Work on a luxury resort in Dubai's World project will start in January 2010, its architect has said.
The Lebanon Island will be a 76-suite resort with water cottages, health clubs, swimming pools and restaurants, Enterprise Business 24/7 reports.
Chief architect N Salim of NM Salim and Associates told the news provider: "The Indian investor, Wakheel Ahmed, a non-resident Indian from Uttar Pradesh who is developing the project is keen to start the construction work."
Mr Salim added that his firm was planning to expand operations in the UAE by opening an office in Abu Dhabi. He told the newspaper he wanted to develop cost-effective and environment-friendly architecture based on traditional styles.
"A culturally rooted place such as the Middle East retains strong links to its past. One way of expressing this connection is through visual traditions," he said.
The World has been developed as a unique collection of private and commercial islands for ultimate exclusivity.