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$1.6 billion and years later: the date for Kingdom Tower’s dethroning of Burj Khalifa announced

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$1.6 billion and years later: the date for Kingdom Tower’s dethroning of Burj Khalifa announced

4155The Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, which will be the world’s tallest tower at 1,008 metres, is set for a December 2018 completion, announced Mounib Hammoud, CEO of Jeddah Economic Company.

The raft foundation of the SAR6 billion ($1.6 billion) tower, the largest in the world, will be completed in August 2014, he revealed at a conference in Dubai.

“It is the largest concrete raft in the world. In places, the thickness is five metres,” said Hammoud.

A new commercial centre, which will be located north of Jeddah, will house the tower. It will also include residential and commercial buildings,a mall and a large mosque that can accomodate 12,000 worshippers. The first phase of the commercial center will be 1.4m square metres.

Mace will manage the development in a joint venture with construction consultant EC Harris, part of Dutch group Arcadis, and the tower will be built by Saudi construction firm Bin Laden Group.

BNP Paribas is advising the company on its finances, also assisting with the loan is local Alinma Bank. The bank will fund the developer until revenues from sales of land at Jeddah Economic City begin.

If completed, the Kingdom Tower will replace Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, 828 metres tall, as the highest in the world.

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Octal pioneers date packaging in UAE

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Octal pioneers date packaging in UAE

277OCTAL, the clear rigid food packaging material supplier with sales in over 40 countries, has marked its foray into the date packaging market in the United Arab Emirates with the largest and most influential date producers in the industry including Al Foah Company, Royal Dates Company and Dubai Dates Factory.

The company supplies its ground-breaking DPET sheet for the packaging of both whole dates and date paste which is then exported to the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

Fast becoming the PET and food processing industry’s packaging supplier of choice, OCTAL’s DPET sheet, with its improved barrier properties, works effectively to package produce such as dates. The sheet preserves contents from deterioration while providing high-impact shelf appeal especially for detailed printing designs in both Vacuum and Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) applications.

“Maximizing shelf-life and maintaining freshness and flavor naturally is a key consideration for packaging dates. OCTAL has been able to understand our requirements and translate them into crystal clear packaging solutions that confront the challenges we face in the ability to market and differentiate our dates so that customers can appreciate the actual quality of our products. Consequently, this has transformed traditional date retailing methods, satisfied the demands of retailers and consumers, and propelled our business forward, creating a win-win proposition for all parties,” said Waddah Alraad, General Manager at Royal Dates. “The clarity and rigidity of OCTAL’s packaging material has enabled us to upgrade the quality of our end product and increase visibility in the competitive retail market.”

Ghassan Sawaya, Regional Sales Manager at OCTAL, expressed, “OCTAL’s packaging material offers an environmentally conscious, re-usable and attractive packaging solution for dried fruits. Date packaging along with other initiatives is part and parcel of the company’s strategy to drive wholesale conversation of global product lines to PET packaging and introduce next generation applications that unlock a broad spectrum of advantages for producers, retails, consumers and the environment.”

Sawaya explained that compared to other polymers, OCTAL’s DPET sheet uses 65% less grid electricity per kilogram of sheet which translates to a 25% lower carbon footprint than traditionally-produced APET as verified by independent researchers, Intertek Expert Services.

In a short span of six years, OCTAL has carved a name for itself as a trusted and knowledgeable supplier of high quality PET resin and DPET packaging material. The company’s pioneering technology has set the global standard in the manufacturing of uniform high-quality packaging products which are suited for packaging baked goods, fresh produce, meat, cheese and yogurt, all of which demand superior optical qualities together with strength, flexibility and the ability to maintain form.

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Musaffah Port successfully handles heaviest cargo to date

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Musaffah Port successfully handles heaviest cargo to date

2394Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT), the ambitious port operator in the Middle East region, announced a key milestone in its port operations by successfully handling the heaviest consignment to arrive at Musaffah Port, one of the key ports operated and managed by ADT.

ADT completed the unloading of two heavy-weight HP absorbers, weighing 1,342 and 1,275 metric tonnes respectively,which were delivered from Italy on board Lone, the heavy lift vessel belonging to the Germany-based heavy lift ship company, SAL.

