Dubai Municipality soon to begin tender process

The second phase of the Jumeirah beautification project will be open to private investment

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  September 3, 2005

Dubai Municipality has invited private firms to invest in special projects that are aimed at attracting domestic and foreign tourists. One of these projects is the US $26.8 million (AED100 million) redevelopment of Jumeirah Open Beach. A spokesperson for the municipality told Construction Week that tender dates would be announced sometime in mid -September after an informative session is held with potential investors. Following that, bids would be invited for the second phase of the project which would be on a build own and transfer basis. The Coastal Management Section of Dubai Municipality has started working on the first phase of this project, which involves the extension of three existing breakwaters as well as sand replenishment of the beach in order to make it bigger. The second phase of the project consists of soft and hard landscaping of the beach-front as well as refurbishing of existing beach facilities such as refreshment kiosks and changing rooms which will now be equipped with lockers. In addition, a whole range of new facilities will be added, such as a 3.8 km jogging track, walkways and a family recreation area with a paddling pool. Other planned facilities include an amphitheatre, food courts, a beach bazaar, a skating park for older children, a crèche for younger children, a beach restaurant and a beach café. According to a statement issued by the Specialised Contracts & Investment Section of the Contracts and Purchasing Department, the municipality has initiated a number of new projects over the past couple of years, with the aim of reinforcing Dubai’s position as one of the foremost beach holiday destination in the region. Many of these projects include large investment opportunities for potential private sector firms that might be interested in offering a variety of services to the public. The municipality has also embarked on another project to renovate Deira and Bur Dubai’s commercial business district areas. Landlords who own buildings within the central business districts (CBDs) will also be asked to renovate or even reconstruct their old buildings if the need arises. Engineer Abdullah Abdul Rahim, director of the Planning and Survey Department at the municipality, said the development of the CBDs was important due to commercial and social reasons. “Our plan is to restore both areas by incorporating their prominent architectural as well as social features, so they are perfectly in match with the urban development taking place in the city. “Landlords will have to change the façade of their buildings, renovate or even rebuild their old buildings in a better fashion as it will not only boost business activities and attract more visitors but also help improve the image of the city,” he said. Rahim also said that the government had already done a lot in this area in terms of developing the infrastructure to improve the thickly populated CBDs, which are the hub of commercial activities here. “Now it is time for the private sector to join hands and play their role in beautifying the area,” he said. As per the new regulations that are likely to be introduced soon, all landlords in CBD areas will be obliged to renovate their buildings or reconstruct them. “This is being done in phases and there is no set time frame so far,” added Rahim.

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