The new Fort Island will host outdoor events for up to 1,400 people
Dubai, 24 August 2015: Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort of Dubai, will offer the largest hotel event space in the United Arab Emirates when the Fort Island expansion is completed in October 2015. Set over 1,750 square meters, the space has tripled in size and is set to host banquets, parties, exhibitions, product launches, music concerts, weddings, sports events and festivals for up to 1,400 people.
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.”
The capacities at Fort Island have increased from 425 people to 1400 people in a cocktail set-up and from 250 people to 1100 people in a banquet style set-up in rounds of 10.
The venue will feature an attractive and sustainable landscape, while preserving the fort’s traditional look and feel. Located in the heart of the resort and surrounded by Madinat Jumeirah’s characteristic waterways, the venue has spectacular views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. The venue was originally commissioned in recognition of the history, culture and character of old Dubai and was inspired by the Al Fahdi fort located in the oldest existing part of the Dubai creek.
Fort Island will be connected to the resort by four bridges and guests can also access the venue by the traditional wooden abra boats when staying in one of Madinat Jumeirah’s three hotels. Its privileged location, steps away from the bustling Souk Madinat, the 600-seater outdoor amphitheatre, Madinat Theatre and the nearest hotel, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam makes Fort Island a one-of-a-kind venue for spectacular events.
An integral part of the existing and award winning Madinat Jumeirah’s Conference Centre, the new island will increase the centre’s overall capacity to 9,000 people over 10,000 square meters.
The Conference Centre is home to international events such as Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), the World Economic Forum and is the proud sponsor of Art Dubai. Madinat Jumeirah offers a variety of multipurpose indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the resort.
These range from meeting rooms, banquet and events facilities to over 40 restaurants, all are accessible from the resort’s three hotels – Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Jumeirah Al Qasr, and Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf by buggy, by foot, or traditional abras.
Notes to Editors:
Fort Island was built in 2003 and has since been a unique stage for a significant number of conferences, events and a range of high profile occasions.
The new Fort Island will offer over 1,750sqm of events space, an overflow terrace area and four new bridges. In addition, it will also include a new and enlarged fort building comprising a roof terrace, pantry, reception counter, prayer rooms, ablution facilities, and restrooms. The space can be arranged to cater for either 1,100 people banquet style, 1,400 people for cocktail/events, or alternatively can accommodate a large marquee of 35m x 30m.
Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre This is an award-winning versatile meeting and events venue, with the main conference centre is accessible to guests with special needs. The 1,880 square metre Johara Ballroom and 388 square metre Murjan Ballroom are both well equipped and decorated in Arabic style, in keeping with the resort’s philosophy. The conference and events building includes four individual meeting rooms, a private Majlis and expansive pre-function areas.
Madinat Arena is the most versatile and elaborately designed indoor multi-purpose venue in the city of Dubai. It is a blank canvas that can accommodate up to 4,500 people for a reception. Offering flexibility for all types of events, it has pre-function and VIP areas. Within the 2,760 square metre arena, there is a fixed upper gallery with additional VIP seating.
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Just a two minute walk from the Conference Centre and Fort Island, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam offers the perfect lodging for delegates attending functions at Madinat Jumeirah. It has 292 fully refurbished rooms and its very own event facilities. Majlis Al Mina junior ballroom, with seating capacity for 100 seated guests, and the main ballroom Majlis Al Salam, which can accommodate 300 guests seating.
Jumeirah Al Qasr This hotel is accessible to all event facilities via abra, golf cart and foot. The award-winning Jumeirah Al Qasr was recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Conference Hotel, Dubai’s Leading Conference Hotel and the Middle East’s Leading Conference Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2015. Space for small scale business meetings is available in this hotel’s Business Centre.
Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf Representing the premium accommodation of Madinat Jumeirah, the luxury summerhouses of Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf are easily accessible to the event venues. These villas were featured among the top 25 Hotels in the World in Trip Advisor’s 2015 Top Traveler’s Choice World’s Best Hotel Awards this year and provide the ideal location for guests attending weddings or delegates seeking more privacy.
Madinat Jumeirah is known as an event and conference destination facility. The UAE Government Summit takes place at the Resort annually; in 2014 the World Economic Forum took place at Madinat Jumeirah; the international delegates of EXPO 2020 stayed
at Jumeirah Mina A’Salam and experienced the wide selection of possibilities in Madinat Arena during Dubai’s pitch; the annual Dubai Lynx Festival takes place across the resort.
On a more glamourous note, Madinat Jumeirah has hosted the Grazia Middle East Awards, Esquire Middle East Awards, and several seasons of Fashion Forward.
About Jumeirah Group:
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts manages properties in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Kuwait in the Middle East; Baku, Bodrum, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Mallorca
(Spain) and Rome in Europe; the Maldives and Shanghai in Asia. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living™ with properties in London and Dubai; the new contemporary lifestyle hotel brand Venu™; the wellness brand Talise™; Jumeirah Restaurant Group Dubai™; Wild Wadi Waterpark™; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management™; and Sirius™, its global loyalty programme.
Future openings include luxury and lifestyle hotels in China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mauritius, Morocco, Oman, Russia and the UAE. www.jumeirah.com
About Madinat Jumeirah:
Set on a private beach, Madinat Jumeirah resort is an authentic recreation of ancient Arabia, capturing the natural beauty of the region. Madinat Jumeirah features two grand boutique hotels, Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, accommodation in 29 traditional summer houses in Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf, conference and banqueting facilities including two grand ballrooms, a 1000-seat amphitheatre and the region’s only dedicated entertainment centre and multi-purpose venue, Madinat Arena. The facilities are interconnected by 3km of waterways and landscaped gardens. The resort also provides extensive leisure and health facilities including Talise Spa and Talise Fitness, as well as Souk Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional retail and dining experience with 90 boutiques and restaurants showcasing the best of Arabia, including nightlife destination Pacha Ibiza Dubai.
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