December 12, 2021 valueeng0

Focusing on an event theme of ‘Innovation Drive for Future Proof Construction’, China State Construction Engineering Company Middle East held its 5th CSCEC ME Technical Conference between December 8 and 9 2021.

The annual event recorded more than 480 participants, including company staff and strategic partners from government authorities, prominent clients, key consultants, market specialists, industry partners, and academic experts.

The event was kicked off with a welcome address by Mansour Faried, CSCEC ME Chief Engineer/Engineering Director, where he outlined the rationale behind the event theme and newly tailored arrangements.

This was followed by a keynote speech from Yu Tao, President/CEO, which focused on the advantages of adopting innovation and green construction as new approaches, so as to enable CSCEC ME to be ahead of its competition and to be a frontrunner in the market.

Wang Shi, founder of Vanke Board and the chairman of the Vanke Foundation, followed Tao with a speech that tackled the topic of Green Construction, where he expressed three main points – the unity of mankind to defeat climate change; his concerns about the future of Dubai in support of Sustainability; and lastly the relevance of culture, language and cooperation.

The 5th CSCEC ME Technical Conference also featured external and in-house presentations intended to demonstrate and showcase the future direction of construction, including robotics technology for construction, automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) in construction, lean construction, green construction, smart construction, the route to net zero construction, and the historical and successful first rail construction, innovative construction materials, offsite and modular construction.

Part of the programme included the announcement of the winners of the Knowledge Champion Competition, as well as the launch of the Construction Library.

The new set up was an elevated level of immersive virtual experience via a customised auditorium, advanced design of lobbies, unique exhibitor booths, newly introduced photobooth, interactive lounge areas and round table sessions. All of these came with maximised social media networking opportunities and add on features that have never been seen before.

The wide extent of arrangements and comprehensive programme was made possible this year as a a way of paving a solid collaboration and futuristic pathway within built environment’s transformation.

Feedback about the event was highly positive, with attendees terming it as an opportunity to reimagine our future as we move forwards towards digital transformation, a statement from CSCEC ME said.

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December 12, 2021 valueeng0

While the United Arab Emirates celebrated 50 years this 2 December, 2021, one of the businesses that calls this country home is also celebrating a ‘50’ milestone.

With digital technology at the heart of the country’s vision for the future, tech start-up Procurified, which is leading the way in the UAE in transforming technology in construction, announced the signing of its 50th client.

“We have always believed that the best place for our business to flourish is in the United Arab Emirates, a country that time and time again demonstrates its commitment to entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation,” says Procurified co-founder Marc Lemmens. “We are extremely proud and excited to confirm that we have signed our 50th client as the UAE gears up to celebrate its 50th Jubilee.”

“Working with Procurified has given us exposure to new clients and contacts and provided us with insights into different lighting segments,” said June Murphy, the Global General Manager of RDK International, which recently confirmed its special partnership with Procurified ahead of UAE National Day.

Procurified, which launched in Dubai in 2019 has achieved over USD$61 million in transaction values to date, thanks to its ground-breaking cloud platform technology that connects contractors and suppliers to make procurement swift and simple. Unlike traditional processes that use spreadsheets and duplicate data, Procurified provides a single touch-point to upload bids, share these with multiple suppliers and then receive quotations. The cloud platform enables a deeper supply chain reach and competitive pricing by reaching out to a greater number of suppliers at the touch of a button.

“The UAE is a fertile and attractive environment for entrepreneurship, with an array of attractive incentives and enhancements introduced by the government, to make launching a business in the UAE more attractive than ever before,” says co-founder Rupert Tait. “I came to the UAE with only a suitcase and set about building a business from the ground. The pandemic was a catalyst for change and made many industries more receptive to digital transformation. The country keeps striving to support a digital ecosystem and make it more and more suitable for startups to grow. We are excited to provide a solution that brings in all stakeholders and encourages progress and change without the buzzword of being ‘disruptive’.”

Amongst Procurified’s key clients are ALEC FITOUT, part of the ALEC Group, one of the most respected construction companies in Dubai. Flagship Linealight Group, whose signature projects include Dubai Opera and Bluewaters, are also signed up, as is supplier Scientechnic, part of the highly respected Easa Al Gurg Group.

“As the UAE turns 50 and we celebrate our 50th client, we are excited and very optimistic about the future of start-ups and the investment ecosystem here.” added Tait.

