DHA Waterfront Project

A lot of people seem to be asking about new development in the city of Karachi, especially about the Creek city and Creek Marina projects. However, today.. i found that there is a much more MASSIVE development project being planned by the DHA for the 14 km stretch of beachfront property from old sindbad casino to golf club. The project is supposed to be completed by 2015 and some construction has already been started. Divided into 7 zones, with different structures being earmarked for each, the project will consist of malls, residential towers, an aquarium and much more. I’ve reproducing an exerpt from here detailing each zone. There are pictures at the link as well as news articles detailing the progress of the work. Reading all of this.. only one thing comes to mind… WOW!

Zone-A was comprised of 22 acres of land from Sindbad (old Casino) to the McDonald restaurant, out of which over 12 acres would remain vacant for parking purpose (2,000 to 3,000 vehicles at a time) and a tramway terminal.

It will house 40 to 50-storey commercial centre worth US$125 million. The zone will attract multinational companies to operate from there in a beautiful view around.

The Zone-B will be developed on a 2km area. It will have a water park with sports, rides, swimming zones and a wave island planned on 11 acres of land, which will be an attractive feature for visitors.

A 600-feet high monumental tower will be erected having a revolving restaurant and an observatory deck on the top.

The main structure will be supported by a low-rise complex having indoor games, such as ice-skating, simulators, shooting gallery, etc.

An offshore amphitheatre having a capacity to accommodate 6,000 people at a time, connected through a grand pier with the main land is also being provided in this zone. This zone will be developed at cost of US$33 million, he noted.

Zone-C will house a food court complex with a variety of restaurants offering local and continental cuisines. An exclusive amusement park on 24 acres of land will provide fun and entertainment for adults and children.

Zone-D will stretch on a 2km area, having a board walk all along the coast coupled with viewers’ deck, sitting areas, utility structures, kiosks and restaurants at various spots. This will supplement the main promenade running parallel to the board walk at a higher level, he briefed.

In Zone-E, sculpture court amphitheatre and Expo Centre complex with its multi-dimensional activities on 30-acres land will be an attraction for tourists. A high-rise residential complex will be constructed at 10-acre land at a cost of US$140 million.

A five-star hotel will also be established on 19.5 acres at a cost of US$135 million. A co-generation plant having 94mw electricity and 3MGD water plant will be installed at cost of Rs5.6 billion, Brig Bahram informed.

The 3.6km coast in Zone-F is ideal for all water sports activities such as sport fishing, snorkeling, diving, swimming, yachting, boating, jet skiing and water skiing. Stadia seating in concrete will be build to accommodate the viewers of the water sports.

An underwater world with Dolphin Park and Aquarium will be developed on over 9 acres at a cost of US$25 million.

It will also have two seafood restaurants. A Marina will be developed with jetties, which will have over 4,000 boats beside other parking decks.

In the Creek City project, a 300-bed hospital will be constructed at a cost of Rs3 billion.

16 Comments so far

  1. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 5:06 pm

    truly awesome. but i’d be surprised if they managed to accomplish this within our lifetimes…

  2. verysmart (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 6:18 pm

    WOW. impressive, I dont want to sound pessimistic or anything, but havent they heard about GLOBAL WARMING and rising sea levels????

    The problem with karachi is that we are situated way below the SEA level :(

  3. SWA (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    Actually, there is another project by the name of Karachi Waterfront being made by a Dubai company LIMITLESS. Find out more about this project on the following

  4. UnholySaint (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

    Man that is crazy. Buyin a ferari when there is no gasoline around isnt a great idea. I am talking about electricity. Nuclear power plants were probably a much needed investment.

  5. SWA (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

    ^^ those are two very unrelated things.
    And as far as power plant investment goes, that is another sector and the govt. is inviting investment in that regard as well.

  6. Sana Farhan (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 12:48 am

    Okay i am confused!!!
    Isnt Karachi supposed to be in red zone of earthquakes!!Doesnt it lie b/w 3 fault lines???& hellooooo y one would need these ugly sky scrapers or crapers on our lovely CVU????Aren’t the ugly tiled steps enough & the biggest beach park which has completly blocked the view of THE BEACH???Projects should be made keeping the natural surrounding in mind!!!not altering it completly!!!!Erecting towers, making development is GREAT but if is in expense of nature!!!I am not willing to pay the price!!!!!

