DM releases plans to spice up Al Mamzar

Municipality launches five projects, including landscaping work at key Dubai interchange

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  November 5, 2005

Dubai Municipality has announced that construction work on five different projects across various parts of the emirate worth a total of US $56 million (AED203.8 million) will begin by the end of this year or early next year. Qassim Sultan, director general of Dubai Municipality, said the work includes a $2.7 million project to carry out landscaping of Al Mamzar Interchange and the adjoining streets; a $40 million annex building for Dubai Municipality; a $2.7 million public library complex at Al Mankhool; a $2.6 million headquarters for Al Nahda Women’s Association in Hatta, and a $2.4 million Ladies Club for Dubai Municipality’s female staff. “Works on the landscaping and beautification project for Al Mamzar interchange and adjoining areas will begin soon. It will be completed in nine months,” he added. Sultan said that Al Mamzar interchange is regarded as a gateway to Dubai from Sharjah and other northern emirates, and careful consideration is being given to this area before implementing the scheme. The DM annex building project, which includes a large car parking facility for the staff, will be tendered soon, said Sultan. He added that, initially, a two-storey building will be built with two basements and a ground floor, with the provision of adding a 20-storey tower sometime in the future. Basement one will offer 283 parking spaces while basement two will have 309. The ground floor will house a reception and waiting area for customers, offices for Dubai Municipal Council, prayer areas for men and women, and commercial shops. There will be 77 parking places outside the building. The first floor will consist of offices for the Information Technology Department while the second floor will include offices for the Geographic Information Systems Centre. The Al Mankhool Library building, which consists of a ground and a first floor with a total built-up area of 2400 m2, will include separate main reading halls for male and female visitors; a fully-equipped children’s reading hall; separate reading halls for magazines and periodicals (for male and female visitors); a multi-purpose hall that can accommodate 150 people; an administrative office; a prayer hall, a store, a guard room, a shaded area for children’s games, a small garden and a parking area for 42 cars. The new library will be located close to the Eid prayer ground in the Al Mankhool area of Dubai and it will serve the highly populated areas of Bur Dubai, including Al Karama, Al Satwa, Al Dhiyafa, Al Jafiliya and Al Mankhool. The Al Nahda Women’s Association building in Hatta, to be built on a total area of 3114 m2, will include an administrative block, a recreation facility, a cultural complex, a nursery and kindergarten facilities, and a sports complex. “The facility will give a boost to the association’s activity in Hatta,” said Sultan. The Ladies Club will be built alongside the existing DM Staff Club in Al Garhoud area. The club will include all recreational facilities such as those for practicing sports, work-outs, yoga and a health club consisting of Jacuzzi, sauna, steam and massage facilities. There will be Internet booths, and a hall for children.

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