Dubai says Aladdin City project on Creek is a go

Work on major Dubai landmark project set to start in 2016

The project (inset) and its location in Dubai.
The project (inset) and its location in Dubai.

A senior Dubai Municipality spokesman has said construction work on a much publicised Aladdin City project on Dubai Creek is due to start next year.

The plans are part of a massive move to develop the Creek area, with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai,  recently approving plans to develop Dubai's Historical District, a renovation of the oldest part of the city centred around Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai).

The Aladdin City project lies a little futher downstream that the Historical District project. It is a joint initiative, led by Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Dubai Municipality and Dubai Culture, will transform the area into the leading culture and heritage centre in the region, according to a statement.

Speaking to city-based Emirates 24/7 on the sidelines of the UAE Government Summit, Dubai Municipality director-general Hussain Nasser Lootah said: “We plan to start work on the project next year. We have our own funds to finance the project.”

The project gained a lot of publicity when announced in April 2014, chiefly because it was inspired by the well-known folk tales of Aladdin and Sinbad, and also because of its flamboyant design.

The project will have three towers, comprising commercial and hotel space, with the towers spread over a distance of 450 metres on Dubai Creek. The cost of the project has not been disclosed.

“The project aims to develop towers to be the icons of legends of the past with a touch of beauty and tourism characteristic of the city. It comes in the prime location of Dubai Creek maintaining the activities of the port heritage. The project is located outside the zone waiting to be registered with the World Heritage by Unesco,” Lootah told Emirates 24/7.


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