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December 12, 2021 valueeng0

Construction of the first phase of the Umm Al Quwain Water Desalination Plant has been completed. The project is being developed over an area of 250,000sqm area and will produce 50m imperial gallons per day (MIGD), while the total production capacity of the plant will reach 150 MIGD, once commissioned.

Based on Reverse Osmosis Technology, the project is expected to be commercially operational in the third quarter of 2022. The project is being developed at a cost of $598m, the statement noted.

Announcing the opening of the key phase, Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said the UAQ desalination plant is the largest in the country’s north, and will provide quality water using the best standards for the marine environment.

“With the inauguration of the first phase, two tanks with a capacity of 30m gallons each will be operated,” said Al Mazrouei.

He added that the project has been implemented with high efficiency in delivering an environmental footprint.

The minister expressed his delight at the project’s first phase being completed during the country’s celebrations of its Golden Jubilee, and the start of the production of the plant. It is one of the most critical projects that will achieve the objectives of the National Water Security Strategy 2036, the statement concluded.

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December 12, 2021 valueeng0

Muvi Salaam Mall in Riyadh is the latest cinema complex to open, as part of Muvi’s roll-out across the Kingdom, Chapman Taylor has announced. The eight-screen cinema complex is spread over 3,274sqm and is located in the suburban Alawali area and can accommodate 1,045 moviegoers.

According to a statement, the designs for the cinema venues have a theme of urban downtown, with the intention of creating a dynamic, modern and innovative cinema experience. The cinema’s internal spaces are characterised by an industrial, luxurious, material palette, including timber, exposed steelwork, exposed brickwork and an exposed concrete floor.

Digital LED screens and lighting installations complement the city warehouse feel, providing a strong visual identity for the developments, the statement added.

“Working for, and with, leading industry names, Chapman Taylor has decades of experience in creating state-of-the-art cinema environments, which enhance moviegoers’ experience and maximise value and impact for the cinema developers,” said Rebecca Farmer, design manager (Dubai) at Chapman Taylor.

In 2019, Chapman Taylor was signed up by Muvi Cinemas, the first Saudi-owned cinema chain, to design and deliver a series of state-of-the art cinemas. The first opened in August 2019 at The Mall of Arabia, which, at that time, was the largest cinema in the Kingdom. Several more are now open, including at Mall of Dhahran (currently the largest cinema in the country by seat count), while several more are under construction, some to complete this year and more to open subsequently, the statement explained.

Farmer concluded, “We strive to design the best cinematic experience available, combining state-of-the-art technology with simplified functionality to create maximum value for both clients and cinemagoers. This is why many of the best-known names in cinema choose to work with us again and again.”

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December 9, 2021 valueeng0

You don’t have to be on a Dubai road for very long before you see the now familiar sight of one of Cafu’s trucks en-route to yet another customer needing a top-up. In just a short amount of time, the company has gone from on-demand fuel delivery novelty to a major player in the UAE’s gas hungry market.

The end of November marked its three-year anniversary and in that time it has built up a fleet of over 200 (largely) Hino trucks and is reshaping the way many private and corporate customers keep their vehicles on the road. It is a stunning example to any doubting fleet operator of the power of digitalisation to grow a business – certainly in the confined and tech-savvy market that is Dubai.

So quick has Cafu’s rise been, that when general manager Antonio Al Asmar talks about joining the company in its early days, he only has to look back three and a half years.
“I’ve seen the rise from just being an idea in our founder’s (Rashid Al Ghurair) mind into the company we are right now, where we do almost 1 million AED in revenue each day. We now have more than 210 trucks, 500 pilots and 100 people in our head office. So, I’ve seen that growth in a relatively short period of time,” he tells T&FME.

Its high-profile in the UAE belies what is obstensibly a fledgling start-up taking its first flights into the market. Typically, that can mean being involved in a raft of different parts of a young business and Al Asmar’s own role as general manager spreads across finance, operations and fine tuning its customer proposition. The former strategy consultant spent years firing over ideas to clients that he never saw implemented, but his embedding into Cafu has been a chance to finally steer a concept into reality. However, even the fast-talking and faster-thinking Al Asmar was surprised at the breadth of the ambition Cafu’s founder wanted him to embrace.

“I think in our founder’s mind, he wanted to be even much bigger than what it is right now,” he jokes. “There was nothing, just an Excel model at the beginning. I was overwhelmed. Oh, I’m like this seems too aggressive. There were so many trucks, so many litres and we still don’t have anything… those were my first thoughts, but from day one I could see the issue with a gas station. For me it doesn’t make sense. In my mind, I was thinking why do we still need to do it this way? It’s a real problem that we are solving and that’s what I think has made us so successful.”

