Emaar renames Downtown Dubai boulevard

Postado por: raquel em 27/Dec/2012 | Sem Comentários

The main road through Downtown Dubai has been renamed Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard by developer Emaar Properties.

The naming of the route which boasts iconic attractions such as Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, has been named in tribute to Dubai’s ruler, Emaar said in a statement.

The 3.5km high street, previously called Emaar Boulevard, connects the destination’s numerous shopping, hospitality, entertainment and dining attractions.

Downtown Dubai welcomed more visitors last year than New York (51 million) and Los Angeles (27 million), Emaar said in a statement carried by news agency WAM.

Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “By renaming Emaar Boulevard as Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard we are paying tribute to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum who is the driving force of the city’s transformation into the world’s newest hub for hospitality, tourism, retail and trade.”

With a development value of $20bn, the 500-acre Downtown Dubai was launched in 2004.

Alabbar added: “The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai… is today the world’s most vibrant lifestyle destination, on par with and even surpassing other boulevards in the world.”


Dubai Mall metro link opens

Postado por: raquel em 25/Dec/2012 | Sem Comentários

A new metro link connecting Dubai Mall with the Burj Khalifa station opened to public on Tuesday.

The 828-metre air-conditioned bridge will provide walking access to the mall from the metro station with ten travellators – each between 70 to 120 metres length and 1.4 metres in width, serving commuters.

Visitors will enter The Dubai Mall through the new metro link, with new retail stores set to open to cater for the 30,000 people expected each day. It will incorporate the highest safety features with exit routes along its length and easily accessible staircases.

“At 820 metres, the metro link is one of the longest of its kind, linking Dubai Metro with the leading retail and lifestyle destination in Dubai. The direct connection with the Dubai Metro, which is now one of the most popular public transport modes in the city, will help in reducing vehicular traffic, and enable visitors to simply walk across from the station to Downtown Dubai through a temperature-controlled travellator,” said Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, Emaar Properties,.

Metro Link Inauguration

The metro link could carry over 13,500 people every hour and is designed in glass, drawing on traditional Arabian architecture styles, enabling spectacular views of Downtown Dubai including Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The ‘Mashrabia’ styled façade and colourful lighting will complement the existing architecture and add to the lively ambience of Emaar Boulevard.

Opening in time for the New Year celebrations, the link will add to the convenience of visitors visiting Downtown Dubai, which will host a spectacular gala and fireworks show.

Dubai-owned QE2 said to be sold for scrap

Postado por: raquel em 24/Dec/2012 | Sem Comentários

The world famous liner QE2, which has been moored in Dubai since 2008, is reportedly to be sold for scrap to a Chinese firm.

UK media said on Monday that plans to turn it into a floating hotel have been abandoned.

In July, owner Istithmar said it planned to relaunch the iconic QE2 as a 300-room luxury floating hotel, as part of plans to transform its current home at Port Rashid.


The 293m-long vessel was bought from Cunard for around $100m in June 2007 by the Dubai-based investment company.

But UK media have reported that a Chinese crew of 20 has boarded the ship, leading to fears that it is to be sold for scrap.

The report comes a month after a British consortium proposed moving the QE2 to London and converting it into a floating hotel outside the O2 Arena.

Roger Murray of QE2 London told the newspaper: “We have been told the ship is going to be put into a dry dock before being taken to an unknown destination in the Far East.

“That is a tragedy because it almost certainly means the QE2 is being sold as scrap. Our investors were going to give £20m for the ship itself plus £60m for renovation and the  cost of bringing the ship back to Britain.

“But the ship could raise as much as £20m as dead weight scrap and the Chinese cash would be immediate.”

QE2 online discussion boards have been busy over the past 24 hours, with enthusiasts bemoaning the possibility that the liner could be scrapped and saying the ship should be returned to the UK.

The QE2 was launched in 1969 by the Queen, making its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. It was operated for nearly 30 years by Cunard, and was used to carry troops to the south Atlantic during the Falklands War.

It was retired in 2008 and made its last voyage to Dubai that year.

Al Sufouh Tram

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The Al Sufouh Tram extends 14 km along Al Sufouh Road Phase 1 envisages construction of a 9.5 km-long track starting from Dubai Marina up to Mall of the Emirates Station.

The Tram network includes 19 passenger stations, 9 of which are covered under Phase 1, and spreads, across areas of activity and population density along the tram route.

Each train will measure 44 meters in length with a loading capacity of about 300 passengers. The fleet will consist of 8 trams in Phase 1 and 17 more will be added in Phase 2. there will be a fleet of 25 trains in place capable of commuting about 5000 passengers per hour per direction.
The tram track will run at ground level along Al Sufouh Road but will have an elevated section across certain areas of Dubai Marina, for reasons dictated by structures in the area.

