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  • Dewa to sponsor World Energy Congress

    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said that it will be the host sponsor of the 24th World Energy Congress (WEC), which will be held from September 9 to 12 in Abu Dhabi, UAE under the theme ‘Energy for Prosperity’.

    Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa, will attend the conference and deliver a speech on the energy sector, reported Emirates news agency Wam.

    "We are delighted to take part in the 24th WEC which is the largest, longest-running and most influential energy event in the world. We are confident that the event will be a great success, thanks to the UAE's premier position on the global energy map. It will be a great opportunity to strengthen global partnerships, explore investment opportunities and technical requirements to meet future global energy demands using both traditional and sustainable resources," said Al Tayer.

  • Bahrain Housing Ministry to offer more e-services

    Bahrain's Housing Minister Bassim bin Yacub Al-Hamar said that all services requiring the citizens to report to the Housing Ministry will become electronic, which will ensure easy procedures for the customers.
     
    He also said this would help develop the ministry’s database, a Bahrain News Agency report said.
     
    He stressed the ministry’s keenness to constantly develop the work of the Housing Services Directorate and the Customer Service Centre.
     
    He also said that a programme launched by the Ministry of Housing in 2011 to promote the culture of excellence is still continuing and is undergoing periodic development.
     
    During an open meeting with the employees of the Housing Services Directorate, the minister stressed that self-development of the ministry’s staff should go hand in hand with the on-going institutional development, though enhancing practical and communication skills.
     
    He noted that the Housing Ministry seeks to create a positive work environment to increase productivity.
     
    He added that the ultimate goal of the development programmes is to improve the quality of services and increase the efficiency of the ministry’s departments so as to reach a level that would meet the citizens’ aspirations.
     
    The minister revealed that all services requiring the citizens to report to the Housing Ministry will become electronic, which will ensure easy procedures for the customers, on the one hand, and develop the MInistry’s database on the other.
     
    Al-Hamar added that the Housing Ministry will hold training workshop to enhance the practical and communication skills of its personnel, as well as inform them about the best practices and train them on the new programmes to be introduced.
  • National Bonds, Stratum to manage Casa Flores community

    Dubai-based National Bonds, a leading investment company with a Shari'a approach to financial products and services, has signed an agreement with Stratum, one of local talented Owners Association Management companies.

    They will manage the common areas of the owners’ residential units and apartments at Casa Flores and Eden Apartments, in Green Community, Motor City.

    The agreement was signed by Mohammed Al Ali, CEO of National Bonds, and Saeed Abdulkareem Al Fahim, CEO of Stratum.

    Al Ali said: “Through this cooperation agreement with a local brand like Stratum, real estate owners will be empowered to manage the common areas of residential units and apartments in keeping with the highest standards and quality.

    “This is an obvious indication of our commitment and mutual determination to provide owners with better services, which will in turn support our leading position in the market. In addition, the agreement indicates our relentless efforts to align with the objectives of The Mohammed Bin Rashid SME Foundation.”

    Al Fahim said: “We are proud with the decision of National Bonds to select Stratum as the manager of The Casa Flores Project. This is an indication of our remarkable position and experience in providing quality management services to community owners. This step is undoubtedly aligned with our vision to provide top services for the common areas of real estate owners.” – TradeArabia News Service

  • Studies underway for Jeddah's Obhur Suspension Bridge

    Feasibility studies are now underway for the construction of the Obhur Suspension Bridge in Jeddah, a report said.
     
    “The Obhur Suspension Bridge project is one of the most important projects in Jeddah’s public transport system and it will connect north and south Obhur, passing over Sharm Obhur with a length of 350 m and width of 74 m. It includes 8 two-way car lanes with a capacity to pass 6,000 vehicles per hour. This will be one of the widest concrete suspension bridges in the world," Dr Osama Abdu, chairman of Jeddah Metro Company, was quoted as saying by Saudi Gazette.
     
    He said feasiblity studies on implementing a sea taxi service in Jeddah will also be conducted soon. A contract for the study will be signed in the near future, he said.
     
    The sea taxi is among the three major projects in the pipeline and that also include Obhur Suspension Bridge and the Corniche Tram. 
  • AWS holds cloud training for Bahrain businesses

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently held a training session in cloud computing for businesses in Bahrain.  This was a part of a series of trainings being conducted by ThinkSmart, an official AWS training provider for Bahrain.

