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^ I doubt that will be a real ship, I mean a ship that can float and sail. I think is just a ship look-alike structure.

Afterall the location where it will be, is landlocked a few miles from the sea shore.
 

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This one could be a real winner....says it is going to be manged by Jumeirah who already run Wild Wadi - a nice combo given the expected tourist increase in Dubai over the coming years.
 

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^^ Hm, a better question would be: "... Any idea if this project is still going ahead, or it's part of those who got axed?"
 

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Jumeirah and Al Sharq Investment sign management agreement for Aqua Dunya - the largest theme park resort in the Middle East

Jumeirah, the dynamic and fast growing Dubai-based luxury hospitality group has signed a management agreement with owner and developer Al Sharq Investment to operate the Aqua Dunya theme park, the Jumeirah Desert Pearl Hotel, a retail, dining and entertainment district and vacation apartments at Aqua Dunya in Dubailand.


Steve Tight, CEO of Aqua Dunya commented, 'We are very pleased to launch our partnership with Jumeirah as operator of the Aqua Dunya Theme Park Resort in Dubailand. By combining Jumeirah's top quality standards of hospitality and operations with our world-class design we will create the premier family entertainment experience in Dubai.'

Gerald Lawless, Chief Executive Officer of Jumeirah, said:

'Aqua Dunya is a truly unique development and the first theme park resort of its kind in this region. We are delighted to be entrusted with the management of the resort and look forward to its opening in 2009.'

He added, 'Operating the spectacular water theme park facilities in Aqua Dunya will give us the opportunity to further build on the success of Wild Wadi and we look forward to providing the guests and visitors to the resort a truly unique, exciting and memorable experience.'

'Our agreement with Jumeirah will benefit both Aqua Dunya and Dubailand in a number of ways, including Jumeirah's prestigious image and reputation, its global marketing and sales prowess, and its internationally recognized operational excellence,' Said Mr. Ali Sulaiman Al Shehri, Chairman, Al Sharq Investment.
 

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i love this project...cant wait till it opens...PLUS its got jumeirah involved as above mentioned so it shall obviously be amazing...i mean what else does jumeirah own? jumeirah beach hotel,emirates towers, jumeirah essex, jumierah carlton,burj al arab(?). all exclusive properties
 

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hey guys, i've just seen some things about aqua dunya and it looks awesome! phase one will be ready in mid 2009. that includes the water park, the Jumeirah owned pirate ship, conference centre and more. phase 2 will be the compeletion of the whole project which means 2 more hotels, 18 residential buildings, vacation homes, shopping and restaurants boulevard. a huge extensiuon to the park and loads more parking.
 

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here some more news from today!

Aqua Dunya design teams in place
Local developer Aqua Dunya has appointed design and engineering teams for various components of its $1.8bn Aqua Dunya Resort and Residences in Dubailand. Turner and Townsend International will head the project; Aedas (Middle East) will design phase one of the residential community, including 1,000 apartments and townhouses; Canada's Forrec will design a theme park and port district; and Wilbur Smith Associates will design infrastructure and utility components.

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Major design firms appointed for $1.8 billion Aqua Dunya Resort
Tue, 24 Apr 2007 01:46 PM - Dubai Time



Dubai-based property developer, Aqua Dunya LLC, has appointed some of the world’s foremost brands in architecture and engineering to realise its signature resort project in Dubailand, Aqua Dunya Resort and Residences. The US$ 1.8 billion project includes a water-themed family entertainment destination spread across more than 60 hectares. In addition to the resort, the development includes the Aqua Dunya Residences located on Emirates Road between Global Village and City of Arabia.

In total the resort includes two world class theme parks, three themed hotels, a retail and dining district, a 1,800 seat waterfront theater, a nine-hole golf course, and 755 timeshare apartments. In addition, an adjacent residential community will offer over 3,400 freehold residences for sale. _ Break_
Steve Tight, CEO of Aqua Dunya, commented, “We are extremely excited to be launching our detailed design effort. These international designers will be creating a truly unique and highly themed family entertainment destination as never before seen in the Middle East.”

Forrec of Toronto Canada, has been appointed to commence the design of the indoor and outdoor Theme Park and the Port District to be operated by Jumeirah. Forrec is recognized as a leader in international theme park design, including projects for Universal Studios and Legoland.

