Dubai International City
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|International City, Dubai|
|Dubai International City|
|Nickname(s): IC; IC Phase 1; Warsan 1; IC Dubai|
International City, Dubai
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|Incorporated||July 10, 2004|
|Founded by||Nakheel Properties|
|• Total||8.2 km2 (3.16 sq mi)|
|• Land||8.0 km2 (3.08 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)|
|Population (Jan. 2010)|
|• Density||15,000/km2 (40,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||AST (UTC+4)|
|• Summer (DST)||AST (UTC+4)|
|Phone Code||+971 and 4|
Dubai International city is a country-themed architecture of residences, business, and tourist attractions. Spreading over an area of 800 hectares (8 million square meters), the arrangement of the city is inspired by the traditional carpets of Middle East. Once completed, the project will contain studio and one bedroom apartments and accommodate over 60,000 residents.
Dubai International City is located in the Al Warsan region of Dubai, opposite to the Dubai Central Fruit and Vegetable Market.
It is composed of 485 buildings embraces the residential districts of Central Business District (CBD), Persia, Greece, Spain, Morocco, England, France, Italy, Russia, China and Emirates. Apart from these districts that were initially planned for Dubai International City namely Lake District and Forbidden City are now on put on hold due to the effects of the Global Financial Recession. Attractions in the city includes the Dragon Mart, which is the worlds biggest machinery and equipment market.
The Residential District of Dubai international city is expected to have numerous country specific and themed residential developments and retail outlets. There will be commercial shops, restaurants, medical centers, a post office, police station, and transportation services.
The plans include ten country-specific districts:
- China District at one end of the residential district.
- England Precinct, mirroring traditional London architecture, especially with 18th- and 19th-century Georgian and Revivalist styles featured in its two-, three- and four-storey buildings that are topped by red gabled roofs and brick chimneys.
- France District featuring two-, three- and four-storey residential blocks characterized by long French windows, red and gray bricks, and pilasters or half-columns.
- Persia District, situated in the heart of the residential district. Its two-, three- and four storey buildings are decorated with traditional Islamic domes and wide-spaced arches and windows.
- Greece District, at the edge of the residential district. Featuring tiled-roofs, balconies, symmetrically placed windows and white-painted walls.
- Russia District
- Spain District. Its three-and four-storey buildings are designed according to traditional stucco exterior finish. Arched doorways, windows, porches and entries round off the Spanish look.
- Morocco District. The precinct’s three- and four-storey residential buildings are decorated with green tiles, natural terra-cottas, stucco walls and wide-arched windows.
- Italy District. Two- to four-storey residential blocks.
- Emirates District. The 10th precinct in the Residential District lies at the northeast end. Comprising 26 low-rise apartment blocks offering studio and one-bedroom apartments.
The Central District
International City's Central District is spread over 21 hectares the multi-purpose Central District will be the centre of International City's commercial activity. The Central Business District upon completion will endow the central hub of the development.
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden city will encompass an area of 240,000 square metres with parking facilities for 2,000 cars, the city is the replica of Forbidden City of Beijing, China. When completed it will accommodate residential, retail, outlets, museums, and performing courts.
The Lake District
The Lake District surrounds the Al Warsan Lake a 100 hectare natural Eco system and home to nearly 200 species of birds including some of the most exotic and rare birds found in the Arabian Peninsula and parts of Asia. The lake is off limits to public and is gated.
A unique freshwater lake lies inside the boundaries of International City alongside the Dubai-Hatta Road. The Al Wasan lake consists of a series of interconnected wetlands of about 3 metres depth set in an arid undulating desert landscape. The Al Wasan pools were created in the 1990s when excess treated sewage effluent water was pumped from the nearby Al Weer sewage treatment plant into shallow pits which had been excavated as a quarry by a local building company. An assessment of the lake's biological characteristics and water quality in an Environmental Impact Assessment and baseline survey of flora and fauna - indicted clean water rich in aquatic life and exhibiting high biological productivity.
DragonMart provides a gateway for the supply of Chinese products in the Middle Eastern and North African Markets, offering Chinese traders and manufacturers a unique platform from which to cater to the needs of this sizeable market. Inaugurated on December 7th, 2004, the 1.2 kilometre-long DragonMart is the largest trading centre for Chinese products outside mainland China.
