Real estate developer Arada has awarded two contracts for the $2.2bn (AED8bn) Masaar community in the Al Juwaiza’a district of New Sharjah in the UAE.

Launched in January this year, the 19 million square foot project will comprise 4,000 villa and townhouses set in eight gated communities.

Engineering consultancy Parsons Overseas secured the first contract to provide infrastructure design and supervision consultancy services at the Masaar project.

Parsons will manage all aspects of infrastructure delivery for the project. This includes roads, water, power and drainage, while ensuring full integration with the overall master plan.

ASGC Construction won the contract to build the Masaar Experience Centre.

The Masaar Experience Centre will be designed to provide glimpse of what life in the community will be when it is complete, to visitors and future residents.

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It features a minimal design language that reflects Masaar’s architecture while the transparency of the façade creates a dialogue between the building’s interior spaces and the lush green landscape.

The company plans to start construction on the centre with immediate effect, with completion expected in six months.

Additionally, ASGC will build Masaar’s first property, a five-bedroom show villa in the Sendian district of the community. It is planned for completion by the end of this year.

Arada chairman Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi said: “This is a landmark moment in our journey at Masaar, a project that has been designed to set a new standard of living, not just for Sharjah but for residential communities throughout the region.

“We have witnessed strong demand for properties within the first phase of Masaar, in line with the robust performance of Sharjah’s real estate sector during the first five months of this year.”

The Masaar project will feature more than 50,000 trees, a lushly landscaped and walkable ‘green spine’ featuring footpaths, cycle tracks, passive zones and a range of different sporting facilities.

Located close to Tilal City, and the Sharjah Mosque, the community provides easy access to Emirates Road and Mleiha Road.