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Dubai South
Updated: 1st December, 2022

Dubai South

A huge development including Residential, Commercial, Logistics and Aviation districts surrounding the Al Maktoum International Airport.
Dubai South
Overview
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Overview
Dubai South is an area located within Dubai.
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The developer
The project is being developed by Dubai South Properties.
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Additional information
  • Dubai South is home to a community of freehold as well as leasehold residential, commercial, office, and retail properties.

  • By 2022 the population of the residential district stood at more than 25,000. More than 1,400 apartments and townhouses had already been handed over at The Pulse which boasts lush green walkways, jogging and cycling tracks, eight gyms and swimming pools, and a number of parks.

  • In April 2022 Dubai South signed up with Discovery Land for a new Dh1 billion luxury golf community. Discovery Land is a US firm that specialises in golf community residential developments. The project will cover two square kilometres and comprise mansions, villas and an 18-hole golf course.

  • Discovery Land purchased the plot and plans to raise it to be ‘among the top golf course communities in the region’. This is the second golf-themed project at Dubai South, the first being Emaar South.

Guide

Dubai South, originally known as Dubai World Central, is a master-planned city centred on the Al Maktoum International Airport, which will become the world’s largest airport upon completion. The airport is already operational and will have the capacity to handle over 200 million passengers and 16 million tonnes of cargo annually.

Designed to be ‘The Centre of Tomorrow’, Dubai South spans approximately 145 square kilometres and is one of the biggest urban developments in the UAE. It is a multiphase development of eight integrated districts, or 'cities':
1. Residential
2. Commercial
3. Logistics
4. Aviation
5. Humanitarian
6. Golf
7. Exhibition
8. The Al Maktoum International Airport

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Dubai South it takes roughly 46 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 43 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 44 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 44 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 58 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 20 minutes' drive.*

Road access

Dubai South is directly linked to Jebel Ali Port via a dedicated logistics corridor that forms a single customs-bonded free zone spanning approximately 200 square kilometres. The zone provides businesses with the opportunity to access more than 6,400 registered companies, including over 120 of the Fortune Global 500 enterprises registered within the zone.

A multimodal logistics platform, Dubai South has direct access to the UAE’s main trans-emirates highways, the future Etihad Rail network, Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Port, providing unmatched speed, connectivity and flexibility.

Public transport

The planned extension to the metro's Red Line linking Nakheel Harbour & Tower station to the Expo 2020 site was completed in May 2020.

A new station at the Expo site connects Dubai South to all parts of the metro system.

After 2020 the line will be extended with a further three stations on the way to Al Maktoum International Airport where trains will terminate.

* Drive times are calculated by Google Maps and assume fastest route in typical traffic conditions.

Available property

Sub-communities

There are 56 sub-communities in Dubai South. Learn more in the following guides.

Al Forsan District
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Aviation City
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Azizi South
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Base Metal Zone
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Business District
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Central Park
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Chemicals Zone
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Commercial City
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Creative Commercial District
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Deyaar Dubai South Community
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Dubai Industrial City
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Dubai Industrial Park
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Dubai South Residential City
construction Under development
Dubai World Central Business Park
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DWC Lake District
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Emaar South
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Enterprise Park
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Expo City Dubai
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Expo Village
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Fairway Villas at Emaar South
architecture Planned
Food and Beverage Zone
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Golf Links at Emaar South
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Golf Views at Emaar South
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Greenview 1 at Emaar South
construction Under development
Greenview 2 at Emaar South
construction Under development
Greenview 3 at Emaar South
architecture Planned
Industrial Zone
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Jubilee Expo 2020 District
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Logistics City
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Machinery & Mechanical Equipment Zone
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MAG 5 Boulevard
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Mineral Products Zone
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Mobility District
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Opportunity District
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Parklane
architecture Planned
Parkside 1 at Emaar South
construction Under development
Parkside 2 at Emaar South
construction Under development
Parkside 3 at Emaar South
construction Under development
Residential Crescent
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Sahara Living
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Sahara Meadows
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Sahara Meadows 2
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Sakany Staff Village
construction Under development
South Bay
architecture Planned
Sunbeam Homes
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Sustainability District
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The Avenue at Dubai South
construction Under development
The Pulse
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The Pulse Beachfront
construction Under development
The Pulse Townhouses
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The Villages
architecture Planned
Transport & Equipment Zone
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Urbana 1 at Emaar South
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Urbana 2 at Emaar South
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Urbana 3 at Emaar South
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Urban Village
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Dubai South Location

