‘Lebanon Island’ at ‘The World’ Archipelago in Dubai Readying for Tourists (PHOTOS)

 
on January 09 2012 5:43 AM
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A part of The World, a man-made archipelago off the coast of Dubai, is reportedly ready to receive tourists. The island - supposedly Lebanon Island - has seen development activities recently.

The World Island Beach Club, a luxury resort on the island, according to reports by local media, is set to open soon.

The World', located approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) off the coast of Jumeirah, is a collection of 300 man-made features shaped into the continents of the worlds. These small and private islands are divided into four categories - private homes, estate homes, dream resorts and community islands, according to the development company, Nakheel Properties Group.

The Lebanon Island is owned by an Indian businessman named Wakil Admed Azmi, who bought the property in 2008. He had to slow down construction activities on the resort due to the worldwide recession. However, the first attraction should be opened to the public later this month.

The entire project ran into legal difficulties in 2011, when Penguin Marine, the company that won the contract to provide ferry services to and around the islands, alleged the islands were sinking into the sea.

However, the case was dismissed after Nakheel proved the work was being slowed down during the recession and not due to the deterioration of the islands.

This is a ten-year project which has slowed down, but will be completed, a Nakheel spokesperson told media.

Dubai also plans to create another group of islands in the Gulf named The Universe, within the next 15 or 20 years, intended for creating the world's ultimate destinations for luxury travel... complete with villas, resorts, hotel complexes and commercial properties.

Check out photographs of both the Lebanon and World...

The World Islands in Dubai

The World Island Beach Club is seen on one of the islands, supposed to be Lebanon, of The World Islands project in Dubai Jan. 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jumana El-Heloueh

The World Islands in Dubai

Islands in the shape of countries and continents are seen on The World Islands project in Dubai Jan. 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jumana El-Heloueh

The World Islands in Dubai

A development is seen on one of the islands of The World Islands project in Dubai Jan. 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jumana El-Heloueh

The World Islands in Dubai

A development is seen on one of the islands of The World Islands project in Dubai Jan. 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jumana El-Heloueh