Local developer Emaar Properties has appointed a main contractor for its business park scheme at Mohammed bin Rashid City (MBR City) in Dubai.

India’s Shapoorji Pallonji was awarded the deal to build the $150m project at Emaar’s Dubai Hills scheme.

The scope of work comprises building seven five-storey commercial buildings as well as other associated infrastructure.

A source close to the scheme says work has already started, with completion expected by the final quarter of 2018.

The local WME Engineering Consultants is the project’s main consultant.

Earlier this month, MEED reported that Emaar had launched a new residential project at the Dubai Hills Estate development.

Park Point, which will comprise a mid-rise residential tower and retail space, is expected to be completed by 2019 and is set to cost about $80m.

The developer has not yet revealed when it will be launching the construction tender to build the project.

In September, MEED reported the developer had invited companies to bid by 30 October for the estimated AED2.8bn ($763m) deal to build the shopping mall at its Dubai Hills development.

The Dubai Hills scheme covers an area of 11 million square metres and includes gated villa communities, a commercial centre and high-end retail centres, as well as low-rise and mid-rise residences, hotels and serviced hotel apartments.

Dubai Hills Estate is being jointly developed by the local Meraas Holding and Emaar Properties.