Two huge islands are being built around the Burj Al Arab


Wild Wadi, Dubai’s first waterpark, is on the move as another new development is announced for the emirate.

Even by Dubai’s standards, this project by Dubai Holding is pretty huge and was announced by none other than His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

AED 6.3 billion mega-development Marsa Al Arab is spread across 4 million sq. ft. and will see two islands built on either side of the Burj Al Arab.


One island will be dedicated to entertainment and family tourism, while the other will be an exclusive luxury resort.

Set to break ground as soon as June 2017, it will see the relocation of the much-loved waterpark Wild Wadi, which will double in size and move closer to the beach (see above for a vision of what it’s going to look like).

Speaking of beach, there’s going to be more sand to enjoy, with the project bringing an extra 2.2 kilometres of beachfront.

On the family-friendly island is going to have a Marine Park ‘edutainment centre’, which along with the new Wild Wadi will cover 2.5 million sq. ft. Other confirmed feature are a 1,700 seat-theatre that will become home to the world-famous Cirque du Soleil and hotel by Jumeirah Group, which is also behind Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the Burj Al Arab and many more places to stay in Dubai.

There’ll also be a pearl museum (pictured below), where visitors can find out more about the precious jewel that is the emirate’s heritage, and see a working pearl farm in action.


Also earmarked for Marsa Al Arab is a  private yacht marina and yacht club, perfect for guests of the upmarket private island. They can stay at a boutique hotel or one of 140 private villas, “characterised by the highest levels of privacy and luxury”.

Set to be finished in 2020, overall the development will bring three new hotels with 2,400 rooms, 400 new restaurants and 10,000 more parking space to Dubai.

Phew! Go hard or go home, Dubai.



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