Introducing the new landmarks set to change Dubai’s skyline very soon
With the world’s tallest building and a sail-shaped hotel that redefines luxury, our city is well furnished with memorable landmarks. However, Dubai is a city always on the move, with new hotels and incredible developments shaping and reshaping the skyline. Here are just a few of the new landmarks that will define Dubai for years to come.
With construction already well underway in Dubai’s popular Zabeel Park, Dubai Frame is set to be the most eye-catching new development to spring up since the Burj Khalifa.
For those who haven’t yet heard, the completed AED160 million project will be a giant window frame-shaped building, positioned to allow stunning views of Old Dubai from one side and the new Dubai skyline from the other. At 150m high and 93m wide, the remarkable structure will feature a clear glass elevated walkway along the top, from which visitors will experience panoramas of the whole city.
Scheduled completion date: late 2015
Dubai Canal Project
The sensational plan, which is already underway, involves Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai’s main road, with eight lanes running in either direction – being lifted up and turned into a bridge near the Business Bay precinct. Not only that, but an enormous 3.2km-long canal is being dug out and will run under the new bridge and out to sea.
The ambitious project will see the area transformed into a haven for tourists with kilometres of prime canal-side land, an entirely new marina and a newly created beach all part of the grand plan.
Scheduled completion date: September 2016
Museum of the Future
“See the future, create the future” – this is the motto of the soon-to-be-built Museum of the Future, and if the ambitious plans for the science fiction-esque concept are anything to go by, this mantra seems rather apt.
Expected to cost around AED500 million, the impressive, oval-shaped building is set to stand in front of Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road. The museum will be Dubai’s home of new technology; a large complex of labs and studios designed especially for the world’s leading scientists and researchers to develop new ideas and systems for the future of Dubai.
Scheduled completion date: 2017
Dubai Historical City
The oldest parts of Dubai – creek-side areas such as Al Shindagha, Bur Dubai, Deira and Al Fahidi, are getting much more than just a lick of paint. Earlier this year His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, rubber-stamped plans for a massive project that will see the area transformed into one vast heritage zone.
Key to the development is the preservation of history, meaning that the integrity of the buildings will be protected despite what is likely to be a massive overhaul of facilities, with all-new community gathering spaces and dining areas. In fact, the area has such a high cultural premium that there are rumours of an application for a UNESCO World Heritage listing the project is completed.
Scheduled completion date: 2018