Dubai to build 14km manmade beach as part of $8bn master project

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An artist's impression of part of the MBR City project.

An artist's impression of part of the MBR City project.

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Tuesday inaugurated District One of the AED30 billion ($8.16 billion) Mohammed bin Rashid City.

Sheikh Mohammed unveiled a plaque at the urban, mixed-use, leisure and sports development which will span more than 54 million square feet, with District One alone stretching four million sq ft. The MBR City project is scheduled for completion in 2018-19.

The ruler viewed a model of the mega project and was briefed by Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, Meydan Group chairman and CEO, who said about 600 hectares of open and green space, waterways, and woodlands would be included.

The first phase of the project will be developed by 50/50 joint-venture of Dubai’s Meydan and Sobha Group.

He added in comments published by news agency WAM that District One will also feature 7km of lagoons and 14km of manmade beaches, alongside retail zones, leisure and sports attractions.

Al Tayer said the "green heart" of the development will be surrounded by 1,500 luxury villas - to be delivered in four phases before Dubai Expo 2020. He added that it would create one of the lowest-density residential environments in any major international city.

The inauguration ceremony was also attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman of Emirates Group, and a number of senior officials, heads of government departments in Dubai, and the team supervising the project.

In June, it was announced that two of Dubai's real estate developers, Emaar Properties and Meraas Holding, had formed a joint venture to build a huge residential and commercial area near the city's downtown as part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid City project.

They plan construction of a commercial centre, low- and mid-rise residences, an 18-hole golf course and other facilities over 11 million sq m, it was reported.

Dubai Hills Estate, the first phase of MBR City, will also have high-end retail centres and varied leisure amenities plus educational institutions, healthcare facilities and mosques.

MBR City will also include the world's biggest shopping mall, more than 100 hotels, a Universal Studios franchise and a public park larger than Hyde Park.

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Posted by: RJA

I agree , take a look at Dubai Investment Park...skeletal remains of incomplete buildings dot the area and the cranes that were never moved, tower over as a constant reminder of the crash of 2008. Before indulging in bigger and "better" projects , finish what was started.....

Posted by: Buddy

Its all about attracting new investors money; the concept works very well here. There will be many that will take the risk, and accept all the limitations in regard to ownership, visa's and build quality; just like pre-2008. The future will tell us this region can avoid impact of the next financial crash.

Posted by: Safwat

@ WHJ, you know what we say about ingrate bitter people like Telcoguy and his ilk who keep barking up the wrong trees, Let The Dogs Bark, The Caravan Moves On. But here is another opportunity to remind these pathetic whining guests to pack and leave if they are so unhappy, the exits are so many.

Posted by: who

Correct Telcoguy.
WHJ living up to his vitriolic best.

When will you get it WHJ?
Telcoguy gives us all very constructive comments. You dont like them, but so what. Some of yours are interesting when you comment and dont attack all the time.

However this latest proves that your comments are just vindictive bitterness.
No substance to them, just personal attacks which negates everything in an argument.

Posted by: WHJ2

@ Who2. Please don't be sad. I'd hate to think WHJ has such an effect on you.

Posted by: who2

Well done for proving the point of who, WHJ.
Bitterness seems to course through your very soul.
That is very sad but you seem to enjoy being seen as such.

Posted by: WHJ

@Who. My dear fellow, there was absolutely nothing "vindictive" or "bitter" about my comment. Only a matter of fact. That's how a lot of us see the commentators here. May I suggest you remove your pompons...perhaps you'll have a clearer view.

Posted by: abusidra

My only suggestion don't try to compete with nature. Man made island, man made beach, it seems Dubai authorities have still not learnt the lesson, maybe they are waiting for the hard way. Keep away and always one has to remember he is created and not The Creator.

Posted by: Telcoguy

Dutch has managed to live on artificial land for quite some time, there has been some accidents, but overall they have done quite well

Maybe quality of engineering matters

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