He continues: “It is inconvenient: I need to look for a gas station. From the start, I’m anxious because I need to look for one when I’m empty. Once I find one, I then need to do a detour. And when I’m there, I need to wait.”

Cafu hasn’t been entirely created out of a vacuum or merely as a reaction to being frustrated at a fuel pump. Prior to launch, the team took a global look at whether – and how – it was being done in other countries.

“I remember when I first joined, one of the first things was to look at who else is doing this in the world. And when you look around, there is one big company in the US, Booster Fuels, who do on-demand. By the way, we are now bigger than them so we are the biggest on-demand fuel delivery company in the world. But, yes, there were two or three companies in the US that is Booster, Yoshi and a third one (Filld). There was one in the UK. There was one in France, but they were small players and you could feel they were not big believers in the concept. They were doing small trucks, small operations: nothing really at scale.”

Hard data in the local UAE market at the time was hard to come-by. Understandable perhaps for a new concept but the feedback Cafu did get suggested that there was a genuine excitement around the idea of on-demand fuel delivery.

“If you asked people in 2006 whether they want an iPhone they would say ‘I don’t know’ but internally you could see the conviction. For Rashid, it was a no-brainer. Not only did it make sense, but he was also in the oil and gas industry for 10 years, so he had that experience and understood the business really well.

He continues: “The economics of a gas station aren’t all that great, so we thought we can disrupt this eco-system that no-one is disrupting.”

A disruptor it may be, but during the early months of the operation when volumes were low, Cafu was reliant on the established fuel retailers in the market. Its general manager says at the time those suppliers were sceptical that it would be a success.

“I think that they saw the benefits of the model versus the gas station, but they were rejecting change. Because if you have been owning gas stations for the last 50, 60 years, you are very happy with that way. At the beginning, I would say they were sceptical and a bit aggressive, and not very keen on having us operate,” he recalls. “However, I think what really worked well for us is that we were in Dubai and the government were very supportive of this new initiative. The government wants to see new jobs being created in technology; it wants to see entrepreneurs try new things that haven’t been done anywhere else. With that support, and the support from the Dubai Economic Department and Civil Defense we were able to start our first operations.”

Fast-forward three years, and the way Cafu is viewed has changed: “Now, I think they see us more as a legitimate competitor and I think our market share is now almost 4%. We have a strong presence and a lot of people will swear by Cafu.”

At lot has changed since 2018. E-commerce and on-demand services are enjoying rapid growth and this evolution of consumer habits – stirred on by the impact of Covid-19 – means Cafu is now regarded as a partner in the UAE’s fuel retail landscape.

“The focus is on who wants to work with us,” he continues. “Whether it’s selling us fuel, selling us their lubricants and are considering other products, I think we have moved to a point where the concept has been proven and we have moved away from the initial discussion of this will never work or a truck will never be able to deliver in a residential area. All of these, we have overcome.”

It has also overcome the effect of the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic despite an obvious drop-off in demand: “People were realising there is a better way. Let me do contactless. So I think Covid gave us a lot of awareness and a lot of more adoption and you can see this in all the UAE all digital providers.”

When discussing Cafu in the T&FME offices, it is often asked how does it manage to be competitive in the market-place? Unlike its peers in the traditional space, it is not at the end of a pipeline but at the end of those fuel providers supply lines. Al Asmar explains that relatively good margins on fuel prices at retail give it some wriggle room, but also its rapid growth has helped it to quickly reach a scale where it can benefit from classic economies of scale.

“Year-on-year our volumes are growing, so every time the discounts our suppliers are giving are getting higher and higher. Now, we are almost very close to what the gas station is charging,” he says. “Remember, we just go and pick up the fuel, so there is no incremental costs on the supplier, which makes our economics very, very stable and it’s easy for us to manage. And then we are making money in the same way the gas station is, and that is buying in bulk and selling in retail. The more we sell, the more we are making.”

What is sells has also evolved. You can now book car washes, battery changes or just pick up some of those household essentials you normally pick-up when you fuel-up: “In a brief summary, we are exactly like a gas station!”

Strong word of mouth has been a major factor in its progress to date and much of that is based on themes many fleets would recognise, such as customer retention through a reliable service. If you’re main offer is convenience then you need a relentless attitude to improving your fleet operation.

