Tuesday, November 30, 2010

DTCM to hold series of events at Burj Khalifa observation deck to mark country’s 39th National Day

DTCM to hold series of events at Burj Khalifa observation deck to mark country’s 39th National Day

November 30, 2010

Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has chosen to launch its activities to mark the UAE’s 39th National Day from the Top observation deck of Burj Khalifa. DTCM’s commemorative activities will be held on December 1 and 2, 2010.
“For the third year in a row DTCM is organising events to mark the country’s National Day, in line with the directives of Dubai Government that all government departments should coordinate to organise National Day celebrations. DTCM in particular has been focused on preparing an innovative and exciting events program each year for UAE nationals, residents and visitors,” said Nasser Juma, Head of Organising Committee for National Day Events and Activities.

“From the moment we started preparing the agenda for this year’s National Day festivities, we had plans of having events on top of Burj Khalifa. Accordingly we contacted the management of the tower and they readily welcomed the idea and agreed to extend their total support to DTCM to make this event a reality and offer something new and exciting to the public,” he added.

Nasser Juma also pointed out that the commemorative program covers a wide variety of activities that will also involve active participation from the public. This year’s event agenda includes a presentation about UAE’s culture and Arab hospitality depicted through mockup traditional houses, and also traditional furniture, clothes and jewellery. There will also be a dedicated calligraphy corner.

“Other events include a number of activities in Jumeirah Beach Residence (The Walk), where DTCM will be holding National Day celebrations for the second year running. Last year's celebration featured a miniature traditional village in which details of UAE’s history and past lifestyle were depicted. Various competitions and activities were also held on the sidelines which were appreciated by the public,” added Juma.
“This year we decided to repeat The Walk experience but in a different way. We will have the mockup traditional houses displayed along The Walk, in addition to Yola dances and national dance performances. Also, visitors can enjoy henna painting and calligraphy, while there will also be a "Ask about my Cultural Heritage" event where visitors can find out more about the country’s culture and traditions, both in Arabic and English,” he explained.

DTCM’s Aisha Mohammed Bin Tayeb further pointed out that as part of the celebrations DTCM is supporting families under the Dubai Women's Association National day program, held recently in cooperation with Hoor Center for Girls.

“We coordinated with the management of Burj Khalifa to ensure that all our events turn out as planned. All the activities being held at Burj Khalifa will complement the public perception of the tower and will befit its status as the world’s tallest building, which also offers panoramic views of Dubai,” added Bin Tayeb.

Sabiha Majid Al Youha, Committee Member said that at Burj Khalifa the public may enjoy the fastest elevators in the world, use special telescopes, get a bird’s eye view of Sheikh Zayed road from the observation deck, take great photos and buy souvenirs for friends and family.

Ticket prices for entry to the observation deck at Burj Khalifa are AED 100 for adults, AED 75 for children aged 4-12 years, while infants and children below four get free entry. Official opening hours of the tower are 10 am – 10 pm Sunday to Wednesday, and 10 am to 12 am Thursday to Saturday. There is ample parking available for visitors, and there are adequate facilities for people with special needs.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

RTA opens Phase 4 of Dubai Bypass Road linking up with Al Faya Road, Abu Dhabi

RTA opens Phase 4 of Dubai Bypass Road linking up with Al Faya Road, Abu Dhabi

Al Tayer: The project, which extends 71 km from Sharjah to Abu Dhabi outskirts, provides alternative corridor to Emirates Rd & Sheikh Zayed Rd without driving through downtown area

Roads & Transport Authority – Mohammed Al Munji:

The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) has yesterday opened Phase 4 of the Dubai Bypass Road linking up with Al Faya Road, Seih Shuaib, Abu Dhabi, better known as ‘Trucks Road’. This Phase, which also serves Al Maktoum International Airport, comprises a sector of six lanes in each direction stretching 25 km from the interchange of Dubai Bypass Road – Jebel Ali Lihbab Road up to Al Faya Road, Abu Dhabi Emirate. The sector has 3 camel crossings, also used as turn points and all service utility works have been completed along with the lighting poles.
H.E. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the RTA said: “By opening Phase 4, RTA has completed all phases of the Dubai Bypass Road, starting from the environs of Sharjah Emirate at Al Sajaa Interchange and terminating at the exit point from Dubai Emirate to Abu Dhabi Emirate, in a 70 km-long sector constructed at a cost in excess of one billion dirham.

