Sharjah residents have welcomed the launch of a Dh24 billion development that will offer modern mixed-use properties for about 70,000 people when it is completed in 2025.
The Aljada development is to be built over an area exceeding 2.2 square kilometres and was unveiled on Wednesday by Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah.
Ibrahim Younis, 43, hailed the new development as a step in the right direction. “It will certainly add a fresh supply of housing options for Sharjah residents, and also enrich the city’s offering in terms of retail and shopping. I believe Aljada will present Sharjah residents with multiple options to suit their needs and requirements,” he said.
Tanya Rudenscky, a 38-year-old Russian mother of two boys aged 14 and 11, was happy with Aljada’s entertainment facility, the Central Hub, which will include a musical fountain and children’s adventure and discovery complexes.
“Once this project is complete, I will no longer have to go to other emirates on the weekend to seek leisure options for my sons, who are no longer entertained with a small play area in a mall,” she said.
“I am not very pleased with my current living quarters, a small apartment in an old building, and the only reason I chose to live there is because it is opposite a public park, which means my children have a safe place to play.
“This new project will definitely bring a welcome change to parents like myself who are looking for a safe and hospitable location to raise their kids.”
The project, which will commence construction in the first quarter of next year and will be delivered over several phases, combines residential options, retail and shopping outlets, sport amenities and modern facilities.
The chairman of developers Arada, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, said that meetings about the Aljada project started at the beginning of the year, and every minor detail was studied to provide people with all sorts of needs. He said they even studied air flow and direction, so air can breeze into every corner of the development.
“The streets in this project are the largest in Sharjah, the spaces between buildings are from 15 to 60 metres,” he said, adding that they are also keen on developing a city that prompts a healthy lifestyle and encourages people to walk instead of using their cars.
“We want the Arada name to be associated with international standards,” he said.
Arada’s Al Mamsha project was also launched this week but Sheikh Sultan said it is not part of Aljada, even though both will be developed to sit side-by-side.
Located next to Al Dhaid Road, Aljada will have several entrance and exit points and will comprise studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, townhouses and semi-detached villas.
Maya Haroon, 42, said that with a hectic work-life cycle in the UAE a home needs to be more than just a construction but part of a residential complex that offers amenities and a relaxed,enjoyable pace of life.
“I am particularly excited because this project is close to Sharjah University City and by the time it’s completed my daughter will be enrolling at Sharjah University,” said Ms Haroon, a business owner.
In addition to housing units, the development will include a dedicated business park, retail shops, food and beverage outlets, schools, healthcare clinics and mosques as well as its entertainment precinct, the Central Hub.
The Aljada development announcement comes one day after the unveiling of the Al Mamsha project, which will become Sharjah’s first fully walkable community.