Monday, October 10, 2016

HH Sheikh Mohammed Breaks Ground On Future Icon 'The Tower At Dubai Creek Harbour,' Which Will Be World’s Tallest In 2020

>Spectacular tower will define a new skyline and feature grand observation decks with unprecedented 360 degree views of the city and beyond

>The Tower will anchor Dubai Creek Harbour, one of the world’s largest developments and one which embraces the future with advanced digital lifestyle features 

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, today marked the groundbreaking of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, the brand-new icon that will be the world’s tallest tower when completed in 2020.

The groundbreaking was held in the presence of His Excellency Mohammad Al Gergawi, Chairman of Dubai Holding, Mr Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, and other dignitaries. Providing stunning 360 degree views of the city and beyond, The Tower strengthens the UAE’s reputation for innovation and excellence in architecture, engineering and construction and will eclipse even Burj Khalifa as the tallest building in the world.

Re-defining the nation’s already spectacular skyline and setting a new global referral point, The Tower anchors the 6 sq km Dubai Creek Harbour mega-development, located just 10 minutes from the Dubai International Airport, and will serve as a magnet for tourists and visitors from around the world.

One of the world’s largest master-planned developments, Dubai Creek Harbour integrates the latest design, engineering and sustainability features. A next-generation smart hub, it will also incorporate an advanced digital lifestyle defined by the latest developments in artificial intelligence.

The waterfront development, a joint venture between Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding, is located just off the Dubai Creek, the birthplace of Dubai’s history and culture, and in close proximity to the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the UNESCO Ramsar Convention. The Tower is designed by Spanish/Swiss architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava Valls.

HE Mohammad Al Gergawi said: “The groundbreaking of The Tower is another historic moment for the UAE, as we mark the construction of another icon that will add to the UAE’s civic pride. At the heart of Dubai Creek Harbour, the super-tall structure will create lasting value and serve as one of the must-visit tourist destinations in the city. It celebrates the long-term vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, underlined by the recently announced ‘UAE Strategy for the Future’ to drive the transformational growth of the nation. Our focus is on identifying the needs of the future, and implement sustainable plans that are impactful and make a difference. Dubai Creek Harbour is our investment in our future, and as a centerpoint of this mega-development, The Tower will enhance the reputation of our city and help boost the growth of the economy.”

Mr Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “We are thankful to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his generous guidance and support in developing another global icon for Dubai. The Tower is inspired by his vision and his firm belief that in the race for excellence there is no finish-line. From Burj Al Arab, Emirates Towers, Burj Khalifa and now The Tower, Dubai has been the centre of innovation for supertall structures and breakthrough developments in design, architecture and engineering. We are pushing our boundaries in every aspect of this new master-planned development, one of the largest in the world, which underlines the spirit of positivity and hope that our nation celebrates. It will be a sterling addition to the smart city that HH Sheikh Mohammed envisages, with futuristic digital features that meet the aspirations of the next generation. We will continue to push the frontiers of engineering and construction to complete the project in time for Expo 2020 Dubai.”

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour supports the goals of Dubai Plan 2021 to establish the city as a global business and leisure hub, and will add real economic value by driving the growth of the core sectors of tourism, hospitality, aviation and retail among others.

Mr Santiago Calatrava Valls said: “The design and architectural features of The Tower demand unique engineering approaches that are currently being implemented on site. Extensive studies were undertaken in preparation for the ground-breaking, and the learning that we have gained from the experience will add to the knowledge base of mankind.”

With no similar super-tall structures in the world, Emaar has undertaken a completely new approach to wind-engineering and seismic tests, which have already been completed. Every aspect of The Tower is designed to the highest international standards of safety – from the choice of materials to the technology being deployed in its construction.

The crowning glory of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour will be The Pinnacle Room, opening to spectacular views of the city, as well as several VIP Observation Garden Decks. The Tower will have dynamic illumination and movement lighting, which will make it a stunning visual landmark during the day and night. In addition, several ‘green corridors’ will offer pedestrian access and effortless connectivity with Dubai Creek Harbour.

Emaar has unveiled high-end residences in Dubai Creek Harbour, including Dubai Creek Residences, Creekside 18, Harbour Views and Creek Horizon in The Island District. With uninterrupted views of The Tower, the homes open to premium vistas of the Dubai Creek, a stylish marina with a yacht club, the adjacent Ras Al Khor bird sanctuary and the skyline of Downtown Dubai. The 4.5km-long Creek Boardwalk envelopes the Island District, assuring residents high-end retail and leisure choices. Among the nearby amenities are event spaces, galleries, parks, fascinating water features and a trendy Vida hotel that will all add up to an unsurpassed quality of life.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Al Thuriah Launches Exclusive Sahara Tower 6

* Sahara Tower 6 to be completed in December 2019

* One, two and three bedroom apartment units at coveted location

* The project’s foundation is laid and development is in full swing

Al Thuriah Properties, the UAE’s premier property developer that specializes in high-rise residential towers and communities, announced the launch of Sahara Tower 6, the final jewel in the crown that is Sahara Complex, a master development with a built up area of 3,100,000 square feet that includes 1,348 apartments.

At an exclusive launch at Cityscape 2016, Al Thuriah revealed that the foundation of the majestic two-block tower is already laid and development continues apace. The 376 residential units of Sahara Tower 6 are built within two towers of 39 and 21 floors respectively. The units are now on sale for home owners and investors, with handover of the completed units set for December 2019.

Sahara Tower 6 is under the complete care of Al Thuriah, from ideation to reality. Al Thuriah not only builds but also services the properties, provides facilities management and sub-leasing services and takes care of the complete property cycle, all under one roof. Customers are guaranteed peace of mind as they deal with a developer that has a proven track record of 20 years in the UAE.

Residents of Sahara Tower 6 will enjoy its state-of-the-art swimming pool and gymnasium, a common garden and lounge area as well as retail outlets and restaurants on the ground floors. The tower’s luxurious amenities are supported by a complete facility management team with 24/7 security services.

Sahara Tower 6 is ideally located in Al Nahda, Sharjah, just minutes away from Dubai International Airport. Three shopping malls, over 10 schools, two universities and two large parks lie within a three kilometer radius of the development.

Commenting on the desirability of Sahara Tower 6 for end-users as well as investors, Raymond Khouzami, CEO of Al Thuriah said: "Investor interest in the location of the Sahara Tower 6 community is returning and we expect the next few months to be highly productive for us. In the past, we have surpassed sales expectations as we offer projects in niche locations with robust infrastructure. In addition, our extensive resources, expert and long-standing team has a reputation for quality developments using only the best-in-class materials and fittings for residential high rise towers. This helps us retain and grow the confidence of our investors and end-user audiences. We continue to grow all our services including Properties, Facilities Management, Sub-leasing and Construction.”

Sahara Tower 6 is built according to UAE’s Green Building regulations and specifications with energy efficient materials and low-emission paints. It incorporates energy efficient lighting and air conditioning, solar heated water systems and landscape irrigation. The road network within the development is designed in a way that minimizes pollution. There will be dedicated spaces for bicycles and other vehicles.

Raymond Khouzami added: “The initial response to Sahara Tower 6 has been great and we are certain that it will emerge as the landmark in Al Nahda, Sharjah. We look forward to completion and the positive impact it will have, not only on the overall property market but also on its surrounding area."

