The first residents of the new Dubai Creek Harbour development are on track to move into the ‘riviera’ style community in early 2019, developers said.
At six square kilometres, the mega-development is almost twice the size of Downtown Dubai and promises a touch of luxury mixed with waterside living.
Creek Island Dubai is the area’s flagship district and when finished, will eventually be home to 33,500 residents.
Although the Emaar-built district sits in the heart of the city, it is also close to the rich mangroves and migratory birds at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.
New images from the government-run Dubai Media Office show significant progress has been made by Emaar's contractors in recent months.
Creek Marina will be home to shops, restaurants and leisure attractions, as well as a modern yacht club, three hotels and a bustling promenade.
The first homes to be delivered in Creek Island Dubai are in Dubai Creek Residences, a six-tower residential development with 872 homes with panoramic views of Downtown Dubai.
Three bridges will connect Creek Island Dubai to the mainland, and a 286-room hotel with a similar design to harbour hotels in Singapore and Shanghai is due to open next year.
The centrepiece of Dubai Creek Harbour will be The Tower, which is slated to be the world's next tallest building.
Foundation work has been laid and 170,000 cubic metres of soil have been excavated to make way for The Tower, which was designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish architect known for his elaborate buildings supported by single leaning pylons, though a final completion date has yet to be made public.