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Dubai Marina - The First Intelligent City

By Shanti Kalyaan

The world's first fully online city will soon be a reality. Touted as the city of the future, Dubai Marina ushers in a whole new sophisticated era of lifestyle that will integrate every aspect of living and working in Dubai.

Online City
The online city in essence means the residents will be able to use the IT network to control their living environment and appliances at the click of a mouse. Every part of the city is connected to a high bandwidth network that will provide access to local and global services. Be it e-healthcare, e-business, e-education, e-government or e-leisure, residents of the city will have total 24/7 access. Dubai Marine City Project (undertaken by Emaar) features classy apartment towers, landscaped parks, shopping centers, schools, upmarket hotels, medical, recreation and entertainment facilities. In short, the city will spell the ultimate in luxurious living.

What an e-city entails
Buy an apartment in the e-city
Murjan Tower open for sale

What an e-city entails - In a nutshell, a total state-of-the-art electronic network. UK's Marconi is the technology partner in charge of designing and building this sophisticated network in Dubai Marina. The first phase will see the creation of a fully working simulation of communication facilities, including video conferencing and smart household appliances. In fact, running a house will be child's play. For example, your refrigerator will be able to list the no. of items it contains and even prepare the shopping list for you. You can switch on your microwave while in office, check on your kids at school and also keep a watch on who enters your house. DEWA and Etisalat bills can be paid from home. Students can access educational resources from home, school or college. Businessmen can enjoy facilities like video telephony, video camera security and fast access to commercial and government databases online.

You can actually buy an apartment - You can be an apartment owner in the first e-city of the world. Financing schemes are available. The first phase of tower blocks is expected to be completed in early 2002. It will include the construction of 6 residential towers, comprising 1200 apartments and water-front villas, 60 shops and other recreational facilities. 2 bedroom flats will cost app. Dhs 600,000 and 3 bedroom flats app. Dhs 900,000.

Murjan Tower open for sale - Buying an apartment in Murjan Tower, the first of the condominium blocks in the e-city is proving to be an attractive proposition for both expatriates (who can lease an unit for 99 years) and UAE nationals (who can buy one)alike. Many apartments, especially water-front ones have already been sold. Amlak, a financial services company is offering mortgages upto 75% of the purchase price on a 25-year term. Murjan Tower is 37 storeys high and has 288 1/2/3 bedroom apartments as also penthouses. Prices vary from Dhs 735,000 - Dhs 4.5 million depending on the apartment.

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