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22 - 23 OCTOBER 2024


DUBAI megaprojects: 17 spectacular developments set to transform the nation

The DUBAI is currently embarking on the development of several ambitious megaprojects, poised to shape the future of the nation and redefine its position as a global and regional leader.

The upcoming megaprojects of the DUBAI are also a testament to the nation’s continued efforts and commitment to shaping its future.

With the combined support of the government and the private sector, these megaprojects are expected to drive economic growth, create jobs, and position the country as a global hub for innovation, tourism and opportunities.

That being said, here is a look a some of DUBAI’s upcoming megaprojects that will transform the nation over the next 10 years:

1. Etihad Rail passenger train

Etihad Rail passenger train.jpgEtihad Rail unveiled a prototype of the passenger train, showcased on UAE’s 51st National Day, which was on December 2, 2022.

The new passenger service will run as fast as 200 kilometres per hour, with stations stretching from Sila near the Saudi border to Fujairah on the East Coast.

Passengers will be able “to travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai in 50 minutes, and from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah in 100 minutes,” the statement said.

2. Burj Binghatti

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Set to surpass the Dubai’s 393-metre Princess Tower as the world’s tallest residential tower, the Burj Binghatti is a collaboration between property developer Binghatti and luxury jewellery company Jacob & Co.

Binghatti’s chief executive officer Muhammed Binghatti said that the residential tower will be “the apex of the luxury narrative in this evocative construction, a signature feature that add further grandeur to the city’s skyline.”

3. Dubai Wasl Tower

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Set to open by Q2 2024, the Dubai Wasl Tower is an asymmetrical, twisted, tower with a height of 302-metres.

The Wasl Tower is designed around its Z axis, featuring a classic ‘contrapposto’ movement. This will create the illusion that the tower is facing every direction.

4. Baccarat Hotel and Residences Dubai

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A new skyscraper will add to Downtown Dubai as Shamal Holding has announced its plan to open Baccarat Hotel and Residences in 2026. The building, which will have glass façade is designed by Studio Libeskind and interior design studio, 1508 London.

In addition, reports suggest that a Baccarat hotel has also been confirmed to open in Riyadh’s Diriyah giga-project.

5. Atlantis The Royal

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Atlantis The Royal features a skyblaze fountain, 231 luxury apartments, 693 hotel rooms and 102 suites, all of which offer views of the Arabian Sea and Palm Island.

The resort will also house 90 swimming pools, including a rooftop infinity pool on the 22nd floor, suspended 90 meters above ground level.

6. Dubai Vertical City

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A new floating development, titled ‘Vertical City’ is proposed to open in 2030.

The development, on completion, will align with the UAE’s sustainability goals and will also feature open spaces to allow natural light and ventilation, Arabian Business reported in January.

In addition, the towers, which has an exterior of photovoltaic glass, will also have underwater floors, that will see apartments, duplexes, villas, offices, stores as well as spas, meditation centres, gyms and luxury hotel rooms with marine views.

Residents and visitors can access the tower by land, water or air.

7. Dubai Urban Tech District

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The Dubai Urban Tech District, is developed to be located on the emirate’s Creekside of Al Jaddaf, and will built on 140,000 metre-square of land.

Aside from dedicated office spaces, the Urban Tech District — which will follow a zero-carbon policy — will also feature facilities to host onferences, training, research, seminars, business incubation, and various other amenities.

8. Dubai Islands

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Formerly known as Deira Islands, the Dubai Islands is a “man-made archipelago” off Deira’s shores, the Nakheel website reads.

The Dubai Islands will also be home to the upcoming Deira Mall, which is set to become “one of the city’s biggest shopping centres.”

9. The Heart of Europe

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The Heart of Europe will be located on Dubai World Islands, and when open, will be a “self-sufficient upscale resort”, according the official website.

Developed by Dubai property developer, Kleindienst, the resort will is just six kilometres off the emirate’s shores.

The Heart of Europe, which has been designed using ancient Feng Shui practices, will be home to 100 to 1,500-year-old Spanish Trees, a smart police station, climate-controlled “Raining Street”, a zero-emission sustainable ferry, a coral institute, tropical gardens, among others.

10. The Link by One&Only One Zabeel

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Set to open in 2023, The Link by One & Only One Za’abeel will become part of Dubai’s cityscape.

The Link is also said to feature a glass-walled infinity pool, and will have 229 hotel rooms and suites as well as over 90 residential units.

The upcoming building is safely positioned over Dubai’s Happiness Bridge and “undergoing its final technical preparations for its epic ascent.”

11. Meydan One Mall

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The Meydan One Mall will be located beside The Link by One & Only One Za’abeel, which will see over 550 retail outlets, as well as a 13,200 square-metre hypermarket.

Visitors at the Meydan One Mall can also access a 28,000 square-metre “entertainment experience,” a medical centre, a luxury plaza hotel, lifestyle canyon and a crystal lagoon which spans over 8.2 kilometres.

The mall will also have a parking capacity for 12,600 vehicles, the developer said.

12. Dubai Agri Hub

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Dubai will soon be home to the world’s biggest agritourism destination, creating 10,000 jobs.

Agri Hub will also include 100 percent water recycling, green transit systems, bio-saline agriculture and on-site zero waste management.

The exact location will be confirmed in 2024, with construction due to begin in 2025.

13. Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab

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Set to open in 2023, is the superyacht-shaped hotel Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab.

The new resort, which will feature “386 rooms and suites, four penthouses, as well as 83 luxury hotel apartment suites set amid private landscaped gardens,” Jumeirah said in the statement.

The resort will complete Jumeirah’s “oceanic trilogy,” which already has the wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the sailboat-inspired Burj Al Arab.

All rooms at the resort will offer guests a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea.

14. The Loop Dubai

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Dubai will soon be home to a 93-kilometre, climate controlled highway, titled ‘THE LOOP’. The new highway is aimed at connecting over 3 million residents using a “healthy mode of transport, access to key services and locations by walking and cycling within minutes,” sustainable architecture firm URB said in a statement.

THE LOOP is in line with emirate’s ambition of becoming a 20-minute city, which allows residents to access destinations and essentials within 20 minutes by foot or bicycle.

15. World’s first 3D printed mosque in Dubai

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Dubai will soon be home to the world’s first fully functional 3D printed mosque, the emirate’s Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities (IACAD).

“Building the first mosque in the world to be built with 3D printing technology is a distinguished project in the world built with this feature, and this work is a translation on the ground of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed,” IACAD director-general Hamad Al Shaibani said.

16. Ciel Tower

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Ciel Hotel, is set to be the world’s tallest hotel in 2023. The building, which has a remarkable height of 365 metres, will add to Dubai Marina’s skyline, and is managed by Dubai-based property developer The First Group.

Designed by London-based architect NORR, the 82-floor hotel will feature a glass observation deck on the 82nd floor, offering visitors a 360-degree views across Dubai Marina, the Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf. The hotel will also feature a ‘sunset lounge’ on the 74th floor.

On completion, Ciel will surpass the Gevora Hotel — which is currently the tallest hotel in Dubai.

17. Kempinski Floating Palace

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A five-star luxury hotel, the Kempinski Floating Palace, is exactly what it sounds. The floating building, which is expected to open in 2023, will feature a glass pyramid-topped main building, which is structured in four parts.

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