“Abu Dhabi continues unabated with urban and outdoor landscaping projects – Zawya

ZAWYA.com reports

Abu Dhabi continues to invest in the development of outdoor landscaping in the capital, despite the less than favourable economic conditions the world is currently facing. The ‘Plan Abu Dhabi 2030’ which was introduced last year ensures that landscaping development in the emirates continues, and plans for a national park with both green and sand belts. The Government has introduced the ‘Green Gradient’ concept, ensuring green development throughout the emirate in increasing levels.

SOURCE: ZAWYA.com – Abu Dhabi continues unabated with urban and outdoor landscaping projects

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Development proceeds on EDAW-designed Palestinian eco-town

EDAW reports

“EDAW and Faber Maunsell are collaborating to plan and design Rawabi, the first new town to be constructed in the West Bank region. The town will accomadate 30,000 people, providing social infrastructure such as schools and libraries, and following a sustainable framework.”

[SOURCE: EDAW.com – Development proceeds on EDAW-designed Palestinian eco-town]

RTKL-Designed Dubai Mirdif Center on Target for 2009 Opening – Contract Magazine

Contract Magazine reports

“RTKL, the international architecture, planning and design firm, reports that Mirdif City Center, located on Dubai’s Eastern growth corridor, is on track for a late-2009 opening and
is expected to be the region’s first eco-friendly retail center.”

[SOURCE: Contract Magazine – RTKL-Designed Dubai Mirdif Center on Target for 2009 Opening]

New Estidama website launched – AMEinfo.com

AMEinfo reports

“The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC)has launched the new web site version of Estidama – sustainability in Arabic…….The state-of-the-art online portal includes a number of interactive tools that allow users home page customization according to their bespoke needs and specialized interests on sustainability issues.”

[SOURCE: AMEinfo – New Estidama online resource to foster sustainability knowledge and dialogue]

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Confusion over plan for Qatar’s tallest tower – ArabianBusiness.com

Arabian Business reports

“The architects behind the Dubai Towers in Doha, which will be Qatar’s tallest building, are waiting for clarification over whether the project will be passed to a new master developer for completion, Arabian Business can reveal.”

SOURCE: Confusion over plan for Qatar’s tallest tower – ArabianBusiness.com

Arabian World Construction Summit

Over 500 delegates and 60 industry experts will attend the Arabian World Construction Summit (AWCS) 2009 to discuss the changing face of the region’s construction industry in light of the global economic downturn.

To be held from 9-11 February at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE the summit will witness experts deliberating on key factors that will help the industry tide over the toughest crisis in more than 10 years.

Richard Thompson, Editor for MEED, said: “The construction industry in the region has enjoyed dynamic growth over the past few years but we have witnessed demand stagnating for the first time in a decade following the global economic situation. This is compounded by master developers placing projects on hold to focus more on riding out the current conditions and meeting tight deadlines for developments already underway.”

Key industry leaders who will lead panel discussions at AWCS 2009 will include Abdul Majeed Al Fahim, Chairman of Pearl Dubai, Ali H. Kolaghassi, Vice-President – Corporate Business Development with Saudi Oger, Sami Asad, Chief Operating Officer of Aldar Properties, and Mounir D. Haider, CEO of Sorouh Real Estate.


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Abu Dhabi approves public park plans – Construction Week Online

Construction Week Online  reports “The parks will be located in residential areas and will create more than 60,000 square metres of public space, the municipality said.”

Construction of the parks is set to start in September 2009

[SOURCE: Design News from Construction Week Online – ‘Abu Dhabi approves public park plans’ ]

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