Here's what to expect from this 20 million square feet Mega-project between the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina.
Words by Aneesha Rai in The Market · Feb 6th, 2017
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. The first phase of the development is ready, with many residents currently living here.
It also features some residential buildings, a cruise ship port, and terminal. There is 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’ planned for the development. 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 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. At the moment, there is a bridge that connects the project directly from Sheikh Zayed Road, with many residents living there already.
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. Right now, the road bridge is accessible.
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 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 has 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 a time. The Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal is a masterfully designed and engineered complex. Stretching along a 910-meter long quay, it comprises two cutting-edge cruise terminals. These terminals are expertly equipped to effortlessly handle passenger turnaround for two mega-size cruise ships concurrently. Each double-storied terminal is outfitted with passenger boarding bridges, escalators, and elevators, ensuring a safe and seamless passage for all travelers.
Dubai Harbour Marinas offers a world-class maritime facility boasting around 700 berths, capable of accommodating yachts up to 160 meters in length. This premier marina also provides a comprehensive home port solution for guests and crew. With unrestricted access to the open waters of the Arabian Gulf and no air draft limitations, boat owners and captains can enjoy year-round access to top-notch technical facilities and robust security measures within the marina.
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.