Work begins on Aladdin City in Dubai Creek

A new project is now underway in the Dubai Creek called Aladdin City, inspired by the tales of Aladdin and Sindbad.

“The symbolic content of the architectural form of the project buildings was inspired by the ancient legends from the 11th century, where vessels were sailed from Dubai Creek to the coast of East Africa, India and China. It may have been here where the tales of Sindbad and Aladdin came from,” said Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality.

“Therefore, the symbolic content of the architectural form of the project buildings is inspired by the ancient legends and heritage that includes tales of buildings and palaces with oddly shaped domes, or which are suspended in the air and clouds.”

The project will have three towers, comprising commercial and hotel space, with the towers spread over a distance of 450 metres on Dubai Creek.

“The project aims to develop towers to be icons of legends of the past with a touch of beauty and tourism characteristics of the city. It comes in the prime location of Dubai Creek maintaining the activities of the port heritage. The project is located outside the zone waiting to be registered with the World Heritage by UNESCO,” Lootah said.

“The development of such a project in this area will have a global, cultural and historical impact and pride for generations to come and will contribute to the progress of the emirate and its dream…”

The project will feature air-conditioned bridges with moving floors to connect the towers, driveways and parking lots.

The shape of the bridge that will link the buildings represents the form of exotic marine life such as dragon and snakes.

“The idea was to basically avoid the entry from the crowded docks and enable visitors to enjoy walking over the port of conventional ships and watch the traditional harbour.”

The towers will offer views of the Creek and the city’s old and modern horizons including the Burj Khalifa.

No details are provided about the cost or date of completion for the project.

Tourism-orientated projects announced by Dubai Municipality include Al Fahaidi Market, Naif Souq, Dubai Frame, Deira Fish Market, Dubai Safari Park, Crocodile Park and Quran Park.

Those that are currently being designed are the Flower and Miniature parks, the Mohammad Bin Rashid Library on the creek, Boats and Fishing Tools Market in Al Barsha south, the Art Centre in Al Quoz and the Dubai Wetland Centre that will include a museum and visitor centre in the existing Ras Al Khor Sanctuary.