Dubai South is directly linked to Jebel Ali Port via a dedicated logistics corridor that forms a single customs-bonded free zone spanning approximately 200 square kilometres. The zone provides businesses with the opportunity to access more than 6,400 registered companies, including over 120 of the Fortune Global 500 enterprises registered within the zone.

A multimodal logistics platform, Dubai South has direct access to the UAE’s main trans-emirates highways, the future Etihad Rail network, Al Maktoum International Airport and Jebel Ali Port, providing unmatched speed, connectivity and flexibility.

The map below shows the location of Dubai South and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

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Attractions
Expo City Dubai, 6.4 km
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Parks & beaches
Jubilee Park, 6.1 km
Expo Water Feature, 6.3 km
Al Forsan Park, 6.6 km
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Golf clubs
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Cinemas

Local Schools

Dubai South does not yet have any schools nearby with the closest school being Greenfield International School at 8.3 km.

Greenfield International School
8.3 km, Dubai Investments Park
AED 54,000  •  IB
The International School of Choueifat DIP
9.5 km, Dubai Investments Park
AED 33,500  •  SABIS
Dove Green Private School
10.5 km, Dubai Investments Park
AED 47,500  •  British
Durham School Dubai
10.6 km, Dubai Investments Park
AED 44,500  •  British

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Dubai South.

Dubai Investments Park
Dubai Investments Park (9.1 km)
A mixed-use complex consisting of three major zones - an industrial complex, a commercial complex and seven residential communities.
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Green Community
Green Community (10.7 km)
A community in Dubai Investments Park containing apartments, villas, leisure, retail, and commercial properties set in natural greenery.
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Companies Associated with Dubai South

Masterplan

A look at the original masterplan published by the developer at the time of the launch of Dubai South.

1 Dubai South Residential City

The 715 hectare Residential City lies in the north-eastern quarter of Dubai South and will provide high quality accommodation for middle income households working within the giant urban aviation community.

Housing around 250,000 people and employing around 20,000 more, Residential City will be linked to the Peripheral Road that runs around the Al Maktoum International Airport allowing easy access to other parts of Dubai South and surrounding developments. The district is geared to service the new airport and its main facilities, providing suitable and appropriate housing for employees and their families, as well as a variety of services along its main spine including three hotels and shopping malls.

Residential accommodation will be in high quality apartment buildings ranging from five to ten storeys. Most of the higher buildings are concentrated along Residential City’s main spine. Plot sizes range from 2,200m² to around 12,000m².

A 75 hectare area in the south-east corner of Residential City will be home to a showpiece Staff Village, a purpose-built community which will house around 43,000 of Dubai South’s blue-collar staff. The Village will have its own restaurants, community facilities, shops, service centres and recreational and sports facilities and have direct access to relevant warehouses, buildings and offices.

At the core of Dubai South is the light rail system that runs along Residential City’s main spine, serving both its eastern and western edges. A comprehensive and integrated road network will cater for easy accessibility between the various areas within the district.

The first two communities to be built in Residential City are The Pulse and The Villages.

The Pulse comprises 236 town houses, followed by 152 apartments in a project called The Pulse Boulevard Apartments, and 60 apartments in a block to be known as The Pulse Residence.

The Villages contains 254 town houses and two apartment buildings, The Villages Apartments and The Villages Residences, housing 209 and 217 apartments respectively.

