Robot Carpark opens in Dubai

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

Leading UK architects to open Doha office

Trade Arabia reports

Leading international architectural practice Allies and Morrison intends to open its first Middle East office in Doha, in early autumn.

In the UK, Allies and Morrison is playing a pivotal role in preparing masterplan proposals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Its vast experience spans significant projects such as the challenging restoration of the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank, nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2008, and the new Astronomy Education Centre at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich and major urban regeneration projects such as King’s Cross Central and Bankside 123.

Allies and Morrison has also been working on the Heart of Doha masterplan together with EDAW and Arup.

SOURCE: Trade Arabia

Damage control – Haaretz

Haaretz reports

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

UAE projects worth over $300 billion on hold – Trade Arabia

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

Heart of Doha project work all set to begin – The Peninsula On-line

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


Ground work begins at Deerfields Town Square in Abu Dhabi – reports

International architecture firm RMJM has been appointed as lead design consultants for the Deerfields project.

Mandated to review the architectural design of the entire development and responsible for the engineering delivery, RMJM will also work on implementing improvement changes to the facade, interiors, and landscape design of the mall.

SOURCE: – Ground work begins at Deerfields Town Square in Abu Dhabi | MBI

Dubai development may be down, but it’s not out – Los Angeles Times

Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic  for the Los Angeles Times writes

Reporting from Dubai, United Arab Emirates — If a city can be spectacularly quiet, this waterfront city-state has certainly qualified in recent months. Hundreds of abandoned construction cranes languish above Dubai’s gated communities and beach-side developments and, most dramatically, up and down Sheikh Zayed Road, its high-rise spine……………….

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Dubai development may be down, but it’s not out

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