The island was constructed in 2013 and on it will be no residential properties–only two mega-clubs, beachfront clubs, 100 restaurants, and five hotels. Extended-stay visitors will have the option to reside in apartment-style housing on the island. Literally the only thing to do on this man-made island is eat, drink, and be merry.
When asked about the concept of the island, marketing director George Saad had this to say:
We’re trying to make it the new Ibiza. A mini Ibiza dedicated solely to partying. People will be able to come here, stay in the hotel, party at clubs on the beach, anything in the world you can do. And we are trying to attract festivals to come here, like Burning Man.
Music festivals on a party-only island in picturesque Dubai? I could dig it. I’m not sure if this vibes with the original ideals of Burning Man, in fact it seems to be the opposite of the culture thousands of people flock to the middle of the desert to partake in.
While this may not be a good fit for Burning Man (as the ‘leave no trace’ mentality is nowhere to be found on these islands), but if I could afford it, would I go to another type of music festival there? Absolutely! It’s Dubai; the land of luxury and excess. It’s the kind of city that has so much wealth and affluent people, they were willing to spend the money to install ‘refrigerated’ beaches to combat the unbearably hot sand. Completion of the man-made islands is currently slated for 2018.
Below, check out the islands built in the shape of the 7 continents that you can vacation on for obscene amounts of money as well as the plans for Party City:
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