By Andy Sambidge
Developer appoints construction firm to build 84 townhouses and retail centre in Jumeirah Island community
Nakheel announced on Thursday that it has awarded a contract worth over AED146 million ($39.7 million) for the construction of 84 townhouses and a new retail centre at its Jumeirah Islands community in Dubai.
The developer said in a statement it has appointed UAE-based Metac General Contracting to build the new homes and eight retail blocks that will form part of a new, 608,000 sqft waterfront park and recreational hub at Jumeirah Islands.
Construction is expected to begin within two months and be completed in the first quarter of 2016.
Metac will construct the four bedroom townhouses in two packages of 53 and 31 homes respectively, Nakheel said.
Set in a gated community with a large communal swimming pool, each townhouse covers 3,630 sq ft and comes with a double garage, maid's room, study and private garden.
The eight retail units to be constructed by Metac cover 37,500 sq ft, and form the centrepiece of Nakheel's Jumeirah Islands Park, a new waterfront leisure, dining and shopping hub for residents of Jumeirah Islands and surrounding areas.
The project comprises communal parkland, a retail centre with a supermarket, cafes and restaurants, a fitness centre, sports courts, jogging track and parking.
Nakheel said it has also appointed Metac General Contracting to build new retail and recreation centres at its Al Furjan and International City communities, with a combined contract value of over AED80 million.
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All I would say is don't hold your breath on the timely delivery of anything from Nakheel particularly when it comes to communal facilities.
The shopping centre in Jumeirah park was supposed to have been open well over a year ago and the latest date is October 2014. Other than opening soon banners there is very little activity there at present.
Also not one communal area has been built with Jumeirah Park and how many villas have been built and occupied........ The bridges that linked Jumeirah Islands with Jumeorah Park have also recently been closed off apparently for 'Security issues'