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Dubai Square: here’s what we know so far about the city’s new mega project

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  • Dubai Square is a newly announced mega project set to redefine the city’s retail and entertainment landscape.

Dubai Creek Harbour is set to be transformed

By Findlay MairMay 28, 2024

Dubai is a city of big, grand plans with some of the tallest buildings in the world and massive ideas.

But few come bigger than Dubai Square – a sprawling 7.4 million square metre residential space featuring a mall, a wildlife sanctuary, and other leisure destinations.

The mall side of the project – described as an indoor city – has an intriguing design which will be big enough for cars to drive through it.

And an all-new singing, dancing Music, Colour and Fire Plaza has been announced for the mega-project.

The project, being developed the company behind the Burj Khalifa, Emaar Properties, is the vision of billionaire Mohamed Alabbar.

The finishing touches to the design for the retail and entertainment mall at Dubai Creek Harbour were made this week, with construction set to begin soon.

How long has Dubai Square been planned for?

The full Dubai Creek Harbour project has been in the pipeline for years with the first announcement made in 2018.

And, plans for the tower at the harbour were first announced in 2016 by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. When announced, the tower was meant to be completed by 2020.

Dubai Creek Tower
Original plans for the Dubai Creek Tower proposed it would be taller than the Burj Khalifa.

Original plans were on an even greater scale with the mall believed to have at one time been planned to be even bigger than the world’s biggest – Dubai Mall.

The proposed tower was also planned to be taller than the Burj Khalifa. This has since been scaled down with a 500m tall tower which Mohamed Alabbar has described in recent days as a ‘female Burj Khalifa’.

There have been several delays to the project, but after a period of adjustment by Alabbar, all now seems to be back on track.

What will be at Dubai Square?

Current plans for Dubai Square include plenty to get excited about, even if you think you have seen it all when it comes to Dubai’s mega projects.

The 7.4 million square metres of residential space will include 500,000 square metres of gardens and open areas, as well as pedestrian-friendly streets.

It will boast 10,000 residential units, 1,500 hotel rooms and a retail district ‘approximately the size of Dubai Mall’ according to the listing on the Creek Beach property information website.

This site also says that a ‘technologically-enhanced Ice Adventure’ and a rooftop waterpark are part of the plans for the shopping and entertainment mall at Dubai Square.

And, a new Music, Colour and Fire Plaza has been announced for Dubai Square which will be powered by Chinese technology.

A design for the Dubai Square project has been finalised.
A design for the Dubai Square project has been finalised. Credit: Supplied

The project also includes the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, a prominent biodiversity site in the UAE.

Emaar Properties has been eager to highlight that the development will make use of AI to analyse and predict the needs of retailers and visitors to the future site.

A new metro service linking Dubai International Airport and Dubai Square is also in the plans.

The project offers a range of modern real estate embodying the architectural style of Dubai Creek’s waterfront, including a wide selection of apartments, duplex units, and penthouses suitable for all lifestyles.

When will Dubai Square be finished?

It could be several years before we see the finished project, with the final design only just being finalised this week.

At this time, Emaar Properties has not revealed a date for when it expects Dubai Square to open. Previous completion dates have been and gone, so it’s likely that cards will be kept close to their chest on this occasion.


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