Palm Deira Masterplan

Dubai, U.A.E

The development philosophy of Palm Deira stems from its linkage to Dubai’s beloved old town district – Deira – home of Dubai’s historic centre characterized by the gold souk, Nasr square, the seat of government, dhow harbours, and the old traditional residences. As an old town, it is also congested. Palm Deira is planned to revitalize old Deira by becoming the “new” old town – a city centre of modern day amenities that links itself back to Deira old town. The Deira Corniche, an extended land mass of old Deira provides the city with a waterfront edge. Deira Corniche is the extended land mass designed with a central park that also forms the gateway to Palm Deira. It is therefore the gateway between new and old Deira.

Palm Deira is the third of Dubai’s Palm trilogy. It is the largest off-shore palm project by Dubai World capping northeast coastline border of Dubai with neighbouring Sharjah. The development is a massive land reclamation project involving 4,700 hectares of land as a redevelopment strategy for Deira, generating more than 50million square meters of floor area. The magnitude of development will require an intricate road network involving radial and circumferential roads and extensive bridgeways connecting the Palm Deira project seamlessly to Dubai’s urban fabric.

Water transport becomes a normal feature along the network of waterways, as the abras (water taxis) are in Deira Creek. The project is a new city by itself and will provide residential areas, marinas, shopping malls, sports facilities, resort hotels, financial districts, complemented by a network of greeneries, all set amidst the waters of the Arabian Gulf. It will be home to at least 600,000 residents while providing employment to at least a million people. Supporting the development is a network of infrastructure that is of international standards.

The plan involves reclaiming five islands – the South Island, Central Island, North Island, Al Mamzar Island and the Palm Islands – reclaimed in iconic land forms. The islands are to be developed as mixed use communities with residential, retail, and commercial activities which ensures sustainability. The project is an urban design exercise which involves careful arrangement of building masses and heights to achieve a desired effect of interesting skylines. The open space design philosophy stems from establishing view corridors that connect internal parks, green spaces, and promenades creating views and vistas of landmarks, neighbouring islands, and waterfronts.

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