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First look: World Islands nightclub

Arabian Business goes behind the scenes at the new AED68m resort on The World's Lebanon island

First look: World Islands nightclub
The Royal Island Beach Club on The World's Lebanon island is set to open any day now
First look: World Islands nightclub
Indian entreprenuer Wakil Ahmed Azmi bought the island in 2008
First look: World Islands nightclub
Wakil Ahmed Azmi has spent around AED68m on buying and developing the island
First look: World Islands nightclub
The beach club includes a 100-seat restaurant, cabanas, a lounge area and entertainment facilities
First look: World Islands nightclub
Guests will pay a set fee of AED200 to visit the island while Saturday's will cost around AED700 with an all-inclusive brunch
First look: World Islands nightclub
The Friday nightclub "Stranded" will be priced around AED250 for entrance and transport
First look: World Islands nightclub
‘The World’ epitomised Dubai's boom-time ambition exemplified by its indebted developer Nakheel
First look: World Islands nightclub
Construction on the offshore project ground to a virtual standstill in the wake of the economic downturn
First look: World Islands nightclub
Nakheel has said 70 percent of the 300 manmade islands are sold and that building work is the responsibility of the owners
First look: World Islands nightclub
Nakheel has claimed a number of buyers are in default, while a source told Arabian Business in July the developer had changed terms on payment schedules previously agreed with buyers of islands to fast-track the collection of fees
First look: World Islands nightclub
The new demands were allegedly issued after a revamp of Nakheel’s chairman and board in March 2010, as the developer sought to restructure millions of dollars of debt
First look: World Islands nightclub
"Lebanon is a very important structure for us," said Saeed Harib, Managing Director, Nakheel Marine and Leisure
First look: World Islands nightclub
"This puts a new destination on the map and paves the way for more developments on The World - and more reasons for for people to visit Dubai," said Saeed Harib
First look: World Islands nightclub
Throughout the week, the Royal Island Beach Club will only be accessible via a 25-minute journey on a private yacht or RTA water taxi
First look: World Islands nightclub
For special events, including the weekly Friday club night Stranded, the RTA plans to run a 100-capacity river taxi from Jumeirah Beach Park
First look: World Islands nightclub
The cost of the journey is likely to be included in the venue's ticket price
First look: World Islands nightclub
Nakheel launched a cruise ship service to ferry tourists around the Palm Jumeirah last month
First look: World Islands nightclub
The state-backed firm said future packages are expected to include tours of the World islands, night cruises and diving packages
First look: World Islands nightclub
‘Cruise with Nakheel’ offers trips for groups of up to 12, 15 and 30 people around the Palm Jumeirah
First look: World Islands nightclub
The service will operate daily from 9-5pm and lasts one hour
First look: World Islands nightclub
Nakheel was one of the biggest casualties of Dubai’s property crash after overstretching itself with ambitious projects such as the offshore World development
First look: World Islands nightclub
The company wrote down the value of its real estate by AED78.6bn after the credit crisis and received an $8.6bn bailout from Dubai’s government