Deira Islands, a collection of man-made islands currently under development by Nakheel Properties, are all set to welcome a new development guaranteed to delight fun seekers in Dubai. The world’s shopping capital hosts millions of tourists each year, encouraging more and more property developers to focus on tourism and hospitality offerings.
Per reports, Dubai-based master developer Nakheel has joined hands with Spanish holiday firm RIU Hotels and Resorts to develop an 800-room waterpark and resort on Deira Islands. The project will be developed at an approximate total cost of AED 900 million and will feature four swimming pools, numerous eateries, dedicated areas for live shows and entertainment, a health and fitness centre and a kids club.
A spokesperson from Nakheel said the new 15.3 square kilometre waterfront destination would transform emirate’s Deira district into a world-class centre for entertainment, tourism and shopping. The project will be developed on a total area of 3.4 million square feet, with 10 percent of the total land area dedicated to the waterpark.
Nakheel revealed that International Consultants Dar Al Handasah would be managing the engineering, design and construction supervision. The developer also said that it was expecting a construction tender to be released at the end of the current year. The new tourism haven is expected to be completed in 2019, maybe a year before World Expo 2020 initiates in Dubai.
Deira is the cultural hub of the emirate and is quite different from the modern Dubai we usually see in pictures. The area is teeming with a diverse population and the locality remains busy throughout the day, all year round. It also happens to be popular shopping destination for those who like to indulge in the occasional zealous haggle as they look for presents for friends and family back home.
As of late, the area lacked high-rises and similar modern structures found in other parts of Dubai, which is why a number of developers have started focusing on the area. Nakheel’s initiative of developing Deira Islands aims to offer visitors most modern amenities in an otherwise traditional setting. The new man-made islands would add an extra 21 kilometres to Dubai’s coastline.

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