New Developments

A wave of new development projects were announced after Dubai won its bid to host the Expo 2020, boosting the economy and its position as the leading business and tourism hub in the region. Over the next five years, residents and tourists will see the city further transform before their eyes and here is a list of new and upcoming attractions.

Mall of the World
As the world’s second favourite shopping destination, Dubai can be forgiven for needing yet another mall. This mega project, to be located just the other side of Sheikh Zayed Road to Mall of the Emirates, is being dubbed as more of an indoor city, with air conditioned, European-style ‘streets’, a cultural district, and the world’s largest indoor theme park. Covering an area of eight million square feet, the mall is expected to cost Dhs.25 billion to build over 10 years, and the first phase is due to open in 2017. 

Dubai Tram
The highly-anticipated Dubai Tram opened in November 2014. It runs in both directions along 14.5 kilometres of Al Sufouh Road, departing at six-minute intervals, it seamlessly links the Dubai Metro to leisure and business hubs in Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Internet City, Media City and Knowledge Village. The tram also joins the Dubai Metro and the Palm Monorail, making it an attractive transport option for to commuters and tourists. Each tram can accommodate 370 passengers at a time and carries a reported 30,000 riders per day which is projected to reach 66,000 by 2020. Averaging speeds of 20km an hour, it has seven coaches, including a gold suite and one cabin dedicated to women and children.

Jumeirah Corniche
Stretching 14 kilometres from Jumeirah Mosque to the Burj Al Arab, the rapid makeover of Dubai’s longest corniche has transformed the popular stretch of coast. With a Californian touch, the Jumeirah Corniche has become something of a social and sports hub beachside, featuring a five metre-wide walking/jogging track and an extended cycle track connecting six residential districts along Dubai’s coastline. Popular beaches known locally as 'Kite Beach' and the Open Beach, next to the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, have been rejuvenated with a surge of new eateries, changing facilities and shaded seating, ideal for picnickers or people out walking. The Dhs.100 million project has also resulted in a wave of new water sports hire zones, attracting everyone with an interest in kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, boat rentals and surfing. Especially popular for young people and families is ‘Kite Beach’, with its impressive watersports area, new breakwater swimming zones and a growing range of trendy restaurants and beachside cafes. 
 
Mohammed Bin Rashid City District One
Located less than three kilometres from the Burj Khalifa, this new development of 1,500 villas set across 1,030 acres will create an exceptional community with parks and lagoons.
Expected to be completed by 2018, the area in the heart of Dubai will house the world’s largest man-made crystalline lagoon. Marinas will be developed, as well as the world’s biggest shopping mall, offices and 14 kilometres of manufactured beach. An 18-hole golf course, more than 100 hotels, a Universal Studios franchise and a public park – larger than London’s Hyde Park – will also be constructed.
 
Downtown Dubai Opera House
This multi-purpose, state-of-the-art venue with 2,000 seats will stage operas, theatre shows, concerts, exhibitions, performing arts and other cultural events. Opening in late 2015, the 60,000 square metre Opera House will house an art gallery, a performing arts school and a 'six-star' themed hotel. Set to kick start the Art Dubai festival next year, the design is based on a traditional Arabian dhow and is the centrepiece of Emaar’s new 500-acre cultural district in Downtown Dubai.
 
Bluewaters Island
Located 500 metres off Jumeirah Beach Residence, this Dhs. 6 billion island is set to be one of the largest tourist hotspots in the world. The project will include retail, residential, entertainment and hospitality zones along with a Dubai Eye, which will be the world’s largest Ferris wheel at 210 metres high, offering breathtaking views of the coastline. The island will be connected to the mainland by a bridge, a monorail and a cable car. Reclamation work has begun and Bluewaters is expected to be unveiled to the public in early 2018.
 
Dubai Canal Project
Work is well underway on the Dhs.1.7 billion canal project that will connect Business Bay to Jumeirah, thereby extending the Dubai Creek. The canal will pass through Safa Park, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Road and even go under Sheikh Zayed Road before emerging at the ocean near Jumeirah Beach Park. Scheduled to be finished in 2016, the canal will be between 80 and 120 metres in width and six metres deep, while bridges will be built eight metres high to allow the passing of yachts. A shopping mall, four hotels and 450 restaurants, as well as luxury houses and cycling paths, will also be constructed.

​Falcon City of Wonders
This unique tourist attraction will be a self-contained and multi-faceted residential, tourist and recreational destination, based upon the wonders of the ancient and modern worlds. Part of Dubailand and only ten minutes from Dubai International Airport, this massive project covers 400,000 square metres and is due to finish by 2018. Shaped like a Falcon, the city will contain life-size replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World and monumental buildings, including the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse at Alexandria, India’s Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China.

​Dubai Safari
A Dhs.150 million safari park is to be completed by the end of 2015, spread over an area of 119 hectares comprising a Safari Village, Arabian Village, Asian Village and African Village. Around 1,000 species of animals and birds will be housed in the new development, which is 80 times larger than the current zoo facility at Jumeirah. A children’s zoo, butterfly park, botanical garden and veterinary facilities will also be found within the complex in the Al Warqaa area, and the eco-friendly project will use solar energy to function.

​Bird and Animal Market
A new 50-hectare market located on the Hatta-Dubai road for the trading of birds and animals is under construction, at a cost of Dhs.54.5 million. Due to be completed in the next few months, the market is designed to combat the illegal trade of pets and will include an administration block, clinic, health quarry, auction block and employee accommodation. The site will even house a luxury pet hotel for pampered pooches, complete with grooming rooms, therapy sessions, laundry services, playgrounds, supervisors and vets.

