If you are thinking that after the successful completion of iconic projects like Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah and many others as described in a recent article published in this blog, Dubai does not have anything else to offer, you are wrong. Dramatically wrong. Irremediably wrong.
Even though the world crisis had some kind of effects in the local economy, with people leaving the Country and some companies slashing investments because of the finance crack, Dubai and the Emirates managed to successfully overcome the impasse and elaborate a successful way out of the crisis.
Even the current low oil price situation that stresses the financial status of many oil producers and exporters in the region, has no effect to the iconic projects currently undergoing in the Emirates and that are due to sensibly change Dubai projecting the most dynamic city in the world directly in the future.
What do we have to expect next? Have a look at some of the greatest projects under construction.
1. Dubai Eye
The Dubai Eye is going to be the biggest ferry wheel in the world and will allow visitors to have an impressive view of the major landmarks in Dubai: Marina, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and the silhouette of Burj Khalifa. The wheel, however, is not the only attraction to be built in the artificial island called “Bluewaters” currently under development by Meraas Holding in front of JBR.
The new neighborhood will feature indeed a bespoke: “‘souq’ encircled by a promenade that will boast alfresco dining outlets serving a wide variety of cuisine. The ‘souq’ will also host an eclectic mix of retail stores and a ‘food hall’ offering fresh produce in a traditional ‘market’ atmosphere” as affirmed by Abdullah Al Habbai, Chairman of Meraas Holding.
2. Falcon City of Wonders
Have you ever dreamed to visit the Tour Eiffel in Paris, the leaning tower of Pisa, the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids in Egypt in one go? It will probably cost a fortune in air tickets and a long holiday. Now it is going to be very easy.
Falcon City of Wonders is the new neighborhood in Dubai where you can find many of the wonders of the ancient and modern world. Other than the four already mentioned, the city under construction will host the Hanging Gardens of Babilonia and the Great Wall of China!!! And everything will be included in a perfectly livable city build in a falcon shape. Incredible.
3. The Frame
As its name suggests, Dubai Frame resemble a giant picture frame and will frame views of the city, allowing a scene of Old Dubai from one side and the New Dubai skyline from another. The giant rectangle will host also a view gallery on the top of the structure, the “sky bridge” that will span from one side of the frame to the other.
The works are currently ongoing and the Project is due to be completed in few months as recently reported by GulfNews.
4. The Museum of the Future
This Project has been inspired by H.H. Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai. In a recent interview reported on The National, he stated that “The goal is to develop scientific and innovative solutions to address the developmental challenges of cities of the future, and contribute to stimulating innovation“.
Since the project aim is to project Dubai in the future, the building that will be hosting the museum couldn’t be a simple building but something special. Indeed it will have a futuristic shape and there will be arabic writing engraved on the external walls.
5. Dubai Creek Extension
Dubai was founded on the benches of a natural creek that offered a safe harbor and an important source of food and commerce (because of pearl hunting). The creek has been the heart of Dubai since the very foundation of the city and has been developed since then in order to boost the local economy. Recently the Government decided to extend the creek but not further inland. Instead they have planned to extend it until Business Bay and then to join its end with sea again in Jumeirah.
The extension will be an important stimulus for local developers to build new hotels, restaurants, promenade and housing options that will further boost the economy of the city and change the aspect of many neighborhoods touched by extension.