Schools’ project will contribute to ensuring that the emirate's school offerings meet and even exceed global benchmarks of educational excellence.

31 January, 2024

AED 600 million residential development launched in Dubai

DHG Properties, a distinguished Swiss property developer with a rich legacy spanning 30 years, is set to officially launch off-plan sales for its inaugural residential development in Dubai, rising in Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC) in February, 2023. DHG's upcoming project is a 430-unit spectacle that will grace the skies of JVC, contributing to the city's upward real estate trajectory and predicting that Dubai's real estate market will grow by approximately 15% in 2024. DHG Properties has brought its signature touch of Swiss quality and unparalleled experience to deliver refreshing projects across Europe's real estate landscape for over three decades. Through ownership and management of a portfolio worth CHF 700 million, it has evolved into the leading holding company in Switzerland's real estate and construction sector. With a global portfolio of more than 1,000 apartments and the creation of upwards of 2,500,000 square meters of living space to date, DHG Properties is now set to bolster the UAE's real estate sector with a premium and elevated offering while simultaneously adding to its pipeline of 1,000-plus developments and a gross development value is over 600 million CHF.

30 January, 2024

Joint Venture formed to develop district cooling systems in Dubai

Dubai-based district cooling giant Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will jointly develop the third-generation district cooling systems. The research project, which ASHRAE will oversee, seeks to investigate and analyse the emerging trends and advancements to identify the forthcoming generation of DC technology, specifically concentrating on transitioning from traditional, first and second-generation DC systems to innovative third-generation models.
The study will investigate the environmental merits of next-generation DC systems, with a particular emphasis on their heightened efficiency, AI-driven energy management, and consequent reductions in energy consumption. Additionally, it will assess how these systems can significantly contribute to international efforts to protect the planet and enhance sustainability by offering clean, sustainable, and environmentally friendly cooling solutions.

30 January, 2024

1800MW solar photovoltaic plant to be established in Dubai

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) announced that, the Renewable EPC arm of Larsen & Toubro's Power Transmission & Distribution business has been chosen as the turnkey Engineering, Procurement and Construction contractor to establish a 1800 MWac Solar Photovoltaic Plant in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The project is the sixth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This plant will reduce around 2.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually. Spread over 20 sq km, the project will become operational in three phases. In addition to the Photovoltaic plant, the scope includes related evacuation and interconnection arrangements including two Gas Insulated Substations, high voltage underground cabling and medium voltage distribution networks. Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC - Masdar, the UAE's clean energy powerhouse, has signed the Power Purchase Agreement with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to develop the project. DEWA will retain a 60% stake in the project and be the sole off-taker of the power generated from the plant.

29 January, 2024

$2.17 million free zone base to be built in Sharjah

Tokai Optical Co, a leading Japanese manufacturer of prescription lens, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone) to set up base in the zone as part of its AED8 million ($2.17 million) first phase expansion. Tokai Optical will lease a warehouse covering approximately 4,300 sqft within the free zone under the terms of the MoU.

29 January, 2024

New residential community launched in Dubai

LEOS Developments, a key developer with a major presence in the UK and Middle East, has announced the launch of its new residential community, Cavendish Square, located within Jumeirah Village Triangle (JVT). Situated between Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Al Khail Road, Cavendish Square features striking geometric architecture that seamlessly merges simplicity and functionality with sustainability. This development represents the perfect synergy between contemporary European design and Middle Eastern elegance, creating a chic lifestyle destination for discerning residents. The development will be home to 114 studios which vary in size from 427 to 536 sq ft and 24 one-bedroom apartments span 811 to 1,209 sq ft. The target completion date is set for Q4 of 2025. Located in the popular residential district of JVT, Cavendish Square offers excellent connectivity to all parts of the city. Within close proximity to various lifestyle and sports attractions, hotels, schools, colleges, clinics and hospitals, JVT has long been a sought-after residential address for Dubai expats. The development redefines a superior standing of living in Jumeirah Village Triangle with an attractive and accessible starting price of AED580,000. The development presents a suite of amenities that redefine a modern lifestyle community which people will aspire to live in. Upon entry, residents and guests are embraced by an inviting reception lobby, providing a glimpse into the sophistication that awaits. The ground floor also features a co-working space, an AI supermarket, Como Lounge Cafe, 24-hour security and guest valet parking.

25 January, 2024

$116 million residential development launched in Dubai

Real estate developer AMIS has announced its entry into the Dubai property scene with the launch of its first project, The Woodland Residences, a AED425 million ($116 million) development featuring integration of Automobili Lamborghini branded surfaces into UAE properties. The Woodland Residences signifies a turning point in luxury real estate, heralding a milestone collaboration between AMIS and Laminam. This partnership brings Automobili Lamborghini branded surfaces to grace every villa within the project. The opulent surfaces, expertly embedded into the wall cladding across common areas, not only elevate the visual appeal but also add real value to the properties, presenting a distinctive and enriched experience for discerning homeowners. Boasting a sellable area of 220,000 sqft, the development elevates the concept of branded residences from mere aesthetics and marketing to seamless product integration within unit interiors. Located 12 minutes away from Downtown Dubai, The Woodland Residences sits within the vibrant District 11 of Meydan. Offering a 100-meter swimmable lagoon reserved exclusively for residents, this serene oasis represents an ideal setting for relaxation and recreation within the bustling heart of Dubai. Committed to unparalleled luxury, each villa at The Woodland Residences offers a private pool and an elevator, enhancing convenience and delivering an unmatched living experience for its residents. All villas ensures an Instagrammable view of the iconic Burj Khalifa and the Dubai skyline. Designed with terraces on both sides, the residences, regardless of the unit selected, offer breathtaking vistas, showcasing Dubai's famous landmarks against unparalleled sunset backdrops.