​The Dubai Frame
An impressive new project is under construction inside Zabeel Park, costing in the region of Dhs.120 million. The Dubai Frame comprises a 150 million metre-high, 93 metre-wide structure resembling a huge picture frame, with a walkway made entirely of glass. Visitors are able to follow a path depicting the history of Dubai using modern technology, before taking a panoramic elevator up to the top of the frame for spectacular views. From one side, modern landmarks like Emirates Towers and Burj Khalifa are framed, whilst older parts of the city like Deira and Karama can be enjoyed in the opposite direction.The ambitious and unusual project is due for completion in late 2015.
 
The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
Developed by Nakheel, The Pointe is set to become an exciting waterfront destination located just across the bay from the Atlantis Hotel. Comprising a mall with 200 shops, a computerised fountain display and stunning landscaped surroundings, visitors will be able to take a relaxing stroll quayside or along the new 11 kilometre crescent surrounding Palm Jumeirah, known as The Boardwalk. The 52-storey Palm tower featuring Dubai’s highest swimming pool is also part of the Dhs800 million project, scheduled for completion by 2016.
 
Lost Cities
US-based developers Reef Worlds are to build an Atlantis-style underwater, archaeological site in the waters around the World Islands. Designed for snorkelling and scuba-diving enthusiasts, the reef will provide an exciting underwater experience, attracting a wide variety of marine life. Concrete structures manufactured locally, can first be colonised by algae, providing enough food for fish, which in turn could attract predators. Developed under the name, ‘The Pearl of Dubai’, the aim is to create memorable experiences for swimmers and divers of all abilities.
 
Deira Fish Market
A tourist hub since it opened in 1988, the Deira Fish Market has doubled in size in recent years in a project which reportedly cost Dhs.250 million. The new facility, which opened in early 2015, combines the modern with the traditional and covers an area of 120,000 square metres. Visitors can purchase their fresh catch of the day in the air-conditioned building, which also contains a hypermarket, a multi-purpose hall, offices and a number of coffee shops overlooking Dubai Creek.
 
Dubai Parks and Resorts
Located in Jebel Ali, work is underway on this huge project to expand the leisure and entertainment sectors in the city. Plans are afoot for a Legoland Dubai, Bollywood Park, Riverland, motiongate and family-themed hotel, Lapita. The development is expected to be finished in 2016.   

The Butterfly
Dubai Free Zone developer, TECOM Business Parks, has unveiled a series of projects worth Dhs.1 billion, set to be completed during 2015. The company plan to open The Butterfly, an unusual brick structure consisting of two office buildings, connected by a central structure in the middle of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City. Other projects include the headquarters of DuBiotech, The Makateb project and the International Media Production Zone (IMPZ), accommodating a variety of media companies.

​Aladdin City
Inspired by the classic tales of Aladdin and Sinbad, this unique project comprises three lamp-shaped towers, a hotel and two commercial towers built in Dubai Creek, which aim to represent the beauty and tourism of the city. Set for completion in 2016, the towers of different heights are connected with a 450 metre, air-conditioned pedestrian bridge, leading to parking stations away from the site. The total area of the project is estimated to be 110,000 square metres.

​The Butterfly House
Spread across more than 4,500 square metres, Dubai’s first butterfly house opens this summer in Miracle Gardens, near Arabian Ranches. Around 35,000 species of butterflies, from around the world, will be housed in nine custom-built domes at a cost of around Dhs.35 million. The project is part of the Dubai Safari scheme and the park is the second largest in the world. The new development will also include an ‘international garden’ showcasing famous world landmarks made entirely from plants and flowers.

​Dubai Police Museum
Set to open in 2015, the new Dubai Police Museum building will resemble the largest policeman’s cap and is expected to enter the Guinness World Records when it completes. Positioned to complement the Al Qiyadah Metro station in Deira, the four-storey building will contain memorabilia including weapons, old uniforms, telecommunications equipment, radars and brochures. The new museum will educate the public of the achievements of the police force since its inception in 1956, and explain how law and order is maintained. Research halls will also form part of the museum, for those working on papers related to Dubai Police.
 
Business Bay Towers
The new twin tower concept will be constructed overlooking Sheikh Zayed Road, close to the Business Bay Metro Station and will feature a retail boulevard lined with coffee shops, restaurants and other retail offerings. The towers will consist of serviced and residential apartments, lofts, penthouses, retail units and a five-star hotel. The apartments will have access to a rooftop running track, amphitheatre, tennis courts, and will be landmarks in Business Bay, adding a further iconic development to the Dubai skyline.

Entisar Tower
This new mixed-use tower is set to soar more than 100 stories into the sky, making it the tallest building in Dubai after the Burj Khalifa. Set to tower over Sheikh Zayed Road, it will feature serviced apartments, four floors of shops and a hotel. Residents, who can move in during 2017, will benefit from views across the Arabian Gulf and Downtown Dubai and have access to a premium range of amenities and services, including community sky gardens and a suspended indoor running track. The 112-room hotel, within the tower, will include elevator access to a VIP club and dining near the top.

​The Trump Estates
Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has launched a collection of more than 100 exclusive mansions with Damac, currently being built in Akoya near Arabian Ranches. The luxury homes will overlook the Trump International Golf Club, the first Trump-branded course in the Middle East. The new course will host world-class tournaments and attract world-class golf professionals when it opens. With an interior designed by Fendi, and the option of custom-built villas perched on the edge of the golf course, this will be the Beverly Hills of Dubai.

​The Polo Residence
A new ultra-luxury gated estate is set to be built near Downtown Dubai, spread over 1.5 million square feet and consisting of 29 buildings. The community, designed for the elite, will provide privacy and a feeling of space for its residents. The project also focuses on green living, with 60% of space reserved for green areas and playgrounds. The Dhs.2.1 billion development will bring a new lease of life to the desert when it is finished later in 2015.

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