Dubai-based master developer Limitless has appointed Dar Al-Handasah for designing and supervising the $19bn Downtown Jebel Ali project in Dubai.
Located between Jebel Ali free zone and Techno Park, Downtown Jebel Ali has four zones spread across an area of more than 6.5 million m² and is designed to house 326 buildings, including residential and commercial units.
Under the AED19.5m ($5.3m) contract, Dar Al-Handasah will review and enhance the existing infrastructure design of the 200ha mixed-use community's two, three and four zones.
Zone one is already complete and features The Galleries at Downtown Jebel Ali; a business and retail community having office facilities and retail outlets, with residential units coming soon. Other zones in the project will also feature a mix of apartments, office, retail spaces and hotels.
Each zone is divided into three distinct districts: the Urban Centre, featuring a vibrant business and entertainment hub; the Trellis District, featuring mid-rise buildings, shaded sidewalks, parks and plazas; and the Medina, featuring Arabian-inspired courtyards and quiet cobbled streets.
Cluttons international research and business development manager Faisal Durrani was quoted by The National as saying: "The residential sector will no doubt be an obvious long-term benefactor of the significant rise in the number of jobs being created, with both lettings and buyer demand set to rise significantly as the number of households in the city increases.
"However, it is the commercial sector that stands to benefit the most in the short to medium-term."
The project is expected to be floated out for tender at the end of the year.
Image: The Downtown Jebel Ali project in Dubai. Photo: courtesy of Limitless.