November 22, 2020 wicsummit0

Saudi Arabia’s Tamimi Rentals has ordered 50 units of Grove GRT8100 rough-terrain cranes (RTC) to drive its expansion and help it win more work in the kingdom’s oil & gas fields.

According to an announcement by Manitowoc, the owners of the Grove brand, the first GRT8100 cranes have already been delivered to Tamimi Rentals, with others to follow over the coming months. The 50 new cranes will join a fleet that already includes over 40 Grove all-terrain cranes, as well as a number of older RTCs. They will be dispatched to a range of job-sites where typical lifts will include placing heavy machinery at shorter radii, for example when moving rigs, or lighter picks, working with fully extended booms for longer periods.

Mohammed Fahad S Al-Tamimi, CEO of Fahad S Al Tamimi & Partners Co (Tamimi Rentals), said: “We chose Grove GRT8100 rough-terrain cranes because they have a very good load chart which is about 25% stronger than competitive machines. We also liked the precise and customisable movements that the Crane Control System (CCS) offers. Having close control is very important when lifting complex and expensive equipment around oil rigs. In addition, we know that Grove cranes are reliable, having operated many all-terrain and rough-terrain cranes from the company down the years, and we have a strong relationship with our local dealer, Kanoo Machinery.”

According to Manitowoc, Grove RTCs have long been the most popular choice for oil & gas work, with their reliability, strength and versatility ensuring the widest possible job scope on oilfields. Given the variety of projects lined up for the GRT8100 cranes, Tamimi Rentals will be able to take full advantage of the crane’s 100t maximum capacity combined with a five-section, full power boom that extends up to 47m, and which can increase its length to 64m with the use of a jib. Power comes from a Cummins QSB6.7L engine and the model offers an overall GVW of nearly 55t.

Tamimi Rentals currently runs a range of Grove all-terrain cranes from the manufacturer’s 4, 5, 6 and 7-axle categories, as well as a number of RTCs, some of which were purchased several decades ago, said Manitowoc. All of these were supplied via Kanoo Machinery, and the close partnership between the two companies was another reason for this latest large purchase, explained Manoj Tripathy, CEO of Kanoo.

“Tamimi Rentals has been our customer for a long time and we appreciate their continued confidence in Kanoo and Manitowoc with this latest investment. We hope to strengthen our partnership and continue to provide exceptional service in the years to come,” Tripathy said.

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 22, 2020 wicsummit0

The Dubai Land Department (DLD) has inked a deal with Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) to create a ‘Commercial Property Price Index’ (CPPI). The move aims to improve Dubai’s transparency and real estate investment health.

According to a statement, the collaboration will see the establishment of an official commercial property index, which will act as a reliable source of data for use by investors, agencies, and institutions. It will allow investors to monitor commercial market performance when making investment decisions and portfolio management.

Majida Ali Rashid, CEO of the Real Estate Promotion and Investment Management Sector at DLD said, “It consolidates our commitment to strengthening the real estate sector in Dubai, the emirate’s position as a real estate leader on a global scale, and DLD’s partnerships and relationships with the private sector. DLD continuously introduces initiatives and products to help boost transparency in the industry to help in the decision-making of investors. The new index will serve all relevant parties by granting them deeper insight into the industry while also allowing them to best manage their portfolio of properties.”

She noted that DLD already provides a regulatory method for registering lands and properties, while also protecting the rights of customers. This provides, on a global level, an environment that would attract investment, as well as supports the strategic real estate objectives of the government, she said.

Thierry Delvaux, CEO of JLL (Middle East and Africa) stated that the agreement with DLD allows the firms to improve real estate transparency, in turn attracting local, regional, and global institutional investors into the market.

He concluded, “Dubai already enjoys a prestigious position as one of the best investment destinations in the region, thanks to its strategic location and investment-stimulating environment. We look forward to further enhancing its position through the creation of this new index.”

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 22, 2020 wicsummit0

CNH Industrial, the owner of brands such as Case Construction Equipment, New Holland, Iveco and FPT, has announced the appointment of Scott W. Wine as its new chief executive officer, effective January 4, next year.

Announcing the new CEO appointment in a statement, CNH Industrial said that as a “proven leader with considerable international experience across a variety of industries, Wine has a track record of producing exceptional results”.

Wine joins CNH Industrial from North American company Polaris Inc. where he was CEO since 2008 and chairman and CEO since 2013. Polaris is a major player in all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles and industrial products segments with several globally recognised brands.

