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  • Roshn Group first in region to achieve smart city certification

    Roshn Group, Saudi Arabia’s leading national real estate developer and PIF-funded giga-project, has received the BSI (British Standards Institution) Kitemark for Smart Cities.

    Roshn is the first company in the India, Middle East, Turkey, and Africa (IMETA) region, among the first in the private sector globally, and one of the top 20 organisations around the world to achieve this prestigious international certification.

    “At Roshn, we are committed to setting new standards and raising the bar for the real estate sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the wider region, in line with our commitment to enabling Saudi Vision 2030’s goals.

    “Our achievement of the BSI Kitemark for Smart Cities is a significant achievement and testament to Roshn's leadership in this regard. This was a collective effort by the entire Roshn team through their participation in multiple assessments, reflecting our company-wide commitment to ensuring our customers and their communities benefit from sustainable planning and development, new technologies, and an improved quality of life,” said David Grover, CEO of Roshn Group.

    “Building for the future while prioritising sustainability, empowered by technology and innovation, is a priority at Roshn, making smart city planning one of the most important enablers of sustainability,” said Waleed Alghamdi, Director of Sustainability of Roshn Group.

    “With this quality mark from BSI we demonstrate not just our success in integrating sustainability and smart community principals but also ensuring our corporate excellence as we drive change in the industry by setting new standards for sustainability in mainstream development.”

    The BSI Kitemark for Smart Cities incorporates two ISO standards,‘ISO 37101:2016 – Sustainable Development in Communities: Management System for Sustainable Development, and ISO 37106:2021 – Sustainable Cities and Communities: Guidance on Establishing Smart City Operating Models for Sustainable Communities.

    Roshn has achieved the “Collaborative” mark by the BSI’s Smart City Maturity Model, reflecting its successful development of processes for delivering sustainable communities within a smart city operating model.

    Smart city technology is key to Roshn's development of its integrated communities and is used to foster a sustainable lifestyle across a range of domestic and community functions, including home security, irrigation, and intelligent transport solutions.

    Samuel Thwaites – General Manager Middle East & Africa at BSI said: "The achievement of BSI’s Kitemark certification for smart cities and communities validates the maturity of Roshn's sustainable and smart strategy, designed to deliver benefits such as resilience, sustainability, comfort & responsible use of resources.

    Andy Butterfield – BSI’s Global Managing Director, Built Environment at BSI added: "It is a testament to Roshn's commitment to driving progress on sustainability within the global built environment, which can help society to achieve a digitally enabled, safer and sustainable future for all of us. Achieving the first Kitemark in the region symbolises the pioneering and industry leading culture of Roshn and the positive impact they are having, and sets the standard for others in the region to follow.” - TradeArabia News Service



