Dubai Floating Bridge set to open next month

June 23, 2007 at 7:35 am (Dubai, UAE)

The ambitious Dh81.5m Floating Bridge project of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is expected to ease traffic situation on Al Maktoum Bridge as it would take up to 6,000 vehicles during rush hours, the RTA officials have said.

The bridge made of 20-metre-wide hollow concrete blocks will float in water.

The six-lane bridge, which is expected to open to traffic next month, is all set to provide to the commuters the much-needed alternative to Salik toll road. It will connect Deira with the Oud Metha Road.Situated just 500 metres south of the Al Maktoum Bridge, the Bridge is 300 metres long. It will end at the intersection to be built on Riyadh Street between Dubai Courts and Ras Al Khor Park. The rolling segment of the bridge allows it to open and close at intervals.



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Dubai :The Ice bar, Middle East’s first ice lounge .

June 21, 2007 at 4:20 pm (Dubai, Photo Gallery, UAE)











Almost everything at the restaurant is sculpted out of ice. Diners will sit on ice benches or chairs, eat at ice tables, out of ice plates, drink from ice glasses served from a bar made of ice.the restaurant is Dubai-based Sharaf Group’s enterprise while technical inputs came from Canada-based Iceculture Inc, who are credited with building ice lounges around the world.

It even has an ice gallery showcasing Dubai’s landmarks. Complimenting that is an ice portrait of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Freezing at minus 6 degrees Celsius the dining area is, well, biting cold.
The 2,400 sqft restaurant has three areas. The lobby and the lounge areas are separated by what is called the Buffer Zone. Once in the lobby, visitors will be given thermal gear to protect themselves from the chilly conditions. It comprises a hooded parka (a heavy jacket), disposable woollen gloves and a pair of shoes.

Visitors are advised to first spend a few minutes in the Buffer Zone to get acclimatised. The temperature in the buffer zone is set at 5 degrees Celsius which gives the body time to adjust to the sharp drop in temperature in the dining area.

The restaurant, which will serve cold cuts, cheese, juices, ice creams and mocktails, can accommodate 40 guests, including relatively intimate table-for-two arrangements for couples.

Seats are cushioned and acrylic-topped tables are adorned with decorative pieces sculpted from crystal clear ice. Vapour-mouthed visitors can feel secure in the knowledge that there are sheepskin throws for the asking should things get too nippy for their comfort.

A looming chandelier in the middle of the lounge is made out of ice blocks strung together by cables, as are ice-beaded curtains in the couples’ section.
Located @ Times Square mall, between the 3rd and 4th interchange on Shaikh Zayed Road .


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DUBAILAND : Twice the size of Walt Disney World in Florida.

June 12, 2007 at 6:16 pm (Dubai, Dubai Projects Photo Gallery, Photo Gallery)


Dubailand is the Middle East’s answer to Disney World. However, like most things in Dubai it will be bigger than its rival; twice as big in fact. It will be built in 4 stages, with the final stage being completed around 2020. Some parts of this mega project are already complete.

Theme Parks Great Dubai Wheel

Located in a prime area of Dubailand,
the Great Dubai Wheel will be one of the biggest in the world (bigger than London Eye). During the exciting journey on the wheel, the visitor will be able to view distances of up to 50 kilometres and hence will be able to see all the wonders of Dubai.

Dubai Snowdome
Duland Snow Dome
Dubai Land Snow DomeDubai Land SnowDome
The dome with its more than 200m diameter and 70m height will be the largest free-standing see-through dome structure in the world. The Snowdone will include a rotating ski deck, mountain run, training area, snow play area, toboggan run, pinguinarium, ice skating rink, ice skating adventure area and a flying theatre featuring a virtual flight over the Antarctic.

Culture & ArtFalcon City of Wonders

The project will feature cultural facilities with structures based on famous sites and the architectural marvels of the world, such as the Pyramids, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Spread over an area of 4 million square metres, it is shaped to represent the falcon, emblematic of the UAE’s heritage. In addition to that the project will consist of a full function Pharaohs Theme Park with multiple white-knuckle rides and roller coasters.Islamic Culture & Science World

The project provides state-of-the-art facilities for the promotion, understanding and research of Space, Natural and Human Sciences, as well as Islamic Culture, Arts and Literature. It includes a multi-purpose stage, International Cultural & Scientific Centre, exhibition area, museum, labs and other relevant facilities.Taaleem Beacon Education

The principal components of the Flagship School will include early childhood facilities, a primary/elementary school, two secondary/middle and high schools and a Junior College. The schools will offer day and boarding placements and there will be a youth hostel to accommodate visiting students.

