Showing posts from February, 2009

Will Qatar's tallest tower soar

The architects behind the Dubai Towers in Doha, which will be Qatar's tallest building, are waiting for clarification over whether the project will be passed to a new master developer for completion, Arabian Business can reveal.

The $620 million, 437 metre skyscraper is currently being overseen by Sama Dubai, but architect RMJM understands it may soon be handed over to Dubai Properties. Both developers are part of the Dubai Holding conglomerate.

British architectural practice RMJM has so far failed to establish from Sama who is in charge of the buildingTravis Hemley of RMJM in Dubai told Arabian Business: “We are currently discussing this with the client [Sama], but the client has not confirmed anything. 

“It makes us a bit nervous as it is an unprecedented scenario but we don’t have any information right now. The management is actively in talks [with Sama] but nothing has come out of it yet. They are being very tight lipped,” he added. 

Dubai Towers is Sama’s flagship development in …

Breathing Dust

It has been foggy for the past couple of days. It was so thick and wet it could be easily mistaken as drizzle. But this morning, as I walked to the bus stop, I noticed the fog was not wet, but rather dry. Then I my eyes started watery and soon I cant stop coughing. Only then I realised It was not fog at all. It was dust storm or shammal. Lucky It was not a sand storm.

Here is an excerpt I got from Gulf News
Dust envelops QatarPublish Date: Thursday,12 February, 2009, at 01:30 AM Doha Time
A HEAVY haze enveloped most parts of Qatar as a dust storm swept through the state yesterday. The condition will continue today but with a lesser intensity, Met officials said yesterday. The wind is expected to subside for a while before noon but will gather strength once again later in the day. The dust storm is expected to recede by late in the evening, they said. The Met office attributed the dusty winds to the formation of a high-pressure ridge over the northwestern areas of Saudi Arabia and of its …