Broadway Malyan masterplans island off Abu Dhabi

Jubail, an island located between Saadiyat Island and Yas Island to the northwest of downtown Abu Dhabi, is set to be transformed by Jubail Island Investment Company (JIIC) in a £1 billion project that will eventually see the development of 800 homes in six distinct “villages” as well as two as-yet unbranded hotels.

Masterplanned by Broadway Malyan, Jubail will be designed to integrate with the existing natural habitat of the island, including the coastal mangroves.

According to James Rayner, who leads Broadway Malyan’s global masterplanning team, from the very beginning of this project, they were faced by environmental constraints to create a plan that both celebrates and works in harmony with the local environment.

The development will be broken down into six village clusters inspired by studies of local, regional and global villages, although each will be independently designed with their own character and identity, layouts and densities.

Aside from the 800 homes that will be built, there will be a marina, two schools, a beach club, sport centers, five mosques, two hotels, four community clubs and office space. Building heights will be restricted and all shops will be within a high street rather than a mall.

The importance of wellbeing will also be highlighted in the design, with the masterplan including areas for physical and social activities.

Photo credit: Broadway Malyan