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Old October 5th, 2009, 12:10 AM   #21
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An update of the Al Reem Island development taken from the top of Sun Tower. (seen in first pic)

Sky & Sun Towers


Gate Towers


Marina Square


Shams District


Najmat District


Sorbonne Abu Dhabi


More pics in this photo stream.

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Old October 24th, 2009, 05:19 PM   #22
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Capital Gate

An update on the Capital gate development. Pictures taken October 20th by Ro.Bi.
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Saadiyat - Shahama Highway & Sheikh Khalifa Bridge

A new major bridge and freeway has recently opened in Abu Dhabi. This connects Abu Dhabi main island with some of the city's biggest developments. Such as Yas and Saadiyat Islands. - Article

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Old October 24th, 2009, 05:28 PM   #23
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Yas Island

With one week until Abu Dhabi's F1 GP, loads of pictures are starting to be posted on the completed track & surroundings.



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Ferrari World







All the pics can be seen in high-res here >> http://picasaweb.google.com/harigane...inaAbudhabiF1#



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Old November 14th, 2009, 09:45 PM   #24
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Yas Island - Forum Thread

Hope you all watched the Abu Dhabi F1 GP 2 weeks ago. Now that the race is over the 2nd phase of Yas Island can continue. One of the biggest addition's to next year is Ferrari World, now been announced as structurally complete interior work will now be ongoing for completion next year.

Ferrari World Official Site.

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A recent satalite image over Yas Island
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Old November 14th, 2009, 10:18 PM   #25
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Al Raha Beach - Forum Thread

Images are a little old but this is a rare update, especially from the sky. On the whole work on Al Raha is progressing at a steady pace. However some projects within the development have been put on hold, these can be seen in the first pic. Images taken September 30th.

Not a lot of activity around the Aldar HQ..

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This area look fairly active though..

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Downtown Abu Dhabi

Various pics of downtown Abu Dhabi taken from the top of the Central Market development. Soon to be the tallest building in Abu Dhabi.

The towers under construction are part of the Capital Plaza development

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More downtown with Al Reem towers in the background. The tallest one is 'Sky Tower' at 310m.

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The newly completed 'Sama Tower' to the left. The two buildings with the 'balls' on top are the Etisalat Buildings.

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The nearest building U/C is 'The Landmark' with Etihad Towers in the bakground.

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Old November 14th, 2009, 10:33 PM   #26
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Old November 15th, 2009, 03:11 PM   #27
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EXPO 2010 Pavilion To Be Rebuilt in Abu Dhabi


Commenting on the significant MoU, the NMC'ss Chairman and Minister of Labour, Saqr Ghobash, stated that this was a groundbreaking initiative that is in tune with the country’s efforts at promoting sustainable development. “Rather than see all the work, effort, materials and investment that have gone into this project be lost at the closure of the exhibition, we felt that it would be much better to create a building that can be taken apart, transported and rebuilt back here in the UAE,”the Minister stated. "We are pleased to have TDIC as a partner in this initiative and are confident that their own plans for the building will be of benefit to all our people.

Upon signing the agreement on behalf of the NMC (the body responsible for executing the UAE’s participation at EXPO 2010), Salem Al Ameri highlighted the importance of the UAE Pavilion in presenting the achievements of the country, particularly in relation to the general theme of EXPO 2010, “Better City, Better Life.”

Responding to these comments Mr Ahmed Hussein, COO of TDIC, thanked the National Media Council, on behalf of TDIC and its parent company, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) for “the generous gift of the UAE Pavilion building,” which he described as “truly iconic.” “The UAE Pavilion in Shanghai will be an impressive experience for visitors from around the world to delve into UAE’s multifaceted culture and development. TDIC certainly looks forward to importing this amazing piece of architecture to Abu Dhabi and to setting it up as an experience centre in a prime destination that will attract many fascinated visitors,” he added.

“The UAE Pavilion is a prime example of promoting culture and understanding through architecture that is inspired by a key natural feature of our beautiful nation. Our interest and commitment in ensuring the long term life of the building underlines TDIC’s commitment to focus on cultural and sustainability elements in line with Abu Dhabi’s 2030 economic vision, such as building world-class museums on Saadiyat Island,” Ahmed Hussein explained.

The pavilion itself, designed by world reknowned architects Foster Partners, headed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster who designed the Zayed National Museum for Saadiyat Island Cultural District (due for completion in 2013), has been built to optimise energy efficiency in relation to solar energy and temperature control. Whilst inspired by the organic undulating form of sand dunes, it is an ultra-modern structure covered in a rosy-golden tiling whose reflecting properties simulate the ever-changing colour of natural dunes. Diffused light penetrates the structure during the day and spectacularly illuminates the pavilion by night.

The UAE pavilion will showcase the country's past and highlight the government's efforts to protect the UAE’s heritage, blending it with the designs of modern and future cities. It will present the UAE development model and how the country became one of the fastest growing economies in the world, explained Salem Al Ameri.

