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Dubai Land Department introduces AI into real estate valuation process

The valuation will be provided via DLD’s app called Dubai REST

Explainer: How can the construction sector ensure the new normal is green?

Sustainable policies and awareness will help build a better future, opines Ali Al Jassim, chairman of Emirates Green Building Council

Top Saudi Binladin executives leave amid $15bn debt revamp

The company is working with US investment bank Houlihan Lokey Inc. on reorganising its debt

Dubai Investments to deliver Al Barsha Tower by September 2020

The project stands 95 per cent complete

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Saudi to localise engineering jobs from 2021

The decision applies to all private sector establishments that employ five or more engineering professionals

Bahrain, Manama, Cityscape view of Bahrain World Trade Center and Bahrain Financial Harbor

Bahrain awards 769 tenders worth $1.7bn in H1 2020

The construction and engineering sector accounted for the biggest share of contracts in the first six months of the year

Saudi’s Amaala strengthens alliance with Dubai-based HASCO

The startup will offer excavation, backfilling, and earthworks for Triple Bay Marina

Dubai Parks

Dubai Municipality has built 70 new parks and playgrounds in the emirate this year

The total number of parks and playgrounds built by Dubai Municipality now stands at 185

RAK AMI Hotel marks construction progress of Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island

RAK AMI Hotel has now completed nearly 40 per cent of the total construction

Dubai’s Union Properties plans new project even amid oversupply

The Motor City Hills development will include 195 single-family homes, 490 townhouses and six commercial land plots

Arada launches new garden community at Aljada, Sharjah

Homes in Sarab 2 will be available for sale from August 10 onwards

Arada Aljada Sharjah

Arada awards Dhs423m construction contract for phase two of Aljada development in Sharjah

The East Village contract includes the construction of 16 apartment blocks with the project set to be completed by 2021

Abu Dhabi’s Jubail Island Investment Company awards Dhs86m contract to Gulf Contractors Company

The overall infrastructure works on Jubail Island amount to approximately Dhs600m

Dubai

Dubai’s real estate sector records transactions worth Dhs72.5bn in H1 2020

In H1 2020, 4,536 women investors completed 5,112 investments worth Dhs6.6bn

Dubai buildings

Sheikh Mohammed establishes new committee to ease issuing building permits in Dubai

The committee will list, analyse, revise and develop procedures for providing services related to the issuance of building permits

Sheikh Mohammed Dubai Metro Route 2020

Video: Sheikh Mohammed inaugurates Dubai Metro’s Route 2020

The new route will provide direct metro connectivity to the Expo 2020 Dubai site

Arabtec

Dubai-based Arabtec appoints Mubadala deputy group CEO as chairman

Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi replaces Mohamed Thani Al Rumaithi who recently tendered his resignation

New mega urban development project, Masar, launched in Saudi’s Makkah

The project will see the addition of “tens of thousands” of hotel and residential units in Makkah in later phases

The way forward for GCC’s sustainable construction space

Regional governments are stepping up efforts to transition to sustainable building practices

Saudi Binladin Construction group misses salary payments

Most of the affected employees are based at Binladin’s headquarters in Jeddah and work in its construction unit

Dubai Municipality Geospatial map

Dubai Municipality launches e-system to provide access to the emirate’s geospatial maps

The system showcases 2D and 3D maps of Dubai’s landmarks, structures and infrastructure facilities.

UK-based Arena Group merges UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia divisions

The company said the move will allow for “maximum utilisation of resources” across the EMEA region

Dubai construction event Big 5 postponed

The event, originally slated for November this year, will now be held in September 2021

KIZAD Truck Plaza

KIZAD to build largest truck plaza in the Middle East

The plaza, which will offer refueling and recreational facilities, will cover an area of more than 87,000 square metres

Saudi Binladin slashes jobs and pay to cut costs in half

The Jeddah-based construction conglomerate has reportedly put thousands of employees on indefinite, unpaid leave

How the coronavirus will help reshape the construction industry 

The post Covid-19 era will face challenges in developing and managing urbanisation, reinforcing the value of investing in sustainable and resilient infrastructure

Abu Dhabi City United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi’s ADQ acquires 100% ownership of National Petroleum Construction Company

ADQ assumed complete ownership of NPCC after acquiring 30 per cent shares previously held by Consolidated Contractors International Company

Saudi Binladin group hires Houlihan Lokey for $15bn debt revamp

The restructuring is aimed at reorganising Binladin’s assets into sector-led businesses and streamlining operations

Dubai’s Danube Group says will not lay-off any staff due to Covid-19 impact

Danube said it is continuing to operate some of its construction activities

Dubai Land Department issues new relief measures for tenants, landlords

RERA and its partners will provide necessary life supplies free of charge to those in need in many projects and freehold areas across the emirate