New cen­tre for Dubai

Ruler re­veals plans for Jumeirah Cen­tral de­vel­op­ment in heart of the city

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu

Plans for a huge new de­vel­op­ment in the mid­dle of Dubai have been re­vealed by HH Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum.

Sheikh Mo­hammed, Vice-Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said the Jumeirah Cen­tral project will be a “mini-city”.

The 47 mil­lion sqft de­vel­op­ment will be lo­cated off Sheikh Zayed Road, in the shadow of the Burj Al Arab.

It will in­clude homes for 35,000 peo­ple, ho­tels, 33 parks and open spa­ces, three malls and a transport net­work fea­tur­ing cy­cle paths and a ca­ble car sys­tem.

Sheikh Mo­hammed said in a tweet yes­ter­day the project rep­re­sents “Dubai’s vi­sion for fu­ture ci­ties”.

Sheikh Mo­hammed added: “The city is de­signed to be self-suf­fi­cient and will in­clude var­i­ous fa­cil­i­ties, such as hos­pi­tals, schools, of­fices, ac­com­mo­da­tions, gar­dens, po­lice sta­tions, malls and in­te­grated com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties.”

No ex­act lo­ca­tion or timescale for the project was stated yes­ter­day, how­ever it is thought that Jumeirah Cen­tral may be built on the area close to the Mad­i­nat Jumeirah that would have been used for Mall of the World. It was an­nounced last week that the mam­moth mall project was be­ing moved from Sheikh Zayed Road to Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Zayed Road.

In a state­ment is­sued later yes­ter­day, Dubai Media Office said Jumeirah Cen­tral will have a “multi-modal transport net­work, en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly transport op­tions and aerial gon­do­las”.

The state­ment quoted Sheikh Mo­hammed as say­ing: “Jumeirah Cen­tral is a clear mile­stone in our jour­ney to­wards building the city of the fu­ture and the cre­ation of en­gaged and happy com­mu­ni­ties.

“We will not stop in­vest­ing in our econ­omy and these projects are tools to ex­pe­dite that jour­ney of growth.

“We are con­fi­dent in the strength of our econ­omy and are op­ti­mistic for the fu­ture of our nation. To that end, our vi­sion will con­tin­u­ously evolve and ex­pand.”

The media office said the district will be lo­cated on Sheikh Zayed Road and will have 25 points of ac­cess for ve­hi­cles.

It said Jumeirah Cen­tral will feature 9 mil­lion sqft of re­tail space, in­clud­ing three malls, as well as out­door shop­ping ar­eas and 44,000 car park­ing spots. The district will also have 7,200 ho­tel rooms, the largest num­ber of rooms in one district, although it did not say how many ho­tels will be built.

Mo­hammed Ab­dul­lah Al Ger­gawi, Chair­man of Dubai Hold­ing, said: “Jumeirah Cen­tral is a re­sult of ex­ten­sive re­search into fu­ture ur­ban de­vel­op­ment and the cre­ation of more co­he­sive so­ci­eties. It is a clear demon­stra­tion of our lead­er­ship’s vi­sion, aim­ing to fur­ther Dubai’s global po­si­tion as an at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion for res­i­dents and tourists alike.”

NEW: An im­pres­sion of how Jumeirah Cen­tral will look, with the Burj Al Arab in the dis­tance

MINI-CITY: An im­pres­sion of Jumeirah Cen­tral and (left) Sheikh Mo­hammed views a model of the project

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