Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Saturday announced the launch of Jumeirah Central, an urban mixed-use city district expected to become a comprehensive model for future urban planning in Dubai and around the world.
The district will comprise 47 million square feet (sq.ft) of gross floor area (GFA) along Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road and will introduce new international standards in city planning that are able to balance requirements from an environmental, urban development and societal perspective, conceptualising His Highness’s vision of Dubai’s future development and evolution.
The Jumeirah Central masterplan is a product of the collaborative work of over 19 government and private agencies, international experts and consultants under the leadership of Dubai Holding over the last two years.
Jumeirah Central will have smart world-leading infrastructure that includes a multi-modal transport network, environmentally-friendly transport options and aerial gondolas. The district, of which over half will be open space, will offer 1 million sq.ft. of climate-controlled arcades for all-season lifestyle and a comfortable pedestrian experience.
The district will be home to 35,000 residents and will host 100,000 people annually. It will be connected by a comprehensive cycling network that spans over 33 parks and open spaces.
Commenting on the announcement, Sheikh Mohammed said, “As our vision for future cities evolves, Dubai will continue to set the benchmark for city development across the globe. Jumeriah Central is a clear milestone in our journey towards building the city of the future and the creation of engaged and happy communities. 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.”
The district is located on Sheikh Zayed Road with 25 points of vehicular access. Residents of Jumeriah Central will enjoy a self-sufficient and holistic mixed-use experience, through a range of facilities including schools, offices, parks, shopping centres, smart police services and comprehensive community amenities.
The all-season city district will comprise 9 million sq.ft of retail space including three malls, 4.5 million sq.ft of outdoor shopping space and supported by more than 44,000 car parking spaces. A unique tourism destination, Jumeriah Central will offer 7,200 hotel rooms, which will be the largest number of hotel rooms centred in one district.
Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Chairman of Dubai Holding, said, “Jumeriah Central is a result of extensive research into future urban development and the creation of more cohesive societies. It is a clear demonstration of our leadership’s vision, aiming to further Dubai’s global position as an attractive destination for residents and tourists alike. The uniqueness of this project will not only be a model for advanced urban development, but will also play a key role in enhancing the quality of life and in shaping future generations. All project plans and designs have been endorsed by government authorities in Dubai and we expect to start development in the coming months.”
Jumeirah Central was unveiled at a private event in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; Mohammad Abdulla Al Gergawi, Chairman of Dubai Holding; Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman, Director General of Dubai Protocol and Hospitality Department; Ahmad Bin Byat, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Dubai Holding; Fadel Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding, and Huda Buhmaid, Chief Marketing Officer at Dubai Holdin