Aldar's Abu Dhabi Plaza in Astana finishes in 2016

Huge $1.5bn scheme in Kazakh capital ready for 2017 Economic Expo

Astana, Kazakhstan
Astana, Kazakhstan

The huge Abu Dhabi Plaza complex being planned by developer Aldar within the Kazakhstani capital of Astana will be completed in 2016, ahead of the 2017 economic Expo being held in the city.

Askar Mussinov, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the UAE, said that the mega-project will become a focal point in the city and would benefit from the UAE's experience in green building techniques, according to Gulf News.

"The Abu Dhabi Plaza Complex project will include 90,000 square metres of commercial space, 598 residential units in an 88-storey tower (382 metre), a retail space of 111,000 square metres and two hotels. There will also be a tower within the complex, the highest in Central Asia," he said.

He added that the development would prove to be a "catalyst" for furthe development within Astana and would extend a Special Economic Zone set up to attract investment.

The Abu Dhabi government is reported to have invested $1.5bn in the mixed-use scheme, which contains 450 flats and a 12,000m2 hotel, as well as 80,000m2 of office space. It will connect via a rail link directly to Astana airport.

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