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Abu Dhabi Projects, Developments, and Updates

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This will be devoted to project developments and urban project in Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority has approved investment packages to build 4,000 hotel rooms in three years as part of its plan to add 17,000 rooms by 2015, the chief of the authority said yesterday.

At least 17,000 additional rooms are needed by 2015, according to the chief. Hotel construction is a critical component for growth.

Currently, Abu Dhabi has 8,000 hotel rooms.

The authority recently approved investment packages for 4,000 new hotel rooms to be delivered in three years. About 2,000 hotel rooms have entered the first stage in the licensing process and the momentum will soon pick up.

About six to seven four- and five-star hotels will be built to add the 4,000 new rooms.

A major Abu Dhabi group is constructing a hotel and furnished apartments along with Shangri La Hotels.He said the authority would also develop Saadiyat island and other zones with residential, leisure and tourism complexes. Details will be made public shortly, he said. The growth in tourism sector will also stimulate the retail sector.

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Most people don't know that Abu Dhabi International Airport is going through an expansion.

In 2004, over five million passengers passed through the airport. With 20 per cent growth in passenger numbers annually at ADIA, the expansion is suppose to l raise the capacity of the airport to 20 million passengers by 2010. Dubai's 25 million passengers per year overshadow this number, however the ADIA expansion boasts an impressive mix of features to distinguish it as a leading international project.

Doubling the existing airport land area to 34 sq.km., the scope of the project includes a new 4.1km runway, with an air traffic tower 110m high. The airport will be equipped with state-of-the-art navigational and meteorological equipment. It will be able to handle simultaneous landings and departures as well as the new sky giant, the A380. The project also includes a large terminal, a cargo and logistics centre, commercial and free zone areas, and convenient and covered car parks.

Among the project's unique features is a circular railway to link the expanded airport and free trade zones with the city. Nineteen stops on 12km of tracks will ease congestion caused by the rapidly growing population. Another unique feature is the rapid transit shuttle, the first of its kind in the Middle East, which will transport passengers between the existing satellite terminal and the new one. Each shuttle will hold 30 passengers and provide continuous service with waiting times of no more than 20 seconds.

2010 will mark only the completion of the first phase of the ADIA project. Ultimately, the airport will be able to handle 50 million passengers annually, which should transform ADIA into a leading international aviation hub, meeting projected demands for the next fifty years.

The Supervision Committee for the Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (SCADIA) leads all phases of the airport development. Five international design firms have been short-listed by SCADIA for the design of the "Midfield Terminal Complex" to be completed as part of the first phase. The winning design will be selected by a jury of international architects and aviation experts and made public on December 5.

In August 2005, SCADIA completed two new contemporary interim terminals to increase the airport's annual capacity by three million. This should ease pressure caused by high-density flights until the Midfield Terminal Complex is complete in 2010. The interim terminals were completed in six months.

The airport project will provide a home base for the United Arab Emirates' national carrier, Etihad Airways. The airline will benefit from the new airport cargo facilities, which provide a handling capacity of two million tonnes of freight per year. Etihad has identified air freight and transit cargo in particular as key growth areas. Furthermore, Etihad Airways plans to acquire 50 wide-bodied aircraft by 2010. They will receive their first A380 planes by early 2008.

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The Al Gurm Resort is a very beachy kind of development.

This development will consist of:

71 Mangrove suites

25 Deluxe suites

45 Lagoon suites

12 Island suites

7 luxury spa suites

1 Owners suite

3 world class restaurants

Lounge Bar

Multiple swimming pools

Extensive sports facilities

Pedestrian walkways

Business centre and meeting rooms

Retail facilities

Sports centre

Exclusive spa centre

Residential

59 luxury homes consisting of:

6 Three bedroom villas

26 Four bedrooms villas

18 Five bedrooms villas

9 Five bedroom signature Island villas

Open terraces/balconies

Private beach, gym and sauna exclusive to 5 bedroom Island villas

Swimming pools

Private jetty

Landscaping

3 car garage and visitor car parking

Accommodation for 4 domestic workers

Formal majlis

Family areas

Office

Here's a link to the website:

Resort

Here's a nice pic as well:

abudhabialqurmresortaerialview.jpg

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Another Development in Abu Dhabi.

A special Car-manufacturing zone has been designated in the city of Abu Dhabi, which is actually the first of its kind in the Gulf and Middle East for that matter. There's been a lot of talk that Volkswagen is expected to be an anchor investor in the car-manufacturing zone, while other German and Japanese car manufacturers have also shown interest in the zone.

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Just curious any idea if they get any big storms or anything over there in that area? I certainly don't remember hearing anything about hurricanes in that area.

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Just curious any idea if they get any big storms or anything over there in that area? I certainly don't remember hearing anything about hurricanes in that area.

Well Abu Dhabi and Dubai are on the otherside of the gulf. There's really not a lot of tropic activity, in fact there's really not much wave activity in the sea. There's an occasional earthquake that might strike a small tremor in the area, nothing much.

The Big thing is Sandstorms.

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Well Abu Dhabi and Dubai are on the otherside of the gulf. There's really not a lot of tropic activity, in fact there's really not much wave activity in the sea. There's an occasional earthquake that might strike a small tremor in the area, nothing much.

The Big thing is Sandstorms.

Yeah the sandstorms make sense. I have also heard about earthquakes in Iran usually. I was just curious about the general area.

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Yeah the sandstorms make sense. I have also heard about earthquakes in Iran usually. I was just curious about the general area.

Iran gets the most earthquakes and an occasional tremor will affect UAE.

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major Ferrari development is going in Abu Dhabi.

The development will provide entertainment for the whole family and the initial concept envisages a race track, numerous rides and attractions, an opportunity to allow visitors to learn the story and history of Ferrari, to participate in Ferrari motoring activities, and to experience the Ferrari brand also through virtual simulations. Another important feature of the facility will be an advanced and sophisticated circuit where tests and driving courses will be organised, as well as races.

The concept will also include hotels, retail, residential and hospitality elements embracing the design ethics of the Ferrari brand.

The development will then be constructed by 2008.

The agreement with Abu Dhabi offers Ferrari many opportunities. The site will be an important attraction for fans and car lovers worldwide, while the structures for sporting and driving activities will have a special appeal for all Ferrari enthusiasts and drivers.

When completed it will significantly add to Abu Dhabi's tourism offering, as well as providing a strong and profitable income base.

No renderings or pics have been released.

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That would be very interesting to see. Does Ferrari have anything else that's somewhat like this? I would think they would have one somewhere in Italy at least.

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I'd really like for Dubai to get on the Formula One Circuit. Japan's new Mt. Fuji Speedway looks like it might get on the circuit, and I really do think that Indianapolis will be dropped.

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