Gulfnews reports “WS Atkins, a leading British engineering consultancy firm, have laid off 170 professionals, bringing the total number of redundancies in Dubai to well over 3,200.
Around 35 people had also been sacked from WSP and 15 from the Burj Dubai project at Hyder Consulting. Al Shafar General Contracting also shed nearly 1,000 staff members.”
[SOURCE: Gulfnews: Job cuts on the rise in Dubai]
Khaleej Times Online reports
“The Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 document released on Wednesday last has come in as a morale booster amidst the all-pervasive economic gloomy signals, but the real challenge will be in the execution of the remarkable programmes envisaged in it, according to an expert.”
[SOURCE: Khaleej Times Online – Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 Boosts Morale, but the Challenge will be in Execution].
Khaleej Times Online reports
“A vital step has been taken to protect the hundreds of plants native to Oman, many of them threatened with extinction due to natural and man-made factors, with the setting up of a state-of-the-art nursery at the Oman Botanic Garden (OBG) in Al Khoudh in the Muscat governorate’s Seeb wilayat.
The nursery was designed by WS Atkins, constructed by Carillion Alawi and project managed by Bovis Lend Lease. The glasshouses were designed and outfitted by Cambridge HOK. “We want to develop the beauty of the Omani Environment and OBG will give an opportunity to scholars and researchers to get details about the Omani trees from one place,” Patzelt said.”
read the full article @ the SOURCE: Khaleej Times Online – Oman Botanic Garden to Help Preserve Hundreds of Rare Native Plants.
Saudi Gazette reports “Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building developed by Emaar Properties, set several global milestones in high-rise construction in 2008, an epoch-making year for the tower. On course to open in 2009, Burj Dubai has reached a record 780 meters (2,559 ft) height, and has over 160 stories, the most number of floors in any building.”
[SOURCE: Saudi Gazette – Burj Dubai maintains record ascent].
Jessica Hume of The National Newspaper talks to Robert Egan Landscape Architect about Abu Dhabi.
The article starts with “After completing a waterfront development project in China, the landscape architect Robert Egan is now working on a project in Abu Dhabi which involves turning a downtown car park into a mixed-use public space. Also an abstract landscape painter, Egan sees the connection between the natural and built environments as one of the most important elements of design.”
read the full article at the SOURCE:The National Newspaper – A cityscape for all walks of life
“Consultants and contractors shed staff in wake of collapsing real estate sector.
Dubai-based consultants and contractors are now laying off thousands of staff, as increasing numbers of projects are being shelved in the wake of the collapse of the real estate sector.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: MEED – Dubai-based firms announce thousands of redundancies].
The National Newspaper reports
“Construction companies are restructuring salary packages and relocating staff within the Gulf to try to counteract the slowdown in Dubai and avoid redundancies.”
read the full article @ the SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Property firms adapt to tough times