By Staff writer
Six local companies chosen to oversee design and construction supervision of 42-tower development
Dubai developer Nakheel has chosen six home-grown engineering and architectural consultants to help deliver its new AED7.5 billion ($2 billion) Jebel Ali Gardens community.
Nakheel has tasked Dubai-based, Emirati-led companies with overseeing the design and construction supervision of the sprawling development, where 42 towers will house 40,000 people in nearly 10,000 apartments.
A construction tender will be released in the first quarter of 2017, with anticipated completion in early 2020, Nakheel said in a statement.
It added that the six-way consultancy appointment reflects its policy of engaging local engineers and designers - for both in-house and consultancy roles - to deliver its vast range of new projects.
The appointed consultants are MEECON (Middle East Engineering Consultants), Golden Square Engineering, Eng Adnan Saffarini Office, Arif & Bintoak Consulting Architects & Engineers, Design Center Architects & Engineers Consultants and Bel-Yoahah Architectural & Engineering Consultants.
Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said: "Nakheel itself is a home-grown developer which has rapidly become one the world's biggest names in real estate. As we embark on a new phase in our growth, we are proud to support Emirati companies to help us achieve our business goals and reinforce our positon as a global leader in creative, innovative engineering.
"We are delighted to name these six firms as the consultants who will work with our in-house design, engineering and construction teams to deliver what is set to become one of Dubai's largest, most desirable residential communities."
Jebel Ali Gardens is one of a growing number of developments in Nakheel's residential leasing portfolio - a key focus of the company's new business strategy - which aims to double the number of existing units for lease to nearly 36,000.
Jebel Ali Gardens is set on a 5.5 million sq ft site - of which around 20 percent will be communal green space - with a built-up area of 19 million sq ft.
The 10,000 apartments, ranging from one to three bedrooms, will be set in over a million sq ft of landscaped gardens featuring a central park, swimming pools, jogging track, football fields and tennis and basketball courts. There will also be three mosques accommodating up to 3,000 people between them.
The 42 buildings, ranging from 18 to 29 floors, will be grouped into 12 blocks, each featuring a gym with panoramic views over the landscaped grounds. There will also be ground-floor retail space in each building.
I wish they would apply the same level of quality and urgency to the projects that have been under development for years. Take a look at the JVC project - currently it is a mess of some constructed, semi-constructed and large areas of desert scrub. Landscaping is all but non-existent.
I pass it twice a day and feel sorry for investors & residents who bought into the vision. These mega-projects will only succeed if delivered in phases.
Sports City across the road also need to get a jog on with their developments. All looks lovely on an artists rendering but the reality is very different. Ask anyone who invested with Rufi Real Estate how their investment looks right now - there semi-completed towers haven't move forward an inch in 4 years.
I hope the looming prospect of 2020 is a prod to ensure these developers deliver what they promised (well, a version of what they promised at least!).