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Site visit: Sobha Hartland

by Jochebed Menon on May 13, 2017

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The Mohammed Bin Rashid City is a planned mixed-use community in Dubai, which has been labelled as the ‘new city’ within Dubai. The community is being planned to house more than 100 hospitality properties; the largest mall in the world, Mall of the World; the biggest swimming pool in the world; as well as master communities of District One and Sobha Hartland.

While District One is a joint venture project between Meydan Group and real estate developer, Sobha Group, Sobha Hartland is Sobha’s flagship project in the Middle East. Located off the Al Khail Road, 3km away from Burj Khalifa, Meydan Mall, and Downtown Dubai, the $4bn development of 74.3ha will comprise 264 villas, approximately 5,400 apartments, 80 townhouses, a clubhouse, two schools, three hotels, premium eateries, a retail centre, a spa, a community mall, and three mosques, upon completion.

Construction Week tours Phase 1 of the development, which include Hartland Greens Apartments – Buildings One and Four; Hartland Estate – 48 villas, comprising 35,303m2; 27 townhouses, christened Quad Homes, covering an area of 8,825m2; and the North London Collegiate School, which is scheduled for handover in September 2017.

The other school, Hartland International School, launched in 2013 and commenced operations in September 2015.  Phase 1 of Hartland Greens includes two buildings comprising an area of 3.9ha, 161 residential apartments, and six retail units, and is scheduled for completion in December 2017. The developer expects residents to move in by the end of January 2018. Currently, across both the buildings, the structural work is almost complete, with finishes and plastering ongoing.

Sobha Hartland Greens comprises eight floors of residential apartments varying from studios, to one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, and two-,three-, and four-bedroom duplexes.

Of the 48 Hartland Estate Villas, 32 are four-bedroom and 16 are five-bedroom residences. Structural works on 12 villas have been completed, while foundations works are currently ongoing on 30 villas. Francis Alfred, managing director – development at Sobha, says that by the end of the year, the structures of all the 48 villas will be completed and handover will begin by December 2018.

The Quad Homes, which were announced in January 2017, will consist of four bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and balcony, covering an area of 310m2 over three floors. Additionally, each townhouse comes with its own private lift, garden, roof terrace, and two-car garage. Phase 1 of the 27-townhouse project will be completed in December 2018.

With a backward integrated real estate model, Sobha boasts high standards across all of its developments. “We ensure that all our projects are designed, constructed, completed, and maintained to the highest level. We believe that when we do all the work in-house, with our own skilled and highly trained technicians, the quality is above par.

“We are known for delivering quality products. Globally, we have handed over more than 90 million square feet of construction and real estate projects. At Sobha, we ensure that our labour force is trained in the most advanced construction methods,” Alfred says.

The real estate company has its own construction and engineering firm, as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP), finishes, joinery, glazing, design, landscaping, facilities management, and interior design divisions. “Having all of these departments in-house means a high standard of project quality is always guaranteed,” he says.