Foster + Partners and Buro Happold joint venture to design four stations for Saudi Arabia’s new Haramain High-speed Railway

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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Mayors and leaders from world’s leading cities to gather in Abu Dhabi to discuss future of urban living – albawaba.com

albawaba.com reports

“…..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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Crystal Fountains wins Masdar design contract – ConstructionWeekOnline.com

ConstructionWeekOnline.com reports

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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Dubai contractors face cash flow crisis – FT.com

FT.com reports

“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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Giant glass panels arrive for the leaning tower of Abu Dhabi – Building

Building.co.uk reports

“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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