Topic: urban planning

Dubai Municipality approves 1,000ha of construction projects in Dubai

Up to 1,000ha of construction projects were approved by Dubai Municipality until December 2017, Construction Week Online reported. These developments have a floor space of 1,100ha, and are distributed across categories such as residential, commercial, public services, mixed-use, tourist, and open area projects. … More

Preliminary design completed for new capital city in Jordan

Jordan has completed a preliminary comprehensive design to build a new capital city in the kingdom, the government announced on Sunday, reported Construction Week Online. Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki said that the “new Amman city” will not be attached or connected to … More

Dubai Crown Prince launches plans for housing redevelopment and revamping old neighbourhoods

A 30-year housing plan will be developed for UAE citizens by Dubai Municipality, Construction Week Online reported. HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, instructed municipality officials to work on … More

Atkins employees predict the next 50 years of the Middle East built environment

On the 50th anniversary of Atkins in the Middle East, 126 of the company’s experts in design, engineering and project management have shared their predictions of what the region will look like in the next 50 years. Predictions include old cities being replaced by … More

Woods Bagot-designed Sharjah masterplan to encourage active lifestyle

With its recently launched Aljada megaproject in Sharjah, designed by Woods Bagot, Arada aims to target extreme sports enthusiasts, as well as encourage kids and university students to adopt a more active lifestyle. Speaking to ConstructionWeekOnline, Ibrahim Al Nemeh, design director of the … More

Parsons announces four new architecture appointments

Parsons has strengthened its Middle East and Africa built environment division with four senior appointments for its architecture and urban planning departments, Construction Week Online reported. The US-headquartered consultancy has appointed Don Sharp as its MEA director of landscape architecture, Bob Atwal as … More

Perkins + Will’s Firas Hnoosh says the future of urban planning is “up not out”

With a global population of 7.5 billion, set to increase by 25% in the next 30 years, as architects we are increasingly responsible for designing spaces which work harder and cater to more people. Dubai is a superb example of a fast growing … More

Plans unveiled to redevelop and demolish parts of Old Umm Al Quwain District

A resolution has been issued to spur development works at Old Umm Al Quwain District in the UAE. HH Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Quwain, issued resolution No 3 for 2017. The resolution mandates … More

Arabic translation for architectural book “Cities for People”

A Danish urban designer’s book on architecture and public planning has been translated into Arabic in Oman. The book, “Cities for People”, is written by Jan Gehl. It  had its Arabic language launch under Muscat Municipality’s week-long events programme, titled “The Future of … More

80% of Dubai’s Expo 2020 site to remain operational as part of city legacy

Eighty percent of Dubai’s Expo 2020 site will be re-developed in a bid to ensure the mega event has a strong legacy in the emirate, it has been announced. According to Arabian Business, all Expo assets and infrastructure will remain operational after the … More

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