The Dubai Waterfront is proposed to become the largest waterfront and largest man-made development in the world, and will occupy the last remaining coastal waterfront of the Emirate. The 81 million square meter beachfront will be a mixed-use destination encompassing over 250 master planned communities and offerings, and forms an arc of man-made islands that shelters the surrounding Palm Jebel Ali. It will consist of 440 square kilometers of water and land developments, an area seven times the size of Manhattan, New York and is expected to house 400,000 people.
Madinat Al Arab is the first phase and focal point of Dubai Waterfront, which will occupy the majority of sea facing land in Dubai Waterfront and has been designed to be the downtown and central business district. The centrepiece of the Madinat Al Arab will be the Al Burj, with at between 700-1200 meters tall will be one of the world's tallest buildings, which will spiral towards the sky, forming a centerpiece that embodies the ambition, vision and magnitude of the development. Madinat Al Arab will be well influenced by water, with a series of canals flowing through it, as well as a major harbour and marina. It will also feature resorts, retail, commercial spaces, public spaces, a broad mix of residencies and an integrated transport system including light rail and a sophisticated road network.
In total the Dubai Waterfront will be built in various phases, with overall completion not expected until 2015. Key zones include:
• Madinat Al Arab
• Al Ras
• The Riviera
• The Palm Boulevard
• The Peninsula
• The Exchange
The first phase of Madinat Al Arab (30%) was unveiled to a select invited group of private property and investment institutions from the UAE and GCC in July 2005. Within five days it had been completely sold out, for over Dh13 billion. Other phases are yet to be unveiled but are expected to comprise of large residential developments as well as retail developments, recreational and tourist attractions, and business centres.
The Waterfront will also feature exclusive luxury hotels and resorts, including an underwater hotel, Hydropolis, as well as shopping centers, entertainment venues and cultural arenas.
Located near the new Dubai World Central International Airport, and with direct access to Sheikh Zayed Road, Jebel Ali Freezone, Abu Dhabi, and the proposed Arabian Canal, Dubai Waterfront will be fully accessible on a local and international scale.