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The Central Hub at Aljada will be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

The Central Hub at Aljada will be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

ZHA design for Aljada hub

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has been chosen to design the centrepiece of Sharjah’s $6.53-billion Aljada project.

April 2018

Sharjah-based developer Arada has appointed Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to design the Central Hub, the centrepiece of its $6.53-billion Aljada project in the UAE emirate.

Developed with environmental considerations integrated throughout the masterplan to minimise the consumption of resources, the proposal conceptualises the moment a water droplet strikes the Earth’s surface, captured in an array of elliptical buildings designed to channel prevailing winds into civic spaces and courtyards to facilitate cooling during the summer months.

 The central observation tower is surrounded by vibrant public squares with water features irrigated by recovered and recycled water. Tensile canopies sustain a microclimate at ground level for verdant gardens of species native to the region.

 Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, chairman of Arada, says: “Zaha Hadid Architects is globally renowned for forward-thinking and transformational urban design. While all of the companies in this design competition offered outstanding designs, Zaha Hadid Architects’ integrated design approach matched our vision for Aljada’s Central Hub as an interconnected destination. This approach is synonymous with Arada’s mission to develop rewarding and engaging communities, building the Sharjah of tomorrow.”

 The heart of the Dh24-billion ($6.53 billion) Aljada mixed-use development, the 1.9-million-sq-ft Central Hub will be a new focus for the UAE and a significant addition to Sharjah, regarded as the cultural capital of the Arab world.

 Aljada’s Central Hub will be a major destination for tourists and residents in its own right, offering world-class amenities complemented by community facilities as well as retail and dining experiences.

The Sama Majlis Villa in Sharjah ... the terrace has an open-air majlis.

The Sama Majlis Villa in Sharjah ... the terrace has an open-air majlis.

 In line with Arada’s mission to build sustainable urban environments, the Central Hub’s design will incorporate the use of treated wastewater for irrigation, while the architecture will incorporate active and passive measures to lower the demand for indoor cooling.

 The first phase of the Central Hub will create a lively, family-friendly destination with a series of attractions and activities for residents of Sharjah to enjoy the Aljada site throughout the year. These include an adventure activity zone, a food market showcasing home-grown delicacies and outdoor events spaces.

 Tariq Khayyat, head of region-Middle East, Zaha Hadid Architects, says: “Zaha Hadid Architects is proud to partner with Arada on a project designed for Sharjah’s community and its visitors. Applying all our knowledge and experience in creating some of the world’s most popular civic spaces, we look forward to working closely with Arada to foster Sharjah’s public realm in delivering Aljada’s Central Hub.”

 Aljada was launched by HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah in early September 2017. The 24-million-sq-ft project has become Sharjah’s fastest-selling residential community.

 To be delivered in phases beginning in 2019, the entire project is expected to be completed by 2025. CH2M has been awarded the infrastructure design contract for the project.

 Aljada is situated in the heart of Sharjah with exceptional connectivity to surrounding areas. The masterplan is designed with walkability and wide green spaces in mind, allowing residents, workers and visitors to live, work and play within a fully integrated and sustainable community.


Nasma Residences

Meanwhile, Arada has launched a new type of property, the Sama Majlis Villa, at its Nasma Residences community in the heart of New Sharjah.

The developer confirms that construction work on the project’s first phase is 20 per cent complete and is on schedule for the  first homes  to be delivered to buyers by the end of this year.

The Sama Majlis Villa is a four-bedroom independent property with an open-air majlis based on an upstairs terrace. The villa was launched at a sales event last month (March), where it met with significant interest from investors from around the UAE and beyond. Other units on sale at Nasma Residences include two-, three- and four-bedroom townhouses and semi-detached villas, and four- and five-bedroom signature villas.

The Sama Majlis Villa is being sold in Phase Three of Nasma Residences, an 800-villa and townhouse community ideally located adjacent to Emirates Road and Maliha Road.

 Launched in March 2017, Nasma Residences sold out the first of the community’s five phases in less than a month, making it the fastest-selling residential real estate project in Sharjah.

 The main construction contract for work on Phase One of Nasma Residences was awarded to Intermass Engineering & Contracting, while contracts for Phase Two were won by two separate companies: Intermass and Klampfer Middle East. Work on Phase Two has already commenced, with excavation and foundation works under way. Arada expects to award the contract for Phase Three in May, with the entire community scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

Spread over an area of 5 million sq ft, Nasma Residences has been carefully planned to ensure a balance between living areas and community facilities. Keeping homeowners’ comfort and convenience top of mind, Nasma Residences will be anchored by four community offerings: a 13-acre lushly landscaped park with cycling and jogging tracks and large play areas; a multi-purpose community centre with club house offering sports and recreation facilities; children’s nursery and full-service medical clinic; a Gems international school; and Nasma Square, a 70,000-sq-ft retail mall.

 Homes range in size from 1,500 sq ft to 4,400 sq ft, and start from Dh1.04 million ($284,511).

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