Ajman is likely to launch a new five-star luxury resort theme park, pedestrian walkway and beach club by summer of 2015. These form the components of first phase of multi-billion-dirham Al Zorah project, which was re-launched in December 2011.
The five-star hotel will be designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni, in collaboration with NORR Group, while Belgian architect, Jean Michel Gathy from Dennisston will design the 230 rooms in the resort, Al Zorah Development Company said.
Al Zorah is a joint-venture between Ajman government and DIFC-registered Solidere International.
About eight UAE construction companies will submit their bids on 17th January 2013, the company said.
Spanning an area of 100,000 square metres, the resort will have 154 individual rooms, private suites, and villas, apart from four restaurants and a spa. Contracts have already been awarded for infrastructure works.
Further, the road linking work, linking the project with Emirates Road has been completed. The project is only 15 minutes away from the Sharjah International Airport, and 25 minutes from Dubai International Airport.
The first phase of the project will include “Mangrove of the World Theme Park”, offering visitors an interactive experience with environment and marine nature and activities.
Further, there will be apartments and villas, Board Walk, pedestrian walkway stretching more than 300 metres surrounded by restaurants, cafes and shops all the way to waterfront tourist marina area and beach club. Among the other amenities will be the spa, swimming pools, golf course, clubhouse, amusement and entertainment centres.
Originally master-planned as “coastal city” in late 2007, the Al Zorah project was worth Dh.220bn, but, land size was reduced by half post re-launch in December 2011.
As per the new master plan released by the company, the project is said to have five districts – City Centre comprising hotels, retail centres, offices, marinas and public square; Parkland Resorts comprising six beachfront hotels, creek side residences, sandy beach, and lagoon frontage; Golf Course comprising 18-hole championship course; Gateway – the high-rise mixed-use community, and Corniche Village comprising townhouses and villas overlooking the sea.
The first phase of the project comprises four hotels with 700 rooms, with Dh.1.2bn contracts already issued. The first phase is likely to be completed by 2014, Al Zorah Development Company said.