Downtown Jebel Ali Landscape Master Plan, UAE
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New Mixed-use Town Southwest of Dubai
Location Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Client Rafael Vinoly Architects
Scope Urban Design, Landscape Architecture
Size 9 hectares (22 acres)
Downtown Jebel Ali is a new development located 35 kilometers southwest of Dubai, along an 11 km stretch of Sheikh Zayed Road. Representing the first phase of a major mixed-use development on the outskirts of Dubai, the project includes two high-rise office buildings and two high-rise apartment buildings with access to Sheik Zayed Road. Mixed-use buildings and a four-building commercial block flank the area on either side, and the central plaza covers a below-grade parking structure. SWA’s work included gardens for roof, gallery and plaza, a central plaza featuring interactive water features, pedestrian cafes and gathering spaces, and streetscape design connecting the block to future development areas. Detailed design addressed fine-grained streets and parks to create identity for the district, with highly-programmed neighborhood parks, pedestrian-friendly streets with architectural canopies and kiosks, and a 1.6-hectare (4-acre) plaza with water features, ficus bosques, roof gardens, video displays, and café.