Nakheel, RIU begin work on Deira Islands beachfront resort

Deira Islands is set to become one of the hottest holiday spots in town now that UAE master developer Nakheel has started work on a huge project in partnership with Spanish hospitality group RIU.

Set on a 3.4 million sq ft plot, the sprawling resort will be the first all-inclusive four-star resort in Dubai.

Aside from the staggering 800 rooms it will house, the upcoming resort will boast four swimming pools, a kids’ club, a spa and fitness centre.


Dining facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant, a speciality restaurant, four beach eateries and an evening dining area with a stage for live shows and entertainment.

There will also be a huge waterpark occupying ten percent of the overall area.

Deira Islands’ new resort is in line with the government’s plans to offer a new range of affordable, family resort-style hotel accommodation in the city.


Even though future holidaymakers will have everything they need within the confines of this resort, there are other plans to transform the four man-made islands at the mouth of Deira Creek into a mini-city in itself.

These comprise a two-kilometre night souk which will consist of 5,300 stores and nearly 100 quayside cafes and restaurants.

“Nakheel’s 15.3 square kilometre waterfront destination will transform Dubai’s Deira district into a world-class hub for tourism, retail and entertainment,” a spokesperson from Nakheel was quoted as saying by Gulf News.

Nakheel is also in talks with Thai hotel giant Centara for the development of other equally impressive five-star holiday resorts on Deira Islands, including the one pictured in the rendering below.



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