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Path of progression



January 2016

Trade Centre: Dubai World Trade Centre began the AED720 million (US$196 million) second phase of its Dubai Trade Centre District project. This follows the completion of phase one, including the launch of the new Ibis One Central, a 588-room economy hotel.

May 2016 

Office of the Future: The world’s first fully functional 3D printed building was inaugurated in Dubai. This will revolutionise modern construction with lower costs and faster delivery, making for a more sustainable economic hub.

June 2016

Al Habtoor City hotels: The AED11 billion (US$3 billion) development features three Starwood hotels: The St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai – Al Habtoor City and The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, representing 1,600 luxury rooms.

August 2016

Dubai Opera: Dubai’s first purpose-built multi-format performing arts theatre opened with a full programme of performances and events. Dubai Opera is part of the Opera District in Downtown Dubai, which will also house an art museum, two art hotels, design studios and galleries.

IMG Worlds of Adventure: The world’s largest indoor theme park, spanning 1.5 million square feet, launched on August 31, and will remain open all year round. It features the Velociraptor, Dubai’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster.

September 2016

Dubai Safari: Construction is 75 percent complete on this new AED1 billion (US$272 million) Dubai zoo project, which will be home to 10,000 animals and span 119,000 hectares in Al Warqa’a 5 when it opens in March 2017.

October 2016

Dubai Parks and Resorts: This mega project comprises theme parks Legoland Dubai, Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai, as well as Legoland Waterpark and Lapita Hotel that is spread across 2.3 million square metres.

December 2016

Jumeirah Al Naseem: The fourth phase of Madinat Jumeirah Dubai, located close to Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Madinat Jumeirah, comprises 430 rooms and several restaurants from international third parties.


Viceroy Palm Jumeirah: This luxury hotel on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah will offer 477 guest rooms and 222 signature residences.

Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai: This luxury resort is located at Jumeirah Bay Island.


Passenger terminal expansion at Al Maktoum International – Dubai World Central: The airport will soon have the capacity to handle 26 million annual passengers by 2018.

Starwood’s Aloft and Element: Starwood plans to bring Aloft and Element to Dubai, marking the presence of all nine of Starwood’s hotel brands in the emirate.

Bluewaters Island: The mixed-use, AED5.9 billion (US$1.6 billion) development by Meraas Holding, due to complete in Q1, is being built on reclaimed land off the JBR coastline.


Dubai Rainforest: Plans are underway to create a tropical rainforest within Damac Properties’ Akoya Oxygen luxury housing development located past Sports City.

Mohammed Bin Rashid City: District One of the AED30 billion (US$8.1 billion) Mohammed bin Rashid City will be delivered in four phases.

Dubai Tram (Phase 2): The second phase of Dubai Tram will add another five kilometres of track to the existing network, stretching to Burj Al Arab and Mall of the Emirates before 2020.

Dubai Expo 2020 site completed: Hosted at Dubai Trade Centre – Jebel Ali, a 438-hectare site equidistant from the centres of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the Dubai Expo will have capacity for 300,000 visitors at any one time.


Phase 1 of Mall of the World: The first phase of Dubai Holding’s 1.7 million square metre Mall of the World development will have five components – Retail, Residential, Office, Hospitality, and Entertainment.

Crystal Lagoons at MBR City: District One includes a seven-kilometre stretch of Crystal Lagoons, the world’s largest artificial beach and a 14-kilometre boardwalk.

Dubai Creek Harbour: The six kilometre square development is located alongside Dubai Creek and adjacent to Ras Al Khor. A 4.5 kilometre Creek Boardwalk will envelop the Island District and offer event spaces, galleries, water features and a trendy Vida hotel.


Dubai International Financial Centre: An expansion will see DIFC triple in size.


Dubai Tram (Phase 3): This is expected to extend along Jumeirah Beach Road through Umm Suqeim and Jumeirah, linking to 2nd of December Street in Satwa.