Top 12 Dubai Expo 2020 projects
by Ashleigh McGinley
1. Dubai Water Canal Project
The $545m Dubai Water Canal Project will transform Business Bay and connect the area with the Arabian Gulf over three phases that are set to complete October 2016.
The project will include a new shopping centre, four hotels and 450 restaurants as well as luxury housing and cycling paths.
It is expected to provide new areas measuring 80,000sqms for public places and facilities – as well as private marinas for boats and a new trade centre at the entrance of the canal.
The canal itself will measure six metres deep, while bridges will be built eight metres high to allow the passing of yachts and marine craft.
2. Museum of the Future
Launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Museum of the Future, will house some of the world’s latest inventions and will be a cornerstone of the emirate’s focus on innovation.
The circular-shaped building will be located next to the Jumeirah Emirates Towers near Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
In addition to becoming a major tourist destination, the Museum will offer advanced courses and specialised workshops, as well as public talks and events.
It is expected to cost an more than $200m and is scheduled for completion in 2017.
3. Jewel of the Creek
The $816m (AED3bn) Jewel of the Creek project will consist of a massive waterfront complex, featuring 19-storey apartment buildings, three office towers, two luxury hotels, a recreation centre and a convention centre with a ballroom, as well as a marina and a slew of retail spaces for shops and restaurants.
The project which is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2017 will be located between Al Maktoum Bridge, Baniyas Road and the Floating Bridge covering a 123,955m2 of land.
4. Al Habtoor City
The $3bn (AED11bn) Habtoor City, scheduled for completion in 2016, will feature three top-rated hotels – managed by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide (St. Regis, Westin Dubai and W Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road) – as well as three luxury residential towers.
This mega-development, which will be situated on a 10m sq ft plot on Sheikh Zayed Road, will comprise dining venues, a French-inspired garden, an iconic Las Vegas style aqua theatre and the world’s first Bentley café.
5. Deira Islands
A 15.3sq km waterfront city, Deira Islands paves the way for hundreds of new hotels, serviced apartments, mixed-use buildings and marinas.
Featuring four islands, the project’s host of attractions will include a large shopping mall; an Arabic souk-style night market, an amphitheatre for 30,000 people and a marina that can accommodate large yachts.
While, three hectares of the project – which is scheduled to be completed by Q3 2018 at a cost of $150m – will be dedicated to hotels and resorts.
6. MBR City – District One
The $10bn Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) City – District One, will handover the first and second phase of villas in mid-2016 and mid-2017.
Reaching 1,110 acres, MBR City – District One includes a 7km stretch of Crystal Lagoons, the world’s largest artificial beach and a 14km boardwalk.
Located within minutes of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, the ‘super luxury’ District One project is spread over 440ha, with more than 60% of the total area being allocated to green and open spaces.
The low-density project boasts a 7km-long ‘Crystal Lagoon’ for swimming, kayaking and other activities. The project will also feature 14km of artificial beach walk and 8.8km of cycling and jogging track on the periphery.
District One, which is scheduled to be completed by 2018-2019, will also feature entertainment, retail and hospitality offerings.
7. Aladdin City
Dubai Municipality has started the implementation of the New Aladdin City project in the middle of Dubai Creek.
The project, which is inspired by the well-known tales of Aladdin and Sinbad, will feature three towers, comprising commercial and hotel space, spread over a distance of 450m.
It will also have air-conditioned bridges with moving floor to connect the towers, driveways and parking lots.
The cost and completion date of the project has yet to be revealed.
8. Dubai Parks and Resorts
Dubai Parks and Resorts remains on track for an October 2016 completion date with $1.03bn (AED3.8bn) cumulative project expenditure at the end of June 2015.
The resort will feature three theme parks including Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks and Legoland Dubai – as well as a 60,000sq ft stage that will hold Bollywood-themed performances.
Rides and other main attractions have started arriving at the park over the course of this year.
9. Dubai Frame
The project comprises a 150m-high, 93m-wide structure being built to resemble a huge picture frame.
Located near the Star Gate games and rides area of Zabeel Park, the frame will boast panoramic views of Old Dubai from one side and the skyline of New Dubai from the other side.
The $43.5m (AED160m) project is anticipated to be complete by December 2015.
10. Al Mamzar Beachfront
Emaar Properties and Dubai Municipality’s mixed-use beachfront development in Dubai’s Al Mamzar district is expected to be completed by Q4 2018.
The project, which stretches over 9,000,000sq ft, will have 4,000 residential units, 300 hotel rooms, 250,000sqm of retail amenities and 3.5km of walking tracks covered with plantations.
Planned around the 53ha Al Mamzar Lake, the beachfront project is expected to have a preliminary cost of $2.72bn (AED10bn).
11. Bluewaters Island
The (AED6bn) Bluewater Island, located near Jumeirah Beach Residence, is set to be one of the largest tourist hotspots in the world.
Set to attract an estimated three million visitors per annum, the island will the Dubai Eye – the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel.
The project will also comprise retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones – as well as housing a boutique five-star hotel.
12. Dubai Creek Harbour
Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding are launching a six-tower district, namely Dubai Creek Habour.
The project, which is three times the size of Downtown Dubai, will boast the world’s tallest twin towers.
Located alongside Dubai Creek and adjacent to Ras Al Khor, the project will comprise 3,664 office units, 8,000,000sq ft of retail space, 39,000 residential units and 22 hotels with 4,400 rooms.