DHCC Wellness Community

DHCC Wellness Community

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Map of Umm Al Quwain

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Project Facts

Project Wellness Retreat/ Mixed Use Development
Client Undisclosed
Size N/a
Services Master Planning, Architectural Design, Feasibility Studies
Collaborating Engineers International Consultants (CONIN)
Status Concept
Budget Undisclosed

Project Features

Wellness Zone 80,000 sq. ft Wellness Centre, 80-key Boutique hotel for medical/ wellness tourism.
Commercial Zone 370-metre of retail and F&B outlets.
Beach Zone 550-metre-long beach and public promenade.
Residential Zone 7 low-midrise multi-storey apartment buildings, 40 Townhouses, 9 Villas.
Park Zone Floating Public Park cantilevered into the canal.

Situated on the south-western corner of the Dubai Health Care City Phase 2 development and within the Al Jaddaf district in Dubai, UAE our proposal for the mixed-use development centring on wellness aims to be more than a retreat for a targeted demographic. Respecting the sensitivity of this waterfront location and its unique features including the breath-taking view of the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, our proposal carves out a series of spaces and injects a variety of experiences to fully exploit the return on investment (ROI) potential of the development. Fused together with the elements of nature and despite the large investment-driven components, an over-riding sense of well-being permeates through the entire master plan. Collectively, a world-class destination promoting rejuvenation awaits residents and visitors alike.

The master plan divides the site into five distinct zones: Wellness, Commercial, Beach, Residential, and Park. Each of the Zones are distinctive in character and clearly demarcated by circulation routes and/or level differences.

The Wellness zone is identified by the blanket of green landscaping that conceals these buildings, lifting in strategic areas to allow views out for the occupants and natural light in for their well-being. Complete with an 80,000 sq. ft Wellness Centre, an 80-key Boutique Hotel and infinity-edge pools, the sculpting of this Zone begins to introduce unique architectural elements to the development that not only offers experiences not available in Dubai, but also a public/tourist attraction. Globally such structures are known for their natural energy-saving values coupled with increased landscaped areas for residents and visitors to enjoy. Additionally, by introducing the landscaped buildings with sunken courtyards we address the increasingly important issue of our responsibility to the environment and our role in Dubai’s 2020 Vision towards a healthier and ‘green’ city.

Master Plan



This zone is centred around a public plaza and extends alongside the 370 metres of the 550-metre adjoining Beach and Promenade Zone. This arrangement explores the full potential of revenue generation by the commercial components from the passing public, who, through the careful arrangement of the site will be concentrated in these areas – away from the two Residential Zones. Thus, by creating guaranteed customers for the Retail and Commercial zone we increase the potential rental yields for these units, and thereby increase the ROI for the Client.


This zone is defined by a multi-tiered public space that stretches the entire length of the site, providing a 550-long promenade and pristine white Beach at the lowest level. The sinusoidal shape and changing levels of the promenade encourage meandering to fully enjoy the experience, while ensuring no high-speed activities will conflict with the peaceful ambiance of this Zone. Buildings and planted structures as well as landscaping provide shade to the Promenade.

Both the Promenade and the Beach are distinct in character and by separating then with differing levels, we ensure maxim visitor comfort while offering a continuous uninterrupted view of the Dubai Creek and the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary from the southern side. Dissecting the Beach and the promenade is the dramatic public Park that creates a separation between the public Beach and the portion of the Beach reserved exclusively for the hotel.


In the Residential zone, buildings style is contemporary and clean appealing to current lifestyle trends and limited to two building types that are repeated resulting in major cost savings during design, engineering, construction, and maintenance after completion. These low-midrise apartment buildings are planned around communal piazzas and located at the highest level of the site thus ensuring more than 70% of the apartments will enjoy views of the Creek, thereby increasing the annual yield if rented, or sale price if sold. Meanwhile villas and townhouses line the promenade, offering views of the beach and the canal. Inward looking properties are offered lush green garden views. In both cases, combined with the reduced engineering, construction and maintenance costs, the ROI in this zone is maximized.


This zone is the ‘piece de resistance’ of this development. Reminiscent of some world-class cities, it is a unique feature that is not witnessed in Dubai. Extending the urban fabric, a further 170 metres into the Creek and accessed from the Promenade, it is intentionally angular in form, creating a dynamic juxtaposition with the organic and free-flowing forms of the development on land.

Hovering above the Creek, public walkways echo the forms of the Hospitality and Wellness Zone while providing access to the park through a heighted visitor experience. The Park encourages users to experience waterfront wildlife opportunities, including the use of a planting scheme that strongly favours coastal species and the construction of a roosting structure for nesting wildlife.

