Since it was founded in 1971, the United Arab Emirates has developed exponentially from a regional trading hub, predominately in the pearl industry, to one of the largest economies in the GCC with a well-planned economic diversification strategy. Its focus on new building projects is key to continuing the development of tourism and keeping Dubai at the forefront of people’s minds.
The Burj Al Arab, the Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Khalifa have put Dubai on the map for its iconic architecture. Billions of dirhams continue to be invested in future projects to develop the region even further, breaking the boundaries of what has been done before.
Developments such as the world’s largest ferris wheel, the world’s biggest shopping mall, the world’s tallest twin towers and the world’s largest indoor theme park are all underway. Other projects, including the Dubai Canal, Bluewater Island, Dubai Creek Harbour and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) City are also in development and will help to further place Dubai at the epicentre of some of the world’s most exciting and innovative construction projects.
This is a glimpse into some of the projects due for completion before Expo 2020.
Dubai Canal – The proposed Dhs 2 billion Dubai Water Canal project was unveiled on 2nd October 2013. It comprises one shopping centre, four hotels, 450 restaurants, luxury housing, walkways and cycle paths. It is a three-kilometer long project starting from Business Bay leading into the Arabian Gulf through Safa Park and Jumeirah.
Museum of the Future – Museum of the Future is a technological museum which was announced in March 2015 and will actively produce futuristic inventions and contribute to UAE’s mission to be a global innovation centre – it’s scheduled to open in December 2018 and is located in the Emirates Towers area.
Bluewater Island – Bluewater Island will feature the AED 1 billion Dubai Eye, a 210-metre tall giant ferris wheel – the tallest ferris wheel in the world. The island will also have retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones and is projected to attract three million visitors a year.
Dubai Frame – 150 metres high and 93 metres wide, it is positioned in such a way that landmarks of modern Dubai can be seen from one side, while older parts of the city can be viewed from the other.
Dubai Creek Harbour – The project includes the world’s largest twin towers and is three times the size of Downtown Dubai. Running alongside Dubai Creek the first phase of six towers has been launched.
Mall of the World – It was announced in July 2014. Located in Al Sufouh district along Sheikh Zayed Road, the project will include the world’s largest mall, largest indoor park, cultural theatres and wellness resorts with a capacity to host over 180 million visitors annually.
The developments are set to remodel the Dubai skyline so watch this space!