By Nick Gilbert
The Iraqi Ministry of Housing has awarded a contract for the construction of dwellings to the Iraqi contractor Sama Al Douh Contracting and Real Estate Investments.
Rendering of the G+1 villas (Photo: RW Middle East)
The contract is worth about $98 million US dollars. Sama Al Douh in turn has handed over the job of designing the architectural and development plan of the housing complex in Simawah, Iraq, to RW Middle East.
According to Ahmed Halet, MD of RW Middle East, the project would accommodate about 7000 residents. The architectural plan would be based on time-honored Iraqi family ideals. The modular construction concept would enable the residents to acquire long-lasting, aesthetic dwellings without much delay. The venture would provide facilities like mosques, eateries, schools, market as well as fitness and cultural centers.
Scheduled to begin in the Q4 of 2012 that is likely to extend over the next two years, and with a built-up area of 177,000 sq. m in a total area of 221,000 sq. m, the project offers a total of 1308 houses in 72 G+3 structures and 156 G+1 bungalows inclusive of complete infrastructure service networks, paths, scenic surroundings etc.
According to Steve Weirich, owner and CEO of RW Middle East, the venture materialized due to their constant presence in the area, especially Simawah, where they built their first 4-bedroom bungalows at the beginning of 2012. The residents would have safe, convenient and sturdy dwellings, fully finished with interiors and electrical and plumbing fixtures. The latest project reinforces RW’s presence in the Middle East besides making its international business contacts much stronger.