UAE Focus

Leading architects BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Foster + Partners, and Grimshaw Architects have won a contest to design theme pavilions for Dubai Expo 2020. Thirteen leading architectural firms took part in the competition, launched by Emaar Properties on behalf of Expo 2020.

Dubai developer Omniyat has appointed Australia-headquartered Brookfield Multiplex as the main contractor for a Dh2-billion ($544 million) luxury tower on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah island. The 23-storey One at Palm Jumeirah aims for a Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver rating.

The UAE government has approved funds worth Dh7 billion ($2 billion) for infrastructure development in the Northern Emirates. The projects include approvals for housing aid, the building of new residential complexes, roads, schools, health centres and government buildings, the Wam news agency reported.

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) has selected financial, legal and technical advisers for a 350-MW solar park in Abu Dhabi.

Aldar inks mall revamp contract Abu Dhabi’s Aldar Properties has awarded a Dh318-million ($86.5 million) contract to refurbish and expand Al Jimi Mall to Pivot Construction. The project will add an additional retail space of 33,000 sq m, bringing the total to 76,000 sq m.

Arabtec has won a Dh1.7-billion ($462.85 million) contract from the UAE federal government to build 1,100 houses for Emirati nationals in the Northern Emirate of Fujairah. Arabtec, 36-per cent owned by Abu Dhabi state fund Aabar Investments, said construction would begin immediately and is expected to take about two-and-a-half years.

Technology leader Panasonic is targeting a 20 per cent growth for its global Eco Solutions business over the next two years driven by the huge infrastructure projects coming up in the region to host events such as the Expo 2020 in Dubai and the Fifa 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Dorma+kaba says it will be able to serve the GCC markets “even better” following the merger of the German and Swiss businesses. As a result of last year’s merger of Dorma and Kaba, the group is now one of the top three in the world for security and access solutions, with total sales of more than €2 billion ($2.

Italian made-to-measure kitchen design brand Snaidero recently opened its flagship studio in Dubai Design District, d3, the region’s prestigious creative design hub.

Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has awarded a Dh611-million ($166 million) contract for the Sheikh Rashid Road-Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road Interchange. The interchange, which is part of a major project to upgrade the Al Shindagha roads network, is due for completion in the last quarter of 2017.

wasl properties has completed a key residential community, wasl hub, which boasts 312 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in the Karama area of Dubai.