A new heart-shaped concept project has recently been released by Nad Al Shiba Engineering Consultants. Planned for Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach, the entertainment destination features a water slide, climbing wall, restaurants, a retail strip and an amphitheatre. There are also two observation platforms, one of which visitors can enjoy sweeping views of Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab from.
Shortlisted in a competition by Dubai Municipality, the Dubai Heart design by Nad Al Shiba consists of two main zones: an entertainment zone, which is the heart-shaped structure that projects upward out of the sea, and a retail and amphitheatre zone that edges the coastline. Both zones are connected together by a glass walkway.
The sand art mall is an outdoor strip of retail, which is covered by a shading structure that mimics the form of a wave. Nearby is an artificial surfing bay, observation space, food court and amphitheatre, which also continues the parametric design language of the shopping section. Built over 4,370m2 of land, the amphitheatre contains a vast viewing platform, the backdrop of which is the Dubai Heart landmark.
Inside the entertainment area, visitors will be able to enjoy a section called the Cloud Trip, a three-level concept space inspired by the work of Tomas Saraceno. There are also indoor and outdoor walkways, restaurants, and the other promised entertainment and leisure activities, like the slide and climbing wall.
According to the architects, the entertainment area breaks multiple world records including those for highest water slide (Nad Al Shiba’s design measures at 150m tall), longest glass passage in the sea (connecting the coast to heart, also measuring at 150m) and highest artificial indoor climbing wall (100m).
The winning concept of the competition hasn’t been announced yet, and according to Nad Al Shiba Engineering Consultants, the municipality is still reviewing the project for a starting date.