In a move similar to the Palm developments in Dubai, the project will add an estimated 53 kilometres of new shoreline to the emirate, while extending 7 kilometres 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 within the emirate.

The design of the island consists of a main stem in three parts and ten leaf-shaped islands. It is expected to accommodate hotels, 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.