New waterpark and beachfront resort coming to Dubai

Posted: 23-Jan-17 10:06

Dubai's Deira Islands will be home to a new waterpark and beachfront resort, according to an announcement from developer Nakheel Properties. Though smaller than originally planned, the development is still a massive undertaking, consisting of both retail and commercial properties on the city's waterfront. The project is being built in conjunction with Thailand-based Centara.

New waterpark and beachfront resort coming to Dubai

The Dubai-based Nakheel Properties is responsible for some of the city’s largest and most iconic developments, like the manmade Palm Islands, the Dubai Waterfront, and the Jumeirah Islands. Nakheel recently announced plans for another massive development, a new waterpark which will be built in conjunction with the Thai hotel group Centara Hotels and Resorts.

The announcement marks the beginning of a long-term partnership between Nakheel and Centara, which is one of Thailand’s most popular hotel operators. Currently, Centara operates 65 hotels across Asia, the Middle East, and the Indian Ocean.

The new property, Deira Islands, will include a 550-room beachfront resort and will cover an area of roughly 295,900 sq. feet. In addition to the massive new resort, the park will include a waterpark and a hotel, numerous dining facilities, a business centre, kid’s club, and a fitness centre. Nakheel plans a soft opening in 2019 and a grand opening in 2020, to coincide with Dubai Vision 2020.

Four islands make up Deira Islands, a development which will add 40 km, including 21 km of beach, to Dubai’s coastline. Nakheel has already invested more than AED 3 billion in the Deira Islands developments, including a bridge to access the island at a cost of AED 150 million. Once the development is complete, there will also be six marinas, hundreds of hotels, apartments, office buildings, and leisure venues.

In essence, the Deira Islands development will be a city within Dubai. When completed, it is expected to have 250,000 residents and is expected to create 80,000 jobs. In addition to the resort and waterpark, Deira Islands will also include a 620,000 sq. metre mall, a 30,000 seat amphitheatre, and multiple retail outlets.

The reclaimed land that comprises the Deira Islands was originally planned to form the base of the Palm Deira, the trio of palm-shaped islands, but the development was suspended following the financial crisis of 2008. The project’s future was uncertain until 2013, when Nakheel announced that the development would continue, although not on as large a scale as was originally planned. The new development, Deira Islands, consists of a trio of miniature (at least by Dubai standards) manmade islands.


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