Gavin Davids visits the $217.7m mixed-use development along Dubai Creek
As Dubai continues to grow, the demand for high-end accommodation continues to rise in tandem. As a result of this perceived demand, real estate developer Dubai Properties has launched a new residential tower at Dubai Wharf, a multi-million dirham mixed-use project in the heart of its much anticipated destination at Dubai Creek. The launch of the new tower comes at a time when major infrastructure works around the ambitious master development are almost complete.
With more than 200 units, including studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments ranging from 60 to 190sqm, the new tower will be part of an impressive development and Big Project ME was invited to tour the site for a first-hand look at the project.
In addition to the towers, there is a two-storey podium which will function as a retail hub for residents and visitors. They can also enjoy retail and entertainment offerings along the promenade along the 28,695 sqm of Dubai Wharf plot area.
“Dubai Wharf project is a mixed-use development that comprises residential and retail areas. There are three basement parking levels, common podium floors at ground and first level, and four towers with residential levels starting from the second level, which also has a range of amenities including a state-of-the-art gymnasium, swimming pool and green spaces overlooking the canal,” explains Moataz Al Talla, senior project manager at LACASA.
Dubai Properties has appointed Engineering Contracting Company (ECC) as the main contractor for the project. ECC is fully mobilised, and with a workforce of over 2,000 on-site, construction works are rapidly progressing in all towers simultaneously at different levels, with major infrastructure works also progressing rapidly and nearing completion. “The project team on-site is ensuring that highest standards are delivered in terms of quality and HSE requirements, following the authorities’ compliance,” states Al Talla.
On the infrastructure front, road networks, internal bridges and electricity substations (132/11kV) at the creek-side destination have been completed. Other work related to the infrastructure services are scheduled to be completed by the end of June this year, Dubai Properties says. These include sewerage, irrigation, storm water drainage and potable water.
In addition, all permanent infrastructure work is now in place for plot owners and developers to commence work on their plots, the developer tells Big Project ME. By the end of the third quarter of 2016, most landscaping works will have been completed.
To support easy access to the site, Dubai Properties says there are three main access points to the master development, anticipated to be completed by the end of June, which will alleviate any congestion issues.
Dubai Wharf is part of a wider creek-side destination which has a number of ongoing projects in development around the site. Therefore, the completion of these access roads will be a major boost to the Dubai Wharf development, Al Talla says.
Once complete, the first access road will complement the RTA’s Al Jadaf Metro Station on the Green Line, ensuring ease of access from anywhere in Dubai. Once the project is complete, this road will also play a major role in increasing traffic to the development.
One of the other roads will serve as a direct entrance to the upcoming Versace Hotel, in the heart of the destination, and the last access point will lead directly to the centre of the development. The master development around Dubai Wharf will also feature a 6km promenade, with 3.8km of the stretch set to be completed in the first phase.