24 January, 2024

New residential community unveiled in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi developer Aldar Properties has announced the launch of Sama Yas, the first collection of exquisite homes that embrace a holistic approach to well-being and offer luxury park living on Yas Island. The Sama Yas comprises three low-rise buildings, which will include one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, two- and three-bedroom duplexes, two- and three-bedroom garden apartments as well as penthouses. Set against the serene backdrop of Yas Park, this boutique residential community provides residents with a rare opportunity to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle within nature, with easy access to Yas Island's world class leisure and entertainment experiences. Featuring 234 elegant homes with parkland surrounds, the key development has been thoughtfully designed to enrich and elevate the social and community living experience of its residents. Set for sales launch on February 2, 2024, the project's architectural grandeur was conceptualised by Woods Bagot, while Mustard & Linen's harmonious blend of artistic and practical design principles create a range of rich and visually captivating interior spaces. Residents will also enjoy an array of leisure, wellness, and social amenities, including a gym, community gardens, cycling and jogging tracks, outdoor working pods, a library and co-working space, a kids' play area, a multipurpose room, and a theatre room. Culinary mastermind Chef Izu will indulge residents with an exclusive dining experience, which includes a restaurant and deli within the community and a fine dining menu that can be enjoyed at home. The community is located on the doorstep of Yas Park, a first of its kind family park in Abu Dhabi, and Sama Yas residents will have direct access to its exciting fitness and leisure amenities, including a grove, picnic area, sports zone, covered sports courts, skate park, bounce park, dog park, mangrove, kids play areas, and a festival lawn.

24 January, 2024

Deal signed to deploy EV charging infrastructure in Sharjah

The Sharjah Roads and Transport Authority (SRTA) is working with Beeah Group, the region's leading sustainability pioneer, for the deployment and operation of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across Sharjah, including the city and coastal regions. Building on Sharjah's position as a beacon for sustainability in the region, the EV charging network will empower members of the public looking to make the switch to electric vehicles. Hundreds of chargers will be deployed across the emirate in strategic locations along highways and in multiple districts, covering key commercial and urban areas to make charging fast, convenient, and accessible to the public. The new network of chargers will include fast chargers, adding to the existing EV charging infrastructure in the emirate and provide EV drivers greater peace of mind with shorter distances between charging points. This project is in line with the authority's strategies to reduce carbon emissions, starting from the deployment of electric buses and taxis, and extending to improvements in public services.

23 January, 2024

$56.9 million contract awarded for island reclamation project in Abu Dhabi

National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) has received a Letter of Award from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). The value of the contract is USD 56.9 million. The Project is related to DAS Island Reclamation Project for TAMKEEN.

22 January, 2024

$128 million residential development launched in Dubai

Anax Developments, a subsidiary of Anax Holding, has made its foray into Dubai's luxury real estate sector with the launch of Vento Tower. The development, designed to herald a new era in luxury living, has a total investment value of AED470 million ($127.96 million) and is the company's first real estate venture. The project, slated for completion in Q4, 2025, comprises 225 luxury residences - fully furnished and equipped studios and one bedroom apartments. Sprawling over 19 residential floors, residents are welcomed via a five-star hotel style lobby, with 24-hour security and a fully-fledged concierge service. Vento Tower stands as a pinnacle of contemporary living, boasting avant-garde spaces and top-notch amenities. The oversized apartments include private balconies designed according to individual unit plans that have panoramic views of Business Bay, Burj Khalifa and the Downtown Dubai area. Moreover, the apartments come fitted with a Smart Home System featuring Bosch and Siemens, allowing residents to control a host of amenities such as lighting and cooling. Each apartment also includes branded kitchen fixtures, including smart refrigeration, a dishwasher and contemporary cooking appliances. The apartments range in size from 472.86 sq ft for a studio to 1,208 sq ft for a one-bedroom apartment. Residents can take advantage of several innovative features, including a co-working space, an open-air cinema, a state-of-the-art gym and steam room, a sauna and a swimming pool. It is extremely well connected just minutes away from malls, the metro, Downtown Dubai and the beach.

19 January, 2024

MoU signed to develop transportation system in Dubai

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed two MoUs with regard to the development of a new and innovative transportation systems as part of the Dubai International Project Management Forum (DIPMF). The first MoU is to study the pontential for development of the Floc Duo Rail system, a double-track system that allows transportation units to move quickly and efficiently.  The second MoU is related to developing a rail bus system, which travels on a bridge equipped with solar panels to generate the electricity needed to operate the system. The MoUs were signed with Urban-Mass Company, a UK-based provider of zero emission mass transit mobility solutions and Rail Bus, a start-up company based in Delaware, US, that creates the first 100% solar powered mass transportation system. The signing of the deals is part of RTA's strategic plans to engage in communication with premier companies and specialised entities in this field to identify and adopt the most sophisticated and advanced practices.
RTA is exploring a range of innovations in the field of transportation systems including the world's first innovative transportation system called the 'Floc Duo Rail'. This system features double tracks that allow transportation units to move swiftly and efficiently within urban areas. It is a driverless system and uses electrical power. This system uses short units during low peak periods and long units during high peak periods to meet the emirate's needs effectively.
The second novel transportation system from Urban Mass features vehicles operating on a bridge outfitted with solar panels. These panels harness solar energy to power the system, ensuring its operation in Dubai. This system is distinguished by its contemporary design and offers the advantage of lower costs in comparison to similar transportation systems.
The Floc Duo Rail system will help the emirate in greatly reducing emissions and offering efficient transportation modalities powered by cutting-edge technologies. The Rail Bus deal’s collaboration with the RTA marks a significant milestone for the company towards pioneering sustainable transportation solutions in Dubai.

