Foster + Partners reports
Foster + Partners and Buro Happold joint venture has been appointed to design four stations along a new high speed railway line in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will link the cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah. The Haramain High-speed Railway (HHR) is a major infrastructure project, conceived to forge new social and economic links by dramatically cutting journey times between the cities in western Saudi Arabia and by providing a new transport option for many of the pilgrims making the journey to the religious cities of Makkah and Madinah.
SOURCE: Foster + Partners
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“…..high-profile set of municipal leaders will participate in the Mayors Panel of Global City 2009, the two-day international forum scheduled for April 7 – 8 at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi. The Global City 2009 conference, currently in its fourth edition, is taking place in the Middle East for the first time.”
[SOURCE: albawaba.com – Mayors and leaders from world’s leading cities to gather in Abu Dhabi to discuss future of urban living]
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Water feature specialist Crystal Fountains has secured the contract to design and build the water displays of the headquarters of Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, Commercial Outdoor Design can reveal.
SOURCE: ConstructionWeekOnline.com – Crystal Fountains wins Masdar design contract
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“Some contractors and consultants have not been paid for up to six months, and large Dubai-affiliated developers owe billions of dollars, according to contractors, lawyers and executives…”
SOURCE: FT.com / Middle East – Dubai contractors face cash flow crisis
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“The world’s biggest flatbed delivers diamond-shaped glazing panels for the RMJM-designed Capital Gate building
Monster glass panels for Abu Dhabi’s ‘leaning tower’ development have arrived on what the project team claims is the world’s biggest flat bed truck.
The panels are for the Capital Gate building, which architect RMJM recently submitted for the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘world’s most inclined building’.”
[SOURCE: Building.co.uk – Giant glass panels arrive for the leaning tower of Abu Dhabi]
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The National Newspaper reports
“Firms fully or partially owned by the Government, such as Dubai Properties, Emaar Properties and Nakheel, will be able to tap into the first US$10 billion (Dh36.73bn) of what will eventually be a $20bn sovereign bond programme, to meet their financial obligations. The Central Bank agreed to lend the money to Dubai earlier last week.”
[SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Cash boost for property firms]
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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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