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bridges; and Abu Dhabi Golf Hotel Residences and Spa. TDIC is also setting environmental example by ensuring that the design of its new office headquarters in Abu Dhabi is being built to the highest standards in sustainable development.
In addition, Abu Dhabi Municipality has announced that it is developing, in partnership with the private sector, the unique Dh7 billion Emerald Gateway project located along the Coast Road halfway between downtown Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi International Airport. The development includes 88 towers on both sides of a 3.5 kilometre segment of the arterial highway.
Abu Dhabi Island and its surrounds are not the only area of focus in the building boom. As already indicated, TDIC are planning major real estate projects to develop tourist facilities both on and offshore Abu Dhabi’s Western Region (see section on Tourism), a vast area with a rich natural and cultural heritage that has enormous potential, and in the Liwa.
Major real estate development is also taking place in the inland oasis-city of Al Ain. Aldar has unveiled a Dh2 billion mixed-use integrated complex, Noor Al Ain, planned for the existing Al Jimi Mall in Al Ain. Extensive work is also being undertaken to transform Al Ain Zoo into a Wildlife Park & Resort, a mixed-use development based on the ideas of conservation and education.
Al Ain Zoo at night.
DEVELOPMENTS IN DUBAI
Developments in Dubai continue at breakneck speed with many huge projects nearing completion. Most of these are mixed-use developments, incorporating, retail, residential, entertainment and tourist facilities. Dubai is ranked third, just behind Moscow and Shanghai, in terms of global office space construction activity and the emirate has more than 23 million square metres of confirmed real estate development projects currently under way.
Creekside projects are progressing smoothly, including Dubai Festival City. About 10 kilometres of the Creek extension work, from Ra’s al-Khor to Sheikh Zayed Road near interchange two, was completed in 2007 to allow construction of Business Bay, the Dh110 billion mixed-use commercial and residential freehold project comprising 220 towers being undertaken by Dubai Properties.