Dubai This Week: An Overview of the Latest and Most Interesting News Stories

March 01, 2024

The UAE stays in the headlines for all the right reasons. Whether it's launching ambitious real estate projects and business ventures, record-breaking transactions, or implementing new policies for the well-being of its residents, this place is constantly resounding a buzz that echoes globally. We have compiled a curated roundup of the best and most interesting stories unfolding in Dubai and other emirates to provide insight into the rapidly advancing region. Find out about the key events in Dubai this week and stay informed on what's coming next. 

Recent News About Dubai

Let’s keep a finger on the pulse of the city. Here are the top things happening in Dubai this week, from real estate updates to government initiatives.

Dubai Bans E-Scooters in Metros and Trams

Updated on March 1, 2024

Commuters will no longer be allowed to bring e-scooters into Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram starting from March 1, 2024. In an official announcement on its X page, the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) said passengers are prohibited from carrying their last-mile transport due to safety concerns. Moreover, Dubai is set to introduce an AI-enhanced robot system to identify rule violations by cyclists and other users of "soft mobility" vehicles.

Helvetia Residences Achieves 15% Sales on Day One

Updated on March 1, 2024

DHG Properties has initiated off-plan sales for its debut UAE project, Helvetia Residences. 15% of Helvetia Residences units were sold on the first day, marking a glorious beginning for the Swiss developer in the region. Boasting 430 residences, the AED 600 million (USD 163 million) development promises a luxurious lifestyle with state-of-the-art amenities. DHG Properties aims to bring its signature European touch with this property to cater to the diverse population of the UAE.

Dubai Metro Blue Line Set To Begin This Year    

Updated on February 19, 2024

On Sunday, February 18, 2024, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that the Dubai Metro Blue Line construction is set to kick off this year. Upon completion, this transformative addition to transportation in Dubai will link five primary urban regions: Bur Dubai and Deira, Downtown and Business Bay, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai Marina and JBR, and Expo City Dubai. Spanning a total of 14 stations, the AED 18 billion ($4.9 billion) venture is scheduled for completion in 2029.

Indian PM inaugurates the UAE's first traditional Hindu temple

Updated on February 15, 2024

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Baps Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi during a grand ceremony on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. Located in the Abu Mureikha area, it is the first traditional hand-carved Hindu temple in the Middle East and the largest.

Baps Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi

In 2015, the UAE government granted the generous 27-acre plot to construct the religious site. Although the temple will be open to the public from February 18, authorities advised UAE residents to plan their visits for March 1, considering the influx of overseas visitors expected to travel to the Emirates to explore the stunning landmark.

UAE's Schools Advised to Continue Distance Learning on February 13 Amid Weather Concerns

Updated on February 13, 2024

The UAE's educational authority officially announced the extension of distance learning to all government schools on February 13. Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) has also urged private schools to extend distance learning until Tuesday, considering the country's turbulent weather conditions. The decision aims to safeguard the well-being of students and faculty.  

RTA To Build a Massive Bridge Between Sheikh Zayed Road and Dubai Harbour

Updated on February 5, 2024

Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has signed a deal to construct a two-lane bridge connecting Sheikh Zayed Road to Dubai Harbour. The primary objective is to significantly reduce average travel times from 12 minutes to three minutes, enhancing connectivity to the waterfront district.

The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, in collaboration with harbor owner Shamal Holding, will build this 1,500-meter transport link. The initiative aligns with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, aiming to enhance further the emirate's road infrastructure in response to the needs of its expanding population.

UAE President Declares 2024 As Year Of Sustainability on National Environment Day

Updated on February 5, 2024

On February 4, 2024, President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan observed the 27th National Environment Day by confirming the extension of the UAE's Year of Sustainability throughout 2024. 

H.H. Sheikh Mohamed wrote on X, On the occasion of National Environment Day, we announce that the Year of Sustainability is extended into 2024, reflecting our ongoing collective commitment to protect and preserve the environment for the benefit of future generations.

