Tuesday 03, January 2017 by Georgina Enzer

Dubai expands its waterfront with new residential and commercial development

Dubai will be the site of a brand new waterfront development situated between the Palm Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Residence, called Dubai Harbour. Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said that the new waterfront destination will feature the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s largest marina, with 1,400 berths.

Dubai will be the site of a brand new waterfront development situated between the Palm Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Residence, called Dubai Harbour. Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, said that the new waterfront destination will feature the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s largest marina, with 1,400 berths.

"We are happy that this new project, which represents a unique and innovative new addition to the region’s tourism landscape, opens up a range of new opportunities to investors. Dubai Harbour creates a venue for new investments that support our vision for this important sector and promise to further accelerate the expansion of the tourism industry in the UAE, which is already growing rapidly. I am confident that the project will have a highly positive impact on the entire region’s tourism sector. We are keen to encourage new projects and promote investments that will contribute to bringing to the region more tourists interested in experiencing this part of the world," said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed.

The luxury waterfront destination, spread over 20 million square feet will also include a cruise ship port and terminal, a shopping mall covering 3.5 million square feet - the largest one in the area - an events arena, luxurious residential buildings, hotels, offices, retail stores, public service facilities, restaurants, cafes and the Dubai Lighthouse.

The master plan of the new project also integrates Skydive Dubai, Dubai International Marine Club, DIMC, and the Logo Island into a single community. The project, located on King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street will be developed by Dubai holding company Meraas.

According to WAM, the project will be developed in phases and will be completed in four years

"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. We have great aspirations for the tourism sector, which is one of the main pillars of our economic development and an important source of national income," said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed.

Dubai Harbour will be accessible by land, sea and air. Additionally, the project will be linked to Sheikh Zayed Road, Palm Jumeirah, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street and Bluewaters Island through state-of-the-art infrastructure.

"The Dubai Harbour project has been launched in response to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to create a culture of innovation to support the country’s future and strengthen its international position. It also contributes to achieving ‘Dubai Tourism Vision 2020’ to promote tourism and strengthen Dubai’s position as a leading tourist destination," said Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas. "Dubai has constantly amazed the world with its ability to create great projects. A futuristic project of the highest standards, Dubai Harbour confirms our commitment to innovation and creativity. The project demonstrates our approach of thinking differently to create new opportunities that stimulate economic activity in this area. This project will develop a waterfront destination that will stimulate fresh growth in the tourism sector.”

The destination will also be home to Dubai Lighthouse, a 135 metres tall building which will feature a luxury hotel, and an observation deck that offers 360 degree views. Dubai Lighthouse will also have a facade that can be used as a gigantic screen for high-resolution projections and light shows.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid made the announcement in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council; H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai International Marine Club; Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director-General of Dubai Protocol Department, and Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas.

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