Five of the most exciting projects of Cityscape 2017


Developers gather at Cityscape to shape Dubai’s future skyline and we’ve rounded up some of their most amazing ideas.

Dubai is home to some of the most ambitious engineering works in the world and the annual Cityscape exhibition gives developers in the region the opportunity to showcase their upcoming grand designs and unveil exciting new ventures.

Here are the five most stand-out construction projects we saw at this year’s event.

District 2020 – The Expo legacy


Without a doubt one of the biggest projects at the event, in scale and vision, is the legacy development of the Expo 2020 site: District 2020. The concept for what happens to the occupied space after Expo 2020 has finished draws on the fundamental principles of the expo’ – sustainability and connectivity.

That means all of the individual buildings have been designed to meet international LEED Gold sustainable construction standard.

Smart 2020

There will also be spaces for homes, businesses, culture and entertainment facilities and large investors have already made long-term commitment to get involved.


Tallest on The Palm

Nakheel used this year’s event to reveal a third new tower to its portfolio on The Palm. Palm Beach Residences joins the previously announced infinity sky pool-boasting Palm 360, which at 260 meters high will make it the tallest on man-made island.

Palm 360 rooftop pool complex

Palm 360 rooftop pool complex

If money is no object and you crave spectacular sea views in every direction, Palm Beach Residences, a sought-after Palm Jumeriah address and lush-green garden space on the doorstep, then look out for these three projects being rolled out between 2019 and 2021.


Palm to light up in the UAE’s colours


How spectacular is this? Nakheel also used Cityscape to casually announce plans for Palm Illuminations – a 16km light display in shades of oceanic blue and the colours of the UAE’s flag that cane be turned on for dates of national significance.


Most expensive penthouse in Dubai

One Palm

Five bathrooms and a private 20 metre lap pool make the uppermost apartment of this Omniyat property one of the most luxurious new developments on the Palm Jumeriah. Recently sold for an eye-watering AED 102 million, it now has the honour of being the most expensive penthouse in Dubai. Hopefully the panoramic views from the 29,800 sq ft abode will be well worth it when it’s handed over next year.

New look for Motor City


Live in Motor City? This is what your neighbourhood could look like in the future. Union Properties announced an investment partner for an expansive new project in MotorCity.

To be built in several stages, the whole project will bring to the area more than 100 new villas, plus 40 high and low rise buildings, as well as a central Vertex that hosts a number of towers and includes a five-star hotel.


Dubai to get its own lighthouse


Developer Meraas have a number of very exciting projects in development all over the region at the moment. One of the biggest is their plans for what will become Dubai Harbour. This isn’t the first news we have had of the development that will run along a stretch of coastline between the JBR and the Palm Jumeirah, star of which is the futuristic Dubai Lighthouse; a luxury hotel that doubles up as a 135 metre screen for projections and light shows.

But what Meraas did announce at Cityscape 2017 is that it is adding two cruise terminals to the already mammoth project as Dubai comes under increasing demand as a cruise destination.


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