The first accommodation cluster in phase one of Saadiyat Construction Village will finish construction and open in April, according to Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC).
"It will house 5,000 construction workers in facilities that match or exceed international standards for personal space, public utilities and leisure and recreation facilities," said Lee Tabler, CEO of TDIC. "By July, three additional clusters of phase one will be opened, accommodating an additional 15,000 workers and we have the potential to add clusters in the future to accommodate a total of 40,000 workers when required."
Investment in Saadiyat Construction Village's first phase will total Dh950 million. When ready, the project will be one of the most advanced housing facilities for construction workers in the Middle East by Abu Dhabi's tourism asset developer.
Situated on Saadiyat Island, the 27 sq km leisure, residential and cultural destination island adjacent to Abu Dhabi, TDIC's Saadiyat Construction Village will set a new benchmark in the region for the standard of accommodation and facilities provided for construction workers, said the developer.
"The construction village is situated on the beach to the south of the island and has extensive landscaped areas with parks, tennis courts, basketball courts and a cricket pitch," said Tabler. "One of the core rationales behind the decision for the village is to foster a sense of home and community for the workers on the island." It includes halls of residence, dining areas catering to a multitude of ethnic tastes, shops, internet booths, recreational parks and laundry facilities.
Saadiyat Construction Village was master-planned by Singapore's award-winning Surbana Corporation, which has 45 years of township planning and development experience, and has taken 12 months planning and construction. The village buildings are designed with significant environmental considerations, including the installation of an energy efficient cooling system.
"By committing to building this village, TDIC is fulfilling its pledge to deliver best practice across every element of its operations," said Tabler. "In matching and in some areas exceeding international living standards for workers accommodation, the company is also delivering on the promise of respect which is at the core of the Abu Dhabi brand."