Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) have unveiled plans for “Pearls of Arabia”, a development that will feature entertainment, retail and an educational centre on the Antarctica island of The World.
Pearls of Arabia, scheduled for completion in 2010, is the first stage of Dubai’s plan of re-establishing the emirate as a centre for the global pearl trade. The island will feature a pearl-themed cultural heritage centre, a performing arts theatre, an exhibition gallery and a themed restaurant, alongside boutiques showcasing the leading international names in the pearl industry.
In association with Paspaley Pearling Company, the world’s South Sea pearl company and producer of some of the world’s finest pearls, DMCC will establish a 6,000 square metre Experience Centre on Antarctica.
Visitors will travel to the destination by water ferries, transporting them across the man-made archipelago of 300 islands and into the region’s storied past.
“The past meets the present today, as we look out to the sparkling waters of the Gulf and seek inspiration from our heritage to build a brighter tomorrow,” said Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman, DMCC. “Less than a century ago, pearling was the lifeblood of Arabia, accounting for some 80,000 jobs in the UAE alone and representing 95 per cent of the country’s total revenues. Pearls of Arabia presents age-old wisdom in a modern and contemporary fashion.”
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