The joint-team of Mott MacDonald Ltd. and Aedas have been engaged to provide architectural design and engineering services to create the project’s authentic turn of the century cruise ship and icon, t Advertisementmassive 330 meter long Desert Pearl. Within the ship is a 400 room 5-star hotel also operated by Jumeirah.

Aedas (Middle East) Ltd will design Phase 1 of the residential community, including 1,000 apartments and townhouses, a 200 room economy hotel, and a waterfront esplanade of restaurants and shops. Aedas has rapidly grown to become the 6th largest architectural practice in the world.

Wilbur Smith Associates will design all infrastructure components for the entire site, including power, water, telecom, district cooling, water treatment, landscaping, and road systems.

Turner and Townsend International Ltd. will project the Aqua Dunya Resort, including overall project implementation strategy, project controls, design management, scheduling, procurement, cost and quality management, safety, on-going reporting, and project closeout.

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USD 1.8 billion Aqua Dunya resort breaks ground

Dubai-based developer, Aqua Dunya LLC, and its sponsor investor, Al Sharq Investment, have broken ground on the first phase of the USD 1.8 billion water-themed family entertainment destination in Dubailand.
United Arab Emirates: 6 hours, 35 minutes ago PRESS RELEASE


Andrew Duncan, Managing Director for Turner & Townsend International - Project Manager for Aqua Dunya; Ali Al Sherhi, Chairman of Al Sharq Investment; Andrew Turner, Project Director of Aqua Dunya LLC; Steven Tight, CEO of Aqua Dunya LLC; Mohammed Al Habbai, CEO of Dubailand; and Guy Crawford, CEO of Jumeirah at the Aqua Dunya Resort and Residences ground breaking ceremony.

Aqua Dunya's centerpiece, the iconic Desert Pearl, themed as the largest cruise ship in the world anchored at its desert oasis, will create a new landmark for Dubai's growing tourism market when it opens in January 2010. Aqua Dunya aims to become one of the largest theme park resorts in the Middle East, attracting over three million visitors annually at build-out.

'The arrival of the bulldozers on site marks another major milestone in the realization of our vision for Aqua Dunya', said Mr. Ali Al Shehri, Chairman of Al Sharq Investment.

Aqua Dunya Resort and Residences will be developed in three phases to address the growing demand as tourist arrivals increase to Dubai. The first phase comprises the Aqua Dunya Theme Park, Jumeirah Desert Pearl Hotel and Port District, 170 timeshare apartments, and 1,000 freehold residences.

In deference to the Middle East culture, Steve Tight, CEO of Aqua Dunya, explained, 'What's unique about Aqua Dunya is the combination of wet and dry rides in the same park. Unlike traditional water parks, our guests can enjoy Aqua Dunya while dressed in a swim suit or in street clothes to encourage the whole family to experience the excitement together.'

The theme park is comprised of three islands, each themed around the tales of Rakaan and his adventures on the high seas, and a number of rides inside the ship itself.

The first phase theme park will have 35 rides and shows at opening expanding to 55 at build-out, and will appeal to all demographic segments from young children to adults.

Jumeirah, the operator of landmark luxury hotels in Dubai and throughout the world and the renowned 'Wild Wadi' water park in Dubai, will be operating the first phase of the resort, including the Aqua Dunya Theme Park, Jumeirah Desert Pearl Hotel, and the Port District.

The five-star Jumeirah Desert Pearl Hotel in the stern of the authentic turn of the century cruise ship will offer 400 luxurious staterooms and suites with views to the surrounding oasis, innovative themed restaurants, a top quality spa, and a variety of recreational facilities.

The Port District offers unique merchandise from around the world in a traditional Arabian souk setting and exotic international dining overlooking the massive 330 meter long cruise ship which forms the backdrop for world-class nightly entertainment.

Aqua Dunya also includes a family-oriented timeshare development with themed one to four bedroom vacation apartments bordering the theme park and canal. The first phase of the residential community sits at the end of the canal with freehold apartments and townhouses fronting an esplanade of waterfront shops and restaurants.

At build-out, Aqua Dunya will include two world class theme parks, three themed hotels, a retail and dining district, a 1,400 seat waterfront theater, a nine-hole golf course, 755 timeshare apartments, and an adjacent residential community with over 2,600 freehold residences.
 
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