AIM­ING HIGH IN DUBAI

Is­lands at the Heart of Cityscape

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Pa­trick Ryan @ThatPad­dyRyan pa­trick@7days.ae

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

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