Rakeen to unveil Al Marjan Island in Dubai

Rakeen has announced that Al Marjan Island, a $1.8 billion man-made island development
off the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, will be launched during Cityscape Dubai 2007
this week.
Cityscape, one of the largest business-to-business investment and property
development exhibitions in the world, will provide Rakeen a comprehensive platform
to showcase the key features of Al Marjan Island, helping drive sales performance of
the first project of its kind to be developed in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Rakeen will
draw momentum from its successful participation during Cityscape 2006, which saw the
high-profile launch of the fast-emerging developer.

“We return to Cityscape after Rakeen was successfully launched at this event in
2006. This year we have prepared a more exciting and fully loaded exhibition as we
aim to take advantage of the enormous pool of investor prospects for t Al Marjan
Island during Cityscape, which is one of the most important investment and property
development exhibitions in the world,” said Amy Gough, Marketing Manager of Rakeen.


“The highly innovative and state-of-the-art technique used in the construction of
the project has provided an environmental premium to Al Marjan Island, ensuring
healthy living conditions and long-term sustainability. I am sure investors and real
estate buyers are eager to find out more about these key features and other
value-added offerings of Al Marjan Island during Cityscape 2007,” added Gough.



Al Marjan Island is a cluster of four coral-shaped islands, which will feature a
range of water homes, floating villas, hotels, resorts, sporting facilities and
commercial amenities. Located 27 kilometres southwest of Ras Al Khaimah’s town
centre, Al Marjan Island extends 4.5 kilometres out into the sea and covers an area
of over 2.7 million square meters


“To enhance the project’s environmental qualities all dredging, reclamation and rock
revetment works reject ‘hostile dredging’ techniques and will utilize a more
eco-friendly approach in creating the islands,” said Gough.


“Modern land reclamation techniques will be used in the project such as full
pre-fill bunding, underwater sand pumping, and deep-sea sand quarry outsourcing.
These techniques ensure zero dredging, zero siltation and zero material migration,
helping maintain the crystal clear waters around the islands, rich seabed and lush
marine life,” added Gough.


Moreover, to ensure the highest level of accuracy, efficiency, safety and cost
effectiveness of the project, highly advanced technologies are used in the
reclamation work such as 3D modelling system and the Differential Global Positioning
System (DGPS), an enhancement to the Global Positioning System (GPS) that is a
common navigational application in most cars in the Gulf. Land reclamation is
expected to be finished in December 2007, while the project is expected to be
delivered in June 2009.