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‘Big play’ —NZ to spend $53M at Expo 2020, Dubai UAE

[Source: Expo2020 Dubai]

The Government is about to launch a process within the creative sector of New Zealand to select the best team and ideas for the design and content.

### nzherald.co.nz 3:00 PM Sun, 23 Apr 2017
NZ to spend $53m on Dubai Expo
By Grant Bradley – Aviation, tourism and energy writer for Business Herald
The Government will spend $53 million showcasing New Zealand at Expo 2020 in Dubai in an attempt to boost trade in the region and beyond. Economic Development Minister Simon Bridges made the announcement in Dubai today. “It’s a unique and dynamic part of the world. For us this a relatively big play,” Bridges told the Herald. […] When Dubai bid for Expo 2020, its rulers said they would spend more than $10b on a 2 sq km site that will contain three thematic areas: opportunity, sustainability and mobility. New Zealand has been invited to participate in the sustainability precinct. […] While trade runs heavily in US favour, Bridges said the New Zealand pavilion would allow Kiwi businesses to highlight their innovative products and services and open doors to new export markets. New Zealand is close to completing a free trade agreement with the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), which comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. […] Bridges said participation at the Expo was a carefully calculated strategic investment. “Ultimately this is a pretty hard-headed investment for exporters and the economy. New Zealand being there is essential.” […] New Zealand had signed up early as an exhibitor and it would help its push “against the open door” of trade negotiations.
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ArabianBusiness.com Arabic Published on Apr 3, 2017
Al Wasl Plaza during Expo 2020 Dubai – source :Expo 2020 Dubai
Al Wasl Plaza, the central hub of Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo2020 Dubai Published on Apr 5, 2017
Al Wasl Plaza

Show Me Dubai Published on Dec 7, 2016
8 Billion Dollars Dubai Expo 2020 Master Plan
Dubai’s theme for the Expo is Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. Its proposed schedule is from October 2020 until April 2021, the first Expo to run over two years stretching over UAE’s 49th National Day and touching on UAE’s 50th Jubilee year in 2021. Dubai’s Masterplan proposes a site on 438 hectares of land in Jebel Ali equidistant to the Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport. To support its theme of sustainability, the iconic structure that covers much of the site will have photovoltaic fabric that is planned to generate at least 50% of the Expo’s power on site. Dubai Expo 2020 expects to create 277,149 jobs between 2013 and 2021. 40% of the employment opportunities generated would be in the travel and tourism sector. Dubai Expo 2020 expects to attract 25 million unique visitors and up to 33 million visits over the six-month period. Courtesy: Expo2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai UAE [website]

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Tragic names: Torch at Dubai, on fire

Updated post Sat, 7 Mar 2015 at 2:11 p.m.

█ Wikipedia currently lists the tallest residential buildings in the world.

Torch, Dubai render [tinypic.com] 1### NZ Herald Online 1:28 PM Saturday Feb 21, 2015
Dubai skyscraper fire: Blaze rips through Torch residential building in marina district
A fire has ripped through the Torch in Dubai – one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. The skyscraper, which is 336.1m (1,105ft) tall, is in the marina district of the city. The fire is believed to have started on the 50th floor and is spreading quickly, in part due to high-winds. One witness said it looked like “the Titanic going down”, Gulfnews.com reports. Terrified residents were forced to flee and emergency crews rushed to the scene to tackle the blaze which burned across several floors of the enormous structure. There were no reported injuries, officials told NBC News, but it was unclear whether all the residents had been accounted for.
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BBC News: Fire rips through Dubai skyscraper (video, with commentary by Kathryn Dickie 13th floor resident)

The Marina Torch, also known as Dubai Torch or just The Torch, is a supertall residential skyscraper at the Dubai Marina, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The 79-storey Torch opened in 2011.

