Falconcity of Wonders is a vast 380 hectare residential, tourist, entertainment and recreational complex shaped in the form of the UAE’s Falcon emblem. The development is situated on the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) to the west of the Dubai-Al Ain Road (E66) and is themed around several ‘wonders of the world’.
It was first proposed as part of the DubaiLand project in 2005, but like so many other schemes at that time it ground to a halt during the 2008 global financial crisis. The project is now picking up speed thanks to interest from a number of Indian investors, and the first residential buildings are finished and occupied, although the Wonders are not yet built.
Falconcity’s proposed wonders are a mix of buildings inspired by the classic and more recent wonders of the world with the Eiffel Tower, a theme park and a shopping mall thrown in for good measure. Oh, and Venice.
Although no construction work on any of the Wonders has begun, two residential districts have been built, Western Residence South and North, and people have already moved in. There have been mixed reviews about the build quality of the villas, but residents seem happy with the spacious floor plans.
Apparently the large Pyramid, named Saam Antares, is to be the largest pyramid ever built. How it compares in size to the Great Pyramid at Giza we are not told, but it will be a mixed use complex of residences, offices and recreational attractions. Two more pyramids will complete the wonderful illusion, Saam Polaris and Saam Vega, structures of 20 and 10 storeys respectively that will house serviced hotel apartments managed by ‘a world class hospitality chain’.
A ‘multidimensional’ development of freehold apartment buildings, mixed-use office/residential buildings, and buildings providing fully serviced apartments. The centre piece of this neighbourhood will be the Taj Arabia Palace Hotel, ‘a breathtaking look-a-like of the original and yet four times larger!’ It will be surrounded by Mughal inspired landscaped gardens full of greenery and water features.
A mixed use residential and office buiding cleverly disguised as a tourist attraction. Unlike the original this tower, it is hoped, will not begin to lean. Also unlike the original, The Tower of Pisa will, rather curiously, be located in ‘the city of Rome’ where visitors and residents alike ‘will enjoy the Grand Structure and the Engineering Marvel of the Historical Wonder’. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
We don’t have much to say about this wonder, except that it is an eco-friendly complex of luxury flats, open-air restaurants and coffee shops, and, yes, a garden overlooking the Falconcity Mall.
Like its ancient forebear the new Dubai Light House will serve as a landmark for Falconcity. The design of the tower is based on the detailed descriptions of the Lighthouse of Alexandria recorded in 1166 CE by Arab travellers two hundred years before it fell into ruin. The Dubai Lighthouse will contain commercial, residential, recreational and retail elements.
Higher than a three storey building and 1,700 meters in length this high-rise jogging track will provide a ‘buffer zone’ (ie sound barrier) between the theme park and the residential area. A definite must-see attraction.
This is to be the central feature of the Falconcity commercial sector, home to a variety of commercial, residential, recreational and retail elements. Surrounding the tower will be the landscaped Falcon Elysees with its parks, cafes, gardens and fountains. A circular shopping arcade ‘enriched by famous brands of fashions and styles’ will run around the perimeter of the tower complex.
In the developer’s own words, ‘The most romantic place in the Falconcity would be Town of Venice situated by the waterfront. Developed with wonderful waterfront, open-air cafes, gondolas and pedestrian shopping, Town of Venice brings to you a unique Italian dreamy experience.’
Not much is known about the content of the Theme Park except that it is ‘a tourism, hospitality, entertainment, leisure and retail mega project’ covering an area of 4 million square feet. Its modest claim to be ‘the most ambitious tourist destination ever created’ hints at what we might expect.
Fast forward a few years and imagine you are flying over Falconcity of Wonders. Below you you see the shape of a Falcon formed by housing, roads and attractions. What looks like the head of the Falcon is the shopping mall.
These 24 towers will be at the feet of the Falcon and comprise apartments, offices and hotels. They will be surrounded by such international cities ‘as Rome, Venice, Beirut, and India’, together with a miniature (1,000,000 sq ft) version of New York City’s Central Park.
There will be over 5,500 apartments and villas located in the Falcon’s wings. The villas come in various sizes of detached, semi-detached and townhouses and are available in a choice of four styles, Aegean (Greek), Andalusia (Spanish), New World (North American), and Santa Fe (Mexican). Family centres, sports facilities and schools are also included in the master plan.
From Falconcity of Wonders it takes roughly 20 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 29 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 29 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 33 minutes to The Walk JBR.*
Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 29 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 37 minutes' drive.*
There are four sub-communities in Falconcity of Wonders. Learn more in the following guides.
The map below shows the location of Falconcity of Wonders and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.
Falconcity of Wonders has many schools nearby including GEMS Winchester School, Dubai at 2.2 km and Kent College Dubai at 3.4 km.
In terms of performance there are two schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou which has a rating of 'Very good' and GEMS Wellington Academy, Dubai Silicon Oasis which also has a rating of 'Very good'.
Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Falconcity of Wonders.
A look at the original masterplan published by the developer at the time of the launch of Falconcity of Wonders.
Images depicting the initial concept designs for Falconcity of Wonders.
Projects often go through a number of design revisions as they progress and developers may or may not honour their original plans when it comes to architectural designs, amenities and landscaping. The images below are provided as a means to compare the original plans with the realised development.
Phase 1, Western Residence South, has been completed. It consists of 215 villas and 131 townhouses.
Phase 2, Western Residence North, has also been completed. It consists of 214 units.
In 2018 foundation work began on the medium and small pyramids.
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