Mega development announced for Malacca

Gateway Beacon Tower, Melaka Gateway — Credit: Melaka Gateway

AN AMBITIOUS master plan has been unveiled for an iconic waterfront development in what is said to be South-east Asia’s largest cluster of islands, which will feature an international cruise terminal, a theme park, seven-star hotel and the Malaysia Eye.

The 246-hectare Melaka Gateway project by KAJ Development will comprise one natural and two man-made islands with an estimated gross development value of RM40 billion (US$12 billion).

Said Malaysian prime minister Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, who unveiled the plan: “Melaka Gateway is a ground-breaking and innovative tourism product that complements the government’s tourism ambitions. This development is projected to attract an additional 2.5 million tourists over the next 12 years with high-yield consumers expected to contribute substantially to the tourism earnings of Malaysia.”

Memorandums of understanding were signed with international industry leaders and investors, including Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Expected to be completed by 2025, Melaka Gateway is expected to drive home Malacca’s maritime importance through the new Melaka International Cruise Terminal and Ferry Terminal for up to three cruise ships, a world-class maintenance and repair facility for mega yachts and the region’s largest marina with up to 1,000 berths.

Shoppers can look forward to an outlet mall of 450 stores with international brands and a UNESCO Heritage Promenade for local crafts, while thrillseekers may head to the 24-hectare theme park or take a ride on the Malaysia Eye, a 100m tall ferris wheel providing views of the Melaka Straits.

The Gateway Beacon Tower, a 288m tower with over 80 storeys, will be home to a seven-star hotel and premium condominiums. Marina villas with individual berths right at the resident’s doorstep will also be available.

Other projects earmarked on the master plan include a Gateway Floating Stadium for occasions, a beach, park and self-sustainable eco-resort to be powered by renewable energy.

Melaka Gateway will also see two bridges linking Melaka Gateway with mainland Malacca, as well as a 5km long monorail and road access on Gateway East and Gateway West.

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