Real Madrid Resort Island

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Real Madrid Resort Island was a proposed sports and amusement park planned by Real Madrid on Marjan Island, a 50 hectares (120 acres) artificial island near Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.[1] The project had a projected budget of $US 1 billion.[2] In June 2013, the project was stopped by the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA) due to a lack of funding, as the sheikdom was in the process of restructuring its debts.[3]

History[edit]

The plan for the project was first announced in March 2012.[4] The island was supposed to feature sport training facilities, a 10,000-seat stadium facing the sea, an amusement park, yacht club and marina, a 450-room hotel, a Real Madrid museum, and a residential area.[2][5] The marina and yacht club were planned to be shaped like the Real Madrid crest.[6]

The project was scheduled to be opened in January 2015.[7] In June 2013, RAKIA announced that construction plans were indefinitely on hold and that the resort would probably not materialize, as the sheikdom was in the process of restructuring its debts.[3] In September 2013, Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez announced that the project had "fallen through", and that they might pursue building the park in a different location.[8] The land was never purchased, and construction never started. The developer said the club was considering building the development in Abu Dhabi.[9][10]

In September 2014, Perez confirmed that the club still planned to construct the project in Abu Dhabi stating, "We're getting there. There has never been any economic cost to us. But instead of doing it in a small Emirate, we're trying to do it in a location in Abu Dhabi."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Real Madrid Resort Island presented in the Presidential Balcony of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium". Real Madrid Club de Fútbol. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Real Madrid To Build $1 Billion Island Resort In UAE". Forbes. March 29, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Real Madrid's Plans for $1 Billion Resort in the UAE Faces Setbacks". Business of Soccer. September 22, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  4. ^ http://sport360.com/article/uae/26439/florentino-perez-confirms-plans-real-madrid-theme-park-abu-dhabi
  5. ^ "Jose Mourinho helps unveil Real Madrid Resort Island in the United Arab Emirates". The Telegraph. March 22, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  6. ^ "Real Madrid to build UAE island resort". CNN. March 30, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "Plans for Real Madrid Resort Island sink as Florentino Perez admits defeat". Metro News. September 20, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  8. ^ ""The Real Madrid Resort Island has fallen through"". Marca. September 19, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  9. ^ "Real Madrid resort plan may be moved to Abu Dhabi". Arabian Business. Reuters. September 20, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  10. ^ "Real Madrid island resort project may move to Abu Dhabi". Taipei Times. reuters. September 21, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  11. ^ http://sport360.com/article/uae/26439/florentino-perez-confirms-plans-real-madrid-theme-park-abu-dhabi