Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Resort of Dubai will open the largest event space in the UAE when the Fort Island expansion is completed this October.
The venue – 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 – will be tripled in size to measure 1,750 square meters (18,837 square feet). It will then be able to host up to 1,400 people, subject to layout.
Upon completion, the venue will also have a new sustainable landscape, as well as views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Guests staying at Fort Island can access the venue by one of four bridges or via the traditional abra boats when staying in one of Madinat Jumeirah’s three hotels. Madinat Jumeirah also offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces ranging from meeting rooms, banquet and events facilities to over 40 restaurants.
Fort Island is part of the existing Madinat Jumeirah’s Conference Centre.
The new island will increase the center’s capacity to 9,000 people over 10,000 square meters (107,639 square feet). The Conference Centre is home to international events such as Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) and the World Economic Forum.