Nakheel awarded the AED2.2bn ($600m) reclamation contract in early July. The two-and-a-half-year contract involves 86 million cubic metres of sand that will form 540 hectares of new land, and the construction of a breakwater and shore protection.

The overall development will be about 760 hectares in size, of which about 600 hectares will be reclaimed. It includes residential, office and commercial buildings. The development have 17.5 kilometres of waterfront and is expected to house 225,000 people.

It will also include a range of community facilities including schools, mosques, museums, parks and a hospital and medical centre, and will be home to a new luxury cruise terminal (MEED 13:7:08).