Monday, September 5, 2016

Emaar South Unveiled

>Nearly 7 sqkm development minutes away from Al Maktoum International Airport, set to be the world’s largest welcoming 220 million annual passengers

>Serene lifestyle getaway with over 15,000 homes, community retail, 18-hole championship golf course & clubhouse, brand-new 3 & 4 star hotels, K-12 schools, and leisure amenities

>Parks, tree-lined boulevards, pedestrian walkways, bicycle trails and direct access to public modes of transport make it a highly inter-connected community

>Residential choices include tiered townhomes, townhouses, Golf villas and apartments offering diverse portfolio of affordable and unique homes

>Emaar South model displayed at Emaar’s pavilion in Cityscape Global 2016

Global developer Emaar Properties PJSC today announced Emaar South its newest mega-development in Dubai South, one of the city’s most sought-after destinations of the future, just minutes from the Al Maktoum International Airport and in easy proximity to the Expo 2020 Dubai site. A dedicated golf district, the nearly 7 sqkm Emaar South mega-development is one of the key components of the newly planned city.

Emaar South will be a vibrant residential and suburban lifestyle destination, serving as home to hundreds of thousands of people expected to work in the various integrated districts of Dubai South, greater Dubai area, and in close proximity to Abu Dhabi. With the 145 sqkm airport city quickly taking shape, the demand for residences in Dubai South is expected to spike, which will be met by Emaar South.

In addition to people working at the Al Maktoum International Airport, Aviation District and Logistics District, Emaar South will also be a magnet for the 25 million visitors who will attend Expo 2020 Dubai, and for the millions of travelers who will fly by Al Maktoum International Airport. The airport will be the worlds’ largest when fully completed. The current expansion will expand capacity to 26.5 million travelers annually by 2017.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “Emaar South is a thoughtfully planned project set in Dubai South, a purpose-built integrated urban city destination that creates a vibrant new economic platform centerd on aviation and logistics services. It supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to position Dubai as a smart, integrated and connected city with a wide breadth of residential choices that caters to everyone’s needs.”

He added: “The opportunities created by Dubai South will be complemented by Emaar’s new golf-course district. Through Emaar South, we are creating another world-class integrated community that is smart and sustainable, and will generate long-term economic value. We are assigning the best-in-class designers, architects and consultants for this new residential city.”

His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South, said: “We are happy to partner with Emaar, the region’s leading real estate developer. This association reflects the depth of our commitment to establish Dubai South as the premier destination to live, work and invest. A fully integrated, master planned city created to provide life solutions for its residents, our residential communities and real estate offerings will set a new standard in urban living.

"With Emaar’s credentials of developing integrated communities and iconic projects, the synergies between Dubai South and Emaar are a well-made match that serves to fulfill our offering of providing value-added residential products across varied price points and addressing a wider demographic.”

Featuring more than 15,000 residences, in a mix of tiered townhomes, townhouses, villas and apartments, Emaar South is envisaged as a smart neighborhood. In addition to being home to thousands of people, it will create several hundred new jobs in the hospitality, retail and leisure sectors.

Interconnected through tree-lined boulevards, walking & bicycle trails, and a well-linked public transport network including autonomous vehicles for clean transport, Emaar South will feature six districts anchored by an 18-hole championship golf course & clubhouse, a number of large community parks, dedicated retail precincts, 3 & 4 star hotels assuring contemporary guest experiences, and a number of fascinating outdoor pursuits. Every aspect of the development is centerd on the concept of open spaces that serve as the connective element.

Other amenities that are incorporated in the masterplan include a K-12 educational institution by a premier provider and a golf villa recreational center. Promising an urban lifestyle at a suburban pace, the new master-planned community by Emaar is designed by the guiding principles of connectivity, accessibility, livability, sustainability and optimal residential density. The golf course has been skillfully designed to maximize golf frontage views from the villas, which includes luxury homes set in the heart of the golf course.

A model of Emaar South is displayed at Emaar’s pavilion in Cityscape Global 2016 marking its first public preview. To be developed in four phases, the first phase will include tiered townhomes, villas, townhouses and apartments in addition to retail precincts. The first homes in Emaar South will be announced shortly offering investors the first opportunity to be part of this world-class development.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Oman Will Exhibit Al Mouj Muscat At Cityscape Global

Al Mouj Muscat, Oman’s lifestyle destination, will be showcased under the Majid Al Futtaim stand at Cityscape Global 2016, the region’s top real estate event to be held at Dubai World Trade Centre during September 6 to 8.

Cityscape Global is the largest and most influential event for real estate investments and developments in the emerging markets globally. It will bring together investors, developers, government officials and real estate professionals.

Commenting on Al Mouj Muscat’s participation, Nasser bin Masoud Al Sheibani, Acting CEO said, “Cityscape Global is an opportunity to directly meet with clients, update them on our plans and build new associations. Participants can view the latest developments from across the world and discuss investment prospects. It is a great chance for developers like us to showcase our exclusive properties to investors and visitors from across the region and beyond. Being a world-class lifestyle destination, Al Mouj Muscat has much to present on this platform.”

“The exhibition will be a stage for us to highlight the wise choice of investing in Oman as a country offering a politically stable, business-friendly and sound economic environment. Al Mouj Muscat, the award-winning freehold waterfront development, is supported by a strong partnership between the Government of Oman and Majid Al Futtaim”, Al Sheibani added.

Offering a unique style of living and incredible leisure experience, Al Mouj Muscat has already brought together a diverse community of more than 4,000 people of 70 nationalities providing a truly global environment.

The reasons to invest in Al Mouj Muscat are many. It offers a 100% freehold ownership with residency for owners and immediate family, and is located along a stunning 6 km stretch of coast in Muscat and it promises delivery with quality finishes. Along with luxury and family friendly residential properties, the vibrant development offers a unique combination of lifestyle and leisure experiences.

At Al Mouj Muscat you can enjoy Oman’s only signature PGA Standard 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman; the eco-friendly award-winning 400-berth Al Mouj Marina; Oman’s largest private yachting hub; convenience shopping and dining; The Walk, with its palm-tree lined boulevard and 70 exclusive dining and retail outlets.

The upcoming international luxury hotels, Kempinski and Shaza, are sure to add to the vibrancy of living at Al Mouj Muscat. The world-class waterfront community is just 10 minutes away from Muscat International Airport.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Emaar Is Ready For Cityscape Global

Global property developer Emaar Properties is showcasing its exceptional portfolio of mega-developments in Dubai and other international markets at Cityscape Global 2016, the premier property exhibition to be held from September 6 to 8, 2016, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

A highlight of Emaar’s participation is the Vista Room that will feature a 270-degree LED screen displaying aerial videos of Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai Hills Estate and Downtown Dubai, taking visitors through Emaar’s skyline defining developments in the city and the sheer scale of the mega-projects.

Emaar will display a spectacular model of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, the iconic new development that is at the heart of the 6 sqkm master-planned community, and is billed to define a new skyline for the city. Designed by Spanish/Swiss neo-futuristic architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter Santiago Calatrava Valls, The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour serves as a beacon of hope and positivity for the nation and the city, and adds tremendous economic value to the residential developments in Dubai Creek Harbour.