DMCC Commences Second Phase of Uptown Dubai Development 

Updated on February 2, 2024

DMCC, the dynamic free zone and business hub in Dubai, has initiated the construction of the Uptown Dubai project's second phase. The groundbreaking ceremony marked the commencement of construction activities, following the selection of Swissboring Overseas Piling Corporation to oversee the crucial foundation and enabling work. As per the statement released by DMCC, Swissboring's primary responsibilities encompass implementing basement retention systems for the three basement levels of the twin towers. 

Etihad Rail makes first passenger trip from Abu Dhabi to Al Dhannah

On Thursday, January 26, Etihad Rail completed its first passenger journey from Abu Dhabi to Al Dhannah. Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, and the Managing Director and Group Chief Executive of Adnoc were among the passengers. It's important to note that the new train service is still under development. Although the rail service will initially only be available for Adnoc workers, it is anticipated to be open to other passengers, too.

Marjan launches RAK Central, the largest business district in Ras Al Khaimah

Master developer Marjan has unveiled its latest project in the Northern Emirates. Set to become the largest commercial business district in Ras Al Khaimah, RAK Central will feature three million sq. ft. of rentable office space, more than 4,000 apartments, and three hotels. The upcoming development in Al Hamra will offer breathtaking views of the Al Hamra Golf Club and the Arabian Gulf. The anticipated opening of the mixed-use district is slated for 2026.

JW Marriott’s First Residential Property in the GCC to Open in Al Marjan Island

The first branded JW Marriott residential property in the GCC has been launched in Ras Al Khaimah. WOW Resorts, a distinguished developer of premium resorts and residences, officially announced the launch of JW Marriott Residences & JW Marriott Al Marjan Island Resort.

The property will be established on Al Marjan Island for approximately AED 4.8 billion ($1.3 billion). Renowned Beverly Hills architect Tony Ashai has designed the project with the Dubai-based Lead Consultants Architecture Design Unit, ADU.

Golden Visa in UAE: Property Investors Exempted from Minimum Down-Payment Requirement

Dubai this week announced a significant change to its Golden Visa requirements for investors, eliminating the AED 1 million down payment condition. As per the latest update, investors must own property valued over AED 2 million, irrespective of whether it is off-plan, completed, mortgaged, or not mortgaged, to qualify for the 10-year visa.

This significant development is highly beneficial for buyers, as it implies that most property investors in Dubai will now meet the exclusive 10-year golden residency criteria. Introduced in 2019, the UAE Golden Visa has drawn notable personalities, including sports stars and artists, by offering this long-term renewable residency option.

H.H Sheikh Mohammed Approved New Housing Project for Emiratis

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has endorsed plans for a new residential development dedicated to citizens. Latifa City is one of the transformative projects slated for 2024 under the Dubai Social Agenda 33 program. The program aims to streamline and simplify the building of homes for Emiratis.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Named after H.H Sheikh Mohammed’s mother, Sheikha Latifa bint Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the much-anticipated community, Latifa City Dubai, is set to make a significant impact on the real estate landscape

New Names for 28 Prominent Areas in Dubai, including Sheikh Zayed Road

Another noteworthy transformation in Dubai this week was the change in the names of the areas. The Dubai Land Department has officially renamed 28 prominent areas, including the iconic Sheikh Zayed Road. The bustling thoroughfare is now recognized as Burj Khalifa. Other communities with their names updated include Motor City, Jebel Ali Village, Al Khawaneej Third, Emirates Hills First, Golf City, and Ranches.

Child-Friendly Call Center Launched for Immigration Inquiries

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai has introduced a child-friendly option in its call center services. Children aged 7 to 12 can now interact with immigration officials, seeking information about visas, passport renewal, travel procedures, etc. They can contact the toll-free Amer call center at 8005111 (within the UAE) and +971 4 313-9999 (outside the country).

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Announced Key Government Appointments

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, has announced four significant appointments within the government of Dubai. The latest news in Dubai about the top hirings includes:

  • Aisha Abdullah Miran, appointed as Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai
  • Dr. Saif Ghanem Al Suwaidi, appointed as Director General of Courts
  • Mohammed Abdullah Linjawi, appointed as Director General of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority
  • Marwan Ahmed bin Ghalita, appointed as Director General of the Land and Property Department.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Note that Marwan Ahmed bin Ghalita will assume this role in addition to his current duties as the Executive Director of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority.

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