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Old October 9th, 2005, 05:32 PM   #1
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DUBAI | Business Bay

We already had a thread about this a while ago, but it was deleted obviously, now there are some new facts about this project which is one of the major developments in Dubai.

Developer is Dubai Holding: www.businessbay.ae, the website is amazing, though not much information.

Project is being built in several phases by about 2015.
Size: 64.000.000 sqft

it will have about 300 to 500 highrises.


part of the area:






it is right behind SZR, DIFC and Burj Dubai district.


creek extension:









Masterplan:


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BurjDubai in background
















Creek excavation is well on its way:

Up the Creek: Extending Dubai’s trading hub to build a new CBD




Phase one, from Oud Metha Road to Sheikh Zayed Road, will extend the
Creek by 7 km and is expected to be completed by December 2006.

The Creek has long been a focal point of Dubai, and is synonymous with the
city’s rapid growth as a hub for trade and commerce. So when developer
Dubai Properties announced that it would be extending the Creek as the focal
point of its Business Bay project, eyes and ears were firmly opened.


Dubai is no stranger to massive feats of engineering, but extending the Creek
presents numerous logistical challenges: How do you physically extend a
body of water and link it up to the Arabian Gulf 16 km away?


The overall Creek extension project is split into three phases: Phase one is
Oud Metha Road to Sheikh Zayed Road; phase two is Oud Metha Road to the
Creek; and phase three is Sheikh Zayed Road to the sea.


The contract for the first phase of construction of the US $54.5 million
(AED200 million) Creek extension was awarded
to Dutco Balfour Beatty Group (DBBG). “This initial phase will
extend the Creek by about 7 km with an average width of 130 m, and a mean
water depth of 5 m. This will allow pleasure craft to cruise the Creek”, says
Angelo Manesero, chief engineer, DBBG.

The Creek extension is one of the main elements of Business Bay that will be
executed simultaneously. The other stages involve the infrastructure, such
as roads and utilities, and laying the foundation of towers and other facilities.

Fully fledged construction work is now underway on site. To complete phase
one, around 6 million m3 of earth will need to be excavated. One of the most
efficient ways of excavating the canal is to first implement a dewatering
system. The quay wall will consist of precast mass concrete gravity block
constuction with crush rock foundation and rear core filling. It will then be
completed with bollards and a block paved circulation corridor.


“The excavation for the Creek will be done in the dry following the installation
of a dewatering system. Pumped ground water will initially be stored in
temporary over-ground dams. As construction of the quay wall progresses,
pumped water will be discharged into previously completed sections of the
Creek. A number of temporary dams will be formed along the length of the
Creek to first retain the water; later these will be excavated to complete the
flooding of the Creek,” says Manesero.


Gabbro will be used as the rock foundations for the quay walls. Quarried from
the emirate of Fujairah, the rock is exceptionally hard and durable with a
density in excess of three tonnes per m3. Geotextile filter fabric is placed
over the excavated surface to receive the inclined rock elevation, preventing
the loss of fine sand particles as part of the natural percolation of ground
water through the soil, wall and the water in the Creek.


Since the entire site is low lying, the huge volume of excavated material will
be re-used as landfill. “This is the area in Dubai that floods after heavy
winter rain. The excavated material will be used to raise the plot level of the
site by around 1.5 m so eventually it will sit approximately 3.5 m above sea
level,” explains Manesero.

A huge fleet of construction plant and equipment is being deployed to move
all the earth. “At the moment we’re employing excavators and tipper trucks.
We’re using dozers to push the top 1 m off, and then bring in the
excavators,” says Ivan Warnes, commercial manager at DBBG. “We’re hiring
most of the trucks needed for the earthmoving on the project — it’s not
worth buying this equipment since the job is too short and there is a large
plant market here, so there’s plenty around.”


The on-site concrete batching plant is currently under construction and Q-
Mix will be the suppliers. There is one precasting yard dedicated solely for the
casting of blocks. At present, the precasting yard has been sized to produce
an average of 80 blocks per day for the total of over 21 000 blocks required
for stage one of the project.

“Contract one involves some interesting logistics because you’re going
through an urbanised route,” explains Natarajan Shreedhar, resident engineer,
Halcrow. Phase one is expected to be completed by the end of December
2006.

While the first two phases of the Creek extension involve working on empty
land, the third, and as yet unawarded phase (Sheikh Zayed Road to the
Arabian Gulf), will mean creating a path for the Creek across the busy
highway and residential area. A number of options are being considered and
feasability studies are being carried out. This phase is due to begin in the
next three months.

DBBG is already working in the area on the Dubai Municipality contract to
widen Sheikh Zayed Road. The $22.4 million (AED82.3 million) contract is for
widening an 8 km stretch of Sheikh Zayed Road from Safa Park, Interchange
two through to Oud Metha Road junction. The works involve the
construction of a fifth lane on both sides of the highway in order to ease
traffic flow.

