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    Palaces in the sand

    For the last decade, construction and real estate companies have been reclaiming land from deserts in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island is one of the most famous and widespread. Arabtec, a UAE construction company, won a £425-million contract to build more than 1000 villas on West Yas Island on an area of 440,000 m2

    The project required a construction environmental management plan (CEMP) and third-party environmental auditing to comply with relevant safety and environmental-related regulations. RSK, from its base in Abu Dhabi, has worked on many well-known projects in the region and was hired by Arabtec to undertake the CEMP for the West Yas Island development project.

    Our regionally placed specialists were also tasked with undertaking the quarterly third-party environmental audits for the project as part of Urban Planning Council requirements. The scope of work includes developing the audit strategy and undertaking quarterly audits with reports being submitted to Arabtec and the Urban Planning Council. To date on this ongoing project, we have hit our targets without incident and within budget.

    • Location: Abu Dhabi
    • Client: Arabtec
    • Project status: Completed
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