Waterfront is a large artificial archipelago this is designed to be a self-contained "city within a city".
One can theoretically live, work, and play without ever leaving the islands. Our first image is a general overview of the islands and the intended purposes of each. Green marks residential, blue commercial, and yellow industrial. Unmarked areas are still being decided. The green zones are referred to as the Residential Ring and the chain of blue islands near the centre comprises Commerce City. The industrial zones have yet to be named. The waterfront includes the crescent and all the islands closer ashore. The Palm Jebel Ali and the mainland are not included.
These will be approximate due to the fact that I am not using the square city boundaries the game dictates. The Waterfront is comprised of several large tiles.
Residential Population: Approx 1.8 million | Commercial Population: Approx 1.1 million | Industrial Population: Approx 600,000
A Closer Look
This is the Nakheel Centre. It hosts a football stadium as well as the headquarters of Nakheel Properties. Nakheel Properties is the company that has developed several of the islands including the entire Waterfront System.
We call this the Spaghetti Interchange (Interchange No 2). It links the principal coastal highway - Sheikh Zayed Road to the Waterfront Parkway. This is also the principal road and rail link from the mainland onto the crescent.
Here is a cross section of the Residential Ring (top left) and one of the Commerce City Islands (lower right). This area is still under heavy development.
Some more of Commerce City and Airport Island. Also a small corner of the Industrial Islands (a name is still being decided - feel free to chime in with suggestions). An aside, I cannot get my airport to upgrade. It's at 245,000 of 287,000 capacity and I still don't get the option. Ideas?