Apr 17

Emaar launches new Burj Vista project in Dubai

Emaar Properties said on Monday that it is to launch sales at its latest Downtown Dubai project, the Burj Vista.

Located on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Burj Vista features two identically designed towers, one 20 storeys high and the other at 65 storeys, with 120 and 520 luxury apartments, respectively.

Emaar said customers can register online for 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments in Burj Vista from 10am on Wednesday at www.emaar.com.

The sales event will start at 9am on Saturday on a first-registered, first-served basis at the Emaar Sales Centre in Emaar Square, Downtown Dubai, a statement said.

Inspired and designed to offer a theatrical experience of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Burj Vista offers luxury residences with lavish terraces that open to uninterrupted, front-seat views of the city’s skyline, The Dubai Fountain and the wider Downtown Dubai neighbourhood.

Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director, Emaar Properties, said: “Burj Vista is an architectural tribute to the iconic Burj Khalifa. It brings the unmatched combination of a spectacular location, elegant architecture, panoramic views and a more sustainable way of living with the unique design promoting energy use efficiency.

“Burj Vista will be an ideal first or second home for the discerning, who cherish a modern lifestyle in Dubai’s most vibrant community.”An artist's impression of the Burj Vista towers.

He added: “With Burj Vista, we are further strengthening our portfolio of new developments in Dubai. The projects we launched earlier this year recorded overwhelming investor response, regionally and from international markets.

“The robust growth of Dubai as a business and tourism hub, and Downtown Dubai’s status as the heart of the city’s cosmopolitan lifestyle make Burj Vista an attractive investment proposition.”

The Burj Vista towers will be directly linked to the newly opened pedestrian link that connects the Dubai Metro station with Downtown Dubai.

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Apr 10

ADB: ASIA NEEDS MORE CLEAN ENERGY

Smoke from a coal-fired power plant. The Asian Development Bank warns Asia’s developing countries face an an “environmental disaster” if they fail to come up with alternative sources and end up relying even more on fossil fuels to satisfy their energy demand by 2035. Photo by: CEE Bankwatch Network / CC BY-NC-SA

Coal-fire power plantDeveloping countries in Asia are facing an “environmental disaster” if they fail to come up with alternative sources and end up relying even more on fossil fuels to satisfy their energy demand by 2035, the ADB said on Tuesday.

In its 2013 Outlook, the Asian Development Bank noted that the region needs massive energy for growth. Oil imports — the bulk of which come from the Middle East — are expected to triple from 10 million barrels per day in 2007 to 30 million in 2035.

This excessive reliance on traditional energy sources is extremely detrimental to the environment, and by that same year Asia’s CO2 emissions will swamp global limits, ADB officials suggested.

To prevent this doomsday scenario, the bank recommended Asian developing countries to:

  • Promote energy access for all by curbing demand.
  • End fuel subsidies like those in Pakistan that do not benefit the poor and encourage unfettered consumption.
  • Harness renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and other off-grid solutions that are ideal for archipelagic countries in the Pacific.

The report presented by the bank’s chief economist Chanyong Rhee also mentioned hydropower and biofuel as alternatives, but warned that developing these energy sources can pose challenges like community displacement in the case of hydropower and food supply for biofuel.

In any case, the ADB stressed that renewables are not enough, and energy from conventional sources needs to be made cleaner.

This is where shale gas development needs to be more closely studied as well as nuclear power generation, which has become even more controversial especially for the Japan-dominated Read more »


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Apr 01

5 Middle East Solar Markets to Watch

Solar markets in the Middle East are poised for massive growth, but evaluating new solar market opportunities can be an extremely difficult challenge. Market potential often depends on a number of complicated factors and assumptions that are either hard to quantify or difficult to compare side by side for different regions. Even worse still is the fact that the immense amount of news and data surrounding emerging markets in the middle east can become so overwhelming that it is nearly impossible to separate the wheat from the chaff and determine exactly which pieces of data have significance and which should be outright ignored.

