Archive for January, 2008

Another ‘biggest’ for Dubai

There’s an announcement today of yet another in the catalogue of Dubai’s biggest-tallest-longest developments.

The world’s longest arch bridge will be built across the Creek, with work due to start in March and completion expected in 2012.

It will be quite a landmark:


This will be the sixth bridge across the Creek, which runs through the centre of the old original city of Dubai, and is located towards the original end of the Creek (it’s being extended) near Festival City.

It will have 12 traffic lanes able to carry 20,000 vehicles an hour in each direction, will also carry a line of Dubai’s new Metro rail system, the Green Line, and will have a Metro station. It will also have an abra station, thus linking it with the Creek’s water transport.

First The World, now The Universe

Master developer Nakheel has just announced another monster development offshore. Called The Universe it will be a cluster of islands designed on the shape of coral and will stretch from Palm Jumeirah to Port Rashid, running between The World and the mainland. When finished in 15 to 20 years it will be 3,000 hectares (about 6,500 acres) of land. Major residential, commercial and tourism projects are eventually planned for the development.


‘The World reclamation completed

Master developer Nakheel today announced that reclamation work for ‘The World’ has been completed. The dredging began in 2004. The islands will shortly be handed over to the individual developers who will then begin construction of their projects.

Here’s how it looked from space back in April 2007:


Four kilometres off the coast of Dubai it’s a huge development, 9km x 6 km, and consists of 300 individual islands behind a breakwater that is 27 km long. Nakheel say that it adds 232 kilometres of new coastline – prime beachfron real estate.

Rain Rain Go Away…..

Though rains and the weather around them is always pleasant and a nice change from the usual ‘sunny side’ of Dubai, too much of something is bad enough, as they say.

Its been raining pretty hard since the past couple of days and now has come to a point of being a pain for the general public.

The met office predicts a record breaking monsoon season that will surpass the highest recorded over the years of 81.9 mm in January.

I’m getting a lot of pictures from people in different areas, telling their tales of battling for a ‘business as usual’, and so must the readers, but Gulf News summarizes them best here.

Let’s all enjoy the best of what the weather has to offer!

Amazing new building.

The master developer Nakheel, developers of the palm islands & The World, have announced another huge development on Dubai’s coastline.

The most eye-catching element will be an astonishing five star hotel shaped like a wheel.


The development, called Dubai Promenade, is located between Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah and it will ne a combination of residential, retail and commercial space with a 60-berth marina.

New mega-project begins

Dubai World’s Limitless real estate developer arm has announced that work has started on the Arabian Canal, Dubai’s latest mega-development.

It will be a 75km long waterway flowing into the desert from Dubai Waterfront, which includes the massive Palm Jebel Ali island, and back out to the Gulf near Palm Jumeirah, the first and smallest of the palm-shaped islands. They say the canal, costing US$11 billion, will be the largest and most complex civil engineering project ever undertaken in the Middle East.

Gulf News graphic

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