Abdul Rahim Architectural Consultants (Araco) has been awarded a design contract for Abu Dhabi Housing Authority’s (ADHA) Bayti housing initiative.
Araco, which was selected from a pool of more than 40 competitors, will provide design and consultancy services for the residential scheme.
Bayti, which is intended to streamline the home-building process for UAE nationals, will feature 58 architecturally and structurally approved exteriors, 12 of which have been designed by Araco.
The properties will feature modular interiors that can be adapted to suit the size and requirements of individual families.
Yousef Abu Shaaban, manager of Araco’s Abu Dhabi branch, said: “In the past, [the home-building] process included searching for suitable consultants, preparing the design, [and] assessing the presented blueprints before issuing a building permit and starting construction.
“That process could take as long as three months. Now, the clients can choose from pre-approved designs already licensed by the Department of Municipal Affairs. After that, the presented blueprints will be assessed and a building permit will be issued within two weeks, before the construction begins.”
Launched in 2016, ADHA’s Bayti initiative has reduced the time it takes Emiratis to design and approve a house from three months to just three weeks.
Construction of each house can be completed within two years, reducing consultants’ fees to 3% from the previous figure of 4% or more.
Bayti homes’ designs are approved by authorities, including municipalities, making the process of construction smoother and more convenient for UAE nationals who have been granted a loan for housing in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Up to 3,000 such loans are approved each year, with houses permitted for construction in Abu Dhabi city, Al Ain, and the Western Region.
“With this initiative, the designs, blueprints, and issuing of the required approvals has been developed in collaboration with the municipalities and engineering consultancies to guarantee a smooth and organised construction process, and a house fit for the most discerning family,” Abu Shaaban commented.
Designed in modern, Andalusian, Islamic, and heritage styles, Bayti units range from four to eight bedrooms in size. Homeowners are able to select wall colours, fixtures, and fittings.