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Old October 17th, 2004, 03:34 PM   #121
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the bridge is obviously under construction, as the article says
from march 2004

New Dh635m link to Abu Dhabi


Model of the Dh635 million Sheikh Zayed Bridge unveiled at the Road Exhibition.

A new Dh635 million bridge to improve the flow of traffic to and from Abu Dhabi is in the works.

The details of the Sheikh Zayed Bridge or Abu Dhabi Third Crossing were unveiled on the opening day of the International Road Exhibition & Conference (Roadex 2004) yesterday.

The bridge will serve as a crucial link between Abu Dhabi city and the highways to other emirates, notably Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

The bridge, which is expected to be ready in early 2007, will be the third connecting Abu Dhabi island with the mainland, the other two being the Maqta and Mussafah bridges. The striking bridge symbolises the dunes of the desert and it will cross the Maqta channel.

The UAE's infrastructure development is a model not only at the regional level but also at the global level, thanks to the full support of the UAE President, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces.

The keynote speech, read by Saeed Saif bin Jaber, added: "The UAE is a prime example of how countries in the region have invested resources and capacities to create a model for sustainable development to serve national economic interests and enhance their regional and global competitiveness."

The second Gulf Road Conference is held concurrently with the Roads Exhibition.

The twin events were inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department on behalf of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The model and design of the gateway bridge, an architectural masterpiece, came in for appreciation by government officials, industry experts and visitors.

The Geneva-registered Archirodon Construction is the main contractor of the project which is the third package of the Dh900 million-plus project.

"Work has been underway at the project since early 2004. As far as bridges go, this is unique, unlike any other in the country," said Jamal Al Hosani, Assistant Director, Design, and Chairman, Managing Committee of Bridges Project.

"The contract was awarded after competitive bidding as it is a prestigious project." The bridge was designed by London-based architect Zaha Hadid.

Speaking on the sidelines of the conference, Ibrahim Abdullah Al Wahabi, General Manager, Road Department, Ministry of Public Works and Housing, said the UAE is examining the feasibility of introducing a magnetic train linking all the emirates to ease the problem of transportation inside the country.

"The government is studying the establishment of a new magnetic train to link all the emirates starting from Ras Al Khaimah and ending at Abu Dhabi. We will soon finalise how to go forward."

Al Wahabi said a similar study is being undertaken in Saudi Arabia although details were sketchy at the moment.

Asked about the usefulness of the magnetic train in the UAE, he said it is cost-effective, works on electricity and is an environment-friendly mode of transport.

Japan and some European countries introduced such trains successfully some years ago to ease the growing transportation problem in their countries.

Al Wahabi said the Ministry launched a 10-year plan in the Northern Emirates in 1999 for development and maintenance of the roads network. The first phase has ended after an investment outlay of around Dh246 million.

The second phase, he said, has just begun this year and will end in 2008. Roadex 2004 will run until Wednesday.
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Old October 17th, 2004, 05:01 PM   #122
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i am un sure of the location too
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Old October 18th, 2004, 08:26 AM   #123
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i've heard there will be a reef mall, but there have never never been specific details. anybody any idea if this one is worth a visit?

Reef Mall opens in Deira
The new Reef Mall has opened in Dubai's Deira district on Salahuddin Street. The new shopping mall boasts in line-up of retail outlets that include Home Centre, Glitter, Mr. Price, The Athlete's Foot, Splash, Shoe Mart, Lifestyle, Babyshop, Bossini, Karisma and the Al Maya supermarket.
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Old October 18th, 2004, 12:24 PM   #124
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Damac sales centre in Deira
Posted: Monday, October 18, 2004




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Damac Properties has announced the opening of its third sales centre in Dubai.

The new centre is located in the ground floor of the Bin Ham Building across the road from the Deira City Centre.

To celebrate the opening of the new office, Damac Properties will be holding an open week there as of the official inauguration ceremony tomorrow evening.

During the open week, customers will be able to visit the sales centre to look at the latest Damac projects, and enjoy after-Iftar Ramadan snacks and sweets.

The new office consists of a display area and meeting rooms for prospective customers on the ground floor, as well as management offices and a show apartment on the mezzanine floor.

The new centre is expected to meet the growing demand for its luxury homes and cater to the increasing number of customers residing in the Deira side of Dubai.

'The decision to open an office in Deira was in response to our customers' wishes,' said Hussain Sajwani, chairman of Damac Group and Damac Properties.

'We found that a lot of the prospects who were calling us about buying a properties were either Dubai residents living in Deira and its surrounding areas, or tourists staying in hotels in that area.'

Speaking at a press conference at the new Damac Properties location, he said the location of the office has been strategically selected to capitalise on the dense traffic in and around the Deira City Centre.

'We believe this is one of the most frequented areas in Dubai, and it gives us excellent exposure to potential customers, ' he said.

Damac Properties CEO Peter Riddoch said that new sales centre in Deira will complement the company's two other sales centres in the Dubai Media City and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), giving Damac Properties extensive coverage throughout Dubai.

'The sales centre in DIFC is conveniently located for customers staying in Bur Dubai and on Shaikh Zayed Road, while the one in the Dubai Media City gives us access to customers living in Jumeira, Umm Suqeim, and Al Barsha, as well as tourists staying in the beachfront hotels along the Jumeira coast,' he said.

He said the opening of the new office will also help reduce pressure off the two existing offices, as Damac Properties continues to witness increasing interest and demand in its properties, especially following the launch of its two latest projects - Park Towers at DIFC and Ocean Heights at Dubai Marina.

Damac Properties crossed the ten-tower mark for the first time last week the launch of Ocean Heights.

