Dubai Diaries

by Pawan Manghnani on July 20th, 2013

A Holy Quran Park and a Maritime Museum are among a dozen projects, 10 of which cost nearly Dh900 million, that are going to spiral the urban development in Dubai in the next few years, the Dubai Municipality has said.

The Director-General of the Dubai Municipality Hussain Nasser Lootah announced on Tuesday that most of the 10 projects, estimated to cost around Dh883.5 million, will be completed by the end of 2014.

These include the Dh150million Dubai Safari and the Dh120 million Dubai Frame projects that Lootah described as two ambitious tourism projects the municipality is confident of completing along with eight high-tech specialised markets across the different areas of the emirate. The move aims to decentralise the business activities to more spacious and comfortable places enabling the visitors of the emirate, tourists and residents meet their shopping requirements away from the traffic congestion of the city.

According to the municipality, Dubai is going to be a distinctive place in the world in terms of its amenities, services and balanced urban development meeting the expectations of growing population of over 200 nationalities for a peaceful life.

Among the market projects, the municipality has already completed the Al Fahidi Market, considered to be the first project in the emirate that completely applies green building specifications along with the use of solar energy system for lights, water heating and cooling.
Al Ayas Shopping Complex in Al Ayas area and a birds and animals market with unique features including a hotel for the pets, aimed to be one of the international tourist attractions in the country, will be completed by the middle of 2014.

Costing Dh50.5 million and spread across 27,000 square metres, the market resembles Souq Naif in Deira in terms of its traditional architecture. Allocating specific areas for different types of trade activities such as food, fabrics, toys, handicraft, traditional products and gold, the project also aims to promote small trade activities of the local community which do not require huge capital but create new job opportunities.

A traditional market in Hatta, which will showcase the deep-rooted traditional inheritances and help tourists enjoy the nature of Hatta, and an integrated truck market which will take away the trade of used trucks, heavy equipment and spare parts to the city’s outskirts in Al Ruwaya, are among the market projects that will be completed by the end of 2014.

By the middle of 2015, Dubai will receive a state-of-the art Dh250 million fish market sprawling an area of 120,000 square metres in Deira and a market for used furniture and antiques in Nad Al Sheba 3 area.

A boat and fishing market specially designed to be a global destination for all activities regarding manufacturing and exporting fishing boats, fishing tools and marine equipment, is expected to be completed in Al Barsha North 1 by this September.

In addition to these ten projects, there are some other unique projects like Holy Quran Park and Maritime Museum which are still under the initial stages of design and other preparations, the municipality said.

The above article was written by a staff reporter from Khaleej Times. In light of the above ‘unique’ developments, The article below is my response showcasing other “regular “developments across Dubai.

  • Mega Developments:
Mohammed Bin Rashid City (MBR City) split up in 4 phases to be completed within 12 years having a public park that is 30% bigger than the famed Hyde Park in London, A theme park by Universal Studios franchise , 100+ hotels.

Taj Mahal Arabia in Falconcity of Wonders at over 2. 3 million square feet is 4 times larger than the original wonder Taj Mahal in Agra, India top open in end 2015.  The cost would exceed US$ 1.1 Billion environment is regal and harks to a bygone era of magnificence and splendour. The project design and architecture belongs to circa 1600 AD and will be managed by India-based Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. It will be available for rich couples to get married in & the one-stop wedding destination will have wedding boutiques, a gold jewellery souk and a lavish banquet hall to accommodate 3,000 people. FalconCity is a multipurpose mega project located in Dubailand and will feature structures based on famous sites and architectural marvels of the world such as the Pyramids, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It takes the shape of the UAE’s National Emblem depicting a Falcon when seen from above itself occupying more than 41 million square feet of land and will take another 10 years to complete.

The List of mega developments is too long for this blog.
  • Malls:
The World’s Largest Mall – Mall of the World in MBR City. Because Dubai Mall was already feeling too small.

City of Arabia has four key elements : Mall of Arabia, one of the world’s largest malls; IMG Theme Park; Wadi Walk, a water front community with stylish apartments, outdoor cafes and attractive retail outlets; and Elite Towers, a group of 34 impressive commercial and residential buildings.

