A stunning new yacht club and parkland development is coming to Business Bay.
Marasi Business Bay will be built on the Dubai Water Canal, on the current stretch of water which is being expanded down to the Arabian Gulf, set for completion in the next couple of years. Exact location is close to Bay Square and will encompass a total of 250,000 square metres of open space.
A low rise, sweeping development, it will be home to a yacht club with 1250 berths and an RTA marina station, a park area with amphitheatre, five palm tree-lined marinas and a 12km promenade - that's almost 50 per cent larger than Dubai Marina - with offshore restaurants, retail and more. The project is also the first development to feature 'water homes'.
Construction is already underway on the main promenade and will cost Dhs1bn when complete.
It is yet another exciting piece of news for the Dubai Water Canal project, which once complete will feature a waterway that runs from Business Bay (where the Dubai Creek currently 'finishes'), through to Sheikh Zayed Road, then Safa Park and Al Wasl Road. It will reach its end at the Arabian Gulf.
There are over 200 shopping outlets, residential units and hotels planned to be built on both banks of the waterway. There will also be a seven-kilometre running track connecting with the Jumeirah Corniche, as well as three pedestrian bridges and a man-made peninsula at Jumeirah Beach Park.
Two of main resorts already confirmed for the banks of the Dubai Water Canal include Aykon City, a six-tower development; 80-storey Aykon Hotel and Residences, 63-storey Damac Maison Serviced Hotel Residences, 60-storey unnamed apartment tower, 65-storey unnamed office tower and two 30-floor ultra-luxury residential towers, as yet unnamed.
It will also be home to the AKYON Dare a stomach-turning high-wire adventure located in the Golden Quadrant of the awesome new mini-city.
There's also Al Habtoor City. Already home to the St Regis - with the W and Westin to follow - it recently revealed they will bring international brands Blind Dragon and ZOCO to Dubai for the very first time. As well as that, The Rose & Crown, a traditional British pub will launch on site. These exciting openings will all be part of The Atrium, a five-storey complex housing seven restaurants and a residency from an international theatre company.\
The first openings are set for this summer, with more expected over the next 12 months. Once complete, the entire development will span 10 million square feet and feature 40 restaurants and many more retails and nightlife venues.
HERE'S HOW THINGS LOOKED LAST MONTH WHEN OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS WERE INVITED INTO JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS