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  • Dubai records 76pc drop in pedestrian fatality

    Constructing footbridges in Dubai has helped reduce pedestrian fatalities by 76.5% between 2007 and 2019, said Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA),

    Al Tayer revealed that pedestrian fatalities in Dubai dropped from 9.5 cases per 100,000 of population (145 cases in total) in 2007, to 0.59 cases per 100,000 of population (34 cases in total) in 2019.

    “The number of footbridges constructed in Dubai soared from 13 bridges in 2006 to 116 bridges in 2020. RTA plans to build other 34 footbridges during the period 2021-2026, which will bring the total number of pedestrian bridges to 150 bridges,” he noted. 

    “In 2018 and 2019, RTA completed the construction of three pedestrian bridges on Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Al Khawaneej and Al Marabi’ streets. In 2020 and 2021, RTA will construct seven other pedestrian bridges at King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street, Latifa bin Hamdan Street, Khalid bin Al Waleed Street, Al Asayel Street (two bridges), Al Awir Street, Baniyas Street and Al Khawaneej Street,” announced Al Tayer.

    “Traffic safety performance indicators and targets reflect a drop in pedestrian fatalities on streets that used to have high run-over accidents. The number of traffic-related fatalities on the Sheikh Zayed Road dropped from 5 cases in 2018 to one case in 2019. The number of pedestrian fatalities dropped from four cases to one case on Emirates Road, and from three cases to zero case at Al Quoz Industrial Area during the same period.

    “The assessment of the impact of pedestrian bridges constructed on eight key streets of Dubai during three years before and three years after the construction of such bridges showed a drop in the number of pedestrian fatalities in the vicinity of those bridges from four cases to zero case. The number of run-over accidents also dropped from twenty to one accident only.

    “RTA adopts specific standards in determining the locations of pedestrian bridges in Dubai. Traffic studies conducted addressed the intensity of traffic, number of pedestrian accidents and fatalities, speed limit, number of lanes, people movement between the two sides of the road, and the nearest pedestrian crossing and bus stops consideration is also given to areas where entities and retailers are abundant, and areas witnessing frequent run-over accidents (black points). Depending on the findings of such studies, traffic solutions are taken, be it pedestrian bridges, pedestrian crossing fitted with signals or speed-calming devices among others,” added Al Tayer.

    “Studies and procedures related to run-over accidents constitute an integral part of RTA’s traffic safety strategy, which targets a zero-fatality rate to rank Dubai amongst the world’s safest cities in traffic safety by 2021. The traffic safety strategy is based on four pillars, namely roads engineering and vehicles, law enforcement, public awareness, and systems and management. The strategy comprises of 20 strategic priorities and 60 specialist initiatives/programmes based on technical specifications, manuals and studies supported by modern technologies at par with the best global practices,” he noted.

    Al Tayer called on Dubai citizens, residents and visitors to use pedestrian bridges and subways designated for crossing streets. He also called on motorists to observe the speed limits, and slow down when approaching pedestrian areas for their safety and the safety of road users. – TradeArabia News Service

