Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate Kickstarts Smart City Roadmap

 Signs MoU with Dubai Municipality

Makani numbering program marks first of Dubai Festival City’s smart city initiatives

Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate and Dubai Municipality today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to install the new Makani unique numbering system at Dubai Festival City, the first in the region.

The system is an extension of the current Makani geographic addressing system, with the new system expanded to include all types of in-building units: residential, commercial, and office space among others. Developed in accordance with the GeoDubai 3D parameters and Dubai’s Digital Twin requirements, the building geometric data will be entered into the geographic database and Makani Unit Signs will be installed with a unique code designated to each unit. Also, new in-building movement data will be developed, and the Makani system currently in public use will be updated to include the units and show the directions and destinations of in-building movements

The initiative was launched at Dubai Festival City and will be rolled out across Dubai. Closely following the signing ceremony attended by Eng. Maryam Al Muhairi, Director of GIS Center at Dubai Municipality, the first Makani number was installed at Marks and Spencer in Dubai Festival City Mall.

Dubai Festival City has several smart city initiatives in its pipeline. As one of Dubai’s popular integrated destinations which includes residential and commercial spaces, schools, a sports and social club, a 2.5million sqft mall, three hotels and automotive showrooms, the Makani numbering installation marks another milestone of the destination’s smart city roadmap.

Abdallah Hageali, Group Director, Mixed-Use Real Estate at Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate said, “Dubai Festival City is honored to be the first lifestyle destination to implement the installation of Makani numbers across all our assets. We are a brand committed to building the ambitions of Dubai and play a key role in bringing to life the overall agenda of converting Dubai into a Smart City. As a large scale, end-to-end, global master developer, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate is committed to unlocking the potential of people, places and commerce across a multi-billion-dollar real estate portfolio. This is a key step on our roadmap to transforming Dubai Festival City into a smart destination that facilitates a connected lifestyle for the community.”

“Leveraging data and analytics to deliver real time solutions is a key component of our smart city roadmap that aims to make customers’ lives easier and more convenient. Dubai Festival City will continue to roll out new partnerships and programmes that provide intelligent solutions to enhance the quality of life of our customers,” added Hageali.

Dubai Municipality’s Department of Geographical Information System (GIS) uses the latest technologies to collect, validate, analyze, develop and save real estate/urban planning data. This data can be made available to decision makers in government as well as the private sector, with the aim of improving the business environment and enhancing productivity.

About Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate

The real estate development and operations arm of Al-Futtaim, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate is responsible for the origination, conception, development, procurement and construction of mega projects and the leasing and operation of these projects after completion.

Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate develops and operates an extensive multi-million-dollar portfolio of individual corporate real estate and investment assets across the Middle East and North Africa region.

The current flagship mixed-use urban communities under the Festival City brand are Dubai Festival City, Cairo Festival City and Doha Festival City.

Dubai Festival City and Cairo Festival City are fully integrated communities which have been carefully master planned to offer a superior lifestyle destination with outstanding facilities, comprising residential and commercial accommodation, educational institutions and five-star hotels to fully complement the signature retail, leisure and entertainment proposition.

About Dubai Festival City

Dubai Festival City is an established mixed-use destination developed by Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate, which has been designed to capture the cosmopolitan and rich spirit of Dubai. Featuring alongside a 3.3-kilometre creek, Dubai Festival City is a fully integrated mega project which has been carefully master planned to offer a superior lifestyle destination with outstanding facilities, comprising residential (Marsa Plaza, Al Badia Residences and Al Badia Hillside) and commercial space (Festival Tower) and educational institutions (Universal American School and Deira International School), and a family-friendly sports and social destination (Al Areesh Club).

Within Dubai Festival City sits the landmark 2.5million sq.ft urban retail destination, Dubai Festival City Mall – home to Guinness World Record holder and cutting-edge daily attraction, IMAGINE as well as IKEA and the only Hard Rock Café in the Middle East. The mall also offers almost 400 world class retailers, 75 restaurants – many of which feature waterfront dining and some of Dubai’s most photographed sunset vistas.

Additionally, Dubai Festival City also encompasses two five-star hotels – Intercontinental Dubai Festival City and Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City and the recently opened Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City to fully complement the signature retail, leisure and entertainment proposition.

A sought-after destination for residents, investors and stakeholders, Dubai Festival City delivers exceptional lifestyle experiences that have shaped the real estate landscape and continues to reinforce Dubai’s position as a global hub for business, education, tourism, leisure and entertainment.

About Al-Futtaim

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim today, is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Structured into five operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate, retail and health; employing more than 42,000 employees across 29 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, we partner with over 200 of the world’s most admired and innovative brands.

Al-Futtaim’s entrepreneurship and relentless customer focus enables the organisation to continue to grow and expand; responding to the changing needs of our customers within the societies in which we operate.

By upholding our values of respect, excellence, collaboration, integrity; Al-Futtaim continues to enrich the lives and aspirations of our customers each and every day.