Gallery: Jumeira Gardens: A Super-City Within Dubai


As the inexorable juggernaut of Dubai‘s construction boom wears on amid a turbulent economic era, the city recently unveiled an incredible new development that is intended to cement its status as “a global city of the future”. Master-planned by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and developed by Meraas, Jumeira Gardens is a modern megopolis that will feature no fewer than three soaring superstructures designed by AS + GG: 1 Dubai, Park Gate, and 1 Park Avenue. Although the super-massive project will consume approximately $95 billion, it’s encouraging to see that the entire community has been designed with sustainability in mind.

Conceived as “an integrated city within a city”, Jumeira Gardens is designed to be a mixed-use development that incorporates low, medium, and high-density zones for business, residences, retail, leisure, and recreation. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill master-planned the East Park Zone, while Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill master-planned the Atrium City area. Although plans are still being finalized, Meraas Development has confirmed that “‘Green’ buildings and construction, resource conservation and overall sustainability will inform every aspect of this new district, with tools such as intelligent infrastructure technology and cutting-edge eco design serving to reduce the district’s collective ecological footprint.”

Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture are credited with designing scores of other structures that incorporate sustainable strategies. The centerpiece of Jumeira Gardens will be 1 Dubai, A tri-partite skyscraper that will rise to 3281 feet, making it the third structure tower in the UAE. Its soaring towers will be connected by a series of glass suspension sky-bridges.

Park Gate comprises six mid-rise towers that are arranged in facing pairs. A hanging garden canopy stretches between each set of structures, providing shade and cooling the neighborhood by as much as 10 degrees centigrade.

The smooth curves of 1 Park Avenue evoke Dubai’s historic relationship with the Arabian Gulf. The 1,800 foot tower will incorporate solar panels, wind turbines, and a variety of other sustainable strategies in its design.

Excavation for Jumeira Gardens has already begun, and the development is expected to take 12 years to complete.

+ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

+ Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

+ Meraas Development

Via World Architecture News


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  1. pearl November 8, 2009 at 10:23 pm


    The ingenuinity is what I admire.That is reflects the arabian, indian and pakistani culture. As in the south pacific, the small island nation of Solomon Islands is now undergoing social engineering shift that tracends development in the past decade.

    Solomon Islanders like Dubains if I may use that word are culturally unique. The blend of indian, pakistani adds to arab flavour.

    Good on ya Dubains engineers, architectes and planners.

    Cheers buddies

    Samani Logara Dausabea Kali’uae Getu

  2. alexander-vn January 5, 2009 at 5:03 am

    amazing work

  3. barryosullivan January 4, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Have to agree with above. these buildings are white elephants. energy & resources used to maintain will be off the scale. fine while there are billions to burn from oil wealth, but in -30 years time, these will be returning to dust, the money wasted. would be better spent on education & instilling some sort of work ethic in the locals. Education & friendships are sustainable across continents & time, but gardens in the desert, only for the goats & goatherds

  4. jams January 4, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Going up is good for who? who goes to these buildings? what kind of community is created? lifestyles of the rich and famously rich. do i need new Prada shoes to enter or will they accept torn up converse and a check. it won’t be long before these buildings will be ghosts. no green vines hanging from the tops with grass lawns adorning the outdoor space in the MIDDLE OF THE DESERT. so lots of money can buy almost anything, but sustainability is the true test of time and none of this has a drop of social or environmental responsibility. if you want to make a new vegas, just be honest about it.

  5. saglek November 20, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    North Americans have been spreding out on the open and barren lands since the Europeans arrived. I think going up is the right direction.

  6. qdee24 October 29, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Call it what you want to call it, but America would not give these people work visas.
    Plus, the amount they earn in one year in Dubai can buy them up to 2 acres of land in their villages in India.
    How’s that for slave labor ?

  7. organicgrid October 17, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Some really ugly architecture, what is he reason for building super tall skyscapers in the middle of a desert with hundreds of thousand of acres of open and barren land?

  8. hellgate October 17, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    How can you call this “sustainable” when Dubai has no viable water supply? Desalination leaves a toxic brine only part of which can be reclaimed as salt or potash — and any aquifer withdrawals are already way beyond safe yields. This is greenwash at its most pathetic.

  9. PaTrond October 16, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Dubai really got some really, really nice architecture. Only problem is their road problem, which is an extreme problem in Dubai. It takes about 6 hours the get to the centrum of Dubai when you’re traveling from Ras al Khaimah, which took me about 1 hour last time I were there. And 5 hours in traffic jams pollutes A LOT! Although: Their monrail system and the “smartsolution” giant buildings will hopefully do something with the need of cars.

    Also: In Ras al Khaimah, there is very tiny with sidewalks, bicycling on the roads is suicide.

    And about what some of you are calling slave laborets: Well, it’s better to work in UAE than where they come from. I agree they deserve even better, but it is atleast a beggining of making more money.

  10. Jac October 16, 2008 at 4:02 am

    it all looks beautiful…but at $95 billion dollars and approx 300,000 illegal mistreated foreign labourers…it looks disgusting. Top up another $5 billion dollars and you can rid Philippines of debt.

  11. Montauk123 October 13, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    What’s so sustainable about a city built for the rich located in the desert?

  12. ehren October 13, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Christiane Amanpour had a great special on CNN about the slave trade in Dubai. Its economic slavery in most cases, like indentured servitude used in the sex trade or factory towns of the early 20th century in the US. People are brought in under false pretense, their passports are held and they are forced to “pay off” some imagined debt. It translates to free labor for the rest of their useful years until they are broken and tired, then they are sent home for whatever family they have left to take care of them in their enfeebled condition. Its deplorable, but no worse than anything anyone does. Governments tend to be evil, all the more so at times of rapid growth from underdeveloped status, when the moral climate has yet to catch up with the economic climate.

  13. malik October 13, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    It’s true, dubai uses slave labor and hides them outside the city walls.

  14. ahsanmw October 13, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I wouldn’t call it slave labor, but for all intents and purposes it darn sure is similar. The only difference is that they aren’t shipping these workers over to dubai to have them work in poor labor conditions with shoty pay. Most of these people are migrating there themselves, because of the opportunity to work and earn for their family where they were unable to make the same wages if any back home.

    I feel like this is mainly due to a caste system worst than that of India’s. Arab national’s feel like they are truly god’s gift to earth and so if you aren’t a gulf coast national don’t expect to be treated with the respect and decency you would afford any other human being, EVEN if an Arab waiter who is serving you. Human rights violations will not be accounted for until rights in general are distributed fairly in Dubai.

  15. 7kate9 October 13, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    These buildings are a,mazing. My only thought is that with 12 years until completion… won’t they be outdated in design and technology by then? Just a thought…it looks amazing though.


  16. jeanruss October 13, 2008 at 11:03 am

    I keep reading that Dubai uses slave labor. Is this true?

  17. IBMMIB October 13, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Everything I have seen from Dubai is always so refined in it’s design.

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