Jumeirah Beach Hotel Opens

Creating Dubai's first five star hospitality chain.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel officially opened its doors in November 1997, heralding the creation of Dubai's very first five star hospitality chain. Its curved wave-inspired architectural design makes for one of Dubai's most recognisable structures.


Burj Al Arab Jumeirah opens

An icon of Dubai representing groundbreaking architecture in the region.

Set on its own man-made island, Jumeirah's Burj Al Arab Hotel with its billowing dhow sail architecture represents a true icon of contemporary Dubai, and is repeatedly voted the world's most luxurious hotel.


Wild Wadi Waterpark launches

Bringing the first themed waterpark to the region.

Wild Wadi Waterpark set the benchmark for themed water attractions in the region, winning multiple international awards for quality, safety and innovation. Over 700,000 thrill-seekers enjoy Wild Wadi's 30 themed rides every year.


Dubai Internet City (DIC) launches

Kick-starting a regional knowledge ecosystem.

Dubai Internet City was established to pioneer the growth of ICT and technology sectors in Dubai. It's a thriving, global business community of over 1,700 companies, from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies.


Jumeirah Emirates Towers opens

Another iconic set of towers added to the Dubai skyline.

Redefining the luxury corporate hotel experience in the heart of Dubai International Financial Centre.


Dubai Media City (DMC) launches

Sparking the growth of the region's media industry.

Dubai Media City, a buzzing communications and media hub, providing a pro-business environment for regional and international media companies, and key industry players to operate in.


Launch of Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR)

Representing the world's first single phase 40-tower development.

One of Dubai’s most desirable addresses, Jumeirah Beach Residence enjoys a prime beachfront residential location, with an exclusive array of shopping, dining and entertainment options on its doorstep - The Walk.


Dubai Knowledge Park launches

The world's first dedicated human resource management and educational excellence free zone.

Dubai Knowledge Park helps develop the region's talent pool and nurtures a knowledge-based economy in the UAE. Over 500 business partners help create this centre of excellence for professional development.


Empower launched

The first joint venture between Dubai Holding and DEWA, providing energy efficient cooling solutions.

Empower was set up to enable efficient energy resource usage in the Dubai real estate sector. Over a decade of rapid growth places Empower as the world's largest district cooling provider, providing services to many landmark projects in the Emirate.


Dubai Holding established

Heralding a new era of development for Dubai and supporting the Government’s vision of a sustainable economy.

Dubai Holding was created by instruction of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with the mandate of managing key, largescale Dubai projects and initiatives, and ensuring ongoing development of a sustainable future economy across multiple sectors.


Madinat Jumeirah opens

Our first authentic Arabian themed resort, an innovative lifestyle destination.

Elegant architecture, lush, landscaped gardens and waterways are the setting for Dubai's Arabian resort. Madinat Jumeirah features two boutique hotels, summer houses and villas, as well as over 40 bars and restaurants in the Souk.


Dubai Studio City announced

A dynamic business community supporting the growth of broadcasting and production companies.

Dubai Studio City offers a unique mix of talent, infrastructure and a dynamic environment, and is home to multinational companies specialising in broadcasting, production and post production, music and entertainment.


Launch of du

Incubating the UAE's second telecom company.

Connecting people and businesses through mobile, telephone, broadband and IPTV services across the UAE, du has over 6.5 million mobile customers, and provides its services to over 70,000 businesses.


Launch of Dubai International Academic City

Developing the region's talent pool for a knowledge-based economy.

The world's largest free zone dedicated to Higher Education, offering over 400 programmes and state-of-the-art facilities - the campus has welcomed over 25,000 students from 145 nationalities.


Emirates International Telecommunications (EIT) launched

Representing Dubai Holding's primary investment vehicle in the communications industry.

Emirates International Telecommunications actively invests in telecommunications organisations across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and South Asia.


SmartCity launches in Kochi and Malta

Exporting our success and replicating TECOM Group's business community model abroad.

SmartCity Malta and SmartCity Kochi represent the first European, and the first Asian knowledge-based business hubs respectively, providing healthy, sustainable and purpose-built spaces for working and living.


Jumeirah Beach Residence opens

A retail and dining promenade heralding Dubai's very first beachfront destination.

JBR sees thousands of locals, residents and tourists visit the outdoor promenade daily to sample the eclectic mix of international dining experiences, boutique shopping and year-round calendar of street entertainment.


Launch of Dubai Design District (d3)

A creative ecosystem and unrivalled environment for creative talent to live, work, play and collaborate.

A thriving design-dedicated community for local talent and international names to collaborate, and aspiring creatives to hone their skills.


Launch of in5

A dedicated innovation centre supporting entrepreneurs and start-ups from concept to launch.

Providing early stage companies with support, infrastructure and a dynamic working environment to encourage a successful launch to market.


Mall of the World announced

A connected, intuitive, all-season, smart district within the heart of Dubai.

An upcoming long-term and strategic project, Mall of the World is set to play a significant role in positioning Dubai as a global hub for tourism, in line with our leadership’s plans including Dubai Tourism Vision 2020.


Creative Community at d3 announced

A dynamic and inspiring 93,000m2 community for emerging creative talent.

Offering inspiring indoor and outdoor spaces and shared facilities to spark the creative streaks of design entrepreneurs in the region and beyond.


Innovation Hub announced

A 168,000m2 space dedicated to nurturing regional start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Focusing on innovation across new media, technology, smart education and sciences from the heart of Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City.