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Dubailand (Dubai Land) mega-development in Dubai

Dubailand (Dubai Land) is a very large entertainment, leisure, and tourism area under development in Dubai by Dubai Properties Group (DPG), a subsidiary of Dubai Holding. Total size is a massive 3 billion square feet (24 January 2010 press release figure), or about 300 sq km. Project joint ventures established include agreements with Formula 1, Hollywood theme parks, and Tiger Woods.

Area of Dubailand
  • The total area of Dubailand, if it is the triangle shape from Meydan to the new Emirates Rugby Sevens stadium to Dubai Investments Park, is not far off the total built-up area of Dubai city as of about 2010 (Dubai Marina to Al Mamzar to Mirdiff and International City or Silicon Oasis approximately), excluding Jebel Ali.
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid Garden is a large development, about 25% of the area of Dubailand. Not clear whether that should be included in Dubailand or is a separate development altogether.
  • About a third of the area of Dubailand is between the E611 (Dubai Bypass Rd) and the Jebel Ali-Lahbab Rd, includes the proposed Bawadi development, but as of 2012 is mostly sand with very little development work going on.
List of Dubailand projects

A total of 26 mega projects expected - 3 scheduled to be open by end 2006, 10 open by 2009, the rest open by 2012. Total of 300,000 employees with 200,000 visitors every day. At least, that was the plan. As of the beginning of 2009, there's not quite so much ready.

  • Al Barari - villa handovers started in 2009.
  • Al Kaheel - educational theme park about horses.
  • Al Sahara Kingdom.
  • Al Sahra Desert Resort - restaurants, boutique hotel, souq, amphitheatre. Area 40 million sq feet? Includes the Jumana Secret of the Desert show.
  • Aqua Dunya themed water park - with large ship hotel operated by Jumeirah International.
  • Astrolab Resort.
  • Bawadi tourism area - 10 km strip between Al Barsha and the Lahbab Road with over 50 hotels, shopping centers, entertainment. Just like the Las Vegas strip except bigger with more lights but no casinos. Or maybe casinos with no gambling. Or maybe a strip of road with no hotels, shops, or anything else except sand. At least, that's how it looks at the start of 2010.
  • Bawadi Mall - Phase I opening scheduled for 2012, eventually expected to be larger than Mall of Arabia.
  • Beauty Land (Beautyland Dubai) - a ladies resort and development with a beauty museum, beauty academy, a beautiful boutique hotel, and a beautiful boulevard with cosmetics and beauty product shops.
  • Botanical Gardens - with residential villas (Al Barari?).
  • City of Arabia - with artificial dinosaur park and large shopping mall.
  • Dreamworks Dubai theme park.
  • Dubai Autodrome - racetrack in Dubai Motor City.
  • Dubai Bazaar - traditional Islamic marketplace and souq.
  • Dubai Country Club - new one behind Arabian Ranches, opening in 2010?
  • Dubai Education City - another name for the Taaleem schools complex?
  • Dubai Golf City - five golf courses, golf academy, golf communities and villages, retail shopping areas, hotel resort and spa.
  • Dubai Lifestyle City - a residential community with a Tuscan theme for posh people, developer ETA Star. Infrastructure complete early 2009.
  • Dubai Motorcity - see Motor City Dubai.
  • Dubai Outlet City - with Dubai Outlet Mall.
  • Dubai Outlet Mall - Phase I open August 2006.
  • Dubai Heritage Vision - reportedly opening by end 2006.
  • Dubai Sports City - Dubai Cricket Stadium and other sports facilities, along with residential and commercial developments.
  • Dubai Wheel (Great Dubai Wheel or Wheel of Dubai) - giant Ferris wheel similar to the London Eye but bigger. Of course. Update 05 January 2012 - news reports said the Great Dubai Wheel was no longer being planned.
  • Emirates Planetarium (within the Restless Planet).
  • F1 theme park and race track.
  • Falcon City of Wonders (Falconcity) - residential complex with replicas of global icons, including an Eiffel Tower bigger than the original? Also replicas of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal. Area of 4 million square metres in the shape of a falcon. Includes a Pharaohs Theme Park.
  • Freej Dubailand?
  • Global Village (eventually a permanent one).
  • Health Farm.
  • Islamic Culture and Science World.
  • Legoland Dubai?
  • Mall of Arabia - largest shopping mall in the world when forecast to open in 2010 one day, in City of Arabia.
  • Motor City Dubai - includes the Dubai Autodrome, residential communites and retail shops, Formula One Theme Park, racing school, F1 track, museum, restaurants, and so on.
  • Palmarosa.
  • Plantation Polo and Equestrian (Equine) Center - reportedly opening by end 2006, but didn't. Facilities include 3 polo fields, 5-star hotel resort and spa, veterinary hospital for horses, polo academy.
  • Restless Planet - Jurrassic Park comes alive. Sort of.
  • Riverside - wellness resort and health farm. Part of Dubai Beautyland?
  • Six Flags Dubai theme park.
  • Snow Dome Dubai (or Dubai Snowdome, Dubai Skidome, Dubai Sunny Mountain Ski Dome).
  • The Villa - residential community with villas.
  • Tiger Woods Dubai - exclusive golf community in Dubai.
  • Universal Studios Dubailand theme park.
Schools in Dubai Land

