Tenders to be issued for Dubai Sustainable City

$82m contract to build a school, university and planetarium

NEWS, Projects, Diamond Developers, Dubai municipality, Dubai Sustainable City, Dubailand, Jeet contracting

Tenders for some key components at Dubai Sustainable City are to be issued in February, according to reports.

Diamond Developers will issue a AED300m ($82m) contract early next year for construction of a school, university and a planetarium within its AED1.1bn ($299m) Sustainable City project in Dubailand, Zawya reported.

Faris Saeed, chairman of Diamond Developers, was quoted as saying Jeet Contracting, the company's in-house construction arm, will build the 500 villas in the master development.

"We are expecting to get the building permit soon from Dubai Municipality to start construction of the first phase of villas. We plan to handover the first phase by end-2014," Saeed said.

Modular Design Engineering Consultants are working on the residential components, Al Ajmi Engineering on the mixed use (retail, offices and mosque) while Arif & Bintoak Consulting Architects and Engineers are the consultants on the school, country club, resort, sustainability centre of excellence and planetarium.

Dubai Sustainable City will feature a green belt with 20,000 trees and a 5,000ft2-long water canal. At least 20% of the construction area will be built with eco-friendly materials while landscaping will cover around 60% of the project, Zawya added.

Solar farms will be spread over 600,000ft2 while 100% of the sewage water will be recycled.

The Sustainable City project is set for completion in 2015, according to the company's website.

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