Dubai out to create 'future' city

Dubai is creating the mini-city of the future. Located off Shaikh Zayed Road, Jumeirah Central — with a gross floor area of 47 million square feet assigned to it — will be home to 35,000 residents, feature three malls and a futuristic transportation services, including ''aerial gondolas''.

The intention is to set the benchmark so high when it comes to how it is conceived and built. Dubai Holding will oversee the project, which will have as many as 25 access points for entry and exit.

The project was first announced by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, via a tweet. The first images of what the mini-city will look like were also unveiled over Twitter.

''As our vision for future cities evolves, Dubai will continue to set the benchmark for city development across the globe'' said Shaikh Mohammad, in a statement issued by Dubai Media Office. ''We will not stop investing in our economy, and these projects are tools to expedite that journey of growth.

''We are confident in the strength of our economy and are optimistic for the future of our nation.''

Further details of Jumeirah Central will be announced by Dubai Holding.

The ''district'', of which over half will be open space, will offer 1 million square feet of climate-controlled arcades for an ''all-season lifestyle''. It will be connected by a cycling network that spans over 33 parks and open spaces. The district will have 25 points of vehicular access.

The location is at the place where the Mall of the World was originally meant to be. It was last week that Dubai Holding confirmed the Mall is to be relocated to a new — and more expansive — location on Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, where the tourism potential can be better realised.

Shaikh Mohammad's announcement immediately thereafter of Jumeirah Central will immediately put to rest any speculation on what Dubai intends to do with the site. According to industry sources, Jumeirah Central represents the ''resizing'' of the original concept to better fit in with the location spread.

Market sources also said that the new district will preside over the makeover of the Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim locations, and in sync with the extension of the Canal.

The all-season Jumeirah Central will comprise 9 million square feet of retail space through three malls, 4.5 million square feet of outdoor shopping space and supported by more than 44,000 parking spaces. It will also have a tourism component with 7,200 hotel rooms — the largest number of hotel rooms centred in one district.

''The uniqueness of this project will not only be a model for advanced urban development, but will also play a key role in enhancing the quality of life and in shaping future generations,'' said Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Chairman of Dubai Holding. ''All project plans and designs have been endorsed by government authorities in Dubai and we expect to start development in the coming months.''

The project's planning involved 19 government and private agencies, as well as international consultants over the last two years.

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Source: Manoj Nair, Associate Editor,


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