• Client: Emaar Properties
  • Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Year: 2013

Dubai Creek Harbour

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Dubai Creek Harbour is under construction just 10 minutes’ drive from Downtown Dubai. An iconic new city district on the banks of the historic creek. It is a district with a rich mix of functions, which perfectly combines experience, innovation and iconic design. The new district comprises nine neighborhoods, each with their own character.

Project data

LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
AssignmentMaster plan, Strategy
Size500 hectares
ClientEmaar Properties
TeamJohn Boon, Kees Neven, Hans Smolenaers
In collaboration withCallisonRTKL (100% subsidiary of Arcadis)
Dubai Creek Harbour
Dubai Creek Harbour
Dubai Creek Harbour

We designed the master plan for Dubai Creek Harbour, in cooperation with our colleagues at CRTKL. The master plan is inspired by famous cities like Paris, Vienna and Barcelona, with their boulevards, streets and parks. The green structure is constructed in such a way that everyone in the direct environment has access to a local park and can also reach the large central park via attractive green links and neighborhood parks. This central park with a museum is the focal point for the district. 

The connection between the park and the protected wetlands, with their wild flamingos, makes the living experience complete. These wetlands are part of the 620-hectare Ras Al Khor nature reserve. The area is home to around 450 animal species and will remain protected. There will be a new visitors center, where the message on the importance of sustainable biodiversity can be passed on to future generations.

The health and wellbeing of the inhabitants played an important role in the creation of the master plan. The result is that, despite the high housing density, everyone has direct access to and a view of the greenery and/or the water. The neighborhoods invite you to walk around and facilities like schools and shops can be found nearby. The district also enriches the identity of the city of Dubai as a whole.