With advanced technology becoming a mainstay in most developments across the UAE, Sharjah, too, has announced that it will roll out its first smart homes, at its AED24bn landmark megaproject, Aljada. Branded Arada Smart Home, the technology will be an integral feature in each of the units in the luxury Misk Apartments buildings in the city spanning 2.24mn m2. The company has also become the first developer in the UAE to launch smart home technology as standard throughout a single project.
The Arada Smart Home system will allow buyers access to a number of key features, ranging from remote front-door access and 24-hour video security through their mobile phones, to the ability to amend temperature and lighting, as well as managing utilities. Homeowners will also be able to switch to their favourite mood lighting, enable motion sensors within their apartments, and open and close blinds and curtains at the touch of a button. Each of these features can also be controlled by voice activation. It will be operated by a centrally managed and ultra-secure building monitoring system.
HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, vice chairman of Arada says: “One of Arada’s core aims is to be a leader in the field of forward-thinking and sustainable development. Not only will the Arada Smart Home system allow residents greater peace of mind due to round-the-clock visibility of their homes, it will also allow them to save money by monitoring their electricity usage more closely, which in turn results in a reduced impact on the environment. This is yet another sign that Arada is determined to break new boundaries when it comes to delivering security, efficiency and convenience for our customers.”
One of the components of the master developement is the Aljada Central Hub, the UAE’s latest leisure and entertainment destination, which is being designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Delivered in phases starting in 2019, the entire project is expected to be completed by 2025.
The Aljada masterplan has been designed with walkability and wide green spaces in mind, allowing residents, workers and visitors the ability to live, work, play and be entertained within a fully integrated and sustainable community.