  • Mammoet streamlines world’s largest PDH plant construction

    Mammoet, a world leader in engineered heavy lift and transport, has minimised the complexity of constructing a new propane sehydration (PDH) plant, considered to be the largest of its kind, being built by Samsung Engineering for Advanced Polyolefins Company in Jubail Industrial City. 
    Capable of producing more than 840,000 metric tonnes of propylene each year, this is set to be the largest PDH plant in the world, increasing Saudi Arabia’s total propylene output by more than 60%. 
    Mammoet ensured that its critical components all arrived in the right sequence, and were installed smoothly and safely into position, minimising port charges and reducing onsite congestion. During construction on the congested site, customised lifting system ensured efficient use of space. 
    Immense challenges
    With a project of this type, the challenges are immense, a Mammoet release said. A constant flow of prefabricated components must arrive onsite in exactly the right sequence to be installed safely into position. 
    Recognising the project’s complex requirements, Mammoet proposed a carefully planned and integrated, all-in-one solution to streamline operations and minimise risks, driven by the company’s firm commitment to efficiency and safety. 
    Its team of experts took charge of the full scope of factory-to-foundation logistics, marine and land transport and heavy lift requirements. In doing so, it was necessary to choreograph many domestic and international shipments, handle some of the largest prefabricated components ever constructed, and deliver a series of spectacular heavy lift operations – while overcoming some unexpected challenges along the way.  
    Factory to foundation transport
    Mammoet’s expertise in inland and marine transportation played an essential role in transporting 15 vast pipe rack modules, measuring up to 46 metres long and 33 metres high, and weighing up to 1,900 tonnes, from a fabrication facility in the UAE to Saudi Arabia. 
    By organising six consecutive voyages and utilising its nearby yard as a laydown facility, Mammoet optimised the sequencing, reduced onsite congestion and streamlined the operations. 
    The in-kingdom transportation process included both imported and locally built components, as well as the plant’s central process tower, or product splitter. To negotiate the 26-km route from the quayside and the laydown facility to the project site, Mammoet performed complex route simulations, determined where and how the road network would need to be modified and strengthened, and managed all permitting processes with the Saudi authorities. A large fleet of transport equipment,– including 180 axle lines of SPMT, 60 conventional axles, and eight prime movers were utilised for the safe delivery of components.
    Heavy lift operations
    Among the 125 separate heavy lift operations, erecting the 129 m tall, 10 m wide, 1,600t product splitter was the most challenging. Leveraging their expertise and specialist equipment, Mammoet drafted in a tower gantry lifting system, and a 1,250t capacity crawler crane - a CC6800 with 850t counter weight. 
    The CC6800 handled the tail, keeping it clear of the ground throughout the lift, while the gantry’s hydraulic lifting system hoisted the product splitter from the top. Unlike most gantry lifting systems, Mammoet’s is entirely freestanding and requires no guy wires, even at a height of 130 metres. This means the footprint is kept to an absolute minimum, which is an important consideration on a busy and congested site like this one.  
    Throughout the project, Mammoet’s team demonstrated their expertise in overcoming unexpected challenges, including delays in module fabrication and design modifications in the UAE, which required replanning and handling larger than anticipated modules. 
    Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia, maintenance of bridges along the transport route threatened to delay the project by up to two months. However, with a solution-oriented mindset, the Mammoet teams came up with workarounds – including the deployment of temporary bridging systems.
    Mammoet’s scope is largely complete, and the project is due to be completed and commissioned on schedule, ready for the facility to become operational from 2024.--TradeArabia News Service
  • Mycrane launches Saudi Arabia operation

    Online crane rental platform Mycrane has boosted its presence in the Middle East with the launch of its operations in Saudi Arabia. 
    This follows the recent news that Mycrane secured a substantial investment in a Series A round to fund the next phase of its global expansion.
    The Saudi Arabia operation, announced on Tuesday at the oil and gas show Adipec, is part of an ongoing growth strategy for the Dubai-based tech platform, which can be used by those working in a wide variety of industries and sectors to hire cranes with a capacity of up to 750 tonnes quickly and efficiently, the company said.
    “Saudi Arabia’s 2030 vision and diversification strategy will be a boost to so many different sectors, so our launch in Saudi Arabia was a natural step,” said Andrei Geikalo, Founder and CEO of Mycrane. “We see no shortage of opportunities, particularly as Saudi Arabia has already committed to almost $1 trillion worth of construction and infrastructure projects, and announced plans to become a global logistics hub.”
    Mycrane’s Saudi Arabia operation will be overseen by Piet Kraaijeveld, the company’s chief operating officer. Kraaijeveld is no stranger to the Gulf, having worked in the UAE for a number of years, including for Mammoet as sales manager for the Middle East and Africa, and as a strategic account manager for Ritchie Bros., the world’s largest industrial auctioneer.
    Kraaijeveld’s first task will be to onboard customers on the Mycrane platform, help Saudi asset owners partner with Mycrane to register their cranes, and assist in the recruitment of a network of sales executives throughout the Kingdom.
    “The future success of the construction industry depends on its ability to adapt and leverage the latest technology, which is where Mycrane has a valuable role to play,” said Kraaijeveld. 
    Mycrane currently has more than 3,000 registered customers, and more than 15,000 cranes available to hire at the free-to-use platform, it said. - TradeArabia News Service 
  • DP World breaks ground on container terminal in East Java