“Like any operation, sometimes there is a delay. Sometimes we don’t show up… these things happen…but a lot of our effort to retain the customer is making sure we are always adding trucks. We are always adding pilots and we are always training them to make sure our service is more and more reliable as we are expanding as a company.

“And the second key thing that’s critical to maintaining your customer is the customer journey or the experience: the way the pilot behaves; how we inform the customer; how we talk to the customer; how he places the order and how easy is doing that? It is critical for us to succeed that the customer has to say yes, this is more convenient. Our price is the same as a gas station. What we are selling is that convenience.”

During our chat, Al Asmar tells T&FME that half of its business is in the B2B sector, he believes that it its success in the area is not widely understood.

“People think of Cafu through the app and the consumer (business) but that’s only 50 percent of our business. Of basically companies that have fleet, we have more than 500 and our biggest customer has more than 1,000 cars. Our smallest one will be at least 20 cards: we try not to have smaller than that number. The way it works for them is super convenient and the benefits are three key things. One is the convenience and the downtime they save. Imagine if you have 200 Cars, the 200 drivers will need to waste some time to go to the gas station.

“The second key thing that’s important for all these customers is we that give them a lot of control into what’s happening in their operations. Even in the UAE, a lot of customers wonder what happens when my trucks goes to refueling: maybe there’s a bit of embezzlement happening. We usually do the trucks at the site it is almost impossible to happen. It also saves on unnecessary mileage: if you have 200 cars that need to go to the gas station there’s a lot of extra CO2 emissions.”

With the sceptics won over as it enters its fourth year, Al Asmar says the firm is planning long term, even looking beyond tankers and how it can provide on-demand charging or infrastructure for non-petrol or diesel vehicles. T&FME asks whether the company could also be ready to take Cafu into other markets.

“People here in Dubai will pay for the convenience but from day one, as a company we have said that we want to prove it here, but we want to take the concept global. We truly believe we are a very scalable model. And it’s a model that is universal. Nobody in the world will tell you I like going to a gas station.”

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December 9, 2021 valueeng0

Agility Abu Dhabi is a leader in oil & gas logistics, contract logistics and customs clearance services. Some of the region’s major oil & gas projects depend on Agility for logistics solutions, as do the agriculture, chemicals, defence and healthcare industries. With 575,000 sqm of open yard storage in Abu Dhabi’s logistics park, customers and fleet operations alike benefit from premier contract logistics services. Beyond the open yard storage capacity, 96,000 sqm are available for closed ambient and temperature-controlled warehousing.

Agility’s fleet of more than 465 transport vehicles easily handles all containerised, non-containerised, heavy and oversized cargo. Within Abu Dhabi, Agility holds a preferred status with customs. Ably supported by Emirates Motor Company (EMC), the authorised General Distributor of Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, this allows Agility to serve freight forwarding customers with benefits like duty-free exemptions, digital paperwork processes and lower tariffs on goods coming to and from Khalifa Port to Abu Dhabi and Mussafah.

The vehicles

Agility has the largest Heavy Duty Truck fleet in the UAE that are equipped with Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ celebrated Active Brake Assist safety system. In total, a quarter of the fleet has either the Active Brake Assist 4 and its latest version Active Brake Assist 5 helping to ensure the logistics powerhouse operates the safest trucks on the roads for their UAE business partners and customers.

What is Active Brake Assist?

Developed by Daimler for Mercedes-Benz Trucks, the Active Brake Assist is a safety assistance system that assists the driver, when a risk of accident is detected, with a three-stage warning concept up to full braking, and which can reduce the speed of the vehicle. It detects stationary and moving obstacles, as well as moving pedestrians within the system limits.

The latest generation – Active Brake Assist 5 is capable of applying maximum full-stop braking in response to pedestrians crossing its path, approaching from the front or moving ahead.

The Active Brake Assist is equipped on Agility’s Mercedes-Benz Actros 2145S tractor heads with flatbed trailers for long haulage.

Safety assistance systems

In addition to the Active Brake Assist, these Mercedes-Benz trucks also come with other unique features such as Driver Airbag, ESP, Lane Keeping Assist, Proximity Control Assist, and Attention Assist.

These safety assistance systems are designed for many critical driving situations and they all work hand-in-hand to provide additional safety to the truck drivers, other road users and protect both the vehicle and cargo.

Safety a priority

A health and safety conscious-workplace is a critical priority for Agility with 84% of its operations ISO 45001-certified for occupational health & safety. To achieve and maintain a high health and safety standard, some of the approaches they adopt include stopping accidents before they start, and using technology to empower operations (Source: Health & Safety | Agility Sustainability).

