Football (or soccer) is a sport that’s loved the world over, and perhaps Real Madrid has more fans than any other football club on the planet. For a sports team of its caliber, it’s no surprise that Real Madrid will soon get its own theme park, of sorts, on a man-made island in the United Arab Emirates.
The “Real Madrid Resort Island” will feature an ocean-side stadium and hi-tech club museum in the northern Emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah. While it may be a long way from Real Madrid’s home in Spain, the location is ideal for fans residing in the football-mad Asian region.
“Real Madrid Resort Island will be a major tourist and sporting center of great dimensions and the highest level,” said club president Florentino Perez at a news conference. “This is a decisive and strategic step which contributes to strengthening our institution in the Middle East and Asia.”
The complex is scheduled to open in January 2015 with the help of a $1-billion investment. The project includes a five-star hotel, beach-side bungalows and an amusement park with a roller-coaster and hologram show recreating Real Madrid’s goals. A marina and 10,000-seat stadium will also be included.
According to Louis Armand de Rouge, a French executive on the project, Real Madrid’s 300 million fans were in Asia, making the UAE an important location for the club.