Gulf construction market growth hopes grow with US$11.6bn worth of projects

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) construction market is showing early signs of recovery with projects worth US$30.7 billion achieving construction completion in July and another US$11.6 billion worth of new projects being announced, according to a report by BNC Projects.  The GCC construction market is estimated at $2.4 trillion, with over 22,000 active projects at

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Sharjah Airport (UAE) becomes Middle East’s first carbon-neutral hub

Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the only carbon-neutral airport in the Gulf. The aviation hub has achieved “Level 3+ Neutrality” accreditation from the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme. Accreditation is given based on zero carbon dioxide emissions over a full year period. The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, which was first

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The supertall ceramic tower that ‘breathes’ (UAE)

How to stand out beside the world’s tallest building? That was the challenge facing Dutch architecture firm UNStudio when it received a commission to build a new tower on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road, directly opposite the 828-meter Burj Khalifa.But the client, state-owned developer Wasl, was not fixated on height, the brief was for a “strong, sustainable concept,

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