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Project: Golf Gardens
Location: on the existing Abu Dhabi Golf Club
Developer: Sorouh Real Estate www.sorouh.com
Total Area: 347,000 square meters
Cost: AED 1 billion
Construction start: 2006
Construction end: 2008



Sorouh and TDIC launch AED 1 billion Golf Gardens project

Sorouh Real Estate and the Tourism Investment and Development Company ( TDIC ), today announced the first golf course development in the Emirate.



The AED one billion Golf Gardens project will be built on the existing Abu Dhabi Golf Club, which is the site of an annual European PGA event. The project is being hailed as one of the most important property and recreational developments in Abu Dhabi.

Golf Gardens consists of 389 luxurious residential villas and town homes. The Gardens Club is situated in the heart of the development, and will feature high-end restaurants, health and fitness centers, swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, in addition to gardens and parks. Pedestrian walkways throughout the project will provide a healthy alternative for residents who wish to access the recreational facilities.

'Sorouh Real Estate utilized the best urban design expertise and construction techniques in bringing this project to Abu Dhabi. Our aim is to develop a project that complements the ambitions and vision of our government as well as the expectations of the public in the UAE,' said Saeed Eid Al Ghafli, Chairman, Sorouh Real Estate, in a speech delivered on his behalf by Mr. Faris Al Yabhouni, Vice Chairman, Sorouh Real Estate.

'Through development of this project, Sorouh aims at providing a modern life style to residents. The development will include a series of villas with a unique design inspired from the surrounding nature, in addition to fulfilling the different lifestyle needs of residents,' he added.

Al Ghafli noted the Golf Gardens project overlooks the Abu Dhabi Golf Club Golf Course, considered one of the best courses in the UAE. The development will continue the recreational and natural themes that the golf course exemplifies.

He added that Abu Dhabi is witnessing a boom in the demand for residential housing units that exceeds the existing supply in the market.

'This boom is expected to continue in the near future, as more new projects and developments are required to serve the needs of our growing population. The new project will play a prominent role in enhancing the reputation of Abu Dhabi as a destination city as it provides the perfect residential accompaniment to the thriving commercial sector.

Abu Dhabi has recently taken major moves to open its economy, especially after passing new laws that allows non-UAE nationals to property in the Emirate.

Al Ghafli concluded his remarks with his sincere appreciation to H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and H.H. General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces for their thoughtful guidance and constant support to the development of the national economy. Sorouh plans to take advantage of this healthy and safe investment environment to play a prominent role in the overall development of the country.

Mounir Haidar, CEO Sorouh said that the new project adds big value to the existing profile of Sorouh. He suggested that Golf Gardens will be one of the most sought-after developments in Abu Dhabi as it reflects Sorouh's vision of creating a balance between nature and the requirements of modern urban life.

The project will have an overall area of 347,000 square meters. Work on the project is due to begin on next month and expected to be completed by third quarter of 2008.

Haidar said that the new project will have a range of residential options for buyers. The Golf Gardens Offerings include 14 large villas of 657 square metres, 275 medium villas featuring three different designs with built up area ranged from 370-506 square meters and 100 Townhouses with built up area ranged from 293-342 square meters.
 

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Golf Gardens launched in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: Sorouh Real Estate and the Tourism Investment and Development Company (TIDC) launched a new Dh1 billion Golf Gardens project yesterday, to be built at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

"The actual work will start next month and the project is to be completely delivered by the third quarter of 2008," said Mounir Haidar, Sorouh's chief executive officer.

The project, which will cover 347,000 square metres, will have 389 villas and town-houses.

"The average cost of a single unit is in the vicinity of Dh2 million, and is available only to UAE nationals, as it is not located within any of the new freehold ownership designated areas," said Faris Al Yabhouni, vice-chairman and managing director of Sorouh.

Within the framework of the UAE capital's plan to develop its real estate sector with investments exceeding Dh152 billion within the first quarter this year the new project comes second in line for Sorouh, after the Shams Abu Dhabi Gate project launched earlier this year. The estimated cost of the project is Dh10 billion, including the cost of building an 83-story Sky Tower.

