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Nakheel says Deira Islands infrastructure works 'ahead of schedule'

Developer says 12km of roads, 44km of sewage lines completed; stage two works now underway for mega project

Nakheel says Deira Islands infrastructure works 'ahead of schedule'

Infrastructure work on creating Deira Islands, Nakheel's project to build a world-class hub for tourism, leisure, retail and entertainment in Dubai, is ahead of schedule, according to the developer.

Nakheel said ahead of a key bridge opening on Friday that stage one infrastructure works, covering two of the four islands that make up Deira Islands, was completed ahead of time in September.

The work included more than a million square metres of soil improvement, 44 kilometres of sewage lines and 12km of roads.  

Stage two infrastructure works are now underway, the company said.

Set to contribute significantly to the Government of Dubai’s tourism vision, Deira Islands will be a world-class hub for tourism, leisure, retail and entertainment, the development is expected to have around 250,000 residents and create 80,000 new jobs. 

The project will add 40km, including 21km of beachfront, to Dubai’s coastline, and will contain hundreds of new hotels, serviced apartments and mixed-use buildings as well as extensive retail and leisure attractions. 

Nakheel itself is building 16 residential towers, five hotels, two serviced apartment complexes, the 420,000 sq metre Deira Mall, the 5,300-outlet Night Souk and several marinas at the islands.

On Friday, a new, AED150 million road bridge linking mainland Dubai with Deira Islands, will open after being funded and constructed by Nakheel as part of its AED1 billion infrastructure works at Deira Islands.

Nakheel chairman Ali Rashid Lootah said: “We thank the RTA for its assistance and co-operation in supervising the construction and completion of this vital element of Deira Islands. The bridge is a key part of the ongoing infrastructure at the development, and we are extremely proud to have reached this milestone.” 

The bridge starts at Al Khaleej Road and leads to a Deira Islands A. Currently, access is limited to construction teams and authorised visitors.

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