The Dar es Salaam Master Plan proposes ten interconnected coastal districts that are tailored to the needs and civic aspirations of Tanzania’s largest city. The program consists of a new harbour, coastal park, beach resort, education campus, wetlands and a Formula One racing facility. Civic spaces and leisure destinations centered in the city’s waterfront will draw tourism and business, which will establish Dar es Salaam as a capital center for East Africa.
The plan calls for the redevelopment of several existing parcels along the coastline, one of which is Coco Beach. The revitalization plan will add several features to the beach that include a water taxi station, beachfront residences and hotels, and ample commercial space. The harbour will also be refurbished and turned into a feature of the city. The new harbourfront is slated to consist of a new city park, marina, aquarium, and a crucial renovation of the ferry terminal. The ferry is the primary method of reaching Zanzibar, the jewel of the coastline. There is also a spate of hotels that could occupy this new prime real estate. The downtown area will be opened up by relocating a private golf club and the creation of a park, which will act as the green heart of the business district.
The plan pays close attention to the environmental vitality of the coastline and regional wetlands, with the understanding that the conservation of the country’s natural resources and beauty is not only important to the environment; it can also be used as a magnet for ecotourism. The Selander Eco Village will facilitate this by combining ecotourism with sustainable living and education spaces that will prevent the erosion of the existing surroundings. The wetlands in the port area will also benefit from reduced traffic in the port and the removal of an old refinery. These actions, along with the addition of protective measures and education and leisure areas inside the wetlands, will play up their importance to the community.
A new stadium and maritime facility will be constructed along the waterfront to take advantage of its natural position and allow the city to began to host a wide array of sporting events. Notably, the plan includes a Formula One facility that will be one of a kind on the continent. It will be comprised of grandstands, a VIP club, water taxis, and a marina, making it one of the primary destinations on the coast.
Fusing all these new developments is a transportation system that will be equipped to handle the transportation needs of the city as it expands both in economic size and population. The plan proposes a new road system, rapid transit bus system and the addition of a tram (A) and a monorail (B) to the city to ferry people to all the parts of Dar, as well as increasing access to Bagamoyo. This will allow for the Further integration of the city of Dar, the coastline and Bagamoyo and its new port.