Oct 15 2007

Dubai World Central Commercial City gets world class urban design

Dubai World Central Commercial City gets world class urban design
DWC Commercial City, the business and commerce capital of Dubai World Central (DWC) - the 140 square kilometres urban aviation project under development in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates - has finalised its master plan that incorporates the best of city planning processes from around the world.

Broadway Malyan, a leading international architectural and integrated design practice with offices throughout the UK and the world, partnered DWC in creating a world class urban city design with completely new offerings than those currently seen in Dubai.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai Aviation Corporation - Dubai World Central said: "Achieving liveable, sustainable and dynamic communities that positively impact the environment and explores innovative solutions in architectural design is what global cities strive for. DWC Commercial City will integrate all these concepts into its living environment.

"The city will be the nerve cell for Dubai World Central once the new Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB) - set to be the world's largest - is fully operational in 2015. The master planning process involved specialists, including urban designers, masterplanners, town planners, landscape architects, regeneration and sustainability consultants, and interior designers who studied top cities like New York, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong among others."

The city's master plan was created to be as forward thinking as the overall project's visionary approach which is in line with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015. With an annual capacity of up to 150 million passengers a year, JXB's infrastructure and operations will be ably supported by the surrounding components - DWC Aviation City, DWC Residential City, DWC Commercial City and DWC Golf City.

"With such a unique project that caters to Dubai's aviation, logistics, commercial and tourism needs until 2050 and beyond, Commercial City's master plan is comparable to global benchmarks when it comes to similar projects in urban design," explained Khalid bin Harib, CEO, Real Estate, Dubai World Central.

"The aim is to create a perfect environment for business and commerce and set new standards for substantial urban development in the UAE. With DWC becoming a regional and global hub model, requests from international clientele have come in to build similar projects overseas - an achievement that speaks for itself."

DWC Commercial City's eight zones will cater to all lifestyle amenities and will not be just a destination for work and residence. The Urban Village will have a mid-to-high end low density living destination, including sport and leisure clubs, plenty of open spaces while the Lake District's community hub will cater to retail, leisure and office destinations based on a lakeside environment. The 7 Towers zone will be a landmark, including a two kilometre park with retail and leisure provisions, in addition to two transit stations.

The Central Park within the 'Green Spine' which will come to define the Commercial City brand is a water-edged destination including a seven kilometres long central plaza. The Creative Commercial District has been designed as a hub for the media and creative industries and will include office spaces, showrooms and luxury fashion boutiques.

The Grand Central zone will be the future gateway to DWC and Dubai, including leisure and entertainment destinations while the Business District is Commercial City's finance and banking sector which will feature retail and leisure destinations, a transit centre and public spaces. The Residential Crescent is Commercial City's luxury residential area which will include landmark towers and water gardens.

These eight zones are separated into several districts, including business, residential and leisure. To cater to the huge population of 450,000 working and living there several transit roads will be developed, which will also include the Dubai Metro. As part of the UAE's overall strategic plan, DWC Commercial City will also be one of the main stations for the future Emirates Express Train, linking all of the Emirates together, and in the future to the GCC countries.

"What is remarkable and indicative of the size of the project is the transportation system within DWC Commercial City," commented bin Harib. "The total length of roads within the city will be comparable to Dubai's central highway - Sheikh Zayed Road - in length with the latest in intelligent road systems and state-of-the-art technology enforced as part of the rail and road link within DWC."

Phase one sales for the land will commence in the second quarter of 2008 but enquiries and development reservations for land sales from global and regional investors will commence immediately.


About Dubai World Central:
Dubai World Central (DWC) is a 140 square kilometre urban aviation community centred around the world's largest international airport. Currently being built 40 kilometres from the existing Dubai International Airport the project is almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island.

DWC creates a new benchmark in urban planning and destination living designed to support Dubai's aviation, tourism, commercial and logistics requirements until 2050 and represents one of the most important developments in the history of the United Arab Emirates.

Eventually home to 900,000 people, DWC will be true 'city-within-a-city' with all the amenities that make up a world-class residential destination.

DWC, with infrastructure costs estimated at US $33 billion, comprises six specialized clustered zones: Dubai World Central International Airport (JXB), Dubai Logistics City (DLC), DWC Commercial City, DWC Residential City, DWC Aviation City and DWC Golf City.

DWC is backed by the Government of Dubai and is chaired by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Aviation Corporation - Dubai World Central, Government of Dubai.

About Dubai World Central components:
JXB, when completed, will be the world's biggest passenger and cargo hub, with a capacity of 120 million passengers and more than 12 million tonnes of cargo annually. The airport will have six parallel runways and as many concourses with a 91 metre high control tower that will be an aviation landmark in the Middle East.

DLC will be part of the world's first truly integrated multi-modal logistics platform in a single-bonded free zone environment made up of DLC, JXB, Aviation City and Jebel Ali Port. It is designed as the region's unchallenged logistics hub catering to some two billion people throughout the Middle East, Indian Sub-continent, Africa and the CIS, all within three-to-four hours flying time from Dubai.

DWC Commercial City will be DWC's business and finance hub featuring more than 850 towers, ranging from 6-75 storeys in height. The city, expected to employ 130,000 people, will also boast 25 hotels ranging from deluxe, through to five-star, four-star and three-star properties.

DWC Residential City will include a mix of five-ten storey mid-cost apartment blocks. Up to 250,000 people are expected to live in this 'city'. A special staff village will house blue-collar workers within high-quality accommodation.

DWC Golf City will feature two 18-hole golf courses, extensive practice facilities, driving ranges, putting greens, a luxury clubhouse with restaurants and a pro-shop. Up to 2,500 freehold homes will surround the courses. The resort will also feature a high-end boutique hotel.

DWC Aviation City will be the region's premier centre of excellence for technology manufacturing and science and technology education.

For more information please contact:
MCS/Action, PO Box 20970,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +9714 390 2960;
Fax: +9714 390 8161
Gladson Ronad
Mob: +971 50 4533479
email: gladson.r@actionprgroup.com

Fouad Kassem.
Mob: +971 50 6324150
email: fouad.k@actionprgroup.com
or visit www.dwc.ae

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