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Community Guide: Dubai Creek Harbour

Written by Arpan Ghosh

The Dubai Creek is a very important part of the city’s history and its heritage. From the mid-19th century to the late 1960’s, Dubai was a fishing and maritime trading village, with the Creek serving as its focal point and main commercial hub. Things have changed considerably in the decades since, and the centre of the city has shifted westwards to areas such as DIFC, Downtown Dubai and Business Bay. This shift was further solidified in 2016 by the opening of the Dubai Water Canal, an extension to the Creek that flows through the Business Bay area. But Dubai’s most historic waterway has not faded quietly into the background. It is now the setting for a key addition to the future of the city - Dubai Creek Harbour.

The Neighbourhood

Conceptualised by noted master developer Emaar Properties, Dubai Creek Harbour combines all the glitz and glamour of contemporary urban life with sustainable design and a unique lifestyle offering. It is spread over an area of roughly 60 million sq ft and divided into 9 separate districts, of which the Island District was the first to be built and is currently the only part of the community that is habitable. The first apartments started handing over in 2019, and there are several projects that are on the brink of completion.

Harbour Views

The Island District

 

The Island District, which sits just off the shoreline on the mainland, is the main residential component of Dubai Creek Harbour at present, with 13 high-rise projects and two hotels. The Dubai Creek Residences, comprising 6 towers (3 North and 3 South) were the first ones to be handed over, followed by Harbour Views (Towers 1 and 2). The projects still under construction are Harbour Gate, Creek Gate, Creek Horizon, Creek Edge, Creek Rise, The Address Harbour Point, The Grand, Creekside 18, 17 Icon Bay, The Cove and Palace Residences. The hotels in the district are being operated by The Address and Vida, two homegrown hospitality brands with an impeccable reputation, and are both already open.

The apartments in Dubai Creek Harbour are available in one to three-bedroom layouts for the most part, with a select number of four-bedroom units and a very limited collection of penthouses. There are also a few townhouses along the podium level of the Creek Dege development, and a few of the other towers around the waterfront.

Creek Beach

 

Creek Beach

Located just opposite the Island district is Creek Beach, a unique concept that brings beachfront living to the heart of the city. Creek Beach is composed of 6 high-rise projects - Bayshore, Breeze, Summer, Sunset, Surf and Vida Creek Beach. Each project is made up of multiple towers surrounding pedestrianised courtyards, and all of them are clustered around a man-made beachfront.

A section of the Creek will be cordoned off to be used for swimming and water-based activities, and will feature everything that one might expect from a dynamic beachfront destination in Dubai, such as a boardwalk, a promenade of restaurants, and outdoor fitness facilities. This entire section is still under development as of mid-2021.

The Lifestyle

 

Once the community is completed, it will be comparable to areas such as Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina, with everything that its residents could possibly ask for, from restaurants to shopping centres to clinics. At present, the lifestyle offering is focused primarily on the Island District.

The Creek Marina, which offers over 80 berths, sits on one end of the district, with a retail and dining promenade being developed around it. Only the yacht club is active right now, but it is expected to be a thriving waterfront destination over the coming months. Not too far from the Marina is another waterfront promenade, which is part of Address Harbour Point. At the heart of the Island District is a beautiful park, directly accessible from Creek Rise, Harbour Gate, Creek Gate, Creek Horizon, Harbour Views, Creekside 18 and 17 Icon Bay. The park is expected to be ready by the end of 2021, though it might possibly open in Q3.

The Lifestyle at Dubai Creek Harbour

Upcoming Attractions

There is quite a lot planned for the remaining districts of Dubai Creek Harbour. Aside from Creek Beach, the community will feature an immense technology-focused shopping mall known as Dubai Square, the largest Chinatown in the Middle East, and Dubai Creek Tower. The latter is expected to be the tallest structure in the world at a height of more than 1 km, though construction on the tower was halted for a time. It is tentatively scheduled for completion in 2022.

Connectivity at Dubai Creek Harbour

Connectivity

 

As it stands, Dubai Creek Harbour is meant to be a destination for urban professionals and growing families, and will be offering plenty of options for work and for play with its plethora of hotels, a yacht marina and the upcoming beach.

The location of the community is quite ideal, in the Ras Al Khor district of central Dubai, right next to Dubai Festival City - a shortcut between both neighbourhoods will be open quite soon, making it easy to commute. Dubai Creek Harbour is bordered by Ras Al Khor Road and Nadd Al Hamar Road, both of which connect easily to Al Khail Road, one of Dubai’s main highways. This places it less than 20 minutes away from Downtown Dubai and Business Bay, 20 minutes from Sobha Hartland, and less than 25 minutes from Dubai Hills Estate.

Community Guide: Dubai Creek Harbour

Repton School in Nad Al Sheba is the closest school at a roughly 15-minute drive, and of course the community enjoys access to Hartland International School and the upcoming schools in Dubai Hills. Za’abeel Hospital is the closest and most well-known hospital, and other healthcare facilities such as Al Garhoud Private Hospital and Rashid Hospital are also approximately 20 minutes away.

Dubai Creek Harbour is a highly anticipated waterfront community that is already proving to be an excellent choice among investors. Please contact our Private Client Advisory team to learn more about the project and to find out about available options.