    DP World, one of the world’s leading logistics providers, and leading Indonesian conglomerate Maspion Group, have marked the start of the process to construct a new world-class container terminal in Gresik, East Java. 
    The terminal will enhance East Java’s position as a key trade gateway and connect Indonesian enterprises with customers in the region and globally.
    The groundbreaking ceremony for the facility was held on October 2, 2023, and was attended by Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World and Dr Alim Markus, Chairman and CEO of Maspion Group, and witnessed by Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister of Transportation, Republic of Indonesia and Septian Haryo Seto, Deputy of Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia.
    Seamless trade
    DP World’s strategic partnership with Maspion Group underscores the company’s commitment to boost infrastructure and capacity in East Java and facilitate seamless trade in the region. 
    The joint venture (JV) company, DP World Maspion East Java, will operate a modern international container terminal with a design capacity of up to three million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) – elevating efficiency and operational excellence in Indonesia. As part of DP World’s goal of delivering end-to-end supply chain solutions, the JV will also develop an integrated industrial and logistics park, adjacent to the container terminal, with an initial land area of 110 hectares and with scope for future expansion. 
    Bin Sulayem said: “We see significant potential in Indonesia as a major hub for global trade, and we hope to unlock further growth in the region through meaningful partnerships and investments that bring opportunities through greater trade connectivity for local businesses and communities. Our partnership with Maspion Group to build new infrastructure in Gresik will strengthen East Java’s position as a key trade and logistics gateway. It will also serve as a cornerstone in our strategy to expand our global ports and logistics network to offer our customers end-to-end solutions and boost supply chain resilience.” 
    Harnessing investment opportunities
    Dr Markus said: “Maspion Group shares DP World’s vision and is dedicated to contributing to sustainable economic development in Indonesia and harnessing investment opportunities in the interest of the country’s fiscal growth. 
    “This project is a strong proof of how both companies – with the support of the government – can leverage our respective resources and capabilities, to jointly develop East Java’s infrastructure in tandem with President Joko Widodo’s vision to accelerate economic growth through his Indonesia Golden Generation 2045 strategy. We are excited about the prospects of this project and its long-term economic impact.”--TradeArabia News Service
  • Berkeley Group expands its horizons Cityscape Global

    Berkeley Group, a renowned developer of quality homes and neighbourhoods across London, Birmingham, and the South of England, recently took its place at the prestigious Cityscape Global in Saudi Arabia. 
    The group saw it as the perfect opportunity to not only meet with prospective investors, but to also show their support for the rapidly expanding Saudi Arabian property sector. 
    Cityscape Global, an internationally acclaimed event celebrating property, community, and the future of living, proved to be the perfect platform for Berkeley Group to showcase its commitment to creating exceptional places to live and strengthening communities. The company is on a continuous mission to elevate living standards while creating new homes and amenities that have sustainability at their core. 
    Record-breaking Cityscape
    This year witnessed a record-breaking Cityscape Global, with 350 exhibitors from around the world and over 160,000 visitors attending throughout its run. The Saudi giga projects, in particular, received significant attention, with some reports indicating there were over $29 billion in sales for local properties.
    Berkeley Group’s stand drew plenty of attention during Cityscape with a selection of agents and clients visiting and making enquiries over the course of the 4-day event. 
    The interest in the UK property market remains strong in Saudi Arabia, with many attendees recognising the Berkeley Group brand from its distinctive logo. Several previous buyers also revisited the Berkeley stand, indicating a high level of customer satisfaction. 
    Interest in UK properties
    The Berkeley Group stand welcomed approximately 100 visitors per day amidst ongoing high interest in properties in the UK and strong interest in the group’s Birmingham development project. During the exhibition, Berkeley Group also scheduled several site visits to London for Cityscape attendees and made some strategic connections with partners in Saudi Arabia that are knowledgeable about the UK property market. 
    Adam Demetriou of Berkeley Group MEA commented: “We recognise that there is a huge demand for local representatives in Saudi Arabia to promote international property and this exhibition was the perfect opportunity to showcase our expansion plans and give people a glimpse of all our incredible properties available across the UK. Berkeley Group is excited about our future in the Saudi Arabian market, and we look forward to welcoming visitors from the kingdom to the UK in the near future.”--TradeArabia News Service
  • Spinneys to open 1,000 sq m store on Jubail Island

