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UAE Megaprojects

Developments that are changing the face of the UAE.

The UAE is globally celebrated for its megaprojects, characterised by the Project Management Institute as immense, intricate endeavours that usually exceed $1 billion in cost and require many years to complete. These projects encompass diverse developments such as mixed-use complexes and extensive infrastructure initiatives designed to bolster urban planning efforts.

Each year, the UAE sees the launch of new megaprojects while ongoing ones like One Za’abeel, Uptown Tower Dubai, and Atlantis the Royal near completion. Check out the slideshow above and the list below to discover the upcoming megaprojects in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and beyond.

Ciel Tower

Ciel Tower in Dubai Marina, poised to become the world’s tallest stand-alone hotel at 365 metres, is slated for completion this year. This 82-storey marvel will offer over 1,000 guest rooms and suites, complemented by luxurious amenities including the Ciel Observatory & Lounge on the 81st floor and a breathtaking rooftop Sky Terrace featuring an infinity pool and bar. A standout feature will be its 300-metre atrium adorned with vertically stacked, landscaped terraces spanning multiple floors, promising a unique architectural and hospitality experience.

Marsa Al Arab

Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab is set to gradually open to the public throughout 2024, although an exact hotel opening date has not been specified. The building, designed to resemble a superyacht, was originally slated for a 2021 debut, but the project faced delays due to the pandemic. This property completes an “oceanic trilogy” alongside the wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the sailboat-inspired Burj Al Arab. It will feature 303 sea-facing rooms and 84 suites, all equipped with balconies. Guests can enjoy five private swimming pools, two exclusive beaches, and amenities such as a premium yacht club with a marina boasting 82 berths. Additionally, the resort will offer nine oceanfront private villas for an exclusive and luxurious experience.

Dubai Wasl Tower

Dubai Wasl Tower, rising 64 floors on Sheikh Zayed Road, will showcase the region’s largest ceramic facade, designed to evoke a sense of dynamic motion. Anticipated for completion in the second quarter of this year, the 1.8 million-square-foot building will house 229 residential units and 258 hotel rooms, including Dubai’s second Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Additionally, it will offer 185,345 square feet of office space across 11 parking floors, complemented by the inclusion of a helipad.


Burj Binghatti Jacob & Co Residences

Burj Binghatti Jacob & Co Residences is slated to become the tallest residential tower globally upon its scheduled completion in 2026. Soaring over 112 storeys in Business Bay, the tower is designed by Jacob Arabo, the founder of Jacob & Co, renowned for luxury watches and diamond designs. Promising unparalleled luxury, the tower will feature amenities such as an infinity pool with panoramic views of the Dubai skyline, a spa, a state-of-the-art gym, and a dedicated concierge offering services including daycare, personal security, chauffeur, and private chef services, as outlined on its website.

Dubai Creek Tower

In August, Mohamed Alabbar, founder of Emaar Properties, announced the redesign of Dubai Creek Tower, originally planned to surpass the height of the Burj Khalifa by 100 metres. Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, the iconic tower was intended for Dubai Creek Harbour. The revised blueprint is set to be revealed later this year, aiming for completion by 2025.

Al Habtoor Tower

Last summer marked the start of construction for Al Habtoor Tower, a prominent addition to Dubai’s megaprojects. Situated along Sheikh Zayed Road, the tower is projected to reach a towering height of 345 metres. This $3 billion residential development will soar 81 floors high, housing over 1,700 units upon its scheduled completion by the third quarter of 2026.

Palm Jebel Ali

In May, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, gave his approval for a new master plan for Palm Jebel Ali, a massive megaproject set to double the size of Palm Jumeirah. Spanning 13.4 square kilometres, this tourist destination will feature 80 hotels and resorts, as well as expansive green spaces, leisure facilities, and retail outlets. Plans for the development also include enclosed beach areas, picturesque walkways, and vibrant cafes and dining venues.

Dubai Islands

Formerly named Deira Islands, Dubai Islands is a sprawling development comprising five islands spread across 17 square kilometres, featuring over 60 kilometres of waterfront, including extensive beaches covering a third of the area. Each island will offer distinct attractions such as cultural centres, recreational beaches, beach clubs, and a golf club. The development is set to accommodate over 80 resorts and hotels.

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