This is evident with their initiative to invest in advanced safety technologies such as the Active Brake Assist, ESP, Proximity Control Assist, and other safety systems on its Mercedes-Benz Trucks. These are mainly used on their double trailer combination which means they are especially important since these trucks are carrying double loads; serving different clients in different sites.

The servicing and maintenance of these trucks is being managed by Emirates Motor Company (EMC), the authorised dealer of Mercedes-Benz Trucks in Abu Dhabi through a partnership to ensure that these vehicles are in the hands of professionals. Operations in Abu Dhabi are carried out from purpose-built premises with a well-integrated network of showrooms, offices, part depots and workshops.

EMC has been the authorised general distributor for Mercedes-Benz in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain since 1962. From the beginning, dedicated customer service has played a major role in the company’s success. EMC was also the first Mercedes-Benz distributor in the Middle East to be awarded ISO Certification in 1994 and is currently certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standards. EMC markets, distributes and services all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, from luxury saloons to the largest trucks, and provides Mercedes-Benz qualified service with high and consistent availability of genuine parts.

EMC serves a premium client segment in the world, including dignitaries, the UAE government, oil companies and the business community.

The close relationship between EMC and Agility demonstrates the importance of a fleet operator working in tandem with its distributor partner; with every Mercedes-Benz Actros in Agility’s fleet protected with a service contract to ensure hassle-free after sales services and seamless uptime. This has led to EMC being recognised by Agility as the ‘Manufacturer who keeps cargo moving’ and has given Agility the confidence to acquire the Arocs and Atego from EMC to cover the many different applications of the business.

Agility also ensures that its drivers are being professionally trained to operate the trucks with the latest technology. So far there have been zero accidents with these trucks, and it is the goal to remain this way. The motivation of the drivers, however has increased with the provision of vehicles equipped with the highest safety standards and the latest technology.

All of these factors contribute to the success of Agility as the leader and investor in technology to enhance supply chain efficiency, and to provide service excellence to their customers with the state-of-the-art assets with the latest technology.

Mercedes-Benz Safety Assistance Systems

Attention Assist

Attention Assist is a system that can recognize increasing tiredness and recommend the driver to take a break. It increases driving safety and helps to avoid accidents by warning the driver if fatigue or lack of attention are detected.

Lane Keeping Assist       

Lane Keeping Assist is an image-processing safety system. It warns the driver if he drives over detected lane markings in order to help prevent him from departing from his driving lane. A digital camera behind the windscreen detects the vehicle position in relation to the left-hand and right-hand lane markings.

Importantly, the Lane Keeping Assist system relieves the driver’s workload by providing warning signals in many critical driving situations. It also allows the driver to react immediately to the audible warning issued from the left or right loudspeaker if the system detects that he has driven over the lane markings.

Proximity Control Assist

This assistance system with stop-and-go function is on hand to help the driver to maintain speeds and distances to vehicles ahead and can reduce the risk of rear-end collisions.


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December 9, 2021 valueeng0

Hilton has reaffirmed its commitment to an ambitious 600% expansion in Saudi Arabia, going from 15 to 75 hotels and creating more than 10,000 new jobs. The announcement comes following a meeting between Ahmed Al Khateeb, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Tourism, and Chris Nassetta, president & CEO of Hilton.

The new job roles, which contribute towards Saudi Arabia’s target of one million new jobs in tourism as part of the Vision 2030 economic transformation plan, will be created as a result of Hilton’s fast growing portfolio of hotels in the Kingdom, a statement from Hilton said.

“Today’s commitment by Hilton to new hotels and creating more than 10,000 new jobs demonstrates their confidence in the progress being made in Saudi Arabia as we continue to develop and grow our tourism industry. We have an ambitious target of welcoming 100m international and domestic visits by 2030. Working with world-leading hospitality and tourism businesses like Hilton to expand the range and scale of options available to tourists is a key part of our plans. As today’s announcement shows, we are making great progress,” said Al Khateeb.

The minister noted that Saudi Arabia plans to develop 854,000 more hotel rooms, which would be 70% private-sector funded. After opening to international tourism in 2019, Saudi Arabia has issued more than 400,000 eVisas – briefly becoming the fastest-growing tourism destination in the world before the pandemic, he explained.