The 150,000 square meter dragon-shaped structure has 3,950 shops engaged in the wholesale and retail trade of a variety of Chinese products including home appliances, stationery, office appliances, communication and acoustic equipment, lamps, household items, building materials, furniture, toys, machinery, garments, textiles, footwear and general merchandise.
With over 2,500 parking spaces, the shopping centre is divided into seven zones offering facilities for visitors and traders alike, making it the largest Chinese commercial centre in the MENA region.
Strategically located on the Hatta - Al Ain highway, the mart is adjacent to eight warehouses, 200 metres away from the main complex, offering a total area of 30,000 square metres of warehousing facilities to its traders.
Work has started on a second mart right next to Dragon Mart that will have 175,000 square metres of space and 4,500 parking spaces.
Nakheel's International City Development has been questioned by news articles with controversies and issues. These articles claim International City has struggled with a poor reputation and negative press reports stemming from various issues including problems with its own sewage systems and the nearby sewage facility, access to the site, and a perceived lack of amenities. A follow-up poll from Emirates 24-7 revealed that a huge percentage – 91 percent – of readers showed “a marked aversion to investing in International City units.” A considerable 67 percent said they “would not touch the place.” 
Sewage plant proximity
Due to its proximity to the Sewage Treatment Plant, and constant overflow, certain clusters like Morocco & China are subjected to the odor of sewage when the wind direction changes at night. 
Entering and exiting the city during rush hour can require you to spend 10-20 minutes gridlocked. There is one major entry and one major exit to the city. 
Being a low cost construction project, poor quality of materials were used as a result, pipes overflow during heavy rains, pavements sink into the ground, buildings seem to have formation of cracks within a short span of 2-3 years. Neither the developer nor the owners association maintain the open areas. Street lights do not function at night.
Law and order
While Nakheel's noble intentions were to make low and medium cost housing available to the masses (who were suffering due to the real-estate boom up until mid 2008 and before the GFC) by providing medium and low income earners with legal and decent housing instead of resorting to illegitimate Villa Sharing, Dubai was badly hit by the Global Financial Crisis. This led to an instant devaluation or rentals by 75% - 80% of its value in 2008. Due to this sudden drop in prices, even the extremely lowest income group (laborers, truck drivers, taxi drivers) identified this area as a potential upgrade to their existing Labor camps.  Coupled with Nakheel's financial downfall, controls and checks over the city's security, compliance to regulations and maintenance of infrastructure were dropped beginning in January 2009 by the developer who used to control and maintain this earlier. 
The community is serviced by the RTA bus service. Bus routes:
- X23 Dubai Gold Souk Bus: Dubai International City --> Ras Al Khor --> Oud Metha --> Dubai Gold Souk. Operates in a 10 to 15 minute frequency.
- 365 Rashidiya Metro Station Bus: Dubai International City --> Silicon Oasis --> Dubai Academic City --> Rashidiya Metro Station. Operates in a 25 to 30 minute frequency.
- 53 Dubai Gold Souk Bus: Dubai International City --> Al Badia --> Dubai Festival City --> Deira City Centre --> Dubai Gold Souk. Operates in a 25 to 30 minute frequency.
- 300 Dubai International City Intercity Bus: The bus rotates frequently between the International City Clusters.
You may plan and time your journey using the RTA Website RTA Wojhati Route Planner or inquire about your route/bus/connectivity at the RTA Call Center 800 9090.
A Nol Card (prepaid bus/Metro card) is required to use bus services. There are Nol card services available at Spinneys, Carrefour, and Al-Ansari exchange (Dragon Mart), where Nol cards can be topped up. The same may be obtained at any major bus terminus or Metro stations.
Taxis are easily available within this community.
- "Schumpeter: Mall of the masses: The traders in Dubai’s Dragon Mart are kitting out the emerging world’s new middle class", The Economist, dated 14 April 2012.
- Alice Johnson, Gulf News Staff (2008-06-03). "Two-week sewage flood hits International City". Gulf News. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- Khaleej Times (2010-06-24). "DM and IC Developer to plug stench". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- Gulf News (2008-07-18). "IC Traffic worsens". Gulf News. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- Hugh Naylor (2010-05-03). "International City awash in sewage". The National. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- Gulf News (2011-02-24). "International City: Squalor township". Gulf News. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
- Gulf News (2009-11-25). "Reader helps police to bust brothel in International City". Gulf News. Retrieved 2011-06-19.