CEO: Dubailand on track

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The CEO of Dubailand said last week that the megaproject has not faced any major setbacks. Mohammed Alhabbai said that by 2010, many of the 22 theme-based projects that form part of the development's first phase of construction will be welcoming visitors.

The statement comes amid speculation that the project has been beset by labour and materials shortages.

Alhabbai said that several key projects are currently either partly or fully operational. These include Autodrome in Motor City, the Polo & Equestrian Club, Outlet Mall in Outlet City, Global Village, Al Sahra Desert Resort and the Ernie Els Golf Club at Dubai Sports City.

"Dubailand is comparable with Singapore in size and, of course, a project of this scope will present challenges, but six projects are already up and running," he said.

"Big projects like Motor City will be fully operational next year, and City of Arabia by 2010.

Launched in October 2003 by Tatweer, Dubailand will cover an area of 278 million m². Projects that will form part of it include Dubai Sports City, Motor City, Dreamworks Theme park and the City of Arabia. Total investment in Dubailand is estimated to be US $88.4 billion (AED325 billion).

Dismissing rumours of infrastructural problems, Alhabbai added: "Dubailand is well served by three main roads and we are continuing to work with the RTA.

We are not worried about traffic flow. We will also be encouraging visitors to use the metro line that will connect the two airports. In addition, we will have buses, a tram and a monorail at our disposal.

The project has been divided into four phases, with the final phase earmarked for completion in 2018.

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Posted by: John

When will the Dubailand officials understand that they are over building this project and financial failure will occur unless Dubai Holdings steps in to subsidize the projects in trouble. The Dubailand infrastructure is lacking and there is not enough labour to go around to build these projects all at the same time. This project needs to go at a slower pace and see what the market is going to do before building everything first and waiting for visitors to come.

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