Deira Islands Overview
Deira Islands is a new 15.3 square kilometre waterfront city off the coast of Deira. It comprises a group of man-made islands created from remnants of the Palm Deira development which was cancelled during the early stages of construction. Deira Islands will add another 40km of coastline to Dubai including 21km of new beachfront.
Four large islands connected by bridges will provide land for a coastal city, which is expected to have a population of 250,000, and create 80,000 jobs.
The masterplan includes hundreds of tourism, leisure and residential developments including hotels, resorts, serviced apartments, mixed-use buildings and waterside homes.
Deira Islands Mall
The first major project to be announced for the islands is the Deira Islands Mall development which will cover an area of approximately 761,840 square metres and include hundreds of shops as well as cinemas, office space and entertainment facilities.
Deira Islands Night Souk
Deira Islands Night Souk is claimed to be the world’s largest night market. Under construction and due for completion by the end of 2018, the souk will have 5,300 shops and almost 100 quayside cafes and restaurants.
Centara Hotel Deira Island
In September 2017 Nakheel and Thai hotel group Centara Hotels & Resorts formed a joint venture company and signed an agreement that the 600-room beachfront resort and waterpark will be managed by Centara.
Set to open in 2020, Centara Hotel Deira Island is the first Centara establishment in the UAE and will cover an area of almost 300,000 sq ft. Features will include a waterpark, multiple restaurants including alfresco rooftop dining options, kids’ club, spa and fitness centre, and business facilities.
Recent enhancements to the hotel’s design have added 50 rooms to the original plan, bringing the total number of keys to 600.
RIU Hotel Deira Islands
RIU Hotel Deira Islands is a planned 4-star hotel and water park resort to be built by Nakheel in partnership with Spain’s RIU Hotels & Resorts.
The 33-storey hotel will have 800 rooms, a rooftop pool deck, seven food and beverage outlets, three more swimming pools, a fitness complex, a children’s club and a water park.
The project is expected to be delivered in 2019.
Vienna House Deira Beach
Vienna House Deira Beach is a planned USD160 million, 600-room beachfront holiday complex at Deira Islands to be built by Nakheel in partnership with Austria’s largest independent hotel chain, Vienna House.
The property is expected to open after 2020.
- The project was launched in June 2014.
- The master developer is Nakheel PJSC.
In October 2020 Nakheel announced anchorages at Deira Islands enabling people to take day trips or stay overnight. The anchorages are able to accommodate boats and yachts up to 165m long.
Access is free to Palm Jumeirah Marina members, while other boat owners have to pay a nominal fee depending on the boat size. Overnight anchoring permits are available on application.
23.5 kilometres of coastline and breakwaters are currently being constructed by Van Oord Middle East Limited, the same company that created Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands.
In February 2016 a contract was awarded for the construction of the Deira Palm Island Entrance Bridge, which will serve a planned marina, and the new fish market.
The project also includes the opening up of the waterway and construction of the side walls of the canal up to the fish market marina.
Nakheel started infrastructure and maritime works on the islands by completing the entrance to the western bridge and linking it in the direction of the marina and fish market.
Following the opening of the bridge, works will begin to clear the way for opening of the waterway
Works at Deira Islands include the construction of hotels, hotel apartments, multi-purpose buildings and marinas.
In April 2017 Nakheel signed a Dh4.2 billion contract with United Engineering Construction (UNEC) for the construction of Deira Mall. Work began in the first quarter of 2018 and is scheduled for completion in 2021.
In August 2017 Nakheel awarded four contracts for work on islands A and B of the four-island development, for a sewage treatment plant, a district cooling plant, a substation and piling work for an 800-room resort.
These new contracts brought the total invested by Nakheel to almost Dh7.5 billion in infrastructure and construction for Deira Islands so far.
The contracts were awarded to VWS Emirates / Butec (Dubai Branch), Emirates District Cooling (Emicool), and AG Power.
Deira Islands in the News
ME Construction News, 15th Oct 2020
Deira Islands are currently connected to Deira via a road which extends from the Abu Hail Road (D91). This looks likely to be replaced by a large road bridge which extends from Abu Baker Al Siddique road (D78) and is currently under construction with about 50% complete. Each of the four islands will then be linked to each other via individual road bridges.
Deira Islands Communities
We currently maintain records for 2 sub-communities on Deira Islands.
Deira Islands Buildings
We currently maintain records for 7 building developments on Deira Islands.
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