Revealed: 12 GCC projects due for completion in 2016
A number of high profile and impressive projects are set to come to fruition across in the GCC in 2016. Here we outline 12 of the projects due for complete over the course of the year:
Dubai Canal Project
\nThe chief of Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has reportedly confirmed that Dubai Water Canal will be completed by the end of 2016.
\nThe $544m (AED2bn) project will create a canal and accompanying retail from Downtown Dubai to Jumeirah.
\nBridges along Al Wasl Road are being built and a canal is being excavated alongside Safa Park.
\nThe development covers an area of more than 4 million square metres, including 605,000 square metres of commercial use, 5,345 residential units and 948 hotel rooms.
\nThe project also comprises four residential towers linked to Al Safa Park and various retail and dining outlets on both sides of the canal.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
\nThe $1bn Louvre Abu Dhabi project is scheduled to open at the end of 2016.
\nDesigned by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, Louvre Abu Dhabi will encompass 9,200 sqms of art galleries.
\nThe 6,681 sqm Permanent Gallery will house the museum's permanent collection while the Temporary Gallery will be a dedicated space of 2,364 sqm presenting temporary exhibitions of international standards.
\nLouvre Abu Dhabi, when completed, will be one of the premier cultural institutions located in the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District.
2022 FIFA World Cup: Khalifa Stadium
\nConstruction work at the first of Qatar's planned stadiums for 2022 FIFA World Cup is due for completion in 2016.
\nKhalifa International Stadium, situated in the country's capital Doha, is undergoing major renovation work for the world event, which includes adding a new building to the stadium's east wing, and building a single roof to cover the whole seating area.
\nNew seating will increase the stadium's height.
\nWorks on the 40,000-seater stadium are expected to finish in 2016.
Muscat International Airport - Passenger Terminal
\nThe new passenger termainl with a capacity of 12 million passengers a year is scheduled to open by the end of 2016.
\nThe new terminal is currently being built as part of a $1.8bn upgrade of Muscat International Airport, which also includes new runways and infrastructure.
\n Oman Air, the national carrier of Oman is based on the grounds of Muscat International Airport.
\nThe new $680m (AED2.5bn) Nakheel Mall located on the shoreline of Palm Jumeirah is due for completion during 2016.
\nThe 435,000 sqm mall will comprise over 200 retail stores, including a Waitrose and two anchor department stores, 12 restaurants, a cinema multiplex, six medical clinics and a roof plaza featuring fine dining restaurants and food and beverage outlets.
\nThe development will also include a 50-storey tower dedicated for a 5-star hotel and serviced apartments.
\nConstruction of the Dubai Opera will be completed by March 2016, according to its developer Emaar Properties.
\nThe centrepiece of The Opera District in Downtown Dubai, Dubai Opera is a 2,000-seat, multi-format theatre.
\nThe Opera District will also house a museum of modern art, two art hotels, design studios and galleries. It also features a 66 storey residential tower, Opera Grand, with over 200 two-, three and four bedroom apartments.
\nThe Dubai Opera House will be used for opera, theatre, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events and seasonal programmes.
Mall of Qatar
\nThe upcoming Mall of Qatar, sprawling an area of 464,515sqm (5m sqf) and worth $824m, is about as large as 50 football fields, sized as per FIFA regulations.
\nLocated within the new Al Rayyan Gate, in total the Mall of Qatar will house 500 boutiques, restaurants and tourist attractions, and is expected to attract 20 million visitors in its first year.
\nThe mall will also feature a family entertainment centre which will boast the world's largest IMAX cinema screen.
\nThe new development, which will feature its own metro station, is being built adjacent to one of the stadiums Qatar plans to use during the 2022 World Cup - the Al Rayyan Stadium.
Dubai Festival City Mall Expansion
\nDubai Festival City Mall’s $400m expansion is expected to be completed by June 2016.
\nThe expansion will add 20 percent more area to the existing 2.4 million square feet mall and increase the stores' tally to 420.
\nLocated on Dubai Creek, the Dubai Festival City Mall expansion will also create a 300-metre long waterfront promenade, with 22 restaurants.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
\nThe world's largest indoor theme park, being built in Dubai, will open in early 2016.
\nIMG Worlds of Adventure is a themed entertainment destination, with four epic adventure zones - Cartoon Network, MARVEL, Lost Valley - Dinosaur Adventure and IMG Boulevard.
\nThe park will have the capacity to welcome more than 20,000 guests a day and will be the world's largest indoor theme park at 139,354 sqm.
\nLocated within City of Arabia, along Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, the theme-park will be home to a number of world-firsts, a variety of themed retail stores, numerous dining venues and a 12-screen state-of-the-art cinema.
\nThe project, being built in Dubai Marina, is in partnership agreement with crystal giant Swarovski.
\nThe development, which is expected to be completed in December 2016, consists of two towers.
\nThe first, comprising 29 floors, will offer panoramic views of Dubai Marina from three sides, while the second 14-storey building overlooks Jumeirah Beach Residence with partial views of the marina and the sea.
\nA four-storey residential podium connects the two towers.
\nBranded as “space marveled by Swarovski”, the ultra-luxurious resort-style residential project will feature “exquisite crystal-themed innovations” including sparkling lighting solutions and crystal interiors.
Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel
\nJumeirah Group's new Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel is on track to open during the summer of 2016.
\nThe 430-room hotel is currently under construction and will join the Mina A'Salam and Al Qsar hotels at Madinat Jumeirah upon completion.
\nMadinat Jumeirah is undergoing a $680m (AED2.5bn) expansion, which involves the addition of a villa complex, restaurants and a commercial centre with retail outlets by March 2016.
Dubai Safari Park Zoo
\nThe $40.8m (AED150m) Dubai Safari Park Zoo is expected to be ready by mid-2016.
\nThe 119ha project is located in Al Warqa behind Dragon Mart, and is expected to replace the existing 1.5ha zoo on Jumeirah Beach Road.
\nHanan Hassan Al Aradi from Dubai Municipality said the zoo's design was drawn up incorporating internationally-renowned techniques.
\n"A team of specialists visited a number of the world’s best and important zoos, such as those in Indonesia, Singapore, Austria, Germany and the San Diego Zoo.
\n"It is important to note that we did not only use their best practices but also adapted them to suit the needs of Dubai,” Al Aradi said.