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Old June 16th, 2009, 07:31 PM   #1261
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Old June 16th, 2009, 07:39 PM   #1263
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Old June 16th, 2009, 07:46 PM   #1265
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Old June 16th, 2009, 07:53 PM   #1268
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Old June 16th, 2009, 07:56 PM   #1269
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Old June 16th, 2009, 08:05 PM   #1270
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Old June 16th, 2009, 08:09 PM   #1271
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Dusit Emirates Saray (aka DUSIT HOTELS & RESORTS)

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Old June 18th, 2009, 11:32 AM   #1272
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Old June 30th, 2009, 08:19 PM   #1273
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In my opinion, it's a little mess. Large amount of funny looking hotels + some starchitect's icons, like Burj Dubai. Details are hilarious, residental villas are extremely condensed to save as many plots as they can. Everything is hardly different than in the Europe...
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Old July 5th, 2009, 12:46 PM   #1274
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Palm Jumeirah residents fall sick after swimming in dirty pools.
2 July 2009
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Dubai: Dozens of adults and children have fallen ill at the Palm Jumeirah after swimming in unkempt pools.

Many residents living on the Nakheel development project have been diagnosed with ear and eye infections, diarrhoea, stomach cramps and high fever after swimming in facilities located on the project's Shoreline Apartments.

The high volume of cases has prompted many residents to contact Nakheel as rumours circulate among the island community that the pools are not being cleaned regularly due to an alleged pay dispute between maintenance workers and the property developer.

Gulf News spoke to several Palm residents, who all wished to remain anonymous, about their experiences. G.H, a 39-year-old housewife from New Zealand, said: "My daughter has been suffering from diarrhoea, an upset stomach and a high temperature. I've also been feeling very sick after swimming in our pool. My husband had to take two days off [from] work to look after us both.

"The condition of the pools on the Palm at the moment is bad. The water is really murky and the tiles need [to be] scrubbed. I've spoken to [several] residents who have been suffering from stomach bugs and ear and eye infections. My daughter was unable to eat any solids for a week."

It costs between Dh600 and Dh700 per month to maintain a 100 cubic metre (100,000 litres) pool in a villa. It costs approximately Dh1,500 for maintaining a public pool or a pool in a school, as it requires more chemicals and daily cleaning.

E.P, a 27-year-old housewife from the United States, said: "My six-month-old baby girl got sick after swimming in the pool... We usually go swimming everyday but lately I've noticed the pools don't seem to be getting cleaned. The sides of the pool were grimy and the water itself was cloudy. I stopped taking my child swimming once the water changed colour and I believe that is the reason my daughter only got a mild case of the virus.

"I know of many other children who got sick as well as a few adults."

Nakheel declined to comment on the matter.

1. Sanitise your pool on regular basis with a stabilised chlorine product to provide protection against bacteria. These generally come in stick or tablet form and are fed into a distribution container near the pump and filter system.

2. Use an algae preventive or inhibitor to help keep the more than 15,000 kinds of algae from ever getting started. This liquid product is simply poured into the water near the skimmer intake so that the pump system can distribute it to all areas of the pool.

3. Use a manual brush and pool vacuum on all areas of the walls and floor at least once a week, even if your pool is equipped with an automatic system.

4. Pay particular attention to corners, stairs and other hard-to-reach areas that get little circulation.

5. Shock your pool on a regular basis - almost every two weeks - to get rid of water-soluble bather waste.

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Good hygiene helps

The US-based Centre for Disease Control's guidelines for pools includes advice on avoiding swallowing pool water.

Swimmers are advised to practice good hygiene by avoiding this and staying out of the swimming pool if they have diarrhoea. Dr Sabah Al Lawati, medical director of Medcommz, a UAE-based medical consultancy, said: "Recreational bathing including swimming in pools, spas and hot tubs, can be a health risk if proper measures are not taken. People can become ill due to the consumption of contaminated water caused by inadequate cleaning procedures - even when this water has been adequately chlorinated. "

Improperly treated public swimming pools can be the source of a variety of infections and illnesses associated with water-borne germs such as giardia, E. coli and shigella.

The most commonly reported recreation-related water illness is infection-related diarrhoea.

