A look at some of Dubai's projects that grabbed headlines

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Akoya Drive

You'd be forgiven for thinking that Akoya Drive, when complete, can compete with the Champs-Élysées in Paris, or perhaps Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. It's poised to become the longest shopping strip in Dubai, spanning 1.3km through the luxury Akoya golf community off Umm Suqeim Road.

The development will include premier food and beverage, retail and entertainment offerings, but one of its most coveted aspects is that it will house an outdoor ice-skating rink. The shopping strip — estimated to be longer than 13 football pitches put together from end to end — will also have a cinema and an interactive children's play area.

Akoya Drive is only one part of the Akoya by Damac master development, a collaboration between Donald Trump and Damac Properties. The 42-million-sq-ft golf community, which includes the Trump International Golf Club and Trump Estates, boasting 104 limited-edition villas and mansions, is sure to attract investors and visitors alike when complete.

MBR City — District One

The picturesque heart of Dubai, Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City — District One, a split joint venture by Meydan and Sobha, is the first landmark project to be announced in the development. With more than 47 million sq ft of prime freehold land in the heart of Dubai, just minutes away from Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall, the project is expected to have everything from parks, man-made beaches and water sports facilities to a world-class equestrian club.

Boasting more than 600 acres of open space surrounded by luxurious villas that will be delivered in a number of phases, it is thought that the project will create one of the lowest density residential environments in any major international city. It will have a shopping and dining promenade with a wide selection of restaurants and bistros, waterfront cafés, and entertainment venues.

There will also be a children's nursery along with an international school, a daily as well as Juma prayer mosque to accommodate more people. When complete, the project will be home to the world's largest man-made lagoon with spectacular beaches. In all, Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City — District One is primed to become one of the most sought-after residential communities in the region.

Culture Village and Dubai Wharf

Culture Village will offer an impressive array of residential areas, galleries, studios and wide-ranging facilities when complete. The announcement of the Dubai Wharf and a luxury waterfront hotel by Anantara, courtesy of Dubai Properties Group (DP), will result in more outstanding projects for the development.

While the hotel will undoubtedly be popular with visitors, Dubai Wharf alone is tagged at Dh800 million and expected to meet the ever-growing housing and leisure demands in the area.

With four towers comprising 582 residences and approximately 150 retail, dining and entertainment outlets, the project will certainly add stock to Dubai housing. The 91 studios, 147 one-bedroom, 276 two-bedroom and 68 three-bedroom apartments will provide plenty of choice.

In keeping with its Creek location, the Dubai Wharf project will sport contemporary architecture with a stone exterior and wooden textured shading to soften the overall appearance. The shading will also be an essential element of the climate control system.

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Source: Helga Jensen-Forde, Special to Property Weekly

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