  • TRSDC awards Red Sea airport project work contract

    The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind one of the world's most ambitious tourism initiatives, has awarded its largest value contract to date for airside infrastructure works for the international airport coming up within the mega Saudi development.
    The contract was awarded following a competitive tendering process to a joint venture between leading Saudi contractors Nesma & Partners Contracting Company and Almabani General Contractors, both of which have a strong track record for delivering similar projects in the region.
    Land levelling work is already under way to prepare the airport for development and the project remains on schedule to support TRSDC plans to welcome the first guests to the destination by the end of 2022.
    “The Red Sea Development Company is making huge progress in the development of a world-leading destination and by awarding our largest contract to date, we take another significant step in this direction, while demonstrating our ongoing commitment to creating opportunities within the Saudi construction sector,” remarked its CEO John Pagano.
    “Turning our vision into reality will require us to work with organisations that share our values and our uncompromising commitment in enhancing the environment. This was a key consideration when appointing Nesma & Partners and Almabani General Contractors. Both our partners have impressive expertise in delivering airside infrastructure, coupled with both local and international experience,” he added.
    The contract covers the essential construction of airside infrastructure works, including the design and building of a Code F runway extending 3,700 m, Code B seaplane runway, parallel and link taxiways and pavement works, aeronautical navigational aids, aerodrome ground lighting, airside utilities, helipads, roads and associated buildings. 
    On the big win, Rami Alturki, Vice Chairman and Board Member at Nesma & Partners Contracting, said:
    "This award marks the start of our exciting partnership with The Red Sea Development Company, who are on track to deliver a world-class sustainable giga-project in support of Saudi Vision 2030."
    "We are proud to be selected to contribute to the development of the Red Sea International Airport which we believe will play a key role in the transformation of Saudi Arabia by welcoming up to one million visitors per year to the destination by 2030," stated Alturki. 
    According to TRSDC, the design contract for the airport was awarded to Foster + Partners in October 2019. Its architecture is informed by the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape and represents the vision of The Red Sea Project. 
    The schematic design stage NOC was received from the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) earlier this year. The location of Red Sea International Airport was accepted along with its airside masterplan, and its orientation of 15/33, was approved. 
    Additionally, GACA approved the conceptual airspace and aeronautical studies that draw the approach path for flights bound for the airport, domestically and internationally.
    Once complete, the airport will serve an estimated one million tourists per year catering to both domestic and international flights. Envisaged as a unique and iconic airport, it will provide an unforgettable aviation experience for travellers and guests, said the statement from TRSDC. 
    In addition to the dedicated airport, the first phase of the development includes 16 hotels offering 3,000 hotel rooms across five islands and two inland sites, as well as commercial, retail and leisure facilities and other infrastructure, it stated.
    Almabani General Contractors CEO Joseph Daher said: "As a contracting company, we have a special focus on airport and infrastructure projects, and are honoured to serve The Red Sea Development Company, by utilising our expertise to deliver an airfield of international quality."
    "For this project, we will mobilise our most experienced airport resources and qualified experts to ensure we meet our customer’s expectation, and we are ready for the challenging delivery period, especially during this tough sanitary crisis currently affecting the entire globe," stated Daher.
    "We are proud to partner with Nesma to become key contributors to a pillar project in the Vision 2030," he added.-TradeArabia News Service
  • Majid Al Futtaim breaks ground on premium Dubai gated community

    Majid Al Futtaim, a leading shopping mall developer and a leisure pioneer in the Middle East and Africa region, said it has broken ground on Elan, an exclusive gated community comprising a mix of premium three- and four-bedroom properties, within its flagship Tilal Al Ghaf development in Dubai. 
    The move by Majid Al Futtaim Communities officially kicks off the construction phase of the development, moving the project one step closer to its planned delivery by December 2022. 
    The milestone follows the sale of 594 total units in phases one and two of Elan, representing a total sales value of AED900 million ($245 million), said the statement from Majid Al Futtaim.
    The ground-breaking ceremony demonstrates Majid Al Futtaim’s unwavering commitment to its customers’ investments, the resilience of Dubai’s real estate market, and a period of heightened stability marked by growing confidence among property buyers.
    The centrepiece of the community is the recreational lagoon, fringed by white sandy beaches that accommodate a variety of water sports. 
    Further positioning Elan as one of the most desirable communities on the market is an abundance of wellness facilities, including a tennis court, basketball court, cycling and jogging tracks, swimming pool, and an indoor gym. A 24/7 grocery store also elevates the convenience for residents, said the statement. 
    Additionally, reflecting the wider community name and honouring local UAE heritage, 1,200 indigenous Ghaf trees have been planted so far to create tranquil trails within the highly walkable community, it added.
    Majid Al Futtaim Communities CEO Hawazen Esber said: "Investors have certainly been inspired by our vision for Tilal Al Ghaf, which has translated into an outstanding sell-out of phase one and two of Elan’s neighbourhood."
    "We greatly appreciate our customers’ commitment to this project and will continue working closely with them as we confidently move closer toward delivering the community we’ve promised. The imminent construction of Elan is an important step toward creating a unique lifestyle destination that redefines residential living in Dubai," he noted.
    Tilal Al Ghaf’s convenient central location has been a major draw for buyers so far, being at the junction of Hessa Street and Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street in Dubai. The development also neighbours the premium golf communities of Victory Heights and Jumeirah Golf Estates.
    "Tilal Al Ghaf has been shaped to create an unparalleled sense of belonging in Dubai and curate a thriving community with everything a family could need," remarked Esber. 
    This contribution to healthy and happy living is now more important than ever, and we’re thrilled to bring it to families in the emirate. As we progress through the construction phase, we reiterate our commitment to exceeding our customers’ expectations by creating a lifestyle destination and an aspirational community that will come alive, driven by signature experiences," he added.-TradeArabia News Service
  • Baytik Industrial Oasis picks Savills as property, FM manager