    The trainees were given solid training on AWS Business and Technical Concepts using very interactive methodology combined with Online Labs, providing needed practice.

    “I had a brief information about the AWS. The trainer thought us about the basic services that we need to know, so with all the information and the services, I can help our company to be better and manage the services that we are using in a better way. We had a technical part on the third day and we were provided with useful materials, I will rate Thinksmart, 5 out of 5,” said Zainab Abdulla, Digisphere IT Solutions Company.

    Ahmed Al Hujairy, CEO of ThinkSmart said: “Continuing our journey towards adopting cloud computing, we are going hand in hand with our clients, providing them the skills they need to succeed in this journey.

    “Leading ICT services providers, who are already working on some key Cloud Migration Projects along with Companies who are planning to move their Applications to AWS, come together in our training sessions and not only learn but exchange their valuable experience. We are very excited to be part of this.” – TradeArabia News Service

  • KEC signs Madinah Gate design deal with IBI

    Saudi Arabia's Knowledge Economic City (KEC) has signed an SR13.59 million ($3.63 million) contract with IBI to design the Madinah Gate project at the city.
     
    Madinah Gate project will be built on an area of 37,000 sq m and will comprise three main stages of construction, said a report in Zawya, quoting Mubasher.
     
    Under the 42-week contract, two phases of design works of Madinah Gate project will be carried out, according to a filing to the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).
     
    The first phase will include general studies, preliminary designs and estimated costs and the second phase will include the detailed designs, bids and executive plans.
     
    Knowledge Economic City (KEC) is aimed to serve Saudi Arabia’s economic diversification strategy and reviving Madinah’s role as a centre for the Islamic knowledge and a global knowledge and culture centre.
     
    KEC is a 6.9 million sq m zone located only 5 km from the holy mosque on the main axis connecting the airport, train station with the holy mosque providing numerous investment and development opportunities across all the sectors through commercial, residential, educational, and hospitality projects that will enable KEC to be a knowledge industries hub and enabler.
     
    Knowledge Economic City Company (KEC), under the supervision of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), plans to develop Madinah Gate part of Madinah Economic City located 5 km east of Al Haram, Medina, Saudi Arabia. 
     
    Earlier, KEC awarded $6.2-million two-phase design deal for its $587.1 million Downtown project to UK-headquartered architecture and masterplanning studio Chapman Taylor.
     
    Downtown’s feasibility study was completed as of March 2019, and in a statement at the time, the Tadawul-listed KEC said that the project’s initial design aimed at developing KEC’s main commercial market and associated hotel units within Phase 1 of the eponymous project. In an Arabic-language missive issued in July 2019, KEC said the first phase of Chapman Taylor’s contract included general site studies, preliminary designs and studies, milestone establishment, and estimated costs.
     
    Phase 2 of its contract would cover detailed design and tender documentation works, as well as the formation of operational plans for the project according to its various implementation milestones, as agreed during Phase 1 of the contract. 
     
    KEC said Chapman Taylor was mandated to ensure “the effective use of available spaces” within the project’s site, with elements such as a 12.9 ha mall, and 12.2 ha boulevard-style leasable area, planned for inclusion within the project.
     
    The boulevard will feature an interactive museum about Madinah, in addition to an entertainment space and a cinema. Hospitality elements planned for development within Downtown three- and four-star hotels that will create 350 rooms and 150 hotel apartments within Phase 1 of KEC.
     
    In March 2019, KEC said that it expected to start drilling and site processing work for Downtown in Q4 2019, with construction work to begin in 2020, with completion expected within three years. 
     
  • Radisson announces new hotel openings in Saudi Arabia

    Radisson Hotel Group is set to reinforce its position as a hospitality leader in Saudi Arabia with plans to expand its footprint in the kingdom.

    As one of the fastest growing companies in Saudi Arabia, Radisson Hotel Group currently has over 40 hotels, resorts and serviced apartments with 10,000 rooms in operation and under development.

    Radisson had recently announced the signing of its second Radisson Collection property in Riyadh, the Mansard Riyadh, while the Nofa Resort Riyadh, the first African-style resort in the kingdom has 57 luxurious bungalows and villas overlooking Nofa Wildlife Park, opened in November 2018.

    Radisson Hotel Group is globally recognised for its expansive range of iconic hotels rooted in prime locations across the globe.

    The four-star Park Inn by Radisson Jeddah Madinah Road will open its doors in Q4 of this year and will be led by the first Saudi female general manager, which is also the first female general manager in the kingdom.

