Oqyana World First unveils $5bn project on The World



Oqyana World First, the first fully master-planned island community on The World, off the Dubai coast, yesterday unveiled the final plan of its $5 billion (Dh18.3bn) project, including a yacht club and dive centre, a reef lagoon, an outdoor performing art centre and a waterfront promenade. A large-scale model of Oqyana, which covers Australasia, will be showcased at Arabian Travel Market, according to a statement.

"The Oqyana design has been perfected to cater to the demands of the world's elite, making it truly one of the most impressive lifestyle destinations in the world. Aside from offering the most fashionable and sophisticated leisure, recreational and home amenities, the master plan also ensures a stable and healthy living environment by adopting innovative solutions that maintain the superior quality of seawater and other environmental elements of the development," said Chief Executive Dr Wadad Al Suwayeh.

"Our designers have also revised the layout of the master plan to ensure the best island shape and orientation for water flow, in addition to improving water transportation routes and privacy for residents," said Suwayeh.

The design remains true to its vision of being a car-free community, optimising the health benefits of the marine-themed island. Some of the features of the original master plan have likewise been preserved in the final version, including the unique double water frontage, with a private beach on one side and private mooring facilities on the other, for its wide selection of elegant homes.

Oqyana is the first and largest of all developers on The World with 22 islands that form the shape of the Australia and New Zealand region. It offers a variety of opulent accommodation choices that suit different preferences. Construction is set to start in summer, while completion is slated for 2011, the statement said.