The Big 5 - Dubai’s top five projects to watch out for


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There are so many projects out there that keeping track of all of them is likely to leave you feeling very overwhelmed. Here’s our list of five top developments to keep your eye on.

Dubai Water Canal

One of the world’s most unique waterfront destinations, the $545 million Dubai Water Canal Project will transform Business Bay, connecting the nabe with the Arabian Gulf over three phases. Expected to be complete by October 2016, the project will feature a shopping centre, four hotels, 450 restaurants and cycling trails. Offering luxury housing for the savvy investor and renter, the project is expected to also provide new areas for public facilities, private marinas and a trade centre at the entrance of the canal. Even more impressive is the fact that the canal itself will be six metres deep and bridges eight metres high to allow yachts and marine craft to pass through!

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Museum of the Future

Housing some of the world’s latest and craziest inventions, The Museum of the Future project expected to cost over $200m and located near Dubai’s financial district, just minutes away from the iconic Burj Khalifa, will showcase innovations – complete with dramatic soundtracks and videos with robots engaging with guests as drones fly overhead. Anticipated to be an incubator for ideas and a driver of innovation, the architectural wonder will be built in part using 3D printing technologies. Scheduled for completion in 2017, this big-budget attraction will look to encourage designers, researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs to collaborate in the development of new technologies.

MBR City – District One

Spread across 1,110 acres, the super luxury $10 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) City – District One project will be located within minutes of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall and feature a 7 km stretch of Crystal Lagoons for swimming and kayaking, the world’s largest artificial beach, a 14 km boardwalk and cycling and jogging tracks. Tipped to become the world’s largest man-made waterbody of its kind, the lagoons, will be spread across 90 acres and be surrounded by sandy beaches, a beach club, a recreational island housing a football ground, cycle tracks, tennis and basketball courts, retail areas and waterfront dining haunts. The project will also house thousands of luxury villas inspired by Arabic, Mediterranean and Contemporary styles set in bold and inviting villa communities. Not to be missed.

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Al Habtoor City

The $3 billion Habtoor City, the world’s biggest luxury residential, leisure and hospitality development under construction, will comprise three luxury residential towers, a French-inspired garden, an iconic Las Vegas style aqua theatre and the world’s first Bentley café. Residents will also be able to enjoy world- class amenities within the residential towers, including a state-of-the-art fitness centre, the UAE’s largest pool deck and breathtaking city skyline views. And a boulevard lined with stylish cafes and boutiques, a marina, a tennis academy and amenities in the three Starwood hotels and, hold your breath, Dragone theatre productions designed exclusively for Al Habtoor City! The project is expected to be complete in 2016.


Aladdin City

Dubai has given the green light to yet another ambitious project: Aladdin City. Suspended over Dubai Creek with golden walkways and towers designed to resemble genie lamps that will shimmer golden in the sunlight, Aladdin City, inspired by Middle Eastern folk tales of Aladdin and Sinbad, will feature three towers linked by air-conditioned bridges with a moving floor. The outlandish project will also include towers of 34, 26 and 25 storeys, commercial and hotel areas and parking spaces for 900 cars and encompass 4,000 acres in total.


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