Dubai Is Building The World’s First ’24/7 Party’ Island, RIP Ibiza

Soon the Arabian Gulf will be home to the world’s first man-made island built solely for partying. For decades Ibiza has been the #1 ‘party island’ destination in the world, but Dubai mega-builders are seeking to change that by breaking ground on ‘Dream Island’.

You’re probably wondering ‘but how will anyone be able to party with those ridiculously stupid restrictions on Dubai?’, and the answer to that is ‘Dream Island’ will actually be built in Ras Al Khaimah (a 40-minute drive from the heart of Dubai), a city that doesn’t abide by the strict alcohol restrictions in place in Dubai proper.

Plans for ‘Dream Island’ detail 2 ‘mega clubs’, 4 beach clubs, 5 hotels, 100 restaurants, and the island will be able to accommodate 20,000 partiers at a time…Partiers who for some reason chosen a barren desert wasteland to drop massive coin.

The DailyMail reports:

The island will be in Ras Al Khaimah, which is only a 40-minute drive from Dubai, once construction is completed.
‘People will be able to come here, stay in the hotel party at clubs on the beach, anything in the world you can do.
‘And we are trying to attract festivals to come here – like Burning Man.’
The developers of the third of four islands that make up Al Marjan are looking to attract £3.2billion of investment.
The party town is on show and seeking British investors at the Dubai Property Show, in Kensington Olympia, this weekend.
The show was launched on Friday by UAE royalty Sheikh Mohmmed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum.

My interest is certainly piqued. As of now the only reason I could see to ever visit Dubai is to see that badass aquarium in their mall:


Albawaba adds:

The 4 million square foot island will feature no homes and will only be open to visitors and residents of the neighbouring islands.

The island was built in 2013 and development to make it into a clubber’s paradise is expect to be finished by 2018.

The four islands of Al Marjan stretch nearly three miles out into the sea and cover an area of 2.7 million square metres.

Though I guess when you watch this video, it does look like it’d be a pretty awesome place to vacation…Albeit a ridiculously expensive vacation:

Dubai Flow Motion from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo.

Here’s a rendering of the finished party island that people are already dubbing a ‘mini Ibizia’

As novel an idea as this is, it’s also an obvious one. It was only a matter of time until the builders in Dubai attempted to keep more money in the region, instead of seeing their mega yachts flock to the Mediterranean Sea. I don’t suspect it’ll take much more than fat checks to lure the world’s top DJ’s away from Ibiza to ‘Dream Island’…But simply allowing alcohol will not unseat Ibiza as the party capital of the world. There will be sex, drugs, and every sort of debaucherous activity known to man…And any person truly looking to rage would never think about letting loose on the Arabian Gulf.

For more on ‘Dream Island’ you can head on over to the DailyMail UK