Wikipedia (update) —2015 fire
A fire broke out in the building on 21 February 2015 2:00 a.m. local time. Eyewitnesses stated that the fire started with a grill located on one of the building’s balconies. Although it appeared no fatalities occurred, seven people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Video footage shows structural debris falling from the burning storeys to the ground. The fire appeared to have started in the middle of the building and spread rapidly due to high winds, causing the flames to flare up, resulting in “massive problems” for the fire department and the backing up of traffic on the nearby highway for several miles. External cladding was charred from the 50th floor to the top of the tower. Eyewitnesses reported the fire starting in the middle of the tower, and falling debris setting lower levels on fire. Link

Jaime Müller Published on Feb 20, 2015
The Torch Tower On Fire . Dubai Marina . Dubai #1
[ENG] The Torch Tower is burning up in Dubai Marina!
[PTB] O Torch Tower – meu prédio vizinho – está pegando fogo!

Dubai Marina [emirates247.com]Dubai Marina – cap of Torch showing, upper centre right [elitetowerdubai.com]

Dubai Marina - view from Torch 76th floor Sept 2009 [imredubai.blogspot.co.nz] Dubai Marina, view from Torch 76th floor Sept 2009 [imredubai.blogspot.co.nz]

The Torch Skyscraper [via BBC] was the world’s tallest residential building at its opening, but has since been surpassed by six others; it’s now thought to be the 32nd tallest building in the world, according to the Skyscraper Centre. It has 676 apartments. A two-bedroom flat starts at more than $500,000 (£325,000). Residents have access to an eight-storey garage and a swimming pool overlooking Dubai’s waterfront.

World's tallest apartment tower chronologically - 1 Dec 2011 status [via staticflickr.com]The World’s tallest apartment tower chronologically (Dec1/2011 status) – hosted at flickr [click to enlarge]

*Note the graphic by R Braddish (above) claims The Torch has “86 floors” whereas multiple sources state it has “79 storeys”.

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Abu Dhabi

End of last week, a colleague’s brother and his family flew out of Christchurch to take up work and residence in Abu Dhabi, the largest member of the United Arab Emirates federation and a major oil exporter. Population: one million.

It’s a place I know little about, except through Youtube videos profiling the fantasmic architecture and the forward-looking strategic plan.

At The Chronicles of Yarnia we mention Abu Dhabi will debut Personal Rapid Transit “Podcars” later this year.

Tonight, there’s more news feed on Abu Dhabi’s financial aid for Dubai.

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### TVNZ News 6:52PM Monday December 14, 2009
Abu Dhabi gives Dubai surprise bailout
Source: Reuters
Abu Dhabi stepped in to help fellow United Arab Emirates member Dubai with a $US10 billion injection, of which $US4.1 billion was allocated to troubled state-owned conglomerate Dubai World to pay immediate obligations, Dubai said on Monday.
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usnewsandworldreport 15 July 2008
Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE will become a cultural centre with organic, postmodern and cutting-edge architecture designed by world-class architects including Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, and Tadao Ando. These futuristing buildings include the Louvre Abu Dabi, Abu Dabi Performing Arts Center, Abu Dabi Guggenheim Museum, and Maritime Museum.

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squintopera 17 June 2008
The Urban Planning Council of Abu Dhabi (UPC) appointed Squint Opera to create a short film illustrating their grand Urban Planning Guide for Abu Dhabi. The film was presented at Cityscape Abu Dhabi, 13-15 May 2008.

The film communicates the principles and visualises the UPC plans for the expansion of the city to attract investors, developers and architects. The UPC commissioned this film as an awe-inspiring vision demonstrating the scale, ambition and radical nature of the plan.

Alice Scott directed the six-minute film that describes the plan in 3D, bringing life to certain aspects of the unique environment and a future evolving culture. Through 4 main key themes (Green – Live – Work – Connect) we are shown pedestrians walking the shaded sidewalks, using the world-class metro system and trams surrounded by green, energy saving residential townhouses, villas, high rises, offices and retail developments. The imagery shows desert landscaping, renewable energy measures and water-cooling canals in the streets of Abu Dhabi and demonstrates a efficient quality of life for the future population.

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