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CONTENTS
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INTELLIGENCE 06
Aldar to develop $2.7bn masterplan
close to Dubai-Abu Dhabi border
FINANCE 10
UAE’s Union Cement Company
begins delisting from ADX
THE BIG PICTURE 20
Bee’ah will work with UAE ministry
to develop a national waste database

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FACE TO FACE
24 10

ENG ANWAAR AL SHIMMARI


CW discusses innovation with Eng Anwaar Al Shimmari, director of design and
chief innovation officer at the UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development

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ANALYSIS
A NEW STANDARD
A new set of standards has been released for facilities management operations, and
regional stakeholders are optimistic about the impact it will have on future service models

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GUEST COMMENT 23
HKA’s Adham Kotb explains how
FIDIC’s newly introduced stipulation
to act ‘neutrally’ might impact project
engineers in the Middle East

PROJECT UPDATE 38
A review of CW’s most recent site
visits, including Sharjah Waterfront

36 City, and Omniyat’s One Palm

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INTELLIGENCE

Aldar’s Alghadeer masterplan will be developed within the company’s Seih Al Sdeirah land bank, which is located close to the border of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Project of note: Aldar to develop $2.7bn


masterplan close to Abu Dhabi-Dubai border

A
ldar Properties has launched the latest amenities, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered
addition to its portfolio of master- developer said.
planned communities in Abu Dhabi. Chief executive officer of Aldar Properties,
Valued at $2.7bn (AED10bn), the Alghadeer Talal Al Dhiyebi, said: “The launch of Alghadeer
masterplan will be developed within the is a clear statement of Aldar’s ambition.
company’s Seih Al Sdeirah land bank, close to “From its strategic location to its sustainable
the border of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. living initiatives, Alghadeer signals the creation
Construction of the first neighbourhood, of a new way of living for UAE residents, now
which will comprise 611 homes, is scheduled and in the future.”
to commence this year and complete in 2021. He added that the “scale and 15-year time
The homes went on sale during Cityscape Abu frame of the development” underlined the
Dhabi, which took place on 17-19 April. developer’s confidence in the Abu Dhabi
The project will comprise 14,408 units, residential market.
including villas, townhouses, and maisonettes. The masterplan will feature a multi-use,
The residential gross floor area of the project agricultural-led space; an educational area for
is expected to exceed 1,300ha, and will be training and workshops; an area selling farming
complemented by office and retail spaces, tools and supplies; and a retail area for freshly
and hospitality, education, and community grown produce. Residents will also be able
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$2.7BN
DEVELOPMENT VALUE
TOP TENDERS
Construction of municipality
OF ALDAR’S ALGHADEER buildings and facilities
MASTER-PLANNED
PROJECT Country: Saudi Arabia
Closes: Apr 22, 2018
Category: Buildings
Issuer: Municipality
to rent plots and grow their The JV will initially focus on of Shamali
own produce, Aldar added. two projects, one in Dubai and Prevention against the
The master-planned the other in Abu Dhabi. The possibility of ȍood- and
sewerage-related damage
development will have lakes, master-planned destination
running and cycle tracks, a in Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Country: Saudi Arabia
Closes: Apr 24, 2018
gym, camping and barbecue Grove, will be situated within Category: Infrastructure
sites, and a network of gardens the Cultural District of Al Issuer: Municipality of Darb

and parks lit by solar-powered Saadiyat Island. The Dubai Municipality buildings and
facilities (Phase 3)
lights. There will also be project, meanwhile, will be
schools, a hotel, public garden a waterfront development Country: Saudi Arabia
Closes: Apr 24, 2018
areas, community swimming known as Emaar Beachfront. Category: Buildings
Issuer: Municipality of Darb
pools, multi-use sports areas, In his remarks at the JV
and community centres. signing ceremony, Crown Repair of electromechanical
systems within the Civil
According to Aldar, the Prince of Abu Dhabi and Service Commission
Alghadeer masterplan Deputy Supreme Commander Country: Kuwait
incorporates its existing of the UAE Armed Forces, Closes: Apr 29, 2018
Category: Power & Water
community of the same name, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Issuer: Kuwait Civil
which consists of more than Zayed Al Nahyan, lauded the Service Commission

2,000 homes. partnership, saying that the Construction of public


gardens in Hafr Al Batin
Last month, it was revealed move aimed to create new
that Aldar had formed a joint opportunities for investment Country: Saudi Arabia
Closes: Apr 30, 2018
venture (JV) worth $8.1bn growth, and identify projects Category: Infrastructure
Issuer: The Municipality of
(AED30bn) with Dubai’s that could enhance the Hafr Al Batin
Emaar Properties. UAE’s competitiveness.
Phase 4 sewer network
building work in King
Fahd neighborhood
Reem Island’s Horizon Towers ready for handover Country: Saudi Arabia
Closes: May 2, 2018
Tamouh Investments has towers, the project’s Category: Infrastructure
Issuer: The Secretariat of
completed Horizon Towers, podiums, and the Eastern Region
a mixed-use waterfront surrounding grounds.
project on Reem Island, in With construction Maintenance and upgrade
of sewage treatment plant
Abu Dhabi. completed, Horizon at Ibra Hospital
Constructed by Trojan Towers is ready for
General Contracting, the handover to property Country: Oman
project comprises two management company Closes: May 2, 2018
Category: Power & Water
towers and has a total of Three60 Communities. Issuer: Ministry of Health
924 units. Tower A has The project features a mix
57 floors, while Tower B of townhouses and one- to PrequaliȌcation for Muharraq
Maternity Hospital
consists of 38 floors. three-bedroom apartments,
According to Tamouh as well as retail outlets, Country: Bahrain
Investments, Trojan restaurants, a swimming Closes: May 2, 2018
Category: Buildings
will also handle the pool, sports pitches, a gym, Issuer: Bahrain’s Ministry
maintenance of both and a yoga terrace. Tamouh Investments’ Horizon Towers project. of Works

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TOP TENDERS

Refurbishment of Quriyat Souq

Country: Oman
Closes: May 3, 2018
Category: Buildings
Issuer: Muscat Municipality

Road and yards construction


for the University of Kuwait

Country: Saudi Arabia


Closes: May 6, 2018
Category: Infrastructure
Issuer: University of Kuwait

Construction of employee
housing facilities

Country: Saudi Arabia


Closes: May 13, 2018
Category: Buildings
Issuer: Shaqeeq Municipality
Phase 4 of the MBR Solar Park will feature the world’s tallest solar tower and largest thermal energy storage capacity.
Pre-qualiȌcation for
construction of Ministry
of Housing projects EPC contract signed for $3.9bn Phase 4 of
Country: Bahrain
Closes: May 16, 2018
Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park
Category: Buildings
Issuer: Ministry of Housing An engineering, procurement, and cost of electricity, at $0.073 kW/h for
construction (EPC) contract has been concentrated solar power (CSP).
Rehabilitation of training
buildings in Ȍre center
signed for the 700MW fourth phase of the Two technologies will be used to
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar generate clean energy for the project. One
Country: Kuwait Park (MBR Solar Park). is a 600MW parabolic basin complex,
Closes: Jun 12, 2018 ACWA Power and Shaghai Electric, the while the other is the 100MW solar tower.
Category: Buildings
Issuer: The Kuwait Fire main contractor for Phase 4, signed the Upon completion, Phase 4 will deliver
Service Directorate deal in China. clean energy to more than 270,000 Dubai
A consortium comprising ACWA Power residences, reducing carbon emissions by
Restoration, maintenance
and construction at Kuwait and the Silk Road Fund is co-developing 1.4 million tonnes per year.
municipality building the project with Dubai Electricity and MBR Solar Park is the largest CSP
Water Authority (DEWA). Phase 4 will investment in the world that is based
Country: Kuwait
Closes: Jul 8, 2018 feature the world’s tallest solar tower, on the independent power producer
Category: Buildings measuring 260m, as well as the world’s model. With a planned capacity of
Issuer: Municipality of Kuwait largest thermal energy storage capacity. 5,000MW by 2030, and a total investment
Electrical maintenance in An investment of $3.9bn (AED14.2bn) of $13.6bn (AED50bn), MBR Solar Park
General Authority for Applied is being made for the project, which has is part of Dubai’s efforts to diversify into
Education and Training achieved the world’s lowest levelised clean energy.
colleges and centers (Region 2)

Country: Kuwait
Closes: Jul 8, 2018 Good Week/Bad Week
Category: Power and water
Issuer: Public Authority for
Applied Education and Training Deyaar Volkswagen
Posts 25% hike in Q1 2018 net proȌt Overhauls leadership amid diesel scandal
Construction and maintenance
of mosques building in Sura
Liebherr Oman
Country: Kuwait Achieves highest turnover in its history House Ȍre in Salalah results in fatality
Closes: Jul 15, 2018
Category: Buildings
Issuer: Ministry of Islamic Dubai property Abu Dhabi
Affairs and Awqaf Q1 2018 real estate deals reach $15.7bn As much as 50% drop in ofȌce rents

