October 2007

ZETAŞ APPOINTED TO UNDERTAKE SHORING FOR WADI WALK RESIDENCES
Turkish major player civil engineering company join construction push on City of ArabiaWadi Walk

Dubai, 04 October 2007 – The Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group, developers of the City of Arabia, a landmark residential and commercial project in the heart of Dubailand, has appointed civil engineering company, ZETAŞ, DUBAI (Zemin Teknolojisi A.Ş, DUBAI Branch), based in Turkey, to undertake the shoring for the Wadi Walk Mediterranean style residences.

Ilyas Galadari, Chairman of Ilyas & Mustafa Galadari Group, said “ZETAŞ have been working on projects in Dubai for a number of years and have an excellent track record.  This appointment marks another milestone in the development of the Wadi Walk residences and contributes to the overall activity which is now taking place at the City of Arabia site.”

Meandering among the 34 high-rise towers of the City of Arabia, the Wadi Walk is a 10-km flowing waterway, designed to create a series of quiet urban spaces. Lining the canal, which will be wide enough to accommodate small electric ferry-boats, will be Mediterranean style Wadi Residences, consisting of 1,600 apartments in low-rise five-storey blocks, with a shaded promenades on either side. At street level, the Wadi Walk will comprise cafes, restaurants, convenience stores and boutiques, with basement parking facilities.

Sukru Yildiz, General Area Director, Zetas, commented, “We are extremely pleased to have secured the shoring-works for City Of Arabia which is a key development on the existing Dubai property scene. This is will be one among several major projects we are currently working on
including Piling-Works for Sea-View Club Hotel & Apartments on the Jumeirah Palm; Diaphragm-Wall and Piling-Works for University Hospital in Dubai Healthcare City and the American Hospital’s Inpatient Bed Expansion as well as Diaphragm-Wall for the IBIS Hotel for MAF Hospitality. ”

City of Arabia have an ongoing daily commitment to on site safety by all members of the project team (Leighton-Kier Joint Venture, Hyder Consulting Middle East and the Project Manager, Hill International) and have recently presented awards to the workers on the City of Arabia, Roads and Infrastructure Project for achieving in excess of 1,000,000 man hours without suffering a Lost Time Injury. 

Works on the AED230 million Contract for Infrastructure to the City of Arabia Project are progressing on programme, with the majority of deep service works now completed, and shallow services and bridgeworks well underway.