Dh23m institute planned


A Dh23 million religious institute is to be built by Dubai Municipality at Academic City. The project was announced by the municipality's acting director-general Hussain Nasser Lootah, who said the final designs had been completed.

Construction work is expected to be finished by August 2009.

"The institute is part of the municipality's continuous support for the education sector," he said.

"Projects undertaken in the past included the new premises of Zayed University, Dubai Men's College and Dubai Women's College, in addition to the annual maintenance of several government schools."

Lootah said construction would be carried out in stages with the first phase consisting of the academic block, service buildings, parking lot and compound wall. The two-storey academic block will consist of 16 primary classrooms, that will accommodate 400 students, 12 secondary classrooms for 300 students, laboratories and teachers' rooms.

"The project's design reflects its purpose and its religious and social characteristics. Major elements of Dubai's traditional architectural heritage have been taken into consideration. The effective use of empty areas and provision for future expansion were considered," Lootah added.