Dubai Metro launches today

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 Metro tomorrow morning from 5:30am.

The Metro is hoped to cut traffic congestion on Dubai’s roads and increase public transport usage from 10 to 30 per cent.

SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Dubai Metro launches tonight

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


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 UAE will stabilise this year and is expected to show signs of recovery in 2010…

read the full article at the SOURCE: Trade Arabia – UAE projects worth over $300 billion on hold

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

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 and down Sheikh Zayed Road, its high-rise spine……………….

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

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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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