Free from any commercial space, the Park additional tree-lined piazzas and year-round green spaces to encourage residents and visitors to walk/ jog, kick a ball or throw a Frisbee and thereby further promoting well-being – the essence of this development.

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With over 40 years of experience in project and construction management across the region, Al-Kayyalli has worked in senior-management level roles with some of the biggest real-estate development companies across the Gulf region.

Specialised in working on complete project lifecycle, Al-Kayyalli’s has wide-reaching experience in all stages of project development and delivery ranging from initial preliminary and feasibility studies, financial and time planning, costing and procurement, value engineering, construction supervision and management to commissioning and testing before final handover.

Before joining Rashid Taqui Architects and Engineers, Al Kayyalli was the CEO of the Saudi Qitaf al Ardah Development Real Estate Co. (Al Nahda & Al Omar Group) where he re-structured the company to fully develop in-house turnkey developments through the establishment of an in-house project management and procurement office.

Prior to which, he was the Vice President Project Management and Engineering of Al-Oula International-Amar International Real Estate where Al Kayyalli successfully implemented major investment programs for the firm’s operations in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, as turnkey solutions tailored to the findings of market analysis studies.

Earlier, Al-Kayyali was the Director of Development & Project Management for Al-Nahdi Group (KSA) and KCMCC(Kuwait Commercial Market Company), and Director/ Construction Manager for a number of key contracting firms including Al-Jafr Trading and Contracting Co. (KSA), Ali & Fouad Al-Ghanim Co. (Kuwait), Al-Habtoor Engineering (UAE), Al-Muhairy Contracting Co. (UAE) and Al-Hani Construction & Trading Bureau (Kuwait).


Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Rula Hannoun completed her undergraduate in anthropology at the University of Manchester in 1979 prior to completing her postgraduate MBA (Finance) at the Manchester School of Business in 1981.

Hannoun’s professional career began at the First National Bank of Chicago, Corporate Finance division before moving to Project Finance, Oil and Gas. As the Deputy Head of the Oil and Gas division for EMEA at 26, Hannoun became the youngest Vice President in the history of the bank.

After marrying and relocating to Dubai, Hannoun left the banking sector in 1985 to raise her family. She resumed her professional career in the mid-90s as Advisor to the Economic Department of Dubai, spearheading the establishment of Dubai Internet City – the second and one of the most successful free zones in Dubai.

With an inherent passion of architecture and design and a key eye for business, in 1999 Hannoun established the firm Tala Furniture, dedicated to providing quality furniture to the booming hospitality sector across the Gulf and North Africa. Nearly two decades later the company is recognised as one of the leading suppliers of complete hotel interior products, operates 3 factories in CEBU, China and Indonesia and boasts over 120 professional staff focused on project management, technical services, manufacturing, sourcing and quality control.

A member of the Young President’s Organisation (YPO) and an active fundraiser, Hannoun has dedicated much of her personal life to raising awareness for children with special needs. She was instrumental in the establishment of Asseef School (Dubai Centre for Special Needs) in the late 80s, the first special needs school in Dubai to receive funding from the late HH Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and remains equally diligent in her quest today, to protect the rights of the children without a voice.


With near 30 years of experience in the design, management and delivery of complex architectural projects, Rashid Taqui’s portfolio spans multiple sectors in Australia, Greece, Kenya, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UK, and the UAE.

Taqui has a Master’s in International Architecture Studies from the University of Huddersfield (UK), and two theses to his credit: The UAE – Searching for a Lost Identity, and The National Museum in Al Ain, UAE.

Starting his career in 1996 as a fresh graduate at German firm Schuster Pechtold’s Dubai office, he won instant appreciation and international applause for conceptualising and designing the multi-award-winning Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa – the first eco-resort in the Middle East attributed to having changed the discourse of architecture in the UAE. His involvement in other ‘firsts’ for the region include the establishing a voice for the architects and designers by the launching Dubai’s premier and the regions’ leading architectural journal, Architecture Plus, shaping the annual architectural networking event, Cityscape and founding the international awards for architecture and design in the UAE.

Taqui’s broad-ranging experience covers urban planning projects, resorts and hotels, palatial residences, shopping malls, airports, schools, banks, offices and varied public and cultural facilities, and undertaken while holding senior positions in the UAE offices of German multi-disciplinary firm Kling Consult, civil engineering firm Italconsult SPA, and architectural firm Incorporated Consultants (Conin).

Rashid Taqui Architects and Engineers, established in 2008, is his personal brand that specialises in contextually authentic, eco-aware architecture. He ardently advocates integrity and sustainability while targeting high yields for stakeholders through innovative design, investment opportunities, and value engineering.

Taqui often speaks at public events and writes regularly for local publications. His interests include fitness, films, food, and travel.

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