has started development of the US$69 million luxury Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa in Australia's Blue Mountains, a
project that will see the transformation of 4,000 acres of distressed farming land into a high-value conservation site.
The resort will be Emirates' first outside of Dubai.
2% of the 4,000 acres will be used to create an exclusive resort of 40 free-standing suites and a main homestead that will feature
fine dining, a Timeless Spa, pool area and conference facilities. The remaining land will be progressively restored to its natural state with the
reintroduction of native fauna and flora.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group
welcomed the beginning of construction, "We are delighted to see this project taking shape after many years of careful
planning. The search for this location began in 2004 and we are now well on our way to making Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa an
important asset for Australian tourism, the local community and Emirates."
In late 2009 the resort will welcome its first guests, some 70% of whom are expected to be international visitors to Australia.
Environmental considerations feature prominently in the plan for the resort including 100% water recycling, green power and a strict
waste management system.
Emirates has also worked closely with National Parks and Wildlife Service on a conservation plan to protect and conserve the heritage value
of the property, including wildlife and threatened species such as the spotted-tailed
The luxury development is anticipated to positively impact the local economy, generating 100 jobs and increased local and international
tourism to the area.
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