Al Marjan Island

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Coordinates: 25°40′52.3″N 55°44′42″E / 25.681194°N 55.74500°E / 25.681194; 55.74500

Al Marjan Island
Master Developer
Industry Real Estate
Founded 2013
Headquarters Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Key people
Khalid Bin Saud al Qasimi, Chairman of the Al Marjan Island Company; Arch. Abdullah Rashed Al Abdooli, Managing Director
Website Official website

Al Marjan Island is a group of 4 coral-shaped islands in a man-made archipelago located in Ras al-Khaimah, in the Persian Gulf. It is administered by the Al Marjan Island Company.[1] Several resorts, beaches and other tourism destinations are located in the four islands, being one of the UAE's top tourism spots.[2] The area has received over 100 thousand visitors during 2013.[3][4][5]

History[edit]

Started as a tourism enterprise, the five-year construction development started in 2013 now harbors a quasi-metropolis, fully equipped with a developed residential area and hospitality industry, as well as adjoining infrastructure.[2]

Although still under development, at full operation, it is expected to host up to 20 thousand party-goers at its clubs, hotels and other facilities, with an estimated foreign investment starting at Dh19 billion.[6][7] The Island now houses 45% of the total 5-star hotel rooms in the Emirate through its 3 resorts - the Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Hilton, and Al Marjan Island Hotel & Spa; capacity will exceed 10 thousand rooms by 2017 in the Emirate, half of it in the Island.[5][8][9]

While more than 100 thousand foreigners visited the Island during 2014, 23% of the total number of visitors during the first quarter of 2013 were UAE nationals.[5] The tourism industry is diversifying due to the slump in Russian inward tourism; the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority is now looking towards eastern Europe and the UK to prop up its numbers, with tourism expected to generate approximately 20% of the Emirate's GDP.[10][11]

A project to hold a soccer-themed resolt sponsored by Real Madrid in the Island was scrapped in late 2013 due to lack of funding.[12] The RAK government, however, is in talks to reformulate that investment with the help of other investors.[13]

Geography[edit]

The island group consists of Breeze Island, Treasure Island, Dream Island and View Island. It extends 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) into the sea and covers an area of 2,700,000 square metres (29,000,000 sq ft)

Breeze Island.jpg

Breeze Island counts with several hotels[clarification needed] and 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) of waterfront with a promenade.[14][non-primary source needed]

Treasure Island1.jpg

Treasure Island is a prominently residential area, built on 2,500,000 feet (760,000 m).[15][non-primary source needed]

Dream Island.jpg

Dream Island is an extensive beach area, with several hotels and clubs located on its shores. It possesses 5,000 metres (16,000 ft) of waterfront area.[16][non-primary source needed]

View Island.jpg

View Island is the 5,000,000 square feet (460,000 m2) central section of the island group, representing its residential and hospitality urban core.[17][non-primary source needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Karantzavelou, Vicky. "Al Marjan Island gears for strong investment activity in 2015". Travel Daily News. Travel Daily News. Archived from the original on 25 February 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Talwar Badam, Ramola. "RAK’s Al Marjan islands to rival Ibiza and Miami". The National. The National. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Pickles, Kate. "Pictured: World's first man-made island solely devoted to partying to be built in Dubai featuring two 'mega clubs', four beach clubs and 100 restaurants". Daily Mail. Daily Mail. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Middleton, Ryan. "UAE Looking to Rival Ibiza, Europe With 24-Hour Party Island". Music Times. Music Times. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Rokou, Tatiana. "Al Marjan Island attracted over 100,000 tourists between January and August 2014". Travel Daily News. Travel Daily News. Archived from the original on 30 October 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  6. ^ Fortune, Matt. "Al Marjan Islands ‘to become a mini-Ibiza’". What's On. What's On. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "RAK launches party island to 'rival Ibiza'". Construction Week Online. Construction Week Online. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Sambidge, Andy. "Hilton Doubletree Marjan Island set for expansion". Hotelier MiddleEast. Hotelier MiddleEast. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Chesters, Crystal. "Hilton signs new Marjan Island property". Hotelier MiddleEast. Hotelier MiddleEast. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Sahoo, Sananda. "Ras Al Khaimah looks to Russia as tourism numbers slump". The National. The National. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Sahoo, Sananda. "Ras Al Khaimah reaps the benefits of affordable luxury as international hotel groups move in". The National. The National. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  12. ^ Fattah, Zainab; Duff, Alex. "Real Madrid Scraps $1 Billion Resort in U.A.E. Sheikhdom". Bloomberg Business. Bloomberg Business. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  13. ^ Attwood, Ed. "RAK gov't in talks over former Real Madrid-branded island". Arabian Business. Arabian Business. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Breeze Island". Al Marjan Island. Al Marjan Island. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "Treasure Island". Al Marjan Island. Al Marjan Island. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "Dream Island". Al Marjan Island. Al Marjan Island. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "View Island". Al Marjan Island. Al Marjan Island. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 

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