Nassetta added, “It’s a great honor to be back in Saudi Arabia as we announce plans to expand our portfolio here with new brands and hotels opening in destinations across the kingdom. I commend the work undertaken by the Ministry of Tourism to facilitate the development of tourism and hospitality – this is a truly remarkable time for tourism in Saudi Arabia and Hilton is well positioned to play a leading role in Vision 2030 creating new jobs as we welcome visitors from around the world.”

The hospitality organisation currently operates 15 hotels in KSA, and already has 46 under development plans to expand its operations to more than 75 properties, including the introduction of new brands such as LXR Hotels & Resorts, Curio Collection by Hilton, Canopy by Hilton and Embassy by Hilton, the statement added.

Nassetta said the expansion will support new tourism hotspots in the Kingdom such as Diriyah Gate, helping to deliver the goal of 100m visitors by 2030, and boosting tourism’s contribution to GDP to 10%.

The hospitality group said it will also be supporting the Ministry of Tourism’s ‘Your Future is in Tourism’ initiative, which aims to train and develop the next generation of Saudi talent for a career in hospitality. In the first half of 2021, there were more than 148,600 Saudis who have already been trained for new roles in tourism.

Hilton will assist the program through its industry-leading programmes such as Mudeer Al Mustakbal which has so far resulted in than more than 50 Saudi graduates enter senior positions at Hilton hotels, he concluded.

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December 9, 2021 valueeng0

Kempinski plans to develop what is billed as the world’s first floating resort at Jumeirah, Dubai, in partnership within Seagate Shipyard.

The Kempinski Floating Palace is to open as a floating building around which 12 floating luxury villas are grouped.

The hotel is expected to be positioned as a one of its kind, a novelty which guarantees unforgettable moments and an outstanding experience to all guests when it opens its doors in 2023, the hospitality group said.

Guests will be brought to the 156-room and suite hotel or their villas by speed boats or they can arrive directly in their own boats. A connected floating helipad next to a yacht parking deck for up to 16 yachts, allows discerning guests to arrive in style, a statement from Kempinski noted.

“We are delighted to be able to offer our guests in Dubai such a first experience from 2023 onwards, combining the destination’s reputation as a high-tech city with the timeless European elegance of Kempinski Hotels. The highly innovative project by Seagate Shipyard convinces not only by its high-end technology, but also through impeccable style and design,” explained Bernold Schroeder, CEO of Kempinski Group and chairman of the Management Board of Kempinski.

The hotel is an addition and special touch to the hotel’s world in Dubai, long known for unparalleled achievements and attracting world tourism. This project will be another breakthrough for the already spectacular tourism industry of the country, the statement continued.

The main building will be structured in four parts and is to be connected in the middle by a glass pyramid and aims to offer every luxury of a five-star hotel. The structure will be designed around the possibility for larger yachts to sail in and out at the centre of the hotel.

The 12 luxury villas will have the ability to sail to other anchorages and will be connected by pontoons. Cruising at a maximum speed of six nautical miles, the villas are equipped with solar panels and are designed to be environmentally friendly, the group stated.

“We are proud of what we have achieved so far, especially at the Floating Palace in Dubai, where we have partnered with a global leader in the hospitality business. I am so grateful to Schroeder and Kempinski Hotels for their trust. It is thrilling to see, that for the first time a brand of the calibre of Kempinski will manage a floating hotel of such magnitude, and we are confident that our hotel will soon be one of the top tourist attractions in Dubai. It will undoubtedly occupy an iconic position among floating hotels all over the world,” concluded Mohamed El Bahrawy, CEO and founder of Seagate Shipyard.


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December 9, 2021 valueeng0

McDermott, the fully integrated provider of engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry, has announced that it has secured new contracts for Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) contracts from Saudi energy group, Aramco.

In a statement, McDermott said that it will provide EPCI of four drilling jackets and seven oil production deck modules (PDMs) in Saudi Arabia’s Zuluf, Ribyan, Abu Sa’fah and Safaniya fields, located offshore in the Arabian Gulf.

“These awards are a direct result of our long track record of successfully delivering shallow water infrastructure for Saudi Aramco and our commitments to the growth of Saudi Arabia’s energy sector as well as In-Kingdom execution in line with Vision 2030,” remarked Tareq Kawash, McDermott’s Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

In addition, the scope of work for the three contract release purchase orders (CRPOs) includes EPCI of more than 45km of pipelines, more than 100 km of subsea cables and tie-in works to existing facilities, the company said.

Fabrication is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022, with offshore installation commencing fourth quarter of 2022 and overall completion expected second quarter of 2023, the statement continued.

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