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Mega projects that will shape the Emirates’ future

October 8, 2013

The first batch of batch of rail wagons arrive at Mina Zayed. The construction of a 1,200km freight and passenger railway network across the Emirates is expected to provide a massive boost to trade and the logistics industry. Courtesy Etihad Rail
The first batch of batch of rail wagons arrive at Mina Zayed. The construction of a 1,200km freight and passenger railway network across the Emirates is expected to provide a massive boost to trade and the logistics industry. Courtesy Etihad Rail
The $20 billion nuclear energy project, awarded in 2009, is meant to address power demand that grows in the emirate at a rate of 10 per cent or more a year. Courtesy Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation
The $20 billion nuclear energy project, awarded in 2009, is meant to address power demand that grows in the emirate at a rate of 10 per cent or more a year. Courtesy Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation
Dubai World Central occupies a 140 square kilometre site in Jebel Ali and includes logistics, aviation, commercial, exhibition, humanitarian, residential and leisure related businesses around Al Maktoum International Airport. Razan Alzayani / The National
Dubai World Central occupies a 140 square kilometre site in Jebel Ali and includes logistics, aviation, commercial, exhibition, humanitarian, residential and leisure related businesses around Al Maktoum International Airport. Razan Alzayani / The National
Artists impression of the new Midfield terminal. The terminal, with an initial capacity of 30 million passengers, has also been designed to accommodate both a high-speed rail link and metro connection in the future. Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Airports Company
Artists impression of the new Midfield terminal. The terminal, with an initial capacity of 30 million passengers, has also been designed to accommodate both a high-speed rail link and metro connection in the future. Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Airports Company
Mohammed Al Khayat, the head of commercial and free zone development at Meydan, left, and Saeed Al Tayer, the chairman of Meydan, during the launch of the first stage of Mohammed bin Rashid City. Antonie Robertson / The National
Mohammed Al Khayat, the head of commercial and free zone development at Meydan, left, and Saeed Al Tayer, the chairman of Meydan, during the launch of the first stage of Mohammed bin Rashid City. Antonie Robertson / The National
Workers at the site where the Lovure Abu Dhabi is being constructed. Marwan Naamani / AFP
Workers at the site where the Lovure Abu Dhabi is being constructed. Marwan Naamani / AFP
A recruitment spree is expected in the coming months to assist in the launch of the financial free zone located at Al Maryah Island, above. Ravindranath K / The National
A recruitment spree is expected in the coming months to assist in the launch of the financial free zone located at Al Maryah Island, above. Ravindranath K / The National
The Shams 1 - the largest renewable energy project in the Middle East - can power 20,000 homes. Mike Malate / Shams Power Company
The Shams 1 - the largest renewable energy project in the Middle East - can power 20,000 homes. Mike Malate / Shams Power Company
Construction works for the Dubai tram at Jumeirah Beach. Jaime Puebla / The National
Construction works for the Dubai tram at Jumeirah Beach. Jaime Puebla / The National
The masterplan for Sir Bu Nuair Island, above, the first integrated tourism project within Sharjah’s islands and one of the most important marine protected areas in the UAE. Courtesy Shurooq
The masterplan for Sir Bu Nuair Island, above, the first integrated tourism project within Sharjah’s islands and one of the most important marine protected areas in the UAE. Courtesy Shurooq