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Traducao logo mais…Tom Cruise takes on ‘Mission Impossible’ to boost Dubai economy

Postado por: raquel em 29/out/2010 | Sem Comentários

MISSION DUBAI: The fourth sequel of action blockbuster 'Mission Impossible' starring Tom Cruise will be partly filmed in Dubai.

MISSION DUBAI: The fourth sequel of action blockbuster ‘Mission Impossible’ starring Tom Cruise will be partly filmed in Dubai.

Tom Cruise’s visit to Dubai to film “Mission Impossible IV: Ghost Protocol” will provide a boost to the indebted city’s economy as it seeks to reap the benefits of high visibility in the film industry.

In an interview on Dubai Today, executive producer Jeffrey Chernov said: “Twenty years ago you’d read articles about what people are raising money to make movies and what movies are getting made into videos, now you read about a new tax incentive or rebate or some new structure to entice filmmakers to new places.”

He added: “With Mission Impossible being here, many more films will follow.”

Arabian Gulf nations are using their oil wealth to attract art, music and film, replacing Arab cities such as Cairo and Beirut as regional ambassadors for culture and entertainment.

Dubai hosts film and art festivals, while neighbor Abu Dhabi is building the Louvre and Guggenheim museums and producing films through Abu Dhabi Media Co.

Dubai roiled global markets in November after one of its three main state-owned business groups Dubai World sought to delay repaying loans, sparking a plunge in developing nation stocks and the largest increase in emerging market bond yields over US Treasuries in four weeks.

The company secured approval from all creditors for its $24.9 billion debt restructuring plan, a company official said yesterday.

“This is a beautiful city, it’s very cinematic,” Cruise said at a press conference in the Armani Hotel in Dubai today.

He added: “The geography is important for these kinds of pictures.”

New Zealand’s government reached an agreement with Warner Bros Productions to keep the filming of two movies based on “The Hobbit” in the country, Prime Minister John Key said yesterday.

The country wants the two film prequel to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy made in the country to help boost a sluggish economic recovery.

Hiring crew and equipment for the original series added about $261 million to the economy in a three year period to March 2002, and boosted tourism as fans flocked to locations where Frodo battled Orcs in a recreation of Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

Paramount Pictures will make “Mission Impossible IV,” bringing back 48 year old Cruise after he was fired by the studio in 2006 and publicly criticized by Sumner Redstone, chairman of parent Viacom Inc.

Redstone told the Wall Street Journal at the time the studio terminated the 14 year association because of the actor’s conduct, including promoting Scientology and criticizing anti-depressants.

The first three “Mission Impossible” movies have grossed $2 billion worldwide, Paramount said in a statement today.

The fourth film, whose actors include Jeremy Renner from “The Hurt Locker” and “Slumdog Millionaire” star Anil Kapoor, will also be shot in Moscow and Vancouver and be released in December 2011, according to the statement. (Arabian Business)

25 Anos de Emirates Airlines

Postado por: raquel em 25/out/2010 | Sem Comentários

Hoje a Emirates Airlines esta completando 25 anos de existencia….. tendo comecado com apenas 100 funcinarios e sem tantas expectativas!

Tida hoje, como senao A, UMA das melhores companhias aereas do Mundo!!

Parabens, temos orgulho de participar disso!

Alguem quer morar no Burj Khalifa, a torre mais alta do mundo?

Postado por: raquel em 14/out/2010 | Sem Comentários

BURJ BUILDER: Emaar sold 90 percent of the homes in the tower before the January opening.

CONSTRUTORA DO BURJ KHALIFA: Emaar ja tinha vendido 90% das unidades residencias da torre antes mesmo da sua inauguracao em Janeiro/2010.

Os aptos de luxo no Burj Khalifa estao com precos la embaixo, devido a falta de inquilinos, seus alugueis ja cairam em 40%!!

Por exemplo: o aluguel de um studio (com janelas do chao ao teto, pisos de madeira e marmore) para somente US$1.815,00  por mes, enquanto aptos de 1 quarto estao custando USD$ 2.740,00 por mes e aptos de 2 quartos, USD$ 4.338.00 por mes!

Apos 9 meses da inauguracao da torre, dos 900 apartamentos disponiveis, somente 75 estao habitados.

Na torre, tem tambem o Residencial Armani com 144 residencias, 37 andares de escritorios e 160 quartos de hotel.

Com a crise financeira de 2009, o valor dos apartamentos na torre, cairam em ate 50%.

….(Arabian Business)

Novos horarios do Metro Dubai

Postado por: raquel em 12/out/2010 | Sem Comentários

The new timings will come into place on October 15 to coincide with the opening of five new Red Line stations.