17 January, 2024

New villa residential complex launched in Dubai

Majid Al Futtaim Development, a part of UAE-based developer and retail pioneer Majid Al Futtaim, has announced its final project at Tilal Al Ghaf with the launch of Amara, the latest distinctive residential complex to emerge from the creator's expanding luxury real estate portfolio. Amara comprises 116 private twin villas with interiors curated by The Bergman Design House. Built around a community park, the key development is brought to life with well-designed water and play areas. The complex also houses several residential amenities, including a gym and multipurpose hall, that have become staple features across Majid Al Futtaim's world-class lifestyle destinations. The entire community is seamlessly woven together with mature lush landscaping and offers residents easy connections to adjacent neighbourhoods. Amara brings innovative design and contemporary community conceptualisation to the forefront with an interplay between pairs of adjoining volumes; a third of each twin villa is recessed to create space for the entrance, dramatically offsetting it from its successor. These volumes follow the snaking contours of the masterplan, further breaking the alignments of the twin villas to create a dynamic street facade. The massing of the villas consists of platonic, interlocking volumes, reinforced with the simple elegance of textured and patterned finishes.
Subtractions from the mass of each villa provide semi-outdoor areas that introduce greenery into the living quarters, encouraging an indoor-outdoor living experience, while single and double-height spaces lead residents from the entrance to the garden, where they can enjoy optimally framed views of the surrounding landscapes. With dynamic architecture and facades, the beating heart of Amara will be felt through its intentional interior design; earthy colour palettes and natural materials work in synergy to present a community of understated luxury and unassuming elegance, complete with the workings of an inner sanctuary. Spanning across three floors, each twin villa blends modern design and luxurious comfort to create a residential experience that feels like a retreat. The interior vision realised by The Bergman Design House adopts a light, organic, Zen-inspired approach to deliver an expertly crafted space marked by privacy. The Bergman Design House has also committed to using eco-conscious materials, like lime-wash paint, to bring residents a finished product that is both soulful and natural.

16 January, 2024

Construction underway for residential projects in Abu Dhabi

Nearly 11,000 houses are under construction in Abu Dhabi emirate and more than a quarter of them are in Yas Island. New residential registration and licences show that 11,000 houses, apartments and villas have entered the stage of construction as part of 36 new housing projects while more than 400,000 square kilometres of land has been licensed for new buildings in the emirate. Yas Island has the lion's share of the new units, with around 3,380 houses under construction. The largest housing project under construction in Yas is 'Gardenia Bay' which comprises around 2,434 units. Nearly 2,700 houses within 13 projects are also under construction in Saadiyat Island while a 984-house project dubbed 'Reem Hills' is under way on Al-Reem Island.

15 January, 2024

$137 million contract awarded for artificial island construction in Abu Dhabi

National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) has received a letter of award from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) for the construction of Al Nouf Artificial Island. The value of the contract is $137million. This project involves construction of four drilling centres and a processing plant to be built on artificial islands, as well as various offshore structures and more than 300 km of subsea pipelines.

15 January, 2024

$82 million residential project launched in Dubai

Dubai-listed real estate developer Deyaar official launched the Rosalia Residences on January 15, 2023, the company's third residential project in the Al Furjan community. The development comprises 9 residential floors containing 117 residential units and a retail boulevard on the ground floor. The project is scheduled for completion on or before September 2025 with the project contractor starting work on site in December 2023. With the launch of Rosalia Residences, Deyaar's project portfolio in Al Furjan stands at 300 million UAE dirhams ($82 million).

15 January, 2024

Plans announced to establish medical city in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has announced plans to establish a specialised medical city dedicated to women and children's health in the emirate. The Sheikh Khalifa Medical City will house a centre of excellence (CoE) for paediatric care, the Corniche Hospital dedicated to women and newborns' health, a rehabilitation facility and a mental health centre for women and children. Plans for the medical city, which were presented by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi and PureHealth, in a significant addition to Abu Dhabi's healthcare ecosystem, thus enhancing the emirate's advanced healthcare infrastructure and further strengthening its position as a top healthcare destination. The CoE will have a capacity of 250 beds, including 10 beds for mental health services, and 100 beds for long-term paediatric healthcare.
Plans has been approved to transfer the Corniche Hospital facilities to the vicinity of SKMC to further enhance the integrated services system of the new medical city, which is part of the PureHealth Group. Scheduled to open in 2027, the new hospital will offer 205 beds, with 90 dedicated to children and 15 maternity wards. Its team of more than 120 doctors and 460 nursing and midwifery specialists will provide specialised care in obstetrics and gynaecology, fertility and assisted reproductive services, and women's mental and general health.

15 January, 2024

$817 million megatall tower unvelied in Dubai

Danube Properties has unveiled Bayz101, a 101-level megatall tower - its tallest development project to date - that will reinforce Dubai's position as the City of Skyscrapers, which currently hosts three towers with more than 100 levels, including Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, Marina 101, and Princess Tower. Bayz101 will be Danube Properties' 28th real estate project and the announcement of such a large and iconic project comes when the company completes a decade in business. It will be located in Business Bay, close to Burj Khalifa. The project, once completed in 2028, will deliver 1,346 homes. Bayz101 boasts a built-up area of 2.1 million square feet, offering a diverse range of living spaces, from studios to four-bedroom apartments and retail options. Starting at Dh1.2 million for studio units, the project's total development value is above Dh3 billion.

