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Arada awards contract for first school in $6.5bn Sharjah development

SHARJAH, September 20, 2020

Arada, a leading property developer in Sharjah, has awarded a contract for the construction of the first school within its AED24-billion ($6.5 billion) mega development Aljada, located in the heart of New Sharjah. 
 
Scheduled to open in September 2021, Sabis International School - Aljada is a member of the global Sabis Network, which also includes the International Schools of Choueifat around the world. 
 
The contract for \Phase One of the school was handed to Al Zamalek General Contracting, an established contractor whose portfolio includes the construction of two other Sabis Network schools - The International Schools of Choueifat in Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah.
 
The Sharjah developer said work had already started on the Aljada school and construction will be completed in June in time for the start of the 2021-2022 school year in September. 
 
Phase One involves the construction of a kindergarten to Grade 3 (K-3) school. The second and third phases, which will add grade levels every year, will bring the school up to K-12 level with capacity for 4,000 students and will be completed in 2022 and 2023 respectively, it stated.
 
Chairman Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi said: "A world-class education is just one of the opportunities that Aljada offers to residents in this transformational community, and our partnership with Sabis is proof of this."
 
"Work is progressing rapidly at a number of different locations on the Aljada site, and this contract award is evidence of our determination to push ahead with all the assets that will be required to deliver a fully integrated destination," he added.
 
With a total value of AED220 million, the school will be the first of three based at Aljada, and will prepare students for success in both US- and UK-based external exams. It will be located on a 61,000 sq m plot on the south-eastern corner of the project, adjacent to the East Village residential community.
 
The campus includes spacious classrooms, science and computer laboratories, and a dedicated Sabis Integrated Testing and Learning (ITL) Hall where students can take computerised exams, said the statement from Arada. 
 
The campus will also house a theatre, cafeteria, library and extensive sports facilities, including a semi-Olympic swimming pool, an indoor basketball/tennis court, an outdoor basketball court and a full-size soccer field surrounded by a running track. 
 
There will be an independent kindergarten section dedicated to the specific needs of children aged 3 to 5 with their very own indoor swimming pool, multipurpose indoor court, play areas, and a special car track, it added.
 
Sabis International School – Aljada will be the second Sabis Network school in Sharjah, and the 15th in the UAE. The history of Sabis in the UAE, and the northern emirate dates back to 1976, with the opening of The International School of Choueifat – Sharjah, the first Sabis school to operate outside Lebanon.
 
Today, Sabis schools educate close to 30,000 students in the UAE, and over 70,000 students around the world. 
 
Construction on Aljada began in 2018 and the first homes are scheduled to be handed over to owners by the year-end.-TradeArabia News Service



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