Visitors to Emaar’s elegantly designed pavilion will have the opportunity to gain strong insights into Dubai Creek Harbour’s masterplan, the various residential developments that have been launched, and the unique position of The Tower, which is directly linked to a mega-retail district.

Featuring a world-class marina, a central park, a 4.5 km Creek Boardwalk, waterfront hospitality and luxury retailers, Dubai Creek Harbour is centrally located in Dubai by the historic creek. It is also in close proximity to the Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary, a biologically diverse wetland reserve and home to over 67 species of water birds protected under the UNESCO Ramsar Convention. Dubai Creek Harbour is only 10 minutes from the Dubai International Airport.

Additionally at this year’s Cityscape Global, Emaar will also showcase its mega-development Dubai Hills Estate, a joint venture with Meraas Holding. A green city within the city, Dubai Hills Estate is one of the most sought-after residential destinations in the city for its green lifestyle with homes set around a championship golf course.

Other iconic attractions at Emaar’s pavilion include Dubai Opera, a multi-format venue in the heart of The Opera District in Downtown Dubai that opens at the end of August. Dubai Opera’s spectacular architecture, inspired by Dubai’s maritime tradition, positions it on the league of globally renowned opera houses, and will be a cultural hub for the region hosting high-profile performances and events.

Also on showcase will be a new nearly 7 sqkm lifestyle development that is strategically located around a championship golf course. It will feature a mix of specially designed, new townhouses, villas and apartment concepts, set amidst green boulevards, walking and bicycle trails and community retailers, with significant F&B, medical and educational facilities within the community as well as two hotels.

The ongoing residential projects in Downtown Dubai and projects by Emaar’s international entities including Emaar Egypt, Emaar Turkey, Emaar Lebanon, Emaar Middle East and Emaar Morocco will also be highlighted at the pavilion.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Omniyat Reveals Latest Details Of Flagship Palm Jumeirah Project‏

One of Dubai’s most exciting construction projects is rapidly taking shape, with progress now visibly making an impact upon the Palm Jumeirah skyline.

In a new construction report released today, Omniyat has revealed that its flagship One Palm project, based on the left trunk of Palm Jumeirah has reached level three of its cores, with first level slabs now completed at 16m above ground level. Slabs are expected to be completed up to level 15 by the end of 2016, making One Palm taller than its neighboring developments.

The 910,000 sqft 100m development is set to be an eye-catching architectural statement unlike anything else in the city. With just 90 residences set in the tallest private residence on the Palm it is already looking to be one of the most sought after addresses in Dubai.

The ultimate in plush, luxurious surroundings, One Palm will be equipped with an unrivaled range of amenities and facilities to cater to its residents. The One Palm Clubhouse, which includes an incredible fine-dining restaurant, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, outdoor cinema and BBQ area, cigar lounge, yacht club and spa are just some of the offerings available exclusively to those lucky enough to secure their property.

The iconic property, due for completion in 2018 is designed by New York architects SOMA. Each residence will be a statement of personal taste with owners able to choose their interior and finishes from two of the world’s most esteemed designers to match their individual style.

Buyers will be able to choose from interiors designed by Japanese firm Super Potato, known for its chic, modern fit-outs or the opulent rich textures or London based luxury design studio, Elicyon – famed for its involvement in the renowned One Hyde Park building in London’s Knightsbridge.

Mark Phoenix, Managing Director of Omniyat said: “With its superior list of facilities and amenities, paired with extraordinary design, luxurious interiors and unspoiled views, it’s no surprise that One Palm, has been billed as Dubai’s most exclusive address.”

“It’s clear to see from our latest construction report that development of One Palm is coming on in leaps and bounds. This has clearly piqued the interest of potential buyers who are keen to get their hands on one of these magnificent properties.”

++ Operating out of its headquarters in "One by Omniyat" at Business Bay, the Omniyat Group has delivered projects worth $6.2 billion and has a pipeline of a further AED 12 billion in various stages of planning and development. Some of its prominent projects include The Opus by late Dame Zaha Hadid, The Sterling, The Pad and ONE at Palm Jumeirah.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Mudon Continues To Expand

Dubai Properties (DP) has announced that the Mudon project, a master-planned residential community in DUBAILAND, is currently undergoing a Phase 2 staged homeowner handover which is scheduled for completion by October 2016. The handover of close to 400 units will cater to the unprecedented customer demand for a unique and family-friendly residential environment.

According to the recent Dubai Pulse 2015 report, over 93.7% of Dubai residents consider the Emirate to be a suitable place for raising a family due to its state-of-the-art infrastructure and services. This survey emphasizes how the high quality of Dubai’s residential communities plays a decisive role in property decisions, and how communities like Mudon continue to be a key investment category for property buyers, especially end-users. Benefiting DP’s experience as a premier master developer, the exceptional master-planned community has set the benchmark for residential destinations across the Emirate.

Abdulla Abushabib, Senior Executive Director for Customer Care and Government Relations, DP, said: “We are excited to see Mudon flourish into a community that matches the cosmopolitan lifestyle, growing economy and progressive culture that makes Dubai one of the most attractive prospects for buyers coming from around the world. Since the complete handover of 398 units in Phase 1 in 2015, homeowners have enjoyed their spacious Arabic-themed villas and the extensive community and sporting facilities that make Mudon one of the most preferred residential neighborhoods in Dubai. With fantastic feedback from the residents in Phase 1, we are expecting similar results for Phase 2.”

The popularity of the Mudon community comes as no surprise as real estate portal Bayut.com has reported that DUBAILAND was the most popular neighborhood among users looking for rental villas in H1 2016, with the area receiving a majority 9.7% of all searches undertaken for Dubai rental villas on the website.

“A peaceful living environment with family-friendly community amenities, along with the overall quality of the design and build of the villas, was the key criteria when deciding where to invest in a home for our family,” said Serge Raould Tanga, who took over his villa in the Mudon neighborhood in 2015. “Mudon ticked all the boxes as we instantly fell in love with the aesthetics of our villa and the community is perfectly situated close enough to town to easily commute into work, while still being able to enjoy a lifestyle that complements the varied needs of all of our family members.”

The residential area in Mudon is complemented by a sprawling 64,000 sqft community center that hosts a supermarket, swimming pool and gym, tennis court, a medical clinic, children’s nursery and playground, and a variety of retail outlets and restaurants. Residents will also soon be able to enjoy the 41-acre Mudon Central Park with cycle and jogging paths, as well as the educational offerings at the GEMS school, which is currently under development.

According to Abdalla Alkhajil, a homeowner who lives in Phase 2 of the community with his family, the planned recreation and sporting facilities, and retail and F&B offerings at the Al Salam Town Center, were some of the main attractions behind their decision to set up home in the community. “As working parents, having a comprehensive community center, along with sports and leisure amenities at our fingertips, was important to us. Being able to take care of all of our shopping, childcare, recreation and healthcare needs a few minutes away from our home allows us to spend more quality time together as a family.”