The CNH Industrial statement added that Prior to joining Polaris, Wine held executive positions with United Technologies Corporation, Danaher Corp. and Allied Signal Corp., which became Honeywell International, Inc. after a 1999 merger. He also served as a United States naval officer. Wine brings extensive expertise in mergers and acquisitions in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Suzanne Heywood, chair and acting CEO, CNH Industrial, said: “The Board is delighted at the appointment of Scott Wine, given his broad industrial experience and strategic expertise. Scott is committed to delivering the strategy that the company outlined at its Capital Markets Day in 2019, including the plan to spin-off its on-highway activities.”

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November 19, 2020 wicsummit0

The Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya has reopened following just over two months of partial closure. The hotel boasts new dining concepts at each of its restaurants and lounges, and new service standards including a focus on health and safety.

One of the most notable changes is the hotel’s adoption of the Four Seasons ‘Lead With Care’ program, which aims to enhance health and safety throughout the property. Conceived with an international healthcare leader, the brand-wide program provides care, confidence, and comfort to guests and employees via clear procedures from additional food-handling protocols to enhancements to ventilation systems and other back-of-the-house operations, the statement said.

“This has been months in the making, and our team couldn’t be more excited to welcome back old friends and new arrivals. As we reopen services, roll out new dining concepts, and set new initiatives in play to protect everyone who walks through our doors, it’s fair to say there is no other hotel experience in Kuwait like Four Seasons,” said Didier Jardin, general manager at the Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait.

The hotel comprises a wide array of services and amenities, as well as 284 guest rooms and suites. The statement notes that the hotel’s spa and wellness facilities have also reopened, in addition to its wide variety of restaurants and lounges.

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November 19, 2020 wicsummit0

Sharjah-based developer Arada has announced that it has started the handover of nearly 500 homes within Phase Four and Five of Nasma Residences. Construction on Phase Four, which comprises 302 villas and townhouses, and Phase Five, which features 174 townhouses, began in June 2019.

The developer has said that the first five phases of the community are fully sold out, while phase six, which was launched in September this year and comprises 124 villas and townhouses, is 50% sold out. Homes in Phase Six will be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2022, the developer said.

Nasma Residences is spread over an area of five million sqft and located in the Al Tay suburb. It is billed as an integrated community and comprises 1,100 homes, a 13-acre landscaped park with cycling and jogging tracks, two smaller neighbourhood parks, an international school and a mosque.

“Since handing over our first homes at Nasma Residences in May last year, we have pushed forward aggressively with construction in an effort to assure our customers of timely delivery to an exceptionally high quality. Although we have faced a number of onsite challenges earlier in 2020 as a result of the pandemic, I am proud to say that those challenges have now been mitigated, and we are delighted to welcome so many new residents to this beautiful new community,” said Arada chairman Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi.

In addition to home handovers in Phases Four and Five, Arada has also announced a number of new tenants for Nasma Central, the project’s retail and leisure complex, which has been designed to be integrated into the landscaped park, and which will open by the end of this year, the statement said.

Nasma Central will include two new food and beverage concepts, Vanilla Rose Café & Florist and Kaffa Coffee Lab & Kitchen, as well as a British Orchard Nursery and a Doc Barnet Men’s Salon. The new tenants will be joined by regional supermarket chain Spinneys and a drive-thru Starbucks outlet, alongside a pharmacy, laundry and clubhouse. Nasma Central is now 83% leased out, while a second retail complex, Nasma Square, is also scheduled to open before the end of the year, the developer noted.

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 19, 2020 wicsummit0

Abu Dhabi Municipality on Tuesday announced that four new public parks have been set up in the emirate’s Shakhbout City suburb. Spanning more than 24,000 sqm. these pocket parks have been set up at a cost of $4.17 million.

The Municipality said that it has plans to increase the number of pocket parks in Shakhbout City in the future to ensure that the community has adequate space for leisure. The new parks include play spaces, play equipment, seating areas, barbeque stations, greenery, and lighting infrastructure.

It has been reported that the two park covers an area of 6,565 sqm., the third park covers 7,188 sqm., and the fourth park covers 4,257 sqm. The Municipality added that the construction of the parks is part of its commitment to making residents happy and providing service and entertainment facilities to the community that the improve their quality of life.

