Deira Islands is one of the most anticipated upcoming projects in Dubai. It is a mixed-use waterfront development consisting of four man-made islands off the coast of Dubai. As the name suggests, the island is situated adjacent to the Deira district. Formerly known as Palm Deira, it was planned as a part of the Palm Islands.
In 2004, the leading property developer Nakheel launched Palm Deira. Later, in October 2013, the developer rebranded the project as Deira Islands and the masterplan included the construction of a range of world-class leisure facilities and resorts. Key highlights included Deira Night Souk, Deira Island Towers, Deira Mall and The Central Boulevard. A bridge linking the island to the mainlands was opened in December 2016. Hence, Deira Islands offer unique investment opportunities as freehold residential and hotel plots.
Once completed, Deira Island will be another world-class holiday destination and waterfront residential project in Dubai. Besides residential units, it features a vast retail strip, hotels and resorts. The upcoming shopping mall will be one of the biggest in the region in terms of shopping space. There will be beachfront resorts from international hospitality brands. Moreover, the expansive six marinas will serve as the stop for boats and yachts.
Those who wish to settle here will have a choice of apartments in 16 beachfront buildings. The 9 million sq. ft. community, Deira Central will be at the heart of the island featuring residential and hospitality developments as well as a host of modern lifestyle and entertainment facilities. Around 50 residential towers will boast a huge built-up area of 29 million sq. ft. with a capacity to accommodate 22,000 apartments and 260 townhouses. Moreover, the community features mixed-use plots to develop hotels and serviced apartment complexes. There are also a few commercial properties for rent on Deira Island.
Deira Central, as the name suggests, will be the centrepiece of the island featuring various residential, commercial and leisure components. An ideal address for those looking for a relaxed, secluded, beachfront lifestyle, the upmarket residential neighbourhood will have a capacity to accommodate 250,000 people.
Deira Boulevard is one of the best off-plan projects by Nakheel Properties. The tender released for construction includes 16 towers divided into four clusters featuring around 2,924 residential apartments. One can choose from 1 to 3-bedroom apartments and luxurious townhouses.
Spanning around 836,127 sq. km., Deira Boulevard Towers will feature luxurious amenities including swimming pools and fitness centres, a retail area, restaurants and recreational facilities. Each building will have parking at the podium level for at least 500 vehicles. One can also find sports courts, multipurpose rooms, garden areas and shaded walkways. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of the second quarter in 2020. Interested investors can also find a few mixed-use plots, shops and other commercial properties for sale on Deira Island.
Deira Islands will be one of the best tourist places in Dubai once it is fully operational. Nakheel has joined hands with a few international hospitality brands to bring new tourism concepts to Dubai. Three major projects include:
Nakheel has partnered with Austria’s biggest independent hotel chain, Vienna House to develop Vienna House Deira Beach, a multimillion holiday complex. The beachfront hotel will feature 600 rooms with spectacular views.
On the other end, RIU Dubai will also be introduced for the first time in the emirate. There will be an 800-room beachfront resort offering family accommodation, seven dining outlets, three pools, a kids’ playground, fitness centre and a waterpark.
Similarly, Centara Hotel and Resorts by a leading leisure company in Thailand will have a branch on Deira Island. Centara Deira Islands Beach Resort Dubai will feature 607 rooms at a prime beachfront location, an array of restaurants, kids’ club, spa and fitness club and a waterpark.
Like all other megaprojects by the developer, Deira Islands has a well-planned road infrastructure, walkways, parking and entertainment venues. A 600 metre, 12-lane bridge connects residents to Deira district located on the other side of the coastline. With three road bridges running over the Water Canal, the development is easily accessible via road and waterways.
The retail centre in Deira Central Boulevard will have a strip of shops and convenience stores from where residents living in the Boulevard Towers will buy their groceries and other necessities.
The island will also have two mosques with a combined built-up area of 26,000 sq. ft. where 1,000 residents can offer prayers at a given time.
Currently, there are no hospitals or clinics around the area. But the island is conveniently connected to the mainland where one can find many options. There are many hospitals in Deira, easily accessible via the bridge. Some notable options include Dubai Hospital and Kuwait Hospital.
Geographically, Deira Island lies next to Port Rashid and Dubai Maritime City. Connected to Deira Corniche and the central district via road bridges, the island is also close to Al Mamzar Beach Park and Al Hamriya Port.
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Deira Mall will be the largest shopping avenue spanning over 4.5 million sq. ft. It will house over 1,000 shops, eateries, casual cafes and entertainment outlets spread across three floors. Currently under construction, Deira Mall will also feature a multi-storey car parking area with 8,400 parking slots. Retractable roof creating a unique outdoor open-air shopping experience inside the mall is a key feature. Moreover, one can access a range of top malls in Deira.
The archipelago’s biggest attraction would be The Night Market, a modern interpretation of the traditional Arabian Souk. Besides more than 5,000 retail stores, Deira Night Market will be home to over 100 quayside cafes and a range of restaurants.
The island is all about beach life away from the rush of Dubai. Residents and visitors will enjoy inland canals thanks to the 47,000 sq. ft. marina located at the entrance of Deira Night Market. There will be six marina berths on the island with mooring for more than 600 boats and yachts. Moreover, an exclusive VIP berth spanning around 17,000 sq. ft. will be available for 14 yachts.
The Night Market on the island is a major highlight and landmark. Besides many shops, brand outlets and a range of beachside cafes and restaurants, it will be home to many entertainment facilities. Said to be one of the biggest night market in the UAE, Deira Night Market will feature more than 12 leisure attractions and activities.
The long boulevard that connects the residential area to the mall has many amenities like swimming pools, tennis courts and parking spaces. Also, Deira Central will feature many family recreational facilities like multifunctional sports courts, skateparks, playgrounds, fitness facilities and parks.
The island is home to the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse Park. A project by Nakheel Malls and Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club, this zombie-themed park will span across 65,000 sq. ft. and feature many exciting activities. Some key highlights include a haunted corn maze, glow in the dark spaces with live acts and battles, trampolines, apocalypse attack and more. One of the most happening new leisure attractions in Dubai, Zombie Park will open at The Night Market.
The masterplan does not include the construction of schools as of now. Deira Island mostly targets the tourists and those looking for a new getaway spot in Dubai. Once completed, it will be a complete holiday destination with premium residential options.
The cluster of four Deira Islands was initially named as Palm Deira. Later, Nakheel re-engineered the plan and introduced Deira Island in October 2008 with the mainland featuring a host of luxury properties, hotels, and restaurants that were scheduled to be opened to the public during EXPO 2020.
Palm Jebel Ali remains as a long-term megaproject. As confirmed by the developer, Nakheel, the construction has not yet started.
Palm Islands are three sets of man-made islands on the coast of Dubai. These are, Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali.