In pictures: New Dubai beachfront resort near Burj Al Arab

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, officially launched the project on Tuesday.
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A major beachfront project to include MGM and Bellagio hotels in Dubai for the first time will take four years to complete, it has been announced. (Image: Dubai Media Office)
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Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, officially launched the project on Tuesday. (Image: Dubai Media Office)
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Work is set to start on the entertainment destination located at Jumeirah beach near Burj Al Arab in Dubai in the third quarter of 2017. (Image: Dubai Media Office)
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Hesham Al Qassim, the chief executive of Wasl Asset Management, and Bill Hornbuckle, president of MGM Resorts jointly briefed Sheikh Mohammed about the different components of the resort that will contain 2 million square feet of built-up space, including an MGM Hotel, MGM-branded residences and a Bellagio-branded hotel containing a total of 1,000 rooms and 10 villas. (Image: Dubai Media Office)
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The site will "occupy the longest stretch of water-front ever developed in Dubai" along the Jumeirah Beach front. (Image: Dubai Media Office)
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Wasl Hospitality and Leisure, a subsidiary of wasl Asset Management Group, is in charge of developing the project and has selected MGM Hospitality to advise on the development of a premier destination resort in Dubai and to operate the resort when completed. (Image: Dubai Media Office)
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(Image: Dubai Media Office)
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There will also be a 500,000-sq-ft theatre, a range of restaurants, museums, a major beach club and adventure zones for both adults and children. (Image: Dubai Media Office)