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INTELLIGENCE

Aramco completes Kuwait to upgrade East Coast wins


refinery study two power plants $43m contract
Saudi Aramco has joined a consortium of Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water East Coast Contracting and
three Indian companies, Ratnagiri Refinery has signed two contracts, with a combined Trading has signed a $43m
and Petrochemicals Ltd (RRPCL), to value of $141m (KWD47m), to upgrade (AED160m) agreement to
develop a $44bn (SAR165bn) refinery and two of its power plants. work on Eagle Hills Sharjah’s
petrochemical complex in India. The contracts will see the fuel Kalba Waterfront mall.
Aramco signed a memorandum of reception and control systems of the Under the agreement, the
understanding with RRPCL, which Doha West and the Sabiya power plants Sharjah-based contractor
comprises Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum, upgraded. Kuwait’s Minister of Electricity will implement enabling
and Hindustan Petroleum. and Water, Bakheet Al-Rashidi, signed and structural works, as well
A pre-feasibility study for the refinery both agreements. as the main construction
has been completed, and the parties The first agreement, worth $123m works for the 17,000m² Kalba
are now finalising the project’s overall (KWD41m), covers renovation work Waterfront project.
configuration. Following the signing of the on the Doha West power station’s fuel The mall development will
memorandum of understandin, the parties reception systems. With a 30-month feature shops, restaurants,
will discuss the formation of a joint venture duration, the project also includes the a supermarket chain, and
to provide joint ownership, control, and replacement of dilapidated fuel pipelines children’s play areas, as well
management of the project. and the establishment of early detection as entertainment amenities
Aramco and its partners will develop the systems designed to prevent gas and including rock-climbing walls
complex in Ratnagiri, a port town in India’s hydronic radiant leaks that could damage and trampolines, and a park
western state of Maharashtra. the pipelines. surrounding a mangrove-
lined lagoon.
According to Eagle Hills
Sharjah, Kalba Waterfront
Enabling works begin on Arada’s Aljada in Sharjah will boast 11,200m² of gross
leasing area and a car park
Enabling works have begun capable of accommodating up
on the $6.5bn (AED24bn) to 300 vehicles.
Aljada development in the The mall is scheduled
emirate of Sharjah. to open in Q3 2019, the
Occupying an area of developer revealed.
220ha, the Aljada urban Kalba Waterfront is one of
district is set to be one of three projects in Sharjah that
Sharjah’s largest real is currently being developed
estate developments once as part of a joint venture
it is completed. of Shurooq and Eagle Hills
Phase 1 of Aljada is on Sharjah. The other two
track to be handed over in projects are Maryam Island
the fourth quarter of 2019, and Palace Al Khan. The
Arada revealed, adding combined worth of the three
that it was expecting full developments is said to be
completion by 2025. Arada recently signed a deal with Emaar to open three hotels in Aljada. $735m (AED2.7bn).
Arada announced earlier
this month that it had Details about the The East Village
signed a management partnership with Emaar community is located
agreement with Emaar Hospitality were revealed close to Aljada’s 50ha
Hospitality Group to following the developer’s commercial hub, known
bring the Address Aljada launch of East Village, a as Business Park, and
Sharjah, Vida Aljada residential community University City, one of
Sharjah, and Rove Aljada located within the the Middle East’s largest
hotels to the Aljada. master development. education complexes.

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FINANCE

STOCK MARKET

Union Cement
Company to
delist shares
Union Cement Company (UCC) is in
the process of delisting its shares from
the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange
(ADX) and converting into a private
joint stock company. The decision was
reached by UCC’s shareholders at the
company’s general assembly, which was
held on 25 March.
Trading on the shares of the Ras Al
Khaimah-headquartered company was
suspended the day after the meeting,
UCC said in a statement. The general
assembly also approved the purchase of
shares from current shareholders at a
price of $0.57 (AED2.10) per share. UCC is delisting its shares from ADX following a general assembly meeting held last month [representational image].
According to UCC, this price
represents 14% premium of the last stake in UCC, subject to its conversion Cement acquire equity worth at least
traded price of $0.50 (AED1.85) per from a public joint stock company into 92.83% of UCC. The acquisition of
share and 51% premium of the last six a private outfit, as well as its delisting total equity stake was expected to cost
months’ average price. from ADX. $305.24m (AED1.12bn). UCC has agreed
The India-listed cement manufacturer The transaction, expected to be to allocate net working capital worth
Shree Cement revealed in January this completed within nine months of $59.37m (AED218m) on the completion
year that it intended to buy a majority commencement, would see Shree date of the transaction.

Expert views

Abu Dhabi villa and Abu Dhabi apartment and villa restrained economic growth and (-6%), and Sun and Sky Towers
rental rates fell by 3% and subdued market sentiment, we (-6%), all of which faced increased
rental rates record 2% in Q1 2018, respectively, have seen an increase in vacancy competition from new off-plan
declines in Q1 2018: representing annual drops of rates across all residential developments offered with
Asteco reports 1,600 11% and 9%, according to a new unit types,” said John Stevens, attractive rates and favourable
Abu Dhabi homes report from Asteco. According managing director, Asteco. payment plans.
to the property management In its report, Asteco noted that “Only one community, Al Reef,
delivered in Q1 Ȍrm, studio to three-bedroom approximately 1,600 residential saw a drop in villa sales prices,
apartments reported declines units were delivered in Q1, more averaging at 2%”, the Arabian
of 1–5% during the quarter, and than 75% of which were located Business report added.
4–17% over the course of the year. within investment zones such as “Although healthy demand
Arabian Business reported that Yas Island, Al Reem Island, and for high-quality, off-plan,
the dip in villa rentals was “less Al Raha Beach. and newly delivered projects
pronounced”, however, ranging Apartment sales remain largely continued, lower-end residential
from 6-11%. unchanged throughout Abu Dhabi, units remained under pressure
“As a result of the delivery of with the exception of Marina throughout the Ȍrst quarter of
new supply during a period of Square (-5%), Reef Downtown 2018,” Steven remarked.

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FINANCE

Deyaar posted a FOL has been raised to


LIEBHERR SOARS IN
25%
hike in Q1 2018 revenue
49%
by Aldar Properties
2017 DESPITE MIDDLE
EAST SETBACKS
Net proȌt amounted to Alghadeer is a

$2.7bn
Swiss equipment manufacturer,

$11m in Q1 2018 master-development by Aldar


Liebherr Group, has posted the
highest turnover in its history,
despite recording “a fall” in the
Near and Middle East region.
Deyaar reports 25% Aldar Properties raises The company recorded sales
worth $12.1bn (EUR9.8bn) last
revenue growth in Q1 foreign ownership limit year, and a revenue hike of
9.3% during the year, while its
Deyaar’s preliminary unaudited financial The UAE’s Aldar Properties announced it was construction machinery and
results for Q1 2018, ending 31 March, have raising its foreign ownership limit (FOL) from mining equipment sales rose by
been revealed. The Dubai-headquartered 40% to 49%, effective immediately. 14.5% to $7.6bn (EUR6.18bn).
developer’s revenues for the fiscal According to the Abu Dhabi-listed property Liebherr said it had noted
period went up by nearly 25%, climbing developer, the change follows the completion a signiȌcant turnover hike in
to $47.9m (AED176m) from $38.7m of all regulatory formalities and shareholder Western Europe, its “most
(AED142m) in Q1 2017. approval at Aldar’s 2018 Annual General important sales region”. Revenues
The company’s net profit, meanwhile, Meeting, held last month. also recorded an annual increase
rose by more than 25% to reach Aldar’s chief executive officer, Talal Al in the Far East, Australia, and US
$10.9m (AED40m), compared to $8.7m Dhiyebi, commented: “Active engagement markets, Liebherr said, adding:
(AED32m) in the same period last year. with international investors has been an “The Near and Middle East, and
Deyaar chief executive officer, Saeed important focus for Aldar over the past few Africa, however, recorded a fall.”
Al Qatami, said: “Deyaar’s steady years, and we have seen significant growth in While employee numbers in
performance in the first quarter of 2018 is our international shareholding over this time. Liebherr companies in Europe, the
reflected in higher revenues and a healthy “The increase in our foreign ownership US, and the Far East and Australia
net profit. During the first three months limit to 49% will support further growth in rose, in Africa and the Middle East,
of 2018, Deyaar has made major headway our international shareholding, as well as “there was a fall in the size of the
in its […] projects.” providing greater liquidity in the stock as we workforce”, the company said.
The developer recently handed over its embark on our growth strategy within Abu Despite increased demand in
Mont Rose project, and is also expected Dhabi and beyond,” Al Dhiyebi added. the Western Europe and North
to deliver another residential and hotel- The increase in the FOL was implemented America regions, Liebherr’s
apartment project, The Atria, in Q2 2018. by the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). concrete technology division
The Atria is located in Business Bay and Earlier this week, Aldar sold two plots recorded an annual revenue
includes a four-star hotel, as well as 347 of land in its recently launched $2.7bn decline of 10.7% last year.
serviced apartments. (AED10bn) Alghadeer master-development. “In the Near and Middle East,
the sector continued to suffer,
due in particular to the ongoing
Dubai records $16bn property deals in Q1 conȍicts in the region,” the
manufacturer said, commenting
Dubai recorded real recorded in Q1. Mortgage real estate sector for Q1, on its concrete business. “The poor
estate sales worth $15.7bn transactions were second and we expect this to underlying conditions in the Near
(AED58bn) in the first in volume, with 3,717 raise the Q2 transaction and Middle East also left their
quarter of 2018, according transactions worth $8.3bn index and continue to rally mark on the division. In the key
to the Dubai Land (AED30.6bn). A total of before the end of the year. markets of Saudi Arabia, Algeria,
Department (DLD), which 950 other transactions, “Analysts and experts and Egypt, demand slowed at
also revealed that 13,759 worth $2.2bn (AED8.4bn), predict an upsurge as times to a complete halt.”
real estate sales, mortgage were also registered. we enter 2019, with At the time of publication,
transactions, and other Director general of unprecedented strength, Construction Week had yet to
deals had taken place in DLD, HE Sultan Butti as many strategic receive a response from Liebherr
Q1 2018. bin Mejren, remarked: infrastructure projects are regarding enquiries about the
There were 9,092 “Achieving almost $15.7bn due to be completed in company’s workforce reduction
sales transactions worth in transactions shows Dubai in preparation for and the performance of its
$5.7bn (AED19bn) strong momentum in the Expo 2020.” concrete business.

