Five things to know about the biggest developments revealed at Cityscape last week
They're all attempts to build real communities, with year-round, family-friendly attractions and outdoor spaces that have multiple uses.
Avenue District: The $680m project is part of Union Properties’ Dubai Motor City phase two development, with a focus on leisure and entertainment. Spanning over two million sq ft, it will feature a mix of residential units and the One Avenue Mall. The first residential community in Avenue District, 313 Avenue, it will also host a 100,000 sq ft BMW and Mini showroom. Al Jurf: Imkan conceived this second-home destination along Sahel Al Emarat, the ‘riviera’ situated in Ghantoot between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Construction on the 370-hectare project, boasting 3.4km of beachfront, begins in 2019 and will feature two marinas, a town centre, hotels, retail, serviced residences and villas. Marsa Meydan: Meydan is billing the Jebel Ali waterfront community as Dubai’s version of Los Angeles’ Newport Beach, Orange County. A climate-controlled marina, featuring a shading device, will make it a year-round attraction, while waterfront villas with private pontoons and boat moorings will sit by a network of canals right by the sea. Aljada Central Hub: The focal point of Sharjah’s mega development is designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, and is larger than London’s Green Park. The car-free zone is designed to be walkable even during the summer. Work on the first phase has already begun and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2019. Madinat Jumeirah Living: Dubai Holding’s pedestrian-centric, environmentally friendly project comprises residential clusters, shaded walkways, with limited car access. The project will also include a community centre, retail, day care centres, parks and swimming pools and is located between Jumeirah Beach Road and Umm Suqeim Road.