Al Zahia, UAE

First BREEAM International certification in UAE

Al Zahia heralds a new age for residential living in Sharjah. Its vision is about creating a community that embodies Sharjah’s traditional values in a progressive and contemporary setting. Al Zahia offers the comforts of a premium residential area.

Al Zahia is designed to meet the needs of the entire family, and designed with future proofing for accessibility in mind.

Green Strategy

It is the intention of Majid Al Futtaim Properties under its sustainability policy to adopt a green buildings policy to be followed by all the decisions involved in the design, delivery and operation of its developments. By adopting this policy, Majid Al Futtaim aims to meet principle of ‘Pioneering Standards’ and ‘High Performing Assets’.

Project Team

  • Client: Majid Al Futtaim
  • BREEAM Assessor: Alpin
  • Investor: Sharjah Holdings
  • Developer: Sharjah Holdings (Majid Al Futtaim & Sharjah Government JV)
  • Contractor: Al Qabdah
  • Project Manager: Majid Al Futtaim
  • Architect: Naga Architect
  • Asset/Building Manager: Sharjah Holdings
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The project is a pioneer for green buildings in the Emirate, with the use of an integrated design team process, third party commissioning, also a Home User Guide and commitment to post-occupancy study

The project is a pioneer for green buildings in the Emirate, with the use of an integrated design team process, third party commissioning, also a Home User Guide and commitment to post-occupancy study

Good daylighting in all living spaces, with air quality addressed through both design & construction processes. The team sought to future-proof design for accessibility

Good daylighting in all living spaces, with air quality addressed through both design & construction processes. The team sought to future-proof design for accessibility

High levels of insulation, LED lighting, solar water heating results in 20% more energy efficient than ASHRAE baseline

High levels of insulation, LED lighting, solar water heating results in 20% more energy efficient than ASHRAE baseline

Design incorporates home office concept to enable home working, a bicycle track network and a wider public transport network

Design incorporates home office concept to enable home working, a bicycle track network and a wider public transport network

Enhanced focus on environmental impacts with ecology protection and use of land of low ecology value

Enhanced focus on environmental impacts with ecology protection and use of land of low ecology value

Materials selected to minimise impact, low VOC paints and use of environmentally certified wood and insulation

Materials selected to minimise impact, low VOC paints and use of environmentally certified wood and insulation

Low flow showers and taps, low volume WCs and bathtubs. As part of wider BREEAM Communities project, non-potable water is used for irrigation

Low flow showers and taps, low volume WCs and bathtubs. As part of wider BREEAM Communities project, non-potable water is used for irrigation

Solar water heating and solar street lighting reduces carbon, light pollution impact managed

Solar water heating and solar street lighting reduces carbon, light pollution impact managed

Use of pre-fabricated concrete, waste segregated and recycled. Community recycling scheme for tenants, and internal space for household recycling

Use of pre-fabricated concrete, waste segregated and recycled. Community recycling scheme for tenants, and internal space for household recycling

Project Details

Name of building Al Zahia Phase II
Country UAE
Scheme International NC 2013
Sector Residential
Scheme version 1.0 2013
Rating Very Good
Score 61.8%
>Sage Design-Stage
Certificate No BREEAM-0057-6116