Wandering between the lazy beach loungers, I notice music being piped through the rocks. To the north of the island stands a row of eight private beach cabins, complete with private washing and lounging facilities, but no beds (it doesn’t have a hotel licence, so you’re not allowed to stay the night). Further back is a glittering blue pool and the large restaurant room. The development represents a brave stab in the dark by Indian entrepreneur Wakil Ahmed Azmi, who has invested more than Dhs200 million in realising his dream. ‘He was the first buyer of an island – he was standing at the door saying, “Take my money,”’ laughs Reza, 46. ‘He has completely developed it on his own, which is very brave – it looks very risky to most people.’

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