Dubai continues to press ahead with its ambitions and with only four years to the Expo 2020, the construction sector can look forward to the release of multi-billion-dollar projects, says MRIDULA BHATTACHARYA.

Link to Dubai projects at a glance

The Dh4-billion ($1.09 billion) Jewel of the Creek development, which aims to revive a historic area of Dubai, has reached a major construction milestone with the first phase, comprising five towers, having been topped out at the end of February.

Construction of The Residences at Marina Gate is well under way with works commenced on all three towers within the Dh4-billion ($1.089 billion) development, according to the developer Select Group.

With the first 35 families having already moved into The Sustainable City (TSC), Dubai can truly stake claim to having pioneered sustainable living in the region.

Some of the leading contractors in the UAE are using formwork systems from Germany’s Paschal-Werk G Maier to facilitate work and speed up the execution of a number of their key projects in Dubai.

Ideal Standard, a leading provider of innovative bathroom solutions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), has carved a niche as a project specialist with its range of innovative, award-winning bathroom solutions designed for projects of any kind across the region.

First Solar, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) solar energy solutions, will start shipping the first consignment of its high-performance photovoltaic (PV) modules for the 200-MW Phase Two of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in the second quarter of this year. By the year-end, the company will have supplied more than 2.

With the emergence of mega projects across the region, companies in the construction industry do not have time for traditional trial-and-error practices as these would lead to costly delays.

Making Ground, a specialist in high quality and environment-friendly landscape solutions, has witnessed an increase in demand for its sustainable paving solutions after being named winner of the eighth Gaia Awards in the ‘Marble, Stone and Ceramic Category’ at The Big 5 show in Dubai, UAE, last year.

The UAE is witnessing a lot of demand for infrastructure development, particularly in the healthcare sector, as Dubai gears up for Expo 2020 and looks to establish itself as a medical tourism hub, according to KEF Holdings, a company specialising in innovative offsite construction technology.