What We Learned From Day One Of Cityscape Global 2016 In Dubai

Sep 8, 2016

An impression of the Heart of Europe

A project that will see a little piece of The Maldives brought to Dubai was among the star attractions of the opening day of Cityscape Global.

The Heart Of Europe display at the event was swarming with people asking to know more about the project, which will see a series of luxury islands being built just off the coast.

The Heart of Europe off Dubai’s coast

“We were given the brief of bringing The Maldives to Dubai, we were told to build something that, if you stood in the middle of, you wouldn’t be able to tell if you were in The Maldives or Dubai,” said company chairman Josef Kleindienst. “It had to be developed in the image of The Maldives.”

HAPPY CITY

The developers behind Dubai South, billed as the first city in the world to be built on people’s happiness, were not to be left in the cold on opening day either.

They announced two major real estate projects, The Villages and The Pulse in the residential district.

An impression of Dubai South

Ahmed Al Ansari, Acting CEO, Dubai South, said: “The Villages was the first residential project launched by Dubai South and is due for completion in 2018.

“A pedestrian-centric, family-focused community set amidst serene purpose-planned green open spaces, this master planned community offers unique real estate products such as alley-loaded townhouses and apartments catering to both the young professionals and families.

ROYAL APPROVAL

Nakheel was another firm with plenty to show off at the event, not least a visit from

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, who was given a tour of the  Palm 360 and Ibn Battuta Resi­dences at the event (pictured on the front page).

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DON’T FORGET RAK

But it wasn’t all about Dubai as RAK Properties announced a Dhs5 billion project.

A spokesperson for the firm said the development in Ras Al Khaimah’s Mina Al Arab district, which measures 811,420sqm,  will feature an international five-star resort, an international four-star lifestyle resort, serviced apartments, a shopping mall, beach and waterfront apartments, villas and townhouses with a private beach clubhouse.

Another unquestionable highlight from the opening day of the event was Meydan’s announcement of a mega mall, Meydan One, which would contain a ski slope and a retractable roof.

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ANOTHER SKI SLOPE?

Meydan One Mall


The ski slope at Meydan One is going to be the biggest in the world, according to the company behind the scheme.

“Dubai is a city well known for creating and breaking world records, in setting new benchmarks in quality and once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” said Meydan Chairman Saeed Humaid Al Tayer.

“In our vision for Meydan One we have worked hard to create all the wonders of a retail and leisure experience into one space, making this the number one destination for the UAE and, indeed, the Middle East.”

The project will feature 529 shops, including two major department stores and an 11,200sqm hypermarket.

Meydan One Mall will also include more than 90 food and beverage outlets, a 20-screen cinema with a food court hosting an additional 20 outlets as well as a 400m central canyon flanked by a collection of flagship luxury stores.

It will also have 12,000 car parking spaces. Outdoor sports options will include football pitches, mountain biking, walking and running trails, a skateboard park and a BMX park.

NO MORE BLING

Most property developers are choosing simpler projects than ever and are less focused on “grandiose ideas”.

That’s according to David Daniels, who is the Principal Architect at SSH Design, which counts Emaar among their clients.

“You have to look at where they are compared to the crash a number of years ago, there’s less focus on grandiose ideas,” he said, speaking from Cityscape at the Dubai World Trade Centre. “Things like the implementation of the Green Guide by Dubai Municipality will go a long way as well to making Dubai a much more credible option.”

Responding to a question about what’s being done to ensure there are no repeats of the recent fires at a number of high-profile properties in Dubai, he said safety is at the top of the agenda like never before.

“Quality is now a much higher point of focus,” he said. “Speed of being built is not always the most important thing. In the past there were a lot of untested materials being used.

“But this is something that we take very seriously.”

SSH also announced they were expanding their office in d3 to accommodate rapid growth and expansion plans. They currently employ more than 1,000 people in the GCC.

HOTEL BOOM

Another Dubai-based property developer, Omniyat, announced it was opening 505 five-star hotel rooms and 495 deluxe serviced apartments in Dubai by 2020.

“Omniyat has made its mark on the city over the past 11 years with a number of high-profile office and residential buildings and now is the perfect time to move our expertise into the hotel and hospitality area,” said Mark Phoenix, Managing Director (pictured).

“Our commitment to opening another 505 hotel rooms across the city is just the start of our plans.”

                                                      MAIDEN VISIT
Dubai-based first time property developer Vincitore is showcasing its maiden project at Cityscape Dubai.

Vincitore Palacio, located at Arjan, Dubailand, near Miracle Garden Dubai, is a four-storey development, with 175 units comprising studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom homes.

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In a real estate market that is moving towards affordable housing projects, Vincitore is offering a “branded luxury”  project.

Mehul Mehta, COO of Vincitore, said: “We are bridging the gap between price and quality.”


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