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Pearl Jumeirah Area Guide

Pearl Jumeirah is a man-made island off the coast of Dubai in the vicinity of Port Rashid. The project is being delivered by Meraas, who are providing the island’s infrastructure and selling land for development.

The reclaimed island covers approximately 8.3 million square feet and when completed it will have seven residential areas, a town centre with shops, a 2km promenade, schools, mosques, beaches and waterfront hotels.

The island was created between 2009 and 2011 and is still being populated with the individual villas that comprise the majority of buildings here. In 2016 the luxury hotel, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, opened on the north beach.

History of Pearl Jumeirah

Pearl Jumeirah was originally known as East Bay, a component of the $95bn Jumeirah Garden City project that was launched in October 2008. But two months later, owing to the economic crisis, the project was put on hold and later modified to conform to the 2020 plan mandated by Dubai Municipality.

All but two of the high-rise buildings in the original masterplan were scrapped in favour of a lower density development mainly comprising individual residential plots with mosques, retail space and a luxury hotel on its northern beach.

COWI - the main reclamation contractor on the Pearl Jumeriah Island project – began work in August 2009. The scope of the reclamation works included the hydraulic design, the marine design, various geotechnical services and overall site supervision. The work involved approximately 10,000,000 square metres of dredging and reclamation, 1,600,000 tonnes of rockworks for revetments and groynes, ground improvement to the reclaimed material and final grading.

Land reclamation work continued throughout 2010 and into 2011.

In November 2010 Meeras Development awarded the infrastructure contracts for the island with a target date for completion in February 2012.

35% of the 10 million square foot island was to be sold as building plots while the rest was to be set aside for landscaping, public facilities and infrastructure. By October 2010 45% of the saleable land for investors to build on had been sold and was handed over to investors by the end of the year.

It was said that land buyers for Pearl Jumeirah were predominantly UAE nationals, but also included Indian nationals. Meraas claimed that there was also ‘very strong interest’ from Iranian nationals as well as from China and Taiwan.

The Island infrastructure - electricity, roads, water and sewerage - was completed in early 2012, and in 2013 construction of the mosque and community centre began. By August 2014 several villas were being built.

In 2016 Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai opened on the north beach.

Pearl Jumeirah Construction

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Companies Associated with Pearl Jumeirah

Meraas Holding (Developer)

Meraas - HE Abdulla Ahmed Mohammed Al Habbai, Group Chairman.

Meraas is among the top ten property developers in Dubai.

Other projects in Dubai that Meraas Holding are associated with include Bluewaters Residences, Dubai Hills Mall Complex, Andaz Hotel, Mulberry At Park Heights, Bluewaters Luxury Hotel, Re Vera Bluewaters Resort, Venu Bluewaters Island Hotel & Residences, Bluewaters Serviced Apartments 1, The Gate Tower, MQ Hotel, Evado Hotel, La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk, Museum of the Future, Meraas Mina Seyahi Plot and La Cote at Port De La Mer.

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