15 January, 2024

Announcement of a housing project in Dubai

Dubai has announced plans to allocate 3,500 plots of land and 2,300 ready-to-move houses valued at AED5.5 billion ($1.5 billion) to citizens across the emirate. Launched recently by His Highness, the Dubai Social Agenda 33 is inspired by the overarching theme of 'Family: The Foundation of Our Nation'. One of the key objectives of the AED208 billion Dubai Social Agenda programme is to double the number of Emirati families in the emirate within a decade. Plans has been set out to further enhance housing standards, health care and overall quality of life for citizens. His Highness also issued directives to name the new area designated for the housing project for citizens as 'Latifa City'.
Citizens, their families and social stability were fundamental to all government plans and the ultimate goals of all initiatives envisaged by it. Dubai's continued success story is the outcome of prioritising public welfare and leveraging all available resources to ensure optimal conditions for work and creativity. Good housing, welfare measures and a sense of reassurance and faith in tomorrow all go towards furthering social cohesion in the emirate.
The housing plots earmarked for citizens cover an area spanning 40 million sq feet, with eligible citizens from Dubai to be handed over ownership in February, 2024. These include 2,700 plots in Latifa City and 800 plots in Al Yalayis 5 area. The 2,300 new houses for citizens are located across areas in Al Khawaneej 2, Al Aweer, Wadi Al Amardi, and Hatta.

12 January, 2024

Aqua-themed apartment complex development plan unveiled in Dubai

UAE luxury project developer Damac Properties has announced the launch of its first apartment complex within its upcoming master community, Damac Lagoons, in Dubai. The Damac Lagoon Views will offer one- and two-bedroom apartments across the ground and six floors of living space with a host of amenities complementing the community’s Mediterranean theme. Residents will have an opportunity to revel in a range of relaxation and recreational experiences. There will be beauty hills where people can lounge in the sun on mini mounts of green spaces, and a honey bar that offers wellness products. Adding to this offering are comfortably placed hammocks over the lagoons, an outdoor spa and an aqua boho lounge. An olive tree garden will provide an ideal wedding venue, set amidst the backdrop of a cosy event space, while at the centre of the community will be a Flamenco Gardens concert stage. Unique to the project will be an aqua opera school pavilion and a volcanic stone park. As well as a beach club and glow lounge, a board games pavilion and a dedicated kids area wrap up the entertainment offerings at Lagoon Views. The gastronomy hub will offer a range of F&B experiences including a tapas lounge, a pool bar and a sunset beach bar. Keeping in line with the water theme of Damac Lagoons, the new project also promises to awe with its Lagoon Rain Party Zone and a unique aquatic party venue. For fitness enthusiasts, it will also offer an aqua gym with a running track.

11 January, 2024

Four-tower development project unveiled in UAE

Leading UAE developer RAK Properties has announced the launch of its premium project - Quattro Del Mar -  nestled in a prime location of Hayat Island, Mina Al Arab, the exclusive coastal residential project set to redefine the standards of island living in Ras Al Khaimah. This project comprises four towers and promises an integrated lifestyle hub with entertainment and world-class facilities, set in a serene and captivating environment. Interconnected by skywalks, these towers offer majestic views, while an integrated podium ensures easy access to signature amenities. These include Zen garden, a Spa Club, a state-of-the-art gymnasium for fitness enthusiasts, a nature-surrounded yoga studio, indoor and outdoor cinema, sky pools, gourmet experiences ranging from casual bites to fine dining, retail shops, a miniature golf course, promenades, a safe and creative space for kids to play, courts for recreational play, fitness trails and pet parks. Designed using Al and dynamic software, the project delivers exclusive views of the lagoon, and resorts. The bridges, a pivotal design feature, not only enhance the architectural flow but also house residences, elevating the cascades' allure with breathtaking panoramic vistas. The residential project embodies a minimalist and timeless aesthetic design, featuring unique floor-to-ceiling windows that reflect the serene waters of the Arabian Gulf, offering residents an intimate connection with the tranquil coastal surroundings.

10 January, 2024

Worlds tallest branded residential clocktower unvelied in Dubai

UAE's premium real estate developer London Gate and Franck Muller, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, hosted an event to unveil the iconic Franck Muller Aeternitas - the world's tallest branded residential clocktower. Rising to a height of 450 meters and standing tall at 106 floors, the project has a sales value of Dh2 billion. With pricing starting at Dh1.6 million, London Gate introduces a flexible payment plan with a reasonable 40/60 structure. Aside from this, London Gate will roll out projects worth over Dh8 billion in Dubai in 2024. The Franck Muller Aeternitas is not just a residence by London Gate but a commitment to craftsmanship, architecture, and an exclusive lifestyle. In a strategic partnership with Franck Muller, thie iconic tower will offer unparalleled views of the Dubai Marina. The tower will house a range of residences by London Gate, including the Sky Mansions, Sky villas, and one, two and three-bedroom residences. This iconic clocktower symbolises the dedication to exceptional craftsmanship our brand has always been known for. Franck Muller Aeternitas tower narrates a story of opulence, setting new heights in the realm of luxury living. The handover of Franck Muller Aeternitas will be in the second quarter of 2027, in the heart of Dubai Marina.

