Published On: Wed, May 24th, 2017

Dubai Plans A $1.7Bn Tourist Resort Called Marsa Al Arab

Dubai plans to develop a 6.3 billion dirham (1.7bn) tourist resort called the Marsa Al Arab, the project consists of two man-made islands which will be  built on either side of the Burj Al Arab, one of the tallest buildings in the world.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, revealed plans about a $1.7 billion tourist resort in the emirate.

Spanning 4mn square feet, Marsa Al Arab will be made up of two islands, one dedicated for entertainment and family tourism and the other featuring luxury villas and a private marina.

The latest development, which covers 4 million square feet of land area, will add 2.2 kilometers of beach frontage. It will be the most recent addition to Dubai’s world-class tourist facilities.

Lots are in store for this mega-project. There will be a private yacht marina, a 2.5 million square-foot marine park, a 1,700-seater theater, a 20,000 square-meter retail space, 300 seafront residential apartments, and a helipad, among others in the islands.

Construction of Marsa Al Arab aims to provide more options for family tourism, and add to the existing family entertainment services which include the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf.

No word yet as to how it will be funded, but the entire project is expected to cost AED 6.3 billion or $1.7 billion. Work n the project will break ground in June and be completed by late 2020.

The launch of this new and ambitious project is in line with the directives of the visionary leadership to provide the finest and rewarding tourist experiences for visitors to Dubai, as well as enhance Dubai’s position as a global tourist destination.

Dubai has achieved a global reputation for unique offerings and unprecedented achievements. This was feasible through proper planning and accurate execution of such projects, complemented by in-depth knowledge of the local market’s needs and capabilities.

As part of strengthening local capabilities, ‘Marsa Al Arab’ will support Emiratisation in the tourism sector by providing new job opportunities and encouraging UAE Nationals to commit their innovative and creative ideas to this vital sector.

It is the latest development planned by the emirate as it aims to attract 20mn visitors a year by 2020 when Dubai will host the World Expo 2020 exhibition. An extension to Dubai’s Metro system and Al Maktoum International Airport, a new airport is being developed on the edge of Dubai, which will serve up to 146mn passengers by 2025.

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