Bright futures for Qatar & Abu Dhabi

November 2009

ICONS CONSULTING: Bright futures for Qatar and Abu Dhabi

Construction suppliers now see Qatar and Abu Dhabi as the key places to do business, exhibitors at The Big 5 have said.


Investors are showing growing confidence in the Middle East, particularly Doha, where there is an opportunity to build new projects.

“We supply foundation pumps for piling, shoring and dewatering and a lot of our business is going on in Qatar and Abu Dhabi now as there are new projects developing there,” said Austin Parfett Foundations sales manager Devanand.

Devanand predicts business to pick up in Dubai in the next couple of months as his company has future projects planned in the emirate.

Wilo, a manufacturer and supplier of pumps and pump systems for heating, air-conditioning, cooling, water supply and sewage disposal agreed: “Local companies are investing in Qatar and Abu Dhabi. Developers and contractors feel comfortable starting new projects in the area because new developments are progressing at a steady pace and are not accelerating too quickly,” said the company managing director Simon Mrad.

Mrad explained that The Big 5 will give his company an opportunity to show the industry what it can do.

“We want to show delegates that we are here and ready to support and advice them. I predict that the exhibition will be a success.”

Wilo was the first company to introduce an electrical powered water pump, which is designed to save energy when circulating water around a building.

The company wishes to show that this kind of product can save energy and long term-costs.

Carmania – Maritime Industry Experts



Carmania Ltd is an international business consultancy service based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and incorporated in the UK. The business was conceived and developed primarily in the maritime sector to take advantage of the expanding range of opportunities both locally to the region and internationally, on behalf of principals located predominantly externally to the region.

Through their extensive network of contacts and drawing on a wealth of local knowledge and well-established commercial expertise, their company together with Icons cooperation is committed to taking your business through the twenty-first century and together we can explore opportunities that can help move your business to the pinnacle of its capabilities.

Carmania today represents the lynchpin between local and international maritime businesses, corporate bodies, and business professionals within the region and Europe.

Carmania’s focus encaptures a broad spectrum of maritime and engineering expertise gained through over 20 years’ experience in the field and we aim to help you to capitalise on the potential synergies and new opportunities that can still be found within the Middle Eastern region.

This new cooperation between Carmania, with its engineering division and Icons, with its team of professionals can undertake a wide range of services on your behalf. A thorough knowledge of Middle East markets and an extensive range of contacts across all fields of the maritime sector globally enable us to provide assistance and collaboration to any business looking to penetrate this complex market. drawing on our pool of knowledge and experience we have helped companies to scrutinise their current business practices and improve their processes as well as developing into new markets.


Our business consulting services include:

  • market analysis
  • project leadership
  • international networking opportunities
  • business development
  • business plans and reports
  • agency provision
  • company set-up
  • corporate licensing assistance

Our engineering division can provide, inter alia:

  • CAPS surveys
  • close-up inspections
  • project management
  • dry-dock specifications
  • steel inspections
  • problem, accident and incident investigations
  • pre-purchase vessel inspections
  • safety and security surveys
  • expert witness representation

For more info please e-mail

Bahrain to redevelop its shoreline

November 2009

ICONS CONSULTING: Bahrain to redevelop its shoreline

Bahrain is set to turn its coasts into a network of public corniches, it was announced at the Water Front Development Conference on Sunday.


The corniches will run around the country’s shoreline and offer coastal walks, shopping and restaurant promenades. Bahrain’s Municipalities and Agriculture Affairs minister Juma Al Ka’abiit told delegates that at least half of all future coastal developments will be devoted to public beaches and amenities.

“Many cities all over the world are improving their waterfronts, making them the most attractive parts of their urban development, something we also have in mind,” he said.

Diyar Al Muharraq CEO Aaref Hejres chaired the first day of the event, which concludes today.

The conference hosts delegates from around the world, and focuses on examining the best practices, design solutions and technology in this sector of the real estate industry, in the wake of the increasing number of waterfront developments being constructed in the region.

So far, the event has attracted over 200 delegates representing international and local organisations in the real estate and urban development sector.

Burj Khalifa

November 2009

ICONS CONSULTING: Last Burj Dubai (NOW BURJ JHALIFA) crane comes down

Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, which is being developed by Emaar Properties PJSC, is nearing completion, following the dismantling of the last high-altitude crane used in the tower’s construction.

Having also completed the external cladding recently, the Burj Dubai construction team is now concentrating on the interiors and landscaping.

Mr. Mohamed Alabbar, chairman, Emaar Properties PJSC, said: “Working at great heights involving of the world’s tallest tower is just around the corner.”the use of massive cranes has been one aspect of the challenge. Dismantling the cranes is an exciting development because it shows that completion

Three huge tower cranes were used in moving construction materials up to level 156 of Burj Dubai. The cranes could each lift a staggering 25-tonne load and were designed to withstand 120km/hour winds.

Installation of the three tower cranes used for the construction of the higher levels of Burj Dubai was relatively straightforward, as sections of the cranes could be moved up the tower with the completion of new levels.

But as the tower grew in height, the floor plates and working area became smaller and smaller, providing insufficient room to fit the three cranes at the top of construction.

Dismantling the towers was considerably more complex than installing them. The first crane was removed in November 2007 and installed at Level 99 in order to serve as a future recovery crane.

For the next 11 months, the two remaining cranes continued their climb up the tower until October 2008 when one of them was removed due to the small size of the tower’s floor-plate. This left one final crane to continue with the rest of the exterior work.

