Dhs600 million redevelopment for City Centre Ajman
Developer Majid Al Futtaim has announced a Dhs600 million redevelopment of City Centre Ajman that will see the mall almost double in size.
The firm said in its announcement on Tuesday that the expanded mall, which is anticipated for completion in the third quarter of 2017, will feature 150 retail and dining outlets.
The project is estimated to involve the creation of 500 new jobs, the firm said, alongside work on the the Al Zahia master-planned community and mall in Sharjah, as well as the redevelopment of City Centre Sharjah.
95.4% rise in passenger traffic at Dubai World Central
Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central (DWC) increased by more than 95 per cent in the first half of 2016, according to a report issued by Dubai Airports.
The first six months of the year saw passenger traffic reach a total of 410,278, up 95.4 per cent compared to 209,989 passengers recorded during the corresponding period in 2015. Passenger traffic at DWC is mainly driven by flydubai that operates 35 weekly flights to five destinations from DWC. The airline will increase its weekly flights from DWC for the upcoming winter schedule.
McGettigan's opens new branch in Madinat Jumeirah
McGettigan’s has opened its fourth branch in Dubai at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Sequiem.
McGettigan’s Madinat Jumeirah is the latest venture of the group, who launched McGettigan’s in Fulham, London, in July as well as an entirely new concept, Warehouse Bar + Kitchen in Donegal, Ireland last month as well.
Dennis McGettigan, McGettigan Group CEO, said: “We are excited to launch McGettigan’s pub at Madinat Jumeirah and bring our famous Irish hospitality to an area that is known for top-class dining.”
McGettigan’s Madinat Jumeirah is located at the site formerly known as Frioul restaurant.
Dubai's Palm Jumeirah to get dine-in cinema
Reel cinemas will be opening a five-screen luxury movie and entertainment centre at The Pointe.
The cinema will be in the Dhs800 million waterfront dining and leisure destination on Palm Jumeirah.
Reel Cinemas at The Pointe will be a boutique offering featuring a movie theatre within a restaurant. It offers a new cinema experience with the latest in audio-visual technology, ergonomic seating and personalised service.
Omar Khoory, Director, Nakheel Retail, said: “Our partnership with Reel Cinemas reflects our vision for The Pointe: to bring Palm Jumeirah alive with a vibrant destination that offers Dubai’s residents and tourists the very best in dining and entertainment.”
Maitha Al Dossari, Chief Executive Officer of Emaar Entertainment, the operator of Reel Cinemas, said: “We are further expanding the Reel Cinemas footprint through strategic partnerships.”
Opening date announced for Dubai Parks and Resorts
More than 16,000 workers are putting the final touches to the Dubai Parks and Resorts entertainment park, which will include LEGOLAND and MOTIONGATE.
The resort announced on Thursday that it will open on October 31 with 900,000 people expected to enter through the gates in the first two months.
This destination will be comprised of three theme parks – Bollywood Parks Dubai, MOTIONGATE Dubai, and LEGOLAND Dubai, together with LEGOLAND Water Park.
It will also include Riverland Dubai, a themed retail, dining, and entertainment experience, along with the Lapita Hotel, a Polynesian-themed family resort.
2,400 hotel rooms to open in Abu Dhabi in 2016
A report has revealed that 2,400 new hotel rooms will open in Abu Dhabi throughout 2016.
According to the Abu Dhabi Hotel Market Summary report by JLL, 200 rooms opened in Q2 2016 with the soft opening of the Four Seasons on Al Maryah Island in May, and an additional 2,200 rooms are forecast to be added to the market by the end of the year.
It is predicted that hotel room supply in Abu Dhabi is “expected to reach almost 26,000 rooms by the end of 2019”.
Marriott Al Forsan Hotel to open in Abu Dhabi
A new five-star hotel will open at Al Forsan Village in Abu Dhabi later this year.
The 400-room Marriott Al Forsan Hotel will be located adjacent to the Al Forsan International Sports Resort, which will provide guests with sporting activities during their stay.
Saif Al Hajeri, chairman of Al Forsan Holding LLC, said: “This addition of a world-class hotel within the Al Forsan Village ecosystem was conceived during the initial design phase of the project, and this will significantly benefit the tourists visiting Abu Dhabi and residents alike.
UD Trucks Quester range now in the Middle East
Japanese heavy-trucks manufacturer, UD Trucks, has unveiled their Quester range of trucks with launch events taking place in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman.
The all-new Quester is a multi-purpose truck for a wide variety of applications, including off and on-road use, construction, distribution and long-haul transportation. UD Trucks is keen to emphasise that they are the first Japanese truck brand to enter the region. Japan’s UD Trucks now operates under parent organisation Volvo Group from Sweden.
UAE petrol prices for August 2016 announced
The UAE’s Ministry of Energy has announced the new prices for petrol that will be valid for the month of August.
The “Special” RON 95 petrol will cost Dhs 1.62 per litre and the “Super” RON 98 petrol will cost Dhs 1.73 per litre. The “E Plus” RON 91 petrol will cost Dhs 1.55 per litre and diesel will now cost Dhs 1.76 per litre.
In July, “Special” was Dhs 1.77 per litre, “Super” was Dhs 1.88 per litre, “E-Plus” was Dhs 1.70 per litre and diesel was Dhs 1.85 per litre.
Riyadh-Qassim train at 200 kph by year-end
Travel time between Riyadh and Qassim will be cut down to just a little over two hours as the Saudi Railway Company (SAR) is expected to flag off a train that will travel at 200 kph by the year-end.
The train underwent trial runs last week and will operate daily between the two key cities via Mujamma’ah, sources said, adding that Hail and Al-Jauf will be covered at later stages from Al-Qurrayat.
It is for the first time that a passenger train will run at such high speed. The trial runs were aimed at ensuring that the train was completely safe before its official launch and that the basic infrastructure, cadres and maintenance systems were in place.