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ANALYSIS

ISO 41000
The new standard paves the way for
a more comprhensive deȌnition of FM

Up to standard
The new facilities management ISO definition is here,
and stakeholders believe that it could usher in a new
era of FM service delivery within the Gulf region,
Nikhil Pereira reports

T
hree facilities management (FM) and maintenance function spun off into
standards were revealed by the an industry [of its own].” He believes that
International Organisation for a professional standard will serve the
Standardisation (ISO) late last sector well.
year. Due to be published in the coming There are currently three standards (see
months, the new ISO 41000 standard paves box out on page 23), and Imdaad group CEO
the way for a framework that will better Jamal Abdulla Lootah sheds light on their
define FM, its functions, and its positive implications for the regional FM sector.
impact on both emerging and developed “The management system standard, ISO
markets worldwide. The Middle East Facility 41001, targeted for publication in 2018,
Management Association (MEFMA) has is expected to raise awareness about the
now encouraged the regional FM sector to FM field, provide support to the industry,
get FM ISO certified. and implement and maintain effective
The process began back in 2012, when Stan FM procedures across all global sectors,”
Mitchell was appointed as the chairman of says Lootah, who also serves as president
the Technical Committee (TC) 267 Facilities of MEFMA.
Management — the committee Lootah believes FM is one of
that was responsible for writing the world’s fastest-growing
the standard. professional disciplines, but
Mitchell says there is FOLLOW that has suffered from a general
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of ISO 41000. “It’s about “[This] is unfortunate, and
establishing framework, criteria something that will get rectified
and measurement for any type of through the implementation of ISO
organisation in creating a facilities standards,” he says.
management regime against which it can be There are several accreditations and
benchmarked,” he told the British Institute certifications that FM operators can
of Facilities Management. acquire in order to maintain the highest
The FM sector as we know it has not levels of service. The British Institute of
been around for as long as some of the more Cleaning Science (BICSc) training is tailored
established sectors, such as mechanical, towards soft services, whereas the National
electrical, and plumbing (MEP) or hospitality. Inspection Council for Electrical Installation
As a result, the new ISO standard for the Contracting (NICEIC) standard is a British-
sector has been welcomed by operators based, globally accepted benchmark for
with open arms. power-based operations. There are also
Regional FM veteran Bill Heath said at a several other accreditations that are
panel discussion in 2017: “Most engineers applicable to the FM field. Managing director
and professionals wound up in FM by chance, at Emrill Facilities Management Alex Davies
and the transition was taking place in the sheds light on how the ISO standard will
late 1980s. Then, the traditional operation tie all of these together.

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Accreditations such as NICEIC have Emrill has consistently


increased in popularity in the region. secured BICSc accreditation.

IN 2017, MEMBERS
FROM 42 COUNTRIES
WERE INVOLVED IN THE
COMMITTEE TO WRITE
THE ISO STANDARD
FOR FM

the [overarching] nature of FM and the


impact that good FM can have on each of
our daily lives,” Davies says.
Imdaad’s Lootah says the regional FM
community will greatly benefit from adopting
the globally accepted standards. “A number
of enterprises – including those based in the
Middle East – are now working towards
complying with the set standards, but
admittedly, much still needs to be done to
further highlight the importance of FM in
FM companies such as MJB Group (pictured) today’s modern set-up.
put a high value on staff induction and training.
“Implementation of ISO standards
is nonetheless a major step towards
accomplishing this dream and serves as
The three chapters a big victory for the entire FM industry.”
The Ȍrst part of the framework, ISO 41011, was created to standardise FM Being ISO certified will be beneficial
vocabularies and terminologies, while the second, ISO 41012, was designed to to FM operators if it helps them to win
provide guidance on strategic sourcing and the development of agreements. new contracts or retain existing ones, and
ISO/TR 41013:2017 outlines the scope, key concepts, and beneȌts of FM while operators say it is not going to be just another
providing a context for the use and application of the terms deȌned in ISO 41011. certificate that forms part of a checklist.
Chairman of the Technical Committee 267 Facilities Management, Stan Mitchell, “I believe that, over time, [the FM ISO
refers to the three standards as technical documents and vertical silos. He also standards] will become standard industry
emphasises the importance of ISO 41001 – the management systems standard (MSS). practice [...]. Initially, I am not sure what
“It is the horizontal standard and quite different to the other documents. The MSS value the clients will place on the standards,
standard will apply to every sector, every type of organisation, and it’s about how FM but it will be incumbent on FM service
professionals will deliver the service that is expected of us,” he says. providers to prove to the customers the value
of these standards,” Davies says.
He says: “NICEIC and BICSc to the new standard 41011:2017 Facilities “It will be equally interesting to see how
[certifications] have an important role Management Vocabulary, FM is described as demand organisations choose to apply
in ensuring that individual trades and an ‘organisational function which integrates, another set of ISO standards, the ‘ISO 41012
technical roles within FM are carried people, place and process within the built – Facilities Management – Guidance on
out with high levels of competence. But environment with the purpose of improving Strategic Sourcing and the Development of
the coordination and integration of these the quality of life of people and productivity Agreements’. Combined with changes from
functions is about much more. According of the core business’. I think this captures both sides, these standards have the ability

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OPERATORS SPEAK
Charalampos Sarafopoulos,
general manager at Al Shirawi FM
“Through the ISO standard for FM, our
industry achieves a key milestone to
frame, secure and equip its growth.
As happens with all standards, we will
not be able to see and justify its value
unless it is adopted by all entities, and the
governmental/ semi-governmental ones
must, as they always do, lead the way as
part of their FM provision, both internal
and outsourced.
“The ISO standard will relieve FM
companies of the stress of being
Ȍnancially competitive in order to sustain
their business in a low- (even zero-) Charalampos Sarafopoulos,
general manager of Al Shirawi FM.
proȌtability environment, as it will clear
the industry of companies that do not materials that will build strong, healthy,
meet the required professional standards and long-term partnerships. At Al Shirawi
and compromise quality for the sake of Facilities Management, we are excited
one-off revenue. about this new era of our industry [...].
“Competitiveness will be mainly And FM expansion will have a fruitful land
focused on quality and innovation criteria, in which to grow and develop.”

Sara Momtaz, director – commercial


and business development at QBG
“The FM ISO standard will help
simplify the ‘why’ aspect of FM. It
will introduce consistency in services
and delivery methodologies among UAE
Jamal Abdulla Lootah, FM companies.
Imdaad group CEO and president of MEFMA. “The ISO standard will provide
direction for the future growth of the FM
“Much still needs to be sector, and will also provide a framework
to compare and measure performance.
done to further highlight [It] will enable the supply side of
the importance of FM [...]. organisations to obtain certiȌcation as a
Implementation of ISO market differentiator, and help private-
standards is a major step and public-sector companies to set
towards accomplishing benchmarks that they expect their supply
Sara Momtaz, director – commercial
this dream.” partners to adhere to. This, ultimately,
and business development at QBG.
Jamal Abdulla Lootah, will beneȌt all parties.”
Mefma and Imdaad

to truly transform industry practices within FM companies might incur in order to achieve 170-plus countries that are ISO 9001 certified.
the facilities management sector,” he adds. ISO 41000 certification. And, of course, any While it may take time for the new ISO
One UAE-based asset management firm, increase in costs to operators would likely 41000 standard to attain the same level of
speaking anonymously, states that FM be passed on to clients. acceptance as more established standards
companies that are ISO certified will be in To date, ISO 9000 – which is now a family such as ISO 9000, or the ISO 14000 series on
a favourable position to win new contracts, of quality management standards – has been environment management, the new standard
but that factors such as an increase in the most popular accreditation within the FM will set the precedent for a sector that is
service fees would be something to watch field globally. There are currently more than expected to be worth more than $50bn in
out for. At this stage, it is not clear what fees one million companies and organisations in the GCC by 2022.

