Ancient lost cities revealed by Nakheel at Jebel Ali site

Designers sent to ancient sites to study styles, street plans, layouts and materials used

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By  Eudore Chand Published  October 9, 2004

Nakheel decided to build a freehold community development around replicas of legendary lost cities in the sands of Jebel Ali. And apparently, hunger for new property is so great that within three days local, regional and international investors had snapped up 75% of the new 560-hectare development in Dubai. The Lost City recreates a series of old lost cities from different parts of the ancient world. The buildings will be accurately reconstructed, reflecting the splendour of old style of architecture. “To ensure this accuracy, Nakheel has sent its engineers to several archaeological sites in the regions that were part of the old world, to study the styles, street plans, layouts and materials used in construction of those ancient villages and houses,” said Sultan Ahmad bin Sulayem, Nakheel chairman. “Nakheel, with the Lost City project, is offering investors an opportunity to own a piece of history in Dubai. The Lost City in the form of villas, town houses and apartments, complete with old elevations from the different regions it inspires, recreates legendary old lost cities of the ancient world to suit a wide variety of customer tastes, needs, preferences and income brackets,” he added. The mixed residential and retail development will house two- to four-bedroom villas, townhouses and apartments, whose construction is inspired by the old styles of architectural traditions that date back a millennia, from regions such as the Fertile Crescent to places as far as the Orient and Mediterranean Africa. The residential units are constructed and organised over five distinct village areas — The Lost City Hotel Village, The Souq Village, The Gateways Village, The Gardens Village and The Hilltop village. There will be a variety of elevations for villas and townhouses, from ancient Jordanian to the old Egyptian theme or from predominant construction styles used in ancient Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, which are considered part of the Fertile Crescent. Additionally, there will be old themed elevations from the Arabian Peninsula and lands as far away as Morocco and Mongolia. “The old Islamic style of architecture has produced some of the gems of ancient buildings from the Alhambra in Spain to the poetic Taj Mahal in India,” bin Sulayem added. The properties will be true to the old style with fresh water streams flowing near homes, as was the case in the ancient days. However, The Lost City also caters to the modern needs and requirements of its tenants, including schools, kindergartens, swimming pools, themed streets and walkways, cycling and jogging trails and an 18-hole championship class golf course designed by the eminent Australian golfer and course designer, Greg Norman. The new development will be located in a 560-hectare area in Jebel Ali, at the intersection of the Military Road and Emirates Road, lying adjacent to Nakheel’s other signature developments, The Gardens Shopping Mall and Discovery Gardens. The Lost City, project comes hot on the heels of the 7000 homes Jumeirah Village, Nakheel had announced earlier.

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