Dubai launches new Marsa Al Arab mega-project across two islands


Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed has announced the launch of Marsa Al Arab, Dubai Holding’s latest tourist destination development in the emirate, Arabian Business reports.

The $1.7 billion (AED 6.3bn) mega-project, spread across 4 million sq. ft, will be developed on new two islands on both sides of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Marsa (Arabic for marina) 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. To boost guest experience, Wild Wadi Water park will be moved from its current road-side location closer to the beach, and will be more than double its existing size when fully completed.

Dubai Holding will also develop ‘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 that will attract world-class shows to showcase various elements of marine life.

Marsa Al Arab will also include a private marina and a yacht club, as well as diverse food and beverage offerings, as well as a helipad.

Complementing Madinat Jumeirah, the development will include a mixed-use convention centre capable of hosting large international conferences and festivals. The convention centre will be supported by a new hotel, offering a selection of services for businessmen and corporates.

The project will also include a large retail space stretching across 20,000 sq. m, which will replace the current Wild Wadi Water Park area.

The shopping centre 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.

Commercial space within the project.

Together, the enhanced Wild Wadi and Marine Park will sprawl over an area of 2.5 million sq. ft.

Middle East’s first Cirque du Soleil venue

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.

Dubai Holding will develop 140 luxury villas on the ‘exclusive private island’, which will include a marina for its residents. Located on the left of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the luxury villas will be operated by Jumeirah Group. The island will also host a boutique hotel equipped with world-class facilities that reflect ‘Marsa Al Arab’s status as an attractive destination for elite travelers.

Overall, Dubai Holding will add 2,400 hotel rooms to Jumeirah Group’s portfolio, bringing its total offering to 8,428 rooms. There will be 400 new F&B outlets throughout the destination.

The existing hotels in the vicinity will be transformed into a unified tourist destination.

The development will offer pedestrian pathways, a jogging track, large swimming pool and a cycling course, allowing its residents to practice a diverse selection of physical activities.

Jumeirah Group will offer 10,000 additional parking spaces to accommodate the anticipated influx of visitors, as well as work closely with various government entities and other relevant companies to provide a rapid transport network to interconnect the resorts and entertainment destinations, facilitating fast and easy movement throughout Marsa Al Arab.

The project will break ground in June 2017 and will completed by late 2020.

In addition, Dubai Holding will launch the Dubai Pearl Museum to showcase a historical collection of rare and ancient pearls from the region and worldwide. The Dubai Pearl Museum aims to shed light on the lives of the divers as well as the tools they used to find the precious jewels, reflecting the UAE’s heritage, culture and national pride.

“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,” said Abdulla Al Habbai, Chairman, Dubai Holding.

“We are proud of the vital role that Dubai Holding plays in this sector through supporting innovation and contributing to the economic diversification of Dubai.”

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French firm plans to bring eco-friendly house concept to the UAE

French firm plans to bring eco-friendly house concept to the UAE

French building materials company Saint-Gobain has announced plans to build an energy-efficient “multi-comfort house” in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi.

The company said in a statement that the project is set for completion in 2019, and will be the first of its kind for the company in the Middle East.

The agreement was finalized with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Mohammad Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and Hady Nassif, general delegate of Saint-Gobain in the Middle East.

The statement said the multi-comfort house is a low-energy consuming and positive-energy house – designed to produce more energy than it consumes through the use of high-performance materials and construction methods.

Saint-Gobain first developed the concept in 2004 and has so far built 18 multi-comfort houses around the world.

The Masdar City house will be the first in the Middle East and will be fully adapted to the arid conditions of the UAE, the statement said.

The collaboration between Masdar and Saint-Gobain follows a busy year of construction activity at Masdar City, which saw agreements for around 400,000 square meters of new real estate either signed or approved, including the recent launch of Masdar City’s eco-villa prototype.

Nassif said: “We share Masdar’s commitment to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come, and our multi-comfort house is the proof of that commitment.”

RAK Properties awarded contract for RAK’s first InterContinental Resort in Mina Al Arab

RAK Properties awarded contract for RAK’s first InterContinental Resort in Mina Al Arab

RAK Properties PJSC has signed an AED 11.5 million piling work contract with Al Nuaimi Group for its upcoming InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort.

Operated under the InterContinental Hotels Group’s (IHG) luxury brand, the 350-key resort, set to open in 2019, will feature a variety of luxury rooms and suites, a health club and spa, two pools, a well-equipped gym, and a number of restaurants.

RAK Properties managing director and CEO Mohammed Sultan Al Qadi says: “Marking the next phase of Mina Al Arab, the InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort and other planned hotels and resorts are pivotal elements in our Mina Al Arab masterplan. As Ras Al Khaimah’s new entertainment and lifestyle hub, Mina Al Arab will feature an array of five-star facilities and entertainment outlets providing visitors and residents with an unparalleled experience of the best Ras Al Khaimah has to offer.”


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