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CAREERS

JOB OF THE WEEK APPOINTMENTS


Associate Ȍre and life Matt Jackson has

safety | Aurecon Engg Construction


Week’s 2017
Salary Survey
been named associate
director of BDG
Architecture + Design.
attracted 688 His work draws on a
responses from portfolio that includes large
construction retailers, top legal Ȍrms, and Ȍnancial
professionals, service providers.
with more than From 1997 to 2011, Jackson worked
half coming from at MCM Architecture, formerly Marshall
the UAE Cummings Marsh. After leaving MCM,
he joined Gensler as design director,
leading its Europe, Middle East, and
86% Africa practice.
Commenting on his appointment, he
of the respondents
said: “[BDG] is a highly creative team
said they expect to
of people. I have been very impressed
remain in the GCC with their strategic design approach and
within the next 12 studio culture. I look forward to working
months with the great client base they have, and
all the teams here.”
Dubai, UAE 23% Richard Pattle has
reported
Fire and life safety been appointed by KEF
experiencing
Full time salary-related Holdings as its new
delays during chief executive ofȌcer,
effective from the
Aurecon Engineering Consultants is looking for a fire and life safety the preceding
12-month period conclusion of his tenure
associate to join its office in Dubai. The ideal candidate will display business as vice chairman of Standard
leadership, business development, project leadership, and technical skills. Chartered Private Bank. In his new
The associate will be responsible for leadership, growth, and support 6% role with KEF Holdings, Pattle will be
within their team. They will also ensure that health and safety standards described their responsible for the overall management
are embedded into all work practices, and conduct meaningful inductions, salary as well of the business and its subsidiaries. In
below average addition, he will head global strategic
performance management reviews, and personal development plans that partnerships and investments.
when viewed
support the development of individuals and the business. He was previously employed as
within a regional
The candidate will contribute to the business through participation in context master of the household for Their Royal
external market profile-raising activities and functions. They will also Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the
provide technical leadership to respond to prequalification documents, Duchess of Cornwall, having joined the
Royal household in 2004.
requests for prices, and other client inquiries. The candidate must be fully
Pattle started his career in the British
conversant in the use of UAE fire codes, NFPA, IBC, and other British Royal Air Force in 1989, as a pilot, and
performance-based design codes. The associate will lead the development served in a variety of operational and staff
of fire and life safety strategy drawings, in accordance with regional roles until 2008.
requirements. For more information, visit www.buildingmena.com.

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Rail systems High-rise project Design manager |


manager | Atkins manager | ACC AW Rostamani
Saudi Arabia | Rail | Full time UAE | Buildings | Full time UAE | Design | Full time

Atkins’ transport and infrastructure Arabian Construction Company (ACC) AW Rostamani is looking for a design
(T&I) division is seeking a driven, requires a project manager (PM) to manager to join its team in Dubai.
ambitious, and self-motivated person work on its high-rise developments. The The role involves the preparation
to join its team in Saudi Arabia. The rail PM will plan, monitor, coordinate, and of drawing packages, requirements,
systems manager will lead system-wide control project mobilisation activities timings, and issuance across projects in
reviews of data and reports prepared as scheduled. They will also manage the hospitality, commercial, and retail
by the operator as required by the project construction in accordance with industries. The design manager will
client, develop trend information and the contract. also oversee the process of obtaining
make recommendations to improve The PM will ensure that all necessary appropriate design information to begin
the operations and maintenance of rail permits are obtained from local production, as well as provide project
projects, and monitor the performance authorities, and that construction guidance and set-up for computer-aided
of systems equipment failures. efficiency is maximised, while costs design (CAD) operators.
The candidate must have at least 20 are controlled. The ideal candidate The ideal candidate will have more
years’ experience in a similar role, with will hold a bachelor’s degree in civil or than eights years of experience in a
emphasis on railway operation and architecture engineering. They must design manager position within the
maintenance. They must also hold at also have more than 18 years’ experience UAE, and an engineering or architectural
least a master’s degree in engineering, working with building contractors, degree in interior design. They will also
and have work experience in Saudi and have worked as a PM on high-rise have worked with a main contractor or
Arabia or another GCC country. building projects. interior fit-out contractor before.

[BDG] is a highly creative team of people. I have been BRINGING THE BEST OF
very impressed with their strategic design approach
and studio culture. I look forward to working with the CONSTRUCTION
great client base they have.” MATT JACKSON, BDG
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Pictured here is the UAE waste


management facility of Sharjah
Environment Company (Bee’ah).
Last week, the UAE’s Ministry of Climate
Change and Environment announced
plans to work with Bee’ah on a number
of initiatives, including the development
and maintenance of a waste database
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NEHA BHATIA
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Around the world


The Middle East’s construction sector appears to be gaining an international
Àavour as the team begins to compile this year’s Construction Week Power 100 list

W
hile global players are RRPCL, which comprises Indian Oil, Bharat
ubiquitous in the Middle Petroleum, and Hindustan Petroleum.
East’s construction industry, In addition, Saudi Aramco is developing
the last few weeks have seen a petrochemicals complex worth $5bn with
a new wave of international collaborations French oil company, Total.
established in the regional sector. These These agreements are in keeping with the
developments will bene¿t not only the international focus for which high-pro¿le
Middle East’s project owners, but also its companies and large-scale developments
construction contractors. are known. However, the collaborations also
Just in the last month, Saudi Arabia has highlight the current investment climate in
launched a variety of new project categories the Middle East. Landmark megaprojects
that will be developed in the country, among such as Expo 2020 Dubai and the initiatives
which are the Solar Power Project 2030, and rolled out as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision
a theme park in Qiddiya (p16, Construction 2030 are attracting both investment and
Week #695). The solar park will be developed international expertise into the regional
in collaboration with Japanese conglomerate construction sector.
Softbank, while the Qiddiya project will see These developments also present
the involvement of US theme park operator opportunities for the Middle East’s
Six Flags. construction companies to display their “Regional business leaders
In the UAE, Parques Reunidos, a knowhow in global markets. Regional – who have helped to build
Spain-based operator of animal parks, business leaders – who have helped to build
has been picked to oversee the day-to-day some of the world’s most impressive and
some of the world’s most
operations of the newly opened Dubai Safari record-breaking projects – should look to impressive and record-
development. Meanwhile, Driver Group – a capitalise on the current market sentiment to breaking projects – should
construction consultancy that ¿rst expanded secure their future growth.
beyond the UK in 2006, with an of¿ce in the It is these regional and international
look to capitalise on
UAE – has launched Kuwait operations to business leaders that the 2018 Construction international collaborations
better serve its local clients. However, these Week Power 100 will honour in June. Now in to secure their future growth.”
are not the only high-pro¿le, cross-country its ninth year, this list is our annual ranking of
collaborations the Middle East’s construction the most inÀuential leaders currently working
sector has witnessed in April. in the Middle East’s construction sector.
Earlier this month, Saudi Aramco said The regional construction industry, led
it had joined the Ratnagiri Re¿nery and by the best in the business, has witnessed
Petrochemicals Ltd (RRPCL) consortium to numerous achievements in the past year, so
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complex in India. The Saudi company has yourself or a colleague represented in the
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ADHAM KOTB
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Neutrality anew
What impact will FIDIC’s newly introduced requirement for engineers to act
‘neutrally’ have on the construction schemes under way in the Middle East?

T
he International Federation of That obligation was removed in the 1999 would normally wish to rely on their
Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) is edition, however, which stipulated that the knowledge and expertise to respond to the
recognised as a global producer engineer “be deemed to act for the employer”. contractor’s claims and prepare the employer’s
of standard forms of construction The 1999 edition also introduced the dispute claims and counterclaims. This would require
contracts. Given the extensive reliance adjudication board (DAB) and shifted the the engineer to actively find facts and develop
on FIDIC forms in the Middle East, the first-tier dispute resolver role away from the arguments to support their client’s position.
organisation’s new edition, published in engineer and to the DAB. This was a sensible If the engineer is to take a passive, neutral
December, is of particular interest to those development, as the DAB – which is jointly position, this could leave the employer
operating in the region. appointed and paid by both parties – is better inadequately represented, and necessitate
Compared to the preceding 1999 edition, the placed than the engineer to be truly impartial. the appointment of additional resources by
2017 edition includes considerable amendments However, FIDIC’s 2017 edition has the employer to act on their behalf. However,
that have attracted both praise and criticism. introduced an express obligation for the since the 2017 edition provides for a standing
One of the newly introduced amendments is the engineer to act “neutrally” between the parties and neutral dispute avoidance/adjudication
requirement for the engineer to act neutrally. when determining any matter or claim. The board (DAAB), the appointment of additional
Like all previous editions of FIDIC, under new conditions further stipulate that when resources would result in additional costs.
the 2017 edition the engineer is appointed, making such determinations, the engineer Thirdly, while the 1999 edition provided
paid, and can be replaced by the employer. The should not be deemed to be acting for the for the engineer’s response to contractor
engineer’s primary role remains to supervise employer. These new provisions raise a number claims within a certain time frame, the 2017
construction work on behalf of the employer. of questions. edition does not provide for any response to
However, in the new edition, the engineer be made. The engineer is required to proceed
is required to carry out certain actions in a QUESTIONS RAISED with consultations and determinations as soon
“neutral capacity”. Thus, the engineer has Firstly, is it realistic to require an engineer to as they receive the contractor’s claims. This
to perform a dual role, undertaking certain act neutrally when deciding matters against approach is problematic as the preparation of
functions as the employer’s agent, and other their client? This requirement is difficult a carefully considered response is necessary
functions as a neutral third party. to implement in practice, although it could to develop a true understanding of the issues
be argued that the integrity of engineering being claimed.
FIDIC REQUIREMENTS professionals should make it possible. Considering all of these factors, it seems
Since its first edition in 1957, the FIDIC However, because certain claims may, in likely that the new obligation for the
conditions have stipulated that the engineer reality, be caused by the engineer’s own actions engineer to act neutrally could result in
make determinations that can affect the rights or omissions, expecting them to maintain unnecessary confusion and complexities.
and obligations of both the employer and the neutrality when determining such claims It is recommended, therefore, that parties
contractor. However, the requirement to seems unrealistic. wishing to adopt the new FIDIC edition make
make these determinations in an independent Secondly, is it actually desirable for the changes to the related clauses.
capacity has changed over the years. engineer to act neutrally? Would this really
The 1987 edition obliged the engineer to act benefit the project and parties involved? Adham Kotb is a managing consultant
“impartially” when exercising their discretion. Having appointed the engineer, the employer at consultancy and advisory firm HKA.

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Eng Anwaar Al Shimmari,


director of design and
chief innovation ofȌcer
at the UAE’s Ministry of
Infrastructure Development.

Eng Anwaar Al Shimmari, director of design and chief


innovation officer at the UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure
Development, details how innovation-led initiatives are
shaping government projects in the country
WORDS BY FATIMA DE LA CERNA
PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAJESH RAGHAV

T
he incident happened about a It is a telling anecdote, but not only
decade ago, but Eng Anwaar because it appears to support claims
Al Shimmari has no trouble of gender-based discrimination in the
remembering how disturbed she felt at workplace. It is also telling because,
the time. when asked whether female engineers
“I was shocked because he came from have difficulty finding their place in
an Arabic country known for having a the unquestionably male-dominated
culture that is more open than ours,” she construction industry, the one story that
FOLLOW
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WEEK was a colleague who, when she received a a decade old.
@CWMIDDLEEAST promotion at work, asked to be transferred. “Back then, the challenge was being
“I was supposed to be his line manager, accepted as a line manager. Or [if you were]
but he totally rejected the idea of having a on site, some would say that a woman
woman as his boss,” she recalls, saying that engineer doesn’t know the job,” she says.
the man even had no qualms about asking “But this was a long time ago, and it wasn’t
for the transfer in front of her. a reflection of the industry. It was more of a
“I couldn’t understand or respect his personal behaviour.”
“I believe AI should mentality, because I wouldn’t judge or Emphasising that female empowerment
discriminate [against] anyone [based is now “a reality” in the UAE, and even
support our work on] race, gender, ethnicity, or religion. dubbing the phenomenon of having
A professional environment [requires] women working in the engineering field
instead of doing the professional manners.” “feminising infrastructure”, she continues:
work [for us].” Whether that former colleague ever “The [factor] behind this success is the
found himself in a similar situation again support of the UAE leadership. HH Sheikh
AL SHIMMARI, MoID is not known, but it is reasonable to believe Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice
that he eventually learned the error of his President and Prime Minister of the UAE
ways, since he apologised to Al Shimmari and Ruler of Dubai, has clearly stated that
when they met again, eight years later. 50% of higher management in any federal

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“LEADERSHIP MUST KNOW WHEN TO KILL AN


IDEA. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS MISSING IN
INNOVATION CULTURE AND PRACTICES.”
entity must be women. This, by itself, is a “AI depends heavily on people,” she
significant support for women.” explains. “We must feed it with the required
As one of the growing number of information and create a foundation
women filling top positions in government of digital systems, and establish solid
agencies across the country, Al Shimmari processes for re-engineering and portfolio
currently wears three hats at the Ministry management, governance and compliance,
of Infrastructure Development (MoID): risks, and scenario planning.”
“I’m the director of design, as well as People will not benefit from the initiative
the chief innovation officer. I also [hold] if robots are not equipped with the right
responsibility for artificial intelligence (AI) data, adds Al Shimmari: “Robotics and
in the ministry.” AI are about processing information, and
Al Shimmari tells Construction Week creating alternatives, variables, scenarios,
that the ministry is working on a number and ‘foresighting’, [in turn] making the
of initiatives, several of which, including matrix of results and uncertainties less
artificial intelligence, were launched ambiguous. Thus, I believe AI should
during this year’s UAE Innovation Month. support our work instead of doing the
“We’ve recently started [implementing] work [for us].”
artificial intelligence in the ministry,” she In her role as the ministry’s chief
reveals, adding: “We are in the process innovation officer, Al Shimmari has come
of developing the first robot engineer in to acknowledge what she describes as “the influence. “We’re talking here about how
the world.” dilemma of technology”, pointing out that it adds value to [an industry or field],” she
“It’s a big challenge, but it’s also a very many people mistakenly equate innovation elaborates. “What is the scale of impact,
interesting subject because it [involves] with technology. and what is the level of influence? It
research, engages universities, and According to Al Shimmari, innovation is important to highlight how we can
[employs] technology. There are companies is more about processes and how ideas quantify innovation [by] establishing
working really hard to make this happen.” impact work and bring about efficiency percentages or scale.
While she is looking forward to seeing in policies and procedures. She adds that “For example, if the impact [of an
this project develop further, Al Shimmari when assessing whether an idea can be idea or project] is 10%, then it’s only
emphasises that the human aspect of the classed an innovation, three factors must an improvement. If it’s more than 10%
initiative should not be disregarded. be considered: added value, scale, and and it [meets] the three criteria of scale,
influence, and added value, [then] I would
call it an innovation.”
Seeking to dispel another myth about
innovation, Al Shimmari says that not
all seemingly innovative ideas need to
be pursued: “Many people [don’t know]
when to kill an idea. Many ideas would
consume time, effort, and resources, and
[...] not lead to [the desired] outcome, so
leadership must know when to kill an
idea. This is something that is missing in
innovation culture and practices.”
Because people tend to take it personally
when their ideas are rejected, she says that
a “culture of openness and acceptance”
must be cultivated, so people understand
that not all ideas are worth developing.
“There should be a limit,” she adds.
“I have to create a cut-off and kill the
project. This is a knowledge that people
must have.”
Returning to the topic of innovation
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in one place to achieve [a defined goal] in


less than 100 days,” says Al Shimmari.
A participant of Dubai’s Future
Accelerators Programme, Virgin Hyperloop
One also took part in this year’s Innovation
Month, during which it launched, for the
first time in the world, a prototype of a
Hyperloop One passenger pod.
Meanwhile, Hyperloop Transport
Technologies, another company looking to
revolutionise land travel through the use
of a semi-vacuumed tube, is working with
the Abu Dhabi government on a feasibility
study involving the implementation of
the high-speed transport system first
conceptualised by Tesla co-founder and
SpaceX founder, Elon Musk.
“Since Hyperloop is being studied in the
UAE, [the ministry] is looking to see how
it will work in stage one, and then based
on that, it will consider dedicating the
right of way and infrastructure,” she says,
The ministry is developing the world’s Ȍrst robot but notes that its adoption would not be
engineer, according to Al Shimmari [image: MoID].
without challenges.
“When it comes to the big metropolitan
MoID will consider dedicating infrastructure for hyperloop
cities like Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman, they
depending on the outcome of studies being made in the UAE. [already] have developed borders. The
urban context is already mature, so the
need for a scalable transit modal split is
crucial to ease mobility and connectivity.”
Whatever mode of travel people use
or companies develop, governments will
always need to consider the feasibility and
impact of the proposed investment.
“Personally, I think we have a beautiful,
connected shoreline, and that we have
to start developing marine or coastal
transportation between the emirates of the
UAE,” she reveals.
Shifting her attention from super-
fast transport systems to smart cities –
another initiative of the UAE government
– Al Shimmari explains that smart
cities need a foundation that comprises
certain “important inputs”: the use of
clean technologies, the implementation
of Big Data and the Internet of Things,
latter is just a tool used to expand the the engagement of both the private and
“WE HAVE TO reach of an idea or initiative and make public sectors, and smart governance
START DEVELOPING it “scalable”. She adds that because
technology “is rigid”, it should only be
and compliance.
“These inputs are also the gears that will
MARINE OR COASTAL considered in the later stage of a project, support the future and the sustainability
and not during the prototyping or of infrastructure,” notes Al Shimmari,
TRANSPORTATION brainstorming stages. concluding: “They have a mutually
BETWEEN THE “For example, the initiative of
government accelerators is in itself
beneficially relationship, [which] can be
defined as the loop of city sustainability:
EMIRATES OF an innovation, because government no [sustainable] infrastructure without
accelerators ensure that influencers and smart cities, and no smart cities without
THE UAE.” stakeholders of the initiative are meeting sustainable infrastructure.”

