1. Saadiyat Island
The massive $28 billion development is being pitched as the future hub of Arabian arts and culture. Headline projects include the first Louvre Gallery outside Paris, a Guggenheim Museum, a performing arts centre, as well as 29 hotels, three marinas, 8,000 residential villas and more than 38,000 apartments.
One of the highlights of the Dubailand district, the “largest cluster of hotels in the world” will put the Las Vegas strip (sans gambling houses) to shame in the OTT stakes, if it’s ever built. A big ‘if’, but one that will pay serious dividends to hospitality AV integrators if the grandiose development ever sees the light of day.
The jewel in the crown of Dubai’s plans prior to the economic crash, the $70 billion development was to consist of 45 mega projects including concert venues, theatres, theme parks and hotels.
4. Dubai Waterfront
While this landmark Dubai development has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons of late, master developer Nakheel says work is continuing on the precinct, which was conceived to be twice the size of Hong Kong. It remains to be seen whether the developer’s bold vision will ever come to fruition.
5. Al Raha Beach
Currently in development is the $18.5 billion Al Raha Beach Complex, another mixed-use hospitality development involving reclaimed land on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. Once finished it will have 50 high-rise buildings housing hotels, venues, and other entertainment facilities.