The six-square-kilometre Dubai Creek Harbour development is near Ras Al Khor National Wildlife Sanctuary and a 10-minute drive from Dubai International Airport. When completed it will be twice the size of Downtown Dubai, Emaar said.

Its centrepiece will be The Tower, which is planned to be the world’s tallest and will have a hotel, rotating balconies and observation decks, with dynamic lighting.

The project was first announced last year.