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Emirates' Australian resort has 'not been impacted' by bushfires, to reopen this month

Emirates' One&Only Wolgan Valley resort is located around 150km north-west of Sydney

Emirates' Australian resort has 'not been impacted' by bushfires, to reopen this month

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

The 1,600 hectare luxury resort in Australia owned by Dubai’s Emirates Group has “not been impacted” by the bushfires which have engulfed the south-east of the country and will reopen for guests on January 20.

AFP reported on Saturday that around 3,000 military reservists have been employed to fight the bushfire crisis, as a state of emergency was decaled in the south-east of the country, around 100,000 people were told to leave their homes and temperatures surged close to 50 degrees Celsius.

On its official website, the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley resort, which is located around 150km north-west of Sydney, said “while the immediate danger has now passed and the resort structures have not been impacted, the landscape and hiking trails around the resort are undergoing some necessary remedial works in preparation for us to begin welcoming guests again.

“The safety of guests and colleagues has been our top priority throughout. We are happy to confirm that Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley will resume normal operations on Monday, 20 January 2020,” it added.

The resort was opened on October 2009 and was built with a strong focus on conservation and sustainability, with the buildings taking up just 1 percent of the 1,600-hectare site and innovations such as solar panels and passive ventilation systems.

Emirates Group invested over 125 million Australian dollars ($87.4 million) building the resort.

The English naturalist Charles Darwin famously visited the area during his visit to Australia in 1836.

The resort has 41 villas, as well as a swimming pool, tennis court, spa, sauna, steam room and gym.

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