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Al Naboodah Group Enterprises’ work with Swiss


technology provider Veeam has resulted in benefits
such as capital expense savings worth $180,000,
group chief information officer Mario Foster reveals

A
n investment made by the Availability in the IT environment is
UAE’s Al Naboodah Group a measure of a user’s ability to access
Enterprises (ANGE) in a data in the location and format in which
new platform helped the it is expected.
company to meet the goal of virtualising
its IT operations. THE BUSINESS CHALLENGE
ANGE’s aim was to completely ANGE’s existing technology investments
virtualise its information technology include those in systems such as
(IT) environment, in a bid to SharePoint, as well as platforms to
meet sustainability goals set by its deliver enterprise resource planning
management, increase the utilisation of (ERP), customer relationship
existing IT investment, and reduce management (CRM), email, data
capital expenses. analytics, and web servers.
The firm, which employs 16,000 people Moreover, the company operates
and has more than 100 construction sites up to 20 specialised construction and
and offices across the Middle East, Africa, commercial applications, including
and Asia, uses various applications that AutoCAD, a computer-aided design (CAD)
have to be continuously available to and drafting application that is used
allow intra-company collaboration. daily by its architects, project managers,
Eventually, Swiss technology provider, and engineers. As the IT team scaled its
Veeam, delivered the availability platform operations in line with sustainability
that helped ANGE virtualise 99.8% of its key performance indicators (KPIs),
IT operations, offering backup cycles it was keen to utilise a virtualisation
that have been shortened by 60%, and platform and reduce its carbon footprint.
saving the construction giant 1,000 man- However, the firm’s existing backup
hours each year. system was unable to meet the IT

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department’s three key objectives: backup and application availability is


virtualisation advanced support, backup highly beneficial to ANGE, given the ANGE is one of the UAE’s largest
construction companies.
verification, and rapid recovery. Group number of construction and commercial
chief information officer (CIO) at ANGE, applications it uses: “These apps enable
Mario Foster, explains how this was a everything from design, collaboration,
challenge for the company. and communication, to customer
“With our existing solution, we were management, logistics, and other mission-
only able to back up our mission-critical critical operations, thereby playing an
applications and data, and that outside of essential role in all the operations of
working hours,” he says. our organisation.”
“We generate tremendous volumes Another advantage for ANGE is the
of data every day, pertaining to designs, Veeam SureBackup feature, which
project management, supply chain and eliminates the need to manually verify
logistics, and other critical functions. backups, Foster explains, adding: “We are
“It is important there are no now assured that every backup is always
interruptions to this data, which could taken correctly and can be used in any
have a negative impact on the group’s event or emergency.
productivity,” Foster adds. “We can thus guarantee up-to-date
The group CIO says he realised that information is always available when
with new applications being added to and where it is needed, which is a vital
the IT environment every day, managing requirement for an organisation with
the high volume of data would require an more than 100 offices and sites across
alternative. He continued: “We were in such a vast area.”
the market for an ‘availability’ – rather Foster says the company’s construction
than just a backup – solution. operations necessitate constant backups
“[The new system] had to enable us to and easy recovery, and Veeam’s system
meet our sustainability KPIs, safeguard provides reliability in both areas.
the data being constantly generated by “Because a lot of the work our
the business, and ensure applications employees do requires collaboration and
were always available to employees the involvement of contractors, it’s very
who relied on them,” Foster adds. important that we have reliable backups

VENDOR PICKED
To implement an appropriate system,
“WE HAVE at every stage of the process, in case
ANGE evaluated proof of concepts ACHIEVED 99.8% there is a miscommunication or a need
(POCs) from multipoint vendors. Foster VIRTUALISATION, AND to refer to previous versions,” the group
says that of all the platforms reviewed CIO explains.
by ANGE that supported virtualisation,
[HAVE] MONITORING “Whereas file recovery could take up
Veeam “had the best overall package and OF 170 VMs.” to a day, with Veeam we can resolve these
by far the most dedicated local support”.
ANGE deployed the Veeam Availability
Suite as a single platform for its backup, Mario Foster,
ANGE.
replication, recovery, and reporting
needs. In addition, the suite’s deep
integration in the IT environment meant
it also offered monitoring capabilities.
Upon implementation in July 2016, the
company is said to have noted immediate
improvement in its IT performance, with
backups now completed in minutes, and
recovery time objective (RTO) reduced
by 60%. RTO refers to the target duration
within which a company aims to recover
its IT and business operations after a
disruption has occurred.
Additionally, even though ANGE’s data
increased by more than 200%, the IT team
was able to back up all applications in
real time, on a daily basis. This continued

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IN NUMBERS

99.8%
LEVEL OF OPERATIONAL
VIRTUALISATION ACHIEVED
BY ANGE FOLLOWING THE
ADOPTION OF VEEAM’S
AVAILABILITY SUITE

$180,000
VALUE OF CAPITAL
EXPENSES SAVED BY
ANGE THROUGH THE
IMPLEMENTATION OF
VEEAM’S PLATFORM

60%
PERCENTAGE BY
WHICH ANGE’S RTO
HAS REDUCED SINCE
VEEAM’S AVAILABILITY
SUITE WAS ROLLED OUT

of its IT environment without downtime


“VEEAM GAVE US THE CONFIDENCE or data loss, and helped the company
TO CARRY OUT THE COMPLETE to achieve its sustainability objectives,
Foster explains. The improved speed
VIRTUALISATION OF OUR and efficiency of the IT systems means
IT ENVIRONMENT.” that ANGE now backs up data from all its
applications, instead of only the mission-
issues in under five minutes. This means Commenting on this aspect of the critical ones.
that employees are not inhibited, but system, Foster adds: “We have achieved “This eliminates business risk and
rather empowered by IT,” Foster says. 99.8% virtualisation, and Veeam offers makes us far more resilient to data loss or
Additionally, while many of ANGE’s us in-depth monitoring of 170 VMs, [as application failure,” he says.
applications were not designed for high well as] very limited physical servers.” “Veeam gave us the confidence to carry
availability, Veeam’s platform addresses The boardwalk extends beyond the dunes, out the complete virtualisation of our
this through the increase of virtual THE RESULTS
in compliance wtih TDIC regulations. IT environment. We know our VMs can
machine (VM) restore speed by more Through the utilisation of existing IT be instantly recovered, and we have the
than 10 times. investments, Veeam has reduced the tools needed to closely monitor our entire
A VM is a programme that works like organisation’s need to procure additional virtual environment in real time.”
a separate, independent system within storage by 50%. This has been done by Moreover, the installation of Veeam’s
the main computer. According to a using Veeam’s compression and de- systems has shortened backup cycles by
definition provided by Microsoft, the VM duplicate technology, saving roughly more than 60%; automated the backup and
is “sandboxed from the rest of the system, $180,000 (AED661,100) in capital verification process, using the company’s
meaning that the software inside a virtual expenses. In turn, this has allowed ANGE SureBackup feature; and increased the
machine can’t escape or tamper with to achieve returns on investment (ROI) on speed of full VM recovery by more than 10
the computer itself”. This partitioned its Veeam deployment within two years. times. Foster estimates that his team now
set-up is ideal for, among other uses, Veeam’s roll-out allowed ANGE to saves 1,000 man-hours each year, which in
“creating operating system backups”. implement a comprehensive virtualisation turn contributes to annual savings.

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AH AL SALEM
CENTRE
A recently completed
cultural complex by SSH
reimagines a traditional
Kuwaiti neighbourhood
WORDS BY AIDAN IMANOVA
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SSH

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A bird’s-eye rendering of the Sheikh


Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre.

