By Andy Sambidge
Construction work begins on cultural centrepiece of Downtown Jebel Ali.
Work has started on a 300-seat amphitheatre and giant screen which will form part of a mixed-use community project in Dubai, developer Limitless said on Sunday.
Construction of the amphitheatre and 105 square metre screen was now underway at The Galleries at Downtown Jebel Ali and would be the focal point for cultural, arts and social events, the company added in a statement.
It will also be the centrepiece of The Galleries’ 20,000 sq m outdoor landscaped plaza, which will also feature 200 trees, lawns, fountains, pools and shaded spots for relaxation.
The screen will be housed in a steel structure which, at 288 sqm, is about the size of a tennis court.
Construction of the amphitheatre comes as Limitless marks the third anniversary of the launch of Downtown Jebel Ali, its 200 hectare mixed-use, master planned development on Sheikh Zayed Road.
The Galleries – an eight building complex of offices, apartments, retail and leisure facilities – is the first community project within Downtown Jebel Ali.
Saeed Ahmed Saeed, CEO of Limitless, said: “Communal, outdoor areas make up around half of the project’s master plan, and the innovative landscaping work at The Galleries is living proof of our commitment to creating a healthy balance of indoor and outdoor space in our developments."
He said Downtown Jebel Ali would consist of four zones, each with its own Metro station, and, when complete, will accommodate around 200,000 people.
More than 250 plots of land have been sold to third party developers, while Limitless itself is developing other plots – including the area where The Galleries now stands. Office and retail space is already available for lease in The Galleries’ first four commercial towers, while residential accommodation will be online in the first half of 2010, the company added.