10 January, 2024

$8.2 million deal signed for factory construction in Sharjah

Ikigai Steel has announced plans to establish a new factory over a 548,000 sq ft area within the Hamriyah Free Zone in Sharjah. On completion, the state-of-the-art plant will boasts an annual production capacity of 30,000 tonnes. Backed by an estimated initial investment of AED30 million ($8.2 million), the factory will provide cutting edge technologies and high-end solutions for the iron and steel industry.

5 January, 2023

Grounbreaking ceremony held for parts distribution centre in Dubai

A groundbreaking ceremony has been held at the site of the upcoming 41,792-sq-m DB Schenker-Ford Parts Distribution Centre (PDC) in Dubai Logistics District, part of Dubai World Central (DWC). Set to commence operations in January 2025, the facility will be a consolidated storage and distribution site, ensuring better availability of parts, optimising inventory management, and enhancing customer service.

4 January, 2023

Sustainable streetlighting contracts awarded in Dubai

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a contract worth AED278 million ($76 million) for a streetlighting project that will cover 40 districts and streets. This project is part of the Street Lighting Plan 2023-2026, which aims to enhance the infrastructure of road network facilities to keep up with Dubai's ongoing development and meet the demands of urban expansion and population growth. RTA will extend the streetlights installation work to cover roads previously unlit in Mirdif, Al Baraha, Oud Metha, Al Waheda, Al Hudaiba, Al Satwa, Abu Hail, and Al Bada'a. Additionally, lighting installations will be carried out in Umm Suqeim 1, 2, and 3, Al Safa 1 and 2, Al Manara, Al Mariyal Reserve Street, and the road to Al Minhad Air Base. The plan also includes streets and parking areas in Jumeirah. The main goal of this plan is to improve traffic safety and security for all road users, including vehicles and pedestrians. The initiative is designed to contribute to residents' and visitors' well-being and satisfaction in the targeted areas. The selection of these areas is based on careful consideration of traffic safety and security standards, traffic volumes, and the pace of urban growth. RTA said its streetlighting works will cover Umm Al Sheif, Al Sufouh 1, Al Quoz Residential Areas 1 and 3, Nad Al Hamar, and Al Awir 2. In 2026, the project will extend to Al Mamzar, Oud Al Muteena, and various streets and parking lots in Al Garhoud, Al Twar, Hasyan, Al Jafiliya, Al Marmoom, Al Qusais 1 and 2, Nad Al Sheba 1, Al Warsan 2, Hind City, Business Bay, Umm Ramool, Ras Al Khor Industrial Area 1 and 2, and Ras Al Khor Industrial Area 3 Street.

4 January, 2024

Premium residential development unvelied in Dubai

Mered, an award-winning international real estate developer, has launched its flagship project in the UAE - Iconic - a residential tower located in Dubai Internet City. Being developed in collaboration with Italian design house Pininfarina, the project features 311 premium ergonomic apartments as well as other key amenities. The name 'Iconic' perfectly embodies the project's vision - iconic design by Pininfarina, iconic quality by Mered, and its future status as a landmark in Dubai's skyline. The tower boasts a plethora of world-class amenities designed to enrich the lives of its residents. These include diverse retail outlets, a selection of eateries, a well-equipped gym, a private lounge, a children's play area, and an infinity pool offering stunning views. Each feature is carefully curated to provide an unparalleled living experience, harmonising city buzz with serene indulgence, and underlining the commitment of both Mered and Pininfarina to create a space that is not only functional but also architecturally aesthetic. The project is set to redefine the standards of development in Dubai, blending the latest technology with craftsmanship, heritage with innovation, to create a timeless value. Iconic is not just another addition to Dubai's luxury real estate; it's a pioneering step into a future where Mered redefines and elevates the standard of urban living. This project marks the dawn of a new era for us, one where we commit to crafting not just residences, but distinguished and timeless destinations that will become integral parts of Dubai's cityscape. The project redefines Dubai's skyline as a beacon of innovative architecture and aesthetics. Nestled in the city's vibrant heart, this development isn't just about ultra-luxury living; it's a harmonious fusion of cutting-edge technology and visionary design elements, uniquely crafted to shape the future of urban living in Dubai. Its distinctive structure and smart, forward-thinking construction approach set a new benchmark for architectural and interior sophistication in the city. The project's fast-track development plan includes a one-year design and contractor procurement stage, followed by a three-year main construction phase, concluding with unit handovers to customers.

1 January, 2024

Deal signed to set up upscale hotel, residential tower in Dubai

Emirates Stallions Group, a leading UAE-based engineering and construction company, has announced that its hospitality unit has signed a partnership deal with Hilton to develop an upscale residential tower and hotel in Dubai. Nestled within Dubai Hills Estate, the Mallside Residence and Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton comprises 18 floors hotel and residential tower, featuring a diverse range of units from studios to three-bedroom apartments. The development is further enhanced with an extensive selection of retail, food and beverage, and lifestyle offerings. Conveniently accessible via Umm Suqeim and Al Khail Roads, the upscale project will offer an array of lifestyle amenities. It promises an enticing combination of diverse offerings with a wide and modern range of facilities, creating a bespoke and vibrant living experience. It is scheduled for completion in November 2026.