The Mudon community is part of DUBAILAND, a Dubai Properties destination that is an evolving leisure, shopping and sports destination. As one of the leading master-planned residential and leisure destinations in Dubai, DUBAILAND is home to a number of Dubai’s leading attractions, including Global Village, Dubai Outlet Mall in Outlet City, the Autodrome in Motor City and the Cricket Stadium at Dubai Sports City, as well as 100,000 residents.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Arabella 1 In Dubailand Going Strong

Dubai Properties (DP), a leading Dubai-based real estate master developer and asset manager of four major destinations in Dubai – JBR, Business Bay, Culture Village and DUBAILAND - has announced that the first phase of infrastructure work has been completed and building construction is now in full swing at the Arabella 1 Townhouses located within the Mudon community in DUBAILAND.

The main construction contractor, Trojan General Contracting Co. LLC (TGC), has mobilized onsite at the sold-out residential community in preparation for the commencement of the next phase of infrastructure work, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.

Located within Mudon, Arabella 1 is one of the most sought after neighborhoods of timeless, elegant and modern designed units with simple artistic lines and generous glass facades.  Homes at Arabella 1 Townhouses carve a new definition point for active living, encouraging the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle.

Masood Al Awar, Chief Commercial Officer, Dubai Properties said, “Arabella 1 is an exemplary development for DP as it fosters a local neighborhood spirit while offering a range of options to suit a range of buyers, from young professionals seeking comfortable housing, to families looking for a lively residential destination with a communal feel. As a leading master developer of iconic destinations that help steer the resurgence of Dubai’s real estate market, we are pleased to announce that the building construction work at the family-focused residential community is well underway.”

TGC, an Abu Dhabi-based construction company specializing in residential housing and the development of renowned self-contained communities in the UAE, sees the Arabella 1 project as an opportunity to positively contribute to the development of Dubai’s residential community infrastructure.

Eng. Hamad Al Ameri, Managing Director, Trojan Holding, commented, “In line with our vision and Dubai’s hosting of the upcoming World Expo 2020, we take pride in being committed to timely delivery and the highest quality of work across all our projects. The Arabella 1 housing project allows us to utilize our assets of vast and efficient manpower and cutting edge technology to deliver excellence. Arabella 1 Townhouses is undoubtedly going to fuel the real estate market with its unique and sought after offerings and we are very excited to be a part of such a prestigious project.”

In response to the extensive market needs, and with the aim to enrich the lives of residents, Arabella 1 Townhouses reflects Dubai Properties’ experience and understanding of the local real estate arena.

Arabella 1 Townhouses is planned to be completed in 2018 and Arabella 2 Townhouses was launched earlier this year due to strong customer demand.  The two townhouse projects are part of the master planned Mudon community.

Mudon occupies a prime location 15 minutes from the center of Dubai and is just over 10 minutes from the Mall of the Emirates and enjoys direct access to Emirates Road and Mohammed Bin Zayed Road via Hessa Street and Al Qudra Road. The exclusive three to four bedroom townhouses in Arabella 1 range from 1984 sqft to 2603 sqft and are nestled in amongst the community facilities at Mudon including sporting facilities, recreation areas, F&B, community services, healthcare, education, and other community amenities.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Exchange Tower, Business Bay, Handover Fully Completed

>The tower is fully live and operational, with 188 offices handed over to landlords

>Several landlords already enjoying 9% net on rental yield, one of the highest in the commercial property market

The handover at The Exchange Tower in Business Bay has been fully completed with 188 offices handed over to landlords. The tower, which was completed in January 2016, is fully live and operational marking a historic year for the Saudi-based real estate developer Tanmiyat Global, who also recently announced the Phase 1 handover of the Living Legends Community in Dubailand containing 184 villas and 144 apartments.

“This is an exciting time for Tanmiyat; 2016 is all about delivery and we are showing our commitment to our clients and partners with the completion of The Exchange Tower.

There is no doubt that the past several years have been tough for the construction industry in the region but we believe in this market and feel the only way is up from this point”, comments Mohammed bin Odah, CEO of Tanmiyat.

The Exchange Tower located in Business Bay opposite the JW Marriot Marquis, includes offices and retail spaces that have been finished to a high standard using top quality materials. With many offices already leased, several landlords are benefiting from a 9% net on rental yield, one of the highest in the commercial property market.

"The Exchange Tower is in a close proximity to the new landmark Dubai Water Canal and is in a fast growing location near the new address of the Dubai Financial Market. The location offers steady and clear growth potentials to our clients and we are already witnessing high demand from secondary markets on the tower. We are expecting Business Bay to attract more anchor brands and large corporations in the future", continues Mohammed.

The demand is partly due to the positive impact of Expo 2020 which has seen more companies relocating to Dubai and new start-ups entering the market. In fact, the Department of Economic Development in Dubai issued 22,691 business licenses in 2015, an increase of 17.4 percent compared to the total number of licenses issued in 2014.

“Recent market results have been a clear indication that Dubai remains an attractive destination for companies and investors due to robust economic activity prevailing in key sectors.

We are carefully monitoring the market and looking at potentials as we aim to keep expanding our portfolio”, concludes Mohammed bin Odah.

Tanmiyat’s key developments include the Living Legends Community containing apartments, villas and a mall, The Exchange Tower and The Court Tower on the Business Bay canal. Phase 2 of Living Legends will start handover in Q4 of 2016 whilst the full line-up of facilities including a school, mall and 5-star hotel will be complete in late 2017.

The handover of both The Exchange Tower and Living Legends projects demonstrates Tamiyat’s commitment to delivering icons in the UAE and the future looks  bright for the real estate developer.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tanmiyat Launches Handover Of First Phase AED7Billion Living Legends Community

   >> Keys to hundreds of units now in the hands of owners after DEWA confirms utilities connection to 184 villas and one residential tower.

   >> Handover signals Tanmiyat’s long-term commitment to Dubai property market with additional project launches scheduled for later this year.

The real estate development firm Tanmiyat Group is handing over hundreds of homes to investors in its flagship Living Legends project following connection to Dubai’s electricity and water grid.

The Saudi Arabia-based private company has distributed keys to the 184 villas and one tower block that make up Phase One of the single biggest residential project in the Dubailand master development.

The move paves the way for full delivery of all 500 villas and 12 residential towers within the 15 million sqft Living Legends gated community. The residential units will be complemented by a 9-hole golf course, schools, clinics, a shopping mall, a five-star hotel, and a wide range of recreational facilities.

Mohammed bin Odah, CEO of Tanmiyat, said: “Tanmiyat is delighted to receive confirmation from DEWA that phase one of Living Legends is fully powered up and ready for investors to receive the keys to their dream homes. This is a proud moment for us as we reach a hugely significant milestone in the most important project in our portfolio.

“Living Legends is a fantastic addition to Dubai’s property market. It offers a tranquil living environment amid large areas of open green space and amenities, a wide range of attractive unit sizes, and a healthy return on investment. We can’t wait for residents to start calling Living Legends their home.”

Living Legends is Tanmiyat’s flagship project in terms of size, value and number of units. The entire AED7billion community is made up of 12 residential towers containing 2,600 spacious apartments in total, as well as 500 luxury villas and an impressive range of amenities and leisure facilities.

The road and utilities infrastructure is fully completed, and sales are gathering pace with 88 percent of the entire project sold out. Market analysts anticipate an average 10 percent rental return on investment, as well as strong capital appreciation.

