Al Andalus Housing is a self-sufficient private community developed by United Al Saqer Group for expatriates living and working in Al Ain. It has created 200 new homes plus all the necessary amenities for a comfortable and healthy lifestyle, including a gym, swimming pool, supermarket, management and maintenance offices, health centre, cafe and children’s playground, all set within landscaped gardens.

Diar Consult was appointed in 2000 to provide extensive design services, including master planning, full architecture and engineering services, as well as interior design. In addition, Diar Consult provided complete post-contract administration in all disciplines. The construction was programmed in two phases, the first of which was completed in 2003 and the second in 2004.

The master-planning strategy creates a dense urban environment that provides shelter and shading to the streetscape in a similar way to that of a traditional Arabian village. The residential accommodation takes the form of spacious three-, four- and five-bedroom villas presented in a modern Mediterranean style in detached and semi-detached layouts. Different construction methodologies were applied to the two phases: phase 1 was built traditionally, while phase 2 employed precast technology. The project demonstrates the effective integration of precast modules through a design and management approach, embracing the technology while controlling production, assembly and impact on the aesthetic.

Project team

  • Diar Consult: Lead consultants
  • Ayoubco General Contracting L.L.C: Contractors