Behind the first island resort on Dubai's 'The World'

World Island Beach Club on the island of Lebanon is set to open in the next four months
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The first commercial project on Dubai’s The World group is nearing completion and is due to be opening in the next four months (Images: supplied)
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The World Island Beach Club began construction in March 2009 on the island of Lebanon
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The owner of the island is Dubai-based Indian entrepreneur Wakil Admed Azmi, who moved to the emirates 35 years ago and whose main business is the re-export of electronic goods
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Azmi was the first purchaser of an island on the development and has since invested AED60m in its purchase and construction
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Located around 30 minutes by water taxi from the Dubai shoreline, the island has a total area of 39,000 square metres, 17,000 square metres of which will be used to build the facilities and amenities
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The resort will include a restaurant for up to 100 diners, 50 beach loungers along the coast, eight cabanas and eight luxury log-cabin style changing rooms with showers, a lounge area and entertainment facilities
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The island will also have a 24 square metre circular area, which can be used for functions, launches and weddings and the island will be fully licensed to serve alcoholic beverages
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The water around the island can accommodate up to 40 medium-sized yachts off its coast and its pontoon can handle yachts of up to 80 foot in length
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Able to accommodate up to 500 people for large events, the aim is to keep the average number at around 150 clients at any one time
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The island’s management is also speaking to the Road and Transport Authority about the possibility of providing a taxi service to the island and to Sealinks to offer seaplane visits to the resort
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Located around 30 minutes by water taxi from the Dubai shoreline, the island has a total area of 39,000 square metres, 17,000 square metres of which will be used to build the facilities and amenities
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The water around the island can accommodate up to 40 medium-sized yachts off its coast and its pontoon can handle yachts of up to 80 foot in length
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Able to accommodate up to 500 people for large events, the aim is to keep the average number at around 150 clients at any one time