In the beginning of 2017, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE unveiled plans of a project called ‘Dubai Harbour’. Holding plenty of promise, this new luxury project is going to have 1,400 berths and is set to be the largest in the Middle East and North Africa region. It’s to the left of the Palm Jumeirah and to the right of Skydive Dubai and Dubai Marina.
It will also feature a cruise ship port and terminal, a shopping mall covering 3.5 million sq. feet, an events arena, residential buildings, hotels, offices, retail stores, public services, restaurants and cafes and ‘Dubai Lighthouse’. There will be both high- and low-rise residential buildings, as well as waterfront villas and houses.
In terms of infrastructure, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will be working alongside the Dubai government in order to ensure connectivity via different transport stations throughout the area. This includes: a bridge that connects the project directly from Sheikh Zayed Road, a monorail system that will link to the metro from both Palm Jumeirah and Bluewaters Island. A pedestrian bridge will also connect ‘Dubai Harbour’ to Palm Jumeirah.
The aim is for the project to also have three helipads and multiple water stations. You will be able to access the island area via a road bridge, or the monorail system that will link both the metro and the Palm Jumeirah to the new area as illustrated above.
There will be a pedestrian bridge with a jogging and cycling track to connect Dubai Harbour to Palm Jumeirah. Deriving influence from Dubai’s maritime heritage, the focus of the project both amalgamates hospitality and history. It is going to create an attractive destination for GCC yacht owners, who possess one third of the world’s largest superyachts.
The project will have a fully equipped urban port to welcome global cruise liners and a fully serviced and state-of-the art 150,000 sq. feet passenger terminal, which can accommodate 6,000 passengers at one time. Standing at 135 metres high, ‘Dubai Lighthouse’ will feature a luxury hotel, an observation deck, and a solid, smooth façade that can be used as a screen for high resolution projections and light shows. The project is due for completion in the next four years, by 2021.