Master developer appoints consultant for infrastructure design at 522-hectare Madinat Al Arab site.

The Dubai developer Nakheel is moving ahead with infrastructure work at its Madinat Al Arab project, a 522 hectare site with 266 mixed-use land plots, located at Waterfront in Jebel Ali.

Nakheel said in a statement it has appointed Dubai-based international consultants Dar Al Handasah for infrastructure design, engineering and site supervision services at Madinat Al Arab, which spans five zones.

Infrastructure design for four of the five zones is almost complete, with the infrastructure construction tender due for release in Q2 2017, Nakheel said.

“Madinat Al Arab’s strategic location, within easy reach of Dubai World Central Airport, the Expo 2020 site, recently-opened attractions and theme parks and the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, makes it a significant area for growth and development,” a Nakheel spokesman said.

“We are reinforcing our commitment to the area and its investors by moving ahead with infrastructure in this key part of Waterfront.”

Elsewhere in the area, Nakheel has already completed the nearby Veneto and Badrah communities, which feature nearly 800 homes and a community retail centre, due to open this year. Nearby, the sprawling 42-tower Jebel Ali Gardens community for 40,000 people, is under development.