The handover launch represents Tanmiyat’s commitment to ensuring 100 percent completion of Living Legends following the demands of the financial crisis of 2008/09.

“The journey to this point has come with many challenges as we and the rest of the real estate industry faced the property crash and its aftermath,” said Mohammed bin Odah.

“As a private developer, we self-funded the entire Living Legends project and, despite being badly hit by the financial crisis, managed to restructure without external financial support or bank bailout.

“To now be able to reward the faith and patience of our investors gives us a real sense of pride. It also demonstrates our long-term commitment to the Dubai property market and that going forward we can fulfill our obligation to buyers.”

Tanmiyat is now fully focused on completing the second phase of Living Legends, which is scheduled for handover in the last quarter of 2016. The entire community, including the full line up of facilities, will be ready by end of 2017. In a display of commitment to Dubai’s long-term growth, the group is planning to launch a series of new projects, details of which are due to be released later this year.

Hassan Bahloul, from key investor Sidra Capital remarked “We monitored Living Legends for some time before making the decisions to invest in it and our research showed great potential in the project, with it being one of the most growing areas in Dubai. It’s a simple rule; if you want to make money then invest in areas with clear potentials that still have growth opportunities. We are delighted to take over our villas in Phase 1 and we would like to thank the developer who showed real commitment toward making it happen”.

Tanmiyat Group boasts an impressive portfolio of ground-breaking projects. The firm’s prominence in the regional real estate arena has grown exponentially, with the development of its investment programs and successful launches.

The group’s portfolio includes Living Legends, The Exchange office tower at Business Bay, and The Court Tower at Dubai Water Canal.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Al Zorah’s Phase One Projects On Schedule For Completion By End Of 2016‏

> Board Meeting chaired by HH Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi commends high-quality ongoing work

> Projects worth AED 1.7 billion to be executed before year-end

The Governing Board of Al Zorah Development Company, a joint partnership between the Government of Ajman and Solidere International, reviewed all current projects valued at over AED 1.7 billion, at a board meeting to discuss the development and the performance of the organization, held at The Pavilion at Al Zorah in Ajman.

Al Zorah is the flagship project of Solidere international in the UAE and owns and develops all the projects within the new community. The development will feature a unique gate at the entrance scheduled for completion in December 2016, making it a stand-out project in the Northern Emirates.

The meeting was presided over by His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Zorah Development Company, who lauded senior management for the strong construction and development progress seen at Al Zorah.

Roads, infrastructure and landscape work are already complete at the development, which embraces an organic lifestyle, complete with pedestrian trails, two million square meters of natural mangroves, 1.6 km beach front and 12 km of waterfront. The infrastructure works has been valued at AED 500 million.

Marina 1, home to the first of four marinas, which was completed 2 years ago with a total fit out value of AED 110 million, will open 47 berths for 80 foot yachts, by Q4 2016. Marina 1 will include a park encompassing over 17 retail and F&B outlets and a water sports center which will host a variety of water sports within a sandy beach area, dedicated parking, lawn areas and play areas. Marina 1 Park is valued at AED 50 million.

Through the course of the meeting, the board also discussed signature projects under development, including the world-renowned Oberoi  whose construction and development value is AED 550 million, which will come to Ajman for the first time to operate a 5-star resort – The Oberoi, AL Zorah -  later this year. With 113 villas and suites, the Oberoi, Al Zorah is a prime example of a premium, sophisticated hospitality project that meets the development’s world-class standards.

The members of the board recognized the work being completed in Al Zorah’s Fairways district which features luxurious residences set around the Nicklaus Design 18-hole championship golf course which was built at AED 160 million, and was launched in December 2015. Residents will be ready to move into the first set of the Golf Villas located on the course by the end of summer 2016. The total value of the Golf Villas under construction is AED 350 million.

The Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) has already begun supplying power to all the projects and as each project comes to life it will be fully powered for operations.

In addition, senior management strategized on future plans for the further growth of golf courses which has already attracted much attention in the global golfing community.

H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Al Zorah Development Company, said: “Al Zorah is one of the most ambitious projects in the UAE and it is a matter of great pride to see it finally coming to life. We are confident that our project will have a strong impact on Ajman and its economy and we are keen to fulfill our long term goal of providing a high-quality destination to both residents and visitors looking for something unique.”

Nasser Chammaa, Chairman of Solidere and Solidere International and a member of the Board of Directors, added: “At Solidere we bring deep knowledge and expertise in real estate construction to create refined and sophisticated ‘Places for Life.’ We are extremely proud of the headway being made at Al Zorah, Solidere International’s flagship project in the UAE. We have witnessed significant progress in construction activity and look forward to what the future holds.”

Thursday, May 26, 2016

$2Trillion In GCC Project Pipeline

> Project pipeline in GCC valued at USD$2Trillion, led by Saudi Arabia and UAE

The pipeline of projects planned in the GCC as of May 2016 amounts to $2Trillion.

Delegates attending the MEED Construction Leadership Summit in Dubai yesterday were told at a briefing hosted by leading professional services firm Deloitte that Saudi Arabia leads the region in terms of the value of projects in the pre-execution stage, with 38.91 percent of the total value, followed by the UAE with 34.84 percent.

Qatar is next with an 8.57 percent share, then Kuwait with 8.22 percent. Oman follows with 6.48 percent with Bahrain having a 2.97 percent share of the market.

In order to maintain the momentum in the project pipeline and in the face of austerity concerns, Cynthia Corby, Partner, Middle East Infrastructure and Capital Projects Leader, Deloitte says, “It will be necessary to innovate, perhaps with a drive towards privately financed solutions.”

Besides the oil price slump, the future growth of the projects sector will depend on several factors, including the speed of enacting legislation, restructuring, prioritization of project plans, and the ability to obtain funding, according to Ed James, Director of Content and Analysis, MEED Projects. “But more importantly, governments’ commitment to maintain spending in the face of falling revenues to keep the economy moving will be a key factor in driving the industry forward through the challenging times,” he says.

Experts forecast huge project investment will still be made between now and the end of this decade. Growing economies across the Gulf region will require improved infrastructure for cities to function and expand as planned, but innovative financing models need to be explored as funding gaps arise because of government budget deficits.

“Significant opportunities still exist and public-private partnerships are high on the agenda as a way to leverage private funding,” said Chris Palfreyman, Director, Infrastructure Owner/Operator, Bentley Systems.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dubai And Turkey Team Up For Mega Project

Deyaar announces Aşçıoğlu as strategic partner in Turkey for mega Midtown project

> Strong demand for Dubai properties from overseas investors

> Leading real estate brand will introduce Deyaar’s popular Dubai development to Turkish investors

Deyaar Development PJSC, one of Dubai’s largest property development and real estate services companies, announced details of a strategic partnership with Aşçıoğlu, a leading Turkish real estate brand. Aşçıoğlu will introduce an exclusive tower in the Dania District of Midtown to Turkish investors keen to invest in the thriving UAE property market.

Dania District is the second phase to be constructed of the grand 1.2 million sqft mega Midtown development. Comprising a built-up area exceeding five million sqft, Midtown is located in Dubai Production City, the growth corridor of the city, close to the Jebel Ali port, Expo 2020 and Al Maktoum International Airport.

