Dubai South: City of You, Centre of Tomorrow

Last modified on 30th August 2020. Dubai Real Estate Blog

Dubai South: City of You, Centre of Tomorrow

Dubai South, formerly branded as Dubai World Central, is one of Dubai most exciting upcoming projects. Planned to become home to 1 million residents, this major development not only embodies the vision of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum but also reflects urban and societal themes in the Dubai Plan 2021.



In the heart of Dubai South lies the now operational Al Maktoum International Airport and the Expo 2020 site, and the surroundings are composed of residential and commercial projects.

Sustainability, happiness, and affordability are three core values that are ingrained in Dubai South, which features environmentally-conscious designs, greenhouses and farms, excellent roads, landmark buildings, and attractive recreational facilities. Dubai South will be a city designed and constructed in order to facilitate the individuals happiness and increase their quality of life as well as foster a vibrant economy. To increase accessibility within in the city, there will be a comprehensive and integrated road network as well as a rail system. This 145km aerotropolis is divided into six sub-developments: Residential District, Commercial District, Golf District, Logistics District, Aviation City, and Dubai Exhibition City.

Projects in Dubai South

Residential City

  • 715 hectares
  • 1,100 low to mid-rise buildings
  • Housing around 250,000 people and employing around 20,000 more
  • Variety of services including three hotels and shopping malls
  • Light rail system serving both eastern and western edges
  • Developments with rent-to-own schemes
  • First residential projects are due for completion by the end of 2015

Commercial City

  • Total area: 795 hectares
  • Population capacity: 450,000
  • Over 850 towers ranging from 1 to 45 stories tall
  • 25 hotels ranging from 3 to 5 star
  • Will employ around 150,000 people in eight zones:
    • Urban Village
    • Lake District
    • Seven Towers
    • Central Park
    • Creative Commercial District
    • Grand Central
    • Business District
    • Residential Crescent

Logistics City

  • Adjacent to the Al Maktoum International Airport
  • Enables fast-cycle logistics businesses to control inventory
  • Effective global supply chain hub for international markets
  • Directly linked to Jebel Ali Port via a dedicated logistics corridor and forms a single customs-bonded free zone spanning approximately 200 km
  • Businesses can access more than 6,400 registered companies and over 120 of the Fortune Global 500 enterprises registered within the zone

Exhibition City

  • Northern corner of Dubai South and site of Dubai Work Expo 2020
  • One of the most advanced stages for major exhibitions and events
  • Phase I: 300,000 m development offering 120,000 m of exhibition space at the centre of the 300 hectare landscaped site

Aviation City

  • Total area: 7,400m2
  • Development of the worlds largest maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) zone
  • Education, training, and the manufacturing of aircraft components and spare parts

Al Maktoum International Airport

  • The center of Dubai South
  • Will become the worlds largest airport with an ultimate capacity exceeding 220 million passengers and 16 million tonnes of cargo each year
  • Contain the most transport modes, logistics and value-added services, including manufacturing and assembly, in a single free economic zone

Golf District

  • South western corner
  • 18 hole golf courses
  • Retail, residential, and offices district

International Humanitarian City

  • Base for emergency response organisations such as the UN and IHC