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Friday, 19 May, 2017, 11 : 40 AM [IST]

UAE Prime Minister launches new tourist destination Marsa Al Arab in Dubai

In line with Dubai Tourism Vision 2020 to attract 20 million visitors, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, visited Dubai Holding, the global investment holding company, where he announced the launch of ‘Marsa Al Arab’ today.

The mega-project Marsa Al Arab is spread across 4 million sq. ft. and comprises two islands on both sides of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. It adds 2.2 km of beach frontage and will be the newest addition to Dubai’s long-standing track record of world-class tourist facilities. One island will be dedicated to entertainment and family tourism, while the other will showcase exclusive luxury resort.

‘Marsa Al Arab’ is expected to further enhance the Emirate’s ongoing economic diversification efforts and support the achievement of Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2020. The project will position Dubai as a leading choice for business and leisure travellers alike, through the development of its tourism landmarks, business infrastructure and residential offering. In addition, ‘Marsa Al Arab’ will create new jobs in the tourism and hospitality sector and encourage UAE National to work in one of the sectors vital to the Emirate’s economic diversification and growth.

Commenting on the project, His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Chairman, Dubai Holding said, “Dubai has achieved a global reputation for unique offerings and unprecedented achievements. This was feasible through proper planning and accurate execution of such projects, complemented by in-depth knowledge of the local market’s needs and capabilities. As part of strengthening local capabilities, ‘Marsa Al Arab’ will support Emiratisation in the tourism sector by providing new job opportunities and encouraging UAE Nationals to commit their innovative and creative ideas to this vital sector.”

Marsa Al Arab will include a private yacht marina and a yacht club, in addition to recreational attractions, such as diverse food and beverage offerings, making it a globally attractive tourist destination. Amongst the features of this unique development is a helipad to accommodate the needs of the discerning guests.

A New Business Destination

To complement the success journey of Madinat Jumeirah, as not only a destination for luxury tourism but also for business and international conferences, Dubai Holding will offer a signature serviced commercial space at ‘Marsa Al Arab’ to attract international companies looking to set up base in this unique development. Dubai Holding will establish a mixed-use convention centre fully equipped to host 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.

Exclusive Private Island

As part of ‘Marsa Al Arab’, Dubai Holding will develop luxury villas on a private island, which will offer its residents complete privacy in a sophisticated environment including a private 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 travellers.

Marsa Al Arab will offer a total of 140 luxury villas, overlooking the pristine waters Arabian Gulf and characterised by the highest levels of privacy and luxury. The project will break ground in June 2017 and will completed by late 2020 at a total cost of AED 6.3 billion.

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 and vibrant tourist destination, anticipated to attract 20 million visitors. With over 20 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality sector, Jumeirah Group will manage the family oriented tourist destination, while expanding its portfolio of luxury hotels, resorts and residential complexes.

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 Group Rapid Transit network to interconnect the resorts and entertainment destinations, facilitating fast and easy movement throughout Marsa Al Arab.
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