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10 amazing Dubai Expo 2020 projects

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As Expo 2020 creeps ever nearer, we’re starting to get quite excited about Dubai’s construction plans. A lot of time, money and resources are been poured into projects around the city, and they look incredible. With a giant wheel, a new canal and a ‘Museum of the Future’, it’s an exciting time for the UAE.

1. Jewel of the Creek

This complex located between Al Maktoum Bridge and the Floating Bridge will feature apartment buildings reaching 19 stories, two luxury hotels, office towers, a marina and plenty of restaurants. The project is expected to cost around $816 million, and will likely be finished in early 2017.

2. Museum of the Future

Now this is a project that we are very excited about. The so-called ‘Museum of the Future’ launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is set to be a hub of innovation.

The $200 million building is a glass oval located near DIFC. As well as showing some of the world’s best inventions it will host workshops and events. Scheduled for opening in 2017.

3. Deira Islands

This collection of four islands will contain serviced apartments and marinas, as well as a night souk, shopping mall and an amphitheatre. Three large hotel resorts are also set to open when the project is completed in 2018.

4. Al Habtoor City

Opening next year, Al Habtoor City feature three of Starwood’s luxury hotel brands – St Regus, W Dubai and Westin. There will also be the world’s first Bentley café and gardens. The project is expected to cost a whopping $3 billion.

5. Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City – District One

The city is set to be 1,110 acres including the world’s largest artificial beach. Although there are plenty of villas (some of which will be completed in 2016), over 60 percent of the space will be for open recreational spaces. Best of all is a central lagoon for swimming and water based activities.

6. Hollywood-inspired Theme Park

It’s difficult to know where to begin with Motiongate. The colossal theme park, which is set to open in Jebel Ali in October 2016, will be 1.9 million square feet (that’s more than 25 football pitches). The so-called “Hollywood” theme park will have 27 attractions inspired by 13 blockbuster films.

As a collaboration between DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures and Lionsgate, you can expect films like The Hunger Games, Ghostbusters, Zombieland and Shrek. Attractions include rollercoasters, multimedia theatre and a massive water ride which will use 793,000 gallons of water.

7. Aladdin City

You’ve never seen a city like Aladdin City. The project at Dubai Creek looks like something from an Aladdin tale, with air-conditioned bridges connecting towers.

8. Dubai Frame

Get your Instagram around this – a 150 metre high, 93 metre wide photo frame near Zabeel Park. The project will literally frame parts of old and new Dubai, and is expected to be completed by the end of this year at a cost of $43.5 million.

9. Bluewaters Island

If you think Dubai is a tourist hub, just wait until Bluewater Island, near JBR, is finished. The island will have the world’s largest ferris wheel – Dubai Eye – as well as entertainment and hospitality areas.

10. Dubai Creek Harbour

This place is set to be colossal – three times the size of Downtown, in fact. Centring around the world’s largest identical towers, it will be packed full of offices, hotels, and residences.

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