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Old January 30th, 2012, 12:23 AM   #61
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Mideast's longest tunnel to open this year

The Middle East's longest traffic tunnel currently under construction in Abu Dhabi city will be ready for official inauguration at the end of 2011, nearly a year behind schedule because of technical and topographical obstacles.

More than 90 per cent of the Dh5 billion Al Salam tunnel venture has been completed since it was launched more than three years ago as one of the largest road construction projects ever to be carried out in the UAE.

"The project will be completed before the end of 2011 and it will be open for traffic in both directions," the semi official daily Alittihad said, quoting sources at the Abu Dhabi Municipality, which is overseeing the project.

It said several partial roads had already been opened for traffic inside the capital and streets leading to its outskirts towards the northern emirates.

"Some obstacles and difficulties have faced the project and that is why there is a delay in its inauguration," one source said. "These include technical problems and topographical and geographical obstacles which are normal given the fact that is a huge project and delays have to be expected."

According to a municipality statement, the road could have a capacity of 12,000 moving cars per hour in both directions once it becomes fully operational.

Officials cited such hurdles as a large network of power and water cables and pipes, which they said had to be avoided during the construction process.

"Another factor is that the tunnel passes under a densely populated area...this means it is being constructed in a difficult topographical environment....but a large part of the project has already been finished and it will be ready by the end of the year...it will largely ease traffic congestion in the city," an official said.

South Korea's Samsung Construction is carrying out the project, which will also link the mainland to the nearby Reem Island, where at least 100,000 inhabitants will live. The causeway to the island has already been completed.

More than 2,000 workers have been involved in the construction of the three-km tunnel, which starts from the eastern entrance of Abu Dhabi city and runs under Alsalam street towards Port Zayed on the western tip of the capital.

Around two kilometres of the tunnel would be embedded nearly 15 metres underground while the rest would be open and near the surface level.

Officials said the tunnel is part of a long-term blueprint by Abu Dhabi to expand its inhabited areas and road networks to cope with a sharp rise in the population, which officials expect to nearly triple in the next 20 years.

"The project is vital for the Capital's development plans in the long term as it is intended to cope with the expected large increase in the population and traffic," said Jumma Al Junaibi, the Municipality's Director General.

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Old January 31st, 2012, 05:07 AM   #63
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Old February 1st, 2012, 04:29 AM   #64
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Old February 17th, 2012, 08:50 PM   #66
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New 62km road to link Abu Dhabi-Dubai by 2014
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7 February 2012, 7:17 AM

ABU DHABI — The Department of Transport (DoT) has invited bids for the construction of a new 62km-long Abu Dhabi-Dubai dual carriageway, it was announced here on Monday.

The Dh2 billion project (E311), which is expected to be completed by the end of 2014, will start from the end of Emirates Road in Seih Shuoaib and go through Al Maha Forest and Khalifa Port Industrial Zone (B) and connect the Sweihan Road (E20) interchange.

The new main road is expected to accommodate up to 7,000 vehicles per hour.

The DoT, through this project, aims to alleviate traffic congestion on the current main road connecting Abu Dhabi and Dubai (E11), and provide a new strategic link between the two most populated emirates in the country, as well as create new entrances to the city of Abu Dhabi, the Abu Dhabi International Airport, Yas and Saadiyat Islands.

The new E311 will serve the Khalifa Port Area and the South Shamkha, Wathba and Baniyas residential areas and labour accommodations, and will be for both heavy and light vehicles.

The road will also cater to the new Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD) (A) and (B) in Abu Dhabi at Taweelah as the road is being designed to accommodate up to 7,000 vehicles per hour. In addition, it will also facilitate connectivity to Al Ain as it links up with E22 (Abu Dhabi–Al Ain main road) and the rest of the main road network in Abu Dhabi emirate.

The construction of the road will be executed through two tenders. The first tender is to construct 34km with three interchanges; the second will be for the construction of 28km road and will also include three new interchanges and the modification of an existing interchange.

About 830-metre-high light columns at a gap of 300 metres will light up the road. It will provide ample lighting at night and will follow best sustainable standards, which would reduce energy consumption, be environment friendly and reduce operational cost.

For optimal road safety, the road will feature six laybys, three in each direction at 20km intervals and a rainwater drainage as well as a fencing on both sides to prevent herds of animals from crossing it.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 09:03 PM   #67
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Abu Dhabi approves host of development projects
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24 January 2012, 6:45 AM

ABU DHABI — The Abu Dhabi Executive Council on Monday reviewed and approved a number of ongoing and new infrastructure projects, setting up 24 new public schools, over 4,000 villas for citizens, extension of roads and new industrial zones.

The meeting was chaired by General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who is also the chairman of the council. The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chairman Shaikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor.

The council approved a number of new development projects in the emirate, especially in the areas of social services, housing, health and education. The new projects to be developed in Abu Dhabi city and its suburbs, Al Ain and its outskirts and Al Gharbia (Western Region) also include new health facilities and rehabilitation facilities with two new autism centres.

The council gave approval for construction, renovation and infrastructure projects in Liwa, Ghiyathi, Al Hayr, Al Showaib, Bida Al Mutawa’a, Mazyed, Um Ghafa, Nemah, Al Salamat, Umm Al Ashtan and Alybanh.

Additional infrastructure projects will be implemented in a number of other residential districts in the north of Al Wathba, Al Falah, Mohammed bin Zayed City and other neighbourhoods on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi city.

