Abu Dhabi: Real estate development company Al Maabar has launched a new range of apartments in the Arts District of its Bab Al Bahr development in Rabat Sal, Morocco.

The first of the 390 apartments are scheduled to be completed in June 2012, Al Maabar said.

Surrounded by gardens and green spaces, the Arts District will host a variety of residential buildings, a five star hotel, boutiques, as well as a wide range of art galleries and thematic museums.

Designed by UK-based architects Foster and Partners, whose architectural style for the development was inspired by the narrow streets of the ancient medina of Rabat and Sal, the Arts District will see a maze of pedestrian alleyways leading to the Place Bleue, a lively public square located in the heart of the development.

"This is another significant milestone leading us towards the completion of this outstanding project that will set the benchmark in mixed use developments in Morocco.

"The prime location of the Arts District in the heart of the iconic destination will provide world class lifestyle, with a wide range of residential and retail facilities that work in harmony with local heritage and environment," managing director of Al Maabar Yousuf Al Nowais said.

Bab Al Bahr, Al Maabar's development in Rabat in partnership with l'Agence pour l'Aménagement de la Vallée du Bouregreg, recently witnessed the opening of a new model apartment in the River Front area of the project.

The apartment, measuring 211 square metres with three bedrooms, has views of the Bouregreg River and the historic sites of Oudayas Kasbah, Hassan Tower and the Medina of Rabat.

Al Maabar said major works on the project's Marina Front and River Front esplanade are near completion, and major works at the Marina Front and River Front are finished.