An artist's impression of Jubail Island.
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DUBAI – In four years, the Jubail Island in Abu Dhabi will be transformed into a residential island designed for “walking and bicycling, not driving”.
The megaproject, estimated to cost Dh5 billion, has generated a lot of interest, said Richard Russell, chief operations officer at the Jubail Island Investment Company.
Jubail Island is situated between Saadiyat Island and Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. According to Russell, the island will be “everything that [the UAE skyscraper image] isn’t”.
There will be six villages with low-rise structures that will be home to up to 6,000 residents. No villa will be higher than 15 metres. The tallest building on the island will only be 10-storeys high.
The layout is unique and integrated with the environment, said Russell, who added that landscaped walkways and cycle paths have been designed to support fitness enthusiasts.
Around 800 homes will be constructed on the island, along with a beach club, sports centres, six mosques, a beach club, a town centre, apartments, a hotel and office space, and restaurants.
Handover of residential plots will start on 2021, with new residents free to build their own homes based on approved designs. GAD/Expat Media
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