Do you know of any public facilities that are not maintained well? Has anything been done to fix the problem?
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Old July 5th, 2009, 01:04 PM   #1276
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Nakheel mulls parking charges to boost monorail use
6 May 2009
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Introducing car parking charging is one of a number of options being considered to encourage people to use its newly opened $436m Palm Monorail public transportation system on Palm Jumeirah, a senior Nakheel official said.

It may also offer residents of the Palm season tickets for use on the monorail to boost passenger numbers on the system, Marwan Al Qamzi, executive managing director of Nakheel Southern Projects, said on Wednesday.

"We are looking at various options to push people to use the public transportation systems available," he told reporters during a trip on the new facility.

"It could be by increasing parking fees somewhere, so we tell people this is the free parking and if you drive on you will be paying this. This is one option...we need to work on a full system. The way we see it is people have already started to look at public transportation but we also need to push from our side to convince them."

He said Nakheel decided to build a monorail over other public transport options because it would provide a bigger attraction for tourists.

The monorail will initially shuttle up to 2,400 passengers per hour between the Gateway Station at the trunk of the man-made island and Atlantis stations at the crescent, where visitors can access the Atlantis Hotel and Aquaventure waterpark.

Four separate trains, each made up of three cars, will initially run along the 5.45km dual-track railway, with the journey between the two stations lasting nine-minutes.

The driverless-system will be increased to a total of nine trains per hour with a capacity of 6,000 people once it is connected to the Dubai Metro, which is due to open in September.

Nakheel has plans to ultimately connect the service to the Dubai Metro after the introduction of RTA's Al Sufouh tramline, which would offer direct links to Dubai International Airport.

Al Qamzi said there were plans for the system to be extended to link with the metro’s TECOM Station on Sheikh Zayed Road.

Since the facility opened on Thursday an average of 600 people per day have used the monorail, said Shahrin Bin Abdol Salam, general manager for SMRT Engineering, the Singapore firm which won a $81.7m contract to operate and maintain the monorail. More than 3,000 people used the facility over the weekend, he said.

The other two stations on the track, Palm Mall and Trump Tower, have yet to open.

Construction work at both projects has been hit by delays. Nakheel announced in March its $3bn mall expansion programme involving five mega malls including Palm Mall had been delayed by 12 months.

It followed Nakheel’s decision in November last year to delay Trump International Hotel and Tower due to the global financial crisis.

Al Qamzi said Nakheel was evaluating different transport systems including monorails for Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira, the developer’s other two palm-shaped islands under construction.

Tickets for the Palm Monorail cost AED15 for a single journey and AED25 for a round trip, with the service running daily between 8am and 10pm.

Passengers using the system can park their cars at the 1,500-space car park at Gateway Station. Capacity at the car park would be increased to 4,500 spaces when required, Al Qamzi said.

A team of 100 staff operate the monorail for SMRT, which also operates the metro in Singapore.

The system was developed by a consortium of leading international companies, led by the Marubeni Corporation, with the trains from Japanese manufacturer Hitachi.

Each train travels on average 30km per hour but reaches speeds of between 65km and 68km per hour. The top speed is 70km per hour.

The monorail uses a virtually silent track system with each train fully automatic, although an attendant will be on board at all times.
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PROJECTS SINK IN QUICKSAND - Australian companies have been hit hard by the dramatic downturn in Dubai
5 July 2009
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WHEN Kylie Minogue took to the stage for a $5 million performance to celebrate the opening of Dubai's Atlantis Palm Jumeirah hotel on a man-made palm-shaped island last November, it seemed the party would last forever.

While the rest of the world was already feeling the chills of economic downturn, business was still running hot in this city created from the desert.

Dubai -- the New York of the Middle East, the city of dreams -- is an artificial wonderland, but it could not remove itself from the harsher realities of the world.

The Economist magazine described the $35 million Palm Jumeirah party as ``a perfect, noisy finale to the world's latest age of excess''.

Since then the hangover has hit, and Aussies are among those feeling the pain.

Dubai had become the next wave of opportunity for developers, construction companies and finance firms which were making as much money as they could from the booming Australian economy.

Property prices in Dubai, which had soared 80 per cent in 18 months, collapsed 41 per cent in the first three months of this year.

More than half of all residential and commercial projects due for completion between this year and 2012 have been put on hold or cancelled.

The headlines now are all about what is not going to happen.

The value of shelved projects was put at a stunning $230 billion by the Middle East Economic Digest in March.

