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Old Town rises amidst the skyscrapers of Burj Dubai

Construction has begun on Emaar’s Old Town and apartments will be ready by end-2006

Emaar Properties has launched The Old Town, a traditionally designed community that articulates inspirational Arabic culture at what the company states is the most influential address on earth. The Old Town in the Burj Dubai district is a pedestrian-oriented lifestyle development with spectacular views of Burj Dubai and The Dubai Mall. The complex is in close proximity to Dubai’s downtown areas.

Construction at the site has already begun and the first apartments will be ready for handover by the end of 2006. The units comprise one- to four-room apartments and penthouses ranging from 72.5 m2 to 315 m2 area.

With a building area spread over 370 000 m2, The Old Town will feature courtyard apartments and souk-styled retail facilities. The company hopes to recreate the mystical world of ancient Arabia associated with lush palms, winding alleys and bustling marketplaces with exotic merchandise. Walkways, rooftop terraces, landscaped gardens and water features will provide a sense of exclusivity, it says adding that luxury hotels and an indoor retail facility designed in traditional style with domes, arches and volumes, will anchor the commercial neighbourhood.

The Burj Dubai development is a major prestige project and has drawn the personal attention of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, who expressed satisfaction with the uniqueness of the development during his visit the Old Town Sales Centre, an Emaar statement said. Sheikh Mohammed had visited the site of Burj Dubai to witness the first cement being poured in the foundations of the world’s tallest building.

“The Old Town is more than just our trademark lifestyle community. It is Emaar’s finest hour,” said Bahiya Kayed, sales manager at The Old Town sales centre. “This mid- and low-rise lifestyle choice blends the essence of modern living with the beating heart of Dubai. It is a community that is a fusion of the senses including east-meets-west cuisines, old-meets-new lifestyles and past-meets-future entertainment,” she said.

“The lifestyle in this community motivates people to get out of their cars and stroll. It encourages them to slow down their hectic pace. It also creates a safer, more vibrant community which is why The Old Town is a benchmark for future developments,” she said, while adding that vehicles will be parked in underground car bays.

“I have no doubt that The Old Town development will present an attractive investment proposition to the prospective homeowner because it’s an outstanding model of an integrated urban economic community with a touch of traditional Arabic class,” Bahiya added.

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