Marsa Al Arab will be spread across 4 million square feet of land, including two islands.
One of the islands aims to be a family-friendly tourist destination, while the other is to include luxury villas and a private marina. The designs include 2.2 kilometres of beach.
“As part of strengthening local capabilities, Marsa Al Arab will support Emiratisation in the tourism sector by providing new job opportunities,” said Abdulla Al Habbai, the chairman of Dubai Holding.
Wild Wadi Waterpark will be relocated to the entertainment-focused island to support visitor numbers to the new resort, which will be managed by Jumeirah Group.
With the relocation, the water park will double its size and feature new rides.
Marsa Al Arab’s hotels are expected to add 2,400 hotel rooms to Jumeirah Group’s portfolio, bringing its total offering to 8,428 rooms. There will be 400 new food-and-beverage outlets throughout the destination.