| Massive Plans for Dubai World Central |
ASIA Travel Tips .com
May 2, 2006
Dubai World Central, a massive, multi-phase development centred
around the world’s largest international airport, today made urban
planning history when the final master-plan and branding of the 140
square kilometre city, almost twice the size of Hong Kong Island,
was unveiled at the Arabian Travel Market 2006, the Middle East’s
premier travel and tourism exhibition.
The self-sustaining development, at Jebel Ali, some 40 kilometres
south of Dubai city centre, includes Dubai World Central
International Airport (JXB) – which when complete will be the
world’s largest with a capacity equal to that currently of Chicago’s
O’Hare and London’s Heathrow – and a cluster of specialised zones.
Dubai World Central will be a new city where eventually some 750,000
people will live and work – that’s more than the present population
of Frankfurt and almost that of Stockholm. The master plan, now
refined, originally had a working title of Jebel Ali Airport City.
A product of the combined vision of His Highness General Sheikh
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of
the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed
Al Maktoum, President, Department of Civil Aviation, Government of
Dubai and Chairman of the Emirates Group, Dubai World Central is one
of the most strategically important infrastructure developments yet
launched by the vibrant emirate. It is designed to support Dubai’s
aviation, tourism, commercial and logistics requirements until 2050
and infrastructure costs alone will run to US$33 billion.
“We have to make history and approach the future with steady steps,
not wait for the future to come to us,” commented His Highness
At the heart of Dubai World Central is Dubai World Central
International Airport (JXB) – which will be the world’s largest
passenger and cargo hub with a design capacity of over 12 million
tons of cargo a year and in excess of 120 million passengers
annually and capable of handling all new generation aircraft,
including the Airbus A380.
“With Dubai World Central we are taking the future into our own
hands,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed. “Dubai World Central will be a global
brand known for its superb facilities and infrastructure and for the
boost it will give to local and regional economies and downstream to
billions of consumers.
“It is geography that makes this vision possible with huge land
availability in a prime location. The long term benefits of Dubai
World Central to the UAE, GCC and the wider region are phenomenal
and will place this emirate firmly in ‘pole position’ for regional
logistics, tourism and commerce.
“Dubai World Central will not only cater to economic growth but will
be a strong catalyst for our next wave of development as a truly
global commercial, trade and logistics hub.”
Dubai World Central also creates one of the world’s first truly
integrated multi-modal logistics platforms with all transportation
modes, logistics and value-added services, such as product
manufacturing and assembly in a single-bonded free zone environment
made up of Dubai Logistics City, Dubai World Central International
Airport and Jebel Ali Port.
Other Dubai World Central components include: Residential City,
which will offer a combination of freehold and leased quality homes,
the marketing of which will begin immediately after the Arabian
Travel Market; Commercial City, which will feature hundreds of
office tower blocks, a golf course resort, Enterprise Park.
The entire Dubai World Central complex will be served throughout by
the latest technology solutions for security, transport and customer
service. An internal light rail network will link the whole of Dubai
World Central which will also be served by the Dubai Light Rail
Network (Dubai Metro).
“This will be a ‘smart city’ – a beacon of future living and working
environments. With our smart city approach we are demonstrating our
commitment to delivering a leading-edge proposition which will
further push the urban aviation development boundaries,” added
Dubai World Central International Airport
This new facility will be 10 times the size of the current Dubai
International Airport and Dubai Cargo Village combined. Its
passenger capacity of over 120 million passengers a year can be
judged in context alongside the world’s busiest airport Atlanta
which in 2004, for which the latest figures are available, handled
83.5 million passengers.
The airport will have six parallel runways all of 4.5 kilometres in
length and separated by a minimum of 800 metres and a 92 metre high
control tower – the highest in the Middle East – the ’flower
concept’ icon design of which will create an aviation landmark for
the region. The control tower will be fully equipped with the latest
in avionics and navigational aids. Control tower construction will
begin in October this year.
There will be two terminals - the first dedicated to the services of
airlines within the Emirates Group, the second catering to other
regional and international carriers. A third, highly functional
terminal is earmarked for low cost charter airlines. Dedicated
facilities are earmarked for executive jet operators.
The airport will also boast hotels and shopping malls, support
facilities and state-of-the-art maintenance facilities which will
create a regional maintenance hub capable of A, B and C checks on
all aircraft, including the A380.
JXB will be linked to the existing, Dubai International Airport
(DXB) via an express rail system and ultimately will be serviced by
the Dubai Light Railway Network (Dubai Metro). Some 100,000 car
parking spaces will be available for airport parking and car rental
Dubai Logistics City
Spanning 25 square kilometres, Dubai Logistics City is designed to
ultimately handle 12 million tonnes of air cargo annually in up to
16 air cargo terminals.
Work on the project, which is due to be operational at the end of
next year, is already underway. Work is progressing on the first 4.5
kilometre, CAT III, all-weather runway which allows for automatic
Dubai Logistics City will also have its own aviation area, a
dedicated cluster for specialised aviation industry suppliers and
offering direct apron access and a dedicated labour village
accommodating up to 40,000 workers in purpose-built surroundings.
The labour village, in a built-up area of 350,000 square metres,
will be built and managed by Dubai Logistics City. Dubai Logistics
City will also have state-of-the-art office buildings, land plots
for dedicated industrial business, trading companies, distributors,
logistics service providers and forwarders, shared facilities, such
as warehouses and modern air-side cargo handling facilities.
e-customs for all shipments will be introduced within the year.
To be developed in three phases and covering some 7.16 million
square metres, freehold land plots in Residential City are to be
offered to developers on the open market who will then build in
accordance with masterplan guidelines. Up to 250,000 people are
expected to live in the ‘city’ where some 20,000 people will be
employed. The Dubai Metro will serve Residential City which will
also have a dedicated, integrated road network.
The city will include three hotels – five-star, four-star and
three-star properties – and a shopping mall.
Homes will be a mix of two-storey villas and luxury apartments in
blocks ranging up to 24 storeys in height. One area of the
masterplan has been earmarked for labour accommodation which will be
operated by Dubai World Central to safeguard standards.
Marketing of land plots will begin immediately after the Arabian
Residential City will have a full range of civic amenities including
Development will begin at the end of this year.
To be developed in five phases, this ‘city’ will cover some 14.53
million square metres. Designed as Dubai World Central’s business
and finance hub, Commercial City will feature more than 850 towers,
ranging from 6-75 storeys in height – which will be home to a
variety of businesses expected to employ around 130,000 people and
offer super deluxe homes. A cluster of luxury villas are also
included in the masterplan.
The taller blocks, which will be at the perimeter of the ‘city’ will
have views of Nakheel’s Arabian Canal project. The ‘city’ will also
boast up to 25 hotels ranging from deluxe, through to five-star,
four-star and three-star. Land plots are to be sold to leading
developers who will build in accordance with the approved Dubai
World Central masterplan and design requirements.
To be offered on the open market to a private developer, Dubai World
Central will feature two 18-hole golf courses each having a distinct
feel from a traditional desert links style to a more lush tropical
resort course. In addition to the courses there will be extensive
practice facilities, driving ranges and putting greens as well as a
luxury clubhouse with restaurants and a pro-shop.
Up to 2,500 freehold homes – ranging from two storey villas to
24-storey apartment blocks – will surround the courses – and will be
around six kilometres away from the airport and back on to Nakheel’s
Arabian Canal project.
The golf resort will also feature a high-end boutique hotel complete
with a spa resort and around 150 rooms. Development will begin at
the end of 2008 and will take two years to complete.