UAE Focus


August 2014

Tabreed takes up $286m DC work

THE UAE’S Tabreed said it is heading a consortium that has acquired a concession to provide district cooling (DC) services in Abu Dhabi worth $285.9 million.

The 30-year contract involves buying the existing district cooling provider to Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi and will be funded through a combination of equity and a 20-year loan provided by First Gulf Bank, Tabreed said.


A room at the resort.

A room at the resort.

$4m facelift for Sharjah beach resort

CORAL Beach Resort Sharjah is undergoing a Dh15-million ($4 million) upgrade that will reinstate the hotel as the city’s premier resort.

The extensive three-phase refurbishment will enhance the entire property and will take up to 16 weeks to complete, said Laurent Voivenel, CEO, Hospitality Management Holdings (HMH). The hotel is going through a complete overhaul with the revamp of guestrooms, bathrooms, corridors, lobby, hotel entrance, banquet halls, swimming pool, kids club, tennis court, landscape, main kitchen, and stores, Voivenel stated.

“Technology and productivity are central to the design and will radically improve the quality of the facilities. A major highlight will be restoration of the hotel’s lobby that will be completely reconfigured and redesigned,” he added.

The Coral Beach Resort Sharjah features 156 spacious rooms, many with a panoramic sea view.


Airport uses Shell Bitumen solutions

SHELL Bitumen’s solutions were used to upgrade and resurface two runways of Dubai International Airport, the world’s second busiest airport.

The world’s largest bitumen marketing business was approached by Al Naboodah Construction Group in May this year for this challenging project, according to a spokesman for the company, which offers a portfolio of bitumen solutions designed for use in various applications including highways and airports.

“With more flights and larger, more sophisticated aircraft like the Airbus A380, airport runways at major international hubs need to withstand an enormous amount of weight, friction and heat from these larger aircraft,” said the spokesman.

“The A380, for example, weighs almost 400 tonnes, the equivalent of approximately 400 family cars,” he said, adding that Shell Bitumen has provided solutions for more than 100 of the world’s busiest airports.

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