1997

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.

1999

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.

1999

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.

1999

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.

2000

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.

2001

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.

2002

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.

2003

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.

2003

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.

2004

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 with the mandate of managing key, largescale Dubai projects and initiatives, and ensuring ongoing development of a sustainable future economy across multiple sectors.

2004

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.

2005

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.

2005

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.

2005

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.

2006

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.

2007

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.

2008

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.

2013

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.

2013

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.

2014

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.

2014

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.

2014

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. Phase I will be launched in 2017.

2016

Launch of Jumeirah Living Marina Gate

The gateway to a world-renowned destination

Standing at the original entrance of the Dubai Marina, Marina Gate's prestigious third tower is home to various luxury serviced apartments. Located at the heart of one of the region’s most sought-after locations, this well-connected development offers unrivalled links to the city via the metro, the tram, boats and walkways.

2016

Dubai Wholesale City launches

The region’s first fully integrated wholesale trading city

A key contributor to the UAE’s strategy of economic expansion, Dubai Wholesale City is a global one-stop shop for wholesale traders. A leading-edge master development that caters to all wholesale needs, this state-of-the-art hub serves as a fundamental channel for global trade.

2016

Jumeirah Central launches

Dubai’s first truly urban, mixed-use city centre

Envisioned as a landmark, the Jumeirah Central district is a vibrant hub full of shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural experiences. Positioned as the region’s first truly urban, mixed-use city centre, Jumeirah Central will enrich the lives of those who live, work, play and thrive there.

2016

Jumeirah Al Naseem opens

The latest luxury hotel at the prestigious Madinat Jumeirah resort

'Al Naseem', meaning a gentle wind or sea breeze in Arabic, perfectly reflects the location and design of this contemporary hotel. Overlooking the Burj Al Arab, with sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf, the hotel’s interiors are inspired by Dubai’s sand dunes, blue skies, pearl diving heritage and Bedouin traditions.

2016

Dubai Future Accelerators programme launches

The world’s largest government-supported accelerator launched in partnership with Dubai Holding

Dubai Future Accelerators programme brings together the world’s most exciting technology companies and leading government organisations to identify and deploy futuristic prototypes and products. Using the city as a living testbed, the programme aims to create leading solutions to the global challenges of tomorrow.

2016

Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DiDi) launches

Dubai’s first design qualification sets the scene for tomorrow’s talent in Dubai Design District

In collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design New York, Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation has developed a Bachelor of Design to cultivate the next generation of talent. Through a choice of modules, students map their own educational journey and develop invaluable cross-disciplinary skills. The institute is located within d3's Creative Community.

2017

Launch of Marsa Al Arab

Dubai Holding’s ground-breaking plan to construct two islands off the region’s coast

Set to sit either side of the luxurious Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the first Marsa Al Arab island; Family Resort Island, will be in direct connection to the extended Wild Wadi Waterpark and host world class family entertainment and residential apartments. The second island will be private and host luxury apartments, a boutique hotel and a marina, all contributing to the Dubai Tourism Vision 2020.

2017

Launch of Emirates Towers Business Park

New business district close to Emirates Towers and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

This new business district will be built on a site close to Emirates Towers and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). It will contain several Grade A office buildings, hotels, new retail space, F&B units, additional parking and an arena to host events, with other facilities for corporate functions. It will also house public parks, green spaces and pedestrian bridges linking into DIFC and meeting the increasing demand for premium office space in Dubai.

2017

Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel is announced

Jumeirah Group marks its first entry into Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

A strategic addition to Jumeirah Group’s international portfolio, Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel offers five-star luxury in the heart of the Holy City. Boasting breathtaking views of Masjid-Al-Haram, the hotel comprises four towers and is within walking distance from the Holy Mosque.