Slowdown in the UAE is a bonus for civic projects

The Global Financial Crisis or GFC as some like to call it has struck projects across the world and placed lots of companies and people out of work. However, there is a bright side for some, including governments and public place developers who have seen prices fall and timelines shortened as companies become available due to a lack of private development work.

In the UAE were upto 75% of projects are now on hold has allowed Museums such as the Abu Dhabi Louvre and Guggenheim to get projects started for 30% less than one year ago. The Louvre broke ground in June and The Guggenheim is currently undergoing pre-qualifying.

VIA – The National

Dubai Metro launches today

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

Tallest residential Tower contracts awarded

Aedas_Pentominium_Tower_DubaiJust 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.

SOURCE: Zawya

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

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