Excavation works started on Taj Halab in Syria

Bena Properties: the mixed-use complex will be one of Syria's largest

Excavation works on site are expected to last six months.
Excavation works on site are expected to last six months.

Syrian developer Bena Properties has announced that excavation works have begun on its Taj Halab development, bringing the project one step closer to completing on schedule in 2014.

Executives from the real estate development and investment arm of Cham Holding said that the works were being executed across an area of 85,800m2 and were likely to last for around six months.

Located in Aleppo, the project is aiming to be one of the largest mixed use developments in the country, whilst catering specifically for the needs of the Aleppo community.

Bena Properties CEO Hawazen Esber said: “The complex will offer distinctive hotel accommodations from different types, while featuring a vibrant retail and a family-oriented entertainment district, dedicated to host a wide range of cultural, retail, and outdoor activities.

“Taj Halab is the first and one of the largest mixed use projects ever built in Syria. It aims to cater in the first place to the needs of the Aleppian community in addition to the tourist market.”

To develop the project, the Syrian firm will be restoring and reusing seven historical buildings in the region dating back to 1920, transforming three of them into a 5-star boutique hotel with 36 Keys.

In addition, there will be a 3-star ibis hotel containing 129 keys, a 4-star Novotel hotel with 150 keys, a shopping mall, boutique office, a family-oriented leisure and entertainment precinct, parks and gardens as well as a large open-air plaza for exhibitions and events.

The project is one of several Bena Properties developments in Syria, others located across Damascus, Lattakia, Tartous and other parts of Aleppo.

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