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Competition: Sharjah hotel development, UAE

Zaha Hadid Architects' Aljada Central Hub
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KBW Investments is recruiting architects for three new large-scale hotels in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The Dubai-based developer is seeking experienced hotel designers for the new facilities, which are planned as part of the Woods Bagot-masterplanned Aljada development featuring 2.2 million m² of residential, office, entertainment, retail and cultural spaces.

Teams chosen for the project will have the opportunity to work on three separate hotels representing international brands, local brands and a franchise of existing UAE hotels respectively. The search comes just three months after Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) won a contest for Aljada’s new Central Hub development (pictured).

According to the contract notice: ‘KBW wants venue architects that specialise in hotel design for three hotels that will be based in Aljada, a mega-development in Sharjah. There are three contracts to be awarded for the design of three different hotels which are: local and international brands, run by a local developer, and a franchise of existing UAE hotels.

‘The architect: does not have to be based in the UAE, does not need to have a trade license when applying for this opportunity, and must have completed hotel architectural work. The mega-development is spread over a 2.2 million m² area and includes: residential and office buildings, entertainment, recreational areas, and shopping and culture.’

Sharjah is the capital of the Sharjah emirate and the third largest city within UAE. Located immediately north of Dubai, the 235km² city is home to 1.4 million residents and is considered the cultural capital of the federation.

Aljada is a proposed mega-development which will be constructed on a 220ha swathe of undeveloped land next to the city’s university and airport. Masterplanned by Woods Bagot, the £4.9 billion scheme will be the largest single scheme ever delivered in the emirate.

In March, ZHA won an international contest to design the centrepiece of the high-profile development which is backed by local developer Arada. It is understood HOK and RMJM also entered the competition.

ZHA’s Central Hub is intended to be a destination for tourists and residents, and will offer ‘world-class amenities complemented by community facilities as well as retail and dining experiences’, according to the practice.

The search for design teams for Aljada’s new hotels comes just weeks after Sharjah announced it will hold its first architecture triennial in autumn 2019.

The deadline for applications is 27 June.

How to apply

UK teams may register with the Department of International Trade for further information

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