T
he SSH-designed Sheikh Abdullah the National History Museum, Science
Al Salem Cultural Centre is the Museum, Museum of Islamic History,
latest addition to a new cultural Space Museum, and the Fine Arts Centre.
district that is taking shape in Kuwait’s The complex also includes an external
capital city, and stands alongside the sunken courtyard that houses a 300-seat
Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre, theatre, a café, and a multifunctional
which was also designed by SSH. reception area. An additional café and
Evoking a traditional urban environment information centre stand outside the
common to the Middle East, the main museum halls, while enclosed linear
architectural identity of the complex is travellators connect to the car park in the
driven by a central ‘street’ that forms the basement level.
spine of the project. Serving multiple The buildings, and the circulation
functions, this street creates a point of between them, are shaded and partially
orientation, transporting visitors from climatically controlled by an inverted,
the city entrance to the south of the site 200m-long solar shade canopy, with
towards the sea in the north-east. Where a cantilevers measuring 30m. It consists
series of blocks are formed on either side of of a sequence of 2,000 glass-reinforced
the street, it also offers a space for events. plastic shingles, each integrated with LED
“Each block creates a unique lighting. The orientation of the shingles
environment, specific to its distinct creates a downdraft to lower the ambient
functions, and the use of streets and temperature by about 10°C, allowing
squares breaks down the enclosure and visitors to comfortably explore the museum
provides physical and visual links between during daylight hours.
the [different functions]. The positions The shingles range from 3m2 to 9m2 and
of the blocks help activate the street on each comprises a single piece of fibre-glass,
both sides, with the end blocks forming which reflects ambient temperature and,
gateways,” says design director at SSH, at night, creates light effects to celebrate
Simon Dennison. national holidays and events.
The central spine of the development Each of the main exhibition buildings
also acts as the point of connection between is similar in structure and architectural
the six main museum buildings, which treatment but varies in height and length
are open at ground level and linked by according to its function, ranging from
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height spaces. “Each building consists


SSH presents Kuwaiti heritage
using 21st-century materials.
of a concrete central circulation and
service core that serves fixed functions
and provides ingress into the wide-span
museum halls to each side, clad in stone
with structural, glazed end elevations. The
cores for each building are the same and
include vertical transportation; toilets;
offices; and mechanical, electrical, and
plumbing requirements,” Dennison says.
The main exhibition spaces are clad in
a travertine marble called Skyline, which
was sourced from a quarry in Turkey. The
linear wings of the museum spaces are clad
using a mosaic of glass with varying levels
of opacity.
“Traditional Kuwaiti architecture […]
is typically enveloped by a plain façade
masking the inner sanctum of the building,
which can only be discovered beyond
the threshold of the door. Our proposal
realises the importance – and keeps intact
– the fundamentals of Arabic buildings,
which serve the practical purpose of
climatic control and the essential need
for privacy, while reinterpreting them in
a contemporary layout that encourages
openness and permeability, particularly
when addressing the main street and other
public spaces,” Dennison explains.
He adds that creating “simple and
well-executed” forms allow the internal
exhibition spaces to remain flexible
through the use of clear-glazed, recessed
shop fronts that offer views deep into
The museum’s façades are clad in the museums from the landscaped areas
marble from a quarry in Turkey. of the complex, as well as from the
development’s central street. The project
also encourages visitors to explore
through the creation of various pockets
and landscaped areas, which are designed
for socialising.
“The influence of Islamic architecture is
very much ingrained into the design of the
complex,” Dennison says.
“Islamic geometric patterns have been
merged with a contemporary aesthetic
to produce a design that [combines] the
traditional with the futuristic.”
He concludes: “The concept of the
central street also imparts a sense of
cultural heritage, but the complex’s design
reimagines and presents that heritage
using 21st-century materials. Traditional
architecture diverts the breeze and creates
shade to cool the spaces below, while
modern technology enabled the creation
of the cultural centre’s canopy to do
the same.”

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WASTE MANAGEMENT

The circular economy can beneȌt


both businesses and the environment.

Contractors and developers must explore and invest in new systems to integrate green
waste management systems into future construction projects, Oscar Rousseau reports

E
conomists refer to the system irrigation; carbon dust, a by-product of “At EGA, our long-term aspiration is that
by which one industry’s aluminium smelting, can be used as an everything we produce can ultimately be a
by-products become another alternative fuel in the cement industry. product with an economic use,” said EGA’s
industry’s feedstock as the Moving towards a circular economy can Salman Abdulla earlier in 2018.
‘circular economy’, and when it comes support profitability, and three companies “We just have to work with other
to waste management, the business and from Europe, North America, and the industries to find those uses. [...] This is
environmental benefits of this system are Middle East, which operate in the GCC, clearly the right thing to do, for business
clear. Improved effectiveness in the use are calling for greater collaboration in and the planet.”
of materials can lead to lower costs and this area. Abdulla, EGA’s executive vice president
less waste. Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), of health, safety, security, and environment;
Waste that one company simply cannot which claims to be the largest industrial quality; and business transformation,
reuse could be a vital commodity for company in the UAE outside of the oil and was speaking following the company’s
another firm. For example, treated liquid gas sector, says it is a supporter of circular announcement earlier this year that the
waste can be used for organic farming or economy initiatives for waste management. volume of waste it had recycled in 2017

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had increased by nearly a quarter compared


to the year before. EGA recycled 96,000
tonnes of waste last year, up from 77,000t
in 2016.
The firm’s smelting operations in
Abu Dhabi and Dubai produce several
by-products, including spent pot lining
and carbon dust, which have been used in
another construction-related field – the
cement sector.
EGA delivered more than twice as much
spent pot lining – the used inner lining of
massive aluminium smelting pots – to UAE
cement plants last year than it did in 2016.
The firm also supplied more than twice
the amount of carbon dust to the cement
industry in 2017 than it did in 2016.
The company plans to continue to explore
Monica Feghali, WSP. Fady Juez, Metito.
how its by-products can be used by other
companies. It is also building the UAE’s
first alumina refinery in Al Taweelah, Abu in order to improve waste-management Another of Metito’s projects, this time
Dhabi. Built at a cost of $3.3bn (AED12.1bn), practices: find local supplies for recovered in the UAE, was the development of a
the plant will produce alumina for EGA’s materials such as recycled aggregate; wastewater recycling and treated sewage
smelting operations when it opens in 2019. launch a packaging take-back scheme; effluent plant, which the firm carried out
One of the by-products of alumina explore modular construction and off- for Emaar Properties several years ago.
refining is bauxite residue. While experts site fabrication of building components The plant leverages treated sewage water
believe that 150 million tonnes of bauxite to minimise waste; create a labelled waste- for district cooling at Burj Khalifa and the
residue is produced worldwide, they claim segregation area to facilitate the separation Dubai Fountain.
that less than 2% is put to productive of materials for potential reuse, recycling, Metito expects to see “a lot of activity” in
use. Another way in which EGA’s waste- and recovery; and invest in staff training. Saudi Arabia and predicts that the volume
management system is moving towards a Fady Juez, managing director of of work will continue to grow as a result
circular economy model is evidenced by wastewater management outfit Metito, of the kingdom’s Vison 2030 strategy,
the fact that the company is working on which has offices in Europe, the US, and the according to Juez. “In the UAE, there is
research with the University of Queensland, Middle East, calls for “greater participation” more focus now on renewable energy, water
Australia, to see if bauxite residue can be in public-private partnerships (PPP) for relaying and reuse, which is a great trend
put to use in agriculture. waste management. He says the company, that we hope to see growing,” he adds.
which plans to build its PPP capabilities and While he is optimistic about the future,
WASTE TO VALUE portfolio this year, wants to see more cross- Juez admits “challenges are present”.
Associate of sustainable resource sector collaboration to accelerate initiatives He emphasises the importance of
management at Toronto Stock Exchange- for recycling or reusing construction reusing materials, but says reluctance to
listed WSP, Monica Feghali, says that her site waste. adopt new technologies, uncertainty over
company has seen an emphasis on the “We expect more private-sector oil prices, delayed payments resulting in
introduction of what she calls “waste- participation in major infrastructural cash flow issues, and rising borrowing
to-value approaches”, a circular waste- and development projects, and more eco- costs are all challenges that could curtail
management economy in everything friendly energy sources and technology progress towards a more collaborative
but name. lowering the cost of operations in a variety waste-management system.
Feghali explains there is scope to of projects,” he adds. As the saying goes, “one man’s trash
recycle more of the construction materials On the project front, Metito is working is another man’s treasure”, and in the
that are used in both development and in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and other GGC Middle East’s construction industry there
demolition. Potential exists for recycling countries, on several waste-management is certainly scope to pursue more efficient
and even re-using materials, as some of projects. One recent contract was for systems and to forge PPPs in order to
the components present a “high-resource the design and construction of a $58.7m capture the financial, operational, and
value”, she says. However, it is important (SAR220m) seawater desalination plant environmental benefits that a circular
to identify and remove any potential powered by solar energy in the King economy can deliver. Trash from one
hazardous waste, such as asbestos, Abdullah Economic City megaproject in company may never exactly be another’s
solvents, paint waste, chemical waste, or Saudi Arabia. This project is expected to treasure, but it could help to achieve the
gas cylinders. produce 30,000 cubic metres of drinking goal that many businesses are currently
Feghali says there are five areas that water per day and will start production pursuing: the sustainability of both the
construction companies could explore in Q1 2020. plant and of profits.

