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Old August 5th, 2004, 01:32 PM   #41
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the Towers ?
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Old August 5th, 2004, 03:45 PM   #42
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hey trances! check todays gulf news (thursday) page 29!!!

15 towers are planned there!!!!!!

will be located at emirates ring road, direction al ain!!!!

but no info about these towers yet!
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Old August 5th, 2004, 05:41 PM   #43
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area is called doz - dubai outsource zone

towers will be owned by media city companies
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Old August 5th, 2004, 07:05 PM   #44
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More about The Towers:

Tecom, 18 new office towers

The Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone is to build 18 new towers over the next three years to relieve a shortage of prime office space, reported Gulf News. The towers will be built by the private sector and managed by the free zone management. (www.ameinfo.com May 09, 2004)


USD1bn high-rise towers at DIC

The Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone has announced that up to 18 high-rise towers costing around USD55m each will be built within the Dubai Internet City. The [email protected] will be developed by the private sector with leasing handled by the DIC, director-general Ahmed bin Byat told Gulf News. He said 70,000 people would work in Tecom by 2006. (www.ameinfo.com March 23, 2003)
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Old August 5th, 2004, 07:07 PM   #45
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More info about Dubai Outsourcing Zone (DOZ):

Here and here

Btw, the DOZ is different from The Towers.
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Old August 5th, 2004, 07:13 PM   #46
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doz even has it's own homepage:

http://www.doz.ae/

not so many info yet, but ok!
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Old August 5th, 2004, 07:16 PM   #47
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Luckily the towers in The Towers are going to be commercial (office) towers which usually look much better than residential towers. I'm only worried about the cost of building these towers, USD55m for each is very little, so they'll be short in height or in quality.
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Old August 5th, 2004, 11:20 PM   #48
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I know some people who give safety approval for new buildings coming up in Tecom, and they say that many of them have terrible safety standards (including one which had only one emergency exit and wooden stairs for the emergency - it will burn in a fire! -), but even though they do not give the safety approval, they are forced by some to say it's ok just to get the go ahead.

Recently, the newspapers talked about some kind of emergency situation in Media City in which a Korean delivery man died of a heart attack and employees complained that the ambulance was late.. the Dubai Police later said that these people were lying, and the ambulance was not late (the Police were correct, since CCTV showed ambulance arriving at an appropriate time). Anyway, a guy from the marketing department of Media City was happy when the investigation confirmed that the emergency services were good, but then he went on blabbering and saying stuff that's just a load of crap. I think I read something like: "We will join with Harvard Medical School to implement Harvard Medical School emergency service standards in the Tecom freezone".. what the hell is that supposed to mean? There's no such thing as Harvard Medical School emergency service standards.

Makes me wonder about all this bragging about safety being taken into consideration in other projects. Since I know for sure these guys are full of gas.
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Old August 6th, 2004, 12:36 AM   #49
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Come on BG, its not a coincidence that in such a hot country (where fires are more likely to happen) that no major fires have broken out especially will all the heavy construction, oil production and heavy industry in Jebel Ali. Just, thank god.
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ahmedr - Perhaps it is safe enough to prevent a fire from occurring, but I was saying there was a lack of emergency exits and the emergency stairs were wooden, so in the case of a fire starting, the evacuation would be bad.

And anyway, these are new buildings, we still haven't seen what they're like. Maybe new Dubai will have more fires than old Dubai.

Oh, and I think there was a major fire at Dubai courts.. a bunch of 10 years old gas cylinders exploded.
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Old August 6th, 2004, 11:42 AM   #51
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Trances... .remember you (or maybe someone else) posted a photo somewhere on this forum once of a construction site which you didnt know what it was for? Only the boardings were up and they said "The Towers". I looked for the thread where those photos were posted but couldnt find it. This is that project!

BG.... Recently two workers died when they fell from the top of Kharbash tower (correct spelling?) opposite Dusit.... and the employer blamed them saying it was their own mistake coz they didnt follow the safety instrcutions ..... can u believe that the police took no action against anyone and took the employers word that it was no one's fault !
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Old August 7th, 2004, 10:43 AM   #52
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There are deaths and accidents in any constrction site and they do happen while they are avoidable no one is will to take all the protection as it would inhibit construction and profits.
I wounder how many go un reported here ?
the thread on the towers is here
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...ghlight=towers

And I missed the paper yesterday any one eles have copy or link to the news ?
Add any details there
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Old August 27th, 2004, 09:07 AM   #53
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ABU DHABI GOSSIP

Great news for the Capital!

Source: gulfconstructiononline.com

Abu Dhabi's Vision 2020 programme:

* Car-manufacturing zone – the first of its kind in the Gulf. Volkswagen of Germany is expected to be an anchor investor in the car-manufacturing zone, while other German and Japanese car manufacturers have also shown interest in the zone.

* Expansion of power generation capacity.

* New residential areas are being developed to meet the demand of the growing population and hundreds of plots are being distributed to nationals for housing in Khalifa City A and B and the new Madinat Zayed on the Al Ain Road.

* Dh30 billion ($8 billion) construction plan to build about 40 residential and commercial towers in the coming few years. At least 20 of the new high-rises are to be built by the Khalifa Committee.

* Opening up the real estate sector to investments by foreigners.

* Newly-launched $ 200 million Capital Plaza and the Dh 350 million Fairmont

* Fairmont Abu Dhabi details: Modelled on a traditional Arabian palace, the resort will cover an area of 16,000 sq m and will be built along a network of canals and will overlook the Abu Dhabi Corniche. It will comprise 265 rooms and suites, including 57 rooms for the chain’s hotel within a hotel service Fairmont Gold. The complex, expected to open in late 2006, will also have a wedding hall for 1,000 guests, a conference hall, dining and entertainment facilities. It will also feature the Fairmont Restaurant Promenade comprising eight other restaurants and four cafes. Extensive dining options will include seven restaurants and bars, and 12 restaurants and cafés in the adjacent Fairmont Restaurant Promenade, which will cater to a wide variety of international tastes. There are also plans to build 50, one-, two- and three-bedroom villas as part of the resort.

