November 23, 2020 wicsummit0

Retail focused owner, operator and development firm Arabian Centres has said that it plans to build an outdoor shopping centre at a prime location in Madinah City, Saudi Arabia. Boulevard U Walk will be the second addition to Arabian Centres’ portfolio of shopping centres in Madinah, following the opening of the Al Noor Mall.

According to a statement, the new mall is set to be built on the lines of its successful predecessor, the U-Walk Centre at Riyadh, which opened in September 2019.

Arabian Centres said this project aligns with its broad strategy to expand within the lifestyle shopping centers space, which includes various entertainment destinations such as cinemas, luxurious restaurants and cafes, in addition to retail stores.

In its filing to the Saudi bourse Tadawul, Arabian Centres says it has already inked a 25-year lease and investment agreement with Madinah Regional Municipality for investing in a vacant plot at the intersection of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Road and King Abdulaziz Road. The firm says the annual rental for the plot will be $268,150.

Arabian Centres said it currently has a portfolio of 21 assets strategically located in 11 major Saudi cities, and expects to add about 57,000sqm to its gross leasable areas (GLA) in the future.

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 23, 2020 wicsummit0

Art Moore, the founder of global access equipment major Snorkel, has been inducted into the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame and honoured as an industry pioneer.

The induction announcement was made during the AEM Annual Conference, held virtually from November 17-20. The digital edition featured several speakers, panels, roundtable discussions and networking events. Interviewed in the announcement video, Sue Moore, Art’s wife, shared the history behind her late husband’s innovations and the founding of Snorkel.

According to a statement from Snorkel, the AEM Hall of Fame spotlights pioneers whose inventions, ideas, leadership and courage have contributed to the industry and the community’s quality of life. The recognition also strives to instill a deeper public understanding and appreciation for the continuing role of the industry in global business success.

Nominees were considered based on their innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizen and social responsibility. Among many unique ideas developed during Art Moore’s lifetime were firefighting equipment, aluminum booms and hydraulic telescopic designs that helped solve problems critical to the off-road equipment industry.

In 1959, Moore’s development of telescopic firefighting equipment became so integral to the profession that the company name, Snorkel, would become genericised for the equipment throughout the industry.

Yet another innovation was his use of aluminum extrusions on aerial lifts. The unprecedented use of this material revolutionised the industry as it allows better functionality while weighing and costing less than comparable steel models.

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 23, 2020 wicsummit0

Saudi Arabia’s ministry of transport has announced the completion of maintenance work on road infrastructure in and around the Jadeedah Arar port ahead of its opening on November 17 as part of a package of agreements between the kingdom and neighbouring Iraq.

The agreements aim at creating investment opportunities across all sectors and securing all roads to and from the only port between the two countries, the foundation of which was laid by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

Badr Abdullah Al-Dulami, Saudi deputy minister of transport, said the developed logistics area at the port would serve as a gate for the northern part of the kingdom to promote the economy by attracting investors and help strengthen Saudi-Iraqi economic relations.

The Saudi ministry of transport said it has implemented many road projects in and around the port, including the installation of 150 warning and regulatory signs, 1,990m of concrete curbstones, application of reflective road paint with a total of 9,000 square metres and installation of reflective ground control signs with a total of 1,500 square metres.

The ministry has also installed 6,000m-long safety metal barriers for crossovers and dangerous curves, safety concrete barriers for a traffic island with a total length of 3,200m and 32km-long safety concrete barriers as part of a preventive maintenance project at the site.

The ministry said it is committed to the highest road safety and quality standards, and to ensure all projects are completed to provide efficient services under the objectives of the Saudi Vision 2030.

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 23, 2020 wicsummit0

UAE automotive player Al Tayer Motors has been named as Ford Trucks’ Champions Award 2019 winner after beating dealers from 44 other countries.

The official Ford Trucks importer-dealer commented that the accolade comes at the end of a strong nine months for its trucks business with sales growing by more than 50% in 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

The dealership said it delivered a solid performance with major wins in the established construction and waste management segments with major inroads into the transportation, cargo and logistics segments.

“The Champions Award is granted only if there is great success in all aspects of business performance. This prestigious award acknowledges the contribution of Al Tayer Motors’ business performance in the last financial year,” said Bahattin Topçu, managing director Middle East & Africa, Ford Trucks.

