In early June the local Arabtec Construction was awarded an estimated AED3bn contract to build 1,500 homes at Al-Furjan.

The overall project covers an area of 560 hectares at the intersection of a military road and Emirates road in Jebel Ali. It will ultimately 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 local Khansaheb Civil Engineering was awarded the estimated AED900m 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 8:6:08).