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PROJECTS

ON SITE CW provides a collection of its most recent site


and plant visits to keep you up-to-date with project progress

WANT TO UPDATE YOUR PROJECT'S PROGRESS, OR HAVE IT INCLUDED HERE? Email the editor: neha.bhatia@itp.com

SHARJAH A mixed-use, master-planned community, Sharjah


WATERFRONT CITY Waterfront City is being developed by Sharjah Oasis Real
Location Estate Company for an estimated cost of $6.8bn (AED25bn).
Sharjah, UAE The project has a total land area covering more than
557.4ha and consists of eight interconnected islands, which
Visited the developer hopes will eventually become home to more
March 2018 than 60,000 residents. At the time of Construction Week 's
site visit, construction activity was largely concentrated on
Sun Island, where Tech Construction, a subsidiary of Tech
Group, was in the process of building 295 precast villas.

ONE PALM Dubai-based developer, Omniyat, is building the One Palm


Location residential project on Palm Jumeirah. Ground was broken for
Dubai, UAE the 100m-tall tower in 2016, and the 84,541m2 development
will be the tallest residential structure on the man-
Visited made island. The project, for which Multiplex is the main
February 2018 contractor, topped out in September 2017. At the time of CW 's
site visit, 60% completion had been recorded. Designed by
New York architect Soma, the building’s exterior is a complex
scheme of varyingly stacked apartments, resembling a Jenga
puzzle. Project completion is due in Q4 2018.

TOPAZ Gulf General Investment Company (GGICO) is developing


RESIDENCE 2 Topaz Residences Towers. The Dubai Silicon Oasis project
Location spans a total built-up area of 64,839m2, and comprises 448
Dubai, UAE units within three buildings. One of the towers that was
under construction at the time of the site visit was Topaz
Visited Residence 2, a G+8+R building that includes 200 one-bedroom
February 2018 apartments, with unit sizes ranging from 93m2 to 111m2. At
that time, the project was more than 55% complete. The high-
rise development is being built by Reem Capital Contracting
and was designed by Incorporated Consultants.

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NOVOTEL The Novotel Sharjah Expo hotel is being developed by an


SHARJAH EXPO entity called Sharjah Expo Hotel LLC, and Klampfer Middle
Location East (KME) is involved in the project through a design-
Sharjah, UAE and-build contract. The development vehicle is owned by
Basma Group, which awarded KME the hotel’s contract,
Visited worth almost $34.6m (AED127m), in 2016. The property’s
January 2018 ȍoor plan features 200 units in three categories – standard
rooms, club ȍoor rooms, and executive suites – as well as a
business centre, food and beverage outlets, and two meeting
halls, one of which spans approximately 200m2.

MOHAMMED BIN The $272.3m (AED1bn) Mohammed Bin Rashid Library


RASHID LIBRARY project was unveiled in February 2016 by HH Sheikh
Location Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and
Dubai, UAE Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in support
of President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s
Visited declaration of 2016 as the Year of Reading. Construction
December 2017 of the library commenced in October 2016, with ASGC
winning the main contract, valued at $245m (AED900m).
The project's sub-contractors include Al Shafar Steel
Engineering, Emirates Beton, and Al Shafar United.

ICD BROOKFIELD The $408.4m (AED1.5bn) ICD BrookȌeld Place’s (ICDBP)


PLACE project site is currently home to the world’s largest lufȌng
Location jib tower crane, the Favelle Favco M2480D. A partnership
Dubai, UAE between Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) and
BrookȌeld Property Partners is leading the project’s
Visited development. Designed by Foster + Partners, ICDBP
November 2017 features 9ha of Grade-A commercial space. The 55-storey
building offers column-free units, with ȍoorplates ranging
from 1,579m2 to 2,787m2. Multiplex and Ssangyong are
working in a joint venture as the project’s main contractors.

GLITZ Located in Dubai Studio City, Danube’s Glitz residences have


Location a combined construction value of $89.5m (AED328.8m),
Dubai, UAE with the main contracts awarded to Naresco Contracting.
EDMAC Engineering was brought in as consultant for all
Visited three projects. The main contracts for Glitz Residence
November 2017 1 and 2 were awarded in July 2015, and the contract for
Glitz Residence 3 was awarded in February 2016. Naresco
expected to have completed the delivery of all three projects
by the end of 2017, since Glitz 1 and 2 were already complete
when CW visited the site in November.

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ALOFT DUBAI Spanning an area of 28,800m2, Aloft Dubai City Centre


CITY CENTRE Deira is being built by Majid Al Futtaim. Once complete, this
Location four-star hotel will feature 304 guest rooms and 29 suites,
Dubai, UAE and will be directly connected to Majid Al Futtaim’s ȍ agship
City Centre Deira mall. At the time of Construction Week ’s
Visited site visit, work was progressing on schedule for a Q1 2018
October 2017 completion and opening. Wall cladding work was underway
and was due to be followed by Ȍt-out and Ȍnishing works.
Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing works were also
ongoing at that time.

THE WAVES Lootah Real Estate Development is developing The Waves,


Location a mid-rise residential project in Dubai’s Al Barsha locality.
Dubai, UAE The 1.6ha project is being built in Al Barsha South’s
Jumeirah Village Circle neighbourhood, and features two
Visited four-storey apartment buildings. Ground was broken on
October 2017 the project in September 2016, and overall completion is
due in Q4 2018. OST Constructional Projects is the main
contractor for The Waves, while Arif & Bintoak is providing
architectural and electromechanical consulting services
for the development.

ONE CENTRAL One Central is a mixed-use master development worth


Location $2.2bn (AED8bn), which is being developed by Dubai World
Dubai, UAE Trade Centre. The development’s commercial component
comprises Ȍve buildings, each of which will feature four
Visited levels of underground parking, integrated retail offerings
September 2017 on the ground level, open-plan ofȌce spaces, and access to
rooftop gardens. Phase 2 of One Central was 91% complete
at the time of CW 's visit, and work on Phase 3 – which was
awarded to Al-Futtaim Carillion – comprises the OfȌces 4
and OfȌces 5 buildings.

MONT ROSE UAE-based Deyaar Developments is nearing completion


Location on its three-building development, Mont Rose. With a total
Dubai, UAE built-up area of nearly 79,000m2, the $117m (AED430m)
project comprises two residential towers and a hotel
Visited apartment building. The residential buildings, Towers A
September 2017 and B, will have 146 one-bedroom, 144 two-bedroom, and
seven three-bedroom units. The hotel apartment tower
comprises 126 studios and 72 one-bedroom apartments,
all boasting a contemporary interior design and furnished
by luxury brand, Aati.

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PROJECTS

MEERA Aldar Properties’ $148.6m, G+27 Meera project boasts


Location a total built-up area of 76,328m2 and consists of two
Abu Dhabi, UAE identical towers, each comprised of 204 apartments.
Meera is located at Shams Abu Dhabi and is the developer’s
Visited inaugural mid-market development. Construction on the
September 2017 project started in August 2016 and is expected to complete
in Q3 2018. Fibrex was awarded the main construction
package, worth $70.2m, and Aecom is providing consultancy
services. When CW visited the site, mechanical, electrical,
and plumbing, and Ȍnishing works were underway.

MOTORSPORT Designed to serve as a hub for the Middle East’s


BUSINESS PARK motorsports community, Dubai Autodrome’s under-
Location construction Motorsport Business Park was scheduled
Dubai, UAE to be handed over in December 2017. Developed by UAE-
based Union Properties (UP) and valued at approximately
Visited $4.3m (AED15.8m), the 5,600m2 facility will offer a space
August 2017 for businesses operating within the region’s motorsports
industry. UP awarded the $3.4m (AED12.5m) main contract
to Multilink Contracting, and Design House Engineering
Consultancy is acting as the project’s consultant.

BARAKAH Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant features four dome


NUCLEAR containment units, each housing a Generation III+ APR1400
ENERGY PLANT nuclear reactor. With each reactor capable of generating
Location 1,400MW of energy, the facility will produce up to 5,600MW
Abu Dhabi, UAE once fully operational. Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation
expects all four reactors to come online in 2020. Valued at
Visited $20bn (AED73.5bn), the prime contract was awarded to Korea
August 2017 Electric Power Company in 2009. Construction of Unit 1 has
now been completed, and when CW visited the site, Units 2, 3,
and 4 were 85%, 74%, and 51% complete, respectively.

WYNDHAM UAE-based hospitality company, R Hotels, is building the


GARDEN Ȍrst Wyndham Garden hotel in the UAE, located on the
Location Ajman corniche. The 17-ȍoor Wyndham Garden Ajman
Ajman, UAE Corniche is a four-star resort that will feature 179 guest
rooms, including 138 standard rooms and 41 suites. At
Visited the time of CW 's site visit, structural works were fully
July 2017 completed, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing
works were more than 40% complete. With a $54.5m
(AED200.2m) real estate value, construction on the
hospitality project ofȌcially began on 6 January, 2016.

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