According to a report by the official Emirates News Agency (Wam), the North Wathba project is one of the largest residential projects to have been approved to date. It covers an area of 4,178 hectares and, on completion, will provide 13,150 new residential plots. The 2012 projects also include a total of 7,608 residential villas for its citizens.

The meeting also approved the budget for infrastructure works at Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD) for the new Shaikh Khalifa Port. The first operations at the new port are expected to commence on September 1.

The council also approved projects to develop new terminal facilities at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. The new terminal building has an area of 700,000 square metres and will be able to handle 27 million passengers a year. It is planned to be open in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The meeting further reviewed and approved the Al Mafraq-Ghuwaifat Highway, connecting the emirate to the Saudi border.

The project includes the development and expansion of the current road by 246km and the building of 15 new overhead interchanges. This will enhance traffic flow, ensure the security and safety of the road users and keep pace with the economic growth. It should have a significant impact on the growth of the Abu Dhabi transport sector.

The second major road project is the extension and expansion of the existing Truck Road, linking Emirates Road in Dubai.

The meeting further discussed the emirate’s metro project that has been designed and planned under the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.

The council also approved construction and maintenance of drain systems in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region.

The new projects also include 14 healthcare facilities and a world-class rehabilitation centre. This continues the process of upgrading the level of healthcare to serve the community and delivering better and more uniform health services to all areas of Abu Dhabi.

One of the new facilities to be built is the Abu Dhabi Cleveland Clinic, which will provide world-class services in the specialist areas of cardiac, digestive, gastrointestinal, neurological and ophthalmological medicines.

In industrial development, the meeting approved two new industrial zones in Ruwais and Medinat Zayed in the Western Region. The Ruwais industrial zone will cover an area of 14 square kilometres and will focus on the chemical, petrochemical, plastic manufacturing, oil and gas, cement, building and logistics industries.

The Madinat Zayed industrial zone will focus on the oil and gas, food manufacturing and logistics’ industries and will cover an area of 2.5 square kilometres. Both the industrial zones will provide employment to the people in that region.

The development of an auto city which will be located adjacent to the Industrial City Abu Dhabi (ICAD) in Mussafah was approved. It will act as a cluster development for all auto-related businesses and is intended to serve the future growth needs of the automobile sector in Abu Dhabi.

The Shams solar power plant is scheduled to be operational by August and will contribute 100MW to the Abu Dhabi power grid. Approval has also been given for the construction of the Sir Baniyas wind farm. Both of these projects will help support the government’s vision of having seven per cent of its energy needs supplied by renewable energy.

For the law enforcement agencies, the council approved a number of projects by the Abu Dhabi Police to provide high-end security and training infrastructure facilities to ensure that the already high standards of safety and security are maintained and enhanced.

The council also approved projects proposed by the Abu Dhabi Education Council for the establishment of 24 new schools, and the refurbishment of 10 existing schools.

Accommodation projects for teachers have also been provided to ensure that quality staff will be prepared to work in remote areas. “These investments are in line with the government’s stated plans to provide an international standard education system for all of its citizens,” the council said in a statement.

Budgets and opening dates were approved for the museum projects in the cultural district on Saadiyat Island. These include the Shaikh Zayed Museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Museum, and Emirates Museum and will rank Abu Dhabi as a world-class tourist destination.

Two additional projects were approved for the redesigning and building of a new Al Ain National Museum and the design and development of the cultural Hili site. These two projects will significantly contribute to the historical material and cultural heritage of Abu Dhabi, raising awareness of Abu Dhabi’s deep ancestral history, and adding value to Unesco’s international heritage collection.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 10:25 PM   #68
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THE LANDMARK, 72F Res, 330m

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The Landmark already has a dedicated thread in this section : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=381077

You don't need to repeat the post here.
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Old February 19th, 2012, 08:58 AM   #70
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Once again, the Etihad Towers have a dedicated thread in this very section at : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=516893

In fact, they are completed and the thread has been archived.

Please make a better effort to search through the section to avoid duplication.
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ADIB awarded Green Building Certification
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ABU DHABI - Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) announced today that it had been awarded the LEED Pre-Certification for Gold Rating from the US Green Building Council for its proposed new headquarters on Airport Road in Abu Dhabi.

The under construction building will be ready by 2013 and become first to have received such a certification in the UAE.

The new ADIB HQ building has applied best practice design principles. It has concentrated on minimizing energy and water intake and waste output, maximizing recycling and environmental quality. Energy efficiency measures have resulted in cost savings of almost 23.1% and it uses 47.4% less water than a conventional building. Its atrium air conditioning saves 50% energy by utilizing displacement ventilation. The waste recycling strategy plan will provide an estimated saving of 50% yearly on Abu Dhabi Municipality charges.

Tirad Mahmoud, CEO of ADIB said: “We are mindful of the UAE government’s target of a 20% reduction in carbon footprint by 2015. Our new headquarters demonstrate our support which is confirmed by the Gold LEEDS certification. Recognizing innovative construction methods, sustainable use of resources and a design that prioritizes the needs of the wider environment and society, we have demonstrated that we are an environmentally aware bank. We are looking to further reduce the consumption of the bank’s energy, water and consumables as we contribute to the development of an eco-friendly UAE.”
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SOM design major new medical facility in Abu Dhabi in joint venture with TILKE and ICME

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Al Dar Headquarters / MZ Architects

Architects: MZ Architects
Location: Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Owner & Developer: Al Dar Properties
Project Manager: Al Dar Laing O’Rourke Construction
Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: ARUP
Facade Design and Construction: Josef Gartner
Total built-up Area (including basement): 123,000 sqm
Cost: AED 1,000,000,000
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