Downtown Jebel Ali launched

Fledgling developer, Limitless, unveils plans for US $12 billion residential mega-project with 326 buildings in the desert

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By  Angela Giuffrida Published  November 25, 2006

Plans for a US $12 billion (AED44billion) development have been unveiled by property developer Limitless. The massive project – Downtown Jebel Ali – will occupy an 11km stretch of land covering two million m2 on Sheikh Zayed Road between Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai Waterfront and the Technopark. The entire built-up area will be spread over 6.5 million m2 and will include 326 buildings; 237 will be residential and the rest commercial. Construction is already underway, with the first four commercial buildings scheduled for completion by mid-2007, while infrastructure work is expected to be ready by 2009. The project consists of four areas – East Quarter, East Central, West Central and West Quarter. Each quarter will be divided into three districts made up of business, residential, shopping, dining and entertainment facilities. The Urban Centre, with its distinctive modern towers and grand spaces, will be the commercial and social hub of each quarter; the Trellis District, with its network of trellises projecting from the buildings, will provide shaded, pedestrian-friendly environments; and the Medina District, with its mid- to low-rise residential neighbourhoods, small courtyards and plazas, will create a more intimate environment. “Downtown Jebel Ali will be more than a development, it will be a living, breathing community where public spaces between the buildings matter as much as the buildings themselves. With a lifestyle to reflect some of the world’s most vibrant cities, Downtown Jebel Ali will be the heartbeat of the new Dubai,” said Saeed Ahmed Saeed, CEO, Limitless. The development will be connected to Dubai Metro, while four new freeway intersections will facilitate access by car. It will accommodate 235,000 people on completion in 2011.

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