Dubai developer Limitless awards Arco Dh285 million contract for Downtown Jebel Ali infrastructure

Real estate master developer Limitless has awarded a Dh285 million contract to Arco General Contracting for infrastructure work at its Downtown Jebel Ali mixed-use project in Dubai.

The developer, which is owned by Dubai’s government, has appointed Arco to carry out the work, including all new roads, sewerage, utilities and lighting.

Work will start immediately in all four zones of the project. Upon completion by the end of 2017, the property plots will be handed to third-party developers.

Limitless sought bids for the infrastructure work in January this year.

Downtown Jebel Ali is an 11-kilometre area along Sheikh Zayed Road, and has more than 300 development plots. They cover 200 hectares of land between Jebel Ali Free Zone and Techno Park. These have been earmarked for use as offices, apartments, hotels and retail outlets.

The project was initially launched in November 2006. By May 2007, 70 per cent of the land had been sold.

However, the global financial crisis in 2008 and 2009 left Limitless with a huge debt burden and many of its ambitious projects, including the 75-kilometre Arabian Canal project, were scrapped.

In 2012, the developer managed to complete work on The Galleries, an office-led project with retail units in the first zone of Downtown Jebel Ali.

Last September, it appointed Dar Al Handasah Consultants to design the remaining infrastructure.

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