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A slew of projects set to transform Dubai South into one of the busiest commercial and residential districts of the region is gradually taking shape.
Spread over 145 square kilometres, the new economic zone currently boasts the Al Maktoum International Airport and is the site of the Expo 2020. The frenetic pace of growth around the area has been targeted to keep pace with the plans of having around a million people work and reside in this township built around the airport. The planners have divided the area into six clusters: residential, aviation, logistics, golf, commercial and exhibition city.
The growth of these districts is linked to the massive expansion planned for the airport. Al Maktoum International Airport is in line to become the world's largest airport by 2022 when its annual passenger handling capacity leapfrogs from the current five million passengers to 130 million.
The Aviation City will feature the Executive Jet Terminal with its own immigration and custom facilities with separate drop-off and lounge areas. There will also be hangar facilities for private jets, five hotels, an aircraft paint shop and an Emirates Flight Academy which will consist of classrooms and ground-based simulators.
Around 90 companies have already moved to the Logistics District, taking advantage of its multimodal transport platform. A dedicated bridge, the Dubai Logistics Corridor, links it to the Jebel Ali Port and Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) to the airport, facilitating seamless transport of goods via air, sea and road.
The Commercial District will have towers of up to 45 floors high and will be divided into eight segments; the Exhibition City will provide a massive space for events and exhibitions, and will host the Expo 2020; the Golf District will feature an 18-hole golf course surrounded by retail, office and residential options; while the Residential District will have a range of residences that is expected to accommodate over 250,000 people.
• The Dubai South urban development is divided into six districts
• The Aviation City will feature hangars, hotels and a flight school
• Logistics District caters to light manufacturing, assembly services
Get a glimpse of the Diamond Innovation Centre which was launched in Dubai
Source: S. Dhar, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer