New 1.4BSF Metropolis Planned for Dubai

An area encompassing 815 acres of desert land in Dubai has been designated as the site for the development of Waterfront City, a new enclave on the western edge of the emirate. Dubai-based real estate developer Nakheel is behind the endeavor, which will give rise to a 1.4 billion-square-foot self-contained town that will reportedly cost approximately $50 billion to complete.At the core of Waterfront City will be the five-block Central Island District, which will be flanked by the Boulevard, Madinat Al Soor, the Resort and the Marina districts. Designed by architect Rem Koolhaus Office for Metropolitan Architecture in The Netheralnds, the development is being conceived as compact metropolis to accommodate an anticipated population of 92,000, the estimated 310,000 employees who will work in the city and any number of visitors. In addition to residences, the city will offer retail, cultural venues and office space. A vast mosque area and a central park will also be incorporated into the master-planned community.The pedestrian friendly development’s infrastructure has been carefully contemplated, as well. Efficient modes of access to Waterfront City, as well as convenient means of movement within the city, are being incorporated into the plan. The districts will be linked by a multi-faceted public transportation city, and there will be a direct connection to Al Maktoum International Airport which, upon completion, will be the city’s main airport hub.Dubai is exploding with new development, due in no small part to its rapidly expanding population. Among the other prominent endeavors in the works is the $20 billion mixed-use Burj Dubai mixed-use tower which, at 130 stories, will be the tallest building in the world, as per developer Emaar Properties.