Master Plan for a Spectacular New City Unveiled in Dubai

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 23 /CNW/ - HH Sheikh Mohammed
Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, and Vice-President and Prime Minister
of the UAE, has unveiled ambitious plans for an entire city to be built in the
    Respectful of the region's cultural heritage in both scale and form, this
new metropolis has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the modern
Arab world.
    Extending over 800 million square feet, the project incorporates new
homes, outstanding educational, financial and commercial facilities, iconic
civic buildings and tourist landmarks. Threading them together is more
landscaped parkland than can be found in London and New York combined.
    Set to become one of the world's most spectacular urban developments, the
Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens will cost over US$60 billion to construct. Dubai
Properties will shortly begin work on the scheme, designed by the
internationally renowned architect, Eric Kuhne of London-based CivicArts.
    "His Highness Sheikh Mohammed should be applauded for his commitment to
creating a new Dubai which will redefine the quality of civic life for all the
citizens and guests of the Arabian Gulf. His vision can be compared to that of
Shah Abbas I who created Nisf-e-Jahan, the elegant 16th century capital of
Persia whose parks, gardens and libraries reflected the heavens," says
Eric Kuhne.
    Arranged around the city are four centers, or 'houses' that will host
world-class facilities in their respective fields:
    The House of Humanity includes quarters for charitable organizations,
including Sheik Mohammed's own Humanitarian Establishment, along with museums
encompassing the themes of human civilization.
    The towers and office blocks of The House of Commerce will be occupied by
large multi-national companies, insurance firms and both Islamic and
international banks, all working in partnership with educational institutions
specializing in financial sciences.
    The House of Wisdom includes translation facilities, a grand library,
knowledge garden, international universities, colleges of history and science
and a mosque, together with offices for a number of international academic
    The House of Nature is dedicated to the environment with family parks,
zoological gardens, hotels, alternative medical and herbal clinics and
premises for laboratories, institutions and colleges all specializing in
conservation and the natural sciences.

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