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List of development projects in Dubai

The government's decision to diversify from an oil-based economy, and to make Dubai the main hub of tourists in the world, has made and other developmental projects such as Dubailand, more valuable, resulting in the property boom from 2004 to 2007. Construction on large scale is a part of Dubai Strategic Plan 2015 unveiled by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, to maintain economic growth and to put Dubai on the map of the world, and a tourist destination of the world.[1] Construction on large scale has turned Dubai into one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. There are a number of large-scale projects which are currently under construction or will be constructed in the future. Due to the heavy construction which is taking place in Dubai, 30,000 construction cranes, which is 25% of cranes worldwide, were operating in Dubai in 2006.[2] Currently multi-billion dollar construction projects are taking shape in Dubai.

Global financial crisis of 2008–2009

However due to the Global financial crisis of 2008–2009, several mega projects had been put on hold, including Palm Islands, Dubailand, the Arabian canal, Dubai Exhibition City, The Lagoons, Jumeirah Garden City. Apart from this many supertall skyscrapers have also been put on hold that includes Pentominium, Burj Al Alam, Marina 106, and Dubai Towers Dubai. Construction on Palm Jebel Ali and The world islands were expected to be resumed in 2010, however recommencement has been further delayed.[3][4] Construction on other halted projects is likely to be resumed in 2011.[5]

Recovery from global financial crisis

In a report published by Forbes on October 22, 2012, says Dubai has recovered faster from the financial crisis than most other countries and now its economy is growing in a higher rate than its counterparts because of its zero tax policy and economic free zones. The estimated GDP growth rate of Dubai in 2012 was 4.5%.[6] The growth was mainly driven by the tourism, commerce and industrial manufacturing sectors.[7]

According to the UAE's Ministry of Finance, Dubai's government has allocated 32.3 billion dirhams ($8.8 billion) for infrastructure projects in 2012, marking a return to big spending on such projects as some of these projects had been stalled due to lack of funding.[8]

In November 2012, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced fifteen new projects worth more than $187 million. These projects are a part of the municipality’s 2013 to 2015 strategic plan of Dubai.[9]

Mixed use developments

Dubai Marina
Jumeirah Lake Towers under construction in 2007
Project Developer Expected completion Costs Area Description
1 Dubai Marina Emaar Complete 70001560000000000001.56 km2 (0.60 sq mi)
2 Nakheel Properties Complete 70001800000000000001.8 km2 (0.69 sq mi) Comprises 79 high-rises, mostly residential skyscrapers.
3 Business Bay Dubai Properties Group Complete AED110 billion (US$30 billion) 80 million sq. ft. Comprises 240 high- and low-rise buildings, mostly residential and mixed-use skyscrapers.[10]
4 Jumeirah Garden City[A] Meraas On-Hold 70009000000000000009 km2 (3.5 sq mi) [11] AED350 billion [12]
5 Culture Village Dubai Properties 2014 70003710000000000003.71 km2 (1.43 sq mi)
6 Jumeirah Village Nakheel Properties 2013 AED 2.4 million 70008110000000000008.11 km2 (3.13 sq mi) [13]
7 Jebel Ali village Nakheel Properties 2013 70005200000000000005.20 km2 (2.01 sq mi) The city is expected to accommodate around 500,000 people.
8 Al Maktoum International Airport Dubai Holding Fully operational in 2025 US$$80 billion. 70001560000000000001.56 km2 (0.60 sq mi) Upon completion it will be the fourth largest airport in the world.[14]
9 The Lagoons[A] Sama Dubai On-Hold US$25 billion 700170000000000000070 km2 (27 sq mi) [15][16]

Other projects

Business Bay in 2012
Central Business District Cluster in Dubai International City
Skyline of Business Bay, Dubai as seen from Safa Park
Project Developer Expected completion Costs Area Description
1 Dubailand[C] Dubai Holding Partially under Construction US$64.3 Billion 7002278000000000000278 km2 (107 sq mi) Dubailand will be world's largest Retail and Entertainment World, twice the size of Walt Disney World Resort, it include 45 mega projects and 200 sub projects. Currently, there are currently 22 projects under construction, 6 are complete.[17]
2 Arabian Canal[A] Limitless Halted temporarily US$50 Billion 75 km long Will be world's largest man-made canal, Construction work on Phase 1 of Arabian Canal is currently in progress, however construction on much of the Arabian Canal is currently halted.
3 Dubai Creek extension Limitless 2015 AED 1.5 Billion 26.2 km long extension In September 2007, a Dhs. 484 million (US$ 132 million) extension of the creek was finished, which now ends just south of the Metropolitan Hotel on Shaikh Zayed Road. A final 2.2-kilometre extension will cross Shaikh Zayed Road.[18][19]
4 Jumeirah Garden City Meraas Complete US$95 Billion 9,000,000-square-metre Jumeirah Garden City will be built across an area north of Sheikh Zayed Road between Diyafa Street and Safa Park.[11]
5 Dubai International City Nakheel Properties Complete US$95 Billion 70008199999999999998.2 km2 (3.2 sq mi) Dubai International city is a country-themed architecture of residences, business, and tourist attractions.[20]
6 Dubai Exhibition City[A] On-Hold AED 8 Billion 280,000 m2 Dubai exhibition city upon completion will home to world's longest single column-free exhibition hall in the world.[21]
7 Dubai Meydan City Partially Complete AED 8 Billion 3,700,000 m2 The development includes, Meydan Racecourse hotels, sky-bubble restaurant, entertainment, clubs, a concourse plaza, towers and a boat-house.
8 Mohammed bin Rashid City Partially Complete AED 8 Billion 800 million Sq ft The development includes, Meydan Racecourse hotels, sky-bubble restaurant, entertainment, clubs, a concourse plaza, towers and a boat-house.
9 Al Sufouh Tramway Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) November 2014 AED 3.18 Billion 14.5 kilometers (9.0 mi) long Al Sufouh Tramway is a tramway being built in Al Sufouh, Dubai. It will run along Al Sufouh Road from Dubai Marina to the Burj Al Arab and the Mall of the Emirates.[22]
10 Dubai Frame second half of 2015 150-metre-high, 93-metre-wide Dubai frame is upcoming project of Dubai tourism will build in near the Star Gate of Zabeel Park.[23]

