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Work begins on Dubai's The Island, featuring MGM, Bellagio, Aria hotels

Architecture giant BSBG says marine and enabling works recently commenced on Wasl Hospitality and Leisure's project in Dubai

BSBG is working on The Island in Dubai.
BSBG
BSBG is working on The Island in Dubai.

Architecture firm Brewer Smith Brewer Group (BSBG) revealed that marine and enabling works had recently commenced on Wasl Hospitality and Leisure’s The Island project in Dubai, which will feature popular Las Vegas hotel brands such as MGM, Bellagio, and Aria for the first time in the UAE.

In a statement on its website, BSBG said it was delivering lead consultancy, executive architecture, structural engineering, and construction supervision services for The Island, which was designed by Dutch architects UN Studio.

Courtyard view of the MGM hotel [image: BSBG].

Located on a 10.5ha island off the coast of Umm Suqeim in Dubai, The Island will feature 1,400 hotel rooms, suites, and apartments, in addition to retail, food and beverage, and anchored entertainment options, BSBG said.

The Island is highly complex, and hugely challenging from a design coordination perspective. However, our teams working on the project are technically excellent and incredibly driven to produce the level of work a development of this stature calls for.

Kevin Harper, BSBG

The project was announced by Wasl in March 2017, when its early concept was presented to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

Masterplan of The Island in Dubai [image: BSBG].

Commenting on the project in the statement, BSBG partner, Kevin Harper, said: “The Island is highly complex, and hugely challenging from a design coordination perspective.

“However, our teams working on the project are technically excellent and incredibly driven to produce the level of work a development of this stature calls for.

“We are honoured to be working alongside Wasl, Mirage, and MGM, as well as a select group of sub-consultants and specialists, on delivering this iconic project for Dubai.”

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