Af­ford­able hous­ing needed ahead of Expo 2020

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By Adrian Back Jumeirah Golf Es­tates may be syn­ony­mous with the Euro­pean Tour’s DP World Tour Cham­pi­onship sea­son fi­nale, but the team be­hind the ev­er­ex­pand­ing com­plex are de­ter­mined to at­tract thou­sands of new res­i­dents through the in­tro­duc­tion of af­ford­able apart­ments and town­houses.

The Alan­dalus de­vel­op­ment will con­sist of 715 one, two, three and fourbed­room com­plexes, with the start­ing price set at Dhs597,000.

With prop­er­ties in the Red­wood district rang­ing from Dhs3 mil­lion to Dhs30 mil­lion, Jumeirah Golf Es­tates of­fi­cials re­alised that more af­ford­able hous­ing was re­quired as they look to ex­pand ahead of Expo 2020.

One of the key de­ci­sion mak­ers, Ab­du­laziz Bukhatir, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Jumeirah Golf Es­tates, ex­plained to 7DAYS why in­tro­duc­ing a lower price range was es­sen­tial.

“We looked at the mar­ket and saw that our neigh­bours were build­ing lux­ury high rises so we de­cided to in­tro­duce more af­ford­able liv­ing,” he ex­plained. “We are al­ways try­ing to di­ver­sify and while we are known as a golf des­ti­na­tion, we re­alised we needed af­ford­able lux­ury space. “It is about a life­style as 75 per cent of our land is lush green and in many ar­eas in the UAE and the GCC you can’t find this type of space.” By the time the de­vel­op­ment is fin­ished, there will be 1,700 homes avail­able in Jumeirah Golf Es­tates, mean­ing thou­sands of res­i­dents will re­quire easy ac­cess to ameni­ties. While the club­house now in­cludes a re­cently opened sports bar and also boasts a state of the art gym, there are plans for fur­ther fa­cil­i­ties. “There are cer­tain re­quire­ments for our res­i­dents and we are work­ing on pro­vid­ing a school, a re­tail cen­tre and med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties,” said Bukhatir.

“That is one of our pri­or­i­ties.”

With the up­com­ing Dubai Metro link also mak­ing ac­cess to the area far eas­ier, Bukhatir out­lined how im­por­tant it was to have the work com­pleted in the next three years.

“We have also re­cently ap­pointed a mas­ter plan­ner for our fur­ther de­vel­op­ments,” he said.

“We have a vi­sion for our en­tire area and by hav­ing the Metro next to us cer­tainly helps so we need to be ready for Expo 2020.

“Hav­ing a sus­tain­able trans­port sys­tem will help at­tract new res­i­dents and it will also work in adding value to the prop­er­ties. Each house will come with a golf buggy so you can eas­ily travel around the es­tate as well.”

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