Upcoming Architectural Marvels in the UAE: The Most Anticipated Buildings to Look Forward To

Upcoming Architectural Marvels in the UAE: The Most Anticipated Buildings to Look Forward To

Over the past fifteen years, the UAE has witnessed the realisation of several truly magnificent projects, including the world's tallest skyscrapers, palm-shaped islands, and the largest frame. However, developers are not content to rest on their laurels. New buildings are set to break records once again, as development companies plan to launch several equally ambitious and mind-blowing projects in the coming years. 

Atlantis The Royal

The ultra-luxury Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences, which opened its doors in January 2023, is poised to become Dubai's newest iconic landmark. This stunning project boasts the collaboration of world-leading architects, designers, and artists. Rising 43 floors high, the building houses 693 opulent hotel rooms, 231 luxurious apartments, 102 suites with terraces, 90 private pools, and a grand communal pool on the rooftop. The resort is a true haven of indulgence and opulence, with amenities such as a spa, hammam, beauty shops, an aesthetic cosmetology clinic, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. Every aspect of the Royal Atlantis exudes magnificence, from the captivating designs by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) to the exclusive Hermès toiletries created specifically for this esteemed hotel. Adding to its allure, Atlantis The Royal Resort will have an impressive collection of 17 restaurants, including eight establishments helmed by celebrity chefs.

Photo: atlantis.com

One Za’abeel

One Za’abeel comprises two impressive 59-floor skyscrapers, perfectly positioned in the heart of Dubai's thriving financial and business district. These towers will be united by the world's longest cantilever, a remarkable steel bridge aptly named "The Link." This panoramic sky podium will host an array of exceptional amenities, including restaurants, bars, an observation deck, a gym, a spa, a swimming pool, an events hall, and a terrace. This visionary project offers 264 prestigious apartments featuring one to four bedrooms, along with lavish 5-bedroom penthouses and luxury shops. Part of the One&Only One Za'abeel development, the project encompasses an A-class business centre, a shopping mall, a 229-room hotel, as well as wellness and entertainment facilities. Ithra Dubai LLC, under the ownership of the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), is the esteemed developer behind this remarkable endeavour. The architectural brilliance behind One Za’abeel is the work of the renowned Japanese architecture firm, Nikken Sekkei.

One Za’abeel (Housearch)

LIV LUX Dubai Marina

LIV Developers has officially announced the commencement of construction for the LIV LUX Dubai Marina residential skyscraper in Dubai. This remarkable 47-floor tower will offer a diverse selection of apartments, ranging from one to four bedrooms, along with two-level duplex penthouses boasting terraces, zen gardens, jacuzzis, and private massage zones. Designed with modern living in mind, the complex will feature a smart home system, providing seamless automation for residents. The amenities within the building will be nothing short of extraordinary. Property owners will enjoy access to a yoga studio, a beauty shop, swimming pools for both adults and children, a paddle tennis court, a mini golf course, as well as indoor and outdoor cinemas. Additionally, residents will have access to a well-equipped conference room, a bathhouse, and a sauna. The complex will include a barbecue area and a dining space, perfect for hosting guests or enjoying family dinners in the refreshing open air. With an anticipated completion date set for the summer of 2026, LIV LUX Dubai Marina is set to redefine luxury living in the heart of Dubai.

LIV LUX (Housearch)