    Baytik Industrial Oasis, a high-specification industrial complex in Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP) has signed up leading real estate expert Savills to provide property, facilities management, marketing and leasing services for the facility. 
    Spread over a 54,072 sq m area in the Salman Industrial City, Baytik Industrial Oasis, has become a hub for businesses looking to locate manufacturing and international services operations in the Middle East. It offers turnkey operations for businesses with all required infrastructure. 
    Savills is a UK listed company providing an extensive range of residential and commercial real estate services across the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Founded in the UK in 1855, it currently boasts over 700 offices across the America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East. 
    Announcing the appointment, Chairman Osama Al Khaja said: "As per the deal, Savills will be responsible for the exclusive property and FM, marketing and leasing services for Baytik Industrial Oasis."
    "We believe in providing a cordial business environment to attract international and regional establishments to Bahrain as well as providing opportunities for expansion and growth to local businesses. By partnering with the experienced team of Savills, we further strengthen our commitment to provide services of the highest professional standards to our tenants, who we always consider as our business partners. We welcome Savills on board and wish them best of luck," he stated.
    Al Khaja said Baytik Industrial Oasis has always strived to contribute towards the economic development of Bahrain and worked closely with Ministry of Industry and Commerce & Tourism, Bahrain International Investment Park, Economic Development Board, Bahrain Development Bank and other institutions and authorities.
    Commenting on the deal, Savills’ Head of Northern Gulf Harry Goodson-Wickes said: "Savills in Bahrain continues to see growth in demand for our services. We are an experienced regional team backed by global specialists and excited as we continue to expand on our services within Bahrain."
    "We are eager to provide the best in class to property services to local and international occupiers as we strengthen our relationship with Baytik Industrial Oasis, respected and established market leaders within the kingdom," stated Goodson-Wickes.
    "The management of business parks requires specific and unique expertise. Savills offers a comprehensive and methodical approach to address the requirements of both tenants and landlords. Savills has appointed a professional team with substantial experience within the region to manage and deliver world-class services for the daily management of Baytik Industrial Oasis," he added.-TradeArabia News Service
  • KCPC wins Kuwait Sabah Al Ahmad City project work

    The Kuwait Company for Process Plant Construction & Contracting (KCPC) said it has been awarded a KD4.4-million ($14.2 million) contract for asphalt paving and maintenance works within Sabah Al Ahmad City Sector B.
    As per the deal awarded by the Public Authority for Housing Welfare, the entire work will be completed for within a period of 14 months, it added.
    A pioneer and leader in building, civil construction and infrastructure development, KCPC is a professionally managed ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2008 certified company involved in executing turnkey projects for large and complicated projects for government and private sector.-TradeArabia News Service 
  • L&T names three top executives to company board

