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Mon 23 Apr 2007 10:49 AM

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Al Futtaim goes Silicon

Al Futtaim launches integrated innovations hub for high-tech industries.

Al Futtaim Real Estate, one of the leading property developers in the UAE, announced today the launch of a AED 1 billion development project at Dubai Silicon Oasis, the region's premier integrated innovations hub for high-tech industries.

The development will take place over a plot area of 62,820m

of land and will be built in three phases, the first of which will cost of AED200 million and is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2008.

The project will also include residential apartment blocks, serviced apartments, facility and recreation blocks and a ground floor car park including access roads, surface car parks, landscaping, external works and all service utilities.

Muammar Khaled Al Katheeri, director of planning and construction at Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), said: "The project falls in line with DSO's aim to provide an integrated community that complements and supports the commercial practices in the free zone, which includes R&D facilities, integrated circuit design centres and production lines that provide companies with a cost-effective, quality manufacturing model.

"DSO has been designed to function as an integrated community. We are making every effort to provide a high standard of living for people who work in DSO at its schools, academies, mosques, hospitals, shopping centres, and health and leisure facilities. So far more than AED40 million has been spent on landscaping to enhance the life quality for the surrounding villas, apartments and hotels. All of which provide the right environment for people living and working in Dubai Silicon Oasis."

Al Futtaim Real Estate has received the go ahead to initiate construction of the project, which will be regularly inspected by the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority.

Commenting on the initiative, Nasser Mahmoud, general manager for Al Futtaim Real Estate, said: "Dubai Silicon Oasis is an exciting project that embodies the ‘city within a city' concept by providing everything that you need to live a fulfilling life in comfort and style.

"Complementing the central technology park and auxiliary business facilities, the residential component being developed by Al Futtaim will add value to the community lifestyle being offered by the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority."

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