UAE Focus

The organisers of Expo 2020 Dubai will award 47 construction contracts worth Dh11 billion ($3 billion) in 2017 as preparations for the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia continue to gather pace.

Work on the Dh5.3-billion ($1.44 billion) Al Mafraq Al Ghweifat highway, which will link the major cities in the Western Region and facilitate commercial transportation on highway, is progressing well, senior officials of Abu Dhabi General Services Company (Musanada) said.

Al Shafar Steel Engineering (Assent) plans to double its facilities at Dubai Industrial Park. The expansion, which will make it one of the largest steel manufacturers in the region, will grow the firm’s footprint in the UAE and wider GCC. Under the expansion, Assent will add four new facilities spread over an additional 1.

Arthur & Hardman has launched Milano by Giovanni Boutique Suites, a premium Italian style luxury tower in Dubai’s Jumeirah Village Circle, at an estimated investment of Dh125 million ($34 million). Prices start from Dh499,000 ($135,831) for a studio and go up to Dh1.3 million ($353,868) for a two-bed hotel apartment.

Nakheel is moving ahead with infrastructure work at Madinat Al Arab, a 522-hectare site with 266 mixed-use land plots, located at Waterfront in Jebel Ali.

Elematic has supplied an Acotec PRO line to RAK Precast for the production of non-load bearing interior precast wall panels. With this new technology, RAK Precast has not only expanded its product range but is also the first Acotec wall panel producer in the UAE.

Henkel Polybit Industries, a market leader in the field of waterproofing and construction chemical products in the GCC, says its CM 16 tile adhesive offers unmatched performance, and is perfect for wet areas and swimming pools.

Etihad Solar is to design and install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for 640 villas in Dubai, which will be the project of its kind in the region. Once completed, the solar panels will be connected to the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority’s (Dewa) main grid through the Shams Dubai programme.

fischer Middle East honoured its trade partners at an awards ceremony in Dubai last month.  The fischer Trade Excellence Awards 2016 event was held at The H Hotel and also showcased how its trade division, just a few years old, has been well accepted in the market and expanded across the GCC region.

Car-park revamp under way Majid Al Futtaim has started work on the redevelopment of the City Centre Mirdif’s car-park at an estimated cost of Dh355 million ($91 million).