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Capital to spend $1tn on major projects


Abu Dhabi will spend US$1 trillion (Dh3.67tn) on major infrastructure, property and manufacturing projects, the Minister of Economy said.

The unprecedented infrastructure spending comes as the emirate speeds up its economic diversification plans in response to the global financial crisis, with projects valued at more than $100 billion under way.

“The planned investments to be implemented through public and private partnerships in infrastructure, real estate and manufacturing sectors over the medium term are expected to reach $1tn,” Sultan al Mansouri said in a speech at the Abu Dhabi Outlook Summit yesterday.

“This will lead to extraordinary demand for building materials and technological innovations, thus boosting the economy further.”

Abu Dhabi holds about 8 per cent of the world’s oil and is already ploughing billions of dollars in oil revenues into such projects as the $40bn Yas Island development, which hosted the Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday.

Other major projects planned include the $10bn Shah sour gas project and the Chemaweyaat chemicals cluster, one of the world’s largest petrochemical investments.

Investment in infrastructure and manufacturing are central to the country’s plans to diversify its economy away from a reliance on oil.

Economists also see infrastructure spending as a key part of reviving economic growth from a downturn by creating jobs, lowering the cost of running businesses and attracting foreign investment...

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Old November 15th, 2009, 05:14 PM   #28
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1 trillion USD? WOW
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Old November 15th, 2009, 07:13 PM   #29
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IMO the development in Abu Dhabi is well-placed ...even looks more excellent than its neighbor Dubai
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Old November 15th, 2009, 07:19 PM   #30
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looks like a great project, good for Abu Dhabi
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Old December 17th, 2009, 11:48 PM   #31
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ADIC Headquarters - Thread

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These twin towers have jsut been awarded the building contract... (read below)

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Carillion to build £150m Abu Dhabi Investment Council HQ

Carillion has announced that its Middle East joint venture Al Futtaim Carillion has won a £150 million contract to build a new headquarters for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council.

The new state-of-the-art building will comprise a two-level basement and podium supporting twin 27-storey towers.

It will house the Investment Council’s staff responsible for managing sovereign wealth investments for the Abu Dhabi government and also one of its holdings, the Al Hilal Bank.

The design includes a ‘mashrabiya’ solar shading system, which will open and close during the course of each day, according to the position of the sun, making the building highly efficient in terms of heat gain and cooling.

Construction work has commenced with completion scheduled for the end of 2011.

Carillion chief executive John McDonough said: “We are delighted to have secured another major contact in Abu Dhabi, in line with our strategy of focusing on high quality projects for key, long-term customers.

“This latest win follows the successful delivery by Al Futtaim Carillion of the £380 million flagship Yas Hotel project, the centre piece of the new Grand Prix circuit development.

“We look forward to working with the Investment Council to deliver its new prestigious headquarters building.”

Al Futtaim Carillion is also delivering two other major projects in Abu Dhabi, the £550 million Al Muneera development for ALDAR and infrastructure works for Emirates Aluminium valued at some £200 million.

Carillion said it remains on track to deliver substantial turnover growth in 2009 from its businesses in the Middle East which have a pipeline of contract opportunities worth over £6 billion.

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Old December 18th, 2009, 12:30 AM   #32
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Al Sowwah Island - Thread

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Masdar City

Loads of new high-res renders in its new world Thread

Also a really good recent video of Masdar City.




Google Earth

The whole of Abu Dhabi has been updated on Google Earth, images dates vary from August to October 2009. This was really needed, its last update was back in 2007. Worth a look..
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Old January 27th, 2010, 07:06 PM   #33
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Khalifa Cities A and B 2030


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Well, why not build a mini city that you can blow up.


Another cool video I came across..

Khalidiya area of Abu Dhabi from 1988 - 2009


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Old January 27th, 2010, 07:10 PM   #34
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Saadiyat Island News

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club unveils Frank Gehry designed clubhouse

Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the Abu Dhabi-based master developer of Saadiyat Island and its Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, unveiled plans for a Frank Gehry-designed clubhouse - the world-renowned architect's first golf-related project.



As the centrepiece for the stunning Gary Player-designed Saadiyat Beach Golf Course - the Arabian Gulf's first and only beachfront course - the 18,000 sqm clubhouse will boast unique design statements, which incorporate Saadiyat Island's stunning natural beauty, to create an instantaneously recognisable international landmark.

The clubhouse - designed to meet Estidama regulations, the Abu Dhabi-specific building sustainability methodology - is scheduled to be completed in 2013. TDIC will put the project out to tender later this year.

"We wanted someone who could push design boundaries to create visual architecture that makes bold statements. Frank Gehry ticks that box emphatically. A truly world-class course, designed by the world's most successful golfer of all time, in the heart of one of Arabia's most breathtaking natural settings, deserves an outstanding clubhouse that sets the benchmark globally," said Ahmed Hussein, COO of TDIC and Deputy Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority.

