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Kool Kat
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PROJECT: Abu Dhabi corniche expansion and improvement, Abu Dhabi
COST: US$ 220 million
CONSTRUCTION START: December 2001
CONSTRUCTION END: December 2005



PROJECT SUMMARY:
*The project involves reclaiming 800,000 square metres of land from the sea.
*Road expansions on the Corniche from Al Khaleej Al Arabi crossroad straight to the Mina Zayed instead of its present end.
*Road width increasing by more than 100m.
*3,500 parking spaces along the Corniche.
*One of the longest coastal traffic tunnels in the world will stretch nearly 640 metres along the Corniche and main port.
*A tunnel for traffic from Al Salam road to the Corniche road.
*Another tunnel from the Corniche road to Mina Zayed road.
*Other additions include new parks and recreation centres, mosques, fun centres, restaurants, flyovers and underpasses, shopping malls, a heritage village and a museum.
*A causeway will also be constructed next to the underpass while a 70-metre-high clock tower will replace the old one.
*A causeway for traffic stretching from the Corniche to the new man-made lake adjoining the Sheraton Hotel will be built.


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wow i cant beleive they got rid of that fountain, it was the best fountian in the city, they better build something equal or better to that fountain
 
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Very nice; thanks for the models!

Except... the model in the third image is not of the new Corniche; it's of the Third Crossing / Sas Al Nakheel bridge (E10 extension) to Dubai. :)


And another concurrence from me that it's a pity they're getting rid of the Volcano Fountain. I have some good memories of that place from New Year's Eve 2002... :rant:

Replacing it with a 70m clock tower (which is what I read the plan was) isn't the same thing.
 

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Just another info.... the Lulu Island was supposed to develop simultaneously with the beautification of the corniche... but Bulldozergirl just informed that that plan has been scraped by the Abu Dhabi govt.... so the project cost listed might not be accurate... I have no idea what's going on.. everyone time a big project comes to Abu Dhabi there seems to be chaos everywhere...... a la Forte Grand :(
 

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Abu Dhabi seaside traffic is diverted around the Corniche project which is racing to meet its December 2005 deadline. ©Gulf News


Article from Gulf News - August 9, 2004

Abu Dhabi: Workers are defying the scorching heat and racing against time to complete a massive seaside project that will turn Abu Dhabi into one of the most attractive tourism sites in the region.

Scores of workers armed with electric drills toil in the middle of the day behind large steel boards erected to shield the project from the highway. Giant cranes, huge bulldozers and trucks are busy through the day. The project is scheduled to be completed in December 2005.

Costing more than Dh800 million, the Corniche project was launched in December 2001 and it involved reclaiming 800,000 square metres of the sea. More than six million cubic metres of soil from the seabed was used for the purpose. Dredging is complete and work is now underway to lay the foundation of the roads.

Construction will cover a six-kilometre area stretching from the Al Khaleej Al Arabi street midway between the Hilton and Sheraton hotels to Mina Zayed.

The project complements other major ventures just a few kilometers across the water, involving the construction of the multi-billion dirham Disneyland-style Lulu Fun City on a man-made island, a tourist village and a wildlife reserve.

In recent press remarks, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Butti Al Hamed, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Municipality and Town Planning Department, said the project is more than just road expansion.

"We will have flyovers, underpasses, expanded roads, traffic signals, parks, shops, fountains, heritage villages and museums. There will be a lot of parks for families. The emphasis is on greenery...we want it to become a haunt for poets, artists and fun-loving people."

According to planners, the project involves one of the longest coastal traffic tunnels in the world, stretching nearly 640 metres along the Corniche and main port.

The Abu Dhabi Municipality said a causeway will also be constructed next to the underpass, while a 70-metre-high clock tower will replace the old one.

Khalifa Al Hosani, the Municipality's Acting Undersecretary, told Gulf News in a recent interview: "The Corniche project involves the construction of a 640-metre underpass stretching from the eastern side of the Corniche to Salam Street.

But with the construction gaining pace some of the boards had to be demolished to give way for drilling into the main street disrupting traffic, disturbing residents and depriving joggers and other Corniche visitors of their favourite pastimes.

In less than a month, at least 10 road accidents have taken place along the Corniche, which is now dotted with traffic diversion signboards.

"It is now one of the dirtiest and most messy areas," said a British resident of a building overlooking the Corniche on the Western flank of Abu Dhabi. "You can no longer drive or walk properly on that road and the deafening noise disturbs us by day and night."

The concrete blocks and detour boards and poles have been placed so randomly on the road that drivers mistake the right lane.

What makes it more dangerous is that some road sections are suddenly reduced to just one lane while traffic lights on some intersections can hardly be noticed.

"The other day, I was caught off guard and nearly rammed into a concrete block as the road has sharp bends. I managed to evade it but I slammed into another car and the police blamed me for the accident," said a Pakistani taxi driver.

What was once a pleasureable experience driving along the 6.5-kilometre seaside stretch, it is now an agonising experience. The view and breeze of the azure Gulf waters are now hidden by the dust and the huge steel boards.

The three-lane road has been narrowed to one or two lanes while it is no longer an even road and traffic congestions have become a daily scene. "I have a feeling it will become even worse in the next months when the project gains momentum," said another Corniche resident.

"I have been told that most parts of this road will be closed before the project is completed."
 