The co-branded property, will be the first time Aşçıoğlu’s prestigious property brand, Selenium, has branched overseas, a testament to Dubai’s continuing success in attracting overseas property investment. The Selenium portfolio includes many significant properties in Istanbul including the landmark ‘Selenium Twins Towers’. The exclusive tower in Dania District will be customized to the needs and tastes of Turkish customers with the high quality architecture and living environment for which Deyaar is renowned.

The partnership was announced in Dubai by Deyaar’s Chief Executive Officer Saeed Mohammed Al Qatami and Chairman of Aşçıoğlu, Yaşar Aşçıoğlu. It follows a memorandum of understanding signed by the two companies in June 2015.

Commenting on the announcement, Saeed Al-Qatami said: “Deyaar’s properties offer a superior living environment, optimal value and solid return on investment and this is generating strong demand from overseas. We are confident that Midtown, which delivers ultimate levels of comfort and convenience in an urban community living space, will appeal to Turkish investors.”

“With nearly half a century of experience in real estate development, Aşçıoğlu was a natural choice of partner for Deyaar. Their commitment to customer service is aligned to our own high standards, so we can be sure our customers in Turkey will receive a high quality end-to-end experience.”

Commenting on the partnership, Saeed Al Falasi - Executive Director, of Dubai Production City said: “We are delighted to see two firms of such caliber teaming up to take advantage of the outstanding environment Dubai Production City offers. Located near the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai Production City is a strategic location for this venture, offering excellent opportunities to provide a comprehensive community to live and work.”

Yasser Aşçıoğlu, Chairman of Aşçıoğlu Group said "We set out with the objective of making “Selenium” a world brand. After Istanbul, we chose Dubai, one of the world’s visionary entrepreneurial capitals. Thanks to Midtown by Deyaar, we have brought a prominent Turkish housing brand, Selenium, abroad for the first time”

This announcement follows a successful property roadshow held by Deyaar in Mumbai, India, earlier this month showcasing Deyaar projects to Indian investors. The partnership is further evidence of the popularity of the UAE’s property market as an investment opportunity for overseas buyers, attracted by the region’s stability, excellent infrastructure and lucrative rental yield. Deyaar is well placed to take advantage of overseas investors targeting the robust Dubai property market with an attractive offering of high quality properties, simple payment plans and low cost of entry.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Japan Is Interested In Al Zorah

A high-profile delegation led by the Ambassador of Japan to the UAE, Kanji Fujiki, visited Ajman and were given a special tour of Al Zorah, a premier waterfront and organically connected lifestyle project by Solidere International in partnership with the Ajman Government.

Consul Fuminori Takaoka of the Consulate General of Japan in the UAE, accompanied the team along with other senior officials of the Japanese Embassy and Consulate. Top-ranking business leaders from Mitsubishi Corporation, The Bank of Tokyo, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Hitachi Ltd, among others, discussed various investment opportunities and areas of cooperation between the two entities. The delegation also discussed possibilities of setting up a workshop around these opportunities.

The Al Zorah tour was preceded by a visit to the Ruler’s Court to meet with His Highness Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince and President of the Executive Board.

The delegation was received by Imad Dana, CEO of Al Zorah Development Company, at The Pavilion - Al Zorah’s iconic sales center - where they were provided an overview of the development, located along the breathtaking natural peninsula on the coastline of Ajman.

The group was able to preview the massive 5.4 million sqm project through a corporate video and the detailed model followed by a tour of the 18-hole Nicklaus Design Al Zorah Golf Club and other areas such as the Golf Villas.

With trade between the UAE and Japan having reached over AED120 billion in 2015, according to the latest data released by Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro), the delegation’s visit was timely as it not only hopes to secure further investment from the UAE but also wishes to explore many opportunities within the UAE.

They also expressed their appreciation of Al Zorah’s design concept and development approach, which blends the best of nature with the finest in modern amenities to create refined places for life. Al Zorah is set apart from other destinations by its exotic setting of natural mangroves and seafront.

Dana explained the tremendous business opportunities and lifestyle choices offered by the freehold development, which will start welcoming visitors at the end of the year. The development is set across 12 kms of waterfront, 1.6 kms of sandy beaches, the championship golf course, two beach resorts that are being built, the golf villas that are rising up rapidly and marinas which will see several marine-related activities by year-end. Over 2 million sqm of natural mangroves are spread over the property, 60 percent of which is devoted to public spaces and protected mangroves.

Dana said: “It was indeed an honor for us to host the high-ranking Japanese business leaders who have achieved tremendous success in their businesses through their commitment and dedication. The visit reaffirms the positive investment climate within the economic eco-system of the country and the delegation’s expression of interest has been very encouraging for us.

“Al Zorah is an innovative project that reflects the strong development capabilities of Solidere International, whose attention to detail is a reflection of Solidere, the mother company in Lebanon. Their strong interest in the business potential and lifestyle choices offered by Al Zorah, a free zone and freehold project, will contribute to growing investments in Ajman.”

He added: “We are grateful to the Ajman Chamber of Commerce for facilitating the visit of the delegation of Japanese diplomatic and business leaders to Al Zorah, and also to the Government of Ajman for its unceasing support. With great opportunities for associations and investments, the visit enabled us to present the first-rate features and amenities in this impressive lifestyle development. Their appreciation of the diverse aspects of the project underlines our promise to delivering a truly spectacular project that adds tremendous value to all residents and visitors.”

Al Zorah is in close proximity to Dubai and Sharjah Airports, yet away from the bustle of city-life, and the wide range of outdoor pursuits further define the project. It is masterfully crafted and planned by Solidere International, renowned for developing refined ‘Places for Life,’ and principally established in Dubai International Financial Centre by Solidere, the Lebanese public company that is responsible for the urban regeneration of downtown Beirut.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Al Burj Business Bay, Dubai

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts (MHR) has signed a management agreement with Richreit Real Estate Development LLC for one of its most high-profile projects yet – Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Al Burj Business Bay, located in Dubai’s sought-after Business Bay district.

This striking 40-floor property with a modern yet elegant façade, will command a prime position on Burj Khalifa Boulevard overlooking the world’s tallest building, and is expected to open in 2017.

Major infrastructure projects and attractions are within a stone’s throw of the 299-room hotel apartment including Old Town Island, the Opera District in Downtown, Dubai Mall and the Dubai Canal Project, while the city’s financial and commercial hubs are on its doorstep too.

“With Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Al Burj Business Bay we are introducing a new upscale concept that delivers sophisticated living in a district that is rapidly emerging as Dubai’s new business and leisure hub,” said Mr. Andreas Mattmüller, Chief Operating Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Middle East and South Asia, speaking at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai.

The hotel will feature well-appointed and spacious studios as well as one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Stand-out amenities include a three-tiered podium area with six meeting spaces; a destination spa, gym, beauty clinic and swimming pool; a children’s area with pool; an all-day-dining outlet, café and lobby lounge; and a business center. The building has been designed keeping the acoustics in mind by using triple glazed glass to ensure maximum comfort level for guests.

Richreit Real Estate Development LLC Chairman Ahmed Butti Ahmed Al Muhairi said: “This property, which is already 55% complete, will not only add a new dimension to Dubai’s impressive skyline, but provide guests with a true immersive destination experience given its prime location at the crossroads of multiple districts and attractions.”

