Sharjah's first smart homes promised at Arada's $6.5bn Aljada
Voice activation technology will allow The Misk Apartments' residents to control temperature, lighting, and household utilities, Arada said
Arada will build Sharjah's first smart homes by equipping luxury apartments in its Aljada megaproject with voice-activated technology.
The Misk Apartments, which are yet to be built, will feature tech that allows homeowners to alter lighting, activate motion sensors, and control blinds, temperature, and utilities at the touch of a button or through voice activation.
Residents will also have remote door access and a 24-hour video surveillance system that is accessible through a mobile phone.
Arada said it was the first UAE developer to roll out smart home tech as a standard throughout a single project.
The technology – Arada Smart Home – will be added free of charge to every unit in the Misk Apartments complex within Aljada, which is a $6.5bn (AED24bn) 2.2km² multi-phase development that is due to complete in 2025.
HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, vice chairman of Arada, said the smart home technology demonstrated the developer's determination to "break new boundaries".
"One of Arada's core aims is to be a leader in the field of forward-thinking and sustainable development," he added.
"Not only will the Arada Smart Home system allow residents greater peace of mind due to round-the-clock visibility of their homes, it will also allow them to save money by monitoring their electricity usage more closely, which in turn results in a reduced impact on the environment."
Arada Smart Home will be unveiled at Cityscape Global on 2-4 October in Dubai.
Plans to launch Sharjah's smart homes came after Arada awarded the first main construction contract for Aljada in July. Modern Building Contracting Company signed a $27.5m (AED101m) deal to build four buildings for the Phase 1 construction of Areej Apartments.
Set to be completed in 2019, the 255 units will be the first homes built for Aljada.