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Al Raha Beach
Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Waterfront Gateway

Project Data

Client
Aldar Properties PJSC

Type
Waterfront Project
Masterplan Development

Scope
Concept Masterplan
Detailed Masterplan
Development Control Plan
Lead Designer
Consultant Selection
Design Review (all disciplines)

Value
USD $16 billion

Size
6 million m2

Status
2005-2009
Under Construction
The development of Al Raha Beach is a unique opportunity to create an exciting mixed use environment along the water ways of Abu Dhabi, featuring a collection of villages with individual character and identity. A celebration of the elements of daily life are contained within 11 precincts set along a continuous canal frontage, with an integrated mix of uses including residential, office, shopping, tourism, recreation and public spaces.

There are 9 hotels, 5 beaches, 4 marinas, parks, restaurants, and numerous leisure facilities, linked together by a network of roads, rail, bridge, pedestrian paths and water transportation. Ultimately, Al Raha Beach Development will be home to over 120,000 residents and an incredible diversity of waterfront experiences and a landmark destination for tourists and visitors. Al Raha Beach is a fully integrated community providing the ability to live, work and play within the development, with access to a multi-modal transport network of cars, light rail, buses and water taxis.

Our Development Control Plan (DCP) provided the Urban Design Framework for iconic buildings within the Private Realm designed by architectural luminaries including Foster + Partners, Raphael Vinoly and Asymptote.The DCP also provided the framework for the Public Realm consultants including Landscape by Edaw, Lighting by Spiers and Major, Signage and Wayfinding by CommArts, Special Structures by RFR and Specialist Water Features by WET Design.