Real estate developers Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding have teamed up on a mega-development project of the Dubai waterfront, which will most likely include the construction of the world’s tallest twin towers as well as six residential buildings. This massive undertaking aims to complete the famous Lagoon project, of 2006, which was later stalled due to economic downturn.
Located near Ras Al Khor Road, the 6-square-kilometre Dubai Creek Harbour will be thrice the size of Downtown Burj Dubai, a major commercial centre that houses the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the entire world. Outlining the main objectives of the grand reconstruction plan for the new district, a spokesperson from Emaar said:
…[It will have] a central business district and a mix of cultural, commercial, technology, educational, healthcare, sporting, entertainment, shopping malls and residential uses, all designed around a series of lagoons and green boulevards… Planned on an open site, Dubai Creek Harbour will combine the city with the natural contours of the creek. With no legacy ties to infrastructure, this new Dubai will leapfrog many of the world’s other global cities. The masterplan is an order of magnitude larger than Downtown Dubai and will support its commercial and cultural development.
The first phase of the project will involve the construction of six towers, called Dubai Creek Residences. Of the six buildings, two will be devoted entirely to residential apartments, all of which will be available for sale from November 1. Additionally, it will include several retail units, as well as three hotels. Mohamed Alabbar, chairperson of Emaar Properties said in a statement:
The story of Dubai and the history of the creek are intertwined, it really tells us where it came from and which way we’re going… This is the greatest spot in the world and it deserves something creative and special.
Upon completion, the Dubai Creek Harbour will consist of a total of 39,000 homes and 22 hotels, together with two centrally-located rocket launcher-shaped towers which will most probably be the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers. However the developers have not yet mentioned the names of the architects or even the date of commencement of the project. Alabbar said:
When planning a project like this, you can’t look at 2015. It’s about the fundamentals of the city.