Abu Dhabi releases Urban Street Design Manual

February 22, 2010,AEDT

The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) recently released a new street design standards in line with the Capital 2030 plan. The Urban Street Design Manual is based on key design principles including environmental sustainability embodied by the Estidama initiative. The Design Manual incorporates multi-modal forms of transport and varying | Read More

Gulf Landscaping 2010 – Abu Dhabi, UAE

February 16, 2010,AEDT

The UAE’s and wider Middle East’s leading exhibition dedicated to the outdoor design and landscaping architecture industries. Gulf Landscaping is the region’s only trade event dedicated to servicing the architectural and landscaping demands of the Middle East and the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi. It will bring together the visions | Read More

SWA and the world’s tallest building *UPDATE*

January 10, 2010,AEDT

SWA group designed the 27 acres around the base of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The San Francisco Chronicle has a quick interview with John Wong of SWA about the project and its design. Read the interview at the [SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle – Sausalito group creates oasis at Burj | Read More

World’s tallest building opens *UPDATE*

January 5, 2010,AEDT

The building previously known as Burj Dubai is now open and it has new name of Burj Khalifa named after Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, President of the UAE. The height has been confirmed as 828 meters, 200 stories into the sky, exceeding the next highest structure, Taipei 101, by about | Read More

Construction Week (Middle East) releases Salary survey

November 22, 2009,AEDT

Construction Week (Middle East) have just published the results of a salary survey held from April to September this year. The main findings of the survey is that most people are experienced and the UAE is not a place for first-jobbers. People consistently worked longer than 40 hour per week | Read More

Gulf rail projects could exceed $60b(Dh220 billion)

October 13, 2009,AEDT

Construction of the long-awaited rail network that will link the six members of the GCC is expected to start in 2010 or 2011. The cost will be shared among the six Gulf states — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The first section is the UAE National | Read More

Slowdown in the UAE is a bonus for civic projects

September 15, 2009,AEDT

The Global Financial Crisis or GFC as some like to call it has struck projects across the world and placed lots of companies and people out of work. However, there is a bright side for some, including governments and public place developers who have seen prices fall and timelines shortened | Read More

Dubai Metro launches today

September 9, 2009,AEDT

After four years of construction, Dubai will finally have its own Metro. The Metro Red Line will be opened tonight at Galleria of the Mall station by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The general public will be able to start using the | Read More

UAE projects worth over $300 billion on hold – Trade Arabia

July 29, 2009,AEDT

Dubai skyline – Image Source: Flickr – robertpaulyoung Trade Arabia reports Over 400 projects worth more than $300 billion have been placed on hold or cancelled in the United Arab Emirates due to the global financial crisis, Dubai-based research firm Proleads Global said on Tuesday. The construction sector in the | Read More

Dubai development may be down, but it’s not out – Los Angeles Times

June 22, 2009,AEDT

Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic  for the Los Angeles Times writes Reporting from Dubai, United Arab Emirates — If a city can be spectacularly quiet, this waterfront city-state has certainly qualified in recent months. Hundreds of abandoned construction cranes languish above Dubai’s gated communities and beach-side developments and, most dramatically, up | Read More

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