A partir de 15 de Outubro de 2010, data na qual serao inauguradas novas 5 estacoes da Linha Vermelha, o metro de Dubai operar em novo horario.

Devido a pressao popular, o metro vai inicar sua operacao as 13hs das sextas-feiras (1 hora mais cedo do que anteriormente) e para a meia noite do mesmo dia. As quintas-feiras, vesperas dos fins de semana, tambem teve seu expediente estendido em 1 hora, ou seja, funcionara ate a meia-noite e nao so ate as 23hs, como anteriormente.

NOVO HORARIO DE FUNCIONAMENTO:

Sabado a Quarta-feira: Das 6 as 23hs,

Quintas-Feiras: das 6hs a meia-noite.

Sextas-Feiras: das 13hs a meia noite.

Essas sao as novas estacoes que tem sua inauguardao hoje: Nakheel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Sharaf DG, First Gulf Bank e Business Bay.

Green city scaled back – traducao logo mais

Postado por: raquel em 11/out/2010 | Sem Comentários

 

Ambitious plans for Masdar City, the world’s first carbon neutral city being built in the desert outside Abu Dhabi, have been scaled back as part of a wide-ranging review of the $22 billion project.

Abu Dhabi-owned Mubadala Development Company, which is behind Masdar  City  said it won’t be completed until at least 2020 – four years later than the original deadline – and that work could even stretch on until 2025.

Masdar backed away from the original plans to power the city solely on renewable power produced on site to make the city 100 per cent carbon neutral.

The leaders of the green city said they are exploring a range of clean-energy sources, including geothermal energy and solar thermal cooling, but that it will also consider buying renewable power from other locations.

The changes mark the biggest shift in Masdar’s strategy since the project was announced in 2006. Officials characterised the changes as part of an ongoing learning process.

“As the construction phase progresses, we will be continually learning, adjusting and moving forward toward our vision for Masdar City. As technology and the market evolves so will our plan,” Masdar chief executive Sultan Al Jaber said.

While experts told 7DAYS that outsourcing some of the metropolis’ energy needs is unlikely to dent Masdar’s aim of creating the world’s first carbon neutral city, Sarfraz Dairkee,  founding member of the Emirates Green Building Council, said “refining and transmitting energy to the site is not the best option” and that creating energy on site would be the greener option.  

Masdar now says a planned podcar transport system will be limited to an “ongoing pilot project,” and other types of electric vehicles may be allowed.

Nabil Hamade, CEO of UAE-based CStarEnergy, is not surprised by the extension of the project completion date as organisers struggle with implementing cutting-edge green tech such as ‘liquid cooling’.

He said that the original $22 billion price tag is also likely to increase: “If they are going to tackle it over a longer period of time the costs could be ten to 20 per cent more.”  

The UAE has the world’s largest ecological footprint per capita, according to the World Wildlife Fund. (7 Days)

Predios Industriais “ecologicos”

Postado por: raquel em 11/out/2010 | Sem Comentários

…traducao – ja faco logo mais ;) )

Dubai’s first large-scale solar thermal cooling system is now in operation at ESAB’s new head office in JAFZA. MEP Middle East paid a visit to see first-hand how this industrial building is at the vanguard of energy efficiency.

The building’s achievements were highlighted initially when Architect Middle East named it as one of the region’s top five green buildings. Thomas Bohlen, chief technical officer at the Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development, said at the time: “This project has proven that even industrial buildings in the Middle East can be designed, constructed and operated to the highest current standards of sustainability.”

Pax-Kent International of Dubai was the architect, consultant and project manager for the US$6.5 million project. The US$1 million AC system was installed by Kylsystem of Sweden, with Kingspan Renewables of Ireland supplying 300 m² of solar vacuum tubes. Climatewell of Sweden supplied the absorption units for the innovative solar cooling system.

“The benefits of this system are considerable, as there is up to 65% to 70% saving on the energy costs compared to traditional air-con systems. Plus it is creates a better environment, as a result of reduced carbon dioxide emissions,” says Kingspan Renewables MD Gerard Whelan. “Kingspan Renewables has, with this installation, proven its position as a leader in solar thermal collectors. This is a stepping stone towards massive global growth for solar cooling.” Whelan adds that the Thermomax system is the highest-performing evacuated system in the world.

