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Sobha says to recruit up to 6,000 staff for Dubai project

Developer announces plan to take on thousands of workers for $4bn Hartland project in Dubai

Sobha says to recruit up to 6,000 staff for Dubai project

Sobha Group, the developer-contractor owned by PNC Menon, is planning to recruit up to 6,000 staff to work on its new $4bn Hartland project in Dubai.

The company's vice chairman, Ajay Rajendran, told Construction Week that the huge project, which is set to be built out entirely over six-to-seven years, will require between 5,000-6,000 staff.

"There will be peaks and troughs, but that is the kind of number that we’d require on site for the bulk part," he said.

Sobha Hartland, which sits just off Al Khail Road on a site facing the grandstand at the Meydan development, will contain 282 villas ranging between 6,259 square foot to 17,000 sq ft.

There will also be two mixed-use towers, nine blocks of ground-plus-48 storeys, three blocks of ground-plus-20, and 18 blocks of ground-plus-eight, as well as three hotels, a 150,000 sq m community centre, a clubhouse, three mosques and two international schools.

The first 140 villas have already gone on sale, with prices starting at $3.3 million.

Rajendran told CW that the first villas will be ready for handover by the end of 2016, but the first school will open in September 2015.

The company is also set to build a new labour camp in Sharjah to house many of the workers who will be building Hartland. It already has two existing camps at Dubai Investment Park.

“At this point in time, 80 percent of our capacity is committed to doing Hartland because work has to be done in a tight timescale," he said.

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