DESSO® to participate in circular economy debate at World Economic Forum’s ‘Summer Davos’

DESSO® to participate in circular economy debate at World Economic Forum’s ‘Summer Davos’

Three Desso executives will be attending this year’s prestigious ‘Summer Davos’ meeting in Dalian, China, organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) during 11-13 September. Alexander Collot d’Escury (CEO), Roland Jonkhoff (Managing Director) and Andrew Sibley (Regional Managing Director), will participate as delegates and speakers. The event titled, ‘Meeting the Innovation Imperative’, will bring together 1,500 business, technology and political leaders from 90 countries to discuss the opportunities and challenges of innovation. The World Economic Forum is an independent international organisation committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Events through the year are the annual summit in Davos and also the ‘summer Davos’ in China. It is the seventh WEF forum held in China since the ‘Summer Davos’ was launched. This year the delegates will be discussing the benefits and challenges of making the transition to the circular economy – considered increasingly by many experts as a more sustainable and restorative economic model suited to the 21st century. As a Cradle to Cradle® practitioner of the circular economy, Desso will be involved in two key discussions on the topic, one of which will be led by CEO Alexander Collot d’Escury. For more information about the event go to:... read more
Concept design of Holland Pavilion at Aspire for Sports

Concept design of Holland Pavilion at Aspire for Sports

From 16 – 19 november Dutch Sports Infrastructure and the Royal Netherlands Embassy will organise a Dutch pavilion at Aspire 4 Sport. Renowed companies like Ballast Nedam, Royal Haskoning/DHV, Philips, Ten Cate, Zwarts & Jansma and Aalberts Industries will exhibit. Information on exhibiting. Studio Tognini created the first concept of the... read more
Workers must be trained in health and safety: expert

Workers must be trained in health and safety: expert

All workers, particularly those newly recruited to work on Qatar’s many projects, should be trained at centralised centres, ensuring a consistent level of health and safety across the board, an expert in the field has said. Hundreds of thousands of new workers are expected to arrive in the country in the coming months to work on many projects, including the metro, a new road network, the stadiums and other infrastructure needed to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup.  “New workers on Qatar’s various construction projects should have to pass through health and safety schools of excellence,” according to Qatar International Safety Centre’s (QISC) business development manager Andy Reid. “By doing this we’d be able to ensure a consistent level of health and safety training to all of the workers coming in to work on these projects,” Reid told Construction Week. “There is a list of standards contractors must adhere to and we’d build all of that into our training which we offer.” The QISC has experience in large-scale training, having previously worked on a major project with Qatar Shell, where more than 50,000 people were trained under one roof. Health and safety along with environment are topics of major concerns for modern industries and stress is given by major corporates to maintain excellent standards in these aspects. Investment in health and safety is rewarding in the long-term because it reduces production losses and saves precious lives. As a matter of fact Qatar has been investing heavily in health and safety because there is hardly any room for negligence in the mainline economy of the country – oil and gas,... read more
Jacobs Awarded Contract by Qatar Railways Company

Jacobs Awarded Contract by Qatar Railways Company

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. (NYSE:JEC) announced today that it received a contract from Qatar Railways Company (QRC) to provide Project Management Consultancy (PMC) services for the Red Line (North and South) of the Doha Metro project. Officials did not disclose the contract value, however noted that the total construction value of the Doha Metro project is estimated to be $36 billion. The Red Line is within phase one of the Doha Metro Project and represents a significant stage of Qatars Integrated Rail Project. Phase one involves 58 miles of track to include the Red, Green and Gold lines. The four lines of the Doha Metro (Red, Green, Blue and Gold) are designed to connect major sites in Qatar linking the north, south and west of the capital. The entire network is anticipated to cover approximately 134 miles and include 100 stations. Jacobs is managing the delivery of the underground works for the Red Line, 16 miles running from Mesaieed in the South through the Center of Doha to Al Khor in the North. The line also branches to the New Doha International Airport to serve the citys growing population as well as visitors; such as those expected to travel to Doha for the FIFA 2022 World Cup. Working as an integrated project team with Qatar Rails project staff, Jacobs is providing project management and engineering services for the underground sections of the Red Line. The construction of phase one is anticipated to be completed by 2019. In making the announcement, Jacobs Group Vice President Bob Duff stated, This award provides us with the opportunity to further develop our relationship... read more
Medvedev doles out cash to fund seven 2018 FIFA World Cup stadium-builds