“Of course, all this can be possible only with assuring great customer satisfaction as the key enabler for full-fledged accomplishments. The Al Tayer Motors team achieved this with its undivided focus on the brand, investment on high quality human resources and its well-analysed business processes,” Topçu further explained.

Al Tayer Motors sells the full range of commercial vehicles in the UAE including the award-winning Ford Trucks F-MAX and the dedicated Construction Series and Tractors & Road Series ranges of trucks.

Topçu added: “It is great to see the team strengthening Ford Trucks image in the UAE and we proudly celebrate them with this well-deserved award. Customer satisfaction will further be escalated to a new level with the opening of the brand-new Ford Trucks 3S facility in the near future.”

Al Tayer Motors has represented the Ford Trucks brand since 2014 and has helped to successfully established and strengthened the brand’s presence in the highly competitive heavy-duty sector in the UAE.

“Winning the Champions Award from Ford Trucks is a tremendous achievement and recognises the hard work of the entire team in promoting the brand and providing customers with excellent after-sales services across the UAE,” said Ashok Khanna, CEO, Al Tayer Motors.

“We strive for excellence in everything we do and it is something that our stakeholders and customers have come to expect of us.”

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 23, 2020 wicsummit0

Steady process is being made on the 400,000sqft Khorfakkan Amphitheatre, according to authorities. The project is being developed in two phases by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and is being implemented in cooperation with the Sharjah Directorate of Public Works and Khorfakkan Municipality.

According to a statement, Phase One covers the south side of the beach and includes the construction of an amphitheatre, a walkway overlooking the beach, a skating rink, sport courts, picnic areas and a children’s playing area.

HH Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah inspected the project site on November 22, in addition to other development and vital projects in Khorfakkan. He was received by Salah bin Butti Al Muhairi, chairman of the Initiatives Implementation and Infrastructure Development Authority in Sharjah.

The Sharjah ruler then visited Al Rafisah Dam and directed the addition of shaded family gathering spots, as well as barbecue sites. He also directed authorities to add more parking lots and toilets, and the establishment of a mountain path linking the current parking lots and the Al Rafisa water channel.

The project will also have leisure facilities such as a restaurant, cafe and games area, in order to ensure the highest levels of comfort and entertainment for visitors, the statement said.

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 23, 2020 wicsummit0

Ahmed AbouAlfa, founder of UAE BIM Association (UBA), says that changing the perception of BIM in SMEs, integrated project management, implementing the right software, and developing standards are some of the ways to address critical challenges in BIM adoption.

With this first-ever Virtual Middle East BIM Summit underway, he adds that successful BIM adoption also requires a high level of collaboration among stakeholders.

AbouAlfa recommends ten actions that companies, industry organisations, and governments can adopt to accelerate BIM adoption and better capitalise on what the technology can offer.

Encourage External Influence

BIM needs to be implemented throughout the supply chain for it to reach its full potential. The lack of homogeneity of BIM adoption among SMEs is not just their responsibility, but a lack of influence from major firms too. All major constructions projects in the UAE are BIM mandated, and SMEs fall under the category of sub-contractor and sub-consultants. Major firms in the industry need to mandate BIM from their side throughout the supply chain, and in this way, SMEs that form a significant part of that sector are thereby forced to implement the technology.

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 22, 2020 wicsummit0

Leading UAE master developer Nakheel has named Naaman Atallah as its new chief executive officer.

Atallah has more than 25 years’ experience in the real estate sector in the Middle East and India, the firm said in a statement announcing his appointment.

Past key leadership positions for Atallah include roles at Dubai Properties Group, Emaar, Qatari Diar and, most recently, Piramal Realty in India.

“Naaman brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Nakheel,” said HE Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Shaibani, chairman, Nakheel. “As we enter a new phase in our growth, his extensive experience and proven track record will be key in further enhancing Nakheel’s position as a world-leading, customer-focused organisation that plays a pivotal role in the growth of Dubai’s real estate sector.”

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 22, 2020 wicsummit0

Japan’s Toray Industries has said that it has been awarded orders to supply reverse osmosis (RO) membranes for the Al Dur 2 Desalination Plant in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Umm Al Quwain Desalination Plant in UAE.

The combined water production capacity of the two plants will accumulate to 911,000 cu. m per day, while the Umm Al Quwain Desalination Plant alone will hold one of the world’s largest capacities with 681,000 cu. m per day freshwater production.