“The Dubai Bypass Road is a key traffic corridor in the structural roads network plan undertaken by the RTA and offers an alternative motorway to Emirates Road and Sheikh Zayed Road as it provides an external corridor for motorists inbound from Northern Emirates and outbound to Abu Dhabi Emirate and vice versa without having to go through downtown area. By opening Phase IV, RTA has completed the opening of all phases of the Road which comprises 6 lanes in each direction,” said Al Tayer.
Al Tayer continued: “In view of the enormity of the project and as RTA was keen on accelerating the delivery of the project, it had been divided into four phases. Phase I started from Al Rawiyya R/A at Dubai - Al Ain Rd to Jebel Ali – Al Hebab Rd, with a total length of 24 km. It also included the construction of an express way of six lanes in each direction at a cost of 363 million dirham.

“Phase II started from the outskirts of the Dubai and Sharjah emirates at Al Sajaa Interchange to Al Rawiya Interchange at the Dubai – Al Ain Rd in a sector extending 23 km costing 295 million dirham. This Phase included the widening of the existing road from two to six lanes in each direction and fitting it with internal and external shoulders separated by the existing median. It also included transforming the R/A of the intersecting Al Khawaneej Road into an interchange allowing free movements in all directions as well as the construction of rainwater drainage system, utility lines conduits and camel crossing as well as improving the existing road elements such as the median, metal rail, safety fence and lighting works.

“Phase III included the construction of Al Qudrah Bridge on the Dubai Bypass Road, which comprises three lanes in each direction, in a sector stretching from Umm Suqeim Road in the direction of Al Qudrah (Endurance) area and Bab Al Shams and vice versa, costing 96 million dirham. Al Qudrah Bridge is considered one of the key phases of the six lanes Dubai Bypass Road, a key corridor of Al Qudrah Road and a continuation of the Umm Suqeim Road passing through the Arabian Ranches Interchange across the Emirates Road. Al Qudrah Bridge provides the users of the Dubai Bypass Road and Al Qudrah Road free movement in all directions. Motorists inbound from Umm Suqeim and outbound to Sharjah Emirate, and those coming from Al Qudrah area heading towards Abu Dhabi Emirate, can use the surrounding tunnels underneath the Dubai Bypass Road, which have been opened earlier to enable turning on the Dubai Bypass Road.

“The final Phase IV of the Dubai Bypass Road, which was constructed at a cost of 289 million dirham, comprised the construction of a dual expressway of six lanes in each direction extending from Jebel Ali – Lihbab Road to the outreaches of Abu Dhabi Emirate in a sector extending 25 km and linking up with Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai Industrial City to accommodate the projected traffic movements in this road. It also included the construction of 3 camel crossings that can also be used as turning points in addition to rainwater drainage canals, utility lines conduits, metal rails, safety fence and lighting works,” said Mattar Al Tayer.

RTA Chairman of the Board and Executive Director concluded his statement saying: ”RTA will continue upgrading several key and arterial projects in the Dubai Emirate as part of an integrated road-widening plans under a strategy aiming to provided advanced services to residents as well as practical & all-inclusive solutions that ensure seamless traffic flow and realization of RTA vision of providing Safe & Smooth Transport for All in the Emirate.

Photo captions:
• Mattar Al Tayer
Layout of the path of the Dubai Bypass Road

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Empower records 37 percent increase in district cooling plants in 2010

Empower records 37 percent increase in district cooling plants in 2010

Bin Shafar stresses the importance of investing in district cooling sector to reduce energy consumption in the UAE

Dubai, UAE, 7th November 2010: Empower has revealed that the number of its cooling plants has risen to 37, compared to 27 in 2009, an increase of 37 per cent.
Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, said: "The increase in number of plants was a response to the expanding operation plans of Empower and to cope up with the huge demand on the use of district cooling as an alternative solution to the conventional air conditioning systems.”

"The increase in the consumption of district cooling shows that Dubai is becoming more aware of the importance of using district cooling system and its instrumental role in saving energy and conserving the environment, as well as lowering operations and maintenance costs," he added.

Empower increased the number of its work stations to boost the use of district cooling systems which is ideal in reducing carbon footprint.
Bin Shafar added: “District cooling systems are better than conventional ones as they make use of the surplus heat in low-cost and effective cooling systems. Also, district cooling systems are environment friendly which save the natural resources.”
Empower's district cooling systems provide effective and efficient means of air conditioning. Water is cooled in central plants and distributed through a network of piping systems to individual customer buildings. District cooling achieves economies of scale by using centralised plants instead of individual cooling units in each building.

About Empower:
Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) is a joint venture between Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone (TECOM) Investments and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), created to provide energy-efficient district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments. Empower plans to diversify into other energy efficiency and conservation services. The centralised system results in reduced capital and operating costs, thus reducing air-conditioning set-up and energy costs per building. Empower is set to become one of the largest district cooling companies in the region.
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