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Living Legends

District, DubaiLand, Dubai
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Living Legends Overview

Living Legends is a freehold project by Saudi developer Tanmiyat in DubaiLand just north of Global Village.

Spread over 14 million square feet the project includes 500 villas surrounding a 9-hole golf course and 12 low-rise buildings containing over 2,000 apartments. The scheme also includes three office towers, a 150-shop retail centre, a nursery, kindergarten, primary school and a mosque.

When complete Living Legends will be home to 20,000 people.

The term ‘Living Legends’ is a hangover from the days when this place was to have been a massive theme park; now the Legends are the apartment buildings, named Sinbad, Caesar, Shakespeare, Hercules and so on.

Launched in 2007 and subject to an almost immediate go-slow, it wasn’t until 2016 that the first villas and apartments were handed over, although work on the golf course and associated landscaping was still in progress.

Living Legends will eventually have its own mall which will be attached to a new twin-tower apartment project called Skyline. Both of these were scheduled for completion in 2018, but that is not going to happen.

Companies Associated with Living Legends
Master Developer
Architectural Consultant
Engineering Consultant
  • The project was launched in 2004.
  • The handover process began in 2016.
  • The estimated handover date was 2008 which has since been revised to 2013.
  • The master developer is Tanmiyat Global.
  • The project was designed by TPM Engineering Consultancies.
  • The main building work was done by Delta Al Emarate Building Contracting Co. LLC.
  • Other companies involved with Living Legends include Al Burj Engineering Consultants and Gulf Finance House.
  • From Living Legends it takes roughly 23 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 24 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 24 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 27 minutes to The Walk JBR.
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 33 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 37 minutes' drive. All durations are calculated by Google Maps and assume the fastest route in typical traffic conditions.
Living Legends Milestones
Date Launched
Estimated Handover Date
Revised Estimated Handover Date
Handover Started

Living Legends Amenities

Facilities and amenities in the 14 million sq ft development will include 150 shops, a 4-star boutique hotel, a 9-hole golf course, a jogging track, two football pitches, two basketball courts, a volleyball court, a cycling track, a rehabilitation centre, and 13 swimming pools.

Dunecrest American School in Dubai opened in September 2018 and there will also an Odyssey Nursery.

The 12 residential towers will each have its own swimming pool and fully equipped gym.

Proximity to landmarks
Mall of the Emirates
23 mins drive
Dubai Mall
23 mins drive
Palm Jumeirah
24 mins drive
The Walk JBR
27 mins drive
Al Maktoum International Airport
37 mins drive
Burj Al Arab
24 mins drive
Ibn Battuta Mall
26 mins drive
Dubai International Airport
33 mins drive
La Mer
31 mins drive

Construction History

Phase 1, comprising 184 villas and 144 apartments, was handed over in June 2016.

Phase 2 comprising 500 villas and 144 apartments was completed in June 2018.

Phase 3 villas are looking to complete in 2021.

Of the 12 apartment buildings, two have been handed over and a further eight are in various stages of construction

Living Legends in the News

Carrefour to open in Dubailand next year
The National, 2nd Apr 2015
60 Living Legend investors plan march
Emirates 24|7, 23rd Mar 2011
Tanmiyat's Living Legends takes off
Gulf Business, 9th Jun 2006
Dubailand Legends for Tanmiyat
Gulf News, 21st Sep 2005

Living Legends History

When it was first announced in November 2004 Living Legends was to have comprised three world-class theme parks, four themed hotels, a golf course and an office complex. The theme parks, ‘Legends-DubaiLand’, were to have been Legends of Arabia, Legends of Nature and Legends of the World, ‘all inspired by the magic of mythology, natural wonders, and sensational places on the planet’.

The Legends theme was also to have continued through the hotels, three of which would have been based on Arabian, Caribbean and Medieval concepts had not the fickle finger of fate dealt this project and many others in DubaiLand a cruel blow in the form of the global financial crisis of 2008.

The golf course survived the inevitable downscaling as did the office element, albeit without its original fetching soubriquet “Trade Legends”.

In June 2016 the first phase comprising 184 villas and one apartment tower was handed over, six years later than originally forecast.


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