A new district of Dubai is set to become the template for future urban planning around the world.
Jumeirah Central was unveiled by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on Saturday afternoon.
Set to spread across 47 million square feet alongside Sheikh Zayed Road (artists impressions appear to show it in the foreground of Burj Al Arab in the area opposite Mall Of The Emirates), it is described as 'an urban mixed-use city district'.
Among the most exciting elements revealed where that human traffic will move through underground paths, environmentally friendly public transport (like the driverless cars in Downtown Dubai) and a network of air trams.
More than half of the development will be open space connected by a network of cycle and pedestrian paths through 33 parks and spaces. According to WAM news agency, one million square feet of the project climate-controlled outdoor areas.
When complete, 35,000 residents will call Jumeirah Central home, while a 100,000 people are expected to make use of it every year.
And there's more:
- three malls will make up part of the nine million sq ft of retail space
- 7,200 hotel rooms will be incorporated into the project, making it the largest number of any district in Dubai
- 'smart' police services will operate throughout
- there will also be schools and offices directly accessed through the district
"Jumeriah Central is a clear milestone in our journey towards building the city of the future and the creation of engaged and happy communities," Sheikh Mohammed said. "We will not stop investing in our economy, and these projects are tools to expedite that journey of growth.
"We are confident in the strength of our economy and are optimistic for the future of our nation. To that end, our vision will continuously evolve and expand."
Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Chairman of Dubai Holding, added: "We expect to start development in the coming months."