Al Sahra Desert Resort

Al Sahra is a unique desert resort set in 40 million square feet of undulating sand dunes just thirty minutes from the heart of Dubai. Its star-attraction, “Jumana – Secret of the Desert”, is a world class extravaganza with spectacular light, laser, sound and pyrotechnics effects, staged in an imposing amphitheatre built in the style of an ancient Arabic settlement. Al Sahra Desert Resort offers restaurants, a traditional Souk with arts and crafts of the region, luxury tented lodges and a Caravanserai boutique hotel to ensure a memorable experience for visitors.

Al Kaheel
Al Kaheel will be an unique leisure attraction, resort and family entertainment community that will be distinctively different from all others. This horse lover’s paradise will be an educational theme park and a working horse farm that is dedicated to men’s relationship with the horse.

Science & PlanetariumsAstrolabe Resort
The project will present the first immersive entertainment environment based on education themes in the Middle East. The entertainment themes will also highlight the golden age of Islam, as well as leading figures in different fields of science during that prosperous period.Emirates Planetarium
An education based, entertainment oriented, space theme multi-complex project comprising of a planetarium, an education and entertainment centre, several space themed hotels.Sports & Sports AcademiesDubai Golf City

The project will house five themed signature courses, a golf academy, a six-star resort hotel & spa, golf communities, golf villages and retail souks. The city is envisioned to have courses that will be challenging and can be used by international golfing leagues for competitions.

Dubai Sports City

The region’s premier sporting venue featuring 4 giant-sized stadiums designed for international events including soccer, hockey, cricket and rugby. The project will also feature world renowned sporting academies.
Dubai Lifestyle City
The development will house the first, one of its kind ‘World Class’ IMG Sports Academy in the region. It will be home to an exclusive boutique seven-star hotel with a destination spa and a premium retail walkway to cater to exclusive sports and wellness products and services.
Plantation Equestrian & Polo Club
A Polo and Equestrian club with international standards. Components: 3 Polo fields, 5-star Hotel & Spa, Veterinary for horses and Polo Academy.

Motor City

A year-round destination for motor sports fans worldwide. The project will consist of the following attractions: DUBAI AUTODROME: an FIA sanctioned 5.39 km circuit, which offers six different configurations and incorporates a Race & Driving school and a CIK approved Karting track. FORMULA ONE THEME PARK: a visionary and permanent theme park offering simulator rides, thrilling live demonstrations, interactive museum, retail outlets, restaurants, memorabilia stores and more.Wellbeing & Health


An exclusive and luxury complex containing an international array of branded beauty-themed Spas providing relaxation treatments, and holistic therapies along with health and organic nutrition. The project will also feature: a Beauty Museum, a Beauty Academy, a Boutique Hotel and a boulevard where an exclusive selection of cosmetic and luxury brands will be retailed.


This total wellness resort (health farm) will be an ideal place whether you just need time away, desire a change, want to unwind or kick-start a healthier lifestyle. It will have something for everyone. The unique blend of traditional and advanced therapies will ensure that the visitors can leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated.

Al Barari
A lush habitat of plants, desert vegetation and gardens from around the world surrounded by spectacular lakes and spice meadows, incorporating a spa utilising natural medicinal and complementary therapies. It will also include academic and cultural facilities.

Shopping & Retail

Dubai Outlet City

 A unique project comprising of the Dubai Outlet Mall, the first shopping mall for factory outlets in the region.

Dubai Bazaar

 The Islamic architectural design of this project will capture the true spirit of traditional Islamic marketplaces. Among the countless attractions, musical and artistic activities will be included.

Resorts & Hotels

Al Sahara Kingdom
Sahara Kingdom is Arabian Legend inspired by tales of 1001 Nights (alf layla wa layla, Shahriyar and Shahrazad). It is mix of complimentary retail, hospitality and entertainment. A fantastic world that weaves together the excitement, adventure, charm and beauty of a thousand and one different tales that happened in scores of places across the civilized world. Each of the Resort components relates to the comprehensive storyline of the development, which not only sets the tone for the thematic approach to the development, but also effectively scripts the guest experience expected for the resort -Sahara Kingdom will be an all inclusive destination development able to offer a complete range of experiences to all who visit.

City of Arabia

A gateway to Dubailand City of Arabia project will consist of the following components: MALL OF ARABIA:


 The largest mall in the world, with innovative and exciting themed areas, designer boutiques and exclusive salons in distinct Arabian architectural surroundings.
 Dinosaur-themed park featuring more than 100 animatronic dinosaur replicas in a lifelike environment, recreating the sights and sounds of 1 million B.C.
 Located at the heart of Dubailand, this will be a popular, innovative centre for retail and family entertainment and dining, featuring wide boulevards, street cafés, lush parklands and gardens.

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