Work on the detailed design of Aladdin City, a project inspired by the fables of Aladdin and Sindbad, on Dubai Creek is currently under way, a senior Dubai Municipality official has said.

“We have appointed Meinhardt Group as consultant and they are working on the design of the three buildings,” Daoud Al Hajri told Arabian Business when he held the position of director of the planning department at the municipality.

In September, he was promoted to become assistant director general for engineering and planning.

The consultant has been given a one-year timeframe to complete the detail study.

“The concept design is there with the whole detailed design being completed in a year’s time,” Al Hajri said.

“We are not saying we will do construction tenders after that but it [the design study] will tell us a lot of things.”

Aladdin City, announced in 2014, consists of three commercial and hotel towers. It will have air-conditioned bridges (in the form of dragons and snakes) with moving floors to connect the towers, driveways and parking lots.

The three towers will have a built up area of 110,000 square metres with the highest tower being 34 storeys, while the other two will be 26 and 25 floors, respectively. The project will have total parking space for 900 vehicles.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general, Dubai Municipality, said in April 2014 that the project’s architectural form and content is inspired by the ancient legends and heritage that includes tales of buildings and palaces with “oddly shaped domes” or ones “suspended in the air and clouds.”

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