    India's top engineering and construction firm Larsen & Toubro (L&T) said its board of directors has decided to induct Subramanian Sarma (a non executive director in the board) as an executive director and also elevate SV Desai and T Madhava Das to the board. 
    The slew of board level appointments reflects L&T’s resolve to chart an aggressive future in its businesses.
    Sarma is at present CEO and MD of L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering, a wholly-owned subsidiary of L&T. In his new role, Sarma will be designated Whole-Time Director & Senior Executive VP (Energy). 
    Effective August 19, he will hold board level responsibility for L&T’s Power business, in addition to his current responsibility in the Hydrocarbon business.
    In the big revamp, Desai and Madhava Das, both members of the company’s apex-level executive management committee, have been elevated to the board with immediate effect. 
    Desai has been designated Whole-Time Director & Senior Executive VP (Civil Infrastructure) and will be responsible for the Heavy Civil Infrastructure and Transportation Infrastructure businesses, while Madhava Das will be designated Whole-Time Director & Senior Executive VP (Utilities) and will be responsible for the Power Transmission & Distribution and Water & Effluent Treatment (WET) businesses.
    Lauding the board appointments, CEO & Managing Director S N Subrahmanyan, said: "Internationally, the hydrocarbon and power businesses are generally viewed as a cluster, and L&T will now adopt the same integrated strategy."
    "Sarma’s experience and business insights especially in the intensively competitive Gulf markets are going to add great value to our energy thrust. Desai and Madhava Das bring to the board their expertise and competence across diverse fields, both in the domestic and overseas markets, that will add a cutting edge as we look to take our company’s business to the next level," noted Subrahmanyan.
    "We require a global vision with a strong local orientation. All these colleagues have proven their worth in extremely testing circumstances and are well-equipped to take on the added responsibility of steering the future course of their respective businesses," he added.
    On the new role, Sarma said: "L&T’s power business has carved a niche for itself as an EPC player backed by strong, indigenous manufacturing capability that covers the full spectrum – boilers, turbine generators and balance of plant. The team has done well, given the circumstances."
    "I am looking forward to the challenge of handling an integrated ‘Energy’ portfolio encompassing both hydrocarbon and power. Given the excellent track record of L&T and its subsidiary L&T Hydrocarbon, I am sure that we will be able to make a positive impact on the industry while ensuring that the company meets its growth objectives," he added.
    A graduate in chemical engineering, Sarma completed his Masters from IIT Bombay. A seasoned professional, he has over 37 years of experience, with 28 years being in the Middle East. During his career span, Sarma has handled the complete oil and gas value chain including executive management, business development, project management and process engineering. 
    On his appointment, Desai said the elevation to the board is a great honour and "I am conscious of the enormous responsibility of leading these businesses at a challenging time in the company’s
    "L&T has done pioneering work in building some of the country’s largest and marque Infrastructure projects. We will continue to be Nation-builders. Given the institution’s capabilities and inherent strengths, I am confident that we will do well, and ensure that we realize our true potential," he added.
    Desai is a civil engineer with Post-Graduation from IIT Madras. He started his career in 1986. Beginning his journey with L&T in 1997, he has served as HeadContracts (Buildings & Factories), Head-Procurement & Contracts (Delhi International Airport), Segment Head – Integrated Projects, Segment Head – Metros, Business Unit Head of Metros & Defence BU. He has extensive experience in bid estimation, finalisation of large value projects like Riyadh & Doha Metros. 
    Madhava Das said: "I have always believed that one of the pillars that L&T is founded on is meritocracy
    and this honour of being inducted on to the board is a reflection of that value."
    "L&T has done unique work both in power transmission distribution and in urban rural electrification works. We have taken Power & Water Infrastructure to the hinterland of the country and have brought the essentials of water and light to many citizens of the country. These two businesses have developed a significant footprint in the GCC, Asean and Africa," he noted.
    "I look forward to the challenge ahead. I am fortunate to have a fine team, and all of us re-dedicate ourselves to take the Company’s interests forward," he added.
    Madhava Das is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from NIT Calicut and MBA from XIM Bhubaneswar, joined L&T in 1985 and has held various key positions in the electrical business of L&TECC. He headed the TL business in India and later moved to GCC as Head of the International (Cluster – 1).
    He assumed his present position in 2014 and under his leadership, the domestic Power Transmission, Substation, Distribution and the PT&D business in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman & Kuwait have grown significantly.-TradeArabia News Service


  • Majid Al Futtaim sets up largest Carrefour e-fulfilment centre in Dubai

    Majid Al Futtaim, a leading shopping mall developer and leisure pioneer in the Middle East and Africa, has opened its largest Carrefour online fulfilment centre in Dubai. 
    Located in Al Garhoud area, the 5,000-sq-m facility has been set up to ensure the quick and efficient preparation and delivery of products to online shoppers across the emirate. 
    The opening was attended by Omar Al Olama, Minister for State of Digital Economy, Artificial Intelligence and Remote Work Applications; Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim Holding; Hani Weiss, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, and a number of representatives from Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management.
    Majid Al Futtaim said the centre was built in five weeks in response to the exponential growth in online shopping following the Covid-19 pandemic. 
    It is currently handling up to 3,000 daily orders, which, the shopping mall pioneer stated, will gradually increase to 5,000 orders per day. The 24/7 centre is staffed by over 250 colleagues, fulfilling customers’ needs with a range of over 8,000 essential grocery products.
    Weiss said: "Since the beginning of 2020, the grocery retail sector has rapidly evolved in line with changing customer expectations. We had an ambitious plan to scale up our e-grocery business this year, but at the height of the pandemic we found ourselves implementing what was initially conceived as a 12-month strategy in just 12 days."
    "Covid-19 has brought about an unprecedented acceleration of digital adoption, and this has required us to be agile in our operations and mind-set. This creative resolve has enabled us to quickly enhance our online capabilities to cater to the new norm," he noted.
    According to him, the Al Garhoud fulfilment centre is the tenth and largest opened by Majid Al Futtaim following the extraordinary demand on Carrefour’s online service during the Covid-19 outbreak. 
    Carrefour delivers products ranging from fresh food items to household items straight to shoppers’ doorsteps across the UAE, he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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