Dubai is becoming year after year an icon of technological development and architectural innovation, attracting more and more the attention of tourists from all over the world. It’s expected that in the coming years Dubai will be among the top global tourist destinations, in fact the ‘ Dubai’s Tourism Vision for 2020 ‘ is a strategy map, approved by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with the primary purpose of attracting 20 million visitors a year by 2020. This ambitious goal is based through the development of numerous events, attractions, services and especially of amazing architectural projects.
According to the construction Department of Dubai Municipality, 26,653 buildings are currently under construction, including skyscrapers, shopping malls, private villas and industrial buildings. Let’s see some of the main projects that will change significantly the appearance of Dubai before Expo 2020.
Dubai Creek Harbour
Will extend about 6 square kilometers and will have 39,000 residences, 22 hotels and many shops and restaurants, there will be also another ambitious project called “Dubai Twin Towers” that will be the world’s tallest twin towers. At its core, “The Tower”, expected to be the new iconic symbol of the city, will be the highest building in the world and will have rotating observation decks, balconies, dynamic lighting, and a huge square dotted with dancing fountains. Described as a work of art, result of the most advanced mathematics, engineering and physics known to man, is expected to be one of the most significant structures ever created before.
Located on the Jumeirah coast, near Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), this artificial island will be devoted mainly to hospitality and entertainment. The focal point of this grand project will be the Ferris wheel “Ayn Dubai (formerly Dubai Eye) of 210 meters, inspired by the London Eye in London.
Museum of the Future
The circular-shaped building will be located next to the “Emirates towers” near Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). In addition to becoming a major tourist destination, will be home to the greatest innovations of the world and will offer advanced courses, specialized laboratories and public events. A feature of the project is “innovative laboratories”, which will focus on education, health, smart cities, energy and transport. The Museum, the first of its kind, will be the example of a Government that embraces change and create visions for a better world.
Marsa Al Arab
Located on both sides of the Burj Al Arab, the iconic sail-shaped hotel, Marsa Al Arab will be distributed over 4 million square meters of land, including two artificial islands. One of the Islands will be a family-friendly tourist destination where it will be located the water park “Wild Wadi” and where “Jumeirah Group” will introduce new concepts and services for leisure and a family oriented hotel. The other island, instead, will house 140 luxury villas with private beaches and marinas. There will also be a large shopping area that will extend about 20,000 square meters and also 300 residential apartments by the sea.
Mall of the World
The biggest shopping center of its kind in the world, is a fully air-conditioned city over an area of more than 4.5 million square meters. Will be present, in addition to shopping and dining, the largest indoor playground in the world (with a dome open during winter), an area that will host theatres and cultural events and about 20,000 hotel rooms.
Will include four artificial islands close to district of Deira, will offer 21 kilometers of beaches that will host various resorts, residential communities, a mall, a night market on the promenade and a large amphitheater that will host 30,000 people. On the island you will enjoy an amazing view on the Dubai skyline and the Arabian Gulf.