Work has started on the first ecotourism site in the Gulf, the Al Maha Resort in Dubai. Emirates, the international airline of the UAE, is responsible for developing the resort in the Dubai desert. The move could signal the Emirates Group's move into the niche market of ecotourist resort hotels.
Schuster Pechtold and Partners, who have been established in Dubai for 20 years, will act as lead architects and engineers for the design and site management of the Al Maha Resort which is being built on a 16 square kilometre desert site, about 40 minutes drive from Dubai International Airport.
Chairman of Emirates, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum observed: "The decision is the result of years of evaluation and involvement in tourism product development of Dubai and the UAE. We have an in depth understanding of what Dubai stands for and what visitors come here to look for.
"The Al Maha will not be just another resort. It will be a specialised ecotourism project and...