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The Dubai Waterfront is expected to become the largest waterfront and largest man-made development in the world. The project is a conglomeration of canals and artificial islands; it will occupy the last remaining Persian Gulf coastline of Dubai, the most populous emirate of the United Arab Emirates. It will consist of a series of zones with mixed use including commercial, residential, resort, and amenity areas. The vision of the project is “to create a world-class destination for residents, visitors and businesses in the world’s fastest growing city”.

Waterfront is being developed by Nakheel, one of the world’s largest privately held real estate developers. The artificial islands, shaped in an arc, will produce a shelter around the Palm Jebel Ali, one of the three Palm Islands, the largest artificial islands (shaped like palm trees) in the world also being constructed by Nakheel. The project will also feature a 75 kilometre Arabian Canal that will run from the coast into the desert and a major harbour.

Waterfront will add more than 70 kilometres to Dubai’s coastline. It will encompass an area of 1.4 billion square feet of water and land developments, an area twice the size of Hong Kong. It is expected to house an estimated population of 1.5 million people.

Located near the new Dubai World Central International Airport, and with direct access to Sheikh Zayed Road, Jebel Ali Freezone and Abu Dhabi, the city will be fully accessible on a local and international scale.

The hub of the development will be along the shoreline, stretching in-land to offer a range of residences, commercial districts and industrial areas, with a number of major tourist attractions and leisure amenities. Extending from the coastline into the Persian Gulf will be a series of connected islands featuring villas and high-end accommodation.

It will consist of 10 key areas including Madinat Al Arab, which is expected to become the new downtown and central business district of Dubai. Madinat Al Arab has been developed by an international consortium of architects, planners and urban developers. Madinat Al Arab will feature resorts, retail, commercial spaces, public spaces, a broad mix of residencies and an integrated transport system including light rail and a road network.
Other key zones include Al Ras, Corniche, The Riviera, The Palm Boulevard, The Peninsula, Uptown, Downtown, Boulevard, and The Exchange.