It also includes the construction of a fourth lane under Trade Centre
underpass and alteration works on the underpass leading towards Umm Hurair
Road and Maktoum Bridge. Two more lanes will also be added between
Sheikh Zayed Road and Sheikh Rashid Road.


Business Bay itself looks set to be well-served in terms of transport. In
addition to the Creek extension (which is likely to promote the use of water
taxis), the provision of a Public Rapid Transport (PRT) system is being
considered within the masterplan.


“Part of our vision is to be environmentally friendly,” says Mohammed Al
Dabal, Business Bay Development, Creek Extension, Dubai Properties, “and
this means introducing a transport system that reduces car usage.”


Various options under consideration for the 1300 hectare site include a
monorail and a tramway system. According to Al Dabal, the PRT is likely to
link up with the planned LRT rail system currently being developed by Dubai
Municipality.

Business Bay follows in the steps of projects such as the Palm Jumeirah and
Dubai Marina, in the sense that it aims to meet the market requirement for
waterfront commercial and residential property. The business cluster will
extend several kilometres along the new Creek, starting from Ras Al Khor to
the old Central Military Command on Sheikh Zayed Road.


“The idea behind Business Bay is to create a new business centre that
reflects old Dubai by incorporating the Creek into the city’s urban
development,” says Al Dabal. “Business Bay is a world business concept that
will create a corporate headquarters for international companies. We also
want to create a new waterfront and add value to the existing Creek; it’s
getting old and we want to expand it.”

Al Dabal says one of the prime considersations of the project is to respect
the local environment by increasing the existing nature reservation area
around Ras Al Khor. “Linking the Creek to the Gulf means the channel will be
100% flushed through, providing cleaner water and eliminating the current
problem of water stagnation at the Creek end,” he adds.


The final plans for Business Bay are still being developed, with possibilities
including a beach, a golf course and a water airport.


“The construction methods involved in extending the Creek
are not simple, but they are achievable,” says Al Dabal. “We want our project
to add real value to the development of Dubai, so we’ve brought in not only
hydrologists and geologists, but urban planners, architects, traffic specialists,
archaeologists and environmentalists to make sure that we achieve this
goal."



Press release: (it has been launched half a year ago actually)



Dubai launches 'Business Bay'

Dubai has launched 'Business Bay', a new initiative that aims to make the UAE
a leading international commercial and business centre.

'Business Bay' is a new commercial and business cluster that will be located
along a new extension of the Dubai Creek.

The new city will be managed by Dubai Properties, one of Dubai Holding
entities, said an official.

Dubai's Business Bay will be similar in nature to Manhattan or Ginza, which are
the business centres for cities like New York and Tokyo.

It will extend from Ras Al Khor to Shaikh Zayed Road.

"We are confident that Business Bay will play a major role in the development
of the country," said Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister General
Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who announced the project.


The new city, covering an area of 64 million square feet, will provide a
conducive environment and infrastructure for businesses from around the
world to set up their local, regional and international headquarters.


The business cluster will extend several kilometers along an extended Dubai
Creek starting from the Ras Al Khor area to the point on Shaikh Zayed Road
where the previous Central Military Command existed.


This whole area will turn into an active commercial and business district that
will encourage leading firms to house their local, regional and international
headquarters there.

General Shaikh Mohammed said: "In the past, the prosperity of the city
depended heavily on the Creek and most of the people resided along the
shores.

"My father, Shaikh Rashid's vision to take Dubai to news levels of growth and
development, led to the dredging of the Creek. And it is our pleasure today
to announce another key project which is related to the Creek."


Commenting on his expectations for the future of the project, Shaikh
Mohammed said:

"The last few years have witnessed ambitious initiatives such as Dubai
Internet City, Dubai Media City, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai
Healthcare City and the Palm -- all aimed to strengthen the role that Dubai
will play in both the regional and the international levels.

"However, we felt that we need to do more. We wanted to build a project
that will be the cornerstone of a new economic push and to extend the
international role of the UAE.

"Extensive studies that were done by some of the top international
consultancies stated that 'Business Bay' is a project that will surely make the
desired change."

Shaikh Mohammed added: "Business Bay is an initiative that reflects our
commitment to continue to heavily invest in order to develop the
infrastructure of the country and to maintain good relations between the public and the private sectors.

"This is done not only through the constant revision of rules and regulations
which help the growth of businesses, but also through working hard to launch
new investment opportunities for the private sector.

Dubai Holding CEO Mohammed Al Gergawi said: "Business Bay reflects the
ambitious vision of Dubai and the role that the UAE is looking forward to play
as a leading international commercial and business centre.


And as His Highness stated, the essence of the project -- the first of its kind
in the region -- lies in extending the Dubai Creek to allow for the
construction of a huge new city within the city.

