After four years of construction, Dubai will finally have its own Metro. The Metro Red Line will be opened tonight at Galleria of the Mall station by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The general public will be able to start using the Metro tomorrow morning from 5:30am.
The Metro is hoped to cut traffic congestion on Dubai’s roads and increase public transport usage from 10 to 30 per cent.
SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Dubai Metro launches tonight
Just when you thought development in Dubai was frozen along comes the news that construction contracts were just awarded to Arabian Construction Company for Pentominium, the tallest residential in the world at 618 metres (2027 feet) and 124 floors. At a cost of AED 1.46 billion ($USD 400 million). The total floor area will be 170,000 square meters and expected to take just 48 months to build. Currently Q1 in Australia is the tallest residential tower in the world. Aedas are the project designers.
Sick of driving around and around on the carpark ramp to get to that elusive spot on the second last or last level of your cities carpark. Well, the future is here. A 765 car stall robotic carpark has just opened in Dubai at an office and hotel development. Able to handle 250 cars an hour. Drive to the entry leave your car on the lift and away it goes. Just remember not to leave your phone or loved one in the car.
IMAGE SOURCE: Arabian Business
The planners behind the recently opened section of Road 6 did their best to reduce the highway’s impact on the environment but admit that ‘irreversible damage’ was done
The planning concept included a comprehensive approach to landscape, out of a desire to minimize damage to plant and animal life. To reduce the amount of digging and filling in, 14 bridges with a combined length of 2.5 kilometers were erected, and three tunnels for the passage of animals were dug.
read the full article at the SOURCE: Damage control – Haaretz – Israel News
Dubai skyline – Image Source: Flickr – robertpaulyoung
Trade Arabia reports
Over 400 projects worth more than $300 billion have been placed on hold or cancelled in the United Arab Emirates due to the global financial crisis, Dubai-based research firm Proleads Global said on Tuesday.
The construction sector in the UAE will stabilise this year and is expected to show signs of recovery in 2010…
read the full article at the SOURCE: Trade Arabia – UAE projects worth over $300 billion on hold
The Peninsula On-line reports
DOHALAND has awarded contracts to leading industry experts as the company is all set to begin work on the first phase of its ambitious Heart of Doha project.
Turner, in a joint venture with DOHALAND, is providing project and construction management services. DTZ (financial feasibility), Rider Levett Bucknall (cost consultancy), ARUP/EDAW/Allies and Morrison (design regulation and site planning approval), ARUP (infrastructure), and Urbis (retail) are also involved in the project.
read the full article at the SOURCE: The Peninsula On-line – Heart of Doha project work all set to begin
IMAGE SOURCE: Heart of Doha – DOHALAND