By Andy Sambidge
Infrastructure works at the Al Zorah mixed-use project are scheduled to be completed in Q4, says developer
Infrastructure works at Al Zorah, a lifestyle mega-development in Ajman, are scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year, it has been announced.
Located along the coastline of Ajman, the 5.4 million sq m flagship project of Al Zorah Development Company is being planned by developer Solidere International, which has been behind the urban regeneration of downtown Beirut.
Al Zorah said in a statement that it has invested over AED500 million on infrastructure, after the awarding of an AED115 million contract for the final stage of Phase 1 infrastructure works.
The new contract awarded to AIMS Group will complete all phase one infrastructure components of the project which is a freehold development encompassing 12km of waterfront, 1.6 kms of sandy beaches and a 700,000 sq m golf course.
The first phase of the AED2 billion ($544 million) development will include a 113 key beach resort operated by Oberoi, a 192 key beach resort operated by Lux, an 18-hole golf course by Nicklaus Design, 42 premium residential villas on the golf course, and serviced residential apartments.
The Phase 1 infrastructure works included the design, earthworks, work on four marinas that can accommodate over 200 boats, the golf course, the entire road and utility network, bridge and water edge protection across 3.5km of waterfront.
Imad Dana, CEO of Al Zorah Development Company, said: "We are committed to the comforts of our future residents right from the start and we are ensuring that the entire project is geared to provide a holistic lifestyle from day one when people move in. Al Zorah is all about creating that special value for our investors and we can see that vision coming to life already."
According to a previous statement, Al Zorah will have five key districts - The Gateway, Beachfront, Peninsula, Creekside and Golfcourse.
The Gateway is the entrance of Al Zorah and will also feature retail facilities and high-rise towers, while the Beachfront will accommodate high-end resorts, a beach club and boardwalk and beachfront residential serviced apartments.
The Peninsula, inter-connected by a network of pedestrian passages, features an entertainment complex, a marina, Al Zorah souks and a lifestyle centre.
The Creekside is a residential and hotel quarter with direct access to the waterfront promenade, the marinas and mangrove exploration trail.
Al Zorah's 18-hole golf course, by Nicklaus Design, will be operated by Switzerland-based Troon Golf.
Al Zorah waterfront will also include six world-class resorts and serviced residences with panoramic views of the ocean and mangroves.