Competition begins for industrial cities

06 December 2004
Sharjah and Dubai both unveiled plans at the end of November to build major industrial cities. The more advanced of the two projects is the estimated AED 3,000 million ($817 million) Emirates Industrial City located at Sajaa in Sharjah. The project will be developed on 83 million square feet of land divided into four blocks. The first block includes 20 million square feet of warehousing, with the remaining three accounting for 63 million square feet and including various office, labour and residential facilities.

Work on the project has started, with 50 per cent of enabling work already complete. Tenders for the main construction packages are due out in the first quarter of 2005. The local Darwish Engineering Companyis carrying out the basic infrastructure work. Lebanon's Khatib & Alamiis the consultant. Industrial City Development Company is the investor and developer. Based in Saudi Arabia, ICDC is a consortium made up of four Saudi companies: Al-Hanoo Holding Company, AH Al-Zamil Group, Al-Seidan Real Estateand Al-Habib Real Estate.

The move follows Dubai Development & Investment Authority's announcement on 24 November that the emirate was planning to build a 560 million-square-feet industrial city near Jebel Ali port. The project aims to attract Arab investment into Dubai.

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