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Damac Hills 2 (formerly known as Akoya and before that, Akoya Oxygen) - is a new, secluded residential development being developed by Damac Properties. It is located in the desert of south DubaiLand, about 40 minutes drive from the city centre. As of June 2021 many of the residential communities are complete while the bulk of the leisure districts and amenities are still yet to be built.
The Damac Hills 2 community is promised to offer cleaner air, naturally cooler temperatures, and a carefully designed master plan and road network system designed to reduce pollution, with dedicated spaces for bicycles and hybrids.
Homes feature energy efficient materials, air conditioning, lighting and controls, along with low-emission paints and solar water heating systems. Refuse will be separated for recycling where possible.
There is a wide variety of villa types on offer ranging from three to six bedrooms including Oleander, Celosia, Rivina, Aknan, Aurum, Biela, Cuatro, Hajar, Imagine, Mod Townhouses, Bughatti Villas, Just Cavalli Villas and Uno Premier Villas. The villa types are spaced out across the numerous sub-communities, each of which is named after a species of plant.
There are 27 sub-communities in Damac Hills 2. Learn more in the following guides.
The map below shows the location of Damac Hills 2 and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.
Damac Hills 2 does not yet have any schools nearby with the closest school being GEMS FirstPoint School at 11.3 km.
Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Damac Hills 2.
A look at the original masterplan published by the developer at the time of the launch of Damac Hills 2.
The masterplan as published in June 2021 depicts five leisure 'towns': Water Town, Sports Town, Down Town, Equestrian Town and Motor Town.
Water Town features a lazy river, 'Malibu Beach', a wave surfing simulator, an outdoor floating cinema, a boating lake and café, a splash pad, a water slide and a water playground.
Sports Town includes a cricket ground, cricket nets, an outdoor gym, a paddle court, a football field, a volleyball court, a basketball court, a 3km jogging track and a 6.8km cycle track.
The Down Town district has a barbecue area, a hedge maze, children's play areas, a giant chess game, a snakes and ladders game, a zen garden and an ampitheatre.
Equestrian Town has a horse riding area with stables and a farmers' market.
Motor town contains a go-kart track.
Additional amenities include a butterfly garden, a dance studio, a picnic park, a fishing lake, a petting farm, a bird enclosure and an outdoor cinema.
The project started out as a resurrection of the 2006 Tiger Woods-Dubai project originally proposed by Tatweer. Construction of the golf course and club house started but the project went on hold in 2009 due the global financial crisis before being cancelled entirely in 2011.
The land and the commercial agreement with Tiger Woods was bought up by Damac Properties in 2014 and re-branded as Akoya Oxygen.
The golf club was changed to 'Trump World Golf Club Dubai' with the course designed by world famous golf champion Tiger Woods. In 2006 Tiger Woods used his playing experience and extensive knowledge to launch Tiger Woods Design which has completed a number of prestigious projects in the US and Mexico. He introduced elements from some of the world’s finest golfing destinations to the 18-hole Championship course at Akoya Oxygen - from classic Scottish links courses to famous parkland courses in America and the sandbelt courses of Australia.
Stretching the limits of design, the Trump World Golf Club Dubai featured a 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art clubhouse, world-class restaurants and an expansive pro-shop, as well as the finest practice facilities complemented by PGA qualified teaching professionals. Residents and visitors would be able to explore the community via abra or monorail, and waterways flowed amongst buildings and meandered through the golf club, connecting the community.
Amenities were to include a luxury spa complex with outdoor showers and plunge pools, a yoga enclave inspired by the lotus flower, and an organic fresh market where residents could buy and sell fresh fruit and vegetables.
Later, a waterfront retail, hotel and leisure complex called Vista Lux was added to the project. The architect's drawings showed it would have been similar in style to the Madinat Jumeirah complex in Umm Suqeim.
In 2015 Damac announced a plan to build the region's first rainforest as part of the Akoya Oxygen community. The Dubai Rainforest was described as an educational and cultural dome designed to recreate the natural environment of rainforests. Visitors would be taken on a journey through the jungle, starting on ground level before climbing up into the canopy to learn about the habitat’s flora and fauna. They would then be able to fly through the treetops on a zip wire or just relax in the Rainforest Spa, with its hydrothermal treatments, rock pools and steam baths.
The Dubai Rainforest was due to be completed in time for Expo 2020, but the project was abandoned. A similar concept opened at Green Planet in City Walk in September 2016.
In 2019 the 'Oxygen' was dropped from the name and the community was referred to simply as 'Akoya'.
In June 2021 the Akoya community project was rebranded as 'Damac Hills 2' and a revised masterplan was released with a stronger focus on leisure amenities, summed up by the new slogan "More water, more sports, more fun."
The revised masterplan depicts a number of major changes, most notably the scrapping of the Tiger Woods-designed Trump Golf course to make space for a series of leisure 'towns' including many water-themed attractions and a comprehensive sports district with a cricket pitch, football pitch and basketball courts.
Around 50% of the former golf course is to be converted into leisure components and the remaining 50% is earmarked for future residential expansion. The huge Vista Lux complex has also been scrapped to provide land for additional villa communities.
See the development of Damac Hills 2 in photos.
In 2017 Arabtec was chosen as the contractor to build 1,296 villas and in 2018 the contract was expanded to include a further 916 villas.
In 2018 a major AED 72m (USD 20m) infrastructure contract was signed with China State Construction Engineering Corporation, providing access and services to 1,623 villas in the Amargo, Avencia and Victoria clusters.
All internal roadways have been constructed, and by July 2019 the community centre was nearing completion as the first handovers began in the 315-townhouse ‘Claret’ cluster. Other handovers were due to follow throughout the year.
Damac said that 29,700+ homes had been delivered whilst another 34,000 were 'in planning and progress'. The project was hoped to be completed by 2021, three years later than first forecast.
Most of the communities to the north of the development are complete and building work is still under way in many of the communities to the south. The apartment buildings are nearing completion.
We currently maintain records for seven building developments in Damac Hills 2.
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