By Andy Sambidge
d3's first phase of office and retail space is set to be released in Q1 2015 as new master plan is unveiled
Dubai Design District (d3) is set to unveil its master plan next week which will include a 1.8km waterfront centrepiece of hotels, boutique retail outlets and dining and entertainment venues.
Spanning a total area of 21 million square feet, the official master plan will be launched on Sunday at Cityscape Global in Dubai, officials have confirmed in a statement.
d3's first phase of office and retail space is set to be released in the first quarter of 2015, at which point land plots will also become available.
TECOM Investments, the company behind the city's creative hub, said the project will feature a range of luxury, 4-star and boutique hotels, and furnished apartments, offering over 4,000 rooms plus low-rise residential apartments.
The master plan also includes over 2.5 million square feet of retail space, the statement said.
The d3 project will also house a "vibrant business zone featuring office space for the design, fashion and luxury sectors with capacity for over 10,000 workers" and will include a dedicated creative community to house 4,000 designers, craftspeople and creative innovators.
It will also provide a new home for Dubai's art scene, with high-end galleries, pop-up showcase and open-air installation spaces, workshops and studios.
"d3 aims to harness the elements that distinguish the established creative hubs that have grown organically in the world's leading cities, with the state-of-the-art infrastructure and contemporary facilities that are possible in a purpose-built development," the statement said.
Commenting on the d3 master plan, Dr Amina Al Rustamani, group CEO of TECOM Investments, said: "d3 has been designed as a unique concept. From the very start we have worked with leading global figures as well as local talent from across the spectrum of the creative industries to ensure we can provide the right facilities and infrastructure suitable for both international brands and emerging regional designers.
"d3 is a purpose-built neighbourhood built for the creative community, developed in full collaboration with this community to offer a unique experience to designers, tourists and the public, tallying with what Dubai thrives to be as cultural and innovative centre."
She added: "We have experienced an overwhelming response from the market since d3's launch was announced last year."For all the latest fashion trends 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.