29 December, 2023

Announcement of collaboration to rebrand hotels in Dubai

Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) has announced a ground-breaking collaboration with Marriott International, signalling a pivotal moment for three of Dubai's distinguished hotels. This strategic alliance marks the commencement of an extraordinary rebranding initiative, solidifying ADNH's commitment to delivering unparalleled hospitality experiences in the region. Under this enhanced partnership, effective January 1, 2024, ADNH will operate these iconic properties under the esteemed banners of JW Marriott and Autograph Collection Hotels
This transformative rebranding strategy is poised to redefine luxury in Dubai, promising an immersive experience that befits each hotel's unique identity. The hotels, including JW Marriott Hotel Marina (formerly known as The Address Dubai Marina), Hotel Boulevard, Autograph Collection (formerly known as Vida Downtown Dubai Hotel), and The Heritage Hotel, Autograph Collection (formerly known as Manzil Downtown Dubai Hotel), are set to undergo this remarkable transformation. This strategic collaboration seeks to elevate Dubai's hospitality sector by harnessing the distinctive strengths of ADNH and Marriott International. The initiative aligns with the vision to offer guests unparalleled luxury experiences, further solidifying Dubai's position as a global travel destination. This approach ensures that guests continue to enjoy a seamless and elevated stay while reinforcing the commitment to delivering on-brand experiences and maintaining the highest standards of luxury. This momentous partnership sets the stage for a new era of luxury and excellence in Dubai's hospitality landscape.

28 December, 2023

Contracts awarded to built water pipeline in Dubai

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has awarded an AED10.9 million ($2.96 million) contract to lay a 562-metre glass-reinforced epoxy (GRE) water pipeline in Hatta. Besides the 1,500-mm-diameter GRE pipeline, the project includes construction of a jet valve chamber that will extend the lower outlet valve of Hatta Dam to the Wadi area. The first station of its kind in the GCC region, the project is part of the pumped-storage hydroelectric power plant being developed by Dewa in Hatta. The project supported the comprehensive plan to develop Hatta and address its social, economic, developmental and environmental requirements.

26 December, 2023

Plans underway to construct bus shelters in Dubai

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is set to construct 762 public bus shelters in strategic locations throughout the emirate. All shelters are scheduled for completion by 2025. RTA is exploring the use of 3D printing technology in the construction of some shelters on a trial base in collaboration with a company. By integrating structural elements that enhance the overall architectural design, these shelters embody the refined character of Dubai, presenting it as an epitome of safe and stable urban living. The construction of these shelters is part of RTA's ongoing efforts to improve the public transport services, provide an integrated and reliable infrastructure and bring happiness to all residents of Dubai. The design of the new shelters is compatible with the Dubai Code for People of Determination, including wheelchair-accessible areas. The locations were selected based on several parameters including high population density areas, the current and future operational needs of public bus services, the integration with individual mobility means, and the adequate infrastructure and space within the right-of-way. RTA would continue with its ongoing development projects in Dubai to accommodate the city's urban and demographic growth. A key focus area would be enhancing mass transportation services to provide safe, smooth, and convenient transit options for both residents and visitors. RTA has categorised the bus shelters into four tiers based on the number of users for each stop. Main Stop: serving over 750 passengers daily. Secondary Stop: accommodating 250 to 750 passengers daily, Primary Stop: used by 100 to 250 passengers daily, and Pick-up/Drop-off Station: used by up to 100 passengers daily.

22 December, 2023

MoU signed to develop residential project in Abu Dhabi

Dubai-listed developer Deyaar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Abu Dhabi-based Arady Properties to jointly develop a residential project on Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi. The main aim of the MoU is to outline the commercial objectives for the project, provide a framework for further negotiations between both companies, as well as explore how the project can be developed on a joint ownership basis. The MoU will be effective for six months.

21 December, 2023

Agreement signed for establishing a major logistics centre in Dubai

DP World's Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) has signed an agreement with Transworld, a global shipping and logistics solutions group, for the construction of a 50,000+ sq m, dry and temperature-controlled distribution centre within the key development in Dubai. This hitech facility represents a significant expansion for client that will nearly double its capacity in the region while expanding the logistics infrastructure in the Free Zone. Work on the warehouse is scheduled to begin early next year, 2024 and is expected to be completed by 2025. The upcoming facility will bolster Transworld's capabilities further, featuring cold and frozen chambers to accommodate a range of temperature-sensitive products.

20 December, 2023

MoU signed for building efficient power system in Abu Dhabi

The Department of Energy (DoE) in Abu Dhabi has signed an MoU with the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) to build a strong, highly efficient smart energy and power system utilising diversified sources, particularly clean energy. The MoU is in line with the overall strategy of the energy sector of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE to drive sustainable development through energy transition and to achieve net zero by the year 2050. The scope of the MoU encompasses a feasibility study on decarbonisation and upgrading the power system of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. It will also include cost-benefit and improvement studies that will enhance demand-side management and network flexibility. Additionally, the MoU will also improve power grid interconnections with the signatories to the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA). The partnership will upgrade the domestic power network to improve overall network efficiency, augmenting the social benefits offered by the UAE. The MoU also entails the development of the underground gas-insulated cables and lines project, encouraging the implementation of smart grids, adoption of Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) automation distribution systems and the integration of the Smart Internet of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Micro-Grid. The memorandum includes training and capability building strategies for improved power grid operations, implementing policies and strategies to reduce energy losses on the power grid and related infrastructure, and adopting technologies supporting automation and artificial intelligence.

