Nakheel, the real estate arm of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp (PCFC), is developing a new 234-acre residential neighbourhood, Gardens of Discovery, involving 290 buildings housing 25,412 apartments.
This will mark fourth and biggest phase of the project to date. Once completed, it will be linked to the existing neighbourhood, according to a Nakheel official who spoke to Gulf News Monday.
Tenders for the first two packages of the fourth phase have already being floated while the third package will be floated in the next couple of weeks.
"The first tender package, Zen 1, involves 17 buildings. So far about 30 companies have bid for the package, which will be evaluated and awarded around August," the official said.
"Tenders for the second package, Med 1 which involves 36 buildings, have also been floated. We expect to float tender for the third package, Med 2 around July."
The entire project, he said, is still in the developing stage and could be finetuned. All the buildings range between four to eight floors. As per the masterplan, all the 290 buildings will be built around 90 'circles', each having three buildings around them, while some will have four buildings.
Nakheel has awarded the infrastructure contract to Al Naboodah Engineering Services on June 1. Work has already begun, according to an Al Naboodah engineer. This involves developing a 30-kilometer road network, pedestrian walkways, earthworks, electricity and telecommunications installations, water supply and irrigation network as well as install a sewage network.
Al Naboodah has also been asked to design and implement a well-equipped children's playground, a basketball court and a series of pools.
With regards to landscaping, the company will design and develop both hard and soft features: sculptural developments such as fountains, and extensive green areas, flowering annuals, perennials and trees, respectively. (menareport.com)
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