    Jubail Island, a breathtaking master planned property with over 30 km of pristine waterfront in Abu Dhabi, has announced Spinneys will open a new supermarket at its luxury real estate destination after signing its retail partnership deal with the supermarket chain. 
    The 1,000 sq-m standalone store with a dedicated parking lot is situated at the main gate of Jubail Island, which is located between Yas Island and Saadiyat Island.
    The new store will be specifically located in Souk Al Jubail, the Island’s vibrant destination and focal link connecting six villages across the island. 
    Souk Al Jubail will provide residents with a central hub that combines wellbeing, connectivity, leisure, retail and commercial services. With a range of parks, swimming pools, sports facilities and play areas, it presents an opportunity for people to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle through sports and wellbeing activities, as well as a number of entertainment attractions and restaurants.
    The AED 15 billion ($4.08 billion) Jubail Island project is owned by JIIC and developed and managed by LEAD – Real Estate Developer. It is nestled among the breath-taking natural beauty and rich biodiversity of the mangroves, and covers more than 3,000 hectares. 
  • Tenders invited for infrastructure package of Al Nakheel ITC

    Alargan Towell’s Al Nakheel has issued an invitation for tenders for the infrastructure package for the forthcoming Al Nakheel Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC) along the Rumais beach in Oman's Wilayat of Barka. 
    The Al Nakheel ITC project aligns with Oman’s Ministry of Heritage and Tourism’s strategy to develop ITC projects in partnership with the private sector. 
    The scope of the project extends beyond conventional infrastructure, incorporating a comprehensive landscaping plan, spanning an expansive 500,000 square metres. Remarkably, a significant 78% of Al Nakheel's vast expanse is dedicated to The Crystal Lagoon, extensive parks, and lush landscaping, while a mere 22% of the project will be devoted to buildings. This allocation demonstrates Alargan Towell's dedication to preserving natural spaces and promoting sustainable practices that align with the project's broader vision of setting new standards for eco-conscious community living.
    Progress is already under way at the Al Nakheel Integrated Tourism Complex, as the initial construction phase is gaining momentum. Currently, the focus lies on the intricate earthwork required for the development of roadways and meticulous land levelling, ensuring that the foundation for this ambitious project is laid with precision.
    Required resources
    According to the tender document, prospective contractors, whether operating independently or as part of a joint venture or consortium, must prove they have the required resources and know-how to fulfil the project’s specifications. Relevant experience in managing projects of comparable size or scope is essential. Additionally, bidders are expected to have a track record of punctual completion, high-quality work, and expertise in design and build projects.
    Mohammed Al Abri, CEO of Al Nakheel, commented: “We are monitoring our progress with optimism and are preparing for the upcoming tender phase. This project signifies a major milestone in our journey to enhance Oman's tourism industry, introduce pioneering concepts, and create substantial employment opportunities."
    Maher Joujou, the Acting CEO of Alargan Towell, the esteemed developer of this project, stated: "Our commitment to the Al Nakheel project is centered on creating sustainable, innovative communities that align with Oman Vision 2040 and setting new standards for urban development.” The initiation of the 'Infrastructure Package Tender' marks a significant step forward in bringing this vision to life.
    Jumanah Habib, Country Manager of Ibrahim Jaidah Architects and Engineers (IJAE), the consultants for Al Nakheel, remarked: "The scale of the Al Nakheel project is truly exceptional, and we are committed to ensuring that every detail is meticulously planned and executed. This project exemplifies a harmonious blend of innovation, sustainability, and community development, making it a landmark undertaking for Oman."-- TradeArabia News Service
  • Dubai busiest market for $10m+ homes globally