The company stated that its local subsidiary Toray Membrane Middle East LLC (TMME) located in Dammam, Saudi Arabia will provide the RO membranes and technical services required for the plants.

Toray added that with further reinforcement of localisation in its strategy, its long-term focus will be to contribute to solve water shortage issues in the Middle East through TMME, which will ultimately lead to a stable energy resource supply.

Additionally, Toray’s RO element was used at Al Dur 1 Plant, and was highly recognised and acclaimed, and its ability to achieve stable operations led to the Umm Al Quwain award. Toray further stated that the demand to build RO desalination plants which consume less energy to operate as compared to thermal desalination plants is also on the rise, with the increasing awareness to reduce greenhouse gas emission.

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 22, 2020 wicsummit0

Big Project ME is set to hold the fifth iteration, and its first-ever virtual edition of the annual Middle East BIM Summit from November 23 to 25.

The free to attend event, organised by CPI Trade Media will bring together well-known speakers from the regional construction and technology sector to discuss important issues, over three days this week.

The panel discussions at this year’s digital event are as follows: Streamlining Project Delivery (November 23); Creating A Viable BIM Mandate (November 24) and Utilisation of Geomatics and BIM (November 25) at 10 AM followed by a virtual presentation at noon, each day.

Renowned speakers from The Red Sea Development Company,  Khatib & Alami, Hloov, EllisDon and many other companies will be participating in the three-day event. The year’s Middle East BIM Summit is sponsored by 12d Model, GCS, KEO International Consultants, and RIB.

Industry experts, as well as knowledge partners, will be sharing their insights and recommendations on emerging challenges in the construction industry, BIM technology solutions, and project management strategies.

Now in its fifth year, the 2020 edition of the Middle East BIM Summit will centre around how companies can utilise BIM to ensure business continuity; the need for a viable BIM mandate for the AEC industry; and the utilisation of technologies such as drones, GPS and laser scanning in the built environment.

The summit will also focus on how BIM and its associated technologies have allowed contractors and consultants to seamlessly bridge the gap between being physically onsite and working remotely, in light of the global pandemic.

A Q&A session will be hosted at the end of each discussion and presentation for 15 minutes, while a live chat option will be available throughout the event. Viewers will also be able to join the event from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or any Android device.

To register free for the Virtual Middle East BIM Summit, please click here:

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 22, 2020 wicsummit0

A new voco hotel will take shape in Jeddah following a deal that was signed between IHG Hotels & Resorts and the Arif Group. IHG said voco Jeddah North will feature 145 rooms and will open for business in Q1, 2022.

According to a statement, the voco brand was launched globally in 2018 and has gained tremendous momentum in the Middle East with signings and openings across multiple markets including Saudi Arabia.

“We are excited to welcome Arif Group into the IHG family with the signing of voco Jeddah North. With redevelopment of waterfront projects, airport infrastructure and high-speed train connectivity, Jeddah is emerging as an important destination within Saudi Arabia – it is also a crucial link between Madinah and Makkah,” said Pascal Gauvin, MD for India and MEA region at IHG Hotels & Resorts.

The hotel will feature an outdoor pool, a gymnasium and a spa with four treatment rooms, in addition to a range of dining options, a coffee lounge and a rooftop lounge. It will also offer 1,710sqm of meeting and banqueting space, and will be positioned as a perfect destination for upscale corporate guests and will be well suited for their MICE requirements, the statement said.

The hotel will be located close to Jeddah Seasons square, Obhur Corniche and the Alexandria beach, and is said to be only 3km from Kingdom City, the new anticipated centre of Jeddah.

Gauvin added, “We are pleased to add another voco hotel to our growing upscale portfolio in the Kingdom and cater to a wide range of guests expected to visit the country in the coming years. With the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 progressing, KSA is a priority market for us in the region and we remain committed to our growth ambition in the country.”

Group head Arif Fahad A Altwairqi remarked, “IHG is a leading hospitality company with a global footprint and a strong foothold in the Kingdom and we couldn’t have chosen a better partner for our first hospitality project in the country. With development of tourism infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, upscale hospitality is a growing category in the Kingdom. Taking into account the uniqueness of IHG’s upscale brand, voco, combined with an excellent location and the demand for quality accommodation in the city, I am confident voco Jeddah North will be a great success on opening in 2022.”

Source: MEConstructionNews