Solar tubes

Pax-Kent International joint president Kent Johansson explains that the building’s solar thermal cooling system uses roof-mounted solar tube collectors to provide hot water to six absorption units. These, in turn, provide cold water to air-handling units, also located on the roof. Cold air is then circulated through the precast, hollow-core concrete core ceiling slabs of the building, providing radiant cooling, in addition to fresh air. The added benefit of the system is that it uses far less electricity, only a few pumps and no refrigerants. Any excess heat can, in turn, be used for domestic water heating. The unique storage capability of this particular system allows it to service the building comfortably even during nighttime and during inclement weather.

“We have more than enough points for LEED Platinum, and are hoping to attain this certification,” says Johansson. Indeed, the building has achieved 56 points out of a maximum of 69 (52 points are required for LEED Platinum.) It was impossible to achieve the total number as certain criteria such as building on old sites were not applicable in this case. As an indication of the attention to detail in this project, Johansson says there are power points for electric vehicles, priority parking for employees using hybrid vehicles and bicycle racks. Even the paving stones used in the parking lot, from a RAK manufacturer, have special hollows to retain rainwater in Dubai’s brief yearly rainy spells.

However, Johansson says not many companies are prepared to go all the way to LEED Platinum. “A lot of companies here still do the bare minimum of 32 points, which is actually the base JAFZA requirement. They do not want to do anything else extra in order to save resources and cut energy use, often due to budgetary constraints.” ESAB Middle East FZE MD Johan Fransson says the new head office became fully operational in May 2010. “Back in 2006 we started to evaluate the specific requirements of our own purpose-built facility due to rapid growth. A feasibility study and business case study were completed in 2007. We finally got the green light in 2008, so it was a long process. “Green issues and health and safety are not high on our agenda; they are at the top of our agenda,” says Fransson. “Hence from the outset of this project we had very ambitious ideas and targets. From the beginning, it was a conscious decision that we should go as green as we could.” Then came the January 2008 decree from Dubai ruler HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum that all buildings be green, which gave the project added relevance and impetus.

“Today, of course, carbon footprint reduction and such concepts are very much at the forefront. We have been working with these concepts for many years as a group, ranging from what kind of materials we are using in our products, to the energy consumption in our factories and the associated targets for energy reduction. It is the right thing to do; it is profitable; it has long-term benefits; it is good for our people and our customers. Hence it is very much embedded in our culture and in our values,” says Fransson.

Low-key

He says ESAB has adopted a deliberately low-key approach to publicising its new head office. “Actually what we have been doing is trying to fly a little bit under the radar because we want to make sure everything is working properly first. We are happy though to share our positive experience and are proud to do so.” Fransson says that for “a pretty hi-tech facility”, the project “has gone incredibly well. There have been small bits and pieces, but we are tweaking constantly. We have been operational from day one. People are very excited, and our partners are very excited too.”

Fransson explains that the new building is the regional head office for ESAB, catering for 14 countries in the Middle East. “We also have a welding and cutting process centre, where we do training and product demonstrations, which is another reason why we wanted a purpose-built facility. A big part of what we do is technical support for our customers, and here we can carry out full-scale welds and cuts. It is a pretty technical set-up. We have European product management based here and take care of aftersales support for the region as well.

“We wanted a new building to support our activities in the same way we like to support our customers. We wanted to have a really efficient warehouse for our supply chain, in addition to a technical process and training centre. When we took the decision to build, we wanted to do it the right way from the start.” Fransson says the new Dubai head office has also essentially raised the benchmark for the entire group in terms of sustainability and energy efficiency.
Evolution

Johansson says the ESAB head office represents the latest evolution of a building type that Pax-Kent designed years back for a range of clients, such as Jotun Paints, Unilever and Master Foods. “Perhaps because these are US and European based companies, they have the background and willingness to invest, so we have always been lucky to have clients like that.”

Fransson adds that ESAB’s head office represents a logical design and application of technology for industrial-type buildings. “To not build like this does not really make any sense. Why would you not want to insulate a facility properly? Why would you not choose technological solutions that allow you to reduce energy consumption? We were lucky in finding a partner like Pax-Kent that could support our work.”

Johansson says that, while Pax-Kent had tackled green build as far back as the 1990s, “It never caught on, as you never had the rules and regulations that forced you to do things; and these are quite moderate still. You can get away with 32 points at the end of the day. It was an interesting challenge for us, because nobody here knew much about LEED, especially the top end.” One of the immediate difficulties was finding local suppliers. “Sustainability at that time was not really common business practice, and hence it took more time than we thought.”