    Tim Cordon, area senior vice president, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, commented: “Radisson Hotel Group aims to supplement the Saudi market with modernised and exceptional hotel experiences across leisure, dining, fitness, wellness and sustainability. Our aim is to become the go-to hotelier for local guests and business travellers whilst empowering the Saudi working population simultaneously.”

    The recently opened Park Inn by Radisson Makkah Aziziyah is an upper mid-scale hotel situated at the heart of the holy city, built to facilitate the pilgrim travellers’ stay and experience in the kingdom. The hotel boasts 355 modern rooms and suites and offers a multitude of amenities.

    The upcoming Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Riyadh is a midscale hotel which houses 193 rooms, two restaurants and five meeting rooms; while the Park Inn by Radisson Jeddah Madinah Road hotel will comprise 84 rooms in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah.

    The recently signed Mansard Riyadh hotel is focused on meeting the demands of business travellers. The hotel will have 140 hotel rooms, 27 serviced apartments and 24 three-bedroom villas and offers a wide selection of fine dining Arabic, Italian and French cuisines.
     
    Radisson Hotel Group manages over 95,000 team members worldwide at its global licensed hotel operators. Radisson Collection, part of Radisson Hotel Group, operates three key hotel segments in Saudi Arabia, which include: Radisson Blu, Radisson Park Inn by Radisson and The Radisson Collection. - TradeArabia News Service

  • Shaza Hotels opens new desert oasis in Sharjah

    Shaza Hotels, a member of the Global Hotel Alliance, has announced the opening of the Al Badayer Oasis – Sharjah Collection by Mysk.

    Owned by Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), Al Badayer Oasis is a picturesque desert retreat set against the sweeping dunes of central Sharjah.

    Simon Coombs, president and CEO of Shaza Hotels, said: “We are delighted to expand our presence in the UAE with a unique property like Al Badayer Oasis and a partner like Shurooq and look forward to delivering unparalleled experiences to guests. It is a superb addition to our growing portfolio of hotels in the Middle East and will be the perfect choice for travellers looking for novel and immersive experiences in the midst of wilderness. This latest opening, that joins two other fabulous properties namely the Kingfisher Lodge and Al Faya Lodge in the Sharjah Collection, creates a unique three in one travel circuit for visitors to discover the culture, traditional Arabian hospitality and natural beauty of the emirate of Sharjah.”

    Al Badayer Oasis is primed to be a sanctuary of relaxation bringing to life meaningful connections to the surroundings inspired by ancient caravanserais. Featuring 21 rooms and 10 tents, adorned with Arabian culture and ornaments reminiscent of a bygone era, Al Badayer Oasis is designed for glamorous camping. Awaiting guests is the attentive welcome evocative of an Emirati home. Here, travellers get to experience the feeling of living like a Sultan in an empire hemmed in by the golden sweeping dunes.

    Included in the facilities are an Emirati restaurant offering authentic Emirati cuisine and street food with rich influences of the destinations on its trade route, an all-day-dining restaurant, two meeting rooms, indoor pool and state-of-the-art gym.

    A spacious amphitheatre in the heart of the Caravanserai will host intimate live events under the stars. Al Badayer Oasis is also a popular destination for 4x4 trips, quad biking, horse riding, desert safaris and camel tours. Unmarked mountain routes and purpose-built trails mean both novice and experienced mountain bikers can explore Sharjah’s territories on two wheels. - TradeArabia News Service

  • Abu Dhabi starts work on Corniche Road revamp

    The Abu Dhabi City Municipality has announced that roadworks have commenced on Abu Dhabi's Corniche Road to redevelop the area.
     
    The project, valued at Dh7 million ($1.91 million), entails development works on the central traffic island across Corniche Road, said a Wam news agency report. 
     
    The project is divided into two phases: the first phase is being carried out on the Corniche Road and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street intersection, up until the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street intersection; the second phase involves road works on the Corniche Road and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street intersection, up until the Vegetable Market in Zayed City.
     
    According to the municipality, the development works will help reduce operations, maintenance, irrigation and water consumption costs, with the project expected to be completed during the first week of December 2019 in time for UAE National Day celebrations.
     
    The Abu Dhabi Corniche road represents one of the major tourist destinations in Abu Dhabi, frequented by visitors and residents of the capital. It is also where official celebrations, seasonal events, exhibitions and other activities commonly take place.

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