The project will add 53 kilometres of shoreline to the emirate, while extending 7km into the Gulf. On completion, Dana Island will cover an estimated 6.8 million square metres. The sand required for construction will be sourced from both offshore locations and quarries in the emirate.

The design of the island consists of a main stem in three parts and 10 leaf-shaped islands. It is expected to accommodate commercial and residential complexes.

The project is being developed by Rakeen, the real estate arm of the Ras al-Khaimah government. Danish-based Cowi has been appointed to carry out an environmental impact assessment on the project.

Dredging International is already working on another Rakeen project, Al-Marjan island (MEED 9:6:08).