UAE Focus

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has given the go-ahead for the Phase Two construction of the ambitious Dubai Water Canal project. The project, which has been awarded to China State Corporation, comprises the construction of bridges across the canal on Al Wasl and Jumeirah Roads at a cost of Dh384 million ($104 million).

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has signed a contract with Cesi Middle East (Cesi) under which the technical consulting and engineering practice will provide consultancy services for an energy project in the emirate. Cesi will provide consultancy services related to connecting renewable energy generators to the Dewa grid.

Dubai Inn, a new generation hotel brand, will roll out its first phase of hotels in prime locations of Dubai this year. A joint venture of Meraas Holding and Emaar Properties, Dubai Inn features an innovative style combined with functionality and comfort, defining its niche as the ‘best value’ hotel in Dubai.

Delta Faucet Company, a leader in residential and commercial faucets and a pioneer of water conservation solutions, has selected ‘Junkyard Café’ design as winner of its 2014 Sustainability Challenge.

Abu Dhabi has approved 13 key projects covering an area of four million sq m in the first quarter of 2014, of which about 70 per cent are residential developments, said a report.

Go-ahead for Dubai creek project A project to develop the Dubai creek front in Bur Dubai’s Al Seef area has been given the green light. The project, estimated to cost about Dh2 billion ($544 million), covers a 1.8-km area extending from Al Fahidi, said a Wam report.

Preparatory works are expected to start early next year on the Dubai World Trade Centre site in Jebel Ali, Dubai, as part of the Dubai Expo 2020 development.

The total value of project awards for Sharjah this year could be as high as $3 billion, which is 25 per cent higher than 2013 and would represent emirate’s best ever year, according to Meed Projects. Over the two years to the end of 2013, a total of $5.

Construction work on The Onyx, a three-tower mixed-use development in Dubai, is being implemented on a fast-track basis to enable its completion in late 2015, according to its UAE-based developer Ishraqah for Development.

Emirates Steel has expanded its range with the launch of sheet pile materials, making it the only steel manufacturer in the Middle East to develop and sell these high value-added products, according to the Abu Dhabi-based company.