DUBAI 17 May 2017: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday visited Dubai Holding where he was briefed on the new mega-project ‘Marsa Al Arab’.
The new comprehensive tourist destination aims to elevate the family tourism proposition in Dubai as well as reinforce Jumeirah Group’s leading position locally and globally as one of the driving forces behind the growth and prosperity of the tourism sector in the emirate.
Sheikh Mohammed listened to a briefing on the new project by Abdulla Al Habbai, Chairman, Dubai Holding who said that it will be the newest addition to Dubai’s long-standing track record of world-class tourist facilities.
Two New Islands
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. One island will be dedicated to entertainment and family tourism, while the other comprises an exclusive luxury resort.
Through this resort, Jumeirah Group will introduce new leisure concepts and services to complement its existing family entertainment offer, which includes its portfolio of: Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf.
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.
Wild Wadi Replacement
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.
Sheikh Mohammed praised the new project and highlighted the importance of developing the project to the highest global standards to serve families as well as the business sector. His Highness also noted the remarkable track record of Dubai in building world-class business and leisure attractions that provide jobs for Emiratis and support the economy.
Accompanying Sheikh Mohammed on the visit was Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Dubai Director of Protocol and Hospitality Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman.
By Eudore R Chand