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Site visit: Montrell, Al Furjan

by Jochebed Menon on Mar 4, 2017

From humble beginnings in the early 1980s, Dubai’s construction sector has skyrocketed to its present glory. The emirate’s residential sector has boomed as well in this period; this year alone more than 20,000 new homes are expected to be delivered, according to real estate brokers in the city.

As the expatriate community grows, so too does the need for housing; newer areas are being developed along with novel forms of residences, such as fully-furnished apartments, fully-serviced apartments, and hotel apartments.

Serviced apartments offer an attractive proposition for Dubai’s burgeoning expat community, which often prefers to rent without investing in furniture and other household amenities.

Real estate developer Azizi Developments, which is a subsidiary of Azizi Holding, has seen a gap in the market, and has established several such developments in Al Furjan, Dubai Healthcare City, Jebel Ali, and on the Palm Jumeirah, in the emirate. The developer currently has 13 buildings under construction in Al Furjan, Dubai’s newest residential community in Jebel Ali, and plans to launch 50 new developments in Dubai this year, comprising residential, commercial, and retail spaces.

In Al Furjan alone, the developer has 17 buildings – either already built and under construction – and seven plots on which construction will commence later this year.

Azizi Montrell is the developer’s 14th project in Al Furjan, which is a fully furnished serviced apartment building consisting of 222 units – 168 studios and 54 one-bedroom apartments.

Apartment sizes range from 46m2 for a studio up to 93m2 for a one-bedroom unit. Each apartment will be fitted with Italian appliances and kitchenware, French chillers, and furniture from several European countries. Azizi aims to deliver a quality product to its clients.

Once completed, this full-service residential building will offer residents a complete array of hospitality features, including a concierge service, valet parking, and housekeeping. Azizi has appointed its sister firm, Candace Hotels and Resorts, to operate Montrell. Building amenities include two swimming pools – adults and children – a gym, sauna and steam rooms, and a play area for kids on podium level two.

Construction Week toured the development, which is adjacent to another Azizi project, Roy Mediterranean, besides Yalayis Street.

Construction work commenced on the nine-storey, mid-rise structure in July 2016, and is scheduled to be completed by November 2017.

“We’ve almost completed the main structure, which took us just eight months. The plastering and painting work on the ground and first podium level have also been completed; work is progressing quickly,” notes Farhad Azizi, chief executive officer of Azizi Developments.

The main structural work has reached the sixth floor. Typical concrete-slab shuttering and steel reinforcements form the core of the structure.

Emad Ziedan, Azizi Developments’ onsite project manager, says: “We have two podium levels of parking, with 252 car spaces, and seven floors of residential apartments.” He adds that the building will include a restaurant, a grocery store, a laundry room, and office spaces on the ground floor.

Main contractor, Keilani Construction Company (KCC), was awarded the $56m (AED206m) contract in May 2016.

Walaa Elsharkawy, who has been with Azizi for the past 12 years, is the lead design architect on the project, and has designed two serviced apartments and three residential buildings for Azizi. “I will be working on eight more projects with the developer – four hotel apartments and four residential buildings,” he says.