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News: 27 September 2023
Melaka Gateway and Little Dubai in the Strait of Malacca, Phnom Penh skytrain, Bali LRT, Phang Nga Airport goes ahead, and HCMC Metro delayed...again
Hello from Ho Chi Minh City. I’m catching up on reports from my last trip, and this week is a double feature on Melaka.
The massive Melaka Gateway project has been given the go-ahead to restart, so I have a factsheet for that project. I also have a trip report for paid subscribers of my visit to the main projects in Melaka.
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Melaka Gateway is a new urban development of artificial islands in Melaka, Malaysia. The islands will comprise residential and commercial buildings, a theme park, cruise port, and deep-sea container port.
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The controversial land reclamation area of Melaka Gateway, Malaysia's mania for ugly carpark podiums, a 9-tower project connected by a skybridge, a proposed 88-storey tower, and the Melaka Monorail.
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