By James Bennett
Aldar starts work on 16,000 labour development.
Abu Dhabi's largest property developer is to start work on a 16,000 capacity labourer residential development in Al Ain by 2009.
Hot on the heels of Nakheel's announcement last week that it is to build a state of the art 10,000 labourer capacity, Aldar has announced an agreement with the Higher Corporation of Specialised Economic Zones in Abu Dhabi to build a 16,000 capacity workers residential city in Al Ain.
The agreement, which was reached at the inauguration of Cityscape Abu Dhabi, will see Aldar develop a total of eight ‘clusters' for residential development.
According to the company, six of the clusters will include seven residential blocks with a main dining hall and spacious open green spaces. The remaining two clusters will have a central kitchen, shopping mall, medical clinic, an administration building and a mosque.
The estimated cost of the development is 500 million Dirhams. An Aldar statement read that several studies had been conducted to ensure that the infrastructure would be able to handle the expected traffic and population numbers. The company said work would start immediately on the development, which will be completed in phases up to 2009.
Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, chairman of Aldar said that agreement signaled a "commitment to the innumerable hard workers of Al Ain and the United Arab Emirates".
"It is important that the various types of workers are housed properly and their accommodation is maintained carefully as they are a very important aspect in the development of our country," he added.
Jaber Hareb Al Khaili, acting CEO of ZonesCorp, said: "The workers residential city in Al Ain will provide much needed quality accommodation for the town's workers."
An Aldar statement concluded that the Al Ain project complemented an initial agreement to develop the same "high quality residential city in Abu Dhabi".
It added that details of the project in Abu Dhabi would be confirmed "in due course".