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More jobs are up for grabs on Saadiyat Island.

TDIC floats two more Saadiyat tenders

by CW Staff on Jan 26, 2010

Tourism Development & Investment Company has invited prequalification bids for two contracts: ‘Marina District Area A Earthworks Grading Infrastructure Works’ and ‘Cultural District Phase 1 Infrastructure Works’ on Saadiyat Island.

The projects involve earthwork grading, road construction, bridgeworks, barrier erection and signal construction as well as infrastructure works comprising sanitation networks, irrigation and drainage systems, and natural gas/fibre optic networks.

The length of each contract will be around 18 months and work is expected to start between March and May.


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Old January 27th, 2010, 08:28 PM   #35
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Masdar Eco City Centre, Masdar







Giant umbrellas, with a design based on the principles of sunflowers, will provide moveable shade in the day, store heat, then close and release the heat at night in the plaza of a new eco-city in the United Arab Emirates.

The ‘sunflower umbrellas’ are one aspect of the winning design by the international practice Laboratory for Visionary Architecture [LAVA] for the city centre for Masdar in the UAE - the world’s first zero carbon, zero waste city powered entirely by renewable energy sources.

Masdar is a planned city located 17 kilometres from Abu Dhabi. A government initiative, the city is being constructed over seven phases and is due to be completed by 2016.

The design for the city centre, now revealed, includes a plaza, five-star hotel, long stay hotel, a convention centre and entertainment complex and retail facilities. LAVA, a firm of just two years standing, won the design in an international competition against several hundred entries and strong competition from some of the world’s most high profile architects. Founder Chris Bosse said: "Masdar City is the world’s most prestigious project focusing on sustainable energy design. It is the city of the future and a global benchmark for sustainable urban development. We believe in the Masdar slogan 'One day all cities will be like this'".

The solar powered ‘sunflower’ umbrellas capture the sun’s rays during the day, fold at night releasing the stored heat, and open again the next day. They follow the projection of the sun to provide continuous shade during the day and can be used anywhere in the world including deserts said Bosse.

Masdar City will be a showcase in all things sustainable and some exciting elements include a magnetic public transport system which includes individual pods that drive you to your destination using solar power, sustaining the city's car-free policy; Building façades which can be angled to offset or optimise solar glare; Materials on wall surfaces which respond to changing temperatures and contain minimal embedded energy; Water features that can be stored underground during the day and at night trickle or flow strongly, triggered by passersby; Interactive light poles, inspired by the oasis fire, that transform the plaza into a 3-dimensional interactive media installation; Interactive, heat sensitive technology that activates lighting in response to pedestrian traffic and mobile phone usage; and Roof gardens that integrate food production, energy generation, water efficiency and the reuse of organic food waste.

East and west are fused in the plaza design inspired by both the oasis, as the epicenter of Arabic nomadic life, and the iconic piazza of historical European cities. The organic forms created by the forces of natural erosion in geographical landmarks such as great canyons and wadis are the design inspiration behind the key buildings in the city centre.







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With one week until Abu Dhabi's F1 GP, loads of pictures are starting to be posted on the completed track & surroundings.



Yas Marina Circuit















Ferrari World







All the pics can be seen in high-res here >> http://picasaweb.google.com/harigane...inaAbudhabiF1#



Yas Marina Hotel
PROBABLY OPEN THE ARMANI HOTEL IN ABU DHABI
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Their was no need to quote the entire post(s) for two short comments!
And no its not a mall, I posted the text with it explaining what it is...
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Interactive Map

I came across a cool interactive map on the Urban Planning Council's website. It shows most the major development and transport plans for the Abu Dhabi. There's quite a few project's I've never heard of before. However some of the renders are a little old, but I shouldn't complain. Overall a fantastic concept and defiantly worth a look. It would be great if Dubai could do one of these as well.





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Old April 21st, 2010, 06:33 PM   #39
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Long time no update..

It was the Abu Dhabi Cityscape this week. - View UAE Thread

Imre's photo album of the event:

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Cityscape Abu Dhabi and CityBuild Abu Dhabi photos , United Arab Emirates, 18/April/2010

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Abu Dhabi 2030 Masterplan Model

A huge model of the entire city containing many of the major project to be built over the next 20 years.

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Measuring 23x17 metres the model marks a milestone moment for the economic, cultural, environmental and social aspirations of Abu Dhabi as it brings together in a single format all the various masterplans and components for one of the world’s most ambitious urban development projects. To be displayed at the UPC’s Cityscape stand, the model stretches from the Corniche on Abu Dhabi’s main island to Shahama, Mussafah and Al Falah on the mainland and includes the islands of Saadiyat, Yas, Lulu, Reem and Sowwah, which have been earmarked as key development areas of Capital 2030... (More info about the model)
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