Nakheel has announced plans to re-develop Jebel Ali Village, and the residents hope to purchase their own homes in the new project. Work is expected to commence towards the end of the year, and will be completed by 2013. Earthworks on the surrounding vacant land have already begun.
The re-developed village will offer a range of medium-density housing which will be supported by commercial, community and retail facilities. However, the size and pricing of the residential units are yet to be revealed.
Nakheel, in their statement, mentioned that the re-development has been planned to take care of quality accommodation requirement, with access to the existing and proposed amenities in the neighbouring area such as the Ibn Battuta Mal and the Dubai Metro Station, being projected.
The current 299 villas in the village will be demolished and the existing tenants were already given a years notice until August 2008, to vacate the premises. These tenants apart from being eligible to purchase homes in the new development, will also be eligible for priority reservation in certain other projects of Nakheel, such as the Discovery Gardens and the International City.
The Jebel Ali Village was constructed in 1977 for providing accommodation to expatriates who are working on the construction of Jebel Ali Port. Certain parts of the existing village such as the Jebel Ali Recreational Club and the Mosque will be retained, although, the Central Park will be expanded to twelve hectares.
The re-development will also comprise a primary school and a range of medium-density housing.