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Stantec selected for design development of first phase of Arada Central Business District at Aljada in Sharjah, UAE

Located in the heart of the Emirate’s fastest growing mixed-use community, the project will establish Sharjah as a modern global business hub.


Arada Developments LLC has selected Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, to develop the design for the first phase of Arada Central Business District (CBD) at Aljada in the Emirate of Sharjah. Spread over 2,200,000 square meters, Aljada is one of Arada’s three master-planned developments in the Emirate.

Aljada includes several residential districts, as well as extensive hospitality, entertainment, sporting, education, and healthcare facilities, all set within a walkable green urban master plan. Upon completion, it will host a total population of 70,000 people including visitors. Arada CBD will be technology-driven, walkable, and offer numerous outdoor environments all while featuring retail, commercial, and office buildings.

Stantec was successful in a competitive tender process to perform the lead design consultant role. Stantec, as lead design consultant, will validate and develop the pre-concept design and will guide the project through every design stage. This work will culminate in the construction tender document needed to bring Arada CBD to life.

“We’re proud to be working with Arada on this vital project for the Emirate of Sharjah,” said Chadi Fayssal, project lead at Stantec. “Arada CBD is a testament to the importance of designing modern, creative public spaces with both businesses and local communities in mind and we are eager to help make this vision a reality.”

”Arada CBD is designed to fulfil Aljada’s mission to become a fully ‘live, work, play’ destination, and as such plays a critical role in the project’s master plan,” said Agnieszka Chojnacka, Senior Design Architect at Arada. “We look forward to working with Stantec to delivering Sharjah’s new commercial hub.”

The first phase of Arada CBD will consist of eight distinct office buildings of varying heights and external aesthetics, positioned on a central podium. The overall development will consist of nearly 86,000 square meters of commercial office space and 8,000 square meters of retail, parking, and support-function area. Constructed along the arterial transportation route through the development, the buildings will be situated on a common podium with food, beverage, and mercantile retail offerings that will activate the development at the public circulation level. The development includes basements, ground, and upper-parking levels, and selected buildings will feature roof gardens. The retail and commercial office spaces will be developed as ‘Shell and Core’ to help reduce the initial capital cost of construction while allowing the tenants of these spaces to personalize, or brand their own space.

Notably, Arada itself will be the first occupant in this phase, which will house its new headquarters.

About Stantec
Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve—because they're our communities too. This allows us to assess what's needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what's never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We're designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

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