In celebration of UAE’s National Day, we wanted to cast an eye over the future of Dubai, the city that put the UAE on the map.
In pictures: What will Dubai look like in 2017?
The Butterly is an unusual brick version of a butterfly consisting of two office buildings connected by a central structure creating 255,000sqft of office space. It is located near Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City. It will be ready by 2015.
Aladdin City is inspired by the classic tales of Aladdin and Sindbad, consists of three lamp-shaped towers that will house commercial and hotel space. It will be located in Old Dubai but not in the soon-to-be-registered Unesco World Heritage zone. It will be ready in 2016.
Bluewaters Island is home to to the world’s largest Ferris wheel, The Dubai Eye, the project will also include retail, residential, entertainment and hospitality zones at an eye-watering price tag of Dhs6bn. It will be located in the Jumeirah Beach Residence. The project will be ready in early 2018.
The Butterfly House comprises of nine custom built domes across 1,800sqm that will feature thousands of butterflies for public viewing. It will be located in Miracle Gardens, near Arabian Ranches. It will be ready by summer 2014.
Dubai Frame is a clear glass walkway elevated at 150m with the purpose of framing parts of Dubai. It’s expected to cost in the region of Dhs120m. It will be located in Zabeel Park. Dubai Frame will open in 2015.
Dubai Opera House will be used for opera, theatre, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events and seasonal programmes and is being developed by Emaar, which has said it will be the centerpiece of a new district to promote the arts, culture and events scene in Dubai. Designed by Atkins, the 2,000-capacity venue will be situated in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai’s Downtown district. It will be open in 2016.
Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk is developed by Nakheel. The 11km path will feature more than 20 waterfront kiosks and two 100m piers, one at both end. The location for the project is Palm Jumeirah. Completion date is yet to be confirmed.
Jumeirah Corniche, apart from 14km of jogging and walking tracks, will allow residents to indulge in a host of water sports. It is located in Al Qaarib Street on Jumeirah beach and will be completed by the end of this year.
City Walk is an expansion to the Jumeirah corniche, turning it into a popular retail and dining destination. Phase 1 consists of 350 metres of uninterrupted retail frontage with a tree-lined walk designed to evoke the style of European streets. Once complete, the new City Walk will boast a 1.3km promenade. Located in Jumeirah, it will be complete by spring 2015.
World's of Adventure is the world’s largest indoor theme park will have four zones, including Marvel Superheroes and Cartoon Network areas, as well as a Lost Valley dinosaur-themed park. No wonder it’s set to cost Dhs3.6bn. Located in Dubailand it will open by the end of this year.
Nakheel Mall and Palm Tower is a glamorous new complex that will a shopping mall including 200 shops, two department stores, cinema and a roof plaza with 12 fine dining restaurants and a luxury hotel with residences. The Palm tower has 504 luxury residents and a 290-room hotel. It will be located in the Palm Jumeirah and will open by 2016.