UAE-based Lootah Real Estate Development has appointed global architecture firm Gensler to manage the master plan development for its 106,889m2 project in Dubai South's Residential District.

Gensler will be responsible for the visioning, strategic planning, urban design frameworks, design guidelines and innovative solutions of the project as per the agreement, the developer said in a statement.

Dubai South's Residential District will include 10,000 residential units of villas, townhouses and apartments by 2020, and is expected to house an estimated 35,000 residents.

Saleh Abdullah Lootah, executive director of Lootah Real Estate Development, said: “We look forward to envisioning the project and witnessing its transformation into a reality.

“We believe that Gensler is the ideal partner to join forces with to achieve the highest levels of quality and innovation that our customers are accustomed to.”

Dubai South's Residential District will also include schools, nurseries, hospitals, retail outlets, F&B options, a post office, a swimming academy, and a sports centre.