Famous for its fast-paced construction process, the GCC is a booming region filled with megaprojects in the pipeline. Across all of its states, major projects are popping up, impressing the world with their brilliance and magnitude. Furthermore, the projects range from residential and commercial to multi-use developments and even shopping malls. All of the GCC projects also boast remarkable features and a commitment to the construction schedule.
While all GCC projects share a common value, to enhance the region’s economy and tourism, they are all unique. Long awaited, these six GCC projects are just a few years away from completion. From Abu Dhabi’s tantalizing shores and Dubai’s vibrant life to Doha’s lively skyline, these projects are every investor’s dream come true.
Here are 6 incredible GCC projects that are due for completion by 2021.
1. Deira Islands Mall – Deira Islands
Located on Deira Islands in Dubai, Deira Islands Mall is due for completion in 2020. A $1.8 billion project, the three-story shopping mall features retail, dining, entertainment, a1km-long retractable glass atrium, and two hotels. Moreover, it includes 4.5 million sq. ft. of leasable space, a 15,000 sq. ft. entertainment zone, and sports and recreational facilities including a running track. It also features department stores, luxury and fashion retail spaces, hypermarket, and cinema. As well as a family entertainment center, restaurants, cafés and 12,500 parking spaces.
A group of artificial islands in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Deira Islands were originally names Palm Deira. Initially, the Deira Islands project was planned to be a part of the Palm Islands.
2. Al Marayah Central – Abu Dhabi
A $1 billion retail-led mixed-use development, Al Marayah Central is due for completion in December 2019. The mall will boast over 400 brands, including the first Bloomingdale’s in Abu Dhabi and the first Macy’s outside of the USA. Moreover, it will feature 100 restaurants, Family World, and Adventure Park. Al Maryah Central will also include hotel and serviced apartments across two 400,000-square-feet integrated residential towers, which are set for completion by 2019.
Combined with The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Al Maryah Central will span 2.8 million-square-feet. Furthermore, Al Maryah Central’s mall, dining precinct, parks, and promenade, will be fully connected across Al Maryah Island with air-conditioned access to The Galleria. Al Maryah Central is also within proximity to Abu Dhabi Island, Reem Island, and Saadiyat Island.
3. ICD Brookfield Place – Dubai
Due for completion by April 2019, ICD Brookfield Place is 53-story mixed-use development valued at $1 billion. Located in the central district of DIFC, the project site spans an area of 4 acres. It features 140,000 square feet of retail space, fine dining, cafes, and a food market. Moreover, it includes a health and fitness facility and a 55,000 square feet private members club. ICD Brookfield place also boasts 980,000 square feet of office space and 2700 car parks. Conveniently located between two metro stops, the project is connected to Al Sa’ada Street and Gate Avenue.
Established in 2004, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is a special economic zone in Dubai. It also features two hotels, art galleries, restaurants, cafes, shopping, and the lifestyle destination: Gate Avenue.
4. Dubai Towers – Doha
Set to be the tallest tower in Qatar, Dubai Towers is located in Doha’s West Bay district, near the Doha Corniche. Due for completion in February 2021, the 437-meter high structure has an estimated value of around $632 million. Set to feature a 7,000-m2 retail area, the 84-story multi-use tower also includes 29 floors of office space. It will also include13 floors comprising a 225-room five-star hotel with a health center, a gymnasium, restaurants, and business center. In addition to 31 floors containing 226 luxury apartments and three super luxury penthouses.
Contracted to a joint venture between Al-Habtoor and Al Jaber, Dubai Towers is being developed by Sama Dubai. Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall (RMJM) are the architects and engineering consultants for the project.
5. Silicon Park – Dubai
Located in Dubai Silicon Oasis, Silicon Park is a $354 million integrated smart city due for completion in Q1 2019. With an area of 150,000 square meters, the project includes 20 mid-rise buildings, 71,000 square meters of office space, and 25,000 square meters of commercial space. In addition to a 46,000 square meters residential area, and a115-key business hotel.
Furthermore, Silicon Park is compliant with the UAE Green Building Regulations and Specifications, as well as the international LEED standard. The entire project will be built with green building material, solar panels, and double-glazed windows. Moreover, it will boast charging-docks for smart devices on the street to smart pop-up furniture and digital play tables. Free Wi-fi will also available to tenants and visitors.
Silicon Park also includes health and fitness centers and running and cycling trails. There are no vehicles on the premises, instead, electric vehicles and smart rechargeable electric bikes will be used as the main means of transport across the development. Charging stations will be available throughout the project.
6. Bluewaters Island – Dubai
Finally on our list of upcoming GCC projects is the much anticipated Bluewaters Island. Located 500 meters from the Jumeirah Beach Residence, Bluwaters Island is due for completion in Q1 2018. The $1.6 billion project includes entertainment, hospitality, residential, and retail zones. Moreover, it is expected to attract over three million visitors annually.
Bluewaters Island also boasts the $272 million Dubai Eye. The 210-meter Ferris wheel is set to be the tallest in the world if completed. It will be taller than the world’s current tallest Ferris wheel, the 167.6 m (550 ft) High Roller, which opened in Las Vegas in March 2014. Dubai Eye will also stand taller than the 190.5 m (625 ft) New York Wheel on Staten Island, which is scheduled to open in April 2018.
With a capacity of holding up to 1,400 passengers in its 48 capsules, Dubai Eye will provide views of Dubai Marina, Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Khalifa. Furthermore, its base will feature an 80-meter LED screen used for broadcasting, advertisements, and other information.