Abu Dhabi developer Aldar Properties will begin the handover of villas in its West Yas community this month, it announced on Wednesday.
The handover process will take place in phases throughout the year, with the first phase including 300 villas. The units were earlier expected to be handed over to buyers at the end of 2017.
Launched in September 2015 at Yas Island, the Dhs3.2bn West Yas development includes 1,014 four and five bedrooms villas, ranging from 488 to 580 sqm.
Amenities and facilities include a mosque for 2,000 worshippers, two schools, a retail centre, sports facilities, a petrol station, and landscaping and greenery in its open public spaces.
As of the end of the first quarter of this year, 80 per cent of the units – 801 villas – were sold, with a sales value of Dhs3.66bn. Prices for the units now begin from Dhs4.8m.
Since it is a non-gated community, villa owners will not be required to pay service fees, according to Aldar.
As part of the handover process, client inspections, snagging and disinfecting of villas is underway, and the garden plots will feature sweet soil instead of sand.
Aldar is also offering customers smart technology options such as smart lighting and thermostats, smart locks, fire alarm systems, security cameras, smart door and window sensors, motion sensors and smart home assistants, it said.
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The wider Yas Island, which welcomed 27 million visitors in 2016, aims to attract 30 million annual visitors in 2018, and 48 million by 2022.
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It currently features the Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Mall, Yas Links Golf and Country Club. It also includes theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld, with the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi theme park set to open in 2018, and SeaWorld Abu Dhabi in 2022.
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Aldar currently has thousands of homes under development in Yas Island including in West Yas; Mayan – the company’s luxury golf and waterfront apartment development; and Yas Acres, its Dhs6bn flagship golf and waterfront development.
The developer also handed over units in its apartment community Ansam earlier this year. The project includes four buildings comprising 500 apartments overlooking the Yas Links golf course and the Yas Island waterfront.