Nakheel appoints firms for Deira Islands projects

AE7 to handle masterplanning for 15.3km2 waterfront city

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Dubai developer Nakheel said on Saturday it has awarded contracts for design and supervision services on Deira Islands including the Night Market and Board Walk projects.

Nakheel said in a statement that it has appointed AE7 for the design and supervision services including master planning and infrastructure design for Deira Islands, its new, 15.3km2 waterfront city, under a contract worth $7.6mn (AED28mn).

The same firm was also awarded another contract worth $5.3mn (AED19.5mn) covering architectural and engineering services for the Night market and Board Walk, two main attractions on the 4.5mn m2 south island.

The company said the creek side destination will be easily accessible from the mainland by road bridges and abras. The island's other attractions will include a large shopping mall; an amphitheatre for 30,000 people; and a marina that can accommodate large yachts.

Tender documents for the construction of infrastructure are expected to be released around the middle of May, following which companies will be invited to collect, Nakheel added.

The master developer said it has already witnessed great interest in the project when it released its first phase of plots end of March 2014 - ranging from 50,000 to 670,000 square feet - for hotel and resort development on two of the four islands that make up the project

Deira Islands, which will add 40km, including 21km of beachfront to Dubai's coastline is expected to contribute significantly to the Government of Dubai's tourism vision.

The project paves the way for the development of dozens of hotels and serviced apartments, mixed-use buildings and residential waterside developments at what Nakheel says will become a new cultural, residential and commercial hub for the emirate.

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