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Monday, 11 November 2013 19:15

Philippines Devastated After Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on Friday as one of the strongest storms on record.  Sustained winds of 145 mph with gusts up to 235 mph, as well as waves topping 40 feet in height, destroyed many of the country’s costal towns. Tacloban, one of the hardest hit areas, has nearly no structures left standing, including its airport. Many other villages in the Philippines are facing similar devastation, and it is reported 70% to 80% of the structures in Haiyan’s path were destroyed.

Upon completion, the 369-meter tower will be the 26th tallest building in the world and one of the top ten tallest buildings in the United Arab Emirates. Arabtech construction, the same company that built the Burj Khalifa, was awarded the contract on Wednesday to build the 23,000 square meter building.  The tower plans include 18 floors of office space, a 350-room hotel, 180 luxurious apartments, and 9,008 meters of retail space.  Construction will begin this month and is expected to be finished in May 2017.

A start date of late 2014 was announced on Tuesday for the construction of the Gulf Railway Network Project.  The rail line will connect the six gulf nations of Oman, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. Detailed Engineering and Design will be completed by the end of the year.  Each of the six nations will begin constructing the rail line in their own country and linking the rail line across international borders will be finished near the end of the project.  An advisor to the project made these announcements at the MEED Mena Rail & Metro Summit Conference held in Abhu Dhabi.