By Staff writer
Plans includes three shopping malls, outdoor retail precinct, 44,000 parking spaces and 7,200 hotel rooms
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Saturday announced the launch of Jumeirah Central, an urban mixed-use city district which will include three shopping malls.
Sheikh Mohammed, also Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, revealed plans for the all-season city district which will comprise 9 million sq ft of retail space including three malls, 4.5 million sq ft of outdoor shopping space and supported by more than 44,000 car parking spaces.
A tourism destination, Jumeirah Central will also offer 7,200 hotel rooms, which will be the largest number of hotel rooms centred in one district, news agency WAM reported.
The district will comprise 47 million sq ft of gross floor area (GFA) along Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road and will introduce new international standards in city planning, WAM added.
The Jumeirah Central masterplan is a product of the collaborative work of over 19 government and private agencies, international experts and consultants under the leadership of Dubai Holding over the last two years.
According to WAM, the district, of which over half will be open space, will offer 1 million sq ft of climate-controlled arcades.
The district will also be home to 35,000 residents and will host 100,000 people annually. It will be connected by a comprehensive cycling network that spans over 33 parks and open spaces.
Sheikh Mohammed said: "As our vision for future cities evolves, Dubai will continue to set the benchmark for city development across the globe. Jumeirah Central is a clear milestone in our journey towards building the city of the future and the creation of engaged and happy communities.
"We will not stop investing in our economy, and these projects are tools to expedite that journey of growth. We are confident in the strength of our economy and are optimistic for the future of our nation. To that end, our vision will continuously evolve and expand."
Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, chairman of Dubai Holding, added: "Jumeirah Central is a result of extensive research into future urban development and the creation of more cohesive societies. It is a clear demonstration of our leadership’s vision, aiming to further Dubai’s global position as an attractive destination for residents and tourists alike.
"The uniqueness of this project will not only be a model for advanced urban development, but will also play a key role in enhancing the quality of life and in shaping future generations. All project plans and designs have been endorsed by government authorities in Dubai and we expect to start development in the coming months."For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
A clear sign of the times.....the real opportunity for Dubai to continue to grow lies in attracting affluent permanent residents who bring their families and businesses.