AIMING HIGH IN DUBAI
Islands at the Heart of Cityscape
A project that will see a little piece of The Maldives brought to Dubai was among the star attractions of the opening day of Cityscape Global yesterday.
The Heart Of Europe display at the event was swarming with people asking to know more about the project, which will see a series of luxury islands being built just off the coast.
“We were given the brief of bringing The Maldives to Dubai, we were told to build something that, if you stood in the middle of, you wouldn’t be able to tell if you were in The Maldives or Dubai,” said company chairman George Kleindienst.
“It had to be developed in the image of The Maldives.”
The developers behind Dubai South, billed as the first city in the world to be built on people’s happiness, were not to be left in the cold on opening day either.
They announced two major real estate projects, The Villages and The Pulse in the residential district.
Ahmed Al Ansari, Acting CEO, Dubai South, said: “The Villages was the first residential project launched by Dubai South and is due for completion in 2018.
“A pedestrian-centric, family-focused community set amidst serene purpose-planned green open spaces, this master planned community offers unique real estate products such as alley-loaded townhouses and apartments catering to both the young professionals and families.”
Nakheel were another firm with plenty to show off at the event, not least a visit from HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, who was given a tour of the Palm 360 and Ibn Battuta Residences at the event (pictured on the front page).
But it wasn’t all about Dubai as RAK Properties announced a Dhs5 billion project.
A spokesperson for the firm said the development in Ras Al Khaimah’s Mina Al Arab district, which measu res 811,420sqm, will feature an international five-star resort, an international four-star lifestyle resort, serviced apartments, a shopping mall, beach and waterfront apartments, villas and townhouses with a private beach clubhouse.
PROJECT: The Heart of Europe now and (inset) how they want it to look