    The volume of super-prime homes sold in Dubai, priced at over $10 million, totalled $1.59 billion during Q3,  according to the latest market analysis by global property consultant, Knight Frank. 
    Faisal Durrani, Partner – Head of Research, Middle East & Africa, explained: “Demand for luxury homes in Dubai remains resilient and supply continues to stubbornly lag demand. 
    "The total number of $10 million+ home sales in Dubai for the first nine-months of the year has hit 277, a record high with three-months of the year still left to run. This builds on Dubai’s emergence as the world’s busiest $10 million+ sales market during H1, ranking ahead of New York (125), Hong Kong (109), and London (99)," he said.
    The average transacted price for homes that were sold for more than $10 million stood at AED6,557psf ($1785.19) at the end of Q3, according to Knight Frank’s analysis.
    City luxury home demand continues to strengthen, attracting both local and international purchasers. The city's prime residential areas are witnessing consistent interest, with The Palm Jumeirah remains the key focal point for super-prime home sales, accounting for 52.3% of total sales in this exclusive 10 million+ price bracket. 
    Not to be outdone, however, is Umm Suqeim Third, which is anchored by the Madinat Jumeirah Living development. Average transacted prices here stand at AED15,700 psf, 62%% higher than its nearest competitor, Business Bay, says Knight Frank. 
    Durrani continued: “The extraordinary run of price rises in this third market cycle has seen prices escalating for nine-consecutive quarters. Dubai’s prime neighbourhoods of the Palm Jumeirah, Emirates Hills, and Jumeirah Bay Island, have been and continue to be the real stars of this cycle, leaving prime values 15.9% higher than this time last year.”
    Dubai’s third freehold residential market cycle remains firmly in its growth phase. Cash purchasers dominate activity, with the buyer pool still being exceptionally diverse. Stock in the prime markets is still restricted and demand for luxury beach-front homes, as evidenced by the recent sell-out of the initial tranche of villas on the Palm Jebel Ali, is likely to continue sustaining price growth until such time that supply outstrips supply, the report said. -TradeArabia News Service
  • Dubai aerospace hub to build one-of-a-kind paint hangar

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH), the aerospace platform of Dubai signed an agreement with Satys, the French group specialised in aircraft sealing and painting, to start construction of a new paint hangar at the hub in Dubai South.

    The new facility, which will also accommodate a second paint boot, will address business aviation markets (Dassault Falcon, Bombardier, Gulfstream, and Embraer, to name a few) and single-aisle commercial aviation markets (Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families in particular).

    With a capacity of around 20 aircraft annually, the state-of-the-art hangar, the only one of its kind in the region, will be operational in January 2025, bringing the number of aircraft paint bays operated by Satys to 39 in 13 countries across North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

    Tahnoon Saif, CEO of MBRAH, said: “The strategic partnership with Satys, a global name in the aviation industry with premium painting, sealing and surface treatment services, will add value to our portfolio of discerning partners.

    “Our aim at MBRAH is to attract the top global players to expand and benefit from our integrated ecosystem and state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities. We will continue our mandate to solidify and cement Dubai’s position on the world aviation map.”

    Christophe Cador, CEO of the Satys Group, said: “This agreement would not have been possible without Dubai South’s strong support for aeronautical projects over the past several years. We are delighted to be able to meet the growing demand for repainting single-aisle and VIP aircraft in the Middle East and to make Dubai a centre of excellence.”

    MBRAH offers global aerospace players high-level connectivity and is a free-zone destination for the world’s leading airlines, private jet companies, MROs, and associated industries. Located in and developed by Dubai South, MBRAH is also home to maintenance centres and training and education campuses. It seeks to strengthen engineering industries to foster the emirate’s vision of becoming a leading aviation hub. – TradeArabia News Service