MHR already operates six hotels in Dubai and has two more properties planned for the city - the 244-key Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai opening in 2017 and the Mövenpick Hotel Dubai Media City opening in 2018.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ellington Properties Announces 14 New Dubai Projects

* First project in Jumeirah Village Circle is among four developments that have already broken ground

* Organization led by Dubai property industry veterans Robert Booth and Joseph Thomas

Ellington Properties – a Dubai-born design-led boutique property development company that develops bespoke and beautiful high-quality homes – announced its project pipeline of 14 developments in Dubai. The new projects will add over 2,200 residential units including apartments, townhouses and villas.

The company, jointly set up by industry veterans and joint managing directors Robert Booth and Joseph Thomas, already has over 3.6 million square feet in gross floor area under design and construction. The firm undertakes the full spectrum of development services from design to construction, advisory and rental unit development.

At a media roundtable, Booth said: “Dubai has evolved as a new global city all within the space of 10 years during which over US$85 billion was invested in infrastructure projects. Simultaneously, the Emirate’s population grew from 1 million in 2000 to over 2.5 million in 2015.

“The city will be home to over 3.2 million people by the time Dubai hosts the Expo 2020. The next four years will also witness an increase in the number of discerning customers who appreciate design and quality over price points. Ellington fills that space.”

Booth, who has been involved with the development of several iconic projects such as Dubai Marina, Emirates Hills, Arabian Ranches and Downtown Dubai, said that Ellington was set up to develop residential projects for discerning customers who appreciate design – from first principles to last detail. Benchmarked against the world’s best, the firm has drawn the best international professionals to create a company that has design in its DNA.

“The visionary foresight of the leadership will continue to drive the growth of Dubai, which will continue to flourish in every aspect,” explained Booth.

He added: “According to the recent Knight Frank survey, Dubai is now ranked at number 5, up from number 7 in 2014, on the list of the most visited cities in the world. Knight Frank also ranks the city number 1 in terms of a global lifestyle review while Forbes ranks it the 7th most influential city in the world. These reflect the positive sentiment shared by people around the world about the city. Dubai will continue to attract investment in its infrastructure and real estate, and Ellington will contribute to that space through highly desired but affordably priced projects.”

Ellington Properties unveiled its first project, Belgravia, in Jumeirah Village Circle which is a G+4 residential building with 181 modern one, two, and three bedroom units. The homes sit on a beautifully landscaped 100,000 square feet of land, with amenities including a swimming pool, gym and indoor and outdoor kids play area. Construction will be completed in December 2016.

“We have crafted each home with great attention to details, striking a tasteful balance between classic elegance and cutting-edge design and integration,” said Joseph Thomas. “These homes will set a benchmark in property development and the home warranty we offer will redefine the after-sales market.

“We are a customer-focused organization with an eye for detail. We launch our projects for sale only after we attain significant construction milestones. This ensures complete transparency in all our operations, adding to investor confidence,” added Thomas.

Ellington has three other projects that have commenced construction activity – DT1, a 17-storey tower with 130 studio, one to four bedroom apartments in Downtown Dubai; The Ellington Collection, a set of high-end luxury villas on Palm Jumeirah, and Belgravia II, a G+4 residential building with 188 modern studio, one, two and three bedroom units in Jumeirah Village Circle. All projects have broken ground with Belgravia having topped out and ready to welcome its first residents in the fourth quarter of this year.

The company has also won industry recognition with DT1 bagging the ‘Best Residential High Rise’ honor at the 2015 Arabian Property Awards.

Ellington has also finalized its plan for affordable rental units development program which will see over 10,000 units being developed by 2020.

About Ellington Properties:

Founded in 2014, Ellington Properties endeavors to craft beautiful environments for exceptionally high-quality lifestyles. Inspired by art and reflective of their owners’ aspirations, Ellington residences are classic in feel but contemporary of vision. Ellington’s current projects include high-rise luxury residences and multi-family communities in Dubai, located in the prestigious Downtown Dubai, Palm Jumeirah or the upcoming Jumeirah Village Circle.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sobha Group Launches New Luxury Residential Building

*Eight-storey tower offers unrivaled cityside living with spacious apartments

*Sobha Hartland is located in the heart of Dubai within close proximity to the city’s main attractions

*Handover of units will start December 2017

Sobha Group, the leading luxury real estate developer, has announced the launch of Sobha Hartland Greens, a luxury building with unrivaled cityside living in its urban mixed-use waterfront development in the epicenter of Dubai.

The eight-storey residential project at Sobha Hartland in Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, is beautifully set within a 3km radius to the city’s main attractions. Residents will also have easy access to restaurants and entertainment facilities within the community.

Sobha Hartland Greens includes eight floors of residential apartments varying from studios, to one, two and three bedrooms. The luxury apartments start with an attractive price from AED 804,000 with exceptional payment plans on offer. The handover of units will start December 2017.

Mr. PNC Menon, Founder and Chairman, Sobha Group said: “The launch of Sobha Hartland Greens comes in line with the huge demand we are witnessing for luxury living in Dubai. The apartments have been designed to enhance the lifestyle of residents with an abundance of living space and expansive layouts. The tower is strategically located at the heart of the community and will have all the amenities a resident needs.”

Encompassed in the development will be two international schools, one currently in operation, nurseries, malls, cafes, tennis courts, yoga center, swimming pool, clubhouses and spas, mosques and healthcare facilities.

Residents will also be 3kms to various attractions across Dubai such as: the tallest tower in the world, the largest mall in Dubai, Meydan Racecourse; home to the world’s richest horse race, District One 8.4km cycling and jogging track, Dubai International Financial Centre, water fountains, world’s longest indoor ski slope, Dubai Country Club, Dubai Equestrian Centre, Dubai One Tower; world’s tallest residential tower and Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. They will also have easy access to the Dubai Canal and Metro, both of which will envelope Hartland’s low density environment.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Emaar Designs A Glittering New Skyline For Dubai

* Architectural features of a new iconic destination, designed by Santiago Calatrava Valls, unveiled at an exclusive preview in Dubai

* With design influenced by the natural contours of the lily and the region’s Islamic culture, The Tower will be crowned by The Pinnacle Room

* The Tower to establish Dubai Creek Harbour as one of the most desired residential and leisure destinations in the city

A glittering new icon will define Dubai’s skyline with Emaar Properties today unveiling the design elements and architectural features of a magnificent tower in the heart of Dubai Creek Harbour.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, chose the design by renowned Spanish/Swiss neo-futuristic architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter Santiago Calatrava Valls, from a competitive international design pitch for this new landmark.

The Tower serves as the vibrant core of Dubai Creek Harbour, a 6 sqkm world-class masterplannned development that is two times the size of Downtown Dubai and located 10 minutes from the Dubai International Airport. The waterfront development is centered off the Dubai Creek, the cradle of Dubai’s history and culture, and in close proximity to the Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary, protected under the UNESCO Ramsar Convention and home to over 67 species of water birds.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “The Tower in Dubai Creek Harbour is our tribute to the positivity, energy and optimism that Dubai and the UAE celebrate, led by a leadership committed to all-round progress. A shining beacon of hope for the world, celebrating diversity and human achievements, this new iconic landmark further highlights the country’s ambition and futuristic vision and enhance our nation’s pride. It will be the destination for the world to visit, enjoy and celebrate life, as Dubai prepares to host the Expo 2020.

