May 16, 2020

Marsa Al Arab - All you need to know

Dubai Construction
Dubai Construction
Catherine Sturman
2 min
Costing AED 6.3 billion, mega project Marsa Al Arab is set to become a world-class tourist destination. Incorporating two islands on each side of Burj A...

Costing AED 6.3 billion, mega project Marsa Al Arab is set to become a world-class tourist destination. Incorporating two islands on each side of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the project is part of Dubai’s 2020 vision, attracting the family tourist sector and boosting economic growth.

Dubai Holding is behind the construction, adding over two kilometres of beach frontage to the current area, incorporating a number of first-class facilities to cater to a growing tourist sector. One of the islands will house entertainment and family friendly facilities, whilst the other will solely inhabit a luxury resort and private marina, with over 400 new food outlets to be located throughout the project.

With the relocation and expansion of the Wild Wadi Waterpark to the island, a retail park will be built at the waterparks present location, spanning 20,000 square metres, alongside business facilities to attract a new corporate market.

Additionally, the island will incorporate an educational space within Marine Park, and a theatre to provide entertainment for all families and tourists. Once finalised, the area will become the home of the Cirque de Soleil upon their visit to the city.  

Commenting on the project, His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Chairman, Dubai Holding said, “The launch of this new and ambitious project is in line with the directives of the visionary leadership to provide the finest and rewarding tourist experiences for visitors to Dubai, as well as enhance Dubai’s position as a global tourist destination. We are proud of the vital role that Dubai Holding plays in this sector through supporting innovation and contributing to the economic diversification of Dubai.”

He added: “As part of strengthening local capabilities, ‘Marsa Al Arab’ will support Emiratisation in the tourism sector by providing new job opportunities and encourage UAE Nationals to commit their innovative and creative ideas to this vital sector.

Also, incorporated in the project is the Dubai Pearl Museum, which will display rare pearls sourced locally and globally, in addition to exploring the region’s heritage and culture. To compliment this, Dubai Holding have also created a pearl-inspired boutique hotel. 

Situated on the private island, approximately 140 luxury villas will be constructed and managed by Jumeirah Group, in addition to over 2,000 new hotel rooms, a residential complex and private marina and yacht club. John Podaras, a partner at the hospitality consultancy Hotel Development Resources in Dubai said, "By adding this significant number of [hotel rooms] at this location, the Jumeirah Group has the potential to enhance its beach resort offering.”

Linking the entire project will be key infrastructural supports, such as a Group Rapid Transit Network, which will ensure first class services to and from the area and provide economic growth.

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Jun 24, 2021

Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Skanska plans to build a 28-floor office tower in Houston as its London office receives WELL Platinum sustainability ranking and drone trials are underway

Skanska is investing US$225m in an office development project, 1550 on the Green in Houston, with construction expected to begin in June and scheduled to be completed in 2024.

The construction contract is worth US$125M, which will be included in the Q2 order bookings. International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has signed a 15-year lease for about 30 percent of the building.

Located at 1550 Lamar Street, adjacent to Discovery Green, in downtown Houston, Skanska plans to develop and build a 28-floor, 34,800 square meter office tower.

1550 on the Green will be the first part of a three-block master plan by Skanska, which will transform the parcels into a distinguished district known as Discovery West and consist of 3.5 acres of mixed-use development full of restaurants, retail and lush green space. The project will target LEED and WiredScore Platinum certifications.

Since 2009, Skanska has invested a total of US$2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects, creating more than 1 million square meters of sustainable and community focused developments in select U.S. markets. Skanska USA had sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 with 7,600 employees in its operations.

Skanska’s flagship London office has set the standard in sustainable workspaces by becoming the first in the UK to achieve WELL Platinum under the new v2 pilot scheme.

The accreditation from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was awarded through the v2 pilot, the newest version of the WELL Building Standard. It looks at all building features and management processes – from air and water quality to lighting, acoustics, nutrition, thermal comfort and mental wellbeing. It’s widely recognised as the industry yardstick for measuring how workspaces can contribute to the wellbeing of occupants.

The offices – which span three floors of the newly developed 51 Moorgate – contain floor-to-ceiling windows for extensive natural light, dedicated wellbeing and quiet spaces, as well as stringent air and water quality monitoring, among a range of other features that have helped earn the standard.

The company has also been exploring drone flights for use in industrial environments.

Peter Cater, Development Manager, said it was invited to carry out trials because of its use and knowledge of drone capability. "The trials have benefited everyone involved: get to test their equipment and remote use of the drones and we get access to accurate, real-time data on our construction activities which benefits us and our customer, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."

“Projects like this – at the forefront of innovation – go to show what an exciting industry construction is to be involved in. We are always looking for innovative ways of working, ways to be more sustainable so we can find better solutions for our customers. These trials are just one small part of our digital transformation journey.”

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