Dh3 billion spending on smart city projects

Dubai Municipality has allocated a budget of Dh3 billion to implement a series of projects across the emirate during 2015.

By Staff Report

Published: Wed 15 Apr 2015, 11:29 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 11:43 PM

Dubai — Dubai Municipality is spending Dh3 billion on sustainability and smart city projects this year, according to its top official on Tuesday.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, said that the municipality has allocated a budget of Dh3 billion to implement a series of projects across the emirate during 2015.

Speaking at the inauguration of the 10th edition of Dubai WoodShow, he said these projects are in line with Dubai’s relentless drive towards smart city and sustainability.

Referring to projects in Al Shandagha area and Al Fahidi Historical District, one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, the director-general said some of the developments are focused on heritage and tourism areas.

During his tour of the exhibition, Lootah was briefed on latest developments on the timber production industry.

“The international and local exhibitors at the show interact very effectively. The show is displaying a wide range of wood products as well as machineries that we think adds value to the regional wood industry which is witnessing huge advancements worldwide in terms of technologies and solutions. This event helps players in the region see these developments at first hand,” Lootah said.

The three-day exhibition has attracted over 230 exhibitors representing suppliers, manufacturers and other players from related industries. The show is supported by leading global organisations from Italy, Spain, USA, Europe, France, Sweden, Malaysia, Taiwan, and others.

Lootah said that the construction sector is a key driver of wood business in Dubai as wood is a key ingredient for many houseware products used in residential projects. According to Future Outlook of the Wood Industry in the GCC, the UAE has the second largest construction sector economy in the GCC region with total construction projects worth of $21.08 billion carried out in 2013 against the backdrop of UAE winning Expo 2020.

According to Josine Heijmans, exhibition director at Strategic Marketing & Exhibitions, organisers of the Dubai Wood Show 2015, hardwood product imports have been increasing recently which proves the relevance of this industry to the construction sector in the region.

“At the Dubai Wood Show 2015, we display technologies used during different stages of wood production before they are exported to the other countries. There are major global manufacturers on site showcasing real production process using giant machines. This exhibition is geared towards meeting all requirements of timber products.” “the demand from various sectors has encouraged us to expand the Dubai Wood Show display space, to reach 13,500 square meters this year,” concluded Heijmans.

— muzaffarrizvi@khaleejtimes.com

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