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First phase of Al Falah on track

By Samia Badih  gulfnews.com

Aldar, Abu Dhabi’s property development and investment company, announced that the first phase of the Al Falah residential housing community is on schedule to be handed over to the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) early next year.

Al Raha BeachThe project is part of the Emirati Family Housing Programme, a government initiative launched by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council to provide more housing for UAE nationals.

About 1,000 villas of the 4,857 will be delivered during the first quarter of 2012. However, the whole project is expected to be delivered by the end of 2012.

Al Falah, a 12.5 million square metre development, is located to the east of Abu Dhabi International Airport and the Abu Dhabi-Dubai Highway.

Yousuf Al Hosani, Project Director of Al Falah, said that so far Aldar has completed 40 to 50 per cent of its work for the first phase of the project.

The project, which is valued at Dh9 billion, is one of several projects that the UPC has launched in order to develop more than 13,000 homes for locals in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region.

“We have approximately eight projects which four of them are in Abu Dhabi, one is in the Western Region and three in Al Ain. We have approximately over 6,500 units in Abu Dhabi, around 6,000 in Al Ain and around 500 in the Western Region,” said Abdullah Al Sahi, director of corporate services at UPC.

Once it’s ready for accommodation, the Al Falah project alone would be able to accommodate 60,000 people.

At Al Falah, the community is divided into five villages and each village is arranged around its own village centre and neighbourhood centre. Al Falah will also feature a town centre which is currently still under the master planning phase.

The villas come in three different styles: Gulf heritage style, Andalucian style and modern style. They are available as three bedroom, four bedroom and five bedroom homes.

Emphasis on family

“We took into account the traditions and heritage of the Emirati people with an emphasis on the family, community and privacy,” said Al Sahi.

Muna Al Daheri, Head of Planning of Al Falah, said that the project has been planned to include space for schools, mosques, hospitals, and other facilities for the community.

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