Not content just with offering residents the chance to live atop the tallest building on the planet, in a sustainable, car-free neighbourhood powered by solar, or on the frond of a man-made palm tree stretching out into the ocean, Dubai will soon feature an island of homes, hotels and restaurants, right by the historic Dubai Creek.
Harbour Gate is a new residential estate in Dubai Creek Harbour, one of the world’s largest master-planned developments. It spreads over six square kilometres and promises to offer a “bespoke island lifestyle”, with 491 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, all with 270-degree views of The Tower, the city’s next world record-breaking project – a new, 928-metre tower that will emit a “beacon of light” from its peak at night.
Ahmad Al Matrooshi, the managing director of Emaar Properties, says, “Harbour Gate offers residents the opportunity to experience living on an island in the heart of the city and the spectacular views of the Creek and Downtown Dubai. [The] range of food and beverage, retail and leisure attractions [also] make Harbour Gate a vibrant neighbourhood that will appeal to families and the trend-setters.”
The first phase of the development is due for completion later next year and, we hear, it will also house a world-class marina, as well as parkland, playgrounds, galleries and a central boulevard lined with a variety of cool cafés, stylish shops and great restaurants.
On top of all that, the island will be connected to mainland Dubai via a series of bridges boasting unique architectural designs, and there will even be a hotel for guests to stay over and enjoy the experience for themselves. We think it’s time to start saving up for that first rental cheque, right?