Dubai Municipality has confirmed that plans are in place to build a new Dh1.8bn convention centre next to Mohammed bin Rashid Library and opposite Dubai Festival City, which is to be completed by 2018.
The announcement was made at a press conference following the approval of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice- President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The new Convention Centre – which is currently in the design stage – will be able to host 10,000 people and groundbreaking on the project is expected to commence later this year.
Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, advised that the Centre will span some 55,000m² and overlook Dubai Creek. He continued:
The complex will feature two hotels, offices and halls that will have all the facilities needed for international conferences or exhibitions that Dubai will host, all under one roof. It will also be an iconic landmark in Dubai because of its architecture.
We are planning a third project in the same area and we will be announcing it soon.
Dubai Municipality is working with Dubai Holding on the project, which will be one of the most important tourism projects to be carried out in the Emirate and one of the largest projects to be carried out by the Dubai Municipality in preparation of hosting the World Expo 2020.
KEO International Consultants will be responsible for providing the structural engineering and infrastructure services for the new Dubai Convention Centre.
The project will include Shaikh Rashid Hall, which is designed like a theatre and can accommodate 10,000 people. The hall’s ceiling is 30m-high and the hall is 190,000sqft. It will be ideal for holding international conferences, seminars, meetings, concerts and theatrical shows, featuring three levels, all to be fitted with the latest technology.
There will be five sub-halls — multi-purpose and conference halls — covering a total area of 10,500sqft, which will be able to accommodate a further 1,000 people. These will all be linked to the hotel and office building by the Concourse Building, which will be a 50,000sqft, air-conditioned, 150m-long by 25m-high glass corridor, featuring shops and restaurants.
Other buildings within the complex will include both a 3 and 4 star hotel, along with an office building that will feature 36 floors, while the ground floor of the hotels will be dedicated for commercial use. There will also be basement parking, covering an area of 700,000sqft, which will be able to accommodate 1,800 cars.
Images courtesy: Dubai Municipality & KEO International Consultants.