Dubailand is a huge entertainment, leisure and residential project, first announced back in 2003. Dubailand covers an area of 278 sq km and comprises six so called worlds: Sports and Outdoor, Attractions and Experience, Themed Leisure and Vacation, Eco-Tourism, Retail and Entertainment, and Downtown. Currently, there are over 22 mega projects under construction.
Projects completed and operating include: Global Village, Dubai Outlet Mall, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Sports City and Motor City.
Dubai Autodrome is an FIA Grade 1 licensed 5.39 km motorsports circuit located in Motor City. A lot of world famous drivers have visited and competed at the circuit, including Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher, Nelson Piquet, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, to name a few. The Kartdrome is an international standard karting track situated in Motor City, opposite Dubai Autodrome.
DUBAI SPORTS CITY (DSC)
DSC is a mixed-use sports development built along Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. DSC is built around the following sport venues:
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, aka Ring of Fire.
ICC Cricket Academy, offering English, Australian and South African practice turf.
Rugby Park, a stadium with a seating capacity of 5,000 people.
The Els Club Golf Course, designed by Ernie Els, the famous South African professional golfer.
Spanish Soccer Schools, directed by Real Madrid legend Michel Salgado.
A number of sporting events have already been hosted in DSC, with many more to come.
The residential part of DSC evolves around the sport venues and is comprised of low- and mid-rise apartment buildings, townhouses and villas.
DUBAI OUTLET CITY
Dubai Outlet City is a mixed-use development spreading across a 910,000 sq.m. area in Dubailand. It consists of Dubai Outlet Mall, hotels and a cultural and entertainment centre.
Al Barsha is a large community occupying the area south of Al Sufouh and bounded by Sheikh Zayed Road, Hessa Street, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Umm Suqeim Road. Al Barsha is divided into two smaller communities, Al Barsha and Al Barsha South, which in turn have three subdivisions each. Al Barsha is a newly developed community and still underpopulated, compared to other communities. It has a lot of hotels and residential buildings, especially along Sheikh Zayed Road. Its main landmark is the Mall of Emirates.
There are a few communities that fall into this category of suburban residential developments. These are gated communities offering their residents privacy and tranquility away from the bustling city. The Meadows, The Lakes, The Springs, all have luxurious villas and townhouses set in a green environment, with parks, children playing areas, swimming pools, lakes and water features. Emirates Hills is unquestionably the most exclusive and luxurious piece of property in Dubai. It is considered by many as the “Beverly Hills” of Dubai.
JUMEIRAH LAKES TOWERS (JLT)
JLT is a huge mostly residential development situated along Sheikh Zayed Road, directly across Dubai Marina. It is considered the ideal address by over 50 thousand people who live and work there. JLT’s lakefront community spreads across over 200 hectares and encompasses 64 mainly residential buildings, together with hotels and retail outlets. There are four man-made lakes and an array of food outlets, cafes and play areas for children. JLT has its own free zone authority, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), housed at Almas Tower the tallest commercial tower in the Middle East. Currently, over 11,000 companies are registered members of DMCC, including major multi-national and regional industries, as well as smaller businesses and individual entrepreneurs.