In an exciting start to 2017, it’s been announced that another massive new project will transform part of Dubai.
You might not have noticed the stretch of beach front off King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, formerly known as Al Sufouh. Well, watch out, because in not too much time it will become Dubai’s latest des res location.
Formula 1 ready? Check. High rise hotel that transforms into a huge screen? Got it. Biggest marina in the Middle East? Of course.
High Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the Dubai Harbour project just days into the new year and developers Meraas expect to finish it four years after work begins (but we don’t know exactly when that is).
Spread over 20 million sq. feet, the new community will take in Skydive Dubai, Dubai International Marine Club and Logo Island (the palm-leaf shaped island off The Palm).
Because this is Dubai, you know there has to be a record-breaker, and sure enough, Dubai Harbour will have a 1,400-berth marina that’s set to be the region’s biggest and will handle super yachts of up to 85 metres in lengths.
Excitingly, the area also been tipped as a possible home for a Dubai Grand Prix, as the project’s roads will be designed to host Formula races.
As well as homes and services, there’ll also be a cruise ship port and terminal, a shopping mall covering 3.5 million sq. feet and the futuristic Dubai Lighthouse; a luxury hotel that doubles up as a 135 metre screen for projections and light shows.
The plan is that the development will tap into the worldwide cruise ship market, which sees 23.5 million people sail around the world every year.
Transport links off the water include a bridge connecting the man-made islands to the Sheikh Zayed Road, water transport stations, and not one, but three helipads, plus a jogging and cycling track linking to The Palm.
HH Sheikh Mohammed said: “Our region has had a long and historic relationship with the sea, and today we are seeing another initiative inspired by this age-old tradition that opens up new horizons for development.”
Watch this space.