Given that the total area of Dubailand is substantial, listing the schools in Dubailand is not meaningful in terms of thinking they are all in a small area close to each other. Nevertheless, for the time being, there aren't many while Dubailand is being developed, so here's a list (incomplete) ...

Also colleges, universities, nurseries, kindergartens, etc.

  • Dubai Investments Park schools (DIP)?
  • Meydan City schools?
  • Taleem Education City (or Dubailand Education City?) - for Taaleem (Beacon schools) and HQ.
Al Barsha South schools
  • Foremarke Hall School Dubai, in DuBiotech district, new school open September 2013.
  • JSS International School
  • GEMS World Academy
  • Nord Anglia International School Dubai
  • Safa British Academy, opening date September 2014, in Al Barsha South 3, next to Miracle Garden.
Arabian Ranches schools
Dubai Sports City schools
  • Bradenton Preparatory Academy
  • Butch Harmon School of Golf, at The Els Club - open in 2009?
  • Victory Heights Primary School?
The Villa, Dubailand schools
Dubailand progress update 24 Jan 2010 press release - events in 2009
  • Al Barari villas handed over
  • Butch Harmon School of Golf open at The Els Club.
  • Dubai International Cricket Stadium open - seats 25,000.
  • Dubai MotorCity - 1300 commerical, retail, and residential apartments handed over.
  • Global Village 14th year started its 14th year (opening date 22 November 2009, closing date 27 February 2010, telephone +971-4-3624114).
  • J.W. Marriott Hotel in Dubai Lifestyle City - construction started.
  • Leyan community apartments and villas handed over.
  • Royal Caribbean International - agreement signed with Dubailand to bring cruise passengers to Dubailand attractions. Brilliance of the Seas will be in UAE waters from 18 January to April 2010.
  • The Villa villas handover started
  • Victory Heights golf community - villa handover started in June 2009
Dubailand facts and figures update 25 Feb 2008 press release
  • Dubailand project value AED 235 billion (US$64 bn).
  • Chief executive officer is Mohamed Al Habai (Mohammed Al Habbai).
  • Phase I of Dubailand sceheduled to open in 2010, final completion date target is 2020.
  • Bawadi tourist area will add 60,000 hotel rooms to the 42,000 rooms already existing in Dubai, in 51 hotels on a 10km stretch of road.
  • 15 million tourists to Dubai per year expected by 2015 (double the 7.7 million tourists that visited Dubai in 2007).
  • Average visitor spend in Dubai is $40-$80 per day and average length of stay is 2½ days. CEO Mr Al Habai forecasts average stay and spend of 4-7 days and $240 per person per day.
  • By the time Dubailand is completed, "more than 250,000 staff will be working in the theme parks, all accommodated in dedicated units."
  • "Consultants still question whether investors in Dubailand will get a sufficient return, but this skepticism has not deterred investments by the biggest local and regional families. Rome was not built in a day, and for once even Dubai is looking 12 years ahead."
Dubailand Phase I (25 February 2008)
Project Developer Status end 2009 Announced Start Date Completion (F) Completion (A)
Al Sahra Desert Resort   open        
Dubai Country Club   open late 2010?        
Dubai Outlet City   Dubai Outlet Mall open        
Ernie Els Golf Course            
Formula One Theme Park            
Global Village   open        
Liwan Mizin under construction        
Plantation World            
Q or Queue-Point Al Mazaya under construction        
Universal Studios            
Last update Tuesday 28-Jan-2014. Page development 4L 5C.
Related pages
Related websites (new window)
  • www.dubailand.ae - Dubailand website (www.dubailand.com forwards to the .ae version).


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