The Emirates is a place where one can admire some really mind-blowing architecture, for example, the Opus building by world known architect Zaha Hadid and Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi by Norman Foster. But there are many architectural projects still to come, so in this article we are going to look at eight of them.
Al Quoz Creative Zone, Dubai
This area, which is planned to become one of the largest creative centres in the world, will provide affordable living and working conditions for artists, professionals, and entrepreneurs. More than 8,000 people will be able to live in the Zone across 2,900 housing units. The Zone is also expected to attract about 33,000 people a day.
The plans of this project developed by Dubai Municipality have been already approved by Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed, chairwoman of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and Member of the Dubai Council. The project is to be finished in 2025.
Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park
The world’s biggest single-site solar park, its total area of 77 km2 in Saih Al-Dahal, about 50 km south of the city of Dubai. The facility is planned to have a total capacity of 5GW by 2030. When it is finished, it will remove more than 6.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year.
Now, the 4th (700 MW CSP + 250 MW PV) and 5th phase (900 MW PV) are under construction. The work of the sixth phase of the park will start in stages from Q3 2025.
To learn more about the park, please visit its official website.
The Dubai Islands (formerly named as Deira Islands) project developed by Nakheel are artificial islands off the coast of Deira, Dubai, with a total area of 17 sq km. Connected by bridges, the islands will provide land for a city which is expected to have a population of 250,000, and create 80,000 jobs.
According to the plan, there will be more than 20 km of beaches, 2 sq km of parks and open spaces, golf courses, a large mall, and a night market. Each island will have an exclusive set of offerings and house over 80 resorts and hotels.
The opening date of the project is yet to be announced. To learn more, please visit the project’s official web page.
The construction of this 79-floor skyscraper (340 m in total), the project by Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, started in September 2017. This year, it will be available for handover with facade work now done, according to the developer.
The Uptown Tower is the first of two “super-tall towers” in the DMCC’s Uptown Dubai District. It features 188 high-class hotel rooms, premium restaurants, coffee shops, health spas, entertainment zones, conference facilities, grade A offices, and 229 branded residences.
To get more information, please visit the project’s official website.
Meydan One Mall
The opening date of the huge Meydan One Mall was initially scheduled for 2020 but changed later: the mall is expected to open at the end of 2022.
It will house 550 luxury retail outlets, 180 restaurants and cafes, a medical centre, and a 13,200 sq m hypermarket. There will also be a 1 km long indoor ski slope and Winter Village, a 25,800 sq m dancing water fountain, a 400 m. Central Canyon, football and cricket facilities, and lots of other entertainment options.
To learn more, please visit the project’s official website.
District 2020 will be a huge (over 260,000 sq ft) city repurposed from the Expo 2020 site. In June 2022, the name of the site was changed to Expo City Dubai.
A clean, green and tech-enabled city of the future built around sustainability, Expo City Dubai will feature a route for self-driving vehicles, 10 km cycling track, interconnected pedestrian pathways and a 5 km jogging track. The office spaces available for rent have been designed for businesses of all sizes, covering areas ranging from 50 to 800 sq m.
To learn more about the project, please visit its official website.
One Zabeel, the project developed by Ithra Dubai, includes two towers linked by a bridge floating 100 m above the ground. They will be situated between Dubai World Trade Centre and Za’abeel Park.
Once finished, the project will feature deluxe offices and residences (1-3 bedroom simplexes and 2 bedroom duplexes), a hotel, Michelin star restaurants, a large retail area, the infinity pool, gym, and spa.
The main Zabeel’s completion date is expected to stay in 2022. You can learn more about the project on its official web page.
Dubai Urban Tech District
Covering an area of 140,000 sq m, this district will provide 4,000 people with jobs in green urban technology, education and training. It will be situated in Al Jaddaf district, Dubai, covering 140,000 sq m of built-up area.
According to the URB company developing the project, the district will include cutting-edge facilities for conferences, seminars, and training and research sessions. There will also be educational amenities, dedicated offices, and coworking spaces.
The work on Dubai Urban Tech District is to start by 2024 and will be completed by 2030. More info about the project is on its official web page.