The contract involves the construction of 1,500 homes. Construction will commence in August 2008, with the first residences expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2010.

The project covers an area of 560 hectares at the intersection of a military road and Emirates road in Jebel Ali, and will have more than 4,000 villas and terraced homes split into four communities. Each community will have its own village centre with supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, open spaces and gyms. Two schools are also planned.

The project replaces the Lost City development which was abandoned after Dubai’s Road & Transport Authority decided to move ahead with the parallel roads scheme that will cut across the site. The masterplan for the new development also takes into account changes in the market that have occurred since the Lost City was launched in September 2004, including the new Dubai World Central airport and a growing need for affordable housing.

The local Khansaheb Civil Engineering was awarded the estimated AED900m ($245m) infrastructure works contract in April. The local Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting has completed the earthworks package. US-based Turner Construction International is the project manager. UK-based Davis Langdon is the quantity surveyor. The local Al-Khatib & Cracknell is the landscape design consultant. US-based Wilbur Smith is the traffic and infrastructure consultant; and Burt Hill, also of the US, is the architect (MEED 21:4:08).