Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed has announced the launch of Marsa Al Arab, Dubai Holding’s latest tourist destination development in the emirate. The $1.7 billion (AED 6.3bn) mega-project, spread across more than 372,000 square metres, will be developed on new two islands on both sides of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Marsa Al Arab is expected to be completed by 2020. One island will be dedicated to entertainment and family tourism, while the other comprises an exclusive luxury resort. The two islands will add 2.2 kilometres of beach frontage, as well as three new hotels and a number of new tourist attractions.
The family resort island will see Jumeirah Group introduce new leisure concepts and services as well as a new family-oriented hotel. The development will include ‘Marine Park’, a first-of-its-kind marine life edutainment centre in the Middle East, with a live theatre of a 1,000 seat capacity, a private marina and a yacht club, as well as diverse food and beverage offerings, as well as a helipad; a mixed-use convention centre capable of hosting large international conferences and festivals and other.
The project will also include a large retail space stretching across 20,000 square metres, which will replace the current Wild Wadi Water Park area. The shopping mall will consist of international high-end brands, as well as a selection of restaurants and coffee shops to meet the needs of its luxurious shoppers. Marsa Al Arab will also offer 300 sea-front residential apartments in the heart of the development.
The new family destination will house a dedicated theatre with a capacity of 1,700 seats, which will become home to the world-renowned show Cirque du Soleil for the first time in the Middle East.
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