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Smart City Kochi will be ready in three years, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

In February,2016, the first phase was opened which has an area of 6.5 lakh sq feet and several companies have started operations

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Kochi Smart City project spread across 246 acres, was announced as an IT Special Economic Zone. Image source: The News Minute
  • The Smart City Kochi project is being jointly developed by Dubai Smart City and the Kerala government
  • The chief minister also said that it will be completed in three years
  • In November 2005, the MoU of this project was inked under the then Chandy government

Kochi, June 23– Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday, said the Kochi Smart City project will be fully ready in three years. Vijayan’s party had boycotted the function when Kochi Smart City’s first phase was inaugurated in February this year, in 2016, after eleven years.

Then leader of opposition V.S. Achuthanandan, who was one of the high profile invitees, did not turn up. The CPI-M organised a protest meet and said that there has been a deviation from the original Kochi Smart City agreement.

Logo of Smart City Kochi. Image source: englishmatrubhumi.com
Logo of Smart City Kochi. Image source: englishmatrubhumi.com

However, on Thursday Vijayan, after meeting top officials of the project, which is being jointly developed by Dubai Smart City and the Kerala government, issued a statement that the project will be going forward as per the agreement.

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The chief minister also said that it will be completed in three years — the agreement that was inked with the previous Chandy government. “When completed, there will be one lakh jobs in the Kochi Smart City and the total area earmarked for IT operations will be 67 lakh sq ft and 21 lakh sq ft for non-IT needs,” said Vijayan.

Representational Image. Smart City Kochi. Image source: www.folomojo.com
Representational Image. Smart City Kochi. Image source: www.folomojo.com

In February,2016, the first phase was opened which has an area of 6.5 lakh sq feet and several companies have started operations. The CPI-M had ridiculed the then Chandy government that there is not a single IT company of repute that has opened.

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In November 2005, the MoU of this project was inked under the then Chandy government. And following the change in government, the framework agreement was signed in 2007 by the Achuthanandan government and it was taken forward again only in 2011 after the Chandy government assumed office. -IANS

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Dubai Trip – What to See & Do in Dubai for the First Time

Dubai has some of the best modern city skylines in the world

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Witness what futuristic world really looks like. Pixabay

Dubai is extraordinary. A city that makes impossible happen. This desert city of UAE broke all shackles of being just a desert village and soar to fame with its impeccable niche of modernity and sophisticated innovation. This is where you get to experience a ‘larger than life’ travel experience and witness impossible visions turned into reality. If you are confused about what to see and what to do in Dubai on your first Dubai visit, take a look at these pointers that can help you in crafting an impressive Dubai vacation. Trip.

Reasons to visit Dubai

  • Witness what futuristic world really looks like. Dubai has some of the best modern city skylines in the world.
  • Dubai is the city where most attractions are described as the best, biggest, tallest in the world. Check out all the record-breaking Dubai attractions,  some of them which are impossible to be created in Dubai’s climate. 
  • Dubai is a land of extremes. You can enjoy the deserts as well as the beach shores as it has an expansive desert landscape and also an impressively vast stretch of coastline.
  • Dubai is a fusion of contrasts. While Dubai entices you with soaring modern architectural buildings, there is another side of Dubai that is steeped deeply in its cultural heritage. 
  • It is apt for all genres of travellers. Families, couples, kids and adventurers would love their time spent here. 

What to See in Dubai

  • Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains
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This tallest tower in the world accompanied by the dazzling dancing Dubai Fountain makes one of the most popular attractions.

Most famous and iconic landmark of Dubai is the Burj Khalifa. This tallest tower in the world accompanied by the dazzling dancing Dubai Fountain makes one of the most popular attractions to visit in Dubai. Getting a picture with Burj Khalifa in the background, watching the panoramic view of Dubai city from the top of Burj Khalifa and watching Dubai Fountain illuminated and swaying in sync with music are some of the sights you should definitely not miss on your Dubai trip.

Location
1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timing
Daily from 8:30 am till 11.00 pm

How to Reach
The best way to reach is by car or metro. It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach from Dubai International airport.

Ticket Price
At the Top, Burj Khalifa – Approx AED 149 per person.

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Best for:
Families, Couples, Groups

  • Dubai Frame
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This 150-metre gigantic frame lets its visitors get an insight into old and futuristic Dubai.

Another brand new addition to Dubai’s extraordinary landmarks is the Dubai Frame. This 150-metre gigantic frame lets its visitors get an insight into old and futuristic Dubai. Molding modern and Islamic designs in its architecture, the attraction takes you on a scenic journey of Dubai’s past, present, and future.

Location
Al Kifaf, Zabeel Park Jogging Track, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timing
Daily from 9:00 am till 9:00 pm.

Duration
Visitors usually spend up to 2 hours at this attraction.

How to Reach

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An absolute contrast of what modern Dubai is, Al Bashtakiya Quarters is made up of old earthy-toned townships which were created.


If you wish to know how Dubai was before it turned into a global cosmopolitan, head to the Al Bastakiya Quarters in Old Dubai. An absolute contrast of what modern Dubai is, Al Bashtakiya Quarters is made up of old earthy-toned townships which were created by pearl merchants’ way back before Dubai’s foray to urbanism. A stroll through these alleys and pathways will let you cherish the olden charms of Dubai’s humble origins. 

Location
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timing
Open daily, 24 hours.

Duration
Visitors spend 4 to 5 hours on a trip.

How to Reach
From Dubai International airport: 30 minutes
From Downtown Dubai: 1 hour
From Dubai Marina: 1 hour 15 minutes.

Ticket Price
Admission is Free of Cost

Best for: 
City Tours for Family and Friends.

    • Dubai Souks
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It, in turn, lets you witness the traditional ways of trading conducted in Dubai long before it was swamped.


A bustling traditional arena filled with bazaars of silk, textiles, spices, gold, and perfumes Dubai Souks is another part of Dubai that takes you away from the chic flair of the city. It, in turn, lets you witness the traditional ways of trading conducted in Dubai long before it was swamped by huge shopping malls. The Dubai Souks are also a great place to mingle with locals and enjoy the Arabian and Indian food scene in Dubai.

Location
Near Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai and Deira , Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Timing
Open every day of the year

Duration
Visitors spend 3 hours a day during a visit

How to Reach
From Dubai International Airport: Approx 30 minutes
From Downtown Dubai: Approx 1 hour.

Best for:
Shopping tours, Food tours, Families, Couples, and Groups

 

  • Dubai Marina
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A manmade canal winding through a waterfront precinct flanked with trendy modern buildings, Dubai Marina is a great spot to enjoy scenic city views.


One of the most elegant and picturesque docks of Dubai, the Dubai Marina is a recent addition to Dubai’s breathtaking attractions. A manmade canal winding through a waterfront precinct flanked with trendy modern buildings, Dubai Marina is a great spot to enjoy scenic city views, luxury dining, and shopping.

Timing
Open 365 days in the year

Duration
Visitors can spend 4 to 5 hours at this attraction.

How to Reach
From Dubai International airport: Approx 1 hour
From Dubai Downtown: Approx 1 hour

Best for
Scenic sightseeings, Luxury shopping, and dining.

 

What to do in Dubai

  • Shopping at Dubai Mall