There have been numerous developments taking place across the UAE from luxury residential projects to malls with ski slopes, record-breaking towers, libraries and many more. The year 2022 is already shaping up to be one filled with mega-projects — in Dubai Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah and the Northern Emirates.
The list below shows UAE's 30 megaprojects of 2022 that have recently opened or are in the pipeline.
Falcon Island by Al Hamra
Al Hamra's Dh1 billion project, Falcon Island, will be built within Al Hamra Village residential community that also has a shopping mall, yacht club and hotels.
The Ras Al Khaimah-based developer is set to start construction in the next few months and will be completed in 24 months to 28 months. It will have 501 villa units, ranging from two to seven bedrooms, with prices starting from Dh1.2m.
Previously Deira Islands, now rebranded as Dubai Islands by Nakheel, comprises of five islands spanning an area of 17 sq km is an ambitious waterfront residential project.
The 79-floor high rise in the uptown Dubai District will be the 14th tallest tower in the emirate upon completion.
Mohammed bin Rashid Library
Spanning over 54,000 sq mts across seven floors, this AED 1B project was recently inaugurated by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President of UAE and Ruler of Dubai in June.
Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi
Named the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi, the project is under construction and is due to be completed at the end of 2025.
Louvre Abu Dhabi Residences
Louvre Abu Dhabi Residences has an expected handover date of 2025. It will comprise 400 apartments — a mix of studios, one, two and three-bedrooms — and five penthouses.
Saadiyat mixed-use development
The integrated community will include about 2,700 residential units, most of which are villas, and will be home to more than 15,000 people.
Sharjah Forest Community
A Dh8 billion Sharjah megaproject featuring a vast forested community and a host of leisure attractions is taking shape.
Abu Dhabi's Reem Island, a popular location for residents of the capital, will receive a new community featuring a man-made hill.
Reem Mall will have more than 450 shops, a hypermarket, two food courts and a multiplex cinema, which is set to be about four times the size of Ski Dubai.
Royal Atlantis Resort
The right wing of the Royal Atlantis in Dubai will house 231 residences while the left will be made up of 795 guest suites.
The town of Hatta is to be transformed into a major tourist destination, with an inland beach, lake and cable-driven mountain railway.
Spread across 742,000 square metres, it will be able to process 8,500 travellers an hour once open.
Expo 2020 site when transformed into District 2020 will become the UAE's first 15-minute city, a cycle-friendly, traffic-free suburb of the growing metropolis.
Meydan One Mall
Located between existing Meydan racecourse and Al Khail Road, it will be a great addition to the area.
Abu Dhabi's new waterfront entertainment complex is partially open, with more to come. The 2.6km canal-side development features an aquarium, e-sports academy and adventure activities.
The centrepiece aquarium was the first project to open its doors at Al Qana in November.
Rixos Marina Abu Dhabi
Architecturally very similar to Dubai’s Atlantis The Palm, the hotel will start in 2023.
Located between Saadiyat Island and Yas Island, the 4,500-hectare island is set to become an upmarket residential community.
SeaWorld Abu Dhabi
The 183,000-square-metre venue will have habitats and ecosystems housing a variety of species. It will be home to the UAE's first dedicated marine research, rescue, rehabilitation and return centre.
This pair of towers is located next to Dubai's Trade Centre and connected by a 7,700-tonne bridge. Once completed, the buildings will feature luxury residences, a hotel, offices and retail spaces.
Abu Dhabi Hindu Temple
The UAE's first Hindu temple will be the largest centre in the country for people of all faiths to learn about Indian culture and the Hindu religion when it opens in 2023.
Abrahamic Family House
It will be a place for religious tolerance and education, with a mosque, church and synagogue on Saadiyat island.
Sharjah’s east coast exclave is the focus of a major revamp, which will result in the restoration of one of the emirate’s most historic houses, construction of a clock tower roundabout and the opening of a revamped Corniche.
Dibba Fujairah Sports Club Stadium
The AED 100M stadium will be able to host up to 10,000 fans, meeting the requirements of the UAE Pro League and the Asian Football Confederation in terms of hosting regional championships.
Stage one is complete and operating along a 264km route from Shah and Habshan to Ruwais, transporting sulphur.
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
The museum is expected to open its doors in 2025.