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Exciting projects under development in Dubai

Tue, June 4, 2024

From record-breaking skyscrapers to a massive manmade island, discover upcoming architectural wonders in the city

From record-breaking skyscrapers to a massive manmade island, discover upcoming architectural wonders in the city

Marsa Al Arab

Dubai’s latest ultra-luxe hotel comes from the mind of Shaun Killa, who also designed Museum of the Future. Expected to open in 2024, the superyacht-inspired structure is located on a peninsula in Jumeirah, close to both Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The 408-room property will feature a yacht and marina with 128 berths, as well as nine high-end villas, four super penthouses and 114 hotel apartments. The facilities are set to be spectacular too, including a private beach, 10 restaurants and lounges, and a 3,500sqm spa and fitness area.

Burj Binghatti Jacob & Co Residences

Dubai developer Binghatti is teaming up with jewellery brand Jacob & Co to create the world’s tallest residential tower (a record currently held by New York’s Central Park Tower, which measures 472 metres). Apartments in the 116-floor building in Business Bay start at AED8.2 million, while its crown jewel is the seven-bedroom Billionaire Sky Penthouse, which sits on the tower’s top two floors. Residents will enjoy premium amenities including a fitness club with personal training services, an infinity pool with views of Downtown Dubai, a luxury spa, cafes and restaurants, as well as personal chauffeurs, butlers, bodyguards and chefs. The property is scheduled to launch in Q2 2026.

Dubai Creek Tower

This highly-anticipated project could potentially become the world’s tallest building – surpassing Dubai’s own 828m-tall Burj Khalifa, which has held the record since 2010. Located in Dubai Creek, the tower was recently redesigned – with specific details under wraps. But one thing we know for certain: Dubai’s stunning skyline is about to become even more incredible. Keep your eyes on Visit Dubai for all the latest details about Dubai Creek Tower.

Ciel Tower

Scheduled for completion in 2024, the 365m Ciel Tower is due to become the world’s tallest hotel. The 82-floor structure will have a gleaming glass façade and contain features including an observatory and lounge, a rooftop terrace with an infinity pool and a 300m-tall indoor atrium. The building’s design has already won multiple awards, and takes an innovative approach to energy efficiency that includes vertically-stacked indoor gardens. There will be more than 1,000 guest rooms and suites in the hotel, which is located in Dubai Marina.

Urban Tech District

Envisioned as a “living laboratory”, this development in Al Jaddaf will tackle issues facing cities across the planet and is set to become the world’s largest urban tech district at 140,000sqm. Expect to find state-of-the-art facilities for conferences, training, research and more – helping to make Dubai a global centre for urban innovation. The net carbon zero project will create 4,000 jobs as it pioneers solutions to sustainability challenges like food security, zero waste management and affordable renewable energy.

Wasl Tower

This twisting structure is slated for completion in Q3 2024. Situated on Sheikh Zayed Road, near City Walk, Wasl Tower will be a mixed-use development that includes the 259-key Mandarin Oriental Downtown hotel (plus apartments and a spa under the same brand), fine dining restaurants, office space and fitness centres. The 302m-tall building has a façade of ceramic fins as part of its forward-thinking sustainability strategy, providing wind-induced cooling and helping to absorb daylight.

Palm Jebel Ali

A veritable megaproject, even by Dubai’s lofty standards, Palm Jebel Ali is set to be twice the size of Palm Jumeirah, with a massive 68 miles of beaches. The manmade island will have more than 80 hotels, as well as plenty of residential and commercial properties. Entertainment and leisure will also feature highly – with plans to include a world-class golf course at the destination’s trunk, plus a shopping mall and a marina, a theme park and more. Sustainability is also a priority for Palm Jebel Ali, and many of its facilities will use renewable energy.

J1 Beach

Scheduled to open in September 2024, J1 Beach is an alluring concept in Jumeirah that combines seaside bliss with exceptional dining experiences. Formerly known as La Mer, the destination will feature three beach clubs: Sirene Beach by Gaia, Bâoli and Gigi Rigolatto. You can also look forward to visiting 10 restaurants with wonderful views of the Arabian Gulf – including Lebanese fusion eatery Almayass by the Sea, the Tulum-inspired Gitano, Asian-Polynesian hotspot Kaimana and Spanish-Mediterranean venue Lúnico.

Music, Colour and Fire Plaza

This innovative addition to Dubai Square in Dubai Creek Harbour is sure to provide a dazzling feast for the senses. Powered by cutting-edge Chinese technology, the plaza will surround the upcoming Dubai Creek Tower and combine synchronised music, dancing colours and plenty of fiery delights. When the show is inactive, it will become a lively public space where the community can gather. 

Dubai Mall expansion

The Dubai Mall
The world’s largest destination for shopping, entertainment and leisure is about to get even bigger, thanks to a new expansion. The AED1.5 billion (US$408 million) project will add 240 luxury retail and dining outlets to the mall in Downtown Dubai, which currently spans an area equivalent to 200 football pitches. Another new feature to look out for is Dubai Mall Chinatown, which launched in 2023 and offers a spectacular array of shopping, dining and wellness options from the Far East.
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