``That figure would definitely have increased,'' says Craig Plumb, head of research in the Middle East for Jones Lang LaSalle real estate.

``What's happened since then is more of the same -- more projects being deferred or cancelled. Many of the projects that had started have been delayed or stopped.'' They include The Waterfront -- a new city twice the size of Hong Kong island that will eventually house 1.5 million people along 70km of reclaimed coastline and desert.

The Gold Coast-based Sunland Group, through its Emirates division, is pushing ahead with two partially built developments -- the $1.3 billion second Palazzo Versace hotel and D1, Dubai's $859 million sister to the Q1 skyscraper in Surfers Paradise -- albeit at a slower pace.

But their most ambitious project --The Atrium at Waterfront -- was put on hold before it started. The 68-level tower, with an end value of $2.4 billion, was designed as two arching towers meeting at the 47th level offering panoramic views across the Arabian Gulf.

Unveiled on Sunland's 25th anniversary last October, it was canned recently after a deal to sell 40 per cent of the project to a company associated with Australian golfer Adam Scott fell through.

Another joint project, the $850 million Waterfront 1, has also been deferred.

Sunland, headed by Gold Coast father-and-son team Soheil and Sahba Abedian, has announced $231 million of write-downs in the value of its Dubai holdings this financial year.

Leighton Holdings have also fallen victim.

The Australian company took a 45 per cent stake in Al Habtoor Engineering two years ago, creating the biggest construction firm in the United Arab Emirates.

But this year, more than $1 billion worth of projects Leighton was involved in throughout Dubai -- about a fifth of their work in the Middle East -- have been halted or scrapped.

They include the $835 million Trump International Hotel and Tower on Palm Jumeirah.

Leighton also had a $349 million stake in the proposed $1.85 billion expansion of Dubai's airport, cancelled last week.

Between 10,000 and 20,000 expat Aussies were working in Dubai at the peak of the boom, but thousands have lost their jobs in the past few months.

Craig Plumb says stories of highly-paid staff simply abandoning luxury cars at the airport and climbing on planes home, while exaggerated, are true.

Foreigners who lose their jobs with one company cannot switch to another, and lose their visas.

A report last month from EFG Hermes, the largest investment bank in the Gulf region, predicts that the number of employees in construction, real estate and financial services in Dubai will plummet by a third this year.

The exodus will push vacancy rates -- already nudging 20 per cent and their highest ever -- even higher and rents even lower.

While there is talk, and strong support for, relaxing laws to allow overseas companies 100 per cent ownership of developments in Dubai -- foreign firms currently require a local partner -- confidence is not helped by the fact that local investors are increasingly putting their money into snapping up bargain buildings in the depressed London market.

Some Australians who continue to work in Dubai on temporary contracts face problems, too.

The zero rate of income tax in the United Arab Emirates has been a big drawcard for ex-pats working there.

Previously, any income earned overseas on jobs that lasted 91 days or more was exempt from tax in Australia.

But changes in the recent Federal Budget mean that from July 1, those on temporary contracts and so considered still to be Australian residents will pay up to 45 per cent.

Australians have also been caught up in a wide-ranging bribery and corruption investigation into the property sector running in Dubai for nearly a year now.

Those arrested include Matthew Joyce, who was managing director of the massive Waterfront project being developed by Dubai's largest developer, Nakheel, which is backed by Dubai's royal family.

Mr Joyce and fellow Nakheel executive Marcus Lee were detained without charge in January, allegedly over payments involving Sunland.

Sunland's chief operating officer for the Middle East, Gold Coaster David Brown, has been interviewed by authorities and the firm says he is a witness to the investigation.

Managing director Sahba Abedian last week also dismissed rumours that another senior staffer had been questioned.

``Sunland strongly supports and is assisting in the current investigations by the Dubai Government into the region's property market,'' Mr Abedian said.

``We commend the authorities' commitment to ensure the Dubai property market is fully transparent, and that the highest level of corporate governance is met by developers within the region.

``Sunland will continue to assist and provide full support to the authorities in the investigations.''

Mr Abedian says Sunland is still committed to the region.

Craig Plumb says the tough stand against corruption is seen as a positive by Australian companies that the Dubai Government is serious about transparency and governance issues: ``There are other markets where they are talking about it, but it's actually happening here.''

