1997

Jumeirah Beach Hotel Opens

Establishing 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 international luxury hospitality chain. Its curved wave-inspired architectural design makes for one of the most recognisable structures in the Emirate.

1999

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah opens

An icon of Dubai representing groundbreaking architecture in the region.

Set on its own man-made island in Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah with its billowing dhow sail architecture is a true icon of contemporary Dubai and has been 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 is home to a thriving, global business community comprising over 1,600 business partners, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

2000

Jumeirah Emirates Towers opens

Another iconic set of towers added to the Dubai skyline.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers was developed to redefine 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, provides a pro-business environment for over 1,500 regional and international media companies, and a platform for key industry players.

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.

2003

Launch of Dubai Knowledge Park

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

Dubai Knowledge Park is dedicated to developing the region's talent pool and nurturing a knowledge-based economy in the UAE. Over 500 talent management training 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 placed Empower as the world's largest district cooling provider, offering 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 long-term 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 form the setting of this quintessential Arabian resort. Madinat Jumeirah features four boutique hotels, summer houses and villas, as well as over 25 restaurants serving drinks and international cuisine.

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 7.74 million mobile subscribers, 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.
Dubai International Academic City is the world's largest free zone dedicated to higher education, offering over 500 programmes and state-of-the-art facilities. The campus has welcomed over 27,000 students from more than 150 nationalities.

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.

d3 is 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.

in5 provides early-stage companies with support, infrastructure and a dynamic working environment to facilitate a successful launch to market.

2014

Innovation Hub announced

A space established to further nurture talent and creativity across Dubai Internet City’s vibrant technology ecosystem.

The Innovation Hub is a place for startups, entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies to come together and innovate in an enabling environment. Phase I was completed in 2018.

2014

Dubai Creek Harbour launches

This joint venture with Emaar Properties will bring to life a one-of-a-kind waterfront destination overlooking the historic Creek and Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

2016

Launch of Jumeirah Living Marina Gate

The gateway to a world-renowned destination

Standing at the original entrance of the Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Living 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

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 iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, 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

Launch of Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI)

Dubai’s first design qualification sets the scene for tomorrow’s talent in Dubai Design District (d3).

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.

2017

Launch of Marsa Al Arab

Dubai Holding’s luxury waterfront destination in Jumeirah.

Set adjacent to the luxurious Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Marsa Al Arab will offer unrivalled luxurious waterfront experiences for residents and tourists alike.  

2017

Jabal Omar Jumeirah Makkah Hotel is announced

Jumeirah Group marks its first entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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

2017

Urban Foods incorporated

Dubai Holding takes a further step into the consumer retail industry with the introduction of Urban Foods.

Urban Foods brings established brands such as Géant, as well as new brands including Franprix and Monoprix, to communities in the UAE.

2018

Launch of Madinat Jumeirah Living

An exclusive freehold residential development located in a prime location in Jumeirah.

The 3.85 million sq. ft. development comprises residential clusters, offering spacious, freehold units, all connected through shaded pedestrian walkways and jogging paths.

2018

D-Marin partnership announced

Dubai Holding partners with D-Marin to manage world-class marinas in Dubai.

The partnership aims to attract international investments in the yacht industry and to promote Dubai as the preferred destination for luxury yachting and boating internationally.

2018

Opening of Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort

Jumeirah Group’s first luxury “eco-conscious” resort.

Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort is a spacious beachfront haven in Abu Dhabi overlooking 400 metres of beautiful white sand on the Arabian Gulf and offers a front-row seat to breathtakingly beautiful scenery.

2018

Hala China launches

A practical platform to enhance economic and cultural exchange and drive investment cooperation between the UAE and China.

Hala China aims to attract Chinese visitors and investments to the Emirate through an annual calendar of tailored events including exhibitions, conventions, business forums and roadshows.

2019

Dubai Holding celebrates 15-year milestone

Dubai Holding celebrates a journey of achievements today and continues to invest in tomorrow.

Leaving a strong imprint on Dubai’s progress and development across various fields, Dubai Holding is proud to celebrate 15 years of successfully delivering on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Dubai Holding continues to strive to lay the foundations today for a prosperous and sustainable future for all.

2020

Meraas becomes part of Dubai Holding

Meraas and Dubai Holding join forces to create an economic giant.

Per the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, Meraas becomes part of Dubai Holding. Combining the two entities results in a significantly more diversified group, further enhancing the contribution to Dubai’s socioeconomic growth.