Sunday, March 23, 2008

Saraya Islands, Ras Al Khaimah

The Gulf is rapidly expanding with the most fantastic Island Mega Projects ever developed: The Palm Islands, Reem Island, The Pearl Qatar, Durrat Al Bahrain, and many others. The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has two Island Mega Projects being developed: Al Marjan Island - which I have already covered in a previous post - and Saraya Islands which I will now cover.

Saraya Islands, being developed by Saraya Holdings, will be a beautiful residential/tourist destination in a fabulous location of RAK situated between the Arabian Gulf and the Hajjar Mountains. This setting reminds me of Santa Barbara, California which is also located between the sea and mountains. What is especially nice about Saraya is that even though the islands are in a very pristine area, they are just minutes from RAK International Airport, and Dubai is also close by, adding further value to this development.

The Saraya Islands, will contain four distinct islands and a mainland village, the Saraya Village. The four islands are referred to as: "Al-Marsa", "Al-Boum", "Al-Sahab", and "Al-Wahat." Saraya Islands will occupy a 5.5 km long natural island forming a lagoon framed by the islands and its corresponding mainland site of approximately sixteen hectares. This unique landscape offers, in addition to the impressive mountain view, two different waterfront experiences. The project exists over an area of approximately 1.4 million square meters, of which 65% are developable and 35% will be left untouched and are dedicated to beaches, common landscaped areas, gardens and outdoor activities.

Dr. Izzat Dajani, Chief Executive of RAK's Investment and Development Office had this to say:

"The Government of Ras Al Khaimah’s objective is to build a diverse economy and to capitalize on the Emirate’s immense potential. The Saraya Islands project is an important step towards the fulfillment of that objective and represents the shared vision of its founding shareholders. It will help propel Ras Al Khaimah into a cosmopolitan tourist destination, by offering exceptional lifestyle, tourism and residential products that blend naturally with the area’s landscape and attractions.”

The Saraya Islands will offer:

> A variety of world class hotels each having a different theme,
> Waterfront luxury villas and apartments,
> Townhouses on the water with their own piers,
> Serviced residential units all including private and semi-private gardens and swimming pools,
> Exotic bungalows,
> A marina and an amphitheatre,
> Amusement waterpark and entertainment village,
> Planetarium and cultural center,
> Spas, shops of all kinds, restaurants,
> Sports facilities - including a sports center, bike and walking trails, a navigation training institute.

Ali Kolaghassi, Vice Chairman and CEO of Saraya, Senior Advisor to Sheikh Saad El-Din Al-Hariri, Chairman of Saraya, said:

"Saraya Islands will become a world class destination. In the natural and unique location of Ras Al Khaimah, where mountains and sea meet in astonishing serenity, the project will offer a themed taste of the Arabian seafaring heritage and tradition. It will afford people of different ages and different interests an unforgettable living, business, leisure and entertainment experience, and impart permanent memories of a heavenly, lavish and serene environment, surrounded by a glorious past and serviced with state-of-the-art luxuries and facilities."

Saraya Islands will be a winner - a BIG winner - for Ras Al Khaimah and the entire UAE!!

This link takes you to the Saraya Islands website:


...and this link takes you to Saraya Holdings, developers of Saraya Islands:


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