Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Indigo Properties the Gold sponsor of The Property Show will showcase the recently launched tropical living community: Zen by Indigo in Dubai

Indigo Properties the Gold sponsor of Property Show

United Arab Emirates - Dubai, 19 November 2014: Dubai’s premiere property developer, Indigo Properties, will take part as the Gold Sponsor at the Property Show happening at the Dubai International Financial Centre from the 23rd to the 27th of November.  The luxury property exhibition will showcase high end developments by the leading organizations in the industry.
“A developer must be highly trusted and well-reputed to be a part of the Property Show exhibition, for which we are proud to be a gold sponsor. Supporting it whole-heartedly, Indigo will also have a stall there showcasing the recently launched tropical living community: Zen by Indigo,” said Mr. Dev Maitra, the CEO at Indigo Properties. “The demographics and positions of individuals attending this exhibition are those who would appreciate Indigo Properties’ latest project, making this an ideal platform. Indigo strongly virtues trust, and this platform brings us into contact with extremely trustable individuals and financial institutions.”
“Indigo Properties wishes to provide diligent work-driven individuals with a means to escape from the city bustle when going home - although situated at the heart of the city - for their home to be a place they can experience a state of Zen” Mr. Maitra continued. “By participating at the Property Show, Indigo Properties can interact with these individuals easily and cater to their needs directly, providing them with solutions for current problems. The Property Show is also ideal for simply networking to raise awareness about Indigo Properties, our successes and primarily our credibility, creating confidence in interested individuals that Indigo Properties virtues trust and with integrity, delivers excellence.”
While various developers have launched some noteworthy living communities this year, Indigo Properties has created a whole new lifestyle, revolutionizing peaceful living in Dubai. Indigo will be showcasing their latest project, Zen by Indigo which promises to be a tropical paradise amidst the heart of New Dubai, comprising of 346 villas in perfect harmony with surroundings of nature. A deep integration with nature is offered, with a free-flowing stream or a park of lush greenery surrounding each villa. Zen by Indigo is very self-contained and can easily be made a home, with amenities such as two clubhouses and a retail center provided. It is a therapeutic world, an escape from work stresses and city bustle, bringing about a state of Zen. 
Mr. Maitra will be present at the Indigo Stall, Gate District – A1.
For more information on “Zen” by Indigo, please visit or call on 04-4380888 and email

About Indigo Properties
Established in 2004, Indigo Properties is driven by four directors who are passionate about offering the best in design, innovation, excellence and trust. Indigo Properties takes an independent and individual approach to developments, because they understand that each client they are building for is an individual with their own unique needs. This approach is backed by a solid understanding of the creation of beautiful and functional forms, married with years of experience. The company strives for the timely delivery of each project – from small personal spaces through to large scale residential and commercial projects by harnessing the energy and intelligence of everyone who works with them. For further information, please visit

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sustainability conference showcases green business opportunities in GCC construction market

Sustainability conference showcases green business opportunities in GCC construction market

Two-day conference at The Big 5 to drive innovation and best practice for creating sustainable cities across Middle East and North Africa

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 17 November2014 –The rise in green building practices across the GCC is creating new business opportunities for the construction industry.

Updates on sustainable development and regulatory frameworkin the region will be presented at the two-day Sustainable Design & Construction Conference, which begins tomorrow at The Big 5.

GCC governments are committed to sustainability, so developers and contractors must meet new standards.

Abdulla Rafia, Assistant Director General, Planning & Engineering at Dubai Municipality will reveal the timeline for implementation of the new sustainability requirements in Dubai.

“We’re seeing a lot of interest in the conference, highlighting the importance the construction industry places on sustainability now,” said Andy White, Group Event Director of The Big 5. “With the packed line-up of presentations and speakers at this year’s event, we are setting the sustainability agenda for the Middle East and North Africa.”

Eight iconic project showcases will be featured at the conference, with lead architects, engineers and project managers involved in the projects sharing their insight and best practice.

