Six projects that didn't make it: Part II

A look at some big regional projects that remain on the drawing board

AST Group planned to put Pele's name on a series of branded developments (Gabriel Lopes/AFP/Getty Images).
AST Group planned to put Pele's name on a series of branded developments (Gabriel Lopes/AFP/Getty Images).
The Lost City would have recreated cities of the ancient world.
The Lost City would have recreated cities of the ancient world.
Lyon-Dubai City would have recreated the look and feel of the capital of the three Gauls in Dubai (Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images).
Lyon-Dubai City would have recreated the look and feel of the capital of the three Gauls in Dubai (Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images).
Trump Tower Chicago was not replicated in the Middle East, despite the efforts of Nakheel and the Trump Corporation.
Trump Tower Chicago was not replicated in the Middle East, despite the efforts of Nakheel and the Trump Corporation.
1 Dubai would have been the centrepiece of Jumeirah Garden City.
1 Dubai would have been the centrepiece of Jumeirah Garden City.
Each floor of David Fisher's dynamic tower would have rotated separately from the others.
Each floor of David Fisher's dynamic tower would have rotated separately from the others.

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After the high level of interest in our recent feature ‘Six projects that didn’t make it’, Construction Week has delved back into the archives to bring you a follow up. Here, in no particular order, are six more projects that haven’t yet managed to see the light of day.

Pele Complex
In 2008, Dubai-based AST Group reported that it had won the rights to use the name of Pele, the football legend, on a series of branded developments.

The first project under the Pele brand name was scheduled to be a US $1 billion mixed-use Pele Complex. The development was pitched as a high end mixed-use project that would incorporate sports fields and open spaces.

Within ten years, AST planned to launch more than AED 10 billion worth of real estate projects around the region, all bearing the Pele name. Since the initial announcement, no further plans have been released.

Next: A Lost City

The Lost City
The Lost City was launched way back in 2004 by Nakheel. The aim of The Lost City, according to a press release, was to recreate ancient cities that have been rediscovered after seemingly being lost.

It wasn’t clear what those lost cities would be, though the press release refers to building styles used in the old Fertile Crescent, Morocco and Mongolia. The Lost City was to have five main village areas, each with a distinct sense of identity.

A 560-hectare block in Jebel Ali was set aside for the project and Nakheel reported that 75% of residential units were sold out within three days of going on sale.

The project was shelved after the RTA decided to build new roads through the middle of the project site. Part of the land was later used for the Al Furjan villa project, which began construction, but is currently on hold.

Next: A taste of France

Lyon-Dubai City
Announced in January 2008, Lyon-Dubai City would have been a faithful reproduction of the historic French city of Lyon. It would have had the same public squares, eateries, cultural attractions and overall vibe as the ancient capital of Roman Gaul.

The city would have covered up to 400 hectares and a development budget of around US $740 million was floated. A location downtown or in New Dubai near Al Maktoum International Airport was discussed. After the initial announcement, no further details were released.

Next: Trump Tower

Trump Tower
After Nikki Laudi Tower and Shah Rukh Khan Boulevard came Donald Trump Tower. The latest in a string of branded developments in Dubai would have been a 62-storey tower with 300 hotel rooms and 360 apartments.

BK Gulf, Atkins, a Habtoor Engineering Enterprises and Murray & Roberts JV and Bovis Lend Lease were all linked with the project, which was due to go into construction as the financial crisis hit.

The project was officially put on hold in May 2009. In October 2009, Donald Trump Junior, son of the real estate tycoon, told Construction Week that work on the project could recommence in the next two years. The following day, developer Nakheel told CW that it had “nothing new to say about Trump Tower.”

Next: 1 Dubai

1 Dubai
1 Dubai was going to be the centerpiece of Jumeirah Garden City, a planned redevelopment of the Jumeirah and Satwa districts of Dubai.

This wasn’t just any redevelopment, however. A series of waterways would be dug, turning Satwa and Jumeirah, up to as far as Safa Park, into a series of islands bisected by waterways.

Located within this huge development, 1 Dubai would have comprised three towers connected by sky bridges and would have reached 600 metres at its highest point. The project was put on hold along with the US $100 billion Jumeirah Garden City project.

Next: A tower with a twist

Dynamic Tower
Italian architect David Fisher announced plans to build the US $700 million (AED 2.5 billion) 80-storey Dynamic Tower back in 2008. The difference between this tower and others was that each floor of the Dynamic Tower would rotate on its own to create an ever-changing building structure.

Not only that, but the tower would be largely pre-fabricated. As a result, only 90 workers would be needed on site with another 700 in a factory making all the different parts of the building. On any other tower, around 2000 workers would be needed, mostly on site, according to Fisher.

As recently as last May, Fisher continued to speak passionately about the concepts behind the building, but the Dynamic Tower is still to get off the ground.

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