10 top projects to look out for before 2020

10 top projects to look out for before 2020

As Dubai gets ready to host the World Expo 2020, the entire skyline is undergoing a rapid change. Major tourist and leisure attractions across Dubai are taking shape, with projects worth billions of dirhams already under way. Here are our picks of the top 10 projects to look out for.

Marsa Al Arab

Marsa Al Arab is composed of two islands on both sides of the Burj Al Arab Hotel with a 2.2km beach façade.

One island is designed for entertainment and for visiting families, complemented with a family-oriented hotel. It will have a Wild Wadi Water Park, offering exciting rides and amazing attractions. The resort will also be home to an unique Marine Park, the first edutainment centre in the Middle East. A 1,700-seat theatre will house the world-famous theatrical show, Cirque du Soleil. A pearl farm and a pearl-inspired boutique hotel will take form on the island, promoting the UAE’s heritage and culture.

The second island is for a luxury resort, located to the left of the Burj Al Arab. It will be an island of 140 luxury villas with their own private yacht marina, a yacht club and a boutique hotel with high-end facilities.

Marsa Al Arab will also have 400 new food and beverage outlets and a convention centre with a hotel, equipped to host very large international conferences and festivals.

Completion date: 2020

Number of units: 300 apartments, 140 villas, 2,400 hotel rooms

Type of units: apartments, villas and commercial units (food and beverage; convention centre)

Al Habtoor City

Al Habtoor City boasts of three ultra-luxurious hotels – the city’s first-ever St. Regis, a flagship W Hotel, and a new The Westin Dubai, offering more than 1,600 elegant rooms. The city also exclusively offers three elegant residential towers, a 1,300-seat permanent water-based theatre production by Franco Dragone called La Perle, and numerous retail and leisure facilities, including boutiques, well-known restaurants and sophisticated cafes, a boulevard, a marina promenade, a tennis academy and luscious landscaped gardens.

The exclusive development also offers three lavish residential properties, Noura, Amna and Meera, in two 74-storey towers and one 52-storey tower, which includes stylish apartments, including 12 penthouses, three of which are VIP penthouses.

Completion date: 2018

Number of units: 1,460 apartments; 365 units at W Hotel

Type of units: hotels, residential apartments, penthouses

Marsa Al Seef

The project will be home to three hotels – a 200-key heritage, a 150-key contemporary upscale and a 200-room contemporary luxury hotel.

The waterfront promenade will also have cafes and restaurants where visitors can dine, relax and continue to breathe in the nostalgic atmosphere, where dhows float their way along the beautifully serene waterway.

Completion date: 2017

Number of units: 550 hotel rooms

Type of units: hotels, commercial, retail shops, offices, cultural amenities

Bvlgari Resort Hotel and Marina Village

Planned to be operational this year, it is designed by an Italian architectural firm, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners. The 1.7-million-sq-ft complex will comprise 101 rooms and suites, 20 residential villas and a marina engulfed by landscaped gardens and accompanied with a full range of luxurious amenities. The residents will have magnificent views of the Arabian Gulf and a white sand beach cove.

Completion date: 2017

Number of units: 101 hotel rooms, 20 hotel villas, 15 residential villas, 165 apartments, 8 penhouses

Type of units: villas and luxury hotel

Dubai Frame

Standing tall at 150m high and 93m wide in Za’abeel Park, Dubai Frame will be one of the city’s unique and memorable landmarks upon its completion by the end of the year.

Holding up to its iconic reputation, it will glow against the blue skies with its two golden towers and a connecting bridge. The frame represents the old, the new and the future of Dubai. Visitors will journey through Dubai’s past at the mezzanine level, where the city’s history and evolution will be told through new and updated means of presentation.

Completion date: 2017

Number of units: N/A

Type of units: N/A

Bluewaters Island

A Meraas project, Bluewaters is a contemporary family-friendly island destination located off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Residence. It is a man-made mixed use island that is home to an exclusive selection of luxury apartments, penthouses and town houses.

Within the island, one will not have difficulty locating the world’s largest observation wheel, Ain Dubai, standing tall at 210m high. Set to become one of the world’s largest tourism hotspots housing two luxury hotels, Bluewaters Island will also be a shopper’s paradise, with a wide selection of retail and dining concepts. JBR’s The Beach is also a few minutes of leisurely walk away.

The plan is to construct 10 residential towers, offering one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Completion date: 2018

Number of units: 702 apartments, 17 town houses, 150 retail shops

Type of units: retail shops, residential buildings, penthouses and town houses

Marasi Business Bay

Set to span 12km of waterfront promenade along the Dubai Water Canal, Marasi Business Bay is divided into three uniquely themed areas — The Yacht Club, The Park and The Pier.

The project will feature floating homes, a first of its kind in the UAE, each having exclusive boat access and incomparable Dubai Water Canal views.

The beautiful waterfront will host five palm tree-lined marinas accommodating 1,250 yacht berths. Expected to attract 20 million tourists in 2020

Completion date: 2022

Type of units: residential and retail outlets

Jewel of the Creek

A massive-scale infrastructure developed by Dubai International Real Estate, Jewel of the Creek will be a luxurious address comprising an estimated 1,200-1,500 residential apartments and about 1,000 offices. Located in Deira, it has a budget of Dh4 billion and will be completed in two phases — first phase will be completed this year and the second by 2019.

Jewel of the Creek’s first phase comprises a 438-room flagship Roda five-star hotel, four towers of serviced apartments, a 60-berth marina and 20 retail and food and beverage outlets. To create the island, water from the Creek was brought inside, bounded, salted and filtered, and became a swimming pool of 400m wide and 4m deep.

The project’s second phase will be home to the Dubai Dome, a 3,000-capacity multipurpose hall, along with three hotels – a 389-room dry hotel, a 445-room fashionable four-star hotel and a 405-room plug-and-play three-star hotel.

Completion date: 2017 (phase 1) and 2019 (phase 2)

Number of units: (Phase 1) 480 apartments, 438 hotel rooms, 28 shops; (Phase 2) 1,239 hotel rooms

Type of units: serviced apartments, hotels, shops

Dubai Creek Harbour

Dubai Creek Harbour is a 6-million-sq-m, mixed-use development with waterfront eco-resorts, a marina and yacht club, commercial and retail space, blending well with cultural, leisure and educational amenities. It will also create a sustainable transport system for community dwellers to commute to the city.

Dubai Creek Harbour will boast a new skyline icon, The Tower, planned to be the world’s tallest architectural design. Its form is inspired by a budding lily flower, influenced by local Islamic culture. It will have rotating balconies and observation decks and a hotel.

Launched in 2006, Dubai Creek Harbour will be twice the size of Downtown Dubai when completed.

Completion date: 2025

Number of units: approximately 3,035 apartments

Type of units: residential apartment units, retail shops and cultural amenities

Jafza Convention Centre Complex

With a total built-up area of more than 363,000 sq m, the project comprises 33-storey twin office towers with three basement levels, a 1,000-q-m banquet hall, a convention centre that can accommodate 600 people with state-of-the-art auditorium, 22 meeting and conference rooms, a 22-outlet food court and retail area, an executive health club, a 2,200-sq-m business centre and around 4,000 parking bays spread over four levels.

Completion date: phase 3 by 2017 (phase 1 and phase 2 are complete)

Number of units: 1,274 offices

Type of units: offices, commercial, retail

Gulf News

08 Jul 2020