"The construction works for Shams Abu Dhabi are already initiating, as we are preparing the access points, and the project will be finished on schedule," Haidar said.

Mubarak Al Muhairi, director-general of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, said the authority is encouraging private investors to inject funds as they seem the more fit and appropriate channel to give a strong boost for the tourism development projects in Abu Dhabi.

Ahmad Hussain, chief operating officer of TDIC, said, "Our support and involvement is not limited to providing the land, we provide support in many other aspects, as we need to ensure that these newly born projects meet success."

On the Al Sadeyat development, Hussain said, "This is the second project we announced within a week, and many are in the pipeline."
 

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omg omg omg omg... i start to hate golf. now almost in every city, new golf city wth. we need (soccer city or booty city lol) anything but not golf.
 

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You do realise that they've closed 9 perfectly good golf holes to build this development!!!

I echo your Free Naji sentiments Bin Al Ain :-(
 

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Sorouh invites seven companies to bid for Golf Gardens earthworks

Sorouh Real Estate has shortlisted seven companies to bid for the earthworks package of the Golf Gardens project, which has been hailed as Abu Dhabi's first golf course residential development.

The project, which is being developed in close coordination with the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), is named Golf Gardens as it overlooks the famous Abu Dhabi Golf Course.

The earthworks will involve earth cutting and filling, rough grading, removing existing underground services, clearing the site, temporary fencing, temporary utilities connections, site offices and other preparatory work for the follow-up main construction contract which is currently under tender.

The seven invited contractors are: National Projects and Construction, Abu Dhabi Maintenance and Contracting, Al Husam, Hilal Bilbadi & Partners, COPRI Construction Enterprises Establishment, Al Muhairy and Saif Bin Darwish. The tender was issued in June for a construction period of four months.

'The earthworks and excavation is the first major construction phase for the Golf Garden project which is considered one of the most important property developments in Abu Dhabi,' said Mounir Haidar, CEO of Sorouh. "We will recruit the best resources available in the market to move forward with the construction work on the project to ensure that the development will be delivered on time," Haidar said.

The Golf Gardens will consist of 389 luxurious residential town homes and villas built over 347,000 square meters of land area. It will have a self-supporting infrastructure, including 'the Golf Gardens Club' located in the heart of the development with convenience stores and a well-developed recreational element. The club will feature high-end restaurants, health and fitness centers, swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, parks and gardens. Work on the project will be completed by 2008.
 

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Eight companies short listed for Golf Gardens project construction

Sorouh Real Estate announced that it has short listed eight (8) companies who will submit bids for the construction of the Golf Gardens project, a prominent real estate project in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.


An artist's impression of golf gardens. An artist's impression of golf gardens.

Those short listed include Al HABTOOR Engineering, AKTOR Construction., SEIDCO, EMIRATES BELBADI Contracting Co., PIVOT Engineering & General Contracting Co., Abu Dhabi J&P, ARABTEC Construction, and ALI BIN MOUSA & Sons.

Mounir Haidar, CEO of Sorouh Real Estate, said, "We are pleased to receive such a good number of construction companies who have shown their interest in taking part in this phase of the project. This reflects their confidence in Sorouh and its projects."

"In choosing contractors for Sorouh's projects we have adopted a stringent policy that is based on corporate credentials and innovative approaches to construction," Haidar said. "We intend to employ the best available expertise and resources in order to meet the residential and recreational needs for property purchasers in the emirate," he added.

The tender, which was issued on June 24, 2006, is expected to be awarded by the end of this month. The scope of work will include construction of residential villas, club house, roads and infrastructure, landscaping and all other essential elements of the project. The project is expected to be completed by 2008.

The Golf Gardens will consist of 389 luxurious residential villas and town homes built over 347,000 square meters. It will have a self-supporting infrastructure including convenience stores and a well-developed recreational element, with the Golf Gardens Club located in the heart of the development. The club will feature high-end restaurants, health and fitness centers, swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, parks and gardens.
 