*Capital Plaza details: The development will include five 33 to 45-storey towers, which will house a 250-room luxury hotel, 220 luxury apartments, a private beach and other retail and recreational facilities. Piling work is already under way on the project.

* Abu Dhabi Twin Towers: The twin-tower project is targeted for handover by September 2005, according to a spokesman for the contractor Arabtec-Samsung Engineering and Construction.The project, which provides a total floor area of 113,731 sq m, includes two slim-profiled high-rises – one 38-storey high and the other 33 storeys with one basement level. Standing adjacent to the towers is a seven-storey car-park. High-tech curtain-walling system from Schmidlin is being installed and around 70 per cent of the façade has been covered.

* Dh880 million pharmaceutical plant at Abu Dhabi Industrial City. The state-of-the-art plant for Abu Dhabi International Pharmaceuticals (Abu Dhabi Pharma) is expected to be completed in two years. The project is being developed by the Emirates Medical Group, Abu Dhabi and The Developers in collaboration with Italy’s Novasorel (technology and know-how provider) and Ima (equipment supplier and buildings designer).

* New Flagship beach resort near the Sir Bani Yas wildlife island reserve and a deluxe boutique resort at the Al Raha corniche.

* Dh220 million nine-storey Al Wahda shopping centre.

* Al Raha Beach Resort: Abu Dhabi’s first luxury boutique resort with 86 rooms and 13 suites, plus 24 chalets.Located close to the airport and golf courses on the Al Raha corniche and adjacent to a newly developed shopping mall offering international retail shops, restaurants and other family entertainment facilities – the hotel will feature a private beach and sea-facing accommodation as well as a luxurious spa.Work on the 80,000 sq m shopping centre and 78,000 sq m hotel also entailed reconfiguration of the marine area and external beach areas including a themed restaurant. Al Habtoor Engineering is the main contractor on the Dh230 million project, and is currently carrying out snagging work on the development.

* Separate airport terminal for Etihad Airways:two-storey terminal building with capacity for eight million passengers a year, 11 aircraft bays, six remote bays and a 7,000 sq m shopping area - PROPOSAL

* Dh1.5 billion expansion of the airport as a whole. With the completion of the current expansion work by 2006, the airport will have increased its capacity twice as much. Plans to build a second 4,100-m-long runway at the airport are expected to go ahead shortly.

* Sheikh Zayed bridge: an 8 km four-lane bridge to connect Abu Dhabi with other emirates. The Sheikh Zayed bridge is targeted for completion in 2007.

* The Abu Dhabi Cargo Village, which opened in 2003, has embarked on the second stage of its three-phase development plan. The Dh18 million second phase will double the completed first phase area of 14,095 sq m. The new facility specialises in cargo storage and re-export operations and it is custom-built for easy access to bonded warehouses and offices to help cargo airlines, courier companies, re-exporters and clearing agencies.

* Al Ain: The Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Authority has embarked upon a multi-million-dirham resort and golf club project in Mubazzarah as a part of a masterplan designed to make Al Ain an international tourist centre. The project includes a spring resort, mineral spring pools, a large lake, clubhouse and golf course, visitors’ centres, planetarium, cableway and conference centre.

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Old August 27th, 2004, 09:08 AM   #54
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Sorry wrong sub-forum.... please move this to the main forum. Thanks.
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Old August 27th, 2004, 09:09 AM   #55
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still good news for Abu Dhabi !
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Old August 27th, 2004, 04:30 PM   #57
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"* Dh30 billion ($8 billion) construction plan to build about 40 residential and commercial towers in the coming few years. At least 20 of the new high-rises are to be built by the Khalifa Committee."

Cant wait to see some renderings/models!
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Old August 27th, 2004, 10:15 PM   #58
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More about Abu Dhabi International Airport expansion

ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Nearly 20 years after moving to its present location, Abu Dhabi International Airport is on target to complete a multi-million dollar expansion programme to increase capacity to 7.2 million passengers a year within the next five years. During the same period, cargo capacity will be increased to 350,000 tonnes a year.

The plan includes a futuristic new satellite terminal directly connected to 11 aircraft stands capable of accomodating new-age Super Jumbos such as the Airbus A380 double-deck airliner, due to enter service in 2006. The terminal will have 4,000 square meters of world-class duty-free retail space, restaurants and a superb level of passenger comfort and convenience.
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Old August 29th, 2004, 02:22 AM   #59
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I got a bit bored reading about all the entertainment projects in the UAE such as golf courses etc.. it's great seeing something about manufacturing in the list.

Great for Abu Dhabi!
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I got a bit bored reading about all the entertainment projects in the UAE such as golf courses etc.. it's great seeing something about manufacturing in the list.

Great for Abu Dhabi!
Recently Abi Dhabi goverment took 10% stake on VolksWagen car company, but it would be effective somewhere from next month. Recently Sk. Mohammed of Abu Dhabi was in Germany visiting the company and of course he has asked them for investing in a car assembling plant.

Now, if it would be finalized, is hard to tell, there are a lot of factors involved, such the size of the market. VW already assembles in South Africa and China so I don't know how much sense it would make to actually build an assembling line, considering that the biggest potential car markets nearby (ndia and Iran) have very high import duties on cars, up to 100%. However myself as a VW owner and fan, hope that AD having a stake in VW would bring better service and prices for their cars in the UAE
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