One of them will be the new Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal Complex, one of the largest single-building projects in the world, The man who designed it, Mustafa Chehabeddine, Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, will be talking about his experience on Day one (18 Nov) of the conference.

He said: “Even in 2005 sustainability was at the centre of the design from the very first drawing.

 “Legislation to meet sustainability criteria has become tougher over the years since this project was started, but the terminal was always designed to be as sustainable and energy efficient as possible.”

Other topics that will be discussed at the conference include refurbishment and retrofit market updates and opportunities, achieving sustainability targets, energy efficient cooling and more.

The Sustainable Design and Construction Conference isset to take place 18 - 19 November. For the full agenda please visit

Notes to Editors

About The Big 5
Launched in 1979, The Big 5 International Building and Construction Show is the Middle East’s largest construction exhibition.

With the 35th edition running from 17 - 20 November, 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, The Big 5 in the UAE hosts more than 2,700 international exhibitors from nearly 60 countries, and welcomes more than 74,000 participants from 124 countries. The Big 5 also recently expanded to deliver three dedicated shows in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and India. For more information visit

The Big 5 and co-located events PMV Live and Middle East Concrete offer a 360 degree platform to the building and construction industry, as the largest international building construction, concrete and heavy machinery gathering place in the region. The three shows provide unparalleled access to industry knowledge with 45 free to attend accredited seminars taking place, as well as key conferences and live demonstrations conducted on-site.

About PMV Live and Middle East Concrete
Co-located with The Big 5 International Building and Construction Show, niche construction events Middle East Concrete and PMV Live are the region’s most important meeting points for heavy construction machinery, plant equipment, commercial and construction vehicles, and concrete.

The pioneering shows bring together more than 355 exhibitors from over 32 countries with more than 20,000 international participants. For more information visit and

About dmg events
An international exhibition and publishing company, dmg events produces market-leading B2B exhibitions and conferences across the Middle East, America, Europe and Asia.For more information visit

Monday, November 17, 2014

6th International District Cooling Conference 2014: UAE ranks high in global district cooling infrastructure

6th International District Cooling Conference 2014: UAE ranks high in global district cooling infrastructure

International District Energy Association commends Empower’s ‘open door’ approach, reflected in inviting peers to tour its plants

Dubai, UAE; November 17, 2014: The International District Energy Association’s (IDEA) 6th International District Cooling Conference hosted by Empower, the world’s largest district cooling services provider, in Dubai from December 14-16, 2014, has hailed UAE’s world-class district cooling facilities, thanks to its energy efficient and environmentally sound infrastructure.

Recognizing Empower’s expertise in promoting the conservation of water resources in the delivery of district cooling services, Mr. Rob Thornton, President and CEO, IDEA said “The UAE is an ideal location to host the industry and to bring people together, especially from the growing cities across MENA seeking urban scale solutions for water conservation and energy efficiency. Specifically, the scale of district cooling in Dubai provides valuable best practice insights to help accelerate the pace of industry growth, informing new benchmarks and developing more advanced techniques.”

He praised Empower’s offer to “open their doors to the world” by including technical tours of the Business Bay and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) plants.  “By sharing their experience and know-how, Empower embodies the collegial and collaborative culture of IDEA and will help others learn highly valuable and practical information to apply in their cities and communities.”

He remarked: “It is obvious that Empower, true to Dubai culture, is proud to share its success with the world. This is an approach we commend and urge other district cooling companies in the world to emulate.”

To be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group, IDEA 6th International District Cooling Conference has acknowledged that Empower is playing a key role globally in the promotion of DC technology.

“Themed on “Cleaner Energy, Greener Cities”, the IDEA global conference will shed light on latest trends in district cooling as well as share success stories of this rapidly growing industry,” added Mr. Thornton. “Global benchmarks in district cooling, including those set by Empower, will also come up for discussion, as part of efforts to widen the footprint of this technology on the global and regional map.”