Medvedev doles out cash to fund seven 2018 FIFA World Cup stadium-builds

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has distributed the first lot of funding for the building of stadia which will be hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A total of 2.9 billon rubles (£58 million/$88 million/€66 million) was signed off by Medvedev and will be distributed across seven regions which will be hosting matches in five year’s time. The money is the first part of a projected 250 billion rubles (£4.9 billion/$7.5 billion/€5.7 million) that the Russian Government has allocated to spend on the 12 stadiums and their immediate infrastructure. The total budget for the 2018 World Cup is 664 billion rubles (£13 billion/$20 billion/€15 billion). The rest will be put toward improving the country’s transport infrastructure. The first round of funds will be shared between the regions of Mordovia, Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Sverdlovsk and Rostov, each of which is constructing a new stadium. The money “will provide funding for design and survey work for the construction or renovation of seven stadiums for the World Cup 2018 in Russia,” Medvedev said in a statement on the Government’s website.   Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, which staged the 1980 Olympics, will host the FIFIA World Cup Final on July 8 2014 following a multi million pound redevelopment Ten of the 12 stadiums across 11 host cities that will be used for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which runs from June 8 to July 8, will be built from scratch. The seven arenas that come under this first phase of funding will host group matches and each will have a capacity of around 45,000. Earlier this year, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko... read more
Arena-2018 presents stadium requirements handbook to Russia 2018 host cities

Arena-2018 presents stadium requirements handbook to Russia 2018 host cities

Arena-2018 in cooperation with the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM Local Organising Committee (LOC) have presented the Russia 2018 Host Cities with the Stadium Requirements Handbook – a document that will form the basis for the design and construction of the Russia 2018 arenas. The workshop that took place on 23-24 July was attended by more than 60 leading specialists and experts from companies involved in the design and construction of all 12 2018 World Cup stadiums, representatives of regional ministries and departments and international consultants specialising in stadium operations. The 2018 FIFA World Cup stadium handbook is drawn up by FIFA in conjunction with Arena-2018. The handbook combines all FIFA’s most up-to-date infrastructure requirements for Russia 2018 stadiums, based on the experience of previous FIFA World Cups. The first edition of the document was issued in the spring of 2013. The final expanded version will be published in 2014, earlier than ever before in the run-up to a FIFA World Cup. Attention of participants of the workshop was drawn to the need of a special focus on the legacy programmes for the tournament stadiums. The CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC, Alexey Sorokin noted: “As the organisations authorised to prepare for and stage the 2018 World Cup, it’s definitely the case that the LOC and Arena-2018 have an interest above all in ensuring that the stadiums built for the tournament comply with FIFA requirements. But the success of the World Cup in Russia will depend not just on how well it is organised, but also on how effectively the facilities are used after the tournament. And international experience... read more

Blatter wants Qatar World Cup 2022 in winter

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said yesterday the 2022 World Cup should be switched to the winter months because of the blistering heat in Qatar during the summer. “The World Cup must be a festival of the people. But for it to be such a festival, you can’t play football in the summer,” Blatter told a conference in Kitzbuehel, Austria. He said: “You can cool down the stadiums but you can’t cool down the whole country and you can’t simply cool down the ambience of a World Cup. The players must be able to play in the best conditions to play a good World Cup.” Blatter had previously said that any request to change the timing of the 2022 World Cup would have to come from the organisers. In March he said the World Cup was a competition “that has to be played in June and July”. “We must protect our partners, our sponsors, our television partners. We must be very strong about this. We still have enough time. I will open discussions in the executive committee in October,” Blatter told reporters. “The executive committee will most certainly follow my proposal. And then we will have dealt with the topic for good.” The head of Qatar’s organising committee, Hassan al-Thawadi, told the conference in Austria by video link: “If it’s a wish of the football community to have the World Cup in winter, then we are open to that.” Games are scheduled to be played in air-conditioned stadiums. Moving the World Cup to the winter would have a seismic effect in Europe. Many leagues outside Britain have a winter break... read more

Aspire4Sport announces 2013 edition as businesses set sights on Region’s sports sector

Aspire Zone Foundation today announced dates for Aspire4Sport Congress and Exhibition, which will take place from 16 to 19 November of this year at Aspire Dome. In its fourth year of sustained growth, Aspire4Sport is the leading regional platform for businesses, sports entities, athletes and decision makers to discover the latest sports products, services, and technologies while discussing hot-button industry trends and topics. Commenting on the event, Hamad Saif Buhindi, Executive Director of Aspire4Sport said: “The sports industry in the Middle East continues to grow and provide opportunities to a vast number of businesses. Aspire4Sport has established itself as the gateway to the sports industry in the region, and in alignment with the 2030 National Vision, we aim at becoming the leader of this flourishing industry on an international level.” In 2012 over 170 companiesfrom 20 countries participated in the exhibition. Through the use of purpose built business to business meeting rooms, those companies held over 250 scheduled intimate discussions with key stakeholders from the region’s sports industries including the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, Qatar Olympic Committee, UAE Olympic Committee and Aspire Zone Foundation. In addition, the B2B online matchmaking forum witnessed great success that contributed to the overall growth of the sports industry in the region. To facilitate B2B exchanges and business opportunities, this year’s Aspire4Sport Exhibition will be broken down into five key sports industry segments: Aspire TECH, Aspire BUILD, Aspire LOGISTICS, Aspire ORG and Aspire MED  Organizers also announced two concurrent conferences in 2013: the Coliseum Summit, focusing on stadium design and architecture and the International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC) Conference focusing on the infrastructure... read more

