Dubai to house Middle East’s first Rainforest
Dubai is set to become home to the Middle East’s first tropical Rainforest, as the emirate continues its drive to attract tourism from all over the world.
The tropical ecosystem, which was announced by leading luxury developer Damac Properties, will be housed within the company’s Akoya Oxygen master development community as one of the premium attractions within an expansive retail and entertainment zone.
Scheduled to be completed by 2020, The Dubai Rainforest will recreate the natural environment experienced in the heart of the deepest rainforests, which cover 6 per cent of the earth’s surface. The tall, dense jungle environment will be fully recreated with many plants species integrated into the iconic dome structure. Damac Properties will ensure the integrity of the project is a natural representation of the environment through collaborations with leading Amazonian rainforest experts.
Spread across 55 million sq ft within Dubailand, Akoya Oxygen will be a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The second phase of the project is currently available for investment, with villas and townhouses available within the green environment. The project is set around the Trump World Golf Club, Dubai – an 18-hole Championship-standard golf course, which is under design by world-famous golfer, Tiger Woods and will be managed by the Trump Organisation.
The retail and entertainment centre will be the fulcrum of the Akoya Oxygen development, housing the golf course clubhouse, the Dubai Rainforest and a selection of retail and restaurant outlets.
The Dubai Rainforest will also incorporate all of the latest outdoor and exploration equipment with a natural-looking rock face climbing wall set within the abundant nature.
The attraction will also be opened to the true romantics, looking for a very unique wedding environment. Couples will be able to exchange vows in a beautiful Rainforest clearing, followed by a sumptuous feast with the wedding party.
The project will join attractions such as the varied theme parks coming on-line, in addition to the world’s tallest fountain, the Palm Jumeirah, the Dubai Eye and the Dubai Aquarium as Dubai looks to welcome at least 20 million tourists a year by 2020. –