Abu Dhabi’s UPC launches Estidama sustainable programme

November 21, 2008,AEDT

To enable Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, the Urban Structure Framework Plan for Abu Dhabi, to establish a distinctive framework for measuring sustainability performance beyond the usual planning and construction phases, The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi’s urban environments, is addressing | Read More

UAE feeling effects of the crisis

November 16, 2008,AEDT

With more reports today of another major developer cutting jobs, and news in the past week of property prices falling and stock market share values tumbling it appears that the UAE is not immune to the financial crisis spreading across the globe. Major property projects are still being announced and the government | Read More

Developers say they will scale back activity – The National Newspaper

November 14, 2008,AEDT

The National Newspaper reports “Dubai’s largest property developers say they are cutting back on activity and reviewing the project timetables in response to the worsening economic climate.The admissions, made yesterday, were the clearest sign yet that developers now consider the lack of credit and slowdown of sales as serious impediments | Read More

Get the green light – Jerusalem Post

October 16, 2008,AEDT

Urban living can get a bit claustrophobic sometimes, making you want to leave the concrete (or stone) jungle as quickly as possible and get to a green, open space. Which is where Mapa’s new book, Iyim Yerukim (Green Islands), comes in handy. The guide suggests 120 parks and gardens across | Read More

Abu Dhabi plans free zones – Business 24/7

June 11, 2008,AEDT

Free zones are to be set up in Abu Dhabi to attract local and foreign investment and diversify the economy away from dependence on oil. The zones will serve a number of industrial sectors, said Jaber Hareb Al Khaili, Chief Executive Officer of the Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones. | Read More

PA to invest $2b in urban projects – Israel Money, Ynetnews.com

May 25, 2008,AEDT

PA to invest $2b in urban projects Some 1,400 businessmen attend Palestinian Authority’s financial conference in Bethlehem, pledge investments, discuss future of Palestinian economy. The Palestinian Authority held a financial investors conference last week in Bethlehem. The conference, hailed a great success was led by Tarik Abbas – Palestinian President | Read More

Cityscape Abu Dhabi extended due to Events success

May 14, 2008,AEDT

In an unprecedented decision in the history of Cityscape exhibitions, the government of Abu Dhabi has requested that the premier real estate development and investment event be extended by one day. Cityscape Abu Dhabi will remain open for an extra day, now concluding on the evening of Friday 16 May. | Read More

Can the Middle East ever be green?

May 11, 2008,AEDT

When you talk green in the Dubai, it’s can be assumed you mean golf courses. Conservation and ecotourism are not common parlance in the United Arab Emirates. In four days at the Arabian Travel Market this week, I heard a slew of figures and superlatives to illustrate the UAE’s headlong | Read More

Playing with different spaces

April 7, 2008,AEDT

An abandoned municipal area, alongside a neglected backyard in Bat Yam, has been turned into a blossoming garden over the past three weeks, serving dozens of the city’s residents: pensioners, new immigrants, solitary people and families. “We decided to do some recycling in an unused area of the city, to | Read More

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