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UAE launches party island to rival Ibiza

Ras Al Khaimah developers targeting $4.9bn of investment at UK property show

UAE launches party island to rival Ibiza
Dream Island, one of four in the $1 billion Al Marjan Island development, is being promoted as a venue that will rival one of Europe’s biggest party capitals.

A manmade island in Ras Al Khaimah,
which is being billed as a “mini Ibiza”, has plans to attract as many as 20,000
partygoers with two ‘mega clubs’, four beach clubs, five hotels and 100

Dream Island, one of four in the $1 billion Al
Marjan Island development (pictured below), is being promoted as a venue that will rival one of
Europe’s biggest party capitals.

“We’re trying to make it the new Ibiza -
a mini Ibiza dedicated solely to partying,” George Saad, sales and marketing
director at Al Marjan Island, told the Daily Mail.

“People will be able to come here, stay
in the hotel, party at clubs on the beach, anything in the world you can do. And
we are trying to attract festivals to come here - like Burning Man,” he added.

Saad was speaking at the Dubai Property
Show in London’s Kensington Olympia, where the developers of the third of four
islands that make up Al Marjan are looking to attract $4.9 billion of

The 370,000 square metres Dream Island,
which will not feature any homes, is expected to be completed by 2018.

Located 27km south-west of Ras Al
Khaimah city centre, the four islands of Al Marjan stretch nearly three miles
out into the sea and cover an area of 2.7 million square metres. The entire
development comprises four coral-shaped islands that include a range of marina
homes floating villas, hotels, resorts, sports facilities and shopping centres.

The company behind the development has
said January sales have doubled, year-on-year.

Abdullah Rashed Al Abdooli, managing director
of Al Marjan Island Company, said: "The heightened investment in Al Marjan
Island coincides with rising demand for luxury hotels and residential
apartments and, which is an indicator that investors are closely monitoring the
UAE real estate market and channelling their investments accordingly.”

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IAIN 5 years ago

Is it April 1st?

Robert Carter 5 years ago

Not a chance in hell would this be a good idea. Does anyone know the vast quanities of drugs that are mconsumed in Ibiza ?. Masses of them. So is now Dubai going tolerate such drug taking ?. No of course not. End of project.

Bill Wyper 5 years ago

Why dont the developers finish the properties that are partially built on Marjan Island before starting new projects?

Angelika Lancsak 5 years ago

Nice idea. Ibiza is overrated anyway:-) The party crowd needs a new destination!

KKronen 5 years ago

I have no idea who is the press person behind such claims, but this is by far the most ignorant claims i read on the internet for a while. Point A: Ibiza is a drug hub, you want a party island? it needs to be in a drug tolerant country. Point B: Burning Man? Really? it's an anti-consumption event, please explain to me how it would fit the context of a party island in the UAE.

The point is, PR and marketing people need to be more culturally aware and educated, or else, they would come on as trying to sell people air in bottles. Such a shame for a multi million dollars project to be marketed like that.

Rich 5 years ago

Completely agree. Regardless of our status in the UAE - citizen, resident, guest, we need to be aware and educated. Really disappointed in this type of article and hope it isn't repeated and the project dies a quick death.

bak2h 5 years ago

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!?! Who in their right mind thought that this would be a good idea???? Not a single country in Europe or around the world, have thought of rivaling Ibiza, for a good reason too..... The Ibiza party culture and scene is not befitting of our standards here in the UAE. We, as guests to this great country, aren't open for such a lifestyle.
I, for one, am not interested.
Think again!!!!!!

Doug 5 years ago

I don't know why everyone's getting upset, it's not as if this project will ever be built and that's before you even consider the clash-of-culture issue

James 5 years ago

So what you are saying in a Muslim environment that drinking and loud noise will suit Ras Al Khaimah!

This is means to attract attention to an incomplete, I have no money to complete projects island. If you had the right heads of projects you would not need to develop cheap attempts at slowly destroying a country. People need to think long term not be greedy and want to fill pockets as is common here!...

Bad idea!!!

Ray Von 5 years ago

I am going start a glow stick and whistle shop in RAK.