The design and planning stages of the project are already under way and construction will commence in 2009, with phase one of the masterplan opening in 2012. US-based Gensler prepared the masterplan.

The project will comprise leisure and entertainment facilities, and forms part of a 150-acre urban waterfront redevelopment that is a major element in Abu Dhabi’s plans to become a world-class tourism destination. Abu Dhabi-based Aldar Properties has prepared a masterplan for the Mina Zayed area (MEED 13:7:07).