Real Madrid unveil €1bn project: Real Madrid Resort Island | inside World Soccer

Spanish giants Real Madrid have announced plans to build a €1 billion resort island featuring a huge theme park in the Middle East.

The Real Madrid Resort Island will be located on an artificial island in the United Arab Emirates
The Real Madrid Resort Island will be located on an artificial island in the United Arab Emirates

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The "Real Madrid Resort Island" is a man-made set of peninsulas which will be shaped to mimik the Madrid crest with some noticeable add-ons.

It will include a five-star hotel, beachside bungalows and an amusement park with a rollercoaster and hologram show recreating Madrid's goals.

Sports facilities will include training pitches and swimming pools plus a marina for yachting, as well as the 10,000-seat football stadium open on one side to a view of the sea.

"Real Madrid Resort Island will be a major tourist and sporting centre of great dimensions and the highest level," club president Florentino Pérez told a news conference.

"This extraordinary complex will attract millions of people looking for quality leisure services.

"This is a decisive and strategic step which contributes to strengthening our institution in the Middle East and Asia. Real Madrid will be present permanently in a key region of the world."

The resort is due to be completed by January 2015 and will further strengthen the club's position on the continent in the lead-up to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

The club hope to attract over 1 million people per year to the resort (note, Disney Land attracts around 15 million people a year).

Los Blancos are not the first major sporting brand to embark on such a venture and are seemingly following in the footsteps of Ferrari, who built the world's largest indoor theme park in Abu Dhabi, which opened in 2010.



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