• Desert fantasies

Dubai just keeps getting more and more fantastical. Yesterday it was announced that a Dubai company is to build the world's longest hotel strip as part of a $27bn tourist and leisure city.

The project, being built along a 10 kilometre strip of beach close to Dubailand, will feature a cluster of 31 hotels offering 29,000 rooms.

The development, called Bawadi, is being funded by Tatweer, part of Dubai Holding, the conglomerate that is owned by the Government of Dubai, to the tune of $11bn. Other investors are expected to supply the rest.

Among the hotels is to be Asia-Asia, which will be the world's biggest at 6,500 rooms. This property will be in the first phase of the project which is expected to complete by 2010. The whole lot is expected to be built by 2014.

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