Artificial reclaimed islands developments

Aerial view of Palm Jumeirah
The World Islands in 2010
Project Developer Expected completion Costs Area Description
1 Palm Jumeirah Nakheel Properties Complete $12.3 billion It is the world's largest man-made island.
2 Palm Jebel Ali[A] Nakheel Properties Complete Will accommodate over 250,000 people by 2020.[24][25] Construction will be resumed in coming months[4]
3 Palm Deira[A] Nakheel Properties Complete 700112500000000000012.5 km2 (4.8 sq mi) by 70007500000000000007.5 km2 (2.9 sq mi) Will be the largest palm island, in Dubai.
4 The Universe[B] Nakheel Properties 700130000000000000030 km2 (12 sq mi)
5 The World Islands[A] Nakheel Properties complete $14 billion 70009000000000000009 km (5.6 mi) and 70006000000000000006 km2 (2.3 sq mi) width
6 Dubai Waterfront[A] Nakheel Properties 2020 7002130000000000000130 km2 (50 sq mi) The Dubai Waterfront is expected to become the largest waterfront and largest man-made development in the world.
7 Skydive Dubai Nakheel Properties 2012 70001060000000000001.06 km2 (0.41 sq mi)
8 Dubai Maritime City[A] Dubai Holding complete AED 3 billion 70002270000000000002.27 km2 (0.88 sq mi) It will be the world's first purpose-built maritime centre
9 Jumeirah Garden City[A] Meraas 2013 AED 350 billion [12] 70009000000000000009 km2 (3.5 sq mi) Some portion of this development is being reclaimed off the coast near jumeirah
10 Bluewaters Island[D] Meraas 2018 AED 6 billion Announced on February 13, 2013. Dubai Eye giant Ferris wheel will be built on this island.[26]


The site office and showroom, Dubailand sales center, March 7, 2006
Project Developer Expected completion Costs Length Description
1 Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) 2015 2.5 billion dirhams 70001600000000000001.6 km (0.99 mi) It will be the world's longest arch bridge
2 Dubai smile Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) completed in 2012 810 million dirhams 300 meters
A. ^ Construction is currently on-hold due to lack of finances.
B. ^ Project is currently in planning stages.
C. ^ Only 22 out of 200 sub projects of Dubailand are under construction.
D. ^ Approved, construction will start in April, 2013.

See also


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  1. ^ "H.H. Sheikh Mohammad unveils highlights of Dubai Strategic Plan (2015) - Dubai...Where the Future Begins | Dubai Strategic Plan 2015". 2007-02-26. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  2. ^ "gulfnews : Dubai has 30,000 construction cranes". 2006-06-18. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  3. ^ Spencer, Richard (17 December 2009). "Dubai: Developer says work to resume on The World islands". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Sarah Blackman. "Palm Jebel Ali enabling works to be awarded soon". Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  5. ^ "Saudi's Tanmiyat to resume UAE developments in 2010 - The National". Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  6. ^ "Dubai has recovered faster because of zero tax economic free zones". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dubai growth ismainly driven by the tourism". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
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  10. ^ "Business Bay, Dubai". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
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  12. ^ a b "Meraas Development launched Dh350 Billion Jumeirah Gardens". 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  13. ^ "Jumeirah Village, Dubai". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Al Maktoum International Airport". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
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  17. ^ "Dubailand". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Dubai Creek extension". GulfNews.Com. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "Dubai Creek extension set to cross Sheikh Zayad Road". Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
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  23. ^ "Dubai Frame". Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Palm Jebel Ali enabling works to be awarded soon - progress update". Constructionweekonline. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  25. ^ Palm Jebel Ali enabling works to be awarded soon
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External links

  • Dubai Real Estate Agency
  • Mall of the World: World's First Temperature Controlled City - Dubai Announced Mall of the World Project on June 05, 2014
  • Dubailand website
  • Emaar website
  • Dubai Holding website
  • Official website
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