'We now have a total of eight projects comprising eleven buildings, since two of these projects are made up of two adjacent towers. The total value of our projects is over Dh1.5 billion,' Riddoch added.

He said the opening of the new sales centre is the second step in Damac Properties' marketing offensive, which will see it positioning itself even more distinctly than other property developers in Dubai and the region, and focusing on the premium segment of the market


another place to visit for me
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Old October 18th, 2004, 01:56 PM   #125
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you gonna have a busy time when you come !
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Old October 18th, 2004, 02:19 PM   #126
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oh yes i will
so i won't be bored

hopefully they have some models there allowed to be photographed
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Old October 18th, 2004, 02:41 PM   #127
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i am thinking of going back sooner around the end of Jan-Feb
expect i will be back from 20 Jan for like 8 days or so then a few more places before coming back to sydney. Next trip is no where new for me just my usual route
SYD-Dubai-London-Bangkok- Sydney
all the places i have friends and can afford to go and know well
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Old October 18th, 2004, 02:45 PM   #128
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nice trip
bangkok seems to be very nice

trances - can you do me a favor?
you've been taking so many site pics you probably know some excellent spots for taking pics

can you post them or pm me please?
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Old October 18th, 2004, 02:56 PM   #129
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sure i can
the best places i find are all the car parks at the back of the building in SZR it hard walking but they all have great views.
Walk in each car park and just get the lift to the top floor then walk up fire stairs to the roof if you can. They are all public access so no fear.
Also there is access to the Entry of the Emirates towers that is nice to see across the road. And the TOWER car park has great views all the way to deria on clear days. Telecom Tower Should be visible from there now. A good one is also the Fairmont Car Park as it the last in the pack for Capital Towers and Zebeel Park.
All the low rises in Bur Dubai have roof tops and old building have no access so just take a walk up them. For Views on the few up coming.
As for Marina there is no much down there yet to get views from. Media City is sorta hard to get in. and most building are low any way. So not much point bar views for like 3 towers.
Thats about alll i can think of right now
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Old October 18th, 2004, 02:59 PM   #130
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thanks, this will help a lot
i think i'll park the car on one szr side , take pics of every single tower and go up to the car parks
then the same on the other side
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its a long walk but worth it !
and no way under the road at the Dusit end !
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its a long walk but worth it !
and no way under the road at the Dusit end !
think that too
why not under the road at dusit?
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cause in Dubai they don’t invest in walkway for pedestrians
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Dubai Lover was thinking of driving around to places anyway.
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Old October 19th, 2004, 11:14 AM   #135
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i love these news


$30bn building projects on target

The value of building projects under construction in the UAE is estimated at around $30 billion, with most of them being situated in Dubai.

They include for example new residential districts, the construction of over 60 new hotels across the country, the massive expansion of the airports in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and the building of large shopping centres and other commercial premises.

The revelation came as organisers dmg world media Dubai prepare for Big 5 2004 to be held next month.

"Activity in the UAE construction industry is at a premium with current large scaled projects due for completion representing just 10 per cent of those to be implemented," said Bob Hughes of dmg world media Dubai.

The largest and longest established exhibition for the construction and contracting industry will once again be held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre.

Bob Hughes added: "With the show's continued increase in demand it can only benefit exhibitors, distributors and exporters, and continue to augur well for the sustained economic well being of Dubai."

This year sees the utilisation of the Shaikh Rashid Hall and a specially erected pavilion to provide the largest Big 5 exhibition to date.

The expansion follows growing demand for space from individual exhibitors and National Pavilions, all keen to make sure they are exhibiting at the only Middle East construction fair.

The importance of the demand for space lead the organisers to dedicate the Shaikh Rashid Hall to exhibitors from all over the world and specialise in one of the seven sectors, Marble, Ceramics & Stone Products and Machinery.

The other major industry sectors include Building & Construction, Cleaning and Maintenance, Water Technology and Environment, AC and Refrigeration, Bathrooms and Ceramics and Glass & Metal.

The dedicated sectors provide a distinct advantage for exhibitors as well as visitors, assisting all concerned to find the right products for future projects.

The current boom in the construction industry in the UAE is increasing with government spending set to continue over the next 10 years on the creation of new infrastructure projects, office and residential accommodation.

The Big 5 2004 will take place from November 20 to 24 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, with the show expected to attract over 30, 000 visitors. More than 1,600 exhibitors from over 50 countries will be present.

An international exhibition and publishing company, dmg world media produces over 300 market-leading trade exhibitions, consumer shows and fairs each year and publishes 65 related magazines, newspapers, directories and market reports. dmg world media employs more than 800 people and maintains a worldwide presence through 38 offices.

dmg world media is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), one of the largest and most successful media companies in the United Kingdom.
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A beautiful ‘Cover Job”

The new Abu Dhabi Corniche has started to take shape with many features that will further boost the city's attraction as a world-class tourist destination. These beautifully designed canopies are part of the Corniche beautification project, scheduled to be completed nest year at an estimated cost of Dh750 million. The project is aimed at providing state-of-the-art recreational facilities for residents of the capital to socialise, relax and enjoy themselves as well as to lure tourists to the city.
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Old October 30th, 2004, 10:13 PM   #137
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Another big one for Sharjah, the Malak Tower.

(newspaper ad)

And the Sahab Tower:

see www.sahabtwr.ae
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Thats 50 Storey (by counting).
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Old October 30th, 2004, 10:21 PM   #139
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i hate sharjah never is in the news

the second tower is amazing, will get its own thread now
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Old October 30th, 2004, 10:27 PM   #140
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never realised that sharjah is so close to dubai, maybe they should build that metro from Dubai's airport to sharjah also
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