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Construction begins at Sorouh's Abu Dhabi Golf Gardens

Abu Dhabi's leading real estate developer, Sorouh Real Estate, announced the start of construction of its AED 729 million project, Golf Gardens.


391 luxurious residential villas and townhouses with occupancy slated for the third quarter of 2008.

Overlooking Abu Dhabi Golf Club, the 347,000 square meter development will feature 390 luxurious residential villas and townhouses with occupancy slated for the last quarter of 2008.

'The Golf Gardens will be the first commercial venture in Abu Dhabi to combine golf and real estate. With its beautiful villas and town houses overlooking the golf course, the Golf Gardens will raise the level of residential property in Abu Dhabi,' said Mounir Haidar, CEO of Sorouh Real Estate.

'This project will provide an alternative suburban lifestyle, as it offers residents a living environment that promotes an overall sense of well-being - by providing for physical, intellectual, spiritual and social needs. In short, it will provide life in perfect balance.'

The Golf Gardens will have a self-supporting infrastructure including convenience stores and a well-developed recreational element, with the Golf Gardens Club located in the heart of the development. The club will feature high-end restaurants, state-of-the-art health and fitness centers, large swimming pools, tennis and squash courts and beautiful parks and gardens.

There will be a range of residential options for buyers to choose from. The Golf Gardens will boast four separate styles of villas with swimming pools - Orchid, Lailak, Narjis and Gardenia - which will range from six to three bedrooms with built up area ranging from 575 to 235 square metres. In addition, two styles of townhouses - Jouri and Khuzama -are also available. These offer four and three bedrooms respectively, with built up area ranging from 300 to 235 square metres.

'PIVOT Engineering & General Contracting Co was selected from 8 companies who submitted bids for the Golf Gardens. The project is designed and supervised by the international multi-disciplinary company OTAK and managed by the Australian Snowy Mountain Engineering Corporation (S.M.E.C.). This reflects Sorouh's stringent policy which prioritized corporate credentials and an innovative approach to construction' added Haidar.
 

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good project for abu dhabi ... the greener the better :)
 

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When you drive to AD and get very close, you see many "sugarcubes" houses next to a golf course, I suppose this is Golf Gardens, you never hear a lot about this, probably not for foreigners (not freehold or allowed to be owned by foreigners). It will for sure have an impact on rental when these get on the market, they seem very close to completion.
 

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When you drive to AD and get very close, you see many "sugarcubes" houses next to a golf course, I suppose this is Golf Gardens, you never hear a lot about this, probably not for foreigners (not freehold or allowed to be owned by foreigners). It will for sure have an impact on rental when these get on the market, they seem very close to completion.
389 luxurious residential villas and town homes will have such an impact on rentals?..Let us hope so anyway.

Rents are shocking in Abu Dhabi..:nuts:
 

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The 'sugarcubes' probably better describe Aldar's Al Raha Gardens. These are more visible from the highway

Golf Gardens are between ARG and AD Golf Club
 

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Surely this project must be completed by now? Can anyone kindly upload photos of the finished development? How much are they going for on the secondary market and what kind of rental are they generating compared with Raha Gardens (higher? lower? on par?)
Also, are the nearby Sas Al Nakhl units actually sellable? or are they available for rental only fom Surouh?
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The villas are being handed over at the moment - around 50 have been occupied and the whole development is expected to be handed over by the end of the year. Prices are around 1000psf.
I am not too impressed with the finishes - just big villas - not very special and in my opinion not worth the money - you dont even get fitted kitchen appliances!
 

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GFT is currently providing formwork to 33 low-rise properties within the development

GFT wins Golf Gardens contract

by Sarah Blackman on Nov 22, 2009

German Formwork Technology (GFT) has won a contract to supply its systems to the US $165 million (AED606 million) Golf Gardens project in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, CW has learned.

GFT is currently providing formwork to 33 low-rise properties within the development, which will form part of a massive residential project within the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.