In May 2015 the first phase of the MAG 5 residential development was launched, comprising 1,118 apartments in 13 seven-storey buildings, and it was completed in October 2019.

In July 2016 a Dh300 million contract for infrastructure works for Phases 1 and 2 of Residential City was awarded to Tristar Engineering & Construction. The works were due for completion by the end of 2017.

It was hoped that Residential City would have 6,000 new homes ready to move in by 2020.

2 Dubai South Commercial City

Still under construction, Dubai South Commercial City will cover an area of 795 hectares, and consist of buildings up to 45 storeys high. The district is expected to employ around 150,000 people and is separated into eight zones: The Urban Village, Lake District, The Seven Towers, Central Park, Creative Commercial District, Grand Central, Business District, and Residential Crescent.

The total estimated population is 450,000.

3 Dubai South Logistics City

Dubai South Logistics City is situated adjacent to the Al Maktoum International Airport and enables fast-cycle logistics businesses to better control their inventory and create greater efficiencies across their supply chain. With the necessary infrastructure, space, facilities and access in place, it is perfectly suited as an effective distribution or global supply chain hub for the Middle Eastern, Southeast European, CIS, Indian sub-continent and African markets.

Dubai South is directly linked to Jebel Ali Port via a dedicated logistics corridor that forms a single customs-bonded free zone spanning approximately 200 square kilometres. The zone provides businesses with the opportunity to access more than 6,400 registered companies, including over 120 of the Fortune Global 500 enterprises registered within the zone.

In February 2019 Dubai South announced the creation of a new 920,000 square metre free-trade zone, known as EZDubai, designed to attract e-commerce, logistics and other related industries. The project is expected to cost two billion dirhams ($545 million) over four years and will offer foreign firms 100 per cent ownership. Construction was expected to start in 2019.

4 Dubai South Aviation City

Dubai South Aviation City, when completed, will span an area of 7,500m², making it the world’s largest maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre. It is expected to cost US$ 12 million.

Aviation City expects to accommodate all aviation-related operations, manufacturing and associated industries, Fixed Base Operators (FBOs), maintenance, repair and operations (MROs), aviation support services, design and consultancy, products and parts, light manufacturing units, and high technology industries.

Beyond its aviation focus, the district will also offer well-defined zones for sectors such as hospitality, education, research and development, and mixed-used development.

Dubai South Aviation City is separated into four zones: Heliport, Educational, Academic and Industrial. Construction has already begun and it is expected that operations will grow in line with cargo and passenger numbers.

In June 2016 the government added new land plots in Aviation City to the freehold areas in Dubai South available for non-UAE nationals in Dubai.

5 Dubai South Humanitarian City

Humanitarian City serves as an emergency response base for warehousing and dispatching aid in collaboration with organisations such as the UN and IHC.

6 Emaar South (Dubai South Golf City)

This is an 18-hole golf course with associated retail, residential, and office components. Emaar South is located in the south-western corner of the project and covers an area of almost 2,000 hectares. It will be home to an expected 160,000. In Early 2019 Emaar released three- and four-bedroom villas at prices starting from Dh1 million, and residents began moving in in March 2020.

7 Dubai South Exhibition City

Located in the northern corner of Dubai South at the intersection of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Jebel Ali-Lahbab Road, Exhibition District will provide ‘one of the most advanced stages for major exhibitions and events, with phase one of the 300,000m² development offering 120,000m² of exhibition space at the centre of the 300 hectare landscaped site’.

In 2021 Exhibition District will be hosting the Dubai World Expo. Its location and integration with Dubai South's larger ‘aerotropolis’ concept enables the Expo to leverage the connectivity to Al Maktoum International Airport as well as its logistics, aviation, residential and commercial facilities.

8 Al Maktoum International Airport

Located at the heart of Dubai South, the Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA) is Dubai’s second airport. It has been operating cargo and passenger flights since 2010 and 2013 respectively and by 2022, when completed, will become the world’s largest airport with an ultimate capacity exceeding 220 million passengers and 16 million tonnes of cargo each year.

