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Dubai developer Azizi says projects 'in full swing' despite coronavirus challenges

Construction has been exempted from the lockdown, but strict measures that limit blue-collar workers continue

Dubai developer Azizi says projects 'in full swing' despite coronavirus challenges

Most industries may be suffering due to the coronavirus, but Dubai-based Azizi Developments claims its projects are “in full swing” since construction is exempt from the 24-hour government mandated lockdown.

The private developer's projects in Mohammed Bin Rashid City (MBR), Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Healthcare City, Al Furjan, and Downtown Jebel Ali are underway and construction is progressing swiftly, it said in a statement to media. 

While construction has indeed been exempt from the 24-hour lockdown in Dubai, the city has followed in Abu Dhabi’s footsteps by limiting the movement of blue-collar workers from one Emirate to the other.

But Azizi Developments insists it’s on schedule to deliver projects. In the first three months of 2020, it said it constructed over 1,326,978 sq. ft of built-up area (BUA), with a monthly average building progress of nearly 8% percent. 

Its Al Furjan projects, Star, Shaista, and Plaza are 72, 78, and 90 percent complete, respectively, in terms of construction. Its Aura project in Jebel Ali is 85 percent complete, while Mina is 91 percent.

Aliyah in Dubai Healthcare City was completed last year, and Samia and Farishta in Al Furjan earlier this year.

Construction at its Riviera project is now at 60 percent, with several buildings in its first phase scheduled for completion by year’s end, and handovers taking place shortly thereafter. 

The developer is aiming to complete a total of approximately 3,000 units in 2020. 

Its CEO Farhad Azizi said the company is working "around the clock” to complete its projects. 

"While we have taken several precautions, we are fully operational and proud to be a leading entity in one of the UAE’s most vital sectors. We are committed to our unremitting pursuance of developing homes and lifestyles, and our integral role in safeguarding the real estate sector against the implications of COVID-19. 

"Despite the current global situation, we will continue to develop our projects at an accelerated pace and proactively serve as a catalyst to the UAE’s vision and development, which is both a privilege and an honour that guides our every step,” he said.

Azizi Developments has 54 ongoing projects that are to be delivered between 2020 and 2023, and an additional 100+ projects in planning, which are projected to be delivered between 2023 and 2025. 

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