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New Artificial Islands in Dubai Could be Ready by 2020

News Dubai Holding has revealed its plans regarding one more ambitious project – the famous investment company is planning to finish another set of man-made islands by 2020. The building of Marsa Al Arab would cost the company US$1.7 billion.

Marsa Al Arab is a pair of artificial islands with the total area of 4 million square feet. The islands will be built on both sides of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah – the sail-shaped hotel that has already become one of the symbols of the city. The building works start this summer. The first island is going to be a busy modern place with a 2.5 million square feet marine park for families. Besides that, the islands will include a giant theater that will be able to provide seats for 1,700 people. The large arena will be home for the first Cirque de Soleil show in the Middle East. Finally, the island will include a complex with 300 seafront apartments. The second island will be more about privacy and relaxation. The developer plans to build 14 luxury villas with marinas and a boutique hotel there.

When Marsa Al Arab is finished, it will add more than 2,400 hotel rooms to hotel supply of Dubai. The developing company, Dubai Holding, is mostly owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.

Dubai is experienced in making artificial islands. The first grandiose project was the Burj Al Arab. The man-made island located 280 meters away from Jumeirah Beach was completed in 1994. The next spectacular project was Palm Jumeirah. The building of the 9.6 square mile large artificial islands took place in 2001-2006. Currently, more than two dozen hotels and numerous family residences are open on the islands. The destiny of the next artificial islands was less successful. Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira suffered from the financial crisis of 2008. The building started in 2002 but stopped in 2008 due to financial difficulties. The islands have been incomplete till now. The system of 300 man-made islands called The World is also not finished. The islands were supposed to be turned into luxurious private residences, but the majority of the islands is still unoccupied.


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