Construction Updates

The very first residential projects in Dubai South were due for completion by the end of 2015 but that target has been missed. The contract for infrastructure groundworks was awarded in July 2016.

A Dh363 million contract for the construction of the Dubai South Mall was awarded to Arabtec by the joint venture between Emaar Properties and Dubai World Trade Centre. The mall will have a built-up area of approximately 83,000 square metres and be located in Dubai South. Project work began in August 2017.

Dubai South in the News

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Pavilions

There were over 100 large stand-alone pavilions in Dubai South and all of the major ones are listed below. Some of the pavilions have been or will be dismantled following the close of the Expo season whilst some of the larger pavilions will remain as permanent structures for use as museums and event spaces.

Algeria Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Al Wasl Plaza
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Angola Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Antigua and Barbuda Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Argentina Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Australia Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Austria Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Azerbaijan Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Baden-Württemberg Pavilion
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Bahrain Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Belarus Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Belgium Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Brazil Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Brunei Darussalam Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Canada Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Chile Expo 2020 Pavilion
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China Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Colombia Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Czech Republic Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Denmark Expo 2020 Pavilion
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DEWA Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Djibouti Expo 2020 Pavilion
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DP World Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Egypt Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Emirates Expo 2020 Pavilion
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ENOC Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Estonia Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Finland Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Firdaus Studio Expo 2020 Pavilion
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France Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Futuristic Fuel Station
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Germany Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Grenada Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Gulf Cooperation Council Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Hungary Expo 2020 Pavilion
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India Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Indonesia Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Iran Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Iraq Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Ireland Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Israel Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Italy Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Japan Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Kazakhstan Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Kuwait Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Lebanon Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Lithuania Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Luxembourg Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Malawi Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Malaysia Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Mobility Pavilion
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Monaco Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Mongolia Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Montenegro Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Morocco Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Myanmar Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Netherlands Expo 2020 Pavilion
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New Zealand Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Norway Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Oman Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Opportunity Pavilion
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Pakistan Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Palestine Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Panama Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Peru Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Philippines Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Poland Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Portugal Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Qatar Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Romania Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Russia Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Saudi Arabia Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Serbia Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Singapore Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Slovenia Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Solomn Islands Expo 2020 Pavilion
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South Korea Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Spain Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Sri Lanka Expo 2020 Pavilion
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St Kitts and Nevis Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Sudan Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Suriname Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Sustainability Pavilion
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Sweden Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Switzerland Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Thailand Expo 2020 Pavilion
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The Good Place Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Tonga Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Turkey Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Turkmenistan Expo 2020 Pavilion
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UAE Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Ukraine Expo 2020 Pavilion
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United Kingdom Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Uruguay Expo 2020 Pavilion
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USA Expo Pavilion
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Uzbekistan Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Venezuela Expo 202 Pavilion
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Vietnam Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Women's Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Zimbabwe Expo 2020 Pavilion
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Dubai South Buildings

We currently maintain records for 47 building developments in Dubai South.

MAG 505
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MAG 510
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MAG 515
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MAG 520
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MAG 525
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MAG 530
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MAG 535
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MAG 540
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MAG 545
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MAG 550
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MAG 555
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MAG 560
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MAG 565
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Celestia
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Golf Views A
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Golf Views B
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Kappa Acca 3
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Kappa Acca 4
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Kappa Acca 5
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Parklane Views
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Rove Expo 2020
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Expo Media Centre
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South Residence 1
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South Residence 2
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Al Haseen Residence
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The Pulse Residence
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Anchorage Residences
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Parklane Residence 1
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Parklane Residence 2
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Expo 2020 Metro Station
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Hospitality Care Centre
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The Pulse Residence Icon
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The Pulse Residence Park
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Bustanica Hydroponic Farm
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Expo Village Residences 1
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Expo Village Residences 2
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Expo Village Residences 3
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Expo Village Residences 4
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Wasl Plaza North Building
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Siemens Building Wasl Plaza
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Damac Maison de Ville Tenora
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The Pulse Residence Plaza B8
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The Pulse Residence Plaza B9
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