$95bn Satwa redevelopment delayed

Jumeirah Garden City latest Dubai mega-project to get pushed back.
By Dylan Bowman
Mon 01 Dec 2008 08:48 AM

The planned $95 billion redevelopment of the ageing Satwa area of Dubai is being "revisited" with some parts of the project to be delayed in the wake of the global financial crisis and downturn in the local real estate market, the company behind the project has said.

"The master plan [of Jumeirah Garden City] is being revisited and pockets of the development are delayed," a spokesperson for Meraas Development was quoted as saying by UAE daily Gulf News on Monday.

Jumeirah Garden City, launched at Dubai's Cityscape real estate expo in October, is billed as an "an integrated city within a city" that will stretch north of Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai's main highway, 150 kilometres to the south.

Jumeirah Garden City is the latest mega-project to be pushed back due to the financial crisis, which has hit demand from foreign investors and made borrowing much more difficult locally.

Dubai-owned developer Nakheel said on Sunday it was delaying parts of several of its flagship projects, including the Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, The Universe and Waterfront.

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