He added: “The design by Santiago Calatrava, chosen after a competitive pitch from the world’s top architects, was a perfect fit to our requirement for a landmark that defined our urban core for Dubai Creek Harbour. It integrates not just design excellence but also strong environmental and smart-tech considerations. With The Tower, we are delivering a compelling destination that will add long-term economic value to Dubai and the UAE. It will also position Dubai Creek Harbour as one of the most desired residential, leisure and touristic attractions, providing visitors and residents with a modern, luxurious and sustainable environment in which to live, work, learn and entertain.”

Fadel Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding, said: “We are extremely proud that our joint venture partnership with Emaar will deliver a new landmark in Dubai; a distinctive addition to the city’s skyline and a symbol of architectural excellence. Unveiling The Tower design is an important step for the Dubai Creek Harbour project. This development will offer a lifestyle choice that is unprecedented in Dubai, in what will be one of the most sought after residential and tourist areas of the city. Our partnership with Emaar is progressing well and we are extremely excited by the way this project is coming to life.”

Santiago Calatrava Valls said: “From the beginning, my team and I have tried to put the best of ourselves into this project, since it is very special and is a great honor to participate. The collaboration with such a prestigious firm as Emaar Properties makes it even more exciting and demanding. The design has clear reference to the classic art from the past and the culture of the place while serving as a great technological achievement. In my whole career, I have perceived technology as a vehicle to beauty and to art. This project envisages an artistic achievement in itself, inspired by the idea of welcoming people, not only from Dubai and the UAE, but from the entire world. It is a symbol of an abiding belief in progress.”

Calatrava’s accomplished works include the World Trade Centre Transportation Hub in New York, Calgary Peace Bridge, the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens and the Turning Torso Tower in Malmö, which was recently awarded with the Ten Year Award from the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat (CTBUH), among others.

His design philosophy is to fuse architectural expression, structural innovation, functional efficiency and environmental benefits into one single imaginatively bold gesture that responds to, and transcends, the challenges of each unique site. Each project therefore creates a sense of place that enhances the setting – functionally, environmentally and communally.

Design Palette

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour draws design inspiration from the lily and evokes the image of a minaret, which is a common feature and distinctive aspect of Islamic culture. The elongated oval-shaped bud and geometric texture set the template for the observation decks. The slender stem serves as the analogy for the structure, which is engineered to its most efficient diameter. It is linked to the ground with sturdy cables, in turn, inspired by the delicate ribbing of the lily leaves. The cable array gives the structure its strength, anchoring the ‘bud’ securely to the ground with technical precision using modern engineering materials.

The Experiences

Offering unprecedented experiences for 360 degree views of the city and beyond, the crowning glory of The Tower will be The Pinnacle Room opening to grand views of the sky. The VIP Observation Garden Decks recreate the splendor of the ‘Hanging Gardens of Babylon,’ one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. An engineering marvel awaits visitors, the piece-de-resistance being the fully glazed rotating balconies that extend outward, rotating outside the skin of the tower. The tower will also have a world-class boutique hotel for visitors.

Precision Engineering

The design will be finalized following elaborate wind tunnel testing and all mandatory seismic testing. Every aspect of The Tower is designed and being developed to the highest international standards of safety – from the choice of materials to the technology being used. All local government codes and regulations will be adhered to with close co-ordination and guidance from the concerned authorities.

A Visual Spectacle

Celebrating the iconic status of The Tower, the lighting will emphasize the ‘flower bud’ design as a floating element at the top of the structure, serving as a beacon of light at night. The structural core and tension cables will be gently and dynamically illuminated. Movement Lighting will be used to enhance not only the visitor journey but also the view from outside.

Green Features

The Tower takes into consideration environmental and sustainability features that will serve as industry benchmarks. It starts with the thoughtful design with an environment-friendly tram service to be integrated for effortless access. On-foot visitors have a multitude of access points on to the plaza. A number of green corridors are envisaged for pedestrian access and effortless connectivity with Dubai Creek Harbour.

Emaar has unveiled high-end residences in Dubai Creek Harbour including Dubai Creek Residences, Creekside 18, and most recently, Harbour Views homes in The Island District, a vibrant lifestyle hub. All homes open to premium views of the Dubai Creek, a stylish marina with a yacht club, the adjacent Ras Al Khor natural bird sanctuary and the impressive skyline of Downtown Dubai.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

UPC To Announce Major Projects At Cityscape Abu Dhabi

The UPC(Urban Planning Commission) will mark the tenth anniversary of the Cityscape Abu Dhabi property exhibition by revealing a raft of new developments that have received detailed planning approval and launching a new and improved online street design application.

Senior executives from the UPC will announce detailed approvals for key developments that will shape the urban landscape of the entire Abu Dhabi Emirate. The UPC’s presence at Cityscape Abu Dhabi will be befitting of the tenth anniversary of the region’s largest annual real estate event, using it as a platform to promote its progress towards Abu Dhabi Vision 2030, as well as the groundbreaking Estidama sustainability program.

Visitors to the UPC stand will gain an understanding of how Abu Dhabi’s built-up space will evolve over time according to the UPC’s framework plans, polices and initiatives. A series of interactive programs, as well as the UPC’s giant scale model of the Abu Dhabi Metropolitan Area, will provide a fascinating insight into the Emirate’s present and future.

H.E. Falah Al Ahbabi, Director General, UPC, said: “We are proud to have exhibited at Cityscape every year.  Each time it provides us with an essential platform from which to engage with our many stakeholders and to provide the latest news on our work and progress.

“Through Cityscape, we are able to reach a large audience in a concentrated period of time to explain our role and what we are doing as we move towards Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.”

Cityscape Abu Dhabi runs from April 12-14 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The UPC will use the exhibition to reveal highlights of detailed approvals and Estidama Pearl Ratings it has given to key developments in the Abu Dhabi Emirate in Q4 2015, as well as provide a full re-cap for all projects granted detailed approval in 2015.

The UPC will also launch a much anticipated update to the innovative online Street Design tool, which allows designers to create well-designed, safe and walkable streets. It has the added benefit of being able to incorporate utility corridors, medians and sidewalks, hence it enables designers to create complete streets from a design and engineering perspective. At all times, the Tool ensures alignment with the UPC’s Manuals including the Abu Dhabi Urban Street Design Manual, the Abu Dhabi Utility Corridors Design Manual and the Abu Dhabi Public Realm Design Manual in one tool to make urban street design quick and efficient.

Visitors to the UPC stand will have access to interactive areas where they can find out the latest news on its framework plans, master plans, policies and initiatives. They can also try out the updated street design and Geoplanner tools that the UPC’s planners use in their day-to-day work. In addition, visitors will have access to screens that will guide them through the UPC’s suite of Complete Sustainable Communities manuals and policies that it uses to design attractive, high-quality urban environments.

Other offerings at the UPC stand will include an impressive scale model of the Abu Dhabi Metropolitan Area that has proved a hit at past Cityscapes. Measuring 23 metres by 17 metres, the model shows the Abu Dhabi Metropolitan Area and includes new and existing projects, as well as famous landmarks such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace and Ferrari World on Yas Island.

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