Dubai is building an “Aladdin City,” a project inspired by the tales of Aladdin and Sindbad, Dubai Municipality said on Thursday.
The project will have three towers, comprising commercial and hotel space, with the towers spread over a distance of 450 metres on Dubai Creek.
The project is in accordance with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, in a statement, said: “The project is located within the traditional commercial vessels port at Dubai Creek in Al Regga, out of the old Dubai, and includes three towers.”
“The project aims to develop towers to be the icons of legends of the past with a touch of beauty and tourism characteristic of the city. It comes in the prime location of Dubai Creek maintaining the activities of the port heritage. The project is located outside the zone waiting to be registered with the World Heritage by Unesco.”
Lootah said that the development of such a project will have a global cultural and historical impact on the area and will be a source of pride for generations to come and will contribute to the progress of the emirate.
In addition, it is expected to boost Dubai economically in its long-term goals by increasing tourism, especially to Dubai in the run-up to Expo 2020.
The project will have air-conditioned bridges with moving floor to connect the towers, driveways and parking lots.
“The idea was basically to avoid the entry from the crowded docks and to enable visitors enjoy walking over the port of conventional ships and watch the traditional harbour.”
The towers will offer views of Creek and the city's old and modern horizons such as Burj Khalifa.
Talking about the design, Lootah said: “The architectural form and content for the project is adopted taking into account the historical and heritage relationship of sailing ships in the creek, indicating that the trade using ships dating back to the 11th century where these vessels were sailing to the coast of East Africa, India and China, and it may have her tales concerning the myths of the famous sailor Sindbad and Aladdin.
“Therefore, the symbolic content of the architectural form of the project buildings is inspired by the ancient legends and heritage that includes tales of buildings and palaces with oddly shaped domes, or which are suspended in the air and clouds.”
The shape of the bridge that will link the buildings represents the form of exotic marine life such as dragon and snakes.
Three towers will have a built up area of 110,000 square metres with the highest tower of 34 storeys. The other two towers will have 26 and 25 floors respectively. There will be a total parking space for 900 cars.
No details were given on the cost of the project.
Tourism-orientated projects announced by Dubai Municipality include Al Fahaidi Market, Naif Souq, Dubai Frame, Deira Fish Market, Dubai Safari Park, Crocodile Park and Quran Park.
Those that are currently being designed are the Flower and Miniature parks, the Mohammad Bin Rashid Library on the creek, Boats and Fishing Tools Market in Al Barsha south, the Art Centre in Al Quoz and the Dubai Wetland Centre that will include a museum and visitor centre in the existing Ras Al Khor Sanctuary.