August 21, 2018

Five public parks to open in Abu Dhabi

People living in Al Shamkha and Al Adleh will soon be able to enjoy five public parks that are being built by the municipality. The first, at Al Shamkha, which cost Dh5 million to build, is expected to open this month. Four others at Al Adleh, which cost about Dh29 million in total, are scheduled to be completed this year. Musabah Al Murar, acting general manager of Abu Dhabi City Municipality, said: “The landscape of recreational facilities and parks is always on the rise to keep pace with the development seen in Abu Dhabi.” Mr Al Murar said the parks…

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Middle East Smart Landscape summit 2015 announces Zeoplant as Silver Sponsor

  The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit proudly announces Zeoplant’s participation as Silver Sponsor at the 2015 edition of the event, to be held on April 28-29, 2015, at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality and produced by global conference organizers Expotrade, the two-day summit will focus on the major initiatives undertaken towards urban landscape development, viewed against the context of the Dubai Municipality’s aim of converting Dubai into a green paradise in time for the World Expo 2020. Zeoplant’s position as the world’s leading natural moisture retaining soil additive…

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Work starts on $199m homes project in Riyadh

  Gulf Related, a leading regional real estate development company, has started construction of a SR748-million ($199 million) residential complex in Al-Dir’iyyah in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Province with the laying of the cornerstone. Antara, upon completion in October 2016, will be home to roughly 520 expatriate families, a statement said. Dr Karim El Solh, co-managing partner of Gulf Related, said: “Antara is a unique, premium residential project by virtue of its excellent location, careful planning, experienced development managers and the support of the Al-Dir’iyyah Governorate and municipality. It is expected to establish a new benchmark in quality living for expatriates…

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Green construction ‘to drive GCC projects’

  GCC countries are increasingly looking to sustainable and environmentally responsible developments as the region’s construction sector booms on the back of social infrastructure spending, according to industry experts. Overall, as much as $2.87 trillion worth of projects are in the design, bid or construction stage in the GCC up to 2025, according to Zawya Projects data, with $1.53 trillion worth of real estate projects under construction. According to a report titled “GCC Focus on Sustainability in Construction” by Ventures Middle East, GCC governments have acted swiftly in the past three years to embrace sustainable construction through education and legislation,…

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Jeddah’s mayor introduces 24th park in as many weeks

  Jeddah Mayor Hani Abu Ras recently inaugurated the 24th park in the Al-Nuzha district under the Jeddah municipality’s program of giving a park to the residents of Jeddah every week. Abu Ras said that the gardens and landscaping department at the municipality is continually working on giving parks to the residents of Jeddah with the aim of providing a healthy and fresh environment to the residents of Jeddah. He said that in the coming months the municipality will launch more gardens which will help to increase the total green area. Last year, 74 gardens were established totaling almost 370,000…

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Jumeirah Group agree deal to manage scenic hotel resort in Abu Dhabi

  The Dubai-based international luxury hotel chain, has signed an agreement with His Highness Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan – a senior member of the Ruling family of Abu Dhabi – to operate a luxury Jumeirah resort on Sa’adiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Set in a prime location on the north eastern coast of Sa’adiyat Island, the property will be the most luxurious five-star resort in Abu Dhabi. Expected to open in 2017, the hotel will comprise 294 guest rooms, including spa suites, presidential suites and private high-end villas. Food and beverage outlets will include an all-day dining venue,…

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Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015 discusses artificial turf and landscape lighting

  The conventional modes of landscaping are evolving and at a singularly rapid pace. Spanning the range from schools and community centres to sporting facilities and recreational parks, sustainable landscaping is fast becoming a major factor in improving quality, design and safety standards. Exploring these developing trends with particular focus on artificial turf, landscape lighting and water installations, is one of the main themes at the Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2015. Held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality and produced by global conference organizers Expotrade, the summit will take place on April 28-29, 2015 at Sofitel The Palm…

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The Dubai Museum is most competitive tender to be won in Q1 2015

  The tender for main construction works at the Dubai Museum project will be awarded in the first quarter of this year, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has confirmed. The enabling works including utility relocations, shoring, excavation, dewatering and permanent building piles are already underway. The new 26,000m² museum and associated buildings celebrate the union of the Emirates in 1971. The museum will focus on the years 1968 to 1974, with the political and social context of how the union of the trucial states came about and how they subsequently flourished. The site consists of both restored and reconstructed historic buildings…

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Dubai and Abu Dhabi encourage landscaping amenity development

  The UAE’s developers are setting the pace for sustainable development in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), driving higher regional standards in the outdoor construction and design industry, said a leading consultant. The UAE’s construction industry is enjoying resurgence, with a total value of $315 billion in announced and planned projects last year, according to research by EC Harris, driven by mega-projects such as Expo 2020 and by spending on social infrastructure. “Dubai and Abu Dhabi are definitely leading the way for sustainable development here in the MENA region, with the municipalities having provided minimum standards that all…

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Al Barari envisage ‘lush’ landscape for phase two of estate development

With its lush green gardens, tree-lined pathways and 16 kilometres of waterways, Al Barari is a sharp contrast to the desert and scrubland that surrounds it – but all that comes at a high cost in water. The 14.2 million square foot estate, made up of luxury villas, a restaurant and plant nursery just off Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, is the brainchild of the Zaal family. With green spaces covering about 80 per cent of the area, demand for water is 30,000 cubic metres per day – more than an Olympic-size swimming pool – especially in summer. However, Kamelia…

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