Mainland Development

In May 2002, Abu Dhabi National Hotels Co. approached Diar Consult with a view to master planning a new waterfront development along the Mussafah canal. Diar Consult then collaborated with HHCP USA, which took the initial lead in the development of the concept master plan. Diar Consult prepared the detailed master plan and concept design of the individual components of the project. This was one of the earliest projects assigned through international partnering by Abu Dhabi National Hotels Co.

The master plan comprises a private residential community of 170 units (townhouses and villas), creating secure defined neighbourhoods structured around a cul-de-sac system. All the residents enjoy access to the connected linear parks and recreation areas of the development directly from their lots. A manmade internal water creek was introduced into the development to demarcate clearly the territory of the residential zone, separating it from the commercial and public zones; and to create a dramatic and organic integration of land and water bodies. The separately accessible public domain includes retail, a hypermarket and cineplex, a four-star hotel and boutique offices as well as a country club for the residents and the general public.

The project was cancelled in July 2005 due to a complex legal issue related to land ownership. However, it provided a recognised benchmark and standards for this client to build on for their subsequent projects.

  • Location: Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Client: Abu Dhabi National Hotels Co.
  • Size: 3,410m2 site area, 27,200m2 BUA
  • Status: Concept design completed in 2003