Dubai’s Biggest Projects

October 02, 2018

Bluewaters Island

Meraas is putting the finishing touches to what is effectively a huge extension to the popular waterfront destination of Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). Built on a man-made island jutting out into the Arabian Gulf, the development will feature the world’s largest observation wheel as its major landmark. The project is divided into residential, hospitality and retail components and will be served by autonomous vehicles linked to the metro network at Nakheel Harbour and Tower station.

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Dubai Harbour

Another extension to the Dubai Marina area, Dubai Harbour will contain two cruise liner terminals as well as entertainment and retail space, a yacht club, shopping mall, hotels and residences and a 135 metre-high tower, dubbed Dubai Lighthouse. Led by Meraas, the waterfront development will also feature the Middle East’s largest marina capable of handling 1,400 vessels. The project will integrate the existing Skydive Dubai, Dubai International Marine Club and Logo Island into a single community through a new road network and a monorail linking Palm Jumeirahwith the new Bluewaters Island. It is expected to take around four years to build.

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Dubai Creek Harbour

Situated on a canal-side location twice the size of Downtown Dubai, Dubai Creek Harbour is comprised of nine districts with a 30-year phased build-out. Key structures will include a tower taller than Burj Khalifa, a mega retail district and a sanctuary development with exclusive villas and a canal district. The 6 square km project is expected to welcome its first residents in 2019. Master developer Emaar and Dubai Holding recently unveiled plans for Dubai Square, the retail destination at the heart of the neighbourhood. Equivalent in size to more than 100 football pitches – Dubai Square has almost twice the gross leasable area of The Dubai Mall.

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Dubai South

Formerly known as Dubai World Central, this huge project covering 145 square km will eventually be home to 1 million residents. The masterplan is centred around Al Maktoum International Airport which will be expanded in phases to be capable of handling over 200 million passengers per year, more than twice the current capacity of Dubai International. In addition to the airport, Dubai South will have eight other districts focused on aviation, logistics, a business park, a commercial district, a golf district, a residential district and an exhibition district (including Expo 2020).

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Meydan One

Salini Impregilo is building the mall that will be the centrepiece of this massive new urban development located between Meydan and Al Khail Road, close to the heart of the city. Under a $435mn contract the company is overseeing the excavations and building of the sub- and super-structures for the complex, including the foundations for the world’s largest indoor ski slope and the concrete support for the steel structure above the Mall. The Mall is the first of several phases to this urban development project, which will include a water canal, a tourist port, walking and biking tracks and one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.

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Marsa Al Arab

Dubai Holding’s AED 6.3bn ($1.71bn) Marsa Al Arab project will be a huge addition to Dubai’s tourist offering with two new man-made islands either side of the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel. The project, which involves additional hotels, theatres, a retail space, a marina, a business district, residences and luxury villas, is expected to be complete in late 2020. One of the islands will be a family-friendly tourist destination, while the other will include luxury villas and a private marina. Wild Wadi Waterpark will be relocated to the entertainment-focused island to support visitor numbers to the new resort,which will be managed by Jumeirah Group.

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Deira Islands

The four-island development will add 40 km, including 21 km of beachfront, to Dubai’s coastline and will accommodate more than 250,000 residents when complete. Master developer Nakheel has already handed out infrastructure and construction contracts for the project worth close to $2.5bn. The largest of these was worth $1.14bn and went to United Engineering Construction (UNEC) to build Deira Mall which forms part of Deira Central, a mixed-use community and one of two large-scale retail destinations on the islands. The other is Deira Islands Night Souk which will have 5,300 shops and almost 100 quayside cafes and restaurants. 

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Dubai Hills Estate

Dubai Hills Estate, developed by Emaar in a joint venture with Meraas, is set in an area equivalent to the size of 1,550 football fields and features an 18-hole championship golf course, Dubai Hills Park, open green spaces and more. A workforce of around 5,000 is currently on site working to build the Dubai Hills Mall which is around 70% complete. This 2,700-acre multi-purpose development will form an integral part of Mohammed Bin Rashid City (MBR City).

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Azizi Victoria

This residential mega-project will comprise of over 100 buildings. Located in Mohammed Bin Rashid City – District 7, Azizi Victoria will be home to mid and high-rise buildings with a total of 30,000 units, a retail district and two hotels. Green Modelling Contracting and Modern Civil International Contracting Company were each awarded the contracts to construct 16 buildings with a total of 4,000 residential units as part of Phase 1 which is due to be completed in Q3 2019.

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