TDIC launches Desert Islands plan in capital

Abu Dhabi is to develop a US $3 billion (AED11 billion) tourism complex that will be made up of eight islands.

Abu Dhabi is to develop a US $3 billion (AED11 billion) tourism complex that will be made up of eight islands.

The Desert Islands project is being developed by the Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), while Masdar, Abu Dhabi government's new advanced energy and sustainability company, will help with the overall sustainability strategy.

The 87 million m2 Sir Bani Yas Island, which lies 8km off the mainland, will be the focal point of the project.

The rest of the project includes Dalma Island and the Discovery Islands - six nearby offshore outcrops - all of which will be linked by a ferry and hydrofoil service, water taxis, private 'resort' boat service and regional and sea planes.

"Masterplanning of the Desert Islands has been subject to intense sustainability governance including landscape, water, coastal, energy and cultural heritage management as well as land and marine ecology," said Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority and TDIC.

The sustainability strategy will cover power, water, infrastructure, waste management and recycling to energy building standards. It will also adopt solar and wind solutions.

"Masdar's contribution will be ongoing, systematically exploiting synergies and applying the very latest technologies in the project, which is in line with Masdar's strategy for developing the energy sector in Abu Dhabi," said Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO, Masdar.

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