Guest Posts, Link Building, SEO, Pay-Per-Click campaigns
Advanced Search
Rebecca's Archive

Nakheel - Masters of 'The Universe' - By Rebecca Wicks

Females all over the world were celebrating the announcement of Isla Moda last week - a whole new world of fashion (literally) being constructed off our city's shores by Dubai Infinity Holdings. Big Ben is almost finished - soon to tower over Sheikh Zayad Road, reminding us just how late for work we actually are. Pads in 'The Pad' are up for sale, in case you wanted a revolving apartment in a building set to look like an mp3 player. Do you see a pattern emerging here? It seems to us, that as soon as an impressive plan for an additional Dubai wonder is announced, someone tries to better it immediately. We're not sure this one can be topped, however.

Nakheel - Masters of 'The Universe' Dubai-based developer Nakheel has this week announced plans for a massive real estate development, set to make all others pale in comparison. They might have created The World, but with all that money and enough creative genius to put any British Blue Peter team to shame, they clearly woke up one morning thinking "It's just not enough, we need to do better". And thus, they decided, "We shall create The Universe".

Yes, really. The Universe is set to be dredged up in quite a noisy, non-spiritual manner between Palm Jumeirah and Palm Deira, according to Gulf News. It won't quite spring up over night, though - for those who were suddenly planning their next birthday party on the moon, or wedding in the peaceful eastern quarter of Pluto. The multi-billion dollar project will take 15 to 20 years to develop, meaning The World around its crane-ridden crust would have long been finished by the time The Universe's residential, commercial and tourism projects are anything worthy of more than speculation.

The Universe will consist of 3,000 hectares of land, and news of its construction comes shortly after Nakheel announced plans to blow a whopping Dhs200 million on a development called the Blue Communities - a sustainability project, and 'a call to action' aimed at raising awareness of coastal development issues.

As one of the world's largest privately held property developers, we can hardly argue Nakheel's authority on the matter, especially when they're turning every stretch of otherwise untouchable ocean into something majestic that makes us all want to live in the middle of the water - even if we can't personally afford the yacht to get there. Their projects are said to be worth USD $60 billion and when finished, the waterfront developments in Dubai will add an extra 1,000km of shoreline to the city's already sprawling coastline. That's a whole lot of extra beach for you and I to play on, in the future.

Nakheel claim to have written the rulebook on Waterfront development. It's said that almost two thirds of the world's population live in coastal communities and Blue Communities will aspire to provide leadership in future developments. Let them, we say. If The Universe means that Dubai itself can put life on Mars, encourage a valentines date on Venus, host a sports day on Saturn and open a restaurant in Uranus, there's really no one better to show the rest of Earth how to create stuff that's out of this world.

But, the question is, even if Nakheel have proven to be true Masters of 'The Universe', when will it end? If the rumours are true, Dubai won't just stop when it runs out of land and water to play with. We heard whisperings of a floating city in the sky, not so long ago! Fact or fiction? As yet, no one's really sure.

Such changes happening so quickly, we're guessing might frighten some people. Where do you invest in a property when the city limits are expanding by the hour? Which car do you buy when you might well have to upgrade to a solar-powered space pod in three years time? Will buying an apartment in a building that looks like an iPod now, be the equivalent of living in a rather embarrassing, battery operated plastic cassette player when 2010 rolls around?

Who knows? These are things not even Nakheel can tell us. We've chosen to live in a city that constantly tries to outdo everyone else, so maybe we should just embrace it. Dubai is changing, whether we like it or not. Asking too many questions hurts our heads, and besides, even when we can't send a simple text message thanks to a satellite being clogged by sand and smog, at least we can look at the world's tallest building from the boundaries of the Earth's crust, while we're trying.

Posted: 21 Jan 2008

  All fields are mandatory
Your Name
Your Comments
 Max 250 characters - Word Count :
Image Verification
Change Image

More Info
Tell us what you think about this article. Email us here.
Who is Rebecca Wicks? Read about her.
Little Corn, Nicaragua - a world away from Dubai
Building a house in Costa Rica The day I became a diver...
Chilling out in the desert – An Al Maha escape Defining the meaning of Supper Club
Colour me good, with therapy.... The cost of living in pastures new....
If I was Paris Hilton’s best friend.... Time flies, it’s been fun, but....
My name Blackberry, er, .... A tailor-made treat for the masses
Dive in movies and other summer hot stuff... Getting down to business class
Petty crime and British pigs... Superhero midgets, big clubs and Barsha...
The highs and lows of JBR Walk A Weekend in Yemen...
Cat-woman and the solo living plan... Totally Addicted To Twilight...
Confessions from a tech-widow... Geese and guilt-free cookery...
The Friday Harbour brunch high Cirque du Soleil – more than a trip to the circus
To tweet or not to tweet? How to work the circuit (and leave)
Money and the monkeys... Sofa, so good
Getting intimate with the Woman in Black Hair today, gone tomorrow - Dubai’s best kept style secret
Orphans and the hands of fate England, Dubai and the theory of Pie
Fisherman’s Friends, Fois Gras & The Harbour’s new high Solidarity, skyscrapers and a surprising lack of NY resolutions
A lazy, hazy Christmas at the orphanage The 22 degrees of Christmas
Spinach, tigers and the invisible tarantula... Raindrops keep falling on my head...
When is savoury sweet? When it’s at the Westin... The word on the street is... fireworks
Re-biting the Big Apple... A Living Cat-astrophe
Squirrels, lumberjacks and kneecaps The BBC - but not as you know it…
Beards of a Feather Flock Together Round the clock bites and delights
Jolie-Pitts - paving the way for families? The brunch bunch
What's bugging us? The contest giving camels the hump
The cleaning man who never was Come az*u*r and taste the organic side to Dubai
The 7 day detox (and other dilemmas) Swimming with the fishes…
The frog and the impossible flat hunt… High School and the make-believe grandfather
Observing the holy month Living in 5* squalor
HONG KONG; from the Middle to the Far East The horse and the not-so-mad Inventor
Mother Nature's Revenge Indian Enlightenment
Lobster season's almost here… What a difference a lunch-break makes…
Ten run away to the mountains... Confessions of a nail-biter
Nakheel – Masters of 'The Universe' When good public transport systems go bad
Dubai Dreams and the impossible boxing... Plane talking...
Prelude to a punch up The quake that rocked a nation…
Renting, ranting and the international flat-hunt… Letting us in on The Secret
A Shock to "the system" The greatest discovery of all
Theatrical flashbacks and forgotten dreams... The killer villas
Terminal thoughts... The 7 day detox (and other dilemmas)

Back to top

Hotels hotels Check out Hotels in Dubai
Shopping shopping A complete Mall & Store Guide
Dining dining Eating out at the coolest spots
Sightseeing sightseeing Things to see & do
DCG Recommends dcg recommends Best of the best in Entertainment
News Alerts
News Alerts
Stay ahead with dubai news
dcg mobile
dcg Mobile
With you wherever you go
rss feed
RSS Feeds
Get the latest
dubai blog
Dubai Blog
Your space, your voice
DCG at a glance