The Royal Island Beach Club on ‘The World Islands’ in Dubai opens to public later this month.
The dream project of Wakil Ahmed, leading Indian businessman, was a far-fetched thought at one stage. He changed his mind when he got an opportunity to purchase an island on The World project in 2004.
Having lived in Dubai for more than 35 years, he believes in the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Dubai is a tourist destination, and will remain so forever. Despite the global economic slump, The World project will go ahead and Dubai will deliver the promised, he said.
Ahmed paid Dh.32mn for the island in 2008 and secured title deed. He has invested nearly Dh.38mn till date, to build the first club project on the island. This island, located at the heart of The World, is ready to welcome its first guests. The club offers eight private chalets, an international cuisine restaurant, swimming pool, and two beach areas.
Located at the centre of the The World, the Lebanon Island chosen for the project is at the heart of The World. The cost is dependent on the desire of the clients and can be in the range of Dh.500 to Dh.5000 per head. The island is also offered for private functions or to people seeking to hire it for a day or two.
The Royal Island Beach Club has signed a MoU with Roads and Transport Authority to ferry tourists to the club.
The World development spans across 931 hectares, with an additional 232km spanning across the beachfront to Dubai coastline. Nearly 300 islands have been reclaimed from the sea, in the shape of the world map. Yachts are the primary mode of transportation, giving both residents and visitors a water-oriented travel experience across the Gulf waters.
The islands are in the price range of $20million to $50million. The development comprises five types of island community including Mid Density, Estate Islands, Commercial and Transportation, and Resort Islands. The World includes a range of resorts, villas, restaurants, apartments and retail outlets, among a range of boating, beaches and other leisure opportunities.