Land of the giants

18 Feb 2010

Dubai strikes again as Meydan City projects go to tender

There appears to be no hint of recent financial difficulties as far as the developers of Meydan City in Dubai are concerned. Having recently opened one of the largest horse racing facilities in the world, complete with trackside hotel and destination marina, the other major elements comprising the business, sporting and lifestyle district have gone to construction tender.

The 200 million sq ft masterplan designed for Meydan Group LLC is based on a green oasis, separated into four distinct areas: the Racecourse with Meydan Hotel; Meydan Horizons; Godolphin Park and Meydan Metropolis. The newly completed racecourse sector is the showpiece of the development covering 67 million sq ft providing much more than equestrian enjoyment. The attached Meydan hotel has 290 rooms, 95% of which overlook the racecourse, the marina nearby provides retail and corporate opportunities, while Meydan Museum and Gallery and an IMAX Theatre add to the cultural offerings.

Nearby the 15 million sq ft Horizons development is set to provide a new business and residential centre as a phased development. Containing its own marina, the development is also inter-weaved with bicycle paths, canals and pedestrian promenades, attempting to decrease negative environmental effects and provide a pleasant cosmopolitan atmosphere. The key structures of Horizons are the sail shaped Meydan Gateway Towers and the Horseshoe Plaza.

Metropolis is designed to be home to the world's most powerful companies. Inspired in its design by earth and metal and their 'associated values of strength energy and determination', Meydan hope Metropolis will be 'the undisputed choice for companies who really mean business.'

"This prestigious address will offer business towers equipped with spacious lobbies, lushgardens, void roof tops and lobbies that offer views as distinct as its residents. State-ofthe-art high-speed elevators keep up with the pace of modern business today, perfectfor executives on the move," say Meydan.

The final and perhaps most controversial of the sectors is Godolphin Parks with its 40 storey Godolphin tower featuring a thoroughbred horse image cut through its façade. The corporate usage of the tower will be balanced by an enormous retail element in the Signature Mall, a linear 1.4 km structure with views out the the river.

Malaysian architect Teo A. Khing (TAK) is responsible for designing and consulting many of the main building projects in the development.

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