The Sustainable City

Aldar Properties, in collaboration with Diamond Developers, is proud to unveil 'The Sustainable City,' situated on the artificial island of Yas in Abu Dhabi. This visionary project is tailored for environmentally-conscious buyers seeking to embrace a close connection to nature. With an unwavering commitment to sustainability, all developments within this city will be powered by renewable energy sources, including solar panels, and seamlessly connected to high-efficiency systems. The result is a community that significantly reduces waste, water and energy consumption, as well as carbon emissions. The project encompasses 500 villas, grouped into five residential clusters. Each cluster comprises 90 Courtyard Villas, eight Garden Villas, and two Signature Villas. An interconnected network of blooming gardens will grace the city, fostering a harmonious connection to nature. Adding to the greenery, the city will host 11 biodome greenhouses, enriching the environment and promoting sustainable practices. Residents will enjoy access to an equestrian club featuring stables and two arenas, a state-of-the-art gym, several refreshing pools, running and cycling tracks, as well as football and basketball grounds. The development will also feature the Plaza mixed-use complex, comprising five low-rise blocks, housing an array of shops, restaurants, cafes, offices, and apartments for rent. Construction for 'The Sustainable City' is set to commence in the second quarter of 2023, with the first phase scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2025.

Jubail Island

Jubail Island in Abu Dhabi is spread out over 5,000 hectares of mangrove forests and coastal estuaries. LEAD Development proposes the creation of six exceptional residential settlements, accommodating a total of 5,000 residents:

  • Marfaa Al Jubail. An oasis of upscale lifestyle with a marina, a clubhouse, boutique apartments, luxury villas, restaurants, and shops.
  • Surrounded by spectacular mountain ridges, Nad Al Dhabi embodies the principle of living in a park. Several residential enclaves will be arranged along the coastline. 
  • Seef Al Jubail is a quiet community with spacious villas. Some of them are located along the coastline, others in a cluster. Close to beaches, a beach club and public parks, the area is perfect for families with children.
  • Souk Al Jubail will consist of pedestrian residential neighbourhoods, squares, and green areas with playgrounds. 
  • Ain Al Maha is a secluded residence area with a picturesque landscape. There will be an eco-trail made of wood flooring and running through mangrove forests.
  • Bed'a Al Jubail is a first-class resort with hotels, spa, and wellness centres.

In addition to housing, the project includes restaurants, sport facilities, childcare centres, schools, clinics, community and business centres. The complex will offer spacious and landscaped outdoor areas, including parks, walking paths, kayaking stations and cycling tracks for nature enthusiasts and water sports fans. The first 300 villas will be built by the Arabian Construction Company by the fourth quarter of 2023.

Marafaa Al Jubail. Photo: jubailisland.ae

Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab

In 2023, Dubai will witness the grand opening of Jumeirah Marsa Al Arab, an extraordinary ultra-luxury resort by the renowned global luxury hotel chain, Jumeirah Group. Taking the form of a magnificent superyacht, this resort will serve as the final piece in the ocean trilogy alongside the iconic wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the world-famous sail-shaped Burj Al Arab. The new resort will feature 386 hotel rooms and suites, as well as four exquisite penthouses featuring yacht-style terraces. The resort will also house 83 hotel apartments, all nestled amidst beautifully landscaped private gardens.The hotel will also showcase wellness and entertainment centres, luxurious spas, an array of branded restaurants, multiple swimming pools, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. This architectural marvel is a masterpiece brought to life by the award-winning architect Shaun Killa. Adding to its allure, the interiors have been meticulously crafted by the highly accomplished French designer Tristan Auer, known for his extensive experience with luxury brands, in collaboration with Wilson Associates.

Photo: jumeirah.com

Ciel Tower

In 2024, The First Group will unveil Ciel Tower, the world's tallest aparthotel. Standing tall with 82 floors and a height of 365 metres, it will host 1,042 luxury apartments. The tower will also house restaurants, a relaxation terrace, the Horizon Lounge, an observation deck, a business lounge, a spa, parking, a fitness centre, and the stunning Infinity Sky Pool, offering breathtaking views. Notably, the building's design earned recognition at the 2019 International Property Awards, winning in three esteemed categories: Best International Hotel Architecture, Best Hotel Architecture in Arabia, and Best High-rise Architecture in Arabia.

Photo: The First Group

In a Nutshell

The UAE's thriving real estate market, evident in numerous large-scale development projects, remains a magnet for foreign investment, skilled expatriates, global tourists, and second home buyers. With an array of options available, there are enticing opportunities in each category to explore.

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