Yes, under those covers is a house casually floating down Dubai Water Canal. It’s the first of a flotilla of new homes moving into the canal as part of the AED 1 billion Marasi Business Bay project.
Over the coming days, more water homes will float into the water-front project, which developer Dubai Properties says “is set to become a major future landmark”.
They’ll become part of a 9km waterfront promenade, featuring floating restaurants and cafes, five marinas, more than 1,250 berths for boats and yachts, shops, parks and entertainment areas.
Commuting shouldn’t be a hassle for anyone who fancies a life on the water. Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority has announced that nine marine stations will be inaugurated on Dubai Water Canal – four at Business Bay and five along the Canal.
A decent chunk of the development, which is divided into three themed areas, will complete in 2020. It should all be finished by 2030, though the promenade is now mostly open for business and a great spot to stroll or run.
Business Bay has just been named one of the Lonely Planet’s top 10 coolest neighbourhoods and this amazing new development makes sure we’ll want to keep visiting as it grows, come weather or high water.