Salmeen Obaid Al Ameri, Commercial Directorat ADT, said, “Today marks a remarkable milestone for ADT and the ports sector in the Emirate as it culminates the success of our hard work and forward-thinking approach. By successfully handling this project cargo,ADT is sending a strong message to the community and industry alike that its diversified scope of services and ports have the ability to cater to the needs of both local and international shipping companies. We look forward to handling and receiving many more heavy lift shipments in the future.”

“As we gear up to open Khalifa Port in the 4thquarter of 2012, the first semi-automated container terminal in the region, we are confident that this flagship project, along with the three other ports managed and operated by ADT- Mina Zayed, Free Port and Musaffah Port - will redefine the port industry in the region whilst offering our customers great benefits and advantages,” he added.

Lone, the German heavy lift vessel that was put into service in March 2011,is one of 16heavy lift vessel fleets that belong to German-based SAL.

Musaffah Port is strategically located in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s industrial area. With a total area of 37,500 square metres, two berths and a quay length of 342 metres, Musaffah Port is ideally suited to meet the demands of both industrial and project cargo, in addition to offering warehousing solutions to a wide variety of customers. Musaffah Port’s new channel,built in early 2011,has improved access to the port area with a new deep draft channel of 9m , enabling Musaffah Port to cater for even larger vessels.

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A date with renowned Indian Artist Seema Kohli

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A date with renowned Indian Artist Seema Kohli

2154Dubai, UAE, 13h October 2011 – Modula-conceptio, Dubai based contemporary boutique ,will play host to the most anticipated art event of the season when they host Seema Kohli, one of India’s  prominent and renowned artists.  A travelling Exhibit from New York, Seema Kohli received rave reviews for her Tree of Life art collection. Art lovers will enjoy gazing at the trellis-veined details of her  work that seemed steeped in ritual, meditation and memory. Her figures are in a state of meditation with a characteristic of purity and vital energy.  Seema’s evolution has sprung from a sojourn that has driven her into an  inner spectrum. Aspects of her intricate detailing are characteristics of old miniature traditions in which panoramic perspectives are presented as large views. A week long exhibit will open on the 19th November continuing till the 25th November 2011 at Modula-conceptio in Jumeirah. Seema Kohli will host an interactive talk giving the audience insight to her inspirations, followed by the opening reception.

Over the years, Seema Kohli has created her own niche in the world of contemporary art. Born in 1960, residing and working in New Delhi, India, Seema’s creative repertoire is eclectic; encompassing a wide range of mediums ranging from painting, murals and films, sculptures and installation performances. Each is a unique expression of her style. Her rendition of ‘Ouroborus’ for the India Art Summit created a huge impact on viewers and critics alike. The Oroborous became an expression of the continuance of the cycle of birth, life and liberation. Fusing Indian and Greek philosophy, Seema created 84 paintings and 84 photographs as part of a performance installation. She has to her credit, three murals for the Ministry of Defense, and has recently completed a 10’ x 100’ mural at the Delhi International Airport. Seema received further acclaim for her creativity at the Florence Biennale,Italy, 2009 where she received a Gold Award for her video ‘Swayamsiddha-Myth, Mind and Movement’. She also received the Young FICC
I Ladies Organisation Women Achiever’s Award and the Lalit Kala National Award for Women in 2008.  Seema has held more than 20 solo shows, exhibited in various galleries and art fairs around the world. Her works adorn the walls of many public and private collections, including more recently the Rubin Museum in New York.

“Seema’s exhibition is certainly the most anticipated art event of the season. We are proud to be a part of a travelling exhibit from as important an art hub as New York.  Art lovers will have an opportunity to enjoy the unique series of her work and this time we have also created a talk prior to the exhibition with an  interactive lecture by Seema who will focus on her style of storytelling on canvases.  Her work is usually rooted as much in philosophy as in knowledge gained in modern times, a parable of tales both imagined and real,” said Sabina Sinha, Modula-conceptio.

This week-long exhibition will open doors on the 19th until the 25th November 2011 at the Modula-conceptio artistic solutions, on Jumeirah Beach Road. The exhibition is organized by Modula-conceptio and will display painting, sculptures and well as jewelry by artist Seema Kohli. Although the viewing of the exhibition is open to the general public, art lovers wishing to attend the lecture are required to RSVP prior to the event on Tel: + 9714 3943002.

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