A global conference on this scale definitely offers a major platform for raising critical issues facing the world, including energy conservation, protection of water and natural resources, sustainable development and other topics,” said H.E Ahmad Bin Shafar, Chief Executive Officer, Empower. “By hosting this major conference, Empower focuses on technology transfer and exchange of best practices. One way of doing this is by inviting peers to our two plants in Business Bay II and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).”

IDEA 6th International District Cooling Conference will bring together owners, operators, suppliers, consultants, government agencies and regulators. Part of the conference will be devoted to regional and global trends, such as integrating thermal energy storage (TES) and optimizing the systems.

The IDEA 6th District Cooling Conference, which will include an exhibition featuring equipment suppliers, systems integrators and consultants from the district cooling industry, will share industry best practices, updates on technological innovations, and feature case studies related to utility-scale energy efficiency and water conservation techniques. A key focus of the conference sessions will be on how to best incorporate global benchmarks in district cooling for the climate of the Middle East and North Africa.

The conference will look at larger global trends that can bring more activity to the region. It will also include policy discussions pertaining to energy efficiency trends and practices. It will uncover opportunities for improvement, related to gas, electricity and TSE, so district cooling is properly positioned as infrastructure investment that can deliver economies of scale. Also, it will discuss how pricing can be structured for the service delivery.

Decision makers from district cooling industry as well as relevant sectors like real estate, urban planning, construction, utilities will be present at the IDEA’s 6th International District Cooling conference that will be held at Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Hotel by mid of December.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Alstom’s tramway system starts operation on the world’s first 100% catenary-free line

A delivery ahead of schedule in Dubai

Alstom’s tramway system starts operation on the world’s first 100% catenary-free line

On 12 November,

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince, Chairman of the Executive Council inaugurated the Dubai Tram yesterday, in presence of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Vice Chairman of the Executive Council and His excellency, Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Henri Poupart-Lafarge, President of Alstom Transport.

This full system project - that was assigned to Alstom by Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) - was launched to foster multimodal transportation use and to reduce traffic congestion and pollution. This first Tramway in the entire Gulf region is expected to serve about 27,000 passengers per day and is anticipated to hit about 66 000 by 2020.

His Excellency, Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said: “The Dubai Tram is a brainchild of His Highness. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide an advanced transport system. When RTA was created in 2005, His Highness ordered to have an integrated and comprehensive solution for the area in order to accommodate the huge urbanization projects in the neighborhood, particularly the JBR and the Marina and Al Sufouh area ”.

The tram for Dubai, which we are proud to have handed over ahead of schedule, illustrates Alstom’s strategy to serve all markets with a complete range of solutions while demonstrating our leading position in tramway systems. Thanks to Alstom and RTA’s close collaboration on the project, Dubai’s citizens can now travel aboard one of the most sophisticated and comfortable tram in the world” said Henri Poupart-Lafarge, president of Alstom Transport.

The Dubai Tramway includes many Alstom’s technological breakthrough. It is the first tram in the world able to run in temperatures of up to 50 °C and to withstand harsh climate conditions such as humidity and sandy atmosphere. Equipped with APS ground-level power supply, the system is also the first in the world to be catenary-free all along the line which is 10.6 km long and counts 11 stations. This technology enables perfect integration of the tramway into the cityscape. Lastly, it is the first line to be equipped with air-conditioned stations and automatic platform screen doors.

The Dubai Tram offers high-end comfort. The Citadis tram is 44 metres long and can accommodate 408 passengers in “gold”, “silver” and “women & children” classes. The tram is equipped with real-time passenger information and video broadcasting. To better reflect the city’s image, Citadis tram of Dubai has a distinctive diamond-shaped styling on the front end.

The Dubai Tramway is the eighth system delivered by Alstom in a decade. With seven others under implementation worldwide  including the Lusail tram in Qatar, Alstom is the world leader in tramway systems.

About Alstom
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 93,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of over €20 billion and booked close to €24 billion in orders in 2012/13.

Blog Widget by LinkWithin