Construction starts on $272m phase 2 of Dubai Design District

Latest phase of Dubai's hub for creative businesses is scheduled for completion in 2019
Construction starts on $272m phase 2 of Dubai Design District
Images by Foster + Partners
By Staff writer
Wed 12 Oct 2016 08:46 PM

Construction work on the AED1 billion ($272 million) second phase of the Dubai Design District, the emirate's hub for designers, has begun, it was announced on Wednesday.

The phase is scheduled for completion in 2019, according to a tweet by the official Dubai Media Office.

Earlier this year, Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, COO of Dubai Design District, also known as d3, said phase two will include the construction of a Creative Community, which includes workshops, showrooms, design studios and exhibition space for fashion and design-related events.

Last year, it was reported that architect firm Foster + Partners designed the second phase of the 93,000 square metre masterplan.

The firm’s design includes flexible offices, co-working communal facilities, outdoor display venues as well as a number of pedestrianised spaces located within a lively landscape. These spaces will be built with the intention of being used all year-round.

Work on the third phase is expected to start in 2017 and be completed in 2021.

Launched in 2014, and spanning a total area of 21 million square feet, the official master plan also features a range of luxury, 4-star and boutique hotels, and furnished apartments, offering over 4,000 rooms plus low-rise residential apartments.

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