Qatar’s US$115 Million Dahlak Island Project

Dahlak Island Site Visit by SA Miro
Dahlak Island Site Visit by SA Miro

By MIRO,

The initial Master Plan for the 643 km² Dahlak island in the Eritrean Red Sea  is expected to cost US $115 million dollars, according to S.A MIRO, a United States and Abu Dhabi-based consulting firm.

The development in Eritrea is planned as an international attraction and include marine, cultural, luxury and eco-resorts along with an industrial port and airport. Engineering responsibilities included establishing the methodologies for low impact development, transportation and utilities.Engineering responsibilities included establishing the methodologies for low impact development, transportation and utilities.

Dahlak Island planning developed four unique luxury resort locations, one Eco-Tourism resort, an international airport and an industrial port strategically located on the island to provide a level of isolation while still being readily accessible on an international level.

The development areas are interconnected by 207 km of roadway designed through small sea ports and to blend into the natural environment. The primary facilities of the resort areas are hotels with a combined 1,980 key capacity. These resorts and supporting facilities include a planned permanent population on the island of 10,000+. Besides the international airport, the development hosts police, fire protection, retail, restaurant, medical, school, warehousing, storage, and light commercial facilities.

The project will include an international airport, an industrial port, luxurious resorts and hotels with a combined 1,980 key capacity. Additionally, the development areas will be interconnected by 207 km (128 miles) of roadway.

Moreover, the project will include a planned permanent population on the island of over 10,000+ inhabitants and, according to the firm, will feature its own “police, fire protection, retail, restaurant, medical, school, warehousing, storage, and light commercial facilities.”

Meanwhile, the first phase of development on the Island that consisted consisted of 48 luxurious bungalows, 2 villas, a helipad, roads, pools, electrical grids and desalination plants has been completed last year.

The government of Eritrea has lined up several high-end development projects in collaboration with its partners on Dahlak Kebir, MassawaRas Harab and Halibay, aimed at boosting its tourism potential along its pristine coastal waters and the hundreds of islands.

Cost: US$115 million
Status: In progress
Location: Dahlak Kebir
Architect: Gensler and Norris Design
Financed: Qatari Diar

Dahlak Island Resort Concept
Dahlak Island Resort Concept