Mr Plumb says there are signs that ``we are getting close to the bottom of the market, but the full effect has not been felt''.

There are more promising opportunities in the wider region, however, including the neighbouring Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Qatar which, unlike Dubai, are oil-rich.

A $1.6 billion contract with Leighton's Al Habtoor Engineering and another group to build the diamond-shaped, seven-star Tameer Towers hotel and residential buildings in Abu Dhabi has been re-activated after being shelved.

The International Monetary Fund expects the Gulf oil states to return to positive economic growth next year, leading the world out of recession.

Mr Plumb says many companies are already shifting their focus to longer-established centres such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

``These are much bigger economies with stronger underlying demand for property,'' he said.

A 20-year plan for the redevelopment of the Saudi city of Jeddah was unveiled last week. Mr Plumb says there are also ambitious expansion plans for the capital, Riyadh, and for the construction of six new cities: ``Saudi Arabia could need one million extra residences over the next three years.''

But while this presented exciting opportunities, Saudi Arabia remains a much more difficult market for overseas companies to operate in than the United Arab Emirates.
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ifa hotels & resorts and nakheel hand over
31 May 2009
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Owners of Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah started receiving the keys to their residential units earlier this month from joint venture partners Nakheel and IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFA HR).

Owners of Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah started receiving the keys to their residential units earlier this month from joint venture partners Nakheel and IFA Hotels & Resorts (IFA HR).

Located on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah, Golden Mile comprises 10 buildings housing a total of 860 residential units, just minutes from the beach. The development will also host the first freehold offices on Palm Jumeirah as well as an extensive retail area. The residential component offers one, two and three bedroom apartments, townhouses and penthouses with sea and park views. All residences are managed by the neighbouring Fairmont Palm Jumeirah hotel, which is set to open next year.

Werner Burger, President and COO of IFA HR, said: “This is a very special project. Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah will be the first mixed-use project on the trunk of the island with residences, freehold offices and shopping promenades, offering an active and vibrant ambiance for residents and visitors alike. We have been working closely with our joint venture partner Nakheel to ensure the delivery of an excellent product with quality finishes; we hope our customers feel welcome in their new homes and enjoy the high quality services available within the development.”

Yousuf Kazim, Managing Director, Nakheel Joint Ventures, commented: “Palm Jumeirah is truly a prestigious address and offers an aspirational lifestyle and environment. A great community feel is now forming with more projects being handed over and more residents moving in. We are committed to the handover of properties in all of our ongoing developments and look forward to welcoming the new wave of residents to Palm Jumeirah.”

Residents in Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah will enjoy superior services and facilities, from traditional concierge services to additional ‘a la carte’ services that can be purchased, including housekeeping, grocery shopping and more; all provided by the Fairmont Palm Jumeirah hotel. The buildings benefit from 24-hour security and maintenance services, as well as a variety of pools and health clubs planned to open in the near future. As well as having chic cafes and upscale boutiques within Golden Mile, residents can also enjoy a range of luxury retail and leisure facilities at their doorstep.

Philip M. Barnes, Regional Vice President, Middle East, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, said: “We hope residents of Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah thoroughly enjoy the range of services and ‘a la carte’ offerings available to them. We are proud to be part of this exciting project, the second residential project we manage on Palm Jumeirah.”

IFA HR recently introduced a leasing programme allowing Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah owners to either occupy their apartments or lease them through IFA HR, similar to the one implemented in the existing Palm Residence (Shoreline Apartment Buildings Al Nabat & Al Haseer). The introduction of this leasing programme has already proved to be very popular, helping owners achieve high rental yields and secure a return on their investment.

“Apartments in The Palm Residence command a high premium, with all units available for leasing currently occupied. Residents and tenants realise the quality of life given the ‘a la carte’ services available to them through our hospitality partners, and the superior lifestyle once leisure outlets are operational in their neighbourhood. We have just opened our first restaurant, Gusto, at the Al Shalal Beach Club and look forward to offering residents and visitors additional leisure facilities in the near future,” added Burger.

Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah is the second residential development IFA HR hands over in Dubai, following The Palm Residence which was handed over during January 2008. This year, IFA HR is on schedule to complete two more major residential developments in Dubai – the five star Fairmont Residences, Palm Jumeirah and the Laguna Tower located in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers district. © 2009 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)
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