By Ed Attwood
Official reveals projects in pipeline as authority gears up to hand over 668 units in May.
As Dubai Silicon Oasis prepares to hand over the second phase of its Cedre Villas project in mid-May, a senior official has revealed that it is planning to float several important tenders for later in the year.
"We are planning for 189 warehouses to be built, and also for the Silicon Residences 4, 5 and 6, which are apartments," Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DS0A) senior vice president for engineering management Muammar Khaled Al Khadeeri told Arabian Business at Cityscape Abu Dhabi event on Monday.
"We hope that these tenders will be floated at the end of the second quarter."
Al Khadeeri said that the 668 units in the Cedre Villas second phase were effectively completed, with landscaping and power connections being completed.
He added that the project's community centre would be finished by August.
"This project is unique in that we are offering freehold status for villa buyers, helping us to sell roughly 160 villas in three weeks," Al Khadeeri said.
The executive also pointed out that the 360 villas from the first phase had all been sold.
In terms of a timeline for the rest of the DSO project, Al Khadeeri said that the next three years would be more a period of consolidation.
"Until 2012, we will be more focused on completing services and facilities, like schools, shopping areas and landscaped facilities," the executive added.
"We feel that resolving the lack of subservices - which we are working on - will be an attraction due to our good location."
DSO is a great location to stay for those looking to live in sub-urban areas quite away from hustle and bustle. But the area lacks a basic facilities like supermarkets, saloon, cafe and for most importantly â€“ a Masjid. It would be greatly appreciated if authorities could build a two-floors Mosque with future in mind with ample of parking spaces like the one built near in Nad Al Sheba Palace. Also, there is a risk of parking spaces when shops starts filling in due to the parking design. It may all need to be converted from parallel parking into diagonal parking wherever the space permits. Especially by the Spring Oasis Tower where choitrams is expected to come. But overall, DSO is doing a great job, and we appreciate it, congrats. We understand, it takes time.
And where does those 160 villa transactions appear in the DLD register?
I have been to DSO couple of times (own an office ) and i have to say that the quality of these villas is top notch. Designed and built by British contractors, these villas are sturdy with high quality finish and open spaces. if i didnt live in Abudhabi, i would probably choose these villas. Its away from the city sprawl, but not away really. However DSO needs more stores and shops to cater to the residents. Good Luck