Peoples Digest Online- DUBAI is spending 6.3 billion dirham (£1.3billion) on two new man-made islands for holidaymakers. The new islands will be built on either side of the Burj Al Arab – the city’s luxury sail-shaped hotel. It is the latest development planned by the emirate as it aims to attract 20 million visitors a year by 2020, when Dubai will host the World Expo 2020 exhibition.
Spanning four million square feet, Marsa Al Arab will be made up of two islands, one dedicated to entertainment and family tourism and the other featuring luxury villas and a private marina, state news agency WAM reported on Monday. Around 4.6 million tourists visited Dubai during the first quarter of 2017, up by 11 percent compared to the same period of last year, according to Dubai Tourism data.
Marsa Al Arab will feature hotels, waterfront apartments, 140 villas, a marina, a water park and a theatre with capacity for 1,700 people to host Cirque du Soleil, local media reported. Work on the project will break ground next month and be completed by late 2020, WAM said. The agency did not mention how the project would be funded.