20 December, 2023

Construction underway for luxury residential development in Dubai

Meraas, a leading master developer and part of Dubai Holding Real Estate, has completed 56% of construction of its Ocean Mansions development, ensuring its timely delivery set for mid-2024. Adorning the northern shore of the prestigious Jumeira Bay Island, the sea-facing mansions offer the epitome of luxury and exclusivity with a collection of seven properties being developed. Designed by Italian architectural firm ACPV ARCHITECTS Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, each five-bedroom mansion gives residents the illusion of floating over the edge of the island with sweeping views of the open waters. The mansions boast full-height windows, bathing each 1,193m2. home in natural light. While the primary shared spaces in each home face outwards and look towards open water, the interior space also connects seamlessly with a wrap-around terrace that holds a private infinity pool that blends with the Gulf. The signature feature of each of the seven Bulgari Ocean Mansions' facades is the glazed terracotta screen which protects, shades and creates ever-changing patterns of light and shade on the balcony and interior spaces. In addition to common areas across the neighbourhood, residents have uninterrupted access to the exclusive facilities of the adjacent Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, including state-of-the-art pools, landscaped gardens, and a host of dining options on-site, inspired by Italian seaside harbours.

18 December, 2023

Agreement signed to set up production facility for battery energy storage systems in Abu Dhabi

Schneider Electric has signed an agreement with Volts to set up a giga industrial facility for production of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in Abu Dhabi. Under the agreement, Schneider Electric and Volts will explore areas of collaboration and opportunity on technological, consulting, and automation services for the project that is intended serve the production of industrial and home energy storage systems and battery cells, marking a significant milestone in the region's sustainable energy landscape. Through this collaboration, Schneider Electric reaffirms its commitment to innovation and industry leadership. This agreement aligns with our mission to be the partner of choice for sustainability, digitization and decarbonization.

18 December, 2023

Design unveiled for new head office in Dubai

DP World has unveiled the design for its new global head office coming up at Expo City Dubai. The move to Expo City is part of the company's journey from a local port operator in 1972 to a truly global supply chain solutions provider, transforming how the world trades. DP World has been based in Jebel Ali, at the heart of its port and free zone operations since it was established under its current name in September 2005. Announcing its elaborate plans, client relocate its global head office to Expo City Dubai marks the latest milestone in its 50-year journey, as it continues to expand its global supply chain solutions. Spread over a 37,000 sq m area, the new head office is a nine-storey tower that will be able to accommodate 800 of its staff members and also provide a platform for clients and partners to engage directly with DP World's portfolio - across ports and terminals, marine services, logistics and technology. The first two floors are dedicated to engaging external stakeholders and visitors - with space for casual meetings and dining to the highest-level VIP meeting rooms and facilities. Dubai-based DEC Dynamic Design Studio has been given the job to create a facility that reflects DP World's vision for the future of global trade, combining functionality, sustainability and aesthetics. The building also includes an automated parking area, showcasing DP World's commitment to technological advancement in every aspect of its work. The project also provides surface car parking facilities near the entrances specifically designated for EV charging, this arrangement promotes convenience and encourages the use of sustainable and efficient modes of transportation. DP World is dedicated to minimising its environmental impact, and the head office will incorporate energy-efficient technologies, renewable energy sources, and eco-friendly building materials. The project will include a sustainable approach to the construction of the building itself, setting a new benchmark for the region. It includes the use of electric golf carts, which will serve as a means of transportation, allowing convenient travel between different areas of the project site. Both employees and visitors can utilise these carts, ensuring ease of movement within the premises. One of the key features of the building is its status as state-of-the art smart building.

18 December, 2023

New luxury residential villa collection unveiled in Dubai

Taraf, the real estate division of UAE-headquartered investment holding group Yas Holding, has unveiled Terra Golf Collection, a luxury residential villa collection in the heart of Jumeirah Golf Estates (JGE), one of Dubai's most sought-after residential communities. The company's third project will offer residents world-class leisure facilities set in superb natural surroundings, setting a new benchmark for community living in the Emirate. The Terra Golf Collection is a gated community comprised of 84 single-family properties, with six-bedroom villas and townhouses. Most properties will offer scenic views of the golf course and will be created to blend in seamlessly with the green spaces around it, creating a harmonious connection with nature for the entire community. All properties in the outstanding new project will adhere to the same exceptional level of quality and contemporary luxury as the rest of Taraf's portfolio. By showcasing excellence in both architectural and interior design, Terra Golf Collection villas and townhouses will epitomize elegance and sophistication both inside and out. Terra Golf Collection residents will have access to extensive facilities across the Jumeirah Golf Estates master community, including two shopping centres and a community clubhouse, featuring swimming pools, a gym, tennis and padel tennis courts, and a selection of high-end restaurants and cafes. For golfers, JGE also hosts two internationally-acclaimed championship golf courses, Earth and Fire, as well as the European Tour Professional Institute (ETPI) golf academy.

14 December, 2023

Contract awarded for construction of airport hangars in Abu Dhabi

Emirates Building Systems (EBS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments, and one of the leading manufacturers of steel structures in the Middle East, has been awarded a key contract to deliver two aircraft hangars at Abu Dhabi Airport. The awarded contract encompasses the construction of two aircraft hangars. The first hangar is an impressive structure with dimensions of 153 meters in width, 89 meters in length, and a towering height of 39 meters and the second hangar is equally remarkable, with dimensions of 90 meters in width, 97 meters in length, and an identical height of 39 meters. Designed to meet the stringent aviation industry standards, with 3000 tons of steel, EBS's scope of work on this project is all-encompassing, including engineering, fabrication, supply, and the erection of steel structures in addition to application of fire-rated paint to ensure the highest level of safety and performance for these cutting-edge facilities. The contract, worth more than AED 34 million, will bolster the company's extensive track record of successfully executed airport projects throughout the region. With the project expected to be complete by early 2024, EBS is making great progress in the engineering and fabrication of the steel structures.