This is in line with the directives of the Abu Dhabi Government to offer citizens, residents and visitors of the city of Abu Dhabi and its suburbs comfort, stability and happiness, the Municipality added.



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November 19, 2020 wicsummit0

Nawah Energy Company (Nawah) has announced that the reactor of Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant has achieved 80% of the Unit 1 reactor’s rated capacity power. It stated that this milestone is an important step in the ongoing Power Ascension Testing (PAT) of Unit 1, which involves slowly raising the reactor power levels while collecting data and tuning control and safety systems.

The PAT is being conducted under the UAE’s independent nuclear regulator, the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, which has conducted more than 280 inspections since the start of Barakah’s development. During this process, the systems of Unit 1 are monitored and tested to ensure their compliance with national regulatory requirements and the highest international standards of safety, quality, security and reliability.

Nawah is a joint venture nuclear operations and maintenance subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation and Korea Electric Power Corporation. It stated that these national reviews have been supported by more than 40 assessments and peer reviews by the International Atomic Energy Agency and World Association of Nuclear Operators.

Nawah also added that its operations team at Unit 1 are working to increase the plant’s electricity production to 100% capacity, marking the final stages of PAT. Unit 1 will be gradually shut down to enable the commencement of a Check Outage, following the achievement of 100% power.

Unit 1’s systems will be carefully examined, and any planned or corrective maintenance will be performed to ensure its safety, reliability and security before commercial operations begin, during the Check Outage.

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 19, 2020 wicsummit0

MAN Truck & Bus has delivered the largest order ever for its new Lion’s Coach in Saudi Arabia, providing 80 units to a customer in the kingdom.

A statement from the Munich headquartered commercial vehicles heavyweight said the delivery was a milestone in MAN’s journey in the Middle East, being the single largest deal for the new Lion’s Coaches in the country and the second one this year. MAN has already made a delivery in Saudi Arabia earlier, providing coaches in the beginning of 2020 to Al-Salem in the country – the first to a private customer in the Middle East region.

Joerg Mommertz, senior vice president and head of Sales Area Middle East, Africa and Latin America, MAN Truck & Bus, said: “This is a significant moment for us. We are happy with the confidence our customers have placed in our buses. Our commitment is to make the ownership enjoyable and profitable for customers by offering the best-in-class and we will work to deliver the best support.”

The statement added that the MAN Lion’s Coach, which was voted ‘Coach of the Year 2020’, combines “economic efficiency, comfort and practicality with innovative technology and timeless design”. Other distinguishing features include its handling on the road as well as a comprehensive range of convenience features. This coach comes equipped with safety solutions both for passengers and driver that have been developed by MAN engineers over the years.

The Lion’s coaches are powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine that conforms to EEV emission norms and delivers 440hp. They are also equipped with Automated MAN TipMatic 12 OD gearbox with retarder, air-conditioning system engineered for hot climates, driver assistance systems such as Electronic stability program (ESP), Lane Guard System (LGS), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Adaptive Cruise Control and ergonomic seating layout together with features like USB sockets for passenger seats, Advanced Multi Media Coach (MMC) and two LCD monitors.

Among safety solutions, the coaches feature a new, bigger glass skylight/emergency exit hatch with high UV filtration to protect passengers from the sun and with the added safety of an easier option for escape in case of emergency.

“The MAN Lion’s Coach is the vehicle that has constantly impressed for a number of years thanks to its high reliability and low fuel consumption – and a clear champion when it comes to total cost of ownership,” says Rudi Kuchta, head of Business Unit Bus at MAN Truck & Bus.

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 19, 2020 wicsummit0

The Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer) has opened its expanded used tyre recycling facility in Abu Dhabi with a capacity to treat 70,000t of used tyres annually, in partnership with a private sector company to ensure the safe disposal of used tyres for minimising environmental and public health risks.

A statement from Tadweer said the private sector partner it has contracted with is Tarheel Collecting Wastes LLC, an Abu Dhabi-based firm with over 10 years of expertise in waste management and environment services. Under the partnership, Tarheel collects and cleans used tyres prior to their recycling and treatment at the dedicated facility, which has recycled nearly 17,000t of tyres this year until the end of the third quarter. Tarheel has set up a new integrated automated plant in collaboration with its Italian partner to increase its total facility capacity to 100,000t annually.

