UAE Focus

FLOORS and Decks (FND), a UAE-based flooring specialist, has opened a new concept showroom in Dubai.  The outlet showcases a wide range of products for indoor application such as wooden design tiles, patterned flooring, random floors, customised design floors, and a combination of wood, stone and metal.

DUBAI’S new tram system will be officially launched on November 11, following the start of trial operations last month. The Dubai tram system is the first tramway project outside Europe to be powered by a ground-based electric supply system along the track, said a Wam report. The initial phase of the project consists of a 10.

SIREI, a group of Italian architects and builders, is planning to construct an Italian renaissance-style city in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The project, estimated to cost $30 billion, will comprise villas and golf courses stretching over 150 hectares in its Renaissance City that will house 40,000 people.

OMNIX International, the sole dealer for Autodesk in the Middle East, plans to offer state-of-the-art building information modelling (BIM) training for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries in the UAE.

THE fifth phase of Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Hotel expansion plan, which is set for completion in 2018, has been endorsed by the government. The masterplan vision and concept for the expansion was delivered by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan.

TREX Company, a US-based brand and a global leader in composite decking, has been chosen to provide its high-performance deck boards for what will be the longest constructed boardwalk in the UAE.

Cofely Besix wins Aldar contract COFELY Besix, a leading facilities management (FM) company, has won a three-year contract from Aldar Properties to execute the maintenance and operation of the Aldar headquarters building in Abu Dhabi.

MAJID Al Futtaim (MAF) is building the first phase of its new City Centre shopping mall in the Me’aisem area of Dubai at a cost Dh275 million ($74.8 million), said a report.

ABU Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) has called for pre-qualification bids from contractors interested in building a major residential project at Saadiyat Island.

UAE’S construction market is set to remain strong this year, according to a new report. It is predicted to return to near full capacity with a number of mega projects in the pipeline and the ramping up of social infrastructure spend, according to EC Harris’ 2014 International Focus on the UAE report.

EIGHT new parks are being developed by the Abu Dhabi City Municipality in Baniyas town, on the outskirts of UAE’s capital, said a report. The work has already begun on four of these parks, while designs for constructing four others are being worked on, said the Khaleej Times report.