Revealed: Dubai plans to build world's first 'happiness city'

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Master developer Dubai South on Tuesday unveiled plans for the world's first city centred around the happiness of its residents.

Its first two key real estate projects, The Villages and The Pulse were launched at Cityscape Global, and are part of the Residential District, one of eight districts in Dubai South.

According to a statement, it is an "innovative concept in urban living that aims to create a city that is based on the happiness and wellbeing of people".

It addresses key concerns of residents, while providing solutions to the various issues of everyday living, such as walkability, multiple entry and exit points to avoid bottle-neck traffic congestion and ample parking, the statement added.

Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman, Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South said: “At Dubai South we welcome you to the City of You, to be part of a reinvented urban ecosystem and experience, for the very first time, a city designed primarily on the happiness and wellbeing of its people, with the aim of providing solutions for everyday living. The time has come to welcome home happiness.”

Spread over 87 million square feet of real estate at the total estimated cost of AED25 billion, the Residential District at Dubai South is the heart of an integrated dynamic city powering the emirate’s economic growth and bringing to life the fundamental goal of the Dubai Vision 2021.

In close proximity to the Al Maktoum International Airport, the largest airport in the world when complete, and the future gateway to the UAE, the location of the Residential District also adjoins the Expo 2020 Dubai site, which is expected to welcome 25 million visitors.

The Villages and The Pulse offer a retail centre, a sports centre and a community centre to a school, gas station, hospital, mosque, nursery, mall and hotels, all within easy accessibility and convenient walking distances.

Ahmed Al Ansari, acting CEO, Dubai South said: “The Villages was the first residential project launched by Dubai South and is due for completion in 2018. A pedestrian-centric family-focused community set amidst serene purpose-planned green open spaces, this master planned community offers unique real estate products such as alley-loaded townhouses and apartments catering to both the young professionals and families.”

The Pulse is centered around a 70-metre wide, 6-lane boulevard and brings together retail, hospitality and leisure.

“The Pulse is one of our exclusive mixed-use projects located in the heart of the Residential District. It will offer studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and 2 and 3 bedroom townhouses within a gated community. Plenty parking spaces will be available dedicated for the residents and visitors. The community will also have a club houses with a gym, pool, children’s playground and a yoga lounge,” added Al Ansari. (Source)