Green light for Vertical Industrial City, Dubai Steps

Dubai Municipality gets approval for several new megaprojects

PHOTO: The Dubai Steps project will include “500 stairs symbolising the challenges and progress of Dubai”. Credit: Dubai Media Office

Dubai Steps – a slanted building with 500 stairs – and a 280-hectare ‘Vertical Industrial City’ are among several ambitious new megaprojects given the green light in the emirate.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday approved a number of new developments planned by the Dubai Municipality.

The Dubai Steps project is billed as a cultural and sport project which “includes 500 stairs symbolising the challenges and progress of Dubai”, the UAE state news agency WAM reported. The location of the project has not yet been set.

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Vertical Industrial City was described as “a fully integrated industrial city that spans 280 hectares, and includes three areas: industrial, apartments/hotels and a business park.”

Others developments granted approval include the Dubai Convention Centre, which is set to span five hectares and includes a main 10,000-capacity hall, along with several sub halls, two hotels and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library.

Plans were also outlined for the ‘Safari Golf’ project, which is set to extend over 100 hectares and include 70 hectares of golf courses and a golf-training academy.

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The Hardware and Bicycles Market in the Warsan area is expected to cover an area of 11 hectares, and includes 100 shops and 53 showrooms for bicycles. The Market will extend to an area of 460,000 square feet and is expected to be completed by the end of September 2016. It also includes a section for the sale of construction materials, car parking and four solar power generation panels.

The projects are part of Sheikh Mohammed’s “vision for a green and sustainable city by 2021”, according to WAM.

Developments also include the ‘sewerage tunnels’, which when completed in 2020 will allow for the decommissioning of 121 sewerage pumping stations located across the city. The tunnels can help slash carbon emissions and boost energy saving by 30%, WAM reported.

Sheikh Mohammed also signed a classification system for green buildings in Dubai, under which structures will fall into four categories: gold, silver, bronze and platinum. It is expected the system will be implemented in the first half of October, and is set to slash carbon emissions by 34% – the equivalent of planting 36 million trees – in the first five years, WAM reported.

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