IT’S ALREADY A GLITTERING, MESMERIZING SIGHT, AND DUBAI’S SKYLINE IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING AND DEVELOPING, BECOMING AS ICONIC AS NEW YORK, HONG KONG OR LOS ANGELES. WITH SO MANY GREAT PROJECTS GOING ON, ONE CANNOT BUT WONDER WHAT WILL DUBAI LOOK LIKE OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS? AND WHAT PART ARE MAJOR DEVELOPERS LIKE EMAAR PLAYING IN THE PROCESS? READ ON AND ENJOY THE VIEW WITH US LOOKING AT DUBAI’S SKYLINE IN THE YEAR 2020.
The Creek Waterfront – the new hot address in town
Dubai Creek Harbour is a large scale waterfront development that combines ecological sustainability with financial viability and stunning architecture.
Dubai Creek Harbour embraces the city’s waterfront position, and has incorporated water as a key component in the design. The specially constructed canal that connects to the sea at both ends provides a main feature in the layout and design of the development, as well as a delightful, 3.5km walking and cycling route for residents and visitors.
The much anticipated project named Dubai Creek Tower, will be the centrepiece at Dubai Creek Harbour. The super structure will stand higher than Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building, with observation decks and mixed-use floors.
The Creek Waterfront will also witness the rise of many elegant towers, such as the two towers of Creekside 18 and Harbour Views, offering wonderful views over the Creek and Dubai’s skyline and overlooking over a lush palm tree-lined waterfront setting.
It is this juxtaposition between a modern, vibrant and business orientated city with one that also provides oases of tranquillity and space to really enjoy the finer things in life that has driven the development of Dubai. In the next four years we’ll see this expand further, creating one of the most dynamic cities in the world, but one that still has plenty of room for a fulfilling and vibrant lifestyle for the people who live here.
A Centre of Culture
Living in Dubai isn’t just about great accommodation and an elegant working environment. It’s a lifestyle choice that has to include premium leisure facilities as well. After all, the whole point of working hard is so that you can enjoy your down time. Dubai aims to provide a cultural epicenter in the heart of the Middle East, and to that end the development of The Opera District is a significant project.
The Dubai Opera building doesn’t compete with its taller neighbours, but it is shaping up to be an iconic cultural building nevertheless. Based on the shape of a traditional Dhow sailing boat, it incorporates a 2,000-seat auditorium with the latest technology to create a flexible venue space. The striking design puts it at the very heart of the Arts district, and has become the focal point for the cultural centre of the city.
This iconic building will be at the heart of exciting new developments, such as Address Residences Dubai Opera. This will be a group of lavish towers, carefully positioned around The Opera District to offer stunning views of Burj Khalifa and the picturesque Burj Lake. These will be complemented by Forte Towers, and Opera Grand developments that offer elegantly designed apartments and world-class amenities enabling a uniquely stylish lifestyle in the heart of Dubai’s cultural centre.
One of the highlights of the current round of developments in Dubai, this magnificent twin-tower construction offers luxury accommodation with some spectacular views of the city. The main tower stands 65 storeys high, while the secondary tower will stand at 20 storeys, still offering the same degree of refinement and luxury that Burj Vista promises. Scheduled for completion in 2017, Burj Vista represents one of the most important residential development projects in the city.
Another key residential development is The Views – a luxury neighbourhood that not only includes premium quality living space but a host of extras too, such as a state-of-the-art business centre, leisure and retail facilities, as well the most important of assets in any city development, green open spaces for simple relaxation. An emphasis on group facilities is also important and generates a real community feel where it’s easy to get to know your neighbour.
Living in the MBR City
One of the most exciting developments currently underway in Dubai is the MBR City project, a collaboration between Emaar and Meraas Holdings. The first stage of this luxury development is Dubai Hills Estate – a mixed-use development with a series of unique neighbourhoods set around an 18-hole championship golf course. This ‘city within a city’ is spread over 11 million sq. metres, and the gated Dubai Hills Estate is a luxury neighbourhood where each property is bespoke and supported by a superb infrastructure.
The most iconic skyline in the world
Almost every major community in the city is witnessing a stunning new addition, like the 52|42 Towers developed by Emaar to offer Riviera-style living in Dubai Marina.
This luxurious development offers direct access to the beach and pedestrian walkways along with stunning vistas from the Arabian sea to the city’s horizon in the heart of New Dubai.
Another development worth mentioning is the world’s largest Ferris wheel, Dubai Eye, situated on its own man-made island off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Residence. At 210 meters high, the Ferris will be capable of hosting 1,400 visitors and offers views of Dubai’s iconic landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, and Downtown Dubai.
These are just a few of the extraordinary developments dramatically changing Dubai’s horizon over the next few years. Such unprecedented projects will add quite a few landmarks to the iconic buildings that has made Dubai a symbol of modernity and architectural marvels like Burj Khalifa and others, making Dubai’s skyline one of the most iconic views in the world.