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Design Trends: Submerged Sporting Arena

The world over has realized the potential of building underwater tourism sites in Dubai and hence numerous projects have been designed keeping this concept in mind. With plans of building underwater villas called ‘Floating Seahorses’ to creating an ancient lost city to developing a ‘Water Discus Hotel’ this design trend is gripping the city. Krzysztof Kotala is also one such architect that saw the opportunity of combining ecology, sport and technology and pitched his designs for an underwater tennis centre just off the city’s coast, however, pending local investment this proposal is yet to be launched.

Opportunity Alert: Surrounded by ocean, the possibility of underwater projects in Dubai are endless. Underwater design companies and developers have much scope to conceptualize innovative design ideas for the city that believes in break thru creativity.


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Infrastructure Construction Projects: Travel the ‘PRT’ way

With increased emphasis on adopting “smart city” practices, it comes as no surprise that Dubai has begun to invest in projects to propel that agenda forward. Recently, the Dubai transport authority awarded huge contracts to link the mega tourist destination, Bluewaters Island, to the mainland. Worth almost 475 million dirhams the 4 lane bridge will span 1400 meters in length which will also include the construction of personal rapid transit systems and footbridges to transport visitors via cable car. The self-contained island features the ultimate in entertainment and high-end living making this a desirable destination for globe trotters.

Opportunity alert: Advancements in sustainable transportation and development of ‘smart city’ infrastructure has become an important consideration. As Expo 2020 draws closer, mega projects are being announced and companies that have a proven track record with similar projects will find ample opportunity to bring their expertise to the Dubai-scape as well.


Bird Eye View of Proposed Bluewaters Island

Sustainable Construction: A futuristic HQ for Bee’ah

Bee’ah is a Sharjah-based waste management and sustainability company, that has taken firm strides towards fulfilling its mission of zero waste to landfills. Created by Zaha Hadid, its new headquarters design is inspired by sand dunes and the robust structure of this 7000 sq. m building can withstand extreme weather conditions. Sustainability wise, this proposal has accommodated numerous smart energy saving strategies which include interior courtyard spaces, adjustable openings, natural ventilation, flooding the interiors with ample daylight, installing PV panels, using waste heat to provide hot water and even recovering materials from the landfill to utilize in the construction of the building. The HQ will be partially powered by energy generated at the waste management facility, while the rest of the site holds the world’s largest gasification waste-to-energy facility, the 3rd largest material recovery plant, a compost plant for turning organic waste into fertiliser, recycling centres for C&D, electronic, paper, wood, organic, industrial, plastic and hazardous waste along with lagoons for processing liquid industrial waste and contaminated water.

Opportunity Alert: Maximizing current recycling capacity across the UAE is always on the agenda here. With new advancements in technology and global expertise coming on board thru various platforms, there is no doubt that the zero-waste-to-landfill mission will definitely see success. International companies that have developed smart practices, successful approaches and innovative environmental solutions will be easily absorbed into one of the Middle East’s fastest growing sectors.

Real Estate Launch: Self-Contained ‘Town Square’ Development

To be executed in 180 days by Nshama, this mega mixed use community project will feature over 3,000 townhouses, 18,000 apartments as well as 2.5 million square feet of retail, hospitality and commercial space not to mention premium leisure, entertainment and even medical facilities. Located in New Dubai near Al Barsha, Town Square’s residences have been strategically priced to appeal to middle income families with payment plans extending to 2018. The ‘Safi’ apartments were launched yesterday, however, to stay up-to-date potential buyers can register their interest on the developer’s official website.

Opportunity Alert: Community development investments have usually done well for buyers in the past and starting at around 350,000 dirhams the introductory price for this project seems to have appealed, hence out of the 3000 townhouse units, 1000 have already been sold.


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With that I bring today’s post to an end. Did I miss out on a business happening? Then send me a message in the comments below. Also, to get frequent updates in your inbox, write to us on, so we can make sure that our newsletter reaches you. Keeping with the theme of the article we would like to hear from interior architects, conceptualizers and designers on the topic of innovative design. If you were given creative freedom to design a project of your choice in Dubai, what would you create and why? The most creative responses will get the prestigious opportunity to design the interiors for a stunning terrace apartment, with 180 degree picturesque views. Constructed by an elite developer, this will lend designers the exclusive chance to work on a high-end luxury project. If you have what it takes, then send in your submissions thru email by the 31st of May, 2015.

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