"The importance of this unique project lies not only in its size or cost, but
also in the tremendous impact it will have on the local economy.


Al Gergawi said: "Business Bay will be managed by Dubai Properties, one of
Dubai Holding entities.


The business cluster will prepare the UAE to face future challenges in light of
the major changes that business sectors in the world are witnessing. In
fact, the competition between the traditional business sectors has taken new
dimensions. This will be in favour of the sectors that invest in developing
their infrastructure and work on providing an ideal environment for business.


"We look forward to the role the Business Bay will play in making this country
one of the best business centres in the world.

"This ambitious project is expected to attract large number of regional and
international firms, especially with the modern infrastructure and the facilities
that this project provides, in addition to the already existing rules and
regulations that encourage the prosperity and stability of business in the
country," Al Gergawi added.

Business Bay will occupy an overall area of 64 million square feet, said the
Dubai Holding CEO.

Business Bay will feature facilities such as towers for offices and
accommodation, gardens, and a network for roads. It will also feature
fascinating canals to add to the magnificence of the project.


Al Gergawi said: His Highness' vision is to build a magnificent business and
commercial capital in the region to be the headquarters for leading regional
and international firms.

Dubai Properties has been launched to manage leading existing projects in
Dubai such as Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media
City, Dubai Healthcare City etc.

It is also tasked to create, develop and manage new mega projects.



Towers:


BayGate:

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www.thebaygate.com

Elite Tower

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The Exchange:




Executive Towers:

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UC:

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AL Manara




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The Conclave




The Court




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Old October 9th, 2005, 05:40 PM   #2
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Some excellant buildings.
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Old October 9th, 2005, 05:51 PM   #3
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Dubai is simply amazing
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Old October 9th, 2005, 05:51 PM   #4
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Insane! I cannot even comprehend the amount of construction in this city.

I'll have to go check out Dubai in coming years. I guess that is part of the idea.
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Old October 9th, 2005, 06:11 PM   #5
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course it is.
alone 100 hundreds of SSC members announced they will check out this once.
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Old October 9th, 2005, 06:16 PM   #6
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to make it a little easier to understand

at the moment many people say, dubai only has a small row of skyscrapers shaping the currently existing skyline
yes, that's correct

the whole burj dubai complex, dubai international financial centre, park square and business bay as well as other independent towers being built alond dubai's main highway sheikh zayed road will transform this area from a desert to a gigantic skyline with lakes and parks within just 10 years, most probably even less

around the current skyline consisting of about 60 towers, about 600 towers will shape the new skyline in 2012 to 2015

and if that was the only skyline dubai is building

in 15 years dubai will have several skylines of comparable size and even bigger, spread along the coastline and the whole city
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Media cities, Marina, lakes, Palms/ waterfront, Airport city, DIFC/BDC/SZR and then BB it's a little hard to beleive even for a beleiver.
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Old October 9th, 2005, 08:58 PM   #8
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At the moment, this is my favourite project in Dubai. It looks really well planned with good use of parks, etc but will also be quite dense. What I like is that most of the buildings will about 20 floors high but will be packed together quite tightly. This will probably make this project much more human friendly. Another aspect I like is that they plan to have their own transportation system so that people will use cars less. I'm not sure but I think there are plans for an opera house there aswell.

Of course saying this that doesn't mean we won't see some talls here. Apparently there are 8 plots that have no height restrictions so we should see something out of them. What I like is the mixture though. A few talls and mostly smalls (but dense) is always good.

Aswell, the quality of design seems good in most of the towers released so far.

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damn .... insane !!
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What else can I say,Amazing
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I'm surprised a lot of people haven't seen this. It's been around for almost a year now.
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This is one of Dubai's most incredible projects. And more surprisingly, it will only take 10 years to be completed, along with so many other projects. Do you think Dubai will be at Hong Kong's level, or close to it? I ask because the website for Business Bay said that this will be like the business centers of New York and Tokyo.
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that's why i decided to open a thread.
sometimes i even think we should open threads for dubai waterfront or the palm jebel ali, or especially jumeirah lake towers.
a new one for dubai land would also be quite nice.
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But that would clutter the forums with Dubai projects. The best would be to have one giant "boom rundown" thread like they have over at SSP for American cities
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This is one of Dubai's most incredible projects. And more surprisingly, it will only take 10 years to be completed, along with so many other projects. Do you think Dubai will be at Hong Kong's level, or close to it? I ask because the website for Business Bay said that this will be like the business centers of New York and Tokyo.
Of course this is a boost but it would take much longer to reach those levels
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Of course this is a boost but it would take much longer to reach those levels
Longer as in 30-50 years?
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^ closer to thirty I would think. But it will take a while, people can't adjust to change quickly. But Dubai are planning for and creating that future, and I'm confident we will see it. And it will be awesome!
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Is this going to be the UAE stock exchange or something?
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