Saudi Vision 2030 calls for urban development that will last

The Big 5 Saudi show will run from March 5-8.
Updated 24 February 2018
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Saudi Vision 2030 calls for urban development that will last

Saudi Vision 2030 adds sustainability to the agenda as it pushes to expand urban development by including prolonged asset lifecycle, lower utility bills, and infrastructure to promote physical activity.
Shedding light on the role of sustainable building design in Saudi Arabia’s booming urban landscape, US Green Building Council Faculty Regional Manager, Mohammed S. Al-Surf, said: “Applying these building methods to residential projects is a win-win case where all stakeholders benefit from the economic, environmental and social pillars of sustainability; owners benefit by reducing the cost of running the building, the occupants will feel healthier, and the community will benefit from engaging together.”
Al-Surf will further explore the KSA Green Building movement at The Big 5 Saudi show next month at the Jeddah Center for Forums & Events; the event will run from March 5-8.
The show will offer 54 free talks on general construction, project management, sustainability, and architecture and design.
Omar Al-Touqi, senior civil engineer at the University of Jeddah, and a speaker on Vision 2030’s environmental dimensions at The Big 5 Saudi, pointed out initial cost as a current challenge with the green concept.
“Cost is particularly a challenge when choosing the right material and resources; however, we should understand the value of buildings which truly consider standards like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Sustainable buildings will be highly valued with capital appreciation and gradual reduction of cost at the end.”
CEO and partner of ENTEC Environmental Technology, Dina Al-Nahd, said: “The private sector is now aware of the need to build this way — they know that in this millennium you have to consider the sustainable concept; that’s energy efficiency, water efficiency and reuse, and solid waste management.”
She revealed the top mega projects considering sustainable building design in Saudi Arabia today: The Red Sea tourism project, NEOM in Tabuk, and Qidiya — Saudi’s largest entertainment city.
“Vision 2030 targets the contribution to GDP of real estate alone to grow from five percent to 10 percent by the deadline; in response there are over 3,300 urban projects underway, representing 70 percent of all Saudi construction. There are an incredible 4,700 construction projects active in the Kingdom today,” said Roni El-Haddad, event director for The Big 5 Saudi.


Al-Futtaim ACE hosts Eid celebration

Updated 18 June 2018
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Al-Futtaim ACE hosts Eid celebration

Al-Futtaim ACE in Dubai celebrated Eid with 25-75 percent off its 25,000 product lines available both in-store and online. Customers enjoyed exciting deals on a range of home, DIY, outdoor and garden products as well as on electronic goods.
A number of in-store activities, such as a henna artist, balloons, cotton candy, pop corn and face painting for kids, kept everyone entertained. The Al-Futtaim ACE Eid Extravaganza ran from June 14-17.
Customers also took advantage of the recently launched “Price Match Protection,” which matches prices of branded products available at Al-Futtaim ACE to prices for the exact same make, model and specifications of products in the market, including at online retailers.
Al-Futtaim ACE stores offer over 33,000 great products of world-class brands such as WILKO, Karcher, Black & Decker, Makita, Clark + Kensington, Weber, Gardena and Leisuregrow.