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Dubai's Expo 2020 plans in numbers

$7bn Expo 2020 financing costs

$23bn The impact of its successful bid

25 million Expected number of attendees

81,000 Number of new hotel rooms needed by 2020

DIFC sets target to double company numbers

29 January 2014, 12:49 GMT | By

Second-phase expansion of Dubai freezone will increase built-up area by 40 per cent

Dubai real estate boom 'different this time'

29 January 2014, 12:30 GMT | By

Demand for non-speculative projects expected to protect market from another bubble

300,000 people to pass through Dubai expo site daily

29 January 2014, 7:48 GMT | By

Expo site will cover a total area of 1.5 million square metres

Dubai must finalise Expo masterplan by third quarter of 2015

29 January 2014, 7:44 GMT | By

Expo site will handle up to 300,000 visitors a day

Dubai trends

Strategy: Dubai is seeking to use private-public partnerships and stock market listings to raise financing

Dubai’s search for finance Subscription

17 April 2014, 15:16 GMT | By

Faced with a huge debt pile and risk-averse banks, the emirate is seeking new ways to fund its boom

The UK’s Carillion has been the main beneficiary of UK government funding support and has managed to win contracts on key Dubai projects such as the Dubai Trade Centre District

UK funding to play increased role in Dubai projects Subscription

26 March 2014, 10:37 GMT | By ,

Armed with strengthening support from London, UK companies will find themselves in a better position to handle the growing competition in the emirate

Tallest buildings in the Middle East

Middle East to build more skyscrapers Subscription

19 February 2014, 10:49 GMT | By

Kingdom Tower in Jeddah set to be tallest building in the world

Arabtec managing director and CEO Hasan Ismaik

Hasan Abdulla Ismaik, CEO, Arabtec Holding Subscription

6 February 2014, 11:40 GMT | By

Arabtec Holding’s new head has set his sights on transforming the company into the biggest contractor in the Middle East

Confidence: Nakheel is planning to launch $1.6bn of new schemes in 2014

Nakheel confident on tackling debt Subscription

9 January 2014, 9:25 GMT | By

The developer will start prepaying its debts this year, buoyed by strengthening cash flows

Hussain Sajwani, founder, chairman and chief executive, Damac  Properties

Interview: Hussain Sajwani, founder, chairman and chief executive, Damac Properties Subscription

4 December 2013, 6:17 GMT | By

Damac’s listing on the London stock market suggests international investors are not yet convinced by Dubai’s recovery story

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Financing the Dubai boom

17 April 2014, 15:17 GMT

Investor confidence is growing, but Dubai still needs to close several finance deals to attract future funding for revived infrastructure plans

Sheikh Mohammed: Willing to end diplomatic dispute

Mending ties with Islamic Republic

17 April 2014, 13:20 GMT

Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, has agreed to visit Iran in a sign of thawing relations between the states

Dubai road plans

Double vision for Dubai road link

10 April 2014, 15:33 GMT

Dubai’s main highway is the focus of a feasibility study looking at adding an elevated level in a bid to ease cross-emirate traffic congestion

Private funding

Dubai looks to private funding

10 April 2014, 15:16 GMT

The emirate is seeking to involve the private sector in its power and transport infrastructure sectors

Dubai solar commitments

Dubai committed to solar targets

20 March 2014, 16:07 GMT

Progress on the emirate’s solar park shows it intends to remain a major player in the renewables market

Stocks: 2014 could see a steady stream of offerings

High hopes for new UAE listings

27 February 2014, 14:27 GMT | By

The UAE’s stock markets are in dire need of successful initial public offerings to increase liquidity and offer diversification

Dubai debt

Confidence to rise with Dubai debt rollover

20 February 2014, 15:40 GMT

The emirate is set to extend the deadline on its debt to Abu Dhabi, further boosting investor optimism

Arabtec: Growth potential to further increase in 2015

Arabtec tackles new territories Subscription

30 January 2014, 14:20 GMT | By

The Dubai-listed firm’s CEO has developed a bold growth strategy involving initial public offerings in markets in the region and beyond

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Special reports


Delivering Dubai Expo 2020

27 January 2014, 6:46 GMT | By

Big bang beginning to a year of fresh starts


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Chris Wilcock

Chris Wilcock Subscription

31 March 2014, 10:04 GMT

A leading construction lawyer in the region advising on complex construction contracts and dispute avoidance/resolution

Thomas Bradtke

20 February 2014, 7:27 GMT

Thomas Bradtke is group partner / managing director, The Boston Consulting Group

Saeed Mohammed al-Tayer Subscription

27 January 2014, 12:44 GMT

Saeed Mohammed al-Tayer is managing director and CEO, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority

Jeffrey Singer Subscription

27 January 2014, 12:37 GMT

Jeffrey Singer is CEO, Dubai International Financial Centre Authority

Helal Saeed al-Marri Subscription

27 January 2014, 12:25 GMT

Helal Saeed al-Marri is director-general, Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing

Hussain Nasser Lootah Subscription

27 January 2014, 12:19 GMT

Hussain Nasser Lootah is director-general, Dubai Municipality

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Dubai Expo 2020 Special Report


Delivering Dubai Expo 2020

27 January 2014, 6:46 GMT | By

Big bang beginning to a year of fresh starts

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UAE: Office building Subscription

16 April 2014, 14:41 GMT | By

Construction of a ground floor office building, tanker filling shed and guard rooms

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