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Construction work on $871m Dubai Commercity to start in 2019

Phase 1 has a targeted delivery date of Q3 2020, Dafza told Construction Week

Construction will begin on Dafza's and Wasl's Dubai Commercity in Umm Ramool next year [image: Dafza].
Construction will begin on Dafza's and Wasl's Dubai Commercity in Umm Ramool next year [image: Dafza].

Construction on the world's first e-commerce-dedicated free trade zone, Dubai Commercity, will begin next year, a spokesperson for Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (Dafza) told Construction Week. 

Piling and shoring work will start in the first six months of 2019. The project has seen its investment grow by 18% to $871m (AED3.2bn) since its launch in 2017.

“A tender will be issued soon,” Abdulaziz Ahmed Al Hammadi, senior manager of marketing and corporate communications at Dafza, said. “We will be delivering this project in phases, so we are aiming to deliver Phase 1 of the project in Q3 2020. Phase 2 will follow the year after.” 

Dubai Commercity is being developed as a joint venture between Dafza and Wasl Asset Management Group.

READ: Wasl JV to build $735m Dubai e-commerce free zone

Located in Umm Ramool area, five minutes away from Dubai International Airport, the project will cover a total land area of 19ha, and be split into three clusters hosting office space, warehouses, and a community-focused social hub with gyms and cafés. Architecturally, the social cluster has been designed to narrow and widen so it traps air and minimises the strain on cooling systems. 

The total leasable area of the project has increased by more than third due to demand from companies interested in the space. The park designed as a sustainable project, and the warehouse cluster will be powered entirely by solar panels. Dubai Commercity is aiming to achieve Leed Platinum certification, and its team is said to be working with Dubai Government authorities to reduce its carbon footprint.

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