Designer named for Palm Boardwalk project in Dubai
The Boardwalk to become a walking, shopping and dining destination
Dubai developer Nakheel has named Halcrow as the design consultant for The Boardwalk - a new planned attraction running the entire length of Palm Jumeirah's 11km crescent.
The Boardwalk, unveiled at Cityscape 2013, will transform Palm Jumeirah's protective crescent into a destination for walking, shopping and dining, and create a new focus for the island.
Nakheel said in a statement that the project will cover the whole of the existing crescent, with a pier, stretching 100 metres into the Arabian Gulf, at either end.
Nakheel added that it will create The Boardwalk by building over the rocks of the Palm's breakwater.
It will be six metres wide - more than double the width of the existing crescent path - with more than 20 concessions offering refreshments and souvenirs throughout its 11km length.
The Boardwalk will include an East and West Pier - each stretching 100 metres out to sea - offering extensive views of the Arabian Gulf, Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai skyline and featuring a range of glass-encased cafes and restaurants.
A Nakheel spokesman said: "The Boardwalk at Palm Jumeirah - one of several new Nakheel projects underway on the island - is the latest example of the innovative design and engineering projects that we are known for.
"The new attraction will provide yet another unique facility for Palm residents, the wider UAE community and the millions of tourists who visit Dubai each year."
Nakheel said it expects to start tendering for the construction of The Boardwalk in the second quarter of 2014.
Earlier this week, Nakheel announced its first launch of 2014 - a range of mixed-use plots at Jumeirah Village Circle.
Plot areas start at 14,000 square feet and can be used for residential, hotel or commercial development, the company said in a statement.
Nakheel's profit jumped in recent quarters on the back of the local real estate recovery - its nine-month net profit was 58 percent higher year-on-year, it said in October.
It added that prices start at AED10 million, with payment plans available for investors.