Emaar Properties PJSC, the world's number one property developer, today announced its plans to develop the AED 6.7 billion (US$1.88 billion; TND 2.54 billion) Marina Al Qussor project on Tunisia's eastern coastline.
In April 2006, Emaar announced plans to develop the AED 6.7 billion (US$1.88 billion) Marina Al Qussor project on Tunisia's eastern coast. The 442 hectare Marina development is located within the country of Sousse towards the southern end of the Golfe de Hammamet and will offer a mix of living options and tourist attractions with a large marina village at its centre.
The development is in line with Tunisia's tourism policy which is focused on residence tourism which enables high end tourists to buy homes for longer stays. The country attracted 6.4 million tourists in 2005 and is aiming for tourism revenue of close to US$2 billion in 2006.
The various components of Marina Al Qussor range from over 4,000 residential units - villas, townhouses and apartments located on the lakeside, beach, marina and quayside; six hotels ranging from luxary boutique to four star, located on the beach and marina; leisure facilities with the marina, yacht club, beach clubs, spa resort, sports clubs, 18-hole golf course, clubhouse, driving range; and retail space located on the marina quayside.
The development offers a series of ever changing environments ranging from natural lakes to golf landscapes and olive groves to the existing El Medfoun forest and sandy beaches. In contrast to these natural landscapes, the central marina village area will offer the ideal backdrop to the hustle and bustle of the resort centre. The village will become the heart of the resort with shops, restaurants and apartments surrounding the 400 berth marina that will support boats of all sizes including large private boats that cruise the Mediterranean.
The architectural character of the development is based on numerous distinctive traditional Tunisian elements from building techniques to styles and materials. Low rise buildings add to the charm of the site allowing uninhibited views across the development.