Dubai-based master developer Nakheel has announced plans to build Nakheel Harbour ‘&’ Tower, a new community which will boast a tower more than a kilometer high and the world’s only inner city harbour, reported the Emirates News Agency WAM.
The project, inspired by Islamic design and geometry, was launched at an event which was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, who was briefed on the project’s features by Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of Dubai World.
The development will cover an area of more than 270 hectares and become home to more than 55,000 people, a workplace for 45,000 more and attract millions of visitors each year.
“There is nothing like it in Dubai”, Bin Sulayem said at the launch. “Nakheel Harbour ‘&’ Tower is located in the heart of ï¿½new Dubai’, where we have focused on creating a true community, a location for living, working, relaxing and entertaining, for art and culture. All of this is concentrated in one area.” Nakheel Harbour ‘&’ Tower incorporates elements from great Islamic cities of the past – the gardens of Alhambra in Spain, the harbour of Alexandria in Egypt, the promenade of Tangier in Morocco and the bridges of Isfahan in Iran.
Nakheel Tower will have four individual towers within a single structure – a groundbreaking engineering feat. A distinctive crescent-shaped podium encircles the base and complements its remarkable height.
Not only has a development of this shape and scale not been attempted before, but it is also a further example of Nakheel’s innovative projects that have changed the way the world looks at Dubai, he said.
The multibillion dollar Nakheel Harbour ‘&’ Tower development will include 250,000 sq m of hotels and hospitality space, 100,000 sq m of retail space and huge expanses of green spaces including canal walks, parks and landscaping.
The new development is geographically central to the Emirate of Dubai, at the intersection of Sheikh Zayed Road and the Arabian Canal; and will also complement Nakheel’s surrounding developments including Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Islands, Discovery Gardens and Ibn Battuta shopping mall.
The Nakheel Harbour ‘&’ Tower development minimises car use and maximises train, bus and water transportation. A complete transportation hub blends into the harbour area with metro transportation combined with a unique water transport interchange, with Abra and Dhow station links.
Sustainability and safety will be key to the planning and design of Nakheel Harbour ‘&’ Tower, with the latest standards and technology incorporated in the development.
“It sends another message to the world that Dubai has a vision like no other place on earth.” WAM