By Sarah Townsend
First phase of Rahaba Residences contains 200 studios, communal kitchen and recreational areas
Real estate developer Dubai Properties (DP) said on Sunday it had completed the first phase of the Rahaba Residences staff accommodation scheme in Dubailand, the first such project to use a Build-to-Suit (BTS) development model.
The scheme targets Dubai’s growing business and industry sectors, DP said, and create purpose built accommodation to house an anticipated expanding workforce in the lead-up to Dubai Expo 2020 as new infrastructure construction gets under way.
Rahaba Residences is intended to house junior- to mid-level staff and is the first staff accommodation development to use BTS, which aims to use specific materials, room configurations and facilities to meet employees’ residential needs.
Rahabi, for example, has central rather than private kitchens, dining halls, recreation rooms, a gymnasium, outdoor basketball courts, prayer rooms, technical rooms and parking.
The first phase comprises four clusters, each with two, seven-storey buildings connected through a podium level and retail space on the ground floor. The buildings house 200 studios – although when the whole scheme is completed there will be a total of 1600 studios in eight buildings, surrounded by open spaces.
DP said that, with a shortage of affordable homes for national and multinational organisations, demand for accommodation such as Rahaba Residences is likely to increase in the coming years.
Sahar Al Ansari, executive director, residential asset management at DP, said: “Rahaba Residences is a brand new alternative for employers who are interested in housing all of their staff in one, central location in the heart of Dubailand, without compromising on their staff wellbeing and lifestyle.
“The BTS model enables us to build an entirely new destination that will transform the way staff housing has been traditionally delivered in Dubai.”