So, what will be in Jumeirah Cen­tral?

De­vel­oper prom­ises to in­clude af­ford­able hous­ing

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Sar­wat Nasir @Sar­watNasir sar­

A new mega de­vel­op­ment in the mid­dle of Dubai will have more than 10,000 res­i­den­tial units, sev­eral of them that have been de­scribed as “af­ford­able”.

The Jumeirah Cen­tral pro­ject was an­nounced ear­lier this week by HH Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, the Vice-Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who said the de­vel­op­ment will be a like a mini-city.

De­vel­oper Dubai Hold­ing un­veiled the mas­ter plan yes­ter­day, which shows 11,000 res­i­den­tial units would be con­structed in Jumeirah Cen­tral.

Mor­gan Parker, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer at Jumeirah Cen­tral, said: “Jumeirah Cen­tral has eight dif­fer­ent types of hous­ing and sev­eral of those will be af­ford­able.”

How­ever, the ex­act price ranges of these ‘af­ford­able’ homes were not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

The de­vel­op­ment will have 278 in­di­vid­ual build­ing projects, in­clud­ing 9.1 mil­lion sqft of re­tail space, 8 mil­lion sqft of of­fice space, 7,200 ho­tel rooms, 40 new en­ter­tain­ment at­trac­tions, 37 plazas and 33 parks. There will be 25 points of ac­cess and eight modes of tran­sit such as metro, tram, buses and aerial trans­porta­tion sys­tems, ac­cord­ing to the plans.

Parker said: “Dubai Hold­ing’s ex­pe­ri­ence, to­gether with ex­ten­sive stake­holder con­sul­ta­tion and re­search look­ing at the most in­no­va­tive new cities across the world, will en­sure we cre­ate high-value real es­tate to stim­u­late in­bound, international in­sti­tu­tional in­vest­ment in the re­gion, adding to the growth of Dubai’s non-oil econ­omy.”

Parker added: “Dubai Hold­ing has been work­ing closely with govern­ment agen­cies and au­thor­i­ties to strive for in­no­va­tion in ur­ban plan­ning that can im­prove the qual­ity of life for Dubai res­i­dents and tourists alike.

“Work­ing to­gether, these en­ti­ties have played a crit­i­cal role in dis­cussing in­fra­struc­ture re­quire­ments, con­nec­tiv­ity to cur­rent trans­porta­tion net­works, de­vel­op­ment of tourism and bring­ing new ideas to the over­all mas­ter plan.

“I would like to thank them for their sup­port and guid­ance in bring­ing this vi­sion to life.”

BRIGHT: The eye-catch­ing Jumeirah Cen­tral pro­ject is am­bi­tious to say the least

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