Meydan One, back in August 2015, announced its plan to develop the world’s tallest residential tower at 711metres (2,333ft). The first phase of the project is a development to house up to 78,300 residents; this should be completed in time for the UAE’s hosting of World Expo 2020, according The Guardian, which is estimating the presence of approximately 20 million tourists by 2020.
The project that consists of a total area of 5 million sq. meters is estimated to cost up to 25 billion dirhams (£4.4bn/US$6.8bn), reported Dubai daily Al-Bayan. The development is geared towards “the Dubai of tomorrow” … “significant for the future of Dubai and the UAE,” said Saeed Humaid Al Tayer, Meydan’s Chairman.
He adds also that his company is “committed to developing a multi-use destination which goes beyond expectations and will cater to every kind of person living and working here, as well as those who travel from around the world to visit.”
So, in five years, Dubai will have another architectural landmark. As for the planned Meydan residential tower, it will house nearly 900 residential apartments, a 350-room five-star hotel, 885 apartments, a marina yacht club and a 25,000 sq. meters’ indoor sports facility. It will even have the world’s highest observation deck at 655 meters and the highest sky restaurant at 675 m, describes the International Business Times. What’s more, there is a plan for a beach (300m) and a 9km-long boardwalk. A heritage village is also part of the blueprint.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, officially approved the development of Meydan One’s epic project: the 711-meter-tall Dubai One tower; the Meydan One Mall, a civic plaza capable of hosting up to 60,000 people with the biggest dancing fountains in the world with water features sprouting up to 420m (1,378ft), a 4km canal and a 100 berth marina to be located between Meydan and Al Khail Road. (Source: Al Bayan, a popular Arabic language newspaper in the United Arab Emirates.)
The Meydan One project from Meydan developers includes a huge new mall with a 150m by 80m retractable roof that opens in cooler periods, and houses around 300 restaurants, cafes and kiosks as well as retail outlets and nightlife venues, reports The National.
Among the projects by Meydan One will be also the world’s largest indoor ski slope, with a 1.2-kilometre run; its base is to be the Meydan Arena – an 8,000-capacity venue to host sporting events, concerts and shows.
Meydan One, the Dubai-based Meydan Group’s extravagant new leisure, retail, residential and hotel complex is set to break not one but five world records by the time construction is finished in 2020. The record-breaking Dubai complex is sure to make an impact in UAE for all the tourists to come. With construction of the five biggest projects already underway, the biggest challenge (aside from controlling costs) is for each one to be completed before Dubai Expo 2020.
In a city obsessed with breaking world records for the biggest attractions, from the shopping malls, airport, Ferris wheel, underwater theme park, manmade lagoon, among others, it looks as though Dubai is planning to build the world’s biggest of everything. (Source: IBTimes UK)