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Bluewaters Island now 75 percent complete

Construction at Bluewaters Island in Dubai is over 75 percent complete and has transitioned from structural work to façade work in preparation for the handover of Bluewaters residences in Q1, 2018.

Developed by property giant Meraas, the man-made island just off JBR will be home to Ain Dubai, destined to become the largest observation wheel in the world.

More than 90 percent of the buildings at Bluewaters have undergone work on their facades, including all 10 apartment buildings and 17 townhouses, which offer panoramic views of The Palm, The Beach opposite JBR and the Arabian Gulf.

The destination will also have over 200 retail and dining outlets in addition to leisure and entertainment and hospitality districts, and a vibrant plaza – all of which are at advanced stages of construction.

At its peak, 16,500 employees and 25 cranes a day have worked on Bluewaters, with 64 million man-hours recorded and 12,000 direct jobs sustained over the last twelve months, according to Brian Schofield, Vice President – Projects at Meraas.

“The idea behind Bluewaters is to create a family-orientated neighbourhood where homebuyers can put down roots and feel a deep connection to the place they call home, which is why we’re committed to ensuring work on each of the island’s features continues moving forward simultaneously.

“This requires a great deal of coordination and in bringing the entire Bluewaters experience to life, we’ve engaged five main contractors and over 40 of the world’s leading consultant firms to ensure we are able to deliver a creative urban destination that meets the highest international standards of quality.”

Five major projects are underway simultaneously at Bluewaters, including its iconic centrepiece, the 210 metre high observation which will become a major tourist hotspot and a new landmark in Dubai.

This includes work on mid-rise towers and townhouses; as well as the boulevard, retail and dining, leisure and entertainment experiences, two hotels, and the infrastructure that connects the community to the city.

Bluewaters is connected by direct road access to Sheikh Zayed Road and an innovative driverless Group Rapid Transport system with 25 autonomous vehicles ferrying 2,500 people an hour in each direction on the 4.5-minute journey between Bluewaters and the Dubai Metro. A 265-metre pedestrian bridge will also link the island to The Beach in JBR.

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