It will pass parallel to the Dubai Metro Red Line and will link up with the metro system at three stations along Sheikh Zayed Road with footbridges to ease transit and exchange of passengers between the two modes. The Sufouh Tram will also link up with the Monorail of the Palm Jumeirah at the entrance of the Palm from Sufouh Road to facilitate passenger traffic between the areas served by both projects.



First pedestrian bridge across Dubai Creek: From Bur Dubai to Shindagha

Postado por: raquel em 18/Nov/2012 | Sem Comentários


Creek Panorama Project

Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Saturday approved the Creek Panorama Project, the first pedestrian bridge across Dubai Creek from Bur Dubai to Shindagha.

During a visit to the headquarters of Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), His Highness Sheikh Mohammed also inspected progress on a number or projects and initiatives, including the residential complex of Dubai Police, Tram Al Sufouh and the Business Bay Canal Extension.

Flanked by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid was welcomed by the Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Mattar Al Tayer.

Briefing His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, Al Tayer said that the 120-meter Creek Panorama, which will be raised 17 meters high over the creek, will be another unique important landmark in the emirate, will provide a pedestrian-friendly venue in the busy business district and will provide commercial opportunities through its shops and kiosks.


Dubai launches $680m Madinat Jumeirah expansion

Postado por: raquel em 17/Nov/2012 | Sem Comentários

Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has back AED2.5bn ($680m) plans to expand the Madinat Jumeirah tourism development in the emirate.

The fourth phase of expansion, which will face the Burj Al Arab area, will include a luxury five-star hotel, villas complex, restaurants, a commercial centre featuring retail stores and an open walking area.

Sheikh Mohammed said the project was slated to be completed before the end of 2015.

In launching the development, Sheikh Mohammed, also vice president and prime minister of the UAE, said that the development of tourism infrastructure in Dubai must match the UAE’s growing position as an international tourist hub.

He said the process of development in the country “never stops and has no limits”.

The luxury hotel in the project will have 420 rooms with sea views and will also feature a range of international restaurants.

The group of villas and hotel apartments in the project will be run by Jumeirah Living, one of the subsidiaries of Jumeirah Group. The complex will host 45 luxury villas and hotel apartments.

Jumeirah Group, which runs Madinat Jumeirah, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts around the world.

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

Postado por: raquel em 12/Nov/2012 | Sem Comentários

The first tower of the world’s tallest hotel, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, has opened its doors adding 804 rooms.

Officially recognised as the world’s tallest hotel at a height of 355 metres, only 26 metres short of the Empire State Building in New York, the JW Marriott Marquis has been dubbed Dubai’s first world-class convention and business destination hotel.

The hotel is opening in several phases, with its first tower of 804 rooms and suites in its soft opening phase, and with three of the final nine restaurants.

By January, the hotel will have all nine restaurants and five bars and lounges open, with a grand opening scheduled to take place in February.

The 82-storey, 1,608-room hotel represents another record-breaking structure for a city that already boasts the tallest building and the largest shopping mall.

General Manager Rupprecht Queitsch personally greeted the first guests – Tommaso Bendoni of GlobeSoccer, which will hold its annual event in the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai next month – and Fadi Deek, director for Boeing IT Middle East and Africa.

“The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai is an outstanding addition to the JW Marriott portfolio and we are eager to introduce it to the international business community,” said Queitsch.

“The JW Marriott Marquis will add significantly to Dubai in its drive to become the preferred choice for meetings, incentives, conference and events business. We are working in tandem with the Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing and Dubai Convention Bureau to put Dubai on the global business destination map,” added Queitsch.

In July, hotel giant Marriott International said its Middle East operations outpaced those elsewhere in the world in the second quarter of 2012.

The company said comparable system-wide revenue per available room (RevPAR) increased 10.7 percent in the MENA region compared to 6.7 percent worldwide.

“Dubai Frame” to take shape by 2013 end

Postado por: raquel em 06/Jul/2012 | Sem Comentários

Visitors and residents will be able to watch Dubai’s iconic buildings and skyscrapers from atop a 150-metre-high glass bridge by the end of 2013 with the government approving the construction of a much-awaited project on Thursday.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has directed to implement the Al Berwaz Tower project ‘Dubai Landmark’ at Zabeel Park, Wam reported.

An artist’s impression of Dubai Landmark against the backdrop of the city’s skyline.

The Berwaz or the Frame Tower is popularly known as the “Dubai Frame,” a window-shaped 150X105-metre structure, the concept model of which won the ThyssenKrupp Elevator International Architecture Award in 2009.

Meant to add more sparkle to the new urban face of the emirate, and promote tourism and other recreational, scientific and cultural activities, the tower’s design aims to build a “vacuum” frame overlooking the developments and the current and future changes taking place in Dubai.

With a total cost of Dh120 million, it is a promising tourism project and expected to attract about two million visitors and tourists, Wam quoted Director-General of Dubai Municipality Hussain Nasser Lootah as saying.

