Madinat Jumeirah gets a facelift - pictured

Madinat Jumeirah's Fort Island will triple in size and the capacity for hosting Dubai events has dramatically increased

Knowledge story, The Knowledge
Knowledge story, The Knowledge

Madinat Jumeirah will offer the largest hotel event space in Dubai from October 2015.

In just two months’ time, prepare to see a revamped Fort Island at the location - which is nearby Mina A’Salam, Al Qasr and Dar Al Masyaf hotels – tripling in size to 1,750 square metres.

Soon the ‘Arabian Resort of Dubai’ will cater for up to 1,400 people in what could be ‘banquets, parties, exhibitions, product launches, music concerts, weddings, sports events and festivals’.

The number is huge as only 425 people was the capacity before for the Al Fahdi fort-inspired set-up which has stunning views of the Burj Al Arab.

Jumeirah states the traditional feel of the area will remain and that the landscape will be sustainable.

Guest can access Fort Island via four bridges or the wooden abra boats in the area from one of the hotels. It’s a great stop for those in the area visiting the Souk Madinat or Madinat Theatre, plus there are over 40 restaurants surrounding including Frioul and Perry & Blackwelder’s.

Alongside the Madinat Jumeirah’s Conference Centre – which is home to the Dubai International Film Festival among other events - the new island will ‘increase the centre’s overall capacity to 9,000 people over 10,000 square metres’.

Margaret Paul, Resort General Manager, said: 'We are delighted to be unveiling the new Fort Island at Madinat Jumeirah, one of the city’s most innovative and exclusive outdoor venues. This redevelopment demonstrates our commitment to continually enhance the guest experience and we look forward to catering for a larger and wider range of prestigious events for the meetings, incentives, conference and events (MICE) industry. The new venue has been rebuilt to accommodate large marquees and will provide versatile space for every type of event.'

It comes at the same time as news the Madinat's Zheng He restaurant is to reopen in September. The modern Chinese restaurant is located inside Mina A'Salam is set in a tranquil location overlooking the waterways.

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