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