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Nakheel has awarded a contract worth over $39mn (AED146mn) for the construction of 84 townhouses and a new retail centre at its high-end Jumeirah Islands community in Dubai.

The developer has appointed UAE-based Metac General Contracting to build the new homes and eight retail blocks that will form part of a new, 608,000ft2 water front park and recreational hub at Jumeirah Islands.

Construction is expected to begin within two months and be completed in Q1 2016.

Metac will construct the four bedroom townhouses in two packages of 53 and 31 homes respectively, Nakheel said.

Set in a gated community among lush gardens with a large communal swimming pool, each townhouse covers 3,630ft2 and comes with a double garage, maid’s room, study and private garden.

The eight retail units to be constructed by Metac cover 37,500ft2, and form the centre piece of Nakheel’s Jumeirah Islands Park, a new waterfront leisure, dining and shopping hub for residents of Jumeirah Islands and surrounding areas.

The project comprises extensive communal parkland, a retail centre with a supermarket, cafes and restaurants, a fitness centre, sports courts, jogging track and ample parking. As with all Nakheel parks, the new facility will feature trees and plants indigenous to the UAE.

Nakheel has also appointed Metac General Contracting to build new retail and recreation centres at its Al Furjan and International City communities, with a combined contract value of over $21mn (AED80mn).