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Dubai launches $1.72 billion Marsa Al Arab mega tourism project

Dubai launches $1.72 billion Marsa Al Arab mega tourism project Photo Credit:REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
The mixed-use project will be developed by Dubai Holding and is scheduled for completion by late 2020
14 May 2017
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai launched on Sunday 6.3 billion dirhams ($1.72 billion) mixed-use Marsa Al Arab project in Dubai.

The mega-project would be developed by Dubai Holding and be completed by late 2020, according to a Dubai Holding press statement.

The statement said the 4-million-square-feet development would add 2.2 kilometres of beach frontage, and comprise of two islands on both sides of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel, with one island dedicated to entertainment and family tourism and other housing a luxury resort.

The project would also include a large retail space stretching across 20,000 square metres on the site of the current Wild Wadi Water Park, which would be expanded to twice its size and relocated closer to the beach.

The enhanced Wild Wadi, and a new Marine Park incorporating 1,000-seat capacity theatre would sprawl over an area of 2.5 million square feet. Additionally, a new 1,700-seat theatre would be built to house the Cirque du Soleil show.

The master plan includes a pearl-inspired boutique hotel to complement the planned Dubai Pearl Museum and pearl farm, a mixed-use convention centre with attached business hotel and 300 sea-front residential apartments located at the centre of the mega development.

The Dubai Holding statement said 140 luxury villas with private marina and a boutique hotel would be built on an island to the left of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

It said the Marsa Al Arab project overall would increase Jumeirah Group's portfolio by 2,400 hotel rooms to 8,428 rooms.

The statement said 10,000 additional parking spaces would also be built to accommodate visitor influx while a Group Rapid Transit network would facilitate easy movement throughout the development.

The new tourist destination together with existing hotels is projected to attract 20 million visitors, it added.

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