Site visit: Alandalus, Jumeirah Golf Estates
Home to the DP World Tour Championships, developer Jumeirah Golf Estates says that the first two towers in its Alandalus development are on track to meet the completion deadline of 2018
Situated minutes away from the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport, the green and luscious Jumeirah Golf Estates has been the host to the DP World Tour Championships since 2009. The large-scale development boasts two Greg Norman-designed championship golf courses, Fire and Earth. The par 72 courses measure 7,480 yards and 7,706 yards respectively from the championship tees.
In addition to the two golf courses, Jumeirah Golf Estates is home to a number of golfing and residential facilities, which the developer claims make it a top choice for home owners and investors. Adding to its array of large indoor and outdoor events spaces, the developer officially unveiled its new 300-capacity ballroom in November 2016. In addition to the host of facilities, the first retail centre for Jumeirah Golf Estates is set to open in the first quarter of 2017. The 4,180m2 centre will offer residents access to a grocery store, a restaurant, and a café, all within the community.
Having always been included in the list of luxurious residential communities in Dubai, the developer ventured into affordable housing with the launch of its Mediterranean-inspired apartments and townhouses, Alandalus, in May 2015. With completion expected in 2018, 20% of the overall construction work is currently finished at the site. Alandalus will be home to more than 715 one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments, complete with large indoor and outdoor living spaces; 54 townhouses, which surround an urban piazza; and retail, hospitality, and food and beverage (F&B) outlets. Prices for the apartments start from $162,546 (AED597,000).
The homes feature large outdoor terraces, trellises, roof towers, and contemporary interiors, with a special focus on exclusivity and greenery. Omar Almukhayet, projects manager at Jumeirah Golf Estates, tells Construction Week: “Alandalus has been designed to reflect a growing demand for outdoor living, while reflecting the serenity and calmness of its natural surroundings with landscaped gardens, flora and fauna. The architecture of the residences adds to the ambience of the green surroundings.”
The developer has adopted a phased approach, with the first two towers and the car park already under construction in the first phase. Currently there are about 200 labourers on site, working round the clock. Almukhayet explains: “We are now working on Tower A and Tower B as well as the car park, comprising of more than 200 spaces. The further launch of the next six towers will depend on the market demand.
“So far, we have had a very encouraging response to our product. So hopefully, by the end of this year, you can expect some more announcements from our side.”
Al Habtoor STFA Soil Group was appointed for foundation and ground works, which was completed in June 2016. Following that, Jumeirah Golf Estates awarded the main construction contract for Alandalus to Sumer Contracting Company. Almukhayet says: “The appointment of Sumer Contracting is a major milestone in the construction of Alandalus and a pivotal development in Jumeirah Golf Estates’ growth story. They are a good contractor and we are quite happy working with them.”
But even with the expertise on hand, the developer still faced challenges during the construction tenure, encountering difficulties with the high groundwater table. Almukhayet continues: “The challenge that we faced was sort of technical in nature. As a part of the construction activity, when we reached the level of the ground for the towers, the groundwater table was high there. Being the project manager, I couldn’t halt work on the building until I finished de-watering the entire area. What we did was build a wall measuring 250m to separate both the towers from the car park. This wall helped us to start our work on the buildings without affecting the car park.”
The developer claims that the project has seen an eclectic mix of investors and buyers of different nationalities. With an attractive payment plan, Almukhayet believes that the product will foster a new wave of affordable luxury units being made available in the market. He says: “Situated at the entrance of Jumeirah Golf Estates for easy accessibility, the buildings in Alandalus will vary in size from G+5 to G+9, and G+11, and will have views of the Fire and Earth golf courses. Also, having an attractive payment plan has helped us garner some very positive reviews for our product.”
Elsewhere at the development, the developer launched Phase 2 of its Redwood Park community — with a major portion of the townhouses selling out. Construction of Phase 1 of the project reached completion in the fourth quarter of 2016. Overlooking Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Fire golf course, Redwood Park was designed to provide more affordable property options, with prices starting from $762,361 (AED2.8m). Inspired by the Tuscan countryside, Redwood Park is a collection of spacious three- and four-bedroom townhouses, located within walking distance of Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Clubhouse and its extensive amenities.
The real estate developer is also placing an increased focus on leveraging Saudi investor interest in Dubai, which was highlighted during a visit by Jumeirah Golf Estates’ executive director of corporate services, Abdulaziz Bukhatir, to Jeddah during November last year.
The entire golf development currently has 16 districts, and Almukhayet says that the developer still has room to expand with future projects. He concludes: “Our further announcements depend entirely on market demand. We have started to see a positive sentiment in 2017, and hopefully this will continue for the entire year ahead.”