ON TARGET - PW visits the Manazel Al Khor site in Culture Village for a status report

The development features 76 threeand four-bedroom apartmentsImage Credit: Supplied

A prime new development on the banks of the Dubai Creek, Manazel Al Khor is reportedly on schedule to meet its planned completion date. The luxury residential and retail complex from Dubai Properties Group (DPG), located in the underdevelopment Culture Village, is set to be handed over to owners and tenants middle of next year and key milestones are currently being met, with some even being signed off ahead of schedule, according to the developer. “We are ahead of schedule
according to the approved dates and are confident we will continue making headway at the current rate,” says Mohammed Al Habbai, Chief Officer of Urban Planning and Infrastructure at DPG.

“This has been possible due to accurate pre-planning and timely implementation of all the relevant processes. Construction milestones have been reached within the set time target to make sure the overall schedule remains on track.”

The centrally located Manazel Al Khor will feature 76 three- and four-bedroom apartments with an unrivalled view of both old and new Dubai, the abundant greenery of Creek Park and, of course, the Dubai Creek itself. A communal leisure complex on the roof will have a pool and sauna with the same spectacular views, while a number of upmarket, high-end retail and food and beverage outlets will feature on the ground level.

Designed to blend in with the traditional Arabian architecture of the masterplanned Culture Village, the development includes a number of features ensuring it fits the theme. “Capturing the traditional urban and architectural heritage of Dubai, Manazel Al Khor’s vision is to conserve the rich history of the emirate and reflect the cultural heritage it has to offer,” says Al Habbai.

During the fourth quarter of last year DPG issued a statement confirming completion of the majority  of the substructure phase in accordance with the standards required by building authorities, following successful completion of the excavation phase of the project.


That completion of this phase was on target is particularly impressive considering the challenges the consulting team faced due to the location of the development.

“The challenge was the logistics and the work sequence; providing material to the project tip, which took continuous work since it is surrounded by water on three sides,” explains Al Habbai. “Two cranes were installed along with a special pathway, which was created so that work in other sections of the project could remain uninterrupted. With the use of a placing boom, material was also transported directly from the road.”

Launched at Cityscape Global last year with sales commencing in April, Manazel Al Khor is set to be one of the most prominent developments within the Culture Village site, which will boast a number of attractive leisure and lifestyle features including 3.8 kilometres of promenade walkways, landscaped gardens and an authentic Arabian-style souq in keeping with the traditional master theme. An added benefit will be the internal canal with a centrally located marina featuring mooring and access points along the promenade, which will link  Manazel Al Khor with other luxury properties within the development such as the Palazzo Versace hotel and D1 Residential Tower.


Ground-level leisure and lifestyle options — both retail and food and beverage— go beyond the boundaries of Manazel Al Khor, along the promenade running through Culture Village. Proximity to Al Jaddaf Metro station will only reinforce the development’s appeal.

While the design is in keeping with the traditional theme, Manazel Al Khor incorporates several modern innovative features such as windows designed to control the flow of sunlight and energy-efficient horizontal shading panels to reduce the impact of heat. Interiors also make use of the best in modern design. “Interiors will be infused with rich earth tones mirroring the historical settlements of old Dubai, while natural marble flooring will be used for the common areas in apartments with hardwood floors in bedrooms,” says Al Habbai. “Porcelain tiling and marble mosaics adorn the bathrooms of all residential units.” All interior fittings are of superior European quality, he says. “We are using premium-quality materials during construction and high-end imported fit-outs in all units. The most premium-quality European brands have been [brought] in to provide supplies of international standard.”

Construction progress was reportedly at around 20 per cent when PW visited, with the project expected to hit 25 per cent in the following few weeks. Consultants WSP and engineering contractors Sun Engineering are working closely together with DPG to ensure the promising progress continues. “Manazel Al Khor has received strong interest from buyers so far and we look forward to delivering this world-class development to them,” says Al Habbai. “Our target is to complete our projects on schedule and we are on track to achieve this.”

Source: Catherine Harper, Special to PW

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