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26 February 2024

Revealed: How Dubai's Dh2.5bn 'new' Madinat Jumeirah will look

By Parag Deulgaonkar

The new extension of Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort, is slated to open for business in the first quarter of 2016.

“Construction work started in middle of 2013. The opening is planned for first quarter of 2016," a spokesperson for Madinat Jumeirah told Emirates 24|7.

The phase IV of Madinat Jumeirah, costing Dh2.5 billion, is being constructed next to Burj Al Arab, the world’s only 7-star hotel.

The new extension of Madinat Jumeirah was announced in November 2012. It will have 420 room five-star hotel, a villas complex, a commercial centre, restaurants with retail stores and pedestrian precinct.

The villa complex will have 45 villas along with hotel apartments, which will be managed by Jumeirah Living, a subsidiary of the Jumeirah Group.

Madinat Jumeirah the Arabian Resort is part of the Jumeirah Group. Designed to resemble a traditional Arabian town, the resort has Al Qasr and Mina A'Salam, two boutique hotels and Dar Al Masyaf, a courtyard of 29 summer houses.

Making it easy

Dubai also issued new directives aimed at enhancing and streamlining hotel investment and development.

Under the directives, the pre-approval process period for hotel construction will be reduced to two months, while the approval process of planning permission for all hotel establishments in the emirate will be standardised through Dubai Municipality. The municipality will manage a single streamlined system to help reduce red tape for businesses and ensure that new reduced approval timeframes are met.

Last month, TRI Hospitality Consulting Middle East’s HotStats survey revealed hotels in Dubai had reported the highest profit levels in the region in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year, ending the year with occupancy above 80 per cent.

Iconic projects progressing

The emirate, which will host Expo 2020, has already started work on several mega and iconic projects announced in the past two years. Primarily among them are multi-billion-dollar Mohammed Bin Rashid City, Dh7.34-billion Dubai Water Canal and Dh6-billion Bluewaters Island.

Work in progress at the site. (Pic: Parag Deulgaonkar)

Mohammed Bin Rashid (MBR) City was announced in November 2012. It will focus on family tourism and will include a park equipped to receive 35 million visitors, a family centre for leisure and entertainment set up in collaboration with Universal Studios, over 100 hotel facilities and the largest shopping mall in the world, “Mall of the World.”

The Dh6-billion Bluewaters Island will feature a demarcated retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones and will house Dubai Eye, the world’s largest Ferris wheel. 

The project is being built near Jumeirah Beach Residence by Meraas Holdings.

The Dh7.34-billion Dubai Water Canal will connect the Business Bay with the Arabian Gulf passing through the heart of Dubai. The waterway will stretch 3 kilometers in length and width ranging from 80 to 120 meters. All construction works of the project’s infrastructure including drilling and building bridges is set for completion in 2017.