When I was growing up, Disney was a huge part of my everyday life and one particular cartoon that always got me excited was Aladdin. It was one of my favourite things to watch; the magic lamp, the genie. The city of Agrabah itself was just inspiring. That's why I got extremely excited about Dubai's plans to create a city inspired by the tales of Aladdin and Sindbad.
As the latest in a series of ambitious building projects, officials of Dubai announced Aladdin City. The complex will consist of six towers, connected by moving walkways, and the design will be inspired by the story of The Prince of Agrabah - Aladdin. The towers will resemble the magic lamp, and will shimmer in the sun. Other than that, the shape of the bridges will imitate the exotic life of animals such as snakes, lizards, and dragons.
Work on this project will begin next year and it will include commercial areas with hotels and 900 parking spaces. The tallest tower will be 34 floors high, intended as a hotel, while the other two towers conceptualized as commercial spaces, will be 24 and 25 floors high. The entire complex will occupy an area of 4,000 acres (around 16000 square kilometers) along the historical Dubai Creek. Moreover, the development is outside an area currently bidding for World Heritage status from Unesco. In its vicinity is one of the city's main attractions - the tallest building in the world - Burj Khalifa.
Senior Official Daoud Al Hajri mentioned that they have appointed Meinhardt Group as a consultant and that the design of the three main buildings is in the works.
Aladdin City's goal, as mentioned by Acting Director-General of Dubai Municipality, En. Hussain Nasser Lootah, is for the towers to be "icons of legends of the past with a touch of beauty and tourism characteristics of the city." He also mentioned that the contraption is expected to boost Dubai economically on the long run by increasing tourism in the emirate.
The estimated cost of the project is around $500 million and the completion date is slated for the end of 2018.