ClearSky Advisors’ analysis has distilled the complex factors surrounding market opportunities for more than 10 countries in the Middle East and has recognized 5 key solar markets that will drive the majority of demand in the region over the next 10 – 20 years. More than 60 key factors are considered for regional forecasts in order to uncover nuances in each market. The market dynamics at play in each region vary significantly and understanding these differences can help stakeholders define the opportunities available and plan accordingly.

The top 5 opportunities in the Middle East include:

Saudi Arabia

Just like all things in Saudi Arabia the solar market there will be of enormous scale. There is little doubt that the Saudi Arabian solar market will grow to dominate the Middle-East within the next 20 years. The Kingdom has established mind boggling renewable energy targets that include 41 GW of solar PV and CSP installations.

The reasons for these targets are quite simple and are grounded in pure economics. Currently Saudi Arabia burns 30% of its domestic oil production for electricity generation. This represents a huge opportunity cost for the Kingdom especially as oil tops $100 per barrel. By freeing themselves of this domestic consumption the Kingdom stands to make a lot of money. Part of the logic is also to develop Read more »


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Mar 16

HOW TO RESTORE A LISTED BUILDING IN UK

If you’re planning a restoration, or any works on your listed building, make sure you consult our guide to who’s who in the business

The success of a restoration project, particularly when it comes to listed buildings, sits squarely on the skills and experience of those employed to work on it. ‘It’s essential that everyone involved has empathy with the potentially fragile structure of an old building,’ says architect Hugh Petter of Adam Architecture.

Who to employ at the concept stage
A good project always starts well before the first trowel is lifted. This initial planning period is critical and will make all the difference between an end result that’s perfect and one that’s merely adequate. This is why you need to assemble a great professional team that will help you get this stage right. At the very least, you’ll need to employ an architect, who will come up with a restoration idea; a structural engineer, who will advise on how best to achieve it; and an historic building consultant, who will ensure that it conforms to the stipulations of planners and listed-building officers.How to restore a listed building
Architect
As well as conceiving a design the architect will take a holistic view of the project, advising on contractors, materials and legal and planning issues, and help you draw up contracts. You’ll need someone with robust experience of working with historic buildings. Word of mouth or the services of an established agency can help you locate the best architects. When making your choice, however, try and inspect previous projects in person whenever possible. A visit to a former client will offer a far greater insight into an architect’s strengths and weaknesses than any website or glossy brochure.Structural engineer

It takes years of training and experience to become a structural engineer, for very good reasons-they are the people who, through a variety of seemingly incomprehensible calculations, can work out whether any planned changes will weaken the structure of a building. Read more »


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Dec 19

Urbanization can be good for the environment

Urbanization Urbanization can be good for the environmentUrbanization degrades the environment, according to conventional wisdom. This view has led many developing countries to limit rural—urban migration and curb urban expansion. But this view is incorrect. There are a number of reasons urbanization can be good for the environment, if managed properly.

First, urbanization brings higher productivity because of its positive externalities and economies of scale. Asian urban productivity is more than 5.5 times that of rural areas. The same output can be produced using fewer resources with urban agglomeration than without. In this sense, urbanization reduces the ecological footprint. The service sector requires urbanization because it needs a concentration of clients. As services generally pollute less than manufacturing, this aspect of urbanization is also beneficial to the environment.

Second, for any given population, the high urban density is benign for the environment. The urban economics literature shows that compactness is a key determinant of energy use. High density can make public transport more viable and reduce the length of trips. Urban living encourages walking and cycling rather than driving.

Third, environment-friendly infrastructure and public services such as piped water, sanitation, and waste management are much easier and more economical to construct, maintain, and operate in an urban setting. Urbanization allows more people to have access to environment-friendly facilities and services at affordable prices.

Fourth, urbanization drives innovation, including green technologies. In the long term, environment-friendly equipment, machines, vehicles, and utilities will determine the future of the green economy. Green innovations in Asia’s cities will be supported by the region’s vast market as the billions of people who will be buying energy-efficient products will create opportunities and incentives for entrepreneurs to invest in developing such products.

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