The project will create 60 million square feet of land, including 10 million square feet of beach property (MEED 16:5:03).

Van Oord ACZof the Netherlands is carrying out the dredging, reclamation and rock works package for the first-phase development under a Eur 200 million ($225 million)-plus contract awarded in July. Van Oord is being assisted by Ballast Ham Dredging, also of the Netherlands, on the dredging works (MEED 8:8:03).

Phase 1 will cover the construction of 30 islands. The marine works is due to be completed by 2006 and will be followed by infrastructure. The client is the local Nakheel.