Infrastructure work is set to begin on the first two sections of the $1,300 million Madinat al-Sharq project near Zarqa,one of the largest real estate developments planned in the kingdom. The new city involves the redevelopment of the existing Zarqa military camps, which cover an area of 25 million square metres. The project is being developed by a public-private partnership of state-owned National Resources Investment & Development Corporation (Mawared) and several local real estate companies. Amman-based The Land International Investment & Real Estate Development Company is set to appoint a main contractor by the end of July for the phase 1 infrastructure package on its section of the project. The scope of works includes the construction of 1,200 residential units including 100 semi-detached villas, 560 apartment buildings and 540 apartment complexes. The scheme will have a total built-up area of 196,597 square metres. The local Sigma Consulting Engineers is the architect and design consultant. The local Madaen al-Nour Real Estate Investment & Development Company has appointed the local Madaen Asalam as main contractor for the phase 1 infrastructure package on its 154,000-square-metre section of the development. The scope of works includes the construction of 28 villas, 1,700 apartments and a mall. Infrastructure work is due to start by the end of July. Sigma is the architect and design consultant. The site’s development is divided into seven residential districts. Construction is divided into six phases. The first phase is the pilot project which has a total built-up area of 2.5 million square metres. The new city will provide housing for up to 450,000 inhabitants.