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Two new man-made islands will be completed by 2020 in Dubai. They will offer an ultra-luxury escape for families and luxury travellers. This a mega-project, spread over 4 million sq ft, will be composed of two islands on both sides of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and will be developed at a cost of Dh6.3 billion ($1.71 billion).

‘Marsa Al Arab’, pictured above, is designed to encourage families to visit the city in advance of Expo 2020 Dubai. The construction will be spread over four million-square-feet over two islands on either side of Burj Al Arab Jumeriah, which is often voted the world’s best luxury hotel. One island will be for families, the other will offer a superb luxury resort. Combined, they will add 2.2 kilometres of beachfront to the area.

On the family-oriented island, there will be massive theme parks and the existing Wild Wadi Waterpark will be moved closer to the beach and doubled in size. There will also be a new marine park with a massive stand for watching performances, and a 1700-seat-theatre that will serve as a permanent base for Cirque du Soleil for the first time in the Middle East. As you can see from the above mock-up, there will also be theme park rides on the family island.

The luxury island will have 140 luxury villas and a marina, where travellers can stay in complete luxury, operated by the Jumeirah Group.

For those looking to get out and enjoy the outdoors, the development will offer pedestrian pathways, a jogging track, large swimming pool and a cycling course. Work on the development will begin in June 2017 and will completed by late 2020.

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