Desert Rose infra design tender to be awarded soon
Dubai Municipality says a consultant for the smart city will be appointed by the end of the year
The infrastructure design tender for Dubai's flagship smart sustainable city called Desert Rose will be awarded by the end of the year, a senior figure at Dubai Municipality told Construction Week.
The city will include diversified and simple sustainable housing areas for up to 160,000 residents (120,000 of those being locals) and will be linked to the Dubai Metro network.
Located in between the Al Ruwaya and Al Aweer areas across the Emirates Road towards the desert, it will be constructed along green development principles with the aim to reduce the Emirate's carbon footprint.
Eng Abdulla Rafia, assistant general director of planning & engineering sector, told CW that the design phase would last beween 12-18 months.
He said: "We are at the stage of terms of reference for the infrastructure design. The masterplanning, schematics are finished. The whole stage is done. The next stage is the design of the infrastructure. As soon as the design of the infrastructure is finished the execution of the infrastructure starts. The TRU is floated. Before the end of the year we should be awarding the contract for the design of the infrastructure."
Rafia said Desert Rose would be the "blueprint" for Dubai's future smart cities.
In May, the plans for the AED1bn ($272mn) city were approved by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
It will also include a school, a university, a planetarium, a country club and a community centre with retail and coffee shops, a green belt with 20,000 trees and a 5,000ft2 long water canal, a 600,000ft2 solar park and water management system that will be recycled 100% of waste water.