Woods Bagot has designed the masterplan for a new real estate development in Sharjah, launched by UAE developer Arada.
Occupying an area of 2.2 sq km, the Aljada urban district will boast a gross real estate value of $6.5bn (AED24bn) and a total population of approximately 70,000 people, Arabian Business reported.
“Aljada is a project that stays true to its roots; it embodies the heritage of the city that lies around it, while looking forward to Sharjah’s future.
“With design elements that draw inspiration from Sharjah’s oldest neighbourhoods, to environmentally friendly building standards, Aljada really does represent the best of both worlds,” Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, vice chairman of Arada and founder of KBW Investments, said.
The development’s master plan, which was designed by Woods Bagot in close collaboration with Sharjah Urban Planning Council, has been designed with walkability and green spaces in mind.
The master-planned megaproject will feature a diverse array of residential, commercial, retail, leisure, and entertainment offerings, as well as a dedicated business park.
The Central Hub, Aljada’s entertainment and leisure precinct, will feature an urban piazza replete with cafés and restaurants, and a musical fountain display as its centrepiece. Other attractions will include skate parks, an extreme sports centre, and the largest children’s adventure and discovery complex in the Northern Emirates.
Boasting direct access to Al Dhaid Road and easy access to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, Aljada is adjacent to the emirate’s University City. It is located just five minutes’ drive from Sharjah International Airport and the Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF Zone).
The district’s multiple access points and general road widths will serve to ease congestion, according to its developer.
“Elevating the standards of development in the Emirate of Sharjah by working closely with the Sharjah Urban Planning Council, Aljada will be distinguished by its superior architectural design and unparalleled quality of public realm, incorporating best international design practices.
“Master-planned with a focus on enhanced urban spaces, the design-led Aljada lifestyle experience integrates living, working, and entertainment, all curated for a vibrant, tightly knit community,” Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, chairman of Sharjah Urban Planning Council, said.
With construction activities scheduled to commence in Q1 2018, Aljada will be delivered in 10 phases starting in 2019. The entire project is expected to complete by 2025.