First construction contract awarded for Sharjah mega project

ARADA hands the main construction award for the first four Areej Apartments blocks, based within phase 1 of Aljada
First construction contract awarded for Sharjah mega project
By Sam Bridge
Sat 21 Jul 2018 12:21 AM

ARADA has awarded the first construction contract at Aljada, its mega mixed-use project in Sharjah.

The UAE developer handed the main construction award for the first four Areej Apartments blocks, based within phase 1 of Aljada, to Modern Building Contracting Company (MBCC), a contractor that has worked on sites throughout the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Mobilisation will take place onsite in the coming weeks, with full construction set to commence by the end of July. The buildings, which contain the first homes to be built within the 24 million square foot project, are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

In total, over 250 units will be built across the four Areej apartments blocks.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, chairman of ARADA, said: “This award is an important milestone for Aljada as we move into the development phase of this iconic and transformational project. We’re pleased to be partnering with Modern Building Contracting Company, and look forward to working closely with them to help deliver Aljada’s first homes.”

The contract award is the latest announcement at Aljada, the AED24 billion mixed-use lifestyle destination located on the last large plot of undeveloped land in the heart of Sharjah.

In April, ARADA announced the launch of East Village, a 15-building creative community targeting the younger generation, which constitutes Phase 2 of Aljada, while also confirming that enabling work onsite had begun.

Also in April, ARADA signed a management agreement with Emaar Hospitality Group to bring three new hotels, Address Aljada Sharjah, Vida Aljada Sharjah and Rove Aljada to the megaproject.

In March, ARADA announced that Zaha Hadid Architects had won a global competition to design the Central Hub, the focal point of Aljada, and a new leisure and entertainment destination for the UAE.

Launched in September 2017 by Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, Aljada has swiftly become Sharjah’s fastest-selling residential community. Delivered in phases starting in 2019, the entire project is expected to be completed by 2025.

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