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Emirates' Australian resort reopening delayed until February

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

Emirates' Australian resort reopening delayed until February
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley resort

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 but repair work needed to the surrounding landscape means it will not be able to reopen for guests until February 1.

According to AFP, the bushfires have destroyed more than 2,000 homes and burnt 10 million hectares of land, an area the size of Portugal. A total of 28 people have been killed and around a billion animals have died.

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 passed and the resort structures have not been impacted, the landscape and hiking trails around the resort are currently undergoing some necessary remedial works in preparation for us to begin welcoming guests again”. 

“Safety of guests and colleagues remains our top priority. We are happy to confirm that Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley will resume normal operations on 01 February 2020,” the statement said.

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.

UAE residents can now donate to the bushfire relief funds in a number of ways. Click here for full details.

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