  7. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 1:21 am

    Well done Brother Mansoor for making such informative post.Keep it up!!

  8. verysmart (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 1:32 am

    woooo… Sana thats a very different and kinda sarcastic view of the entire scene

    “the biggest beach park which has completely blocked the view of THE BEACH???”

    Wht does this means??? the park blocks the view of the beach?? from where?? underground karachi?

    We are amazing creatures, we can spend millions of dollars flocking to Florida, Monaco or even Dubai just to enjoy the beachfront development (and sand and the sea) but we want our own backyard to stay the way it was, since ever!

    Your Earthquake Zone issue is much a concern, but “the park blocking the view” is really absurd.

    Erecting towers and developments might aswell make things better for us, it might make people realize that ‘hey our city can look as cool as those which we used to drool over in photos.’ It might just bring us the sense to stop littering and remain indifferent.

    Coz the way we are currently, I dont see much can be done abt being “envoironmently friendly”, lets take a chance towards development

  9. SWA (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 7:15 am

    ^^ Its true though, the boundary wall of the beach park is too high and blocks the view of the sea. It should have been made lower so you could see the sea over the park

  10. danny (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 9:25 am

    Where is the money coming from to make all this?!

  11. misha (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 9:38 am

    Somehow it’s hard to get excited about all this supposd progress when you’re fanning yourself with a newspaper because there is no electricity. How a basics-first plan?

  12. Zain (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 10:22 am

    Ladies and gentlemen, sorry for my bad language but I have only one comment on such development “GHANTTA”…

    I agree this is all good but guess first we need to provide basic facilities water, electricity, roads etc and provide some easy way to people to pay the utility bills etc..

    Understand development is taking place but the pace is very very slow. I mean I have seen Bangkok come out from a situation almost similar to Karachi and its really really impressive to see Bangkok shining now.. If we prioritize, we will also shine…

  13. mansoor (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 3:07 pm

    xill: i, for one, am an optimist. LoL! so i hope they’ll be comlpeted, and one day, i’ll have an office AND home there too ;)

    verysmart: those problems are there, but have u seen the trend in the last 40 years of karachi? the waterline is actually receding. Back in the 70’s, the area where park towers stands now was underwater.. now the sea-line has actually gone back QUITE a bit.. and continues to do so. I rem when i was a kid, the water at sea-view used to touch the boundary walls.. its doesnt any more.

    SWA: i just LOVE that site! its got so many details on progress in constrcution projects in Pakistan! thanks!

    unholysaint: im sorry.. not sure where ur getting at :S could u please be a lil more specific? thanks

    sana: ugly sky scrapers?? one of the worlds BEST skylines are beach front skyscrapers.. and we’ve gotta start somewhere… as far as being in an Earthquake zone.. that means they’ll have to embed earthquake resistance in their buildings. that doesnt mean DONT make buildings! i’ll never get it why people would much rather NOT do soemthing, rather than finding a way to do it :@

    adnan: thanks!

    verysmart: well said jee! very well said!

    misha & zain: the ‘basics’ are on the shoulders of other entities (govt, kesc, wapda, ksew etc for one) while this project is being done by a seperate entity called DHA. Each has their own mandate, and if one stops because the other isnt doing their work.. well, thats why were still here 50 years after being ‘independant’!!

    On another note.. for the basics, we need money, and this project alone will add about $90 million in the treasury in taxes alone each year… see where im going with this?

  14. Concerned (unregistered) on July 4th, 2006 @ 4:21 am

    This all sounds nice but can some one please make these damn ex prime ministers and the maulvis shut up. I am tired of hearing them put down the current government. The govenrment has made mistakes agreed but they are headed in the right direction.

    Please let all the enemies of Pakistan (ex PMs and Maulvis) know, that we will never support them.

  15. Zain (unregistered) on July 4th, 2006 @ 9:20 am

    Mansoor buddy I guess it is government’s duty to have fair distribution of everything. I am not saying DHA should stop this project but all I am saying is that Government should play its actual role.

    EQUAL DISTRIBUTION of income. Bridge the gap between rich and poor! That is all we are sayin I reckon.

  16. Tzar (unregistered) on July 5th, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

    So DHA wants to deprive the 116 million population with the remaining waterfront which is left?

    Construct those mammoths for rich and left those ordinary people with a 3 km long clifton bridge ( which i highly doubt will remain any longer ).

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