13 December, 2023

MoU signed to explore green hydrogen hub in Abu Dhabi

AD Ports Group and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly explore the development of a green hydrogen production hub within the Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD). Under the terms of the MoU, the hub will serve both domestic and export markets, part of the UAE's National Hydrogen Strategy that aims to scale up local hydrogen production to 1.4 million tonnes per annum by 2031, and 15 million tons per annum by 2050. The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP28, in Dubai. The hydrogen production hub could include export terminals of green products to overseas ports, attracting more investments into the green hydrogen value chain in Abu Dhabi. In addition, the hub will also offer current and future KEZAD and Khalifa Port tenants the opportunity to develop green industries.

13 December, 2023

Plans unveiled to launch new hotel & resort in Ras Al Khaimah

RAK Properties has announced that it has expanded its strategic relationship with IHG Hotels & Resorts with the introduction of 'Staybridge Suites Mina Al Arab' on Hayat Island. The 156-key Staybridge Suites Mina Al Arab will offer studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments blending contemporary design with spacious layouts. The 14-storey tower will feature a fully equipped fitness centre, breakfast and restaurant areas, combining idyllic island style living with the warm and authentic Arabic hospitality. Guests will also have direct beach access as well as benefit from the luxurious offering of the InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa, located within walking distance.
Offering residential-style studios and suites with complimentary daily breakfast buffets, light bites, and a thrice-weekly happy hour, the brand prioritizes comfort and connectivity. Staybridge Suites Mina Al Arab will be the second development undertaken by the two entities, following the opening of the award-winning Intercontinental Ras Al Khaimah Resort and Spa in 2022.

12 December, 2023

Strategic partnership agreement signed for innovative solar solutions in Dubai

AW Rostamani Group (AWR), a leading UAE family-owned conglomerate, has sealed a strategic partnership with SirajPower, a distributed solar energy provider in the region, that will see the deployment of innovative solar solutions with a capacity of 1.7 MWp across its four principal locations in Dubai, thus marking its first venture into solar energy. The solar solution, set to span sites along Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Industrial City (DIC), and Deira, covering showrooms and service centers, is projected to generate 2.85GWh of clean energy annually. The solar initiative not only underscores AWR's dedication to environmental sustainability but also aligns seamlessly with the UAE's strategic vision for environmental progress. The project is expected to offset over 2,000 MT of CO2 emissions each year, substantially reducing the company's carbon footprint. As per the deal, SirajPower will spearhead the financing, design, construction, and long-term operations and maintenance of these solar installations.

12 December, 2023

Agreement signed for installation of electric vehicle charger in Dubai

Nakheel Community Management, has signed an agreement with Etisalat Services Holding, e& for the installation of Electrical Vehicle (EV) chargers across a range of its communities. The agreement provides the services of Etisalat EV charging stations across the Nakheel Communities. The Etisalat service holding company will charge end users based on the services provided by EV charging stations during the six months Proof of Concept (POC). Through this partnership Nakheel was committed in enriching consumer value propositions and creating new consumer benefits across its communities.
The cars assigned to NCM are also used for patrolling and community missions.  Additionally, the teams are using EV as a standard pool car for everyday site operations, emergency responses, and site visits. NCM has installed designated charging facilities for the fleet, which are located in District One and Palm Jumeirah (Nakheel Mall). After the six-month POC period, there is potential for further roll out of the EV charging stations across further Nakheel communities.

11 December, 2023

Plans underway to launch upscale residential project in Dubai

Ellington Properties, a design-led boutique developer, has partnered with Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), the world's flagship free zone and Government of Dubai Authority on commodities trade and enterprise, to launch a new upscale residential project, Mercer House, in Uptown Dubai. The unveiling of Mercer House, the second signature development of Ellington Properties, marks another chapter in its acclaimed collaboration with DMCC, following the overwhelming success of UH by Ellington earlier in 2023, which witnessed a record high demand. Poised to grace Dubai's skyline with two soaring residential towers perched atop a podium offering amenities focused on wellness, retail, sports and hospitality, Mercer House is slated to be one of the tallest residential developments by Ellington Properties to date. Besides a collection of multi-family residential units ranging from efficient studios to expansive one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as four penthouses, it will also entail a 45,000 sq ft beach club and 25,000 sq ft of retail options on the ground and podium floors. Furthermore, residents and the general public can also enjoy a wealth of facilities like a beach club pool, exclusive residents' pool, and a sports hall with various play courts for sports enthusiasts. With Mercer House strategically situated in the diverse locality of Uptown Dubai, inhabitants can also benefit from the world-class range of dining experiences, community markets and high-end retail offerings that make Uptown Dubai the go-to destination to live and indulge in the city. Residents will benefit from being at the heart of the Uptown Dubai community, within walking distance of both Uptown Tower, and the forthcoming Burj 2020, while also gaining access to an exclusive residents' pool, sports hall, beach club, and extensive retail options.

11 December, 2023

Agreement signed for green hydrogen production in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy firm Masdar has signed an agreement with Austrian Oil and Gas company OMV to explore producing green hydrogen to decarbonize industrial processes in OMV's refineries. The non-binding heads of terms agreement, between the UAE-based company and Vienna-headquartered OMV, forms the basis of a plan to develop an industrial large scale electrolysis plant, with a view to making a final investment decision in the second half of 2024. The agreement follows an MoU signed earlier in 2023.

8 December, 2023

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.

8 December, 2023

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.

7 December, 2023

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.

6 December, 2023

$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.

5 December, 2023

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.

5 December, 2023

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.

4 December, 2023

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.