Mega Malacca development
An ambitious plan has been revealed for a major waterside development in Malacca that will feature an international cruise terminal, a seven-star hotel, a theme park and the Malaysia Eye ferris wheel.
The 609 acres Melaka (Malacca) Gateway project by KAJ Development will comprise one natural and two man-made islands with an estimated gross development value
of USD$12 billion. It will reportedly create South-east Asia’s largest cluster of islands.
The entire scheme is set for completion by 2025, but work has already begun on the bridge and island gateway leading to the cruise terminal pier. The Melaka Gateway will drastically improve Malacca’s maritime importance through the new Melaka International Cruise Terminal and Ferry Terminal. This will feature docking space for up to three cruise ships at a time, a world-class maintenance facility for mega yachts and the region’s largest marina with up to 1,000 berths. The cruise port is scheduled to be completed towards the end of 2016.
At present, cruise ship’s must tender ashore, due to the shallow water draft of the local estuary, from anchor in the Malacca River to the Parimaiswara Jetty. As the anchorage is 20 minutes tender ride away, this project is a welcome development for the region.
The Melaka Gateway development will also boast 15km of premier waterfront for luxury condominiums, marina villas with private jetties and the 80-storey-Gateway Beacon Tower which will contain a seven-star hotel, luxury apartments and a health and wellness development. The development is projected to attract an additional 2.5 million tourists to the locality over the next 12 years.
Malacca is a UNESCO World heritage site and has many historic points of interest for international cruise guests.