Swedish cutting-edge

Fransson says the ESAB head office represents the cutting-edge of Swedish green building technology. “We have Swedish management here locally; our architect is Swedish; the main contractor is Swedish. All the technical solutions are actually Swedish. So it is very much a showcase for Sweden, which probably conserves more energy than any other country. It experienced its first energy crisis in 1972, and since then the per capita energy consumption has hardly increased.”

The most prominent innovation deployed in the building is the solar thermal cooling system. “This is new technology used for the first time in the Middle East,” says Johansson. “We cut the heat peak in the middle of the day, so we flatten the curve and therefore our energy use is reduced.” Blowing cold air through ducts in the concrete slabs essentially cools down the entire building. “The coolness, especially at night when the temperature is lower, is accumulated, and you use that during the day when the temperature is higher, which means the total cooling system is much smaller as a result. On top of that, it is very quiet and makes for a highly pleasant indoor climate, as there are no drafts of cold air and a lot of fresh air.

“A conventional air-con system blows in hot air, which starts to cool down after a couple of minutes. Here we do not have such temperature fluctuations; between the corners of a typical room you will only have half a degree’s difference. So it is a constant temperature throughout. The secret lies in being able to calculate the air flow that is required, which takes quite a bit of experience to do when you are blowing air through ducts in a concrete slab,” says Johansson.

The ducts in the concrete slabs also means “you get fresh air every 1.2 m by default as you pump air through these hollow cores,” says Johansson. “We are changing the internal air six times an hour, which means a high indoor air quality, without any extra cost.” Fransson says the initial estimates point to a 70% energy-saving over conventional air-con systems. “This is a pretty amazing number. In terms of payback, it is about five years, give or take a year. However, that was not the main driver. That it actually makes good financial sense to do so is over and above it being the right thing to do.”

Extra insulation

Johansson says additional features include extra insulation in the roof and external walls. “Normally what you see here is insulated blockwork. On the roof here we went for 200 mm polystyrene, and 100 mm polystyrene in the walls, which is far more than normal.” Fransson says all the traditional building elements “are the best you can find.” The building also has a wastewater treatment plant. “We recycle and treat all the water for use in the toilets and for the irrigation system. All the toilets are low-flush units, while all the taps have flow reducers,” says Johansson.

In terms of lighting, Johansson says the building employs a fully-automated system. “Lights come on wherever you are walking. We have reduced the overhead light, and have task lights for all the cubicles and desks, for example. Hence you focus the light only where it is needed, as well as having low overall lighting intensity. The light level is also programmed to be reduced the further away it is from the windows. Thus it starts low at the windows and increases the further you go into the building.”

Fransson says that initial tests conducted on the air-handling units have revealed that, even at the peak of the summer heat, they only worked at 45%. “Hence the overall system is very efficient. If we get a power cut now, this will still be a comfortable building tomorrow morning, as the entire structure is cooled down.” The setpoint temperature was 21˚C originally, but this was adjusted to a more liveable 23˚C.”

In terms of maintenance, the attention paid to the detail of the building and the systems it uses means that maintenance costs and times are reduced as well. This is important in Dubai, where “maintenance is only done when something breaks down; here you seldom do anything to prevent it,” says Johansson. However, Fransson says “the approach we have taken is maybe more maintenance than what is required; rather too much than too little. Over time we will scale this down as we become more familiar with the building and its systems. We want to ensure that we do not break anything while we are getting to know the building.”

Complexo Desportivo em Dubai eh oficialmente inaugurado

Postado por: raquel em 11/out/2010 | Sem Comentários

The multi-purpose stadium, will host the 10th FINA World Swimming Championships from December 15-19.

La acontecera o 10º FINA Campeonato Mundial de Natacao, no periodo de 15 a 19 de Dezembro, 2010, que pela 1ª vez, acontece em algum Pais Arabe.

Ao custo de USD$299 milhoes o “ Dubai Sports Complex” foi oficilamente inaugurado pelo Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

O Complexo atende a varias modalidades de esporte, fica situado proximo da Dubai Bypass Road, junto a Dubailand. A porcao destinada a esporte aquaticos eh a principal dentro do complexo de 61 acres.

Uma das piscinas olimpicas de 50m, tem o seu piso “movel”.

O complexo tem arquibancadas para 15.000 pessoas e estrutura para acomodar ate 400 atletas. (Arabian Business)

Emaar planeja o 3o. Hotel Armani no mundo

Postado por: raquel em 03/out/2010 | Sem Comentários

Apesar de ainda estar somente em projeto, as cidades de possivel escolha para tal seriam: Paris, Nova York ou Marrakesh.

O 2º hotel da rede, que sera em Milao, tem sua inauguracao prevista para aprox. Jun/2011.

…(Arabian Business)

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