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Motor City developer says confident about Dubailand

Union Properties general manager says progress on Studio City, Sports City shows project is back on track

Motor City developer says confident about Dubailand

The master developer behind Dubai’s Motor City says he is confident the wider Dubailand precinct would be built after several projects were stalled during Dubai’s downturn.

Ahmed Khalaf Obaid Bin Touq Al Marri, general manager of Union Properties, which is developing Motor City, said progress with both Studio City and Sports City were signs Dubailand was again on track.

“I cannot decide on the site of the Dubailand, but I hear from people that Studio City, they are already starting something, Sports City also they already announced a new project,” he told Arabian Business at Cityscape Global.

“Dubailand, it is a Government company, and they have their own projects already. Suspension of that project (was) just for a time.”

He added: “Now, Sheikh Mohammad, he’s already announced the canal, and also Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid City. So, it will come, but it is in the pipeline of the Government plan.”

Unveiled in 2003, Dubailand was due to be the largest collection of theme parks in the world and twice the size of Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort.

While it was one of the large projects to be mothballed during the downturn resulting from the global financial crisis, it has begun to reengage investors and developers and is again announcing new projects and plans.

This week, it emerged that Dubailand, which is managed by Dubai Properties Group, and Dubai’s Pacific Ventures Limited, had signed a deal to launch a new residential development on land at Dubailand, with completion planned in 2019.

The Pacific Village project will feature a total of 65 residential villas, 102 four bedroom townhouses and a number of two bedroom apartments and will be located between Dubai International Airport and Al-Maktoum International Airport in the heart of Dubailand, a statement said.

According to its official website, Dubailand areas that have been completed included Global Village, MotorCity and Dubai Outlet Mall.

Future plans for Dubailand feature developments such as City of Arabia, Palmarosa and Dubai Lifestyle City in addition to Universal Studios and LEGOLAND.

UP confirmed to Arabian Business that it has permanently scrapped plans for a F1-branded theme park and revealed proposals for a new mixed-use redevelopment at the site in Dubailand.

It also revealed at Cityscape a replica of the famous Champs-Élysées area of Paris among the new designs launched at the Cityscape Global real estate exhibition in Dubai.

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Victory 6 years ago

I wish they would just deliver what is already on the drawing board. In Sports City there are too many semi-completed but abandoned towers that need fixing first. What's happening to those poor souls who are already paying mortgages on these properties?

What about some of the facilities and communal parks in Victory Heights that have been erased from the Masterplan?

Why are developers not forced to complete these types of projects before running away and starting something new?

Do they think we have forgotten their names or the promises they made?

Time to do the right thing Dubai!

iqbal 6 years ago

Yes I agree with Victory. Dubai Sports City looks like a bombed city with unfinished buildings. It is a very depressing sight and I feel sorry for all the investors who have their savings tied up in these projects.

Besides sports city there are incomplete projects in JVC, Business Bay, Marina & JLT. Complete these or sell them off to developers who can finish the job.

Shan 6 years ago

Many Sports City projects will not see the light of the day till such time Dubai Government intervenes and restructures its management while putting in place exceptionally strong accountability measures with retrospective effect. Bringing unscrupulous sub-developers to book who have disappeared with investors' funds will restore much needed credibility. There is no dearth of visionary leaders with impeccable credentials, with integrity beyond reproach, who need to be at the helm of this massive development.

NASIR 6 years ago

no deverlopers ran away, only the investors and end users