A team of the US? Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH) and the local Arabtech Jardaneh has been awarded the design consultant contract for the infrastructure package on the first phase of the estimated $700 million Ayla Oasis project in Aqaba (MEED 15:7:05). The Ayla development will be built on 4.3 million square metres of land, close to the border with Israel, and will involve the construction of five hotels, 3,000 residences, a marina village, an artificial lagoon and an 18-hole golf course. The development is split into three four-year phases. The masterplan was drawn up by the US? EDSA. The developer is Ayla Oasis Development Company, which is owned by Saudi Arabia?s Arab Supply & Trading Establishment (ASTRA).