After briefing Shaikh Mohammed about the project, Lootah said the project’s work will start within four months and will be completed by the end of the next year.

Also present were Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; andShaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group.

The conceptual design proposal of the tower by Fernando Donis of the Netherlands was among 926 entries for the 11th ThyssenKrupp Elevator Award and had won $100,000. Established in 1988, the award is an international architecture competition which takes place every year in a chosen city.

The Dubai Municipality, which hosted the award, is supervising the design, implementation and management of the project, which will be a new addition to the distinctive Dubai landmarks.

As per the conceptual plan, the proposed building will have facilities to host cultural activities, exhibitions and conferences on the ground floor.

Each side shaft will have lifts that will take the visitors to the top of the structure where a cafe will offer breathtaking 360-degree view of the entire city. The cross beam is designed to have a glass bridge with an observation deck.

The Mexican-born architect has also designed London Gate, a large door frame for the London Olympics, based on a similar design in Dubai.

Dubai’s Princess Tower enters Guinness Records

Postado por: raquel em 21/May/2012 | Sem Comentários

The 107-storey-tall Princess Tower in Dubai has been recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest residential building.

Measuring 414 metres from base to tip, the tower comprises six basement floors, a ground floor and 100 above-ground residential levels.

The tower occupies an area of 37,410 square feet and houses 763 luxury apartments.

Dubai already has a Guinness Record in its name for the tallest building in the world — the 828-metre-high and 160-storey Burj Khalifa.

St Regis, W and Westin hotels to open on old Metropolitan site

Postado por: raquel em 26/Apr/2012 | Sem Comentários

Starwood Hotels and Resorts has signed an agreement with Al Habtoor Group to open three hotels in Dubai, including the emirate’s first St Regis and W branded properties.

Located within the US$1.4bn Habtoor Palace complex on the site of the old Metropolitan hotel – currently being demolished – on Sheikh Zayed Road, the 1m sq ft development will include the 241-key St Regis Dubai, the 384-key W Dubai – Sheikh Zayed Road, and a 966-key The Westin Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road – all scheduled to open in 2017.

Speaking exclusively to Hotelier Middle East on the sidelines of today’s press conference, Al Habtoor Group vice chairman and CEO Mohammed Al Habtoor said contractor Al Habtoor Leighton Group would start construction of the hotels by May 1.

“Demolition has already started on the Metropolitan; we started at the back with the area where the Red Lion was. Construction of the new project will start next week with excavation. We have the empty land so we will start digging,” explained Al Habtoor.
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He expected the three hotels to open within months of each another in 2017, starting with the St Regis.

“We don’t want to open the first hotel while there is still construction of another. We will finish first all the dirty work, the cladding and start the interiors and and soft furnishings.

“We will then open the St Regis first, the W hotel and then move onto the big hotel (Westin) which will take a bit more time,” he said, adding that the “plan” was yet to be finalised with the operator and contractor.

Al Habtoor said Hilton and “a couple of other brands” had bid for the three management agreements.

“Last year we signed the three hotels with Hilton – on The Palm and two in Lebanon – but we wanted to have another partner; not work with one all of the time. Starwood as a partner is very good because they have exactly the brands I want,” he said.

Starwood SVP, regional director, Middle East Guido De Wilde said: “There’s a lot of preparation work going on – it’s a gigantic project and takes a lot of coordination and project management.

“What is being built is a destination within the destination of Dubai and we know over the past six or seven years, Dubai has built many destinations within Dubai – be it the Burj Khalifa area or Dubai Marina. This will be a unique destination by itself.”

In addition to the three hotels, the Habtoor Palace complex – which was unveiled in January – will include 1100-seat theatre, a shopping arcade, tennis and sports academy and multiple-themed restaurant.

“They’re [Al Habtoor Group] bringing in an entertainment operator which is still to be announced, but knowing the vision of this company and its focus on quality we know it’ll be one of the world’s leading entertainment companies,” said De Wilde.

Starwood currently operates 15 properties in Dubai, representing the second largest concentration of the company’s hotels in a single city outside of New York.

“The UAE is our largest market in the Middle East, which indicates how strongly we believe in the growth of Dubai,” De Wilde said during the conference.

“This [announcement] will further strengthen our long-standing position – this is the beginning of our partnership with Habtoor and we look forward to many future projects,” he added.

Starwood opened the UAE’s first St Regis on Saadiyat Island in November 2011, with a second soon to launch on Abu Dhabi Corniche.

The Westin Dubai – Sheikh Zayed Road will be the firm’s second in Dubai, the existing Westin Dubai property forms part of the Mina Seyahi beachfront complex. Meanwhile the first Westin in Abu Dhabi opened last November.

Starwood’s W brand is expected to debut in the UAE in Abu Dhabi in 2015 as the group’s second property in the Middle East following the brand’s regional debut in Doha in 2009.

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