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The best source I could find was this Gulf News article which states that "Abu Dhabi's Corniche, which stretches from the Sheraton to the Hilton Hotel, has been through several stages of development since oil was discovered in the emirate in the early 1960s."

Which seems to imply that the corniche was also started around the same time (which seems about right to me... although I'd peg it as more late 60's than early). Maybe someone else knows better?
 

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simply wonderful :)
 

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very close to completion now


Beautifying the Corniche

A worker fixes lights on Abu Dhabi's new Corniche Road, which will be opened to the public soon. The Corniche is undergoing an image overhaul with a series of beautification projects and the demolition of several old landmarks.
 

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The Fairmont Abu Dhabi Resort & Villas Opening Late 2006



Located on the Breakwater Island development overlooking the famed Abu Dhabi corniche, this area is destined to be focal point for tourism and recreation in the Abu Dhabi area. The Fairmont Abu Dhabi Resort & Villas will be a 5-star resort hotel incorporating Moorish design with traditional Arabic architecture.

A network of seawater canals will link the hotel and meeting space to the resorts other facilities which include a Willow Stream Spa, beach club, and a Restaurant Promenade. Guests will travel along the waterways in specially designed Arabic boats known as shashas.
 

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THE Abu Dhabi marina mall expansion





sorry sun was in the way :/
 

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New Corniche Road ‘will boost tourism’

18 November 2004


ABU DHABI — The Dh750 million new Abu Dhabi Corniche Road, a major project slated to further boost tourism in the capital city, is nearing completion.

The project is aimed at providing state-of-the-art recreational facilities for residents of the capital city to socialise, relax and enjoy themselves as well as to lure tourists to the city.

One of the main features of the project is the Corniche Park, the largest recreational facility in the capital, which has many characteristics that will further boost the city's attraction as a world-class tourist destination.

The park possesses a contemporary Arab character and will be a natural extension of the island.

According to officials of Abu Dhabi Municipality, which undertakes the project, the Corniche Park will respond to the social and physical needs of a growing, modern city, while expressing and celebrating the culture and vitality of Abu Dhabi.

The park will represent local culture in two ways: firstly, its architectural features will reflect Arab and Islamic tradition; secondly, by its very existence, the park will be testimony to the dedication and generosity of Abu Dhabi's leaders to the capital's citizenry and their quality of life, the officials said.

The park will be divided into three zones, each with a distinct theme and linked by several alternative pedestrian paths. The Family Zone will run along the Corniche from Khaleej Al Arabi Street to the Clock Tower. The Central Zone will stretch from the Clock Tower to the Sheraton Hotel. Finally, the Heritage Zone, emphasising local culture and tradition, will extend from Sheraton Hotel to Mina Zayed.

Each of these three zones will provide a variety of general public facilities including food outlets, seating areas, gazebos, toilets and play areas, but will also contain major features specific to that area. The Family Zone will include many specialised playing grounds and open spaces suitable for children; the Central Zone will contain a lakeside part next to the existing coffee house, formal gardens, refurbishment of the Shallal Fountain, and large plazas; and the Heritage Zone will feature indigenous cultural elements.

Journeying the length of the park will take a visitor through a sequence of experiences designed to stimulate the body, the mind, and the imagination.

Incorporated into the park are approximately 50 water features, including fountains, waterfalls, and ornamental falaj. A freshwater, man-made lake, approximately 10,000 square metres in size, will be a prominent feature of the park and, with integrated fountains and lights, one of its most popular attractions. Around 20 new buildings will be constructed as part of the development. These include kiosks, cafes, toilets, and other amenities. Two new mosques are also planned.

In the Heritage Zone, a traditionally-styled mosque will accommodate up to 120 worshippers. A large mosque, accommodating up to 650 people will be constructed near the Shallal Fountain. An amphitheatre, courtyards, pavilions, festival and exhibition spaces, and picnic areas will also be part of the park.

An optional part feature would be to replace the existing Clock Tower with a new, larger structure, surrounded by a formal plaza, and located in the same general areas. The new structure, which may be as tall as 70 metres, would have the form of a traditional wind tower or another classical form and incorporate an information centre, cafes, viewing platforms, and retail facilities.

The seaside Corniche promenade, 16 metres wide and in some areas split level, will extend the entire length of the project. A four-metre cycling path will run parallel to the promenade. On the city side of the New Corniche Road East, where the bulk of the park will be, a four-metre-wide walkway will run adjacent to landscaped areas. Several kilometres of paved walkways will run through the landscaped areas themselves, winding from one attraction to another. Eleven conveniently located pedestrian underpasses will link the seaside promenade with the city of the park and also link the different areas of the park under crossroads, eliminating the risks of persons crossing the roads.

The entire six-kilometre length of the park will be landscaped and planted with mature trees and shrubs, and an extensive automatic irrigation system will be installed. Several decorative lighting systems will highlight the park's different attractions at night.

The parks and recreation areas included in the New Corniche Road East will be unrivalled as public recreation areas, the officials said, adding that green space will be dramatically increased, and the park, providing attractions for all ages, will enhance the city's quality of life by providing a natural gathering point for residents to socialise, relax and enjoy themselves.

The Corniche will enhance Abu Dhabi's prestigious reputation as a model city and further boost its attraction as a world-class tourist destination, the officials noted.
 
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