Dubai Ruler launches Jumeirah Central megaproject

Sheikh Mohammed announces plans for 47m sq. ft. project, which will house 35,000 people and have 7,200 hotel rooms


A major new city district dubbed Jumeirah Central is set to be built in Dubai, according to plans unveiled on Saturday.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced the launch of the project, which will span 47 million square feet of gross floor area and house some 35,000 people.


The “all-season city district” will include 9 million square feet of retail space including three malls, 4.5 million square feet of outdoor shopping space. It will have some 44,000 car parking spaces and 7,200 hotel rooms, according to the plans.

The urban mixed-use city district is set to be built on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road close to the Mall of the Emirates.

The Jumeirah Central masterplan involved collaborative work of over 19 government and private agencies, experts and consultants under the leadership of Dubai Holding over the last two years, according to the UAE state news agency WAM.


It will include a multi-modal transport network, environmentally-friendly transport options and aerial gondolas. Half of the Jumeirah Central district will be open space, and it will offer 1 million square feet of climate-controlled arcades for use all year round. Plans also include a cycling network that spans over 33 parks and open spaces.

“As our vision for future cities evolves, Dubai will continue to set the benchmark for city development across the globe,” Sheikh Mohammed said.


“Jumeriah Central is a clear milestone in our journey towards building the city of the future and the creation of engaged and happy communities. We will not stop investing in our economy, and these projects are tools to expedite that journey of growth. We are confident in the strength of our economy and are optimistic for the future of our nation. To that end, our vision will continuously evolve and expand.”


Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Chairman of Dubai Holding, said: “Jumeriah Central is a result of extensive research into future urban development and the creation of more cohesive societies. It is a clear demonstration of our leadership’s vision, aiming to further Dubai’s global position as an attractive destination for residents and tourists alike. The uniqueness of this project will not only be a model for advanced urban development, but will also play a key role in enhancing the quality of life and in shaping future generations. All project plans and designs have been endorsed by government authorities in Dubai and we expect to start development in the coming months.”

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