WK 2018 in Rusland biedt kansen Nederlandse bedrijfsleven

Dutch Sports Infrastructure ondertekent PIB-Rusland Vrijdag 28 juni heeft Dutch Sports Infrastructure in de Amsterdam Arena een ‘Partners for International Business’ (PIB) samenwerkingsovereenkomst getekend met Agentschap NL. Op deze manier wil het FME-exportportplatform de omzet van het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven in Rusland verhogen en de Russische afzetmarkt toegankelijk maken voor het Nederlandse (mkb-)bedrijfsleven met sport als brug. In 2018 organiseert Rusland het WK voetbal in elf steden. Rusland heeft aangegeven dat zij twaalf miljard euro vrijmaken voor investeringen voor het WK. Kansen voor het Nederlandse bedrijven liggen met name op het gebied van stadion(bouw), infrastructuur en luchthavens. Ruben Dubelaar, Business Development Manager bij FME:  “Voor het EK in Polen en Oekraïne hebben we als succesvol cluster gezamenlijk opgetreden. Dit heeft toen ruim 200 miljoen aan opdrachten opgeleverd. Deze programmatische aanpak hanteren we nu ook in Qatar. In Rusland gaan we nu ook een exportprogramma ontwikkelen. We merken dat deze structurele aanpak zeer wordt gewaardeerd door de organiserende landen, omdat we  – door onder andere het uitwisselen van kennis – investeren in een lange termijn relatie.” Eind juli neemt Dutch Sports Infrastructure deel aan een workshop met alle speelsteden en begin november organiseert Dutch Sports Infrastructure een missie naar Rusland, dit is tevens de afsluiting van het bilaterale jaar. Dutch Sports Infrastructure Dutch Sports Infrastructure is een FME-exportplatform. De Advisisory Board van Dutch Sports Infrastructure heeftt het initiatief genomen om een exportprogramma te ontwikkelen op Rusland. De advisory board van Dutch Sports Infrastructure bestaat uit: Aalberts Industries, Amsterdam Arena Advisory, Bam International, Ballast Nedam, FME, Nedap Security Management, Philips Lighting, Royal Haskoning/DHV. De Advisory Board bestaat uit bedrijven die bekend zijn... read more

Qatar plans to invest $140 bn in transport infrastructure

A recent Deloitte report entitled ‘Insight into the Qatar construction market and opportunities for real estate developers’ examines the construction market in Qatar and assesses opportunities for real estate developers in the country. Having been selected to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 brought forth the opportunity for Qatar to position itself as a regional sporting hub. Qatar National Vision 2013 and programs such as Q2022 are focusing on leaving a legacy for Qatar in terms of football, infrastructure and economic development. The Deloitte report looks into the government’s strategy of promoting sustainable tourism with the purpose of attracting more tourists and visitors. Projects such as the Qatar-Bahrain causeway is an example of this strategy, as it will help drive regional tourist arrivals in Qatar. In terms of infrastructure, the Deloitte report examines Qatar’s plans to invest over $ 140 billion in transport infrastructure in anticipation of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Plans to construct new roads and a metro system have been put forth in order to support the anticipated influx of football visitors in addition to the airport expansion, which is already under way. Deloitte experts expect this influx to also bring with it an increased demand for accommodation, with numerous worldwide chain hotels actively considering investments in the country. In fact, Qatar Tourism Authority plans to invest about $ 20 billion on tourism infrastructure as the number of tourist arrivals grows at a rate of 15.9 percent compounded annually, to reach 3.7 million by 2022. This growth also creates opportunities for the development of commercial units, such as various shopping malls around Qatar. Environmental sustainability... read more

Ashghal signs QR7.2bn road contracts

DOHA: The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) yesterday announced awarding contracts worth QR7.2bn (about $2bn) to build 24 expressways across the country. The contracts are part of Ashghal’s main road projects, which will be connected with the main streets inside and outside Doha. Once completed, the projects are expected to help ease traffic congestion. “Today, we have signed 10 contracts including two big construction contracts. The construction contracts are worth QR3.9bn, while the remaining contracts for design, consultancy and supervision services are valued at QR3.3bn,” said Nasser Ali Al Mawlawi, President of Ashghal. Al Mawlawi, while speaking with The Peninsula on the sidelines of the signing ceremony, said: “Ashghal has plans to invest about QR100bn over the next 10 years in building a network of well-connected roads and sewer lines across the country.” The programme will deliver over 900km of new roads and an array of underpasses, flyovers and multi-level interchanges to enable free-flowing traffic and shortened journey times. Although Ashghal has set a target for all its big ticket projects to be completed by the end of 2018, the deadline for the above projects has been fixed for the first quarter of 2016. These road projects have been divided into nine major groups, which include East West Corridor, Al Wakrah Bypass, Al Wakrah Main Road, Wholesale Market Street, Mesaimeer Street, a major road between Al Asiri and Al Matar, Salwa Road Phase 3, Orbital Highway, Al Rayyan Road, Al Bustan Street (South), Furosiya Street, Al Sadd/Al Khufoos Street, Al Khor Bypass, Al Khor Expressway, Lusail (Phase 1) and Lusail (Phase 2), Al Zubara Road, Mekeines to UmmBab Link Road,... read more
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