CLADmag issue4 2018

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Arada reveals masterplan for vast Sharjah Central Hub

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rada has unveiled the final details of its Aljada Central Hub mega-development. The futuristic

complex, to be designed by

The new destination is expected to be completed in 2022

Zaha Hadid Architects, will span a vast 1.9 million sq ft (176,500sq m) and include 732,000 sq ft (68,000sq m) of green space.

IMAGES COURTESY OF ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Johannes Schafelner

Schafelner, project director at

Aljada, but also for the whole of Sharjah and the rest of the UAE.

Zaha Hadid, the Central Hub will

Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed

development will include a 1,500-

show “how conscious design can

bin Talal, vice chairman of Arada,

seat multiplex, a waterplay area,

work with the environment”.

said: “Sustainability is absolutely

Highlights of the family-focused

The Central Hub is a defining project for Sharjah and the UAE

According to Johannes

multiple sports facilities, retailing

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al

central to Arada’s vision, and that

and an “edutainment” attraction,

Qasimi, chair of Arada, said: “Our

has been reflected in the Central

featuring a virtual reality zone.

plan has always been to build

Hub’s final design. We’re working

The development, which

extraordinary, engaging and

hard to protect and encourage local

will have its own microclimate

life-changing communities. That is

native species, as well as making the

and irrigation system using

reflected in the bold final design of

most of our natural environment.”

recycled water, will also have a

the Central Hub, which will soon

wide range of trees and plants.

be a new focal point, not just for

Arada expects the entire complex to be completed in 2022.

The site is designed to refl ect Arada’s vision of sustainability