The 1 million square feet Dubai Mall Expansion, Because as I said Dubai Mall’s existing 12 million square feet of space was already feeling too small.
  • Attractions:
Numerous Theme Parks including a Yash Raj Films Bollywood Themed Park by Developer Meeras Holdings in Jebel Ali.

World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel dubbed the Dubai Eye at a height of 210 meters is expected to attract more than three million visitors a year. The Ferris wheel alone will cost AED 1 Billion.

Pearl Jumeirah Man-Mad Island more popularly known as the Pearl-Jhulelal Island as 80% of it is bought by Sindhi’s (Jhulelal is the God of the Sindhi community)
  • Transport & Infrastructure:
The world’s largest airport Dubai World Central (twice the size of Hong Kong at 140 Square Kilometers) 6 Runways, Annual passenger handling capacity of 160 million & annual cargo handling capacity of 12 million tonnes (when fully operational by 2020)

Al Sufouh Tramway 14.5 kms long having 19 stations connecting the JLT, Dubai Marina & Mall of the Emirates Metro Station with the Palm Jumeirah Mono-rail as well scheduled to open by Nov 2014.

Metro Extension, In the first phase of the project, an extension of the Green Line will connect Academic City to Jadaf. The Purple Line will run parallel to Emirates Road, while the Blue Line will run parallel to Dubai Bypass Road. The Gold Line will provide two entrees deep into Dubai Land, to locations which were previously only accessible by personal transportation.

Etihad Rail linking the 6 countries in GCC & having 1400 KMS of tracks within UAE itself.
  • Hotels & Towers:
Sold out launches (within hours) by Developer Emaar: The Address BLVD Hotel, The Address Hotel Fountain Views 1 & 2, The Address Hotel Sky Views 1  & 2, Burj Vista 1 & 2

Sold out launches by Developer Damac: DAMAC Towers by Hollywood’s Paramount Pictures in Downtown, Akoya the 28 million square feet (largest development by Damac till date) featuring a branded golf course by Donald Trump’s Trump International, While DAMAC Residenze in Dubai Marina will include the highest standards of FENDI Casa

Announcment of The World's Tallest Commercial Tower in JLT by  Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of DMCC.

Its good to see that Brand Dubai is taking up a cautious and diversified approach this time around. Real Estate Prices in Dubai grew at approx. 18.3% from financial year March 2012 – March 2013 (Source: Arabian Business)
Continuing on the path laid out by the visionary leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister, Vice President of the United Arab Emirates & ruler of Dubai.
As a child growing up in the 80s I always thought that Dubai was a city in India with the then tallest structure The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) built in 1978 standing at 149 meters used to pain our necks. It sure has come a long way.
When the recession hit the world in late 2008 after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, most newspapers had similar doomsday articles claiming that the glorious days of sunshine in Dubai were over. Property prices had fallen by more than 60% while steel prices worldwide were down by more than 75%

But there was only one bold-against-the-tide news article that I remember clearly saying that Dubai has just taken a break like an athlete who has been running for far too long. And once the athlete is well rested & refreshed no one can stop him from winning.

Recently His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum had said that Dubai is just 10% of where it wants to be. I found this statement odd & surprising. But when I asked a high-ranking government official at a VIP property launch event, the meaning of the above statement, he said Dubai is only 41 years old while the developed economies of New York & London are 400+ years old, so automatically Dubai is at a modest 10% of where it wants to be.

Whoaa, I just love the spirit of this awe-inspiring world-class-ultra-neat city :)
Since 2006, the author of this article has been managing real estate portfolios for high nett worth investors based in UAE, Saudi Arabia & India. For more info & expert advice on where to invest in Dubai, get in touch via the contact tab on because you don't wait to buy real estate, you buy real estate & wait.. .. ..

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iPav - July 20th, 2013 at 9:16 AM
Great read Pawan
Shekhar - July 20th, 2013 at 9:59 AM
Love the detail bro !! Great read..!
Bhavana - July 20th, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Awesome piece Pawan...keep going ;)
Sudha Malhotra G Bhalla - July 21st, 2013 at 11:49 AM
A comprehensive tour of Dubai.. Wow!
Taimur S Rana - August 29th, 2013 at 8:56 AM
Good job

Pawan Manghnani - August 29th, 2013 at 9:09 AM
Thanks everyone :)

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