  • Alef launches Zone 2 ‘Alma’ in $950m Hayyan Villa Community

    Alef Group, a leading real estate and retail development company in Sharjah, has announced the launch of ‘Alma’, Zone 2 of the AED3.5 billion ($950 million) Hayyan Villa Community.  
    This follows the success of the Zone 1 ‘Arim’ launch, further solidifying Alef Group’s commitment to providing exceptional living spaces that redefine the concept of modern living.
    The newly unveiled 'Alma' zone contributes to the growth of the Hayyan Villa Community, which boasts a total of 1,882 units and extends over an area of 8.7 million square feet, offering residents an unparalleled lifestyle experience. 
    Diverse range
    Alma enjoys a unique direct view of Hayyan’s Clubhouse and Lagoon and benefits from the ultimate in privacy and an array of international quality standards, finest facilities, and amenities. From two to six-bedroom villas and townhouses, 'Alma' promises a diverse range of living spaces to cater to different preferences and needs.
    Alef Group stated: "This expansion represents our continuous commitment to creating exceptional residential environments that foster a harmonious blend of luxury, nature, and privacy. With Alma, we aim to provide families with an even wider range of meticulously designed living spaces, offering an elevated standard of living."
    'Alma' comes with an array of exclusive features that aim to enhance the daily lives of residents. The zone has access to the largest community park, the largest lagoon in Sharjah, expansive play fields, and allotments for organic edible gardens. 
    Unique opportunity
    It presents residents with the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a vast 6-kilometre stretch of lush green land, perfect for running, cycling, and exercising. The smart villas ensure maximum privacy while offering the latest technological conveniences.
    Alma is part of the wider Hayyan Villa Community.  Comprising four zones, the community offers easy access to key destinations, including the University City of Sharjah, 06 Mall, Sharjah International Airport, Sharjah Mosque, Dubai International Airport, and more. The community's allure extends beyond its luxurious living spaces, as it collaborates with an international leisure-thinking solution provider to create entertainment zones for all age groups. Additionally, a community mall, mosque, and clubhouse will contribute to the holistic lifestyle that Hayyan envisions for its residents.--TradeArabia News Service
  • RSA Cold Chain breaks ground to initiate Phase 2 expansion

    RSA Cold Chain, an established and award-winning cold chain solutions provider in the UAE, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the phase 2 expansion of its state-of-the-art facility in Dubai. 
    The ceremony was attended by the leadership team of RSA Cold Chain and Group Amana who broke ground on a 12,000-pallet position facility. This development marks a milestone in the company's journey towards enhancing its capacity and service offerings to meet the escalating demands of the market in the region.  
    In response to growing customer demand, RSA Cold Chain is operating from an additional facility, effectively doubling the capacity as the expansion project progresses. 
    Development opportunities
    Earlier this year, RSA Global, the parent company of RSA Cold Chain, and Americold Realty Trust, a global leader in temperature-controlled logistics real estate and value-added services, announced their partnership and immediate plans to expand locally.  The companies plan to strategically pursue additional development opportunities in the Middle East.  
    Following the partnership announcement, RSA Cold Chain immediately initiated the planning that led to this groundbreaking ceremony, exemplifying one of the many collaborations that RSA Cold Chain is undertaking. 
    The new facility of RSA Cold Chain is poised to triple its network capacity, enhancing its provisions for the food industry, which encompasses both bonded and non-bonded storage solutions and a complete end-to-end cold and frozen supply chain solution.  
    Key strides
    Under the leadership of Abhishek Shah, RSA Cold Chain is well-positioned to make significant strides in expanding its services across industries requiring cold chain solutions in the UAE and the broader Middle East region. Shah said: “This groundbreaking ceremony marks the initiation of a journey that promises not only increased operational capabilities but also enhanced efficiency and innovation in meeting the evolving needs of the food and beverage industry in the region.” 
    Also in attendance was RSA Cold Chain Board Member, Richard Winnall, who stated: “As we break ground to pave the way for RSA Cold Chain's new Phase 2 expansion, we are expanding our space and storage capabilities in order to serve our customers better. This project demonstrates our commitment to partnering and delivering innovative growth in both the industry and the region.” 
    “For Group Amana, this collaboration with RSA Cold Chain reflects our enduring dedication to redefining industry standards. Our partnership with RSA Cold Chain has been long-standing, and we have supported them by delivering all their projects in the region. By adopting a pioneering pre-cast and steel modular approach, we showcase our commitment to innovation and our unwavering focus on delivering certainty in solutions for our clients. We thank RSA Cold Chain for entrusting us to build with them once again,” added Jihad Bsaibes, CEO, Group Amana.--TradeArabia News Service

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