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PICTURES: Dubai’s coastline is getting an AED6.3 billion development



His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has just announced the launch of a new project, Marsa Al Arab.

The mega-project will consist of two islands – one of which will be dedicated to entertainment and tourism, while the other will be an exclusive luxury resort.

The Jumeriah Group project which will be developed by Dubai Holding, is said to be worth over AED6.3 billion and will span across 4 million sqft. It will be located on opposite sides of the nation’s Burj Al Arab.

As well as introducing over 140 luxury villas that will overlook the Arabian Gulf, the project, which is expected to be complete by 2020, will also feature a number of tourist attractions and boast over 400 f&b and retail outlets.


The project is set to start its construction phase this June, and will see the city’s infamous waterpark Wild Wadi relocate onto its 2.2km of private beach, where it will not only double in size but also introduce new rides and water slides.

Dubai Holding will also be developing a Marine Park which in their own words “will provide a rich learning and entertainment experience for the entire family”.

The multi-purpose island will house a 1,700 seater theatre that will become home to the world-renowned show Cirque du Soleil.

That’s not all, Marsa Al Arab will also have a museum dedicated to the nation’s famed pearl diving past, as well as a special pearl-inspired boutique hotel.

Speaking on the mega-project that will also feature a marina and yacht club, His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Chairman, Dubai Holding said “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.”

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