In June 2009, the final crane had to be removed in order to allow the exterior cladding and finishing works to progress in the area it occupied. This longest serving crane had been in operation since the start of construction in March of 2005.

A small recovery crane was lifted up and installed at Level 159. With recovery cranes now positioned at Levels 99 and 159, the task of removing the last crane was ready to begin.

The process started with the crane climbing down from its working height of over 700 metres. The crane removed its own mast sections and lowered them to the ground until the boom and power pack were at the position of the level 159 recovery crane.

From there, the level 159 recovery crane dismantled the remainder of the main crane, lowering the pieces of boom, mast and power pack to the recovery crane at Level 99, which further lowered them to the ground.

Final work on interiors and landscaping is underway as the Burj Dubai prepares to open on January 4, 2010.

Roma Ocean World 2009 -2013

ICONS CONSULTING: Roma Ocean World 2009 -2013



A unique event and promotional opportunity for the United Arab Emirates!

The initiative finds its origins as the “Roma Ocean World 2009 – 2013”, around the world trip with no stops in “solitaire”.  From Rome to Rome, through the Strait of Gibraltar, Cape of Good Hope, circumnavigating the South Pole, Cape Horn, Gibraltar, to finally return to the Italian capital.

Navigating for conquering the new World Record of crossing between the oceans in solitary, along the routes of the ancient navigators and the most famous adventurers. A route around the world circumnavigating the globe without the benefit of any shortcut, addressing each latitude, on a modern and ecological boat, but according to ancient rites of the sea and at the mercy of its whims.

A prestigious adventure that will be completed only through an unprecedented preparation, where every detail is studied so that a lone sailor can accomplish the enterprise. An effort that requires constant training that has already started over one year ago and will continue for four more years!

A fight almost exhausting but vigorous, non-stop, unassisted, a race against time to circle the world in less than 80 days.

And as in past times, when going to sea meant having reverential respect of the events and the natural elements, also today we are designing and building a boat totally and completely innovative and ecological. A new design of Class40 boat, the first boat of its kind, equipped to navigate without assistance but with the maximum security. Everything will be done to bring autonomy, speed and security in a project thought and based on the total respect for the environment. The Class 40 Este NV, in fact, presents itself to the market at a time when matters around energy and climate, in the world, seem to mortgage heavily the image of the future, and wants to be a small sign on the new cultural road of renewable energy.

One aim of this undertaking is also to travel around the world on a craft that respects the environment, where the power required for the technological equipment for navigation, although modern and safe, is still without emissions and compatible for every need.

A conceptually new sailing boat will be designed and built according to patents that will allow the most advanced and best exploitation of wind energy, solar and hybrid energy.

The intention is to involve in the project different research programs, implemented by a commitment to inform and create awareness, but above all to propose concrete solutions to combat pollution. This remarkable initiative will help to focus further attention of the public and businesses on the environment issue and develop one step further the efficiencies of current renewable energies like solar, wind and hybrids. The task will be to test new systems, even at sea and perhaps in extreme conditions, so that they can then be applied in the industry and marketed to a large consumer audience.

It is difficult to summarize such a unique and unprecedented undertaking in only a few words, it is also difficult to underline in a few words the courage, the expertise, the know how and the bravery of a great world champion behind this initiative: Matteo Miceli.

Matteo Miceli will conquer a new world record and the Sponsor can conquer it in turn to make it become an unprecedented event capable of capturing the worlds attention and respect. An initiative that match’s perfectly with the needs of putting a project or location on center stage. In times of financial crunch’s an initiative that offers great returns with modest investments, extended but not limited to:

  • A long publicity period that will last 4 years. Matteo Miceli will spend the next 3 years training and participating to national and international racing events, thus providing sponsors and partners constant, pervasive and successful visibility
  • Attaching the Sponsors brand to an enterprise that has a World Wide resonance
  • A promotion and communication plan that has as testimonial a world multi Champion for Atlantic  crossings – Matteo Miceli
  • A project that will lead with cutting edge technology, sustainability and renewable energy in the Maritime Industry
  • A project that will deliver new industry standards and opportunity for production of new solutions

A light for the world to follow for sustainability, renewable energy and innovation in the Maritime Industry. A message of strength, innovation and leadership from the Sponsor. The initiative will be constantly followed by a thorough and continuous communication campaign that will follow every single preparation detail and event leading to the “Gran Finale”. A comprehensive preparation schedule of National and International events, leading to the Gran Finale, that will guarantee exposure.

The events:

  • “La Grande Motte – Tunisi – La Grande Motte”
  • “Route du Rhum – Sainto Malo / Guadalupe”
  • “The Transat (Ostar) – Plymouth / Newport (Rhode Island)”
  • “Transat Jacques Vabre (Route du Cafè) – Le Havre / Salvador de Bahia”
  • “Regata dei Cetacei”
  • “Romax2”
  • “Corsica per due”
  • “1000 Vele Garibaldi”
  • “Giraglia Rolex Cup”
  • “Moby Giraglia”
  • “Carthago dilecta Est”
  • “Palermo – Monte Carlo”
  • “Trofeo Florio”
  • “Middle sea race Rolex cup”.

Matteo Miceli has asked Icons to identify Sponsors that are willing to contribute to the development of this important project and add bilateral value to it. His desire is to link this important project to an initiative in the United Arab Emirates. A golden opportunity for bringing together Rome (the ancient and eternal City) and a young emerging reality like the UAE.

Matteo Miceli’s team and Icons welcome sponsors that could benefit from this unique unprecedented proposition.

For more info please e-mail or download the full information from our Companies Download section.