The future of waterfront developments in the UAE is bound to be sparked by pressure extending from Dubai, says B+H Architects’ principal and managing director Phillip Jones, who also noted that development will focus on the coast moving upward through to Umm al Quwain and Ras al Khaimah.
“I think the other emirates have a long way to go with their coastline,” he said, “and I think the pressure is going to be coming from Dubai and moving outward. I would say there’s probably another 15-20 years of peripheral development happening in areas like Ras al Khaimah, Umm al Quwain and Fujairah… I think we’re going to see developments moving up the coast.”
“There’s also talk of a new airport in Ras al Khaimah, which will pressure the development of waterfronts there. You can still get the premium for it even if it’s an hour’s drive from Dubai.”
Jones’ comments came as part of a roundtable discussion in Dubai held by Middle East Architect to discuss waterfront developments in the UAE. Other architects that attended the roundtable included Tobias Honey of VE Experts, Andre Meyerhans of Fischer & Meyerhans Architects, Ihab Nayal of La Casa, and Martin Dufresne of U+A.
A full analysis of the roundtable will be features in MEA’supcoming October issue.