Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced the development of Dubai Harbour, a 185.8ha (20 million sqf) project in the city that is set to feature the MENA region’s largest marina.
The luxury waterfront project will offer a 1,400 berth-marina, a cruise ship port and terminal, a 32.5ha (3.5 million sqf) shopping mall, an events area, residential buildings, hotels, offices, retail outlets, and restaurants.
The project also includes Dubai Lighthouse, a 135m-tall structure comprising a luxury hotel and an observation deck, which will feature a smooth façade that could be used as a screen for high-resolution projections and light shows.
Located on King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street and between Jumeirah Beach Residence and Palm Jumeirah – Mina Seyahi – the project’s masterplan incorporates Skydive Dubai, Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC), and Logo Island.
Dubai Harbour’s phased development, to be carried out by Meraas, will span four years.
A statement on the Dubai Ruler’s website explained that the destination would be “accessible by land, sea, and air”, adding that water stations and three helipads will be developed as part of the project.
Feasibility studies will be carried out with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Skydive Dubai to assess the scope for using the latter’s landing site for private jets.
Remarking on the development, HH Sheikh Mohammed said: “We are happy that this new project, which represents a unique and innovative new addition to the region’s tourism landscape, opens up a range of new opportunities to investors.
“I am confident that the project will have a highly positive impact on our entire region’s tourism sector.”
The architects behind the project is still unknown.