The modern Dubai megalopolis is preparing for the Expo 2020. Preparation for a major event is in full swing. The numerous amazing projects are implemented in the UAE. Many projects are kept undisclosed, but some of them were revealed.
1. Dubai Water Canal
The Dubai Water Canal Project is aimed at connecting Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf. Besides, the area of the Business Bay will be profoundly changed. The Dubai Water Canal Project includes three phases, and the completion is scheduled for October 2016. The overall cost of the project amounts $545 million.
As to the technical specifications of the project, the depth of the canal will be 6 metres, and the height of bridges will be 8 metres. Such parameters will enable free passage of sea vessels and yachts.
The areas for public facilities and establishments will amount 80,000 sq m. The infrastructure of the project comprises a new shopping mall at the start of the canal, four comfortable hotels and numerous restaurants. Elite real estate, private marinas, cycling paths and many other facilities will be also available.
2. Museum of the Future
Museum of the Future will become a unique place, which will contain the latest inventions from all over the world. The project is implemented under the auspicious of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is planned that the museum will become a mainspring of innovations and advancement.
Another feature of the symbolical circular-shaped architectural masterpiece is its co-location with the Jumeirah Emirates Towers and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
This museum will become a new tourist attraction. Courses of advanced studies and specialised training seminars will be also offered for all the guests and tourists. Besides, the museum will become a venue for public discussions and events.
The approximate cost of the project amounts more than $200m. The completion is expected in 2017.
3. Jewel of the Creek
The aim of the project is to transform the coastal district into a vibrant urban centre.
Implementation of the project involves creation of the appropriate infrastructure. A massive waterfront complex will include 19-storey multicompartment buildings and three office towers. Businessmen and tourists will be offered two five-star hotels, recreation and convention centres, marina and landscaping. A conference center will comprise a ballroom with marvellous interior. The urban district will offer a vast sales premises for stores and catering facilities, including luxury restaurants.
The project will be constructed near the Al Maktoum Bridge, Baniyas Road and the Floating Bridge. The total area is 123,955 sq m. The overall cost of the project is $816 million and its completion is expected in the beginning of 2017.
4. Al Habtoor City
This multi-use development will consist of three sumptuous residential towers and three luxury hotels (St Regis, W Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road and Westin Dubai) operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.
Al Habtoor City will be located on territory adjecent to the Sheikh Zayed Road. The infrustructure of the project includes catering facilities, a marvellous French garden and a unique aqua theatre. The main highlight of the project is the world’s first Bentley café.
5. Deira Islands
The entire territory of the waterfront city covers approximately 15.3 square km. This territory will be built up with the hundreds of modern hotels, serviced apartments, numerous multipurpose buildings and marinas.
The four islands will comprise a large shopping mall, an Arabic souk-style night market, an amphitheatre with the capscity of 30,000 people and a modern marina designed for large yachts. The 3 hectares area (cost $150 million) is allocated specially for hotels and resorts. Its completion is expected by the second half of 2018.
6. MBR City – District One
The luxurious District One project is located in the vicinity of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall and covers the area of over 440 hectares. The territory of more than 60 percent is dedicated to parks and greenery.
A sport infrustructure of the low-density project includes ‘Crystal Lagoon’ for swimming, kayaking and other water activities. Its length is 7 km. Besides, there is a 14 km-long artificial beach walk and a 8.8 km-long track for jogging and cycling.
The infrustructure of the MBR City will provide retail, entertainment, recreation, sport and hospitality spaces and facilities for guests and tourists.
The first and second phases of villas in the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) City – District One will be completed in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The total area of the project covers 1,110 acres. The overall cost of the project is $10 billion.
7. Aladdin City
The New Aladdin City project is aimed at creating commercial and hotel space. It will be located in the middle of Dubai Creek.
This project is based on the tales of Aladdin and Sinbad. Aladdin City will consist of three towers. The project’s main highlight is a unique architectural treatment. All the towers, parking areas and driveways will be connected by the air-conditioned bridges with moving floor.
The cost and completion date of the project are kept undisclosed.
8. Dubai theme parks
The completion of the Dubai Parks and Resorts project is scheduled for October 2016. The construction is in full swing, and a lot of rides and the most attractions were already delivered at the park. All the construction work is performed on time. It is a rather costly project. The cumulative project expenditure reached $1.03 billion at the end of June 2015.
The territory of the resort will comprise three theme parks: Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks and Legoland Dubai. An area of 60,000sq ft will be allocated for the specialized stage, which will be designed for organising Bollywood-themed performances.
10. Al Mamzar Beachfront
Emaar Properties and Dubai Municipality’s multipurpose project is located in the Dubai’s Al Mamzar district. Its completion is scheduled for the end of 2018. The project covers the area of 9,000,000 square feet, with the 53 hectare Al Mamzar Lake in its heart. The preliminary cost of the construction amounts $2.72 billion.
The infrustructure of the project includes 300 hotel suite, 4,000 appatments, 250,000 sq m of selling space and 3.5km of walking tracks.
11. Bluewaters Island
The Bluewater Island project will be situated in the vicinity of the Jumeirah Beach Residence, and is planned to become one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. The overall cost of the project is AED 6 billion.
The Dubai Eye will become a highlight of the island. The world’s tallest panoramic wheel will be designed to attract the expected three million visitors per annum.
The Bluewater Island project will offer entertainment venues, hospitality areas and residential spaces. Those who are interested in new fashion trends will be able to reside in a five-star hotel, which will house fashionable boutiques.
12. Dubai Creek Harbour
Dubai Creek Habour project is aimed at creation of the new six-tower district. The project is launched by the Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding.
The world’s tallest twin towers will become the district’s main attraction, and its area will be three times the size of Downtown Dubai.
The project stretches alongside Dubai Creek in the vicinity of Ras Al Khor. Dubai Creek Habour will comprise all the appropriate infrustructure. The territory of the district will consist of 3,664 office premises, 8,000,000 sq ft of selling space, 39,000 residential units and 22 hotels with 4,400 rooms.