A statement from Tadweer said that In expanding its used tyre recycling facility, it seeks to significantly reduce the health and environmental risks associated with burning tyres, which causes serious damage to water, soil, air and public health, and could lead to diseases such as asthma, cancer, allergies, etc. Tyre burning can also have detrimental effects on the planet by driving global warming, Tadweer added.

The disposal of used tyres in landfills causes serious environmental effects as the rubber can take up to 1000 years to decompose due to its high sulfur content. This has prompted countries across the world to ban scrap tyres from landfills, with the European Union issuing legislations that include a complete ban on the landfill disposal of tyres to protect public health and environment.

Tadweer added that recycling of scrap tyres provides an excellent opportunity to use them as an alternative fuel in cement manufacturing. Scrap tyres are used in cement kilns where they are burnt at high gas temperatures of 1000-1200°C resulting in an instantaneous, complete and smokeless tire combustion.

According to Tadweer, tyre-derived fuel (TDF) is more cost effective than fossil fuels and helps preserve natural resources by reducing the dependence on fossil fuels. TDF allows cement manufactures to reduce emissions and production costs, turning scrap tyres from an environment and public health challenge to an efficient source of alternative energy.

Dr Salem Al Kaabi, director general of Tadweer, said: “The opening of our expanded used tyre recycling facility is aligned with Tadweer’s strategic objective of converting used tyres from an economic burden into a valuable economic resource. In addition to reducing the adverse effects of scrap tyres on public health and the environment, the expanded facility will go a long way in saving energy and cutting related costs.

“Tadweer is committed to stepping up collaboration with its partners from the government and private sectors to benefit from global expertise in the safe disposal of used tyres to protect the environment from the adverse effects of harmful ingredients used in tyre production. In addition to reducing pollution significantly, Tadweer’s approach in dealing with such materials has helped the local market to source materials locally in line with the highest international quality and safety standards.

“Tadweer will continue to utilise the latest recycling technologies and global best practices to achieve its goal of safeguarding public health, preserving the environment and supporting the sustainable development of Abu Dhabi.”

Source: MEConstructionNews


November 18, 2020 wicsummit0

Municipality and Planning Department’s Ajman X Centre has announced its partnership with technology leader, Intel to launch ‘Mustakbaly’, an interactive lab designed to equip young Emiratis in digital technologies.

Mustakbaly means ‘My Future’ in English, and will offer UAE nationals free courses in computer programming; AI and robotics; management, decision-making and risk management; innovation and blockchain, and more. The specialised programmes will be hosted in cooperation between Ajman X Centre and Coursera – an online interactive platform – enabling participants to obtain accredited certificates from more than 160 international universities and top technology companies.

Commenting on the new initiative, Sheikha Noura Humaid Al Nuaimi, director of Ajman X Centre, said: “The launch of ‘Mustakbaly’ reflects the directives of our wise leadership to prepare for the future and find solutions that focus on building the expertise and capabilities of our young Emirati workforce, by providing them with the tools necessary to face the challenges and realise international leadership across all fields – all in line with the objectives of UAE Centennial 2071.”

Ajman X Centre stated that the initiative has already attracted more than 5000 Emiratis, including students, fresh graduates and professionals keen to improve their expertise and advance their careers, in just two months.

Al Nuaimi added that the platform strives to serve all UAE citizens who are seeking jobs and opportunities to improve their careers and secure a better future. They have already attracted over 5,000 Emiratis in various disciplines, and through strategic partnerships with international universities, institutes and training centres, the accredited courses and programmes will provide the Emirati workforce with the skills necessary to have a competitive edge in the marketplace, Al she stated.

“This new investment is part of the continuous efforts of Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, represented by Ajman X Centre, in launching strong initiatives, plans and programmes that are in line with the national agenda set by our wise leadership to support Emirati talent to become active members in their communities, helping to sustain the country’s achievements and contributing to the wellbeing and prosperity of its people,” Al Nuaimi explained.

To motivate employees, the “TechX Associate Platform” offers special discounts for esteemed employees and participants, the Centre added.

Meanwhile, Abid Rajji, Public Sector manager for Gulf region at Intel, said: “Relying on the latest technologies and solutions as a strategy to face future challenges across different industries is not enough.”

“These tools must be accompanied by efforts to develop and promote the expertise and skills of the human resources that are qualified to run and operate these technologies and applications. The national workforce is the foundation for the continued success of a nation,” he concluded.

Source: MEConstructionNews