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New business park projects are keeping steel frame sector busy

The steel frame sector is buzzing at the moment thanks to a raft of new business park developments in the emirate of Dubai. The largest of the projects is Dubai Logistics City, part of the Jebel Ali International Airport; once the infrastructure there is completed, work will begin on the steel frame logistics centre. Other schemes include the expansion of the Dubai Investments Park, and the nearby development of the South Zone at Jafza. Construction Week reports.

New business park projects are keeping steel frame sector busy|~|STR-AFP-Getty-Images200.jpg|~|Large span, column-free spaces are usually preferred for steel frame warehouses where goods need to be moved quickly and without obstruction.|~|The region’s steel frame contractors have busy times ahead of them as a number of major new business park developments begin to take shape.

The largest of these developments is Dubai Logistics City (DLC), which will rent space to freight forwarders operating
out of the airfreight terminals at the under-construction Jebel
Ali Airport.

The development also represents the first phase of the new Jebel Ali Airport City and, together with Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone and the new Jebel Ali International Airport, will make up what is reputed to be the world’s first truly multi-modal facility for air, sea and road services.

Spread over 25 km2, DLC will begin operating in 2007 and has been designed to cater for the Middle East’s logistics requirements up to 2050. It will eventually be capable of handling more than 12 million tonnes of air cargo through 16 air cargo terminals.

As far as construction progress is concerned, one-third of the ground-grading work for the first phase was recently finished and remains on course for completion next February.

Once this is complete the infrastructure works can begin,
followed by the construction of a large floor area steel frame
logistics centre.

The developer says that this work will take place simultaneously with the construction of facilities for the new Jebel Ali International Airport.

Another major development that will involve the construction of steel frame buildings is Dubai Investments Park (DIP).
Although DIP has had a number of tenants for some time now, it is in the process of a massive expansion.

So far, the park has attracted 236 tenants and 306 developments.

Construction of 13 mixed development buildings, such as warehouse, manufacturing facilities, offices and labour accommodation, were completed during the first quarter of 2005 in Dubai Investments Park.

In addition, nearly 158 buildings are currently under construction at the Park.

The development of the third and fourth phases of the project involves a network of routes, which include connecting the ground structure to the rest of the buildings with the help of two bridges touching the north and the south sides.

The individual ground areas rented out in the third phase
is approximately 1000 to 3000 m2 and covers the needs of different industrial sectors.

The fourth phase of DIP is spread over an area of 1.5 million m2 and includes large spaces for the development of offices, schools, residential units and related services. The expansion of the fourth phase and the subsequent increase in the area will be added on at a later stage.

Nearby, the already well-established Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza) has begun developing its South Zone across Sheikh Zayed Road. The project involves the construction of eight specific industry clusters.

The clusters are being developed at an estimated cost of more than AED2 billion. The eight clusters are: Dubai Distribution Centre; Digital Valley; Construction Square; Pharma-Med Park; Chemical & Plastic Field; Paper Pack Zone; Fragrance & Beauty Park; and Food & Beverage Park. ||**||

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