The main contract went to Pivot Engineering, which is set to complete its work in Q2 of 2011.

“Construction of walls and slabs of the residential buildings began in September and this was the month we started to supply our formwork systems,” said GFT general manager Adel Mir Riahi.

Pivot Engineering is also the main contractor for the 389 villas package within the Golf Gardens development.

http://www.constructionweekonline.com/article-6968-gft-wins-golf-gardens-contract/
 

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Golf Gardens 2

From www.pivot.ae

Al Rayyana, Abu Dhabi (aka Golf Gardens II)

Client: Sorouh Real Estate
Main Contractor: Pivot Engineering
Project Manager: Turner
Consultant: Heberger
Location: Umm Al Nar, Abu Dhabi
Started: October 2008
Completion Date: October 2010
Value: 1,600,000,000



The Al Rayyana project is a residential community project spread over 124, 505 m2 located in Khalifa-A residential area in Abu Dhabi, adjacent to the Abu Dhabi Golf Club. The project consists of thirty-three residential buildings of three different types:

Type-1: Eleven buildings with 1 Basement + Ground Floor + 9 Typical Floors.
Type-2 : Sixteen buildings with 1 Basement + Ground Floor + 6 Typical Floors.
Type-3: Six buildings with Ground Floor + 4 Typical Floors.

In addition to this the project scope includes the construction of a Community Center with recreation and shopping facilities, landscaping works, mosque, car parks, infrastructure roads with all related services.

Civil Details

Total Plot Area: 124,505 m2
Total Built-Up Area: 334,324 m2
Concrete: 58,294 m3
Civil Value (Dhs.): 69,789,803

Dont know how up to date this is - nothing much mentioned on the Sorouh web site about this second phase. Anyone got further details?
 

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Im now living in one - and quality is really bad.

Problems:

Watertanks do not close - so sand, bugs and whatever fills up your "clean" water

Pump room: Next to Watertank - and not sealed. Electric cables runs to pump room via WATER TANK (yes) - so when watertank shutoff valve fails - the pump room floods. Or if you have irrigation in your garden... Well pump room floods and pumps needs replacement or can be saved by a hair dryer if you are quick.

Water pressure - even with pumps. Ground Level 2.5 bar - 1st floor 1.6. And that is with pumps adjusted ABOVE "consultant" specs. (That is VERY VERY low)

Lights - all halogen transformers are cheap - and last 3-6 months.. (The bulbs last longer than the transformers)

Kitchens : bad quality with plenty of "kit" fix and filled out "i drilled a wrong hole massa" problems. Cabinets door handles hit other cabinet doors. Just cheap

Bathrooms - dark with quite bad tiling work. And they put in Bathtubs in ALL bathrooms - and only ONE shower in the guest room. And it is evident that til work was completed AFTER bathtubs was put in - due to all the tile drop marks in the bath tubs.

Door frames: Plenty of evidence of putting the wood to quick through the machines - so you get the waves pattern on all of them.

Glass/Alu doors and windows - terrible quality - with no sound isolation.

Tiles: Plenty of left over markings on tiles from building work

Air Condition units: Each 1 or 2 rooms share an AC unit. Great for fault tolerance but not great for economy and noise. Breaks quite often. One worker told me "I do not think the A/C units and panels are "original"

AC ducts are so badly designed that you cant keep them on in your bedroom. They are just too noisy. Master Bedroom and Majilis share same AC unit - so either you have quiet and heat - or you have noise and cooling. So no chance of anyone having AC on in Majelis if someone is sleeping in Master Bedroom.

It is unfortunate that the designers and builders did not learn from the Dubai mistakes. This area could be so nice.

Ohh and did I mention - 5 blackouts (total) in 6 months? No electricity. And no electricity = no water due to pump system - and no a/c. Food in fridge and freezers gone bad...

So GG should have been a prime place to live. But it will take a long time before all the snags are driven out - and it becomes prime property.

I really feel for the people who actually bought their property here. They must be furious.
 
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