Cape Reed Group of Companies, a world leader in the construction and installation of exclusive tailor-made timber and thatch structures, has completed work on the only commercially developed island on The World.
The Royal Island Beach Club, a Caribbean-style beach club aimed at high-flyers, is the first commercial development to open on Dubai’s famous offshore island project The World. With a choice of two beaches, along with a swimming pool, onsite Beach Volleyball court and Dubai’s hottest dining hotspot, Toro Blanco, The Island accommodates all comers.
Cape Reed’s work included the construction of the main restaurant building which comfortably seats up to 200 guests, as well as eight chalets, 10 beach umbrellas, and two cabanas for welcoming guests.
Special pressure-treated timber columns from South Africa were used to build all the structures, while the group’s unique cape reed thatching was used for all the roofs.
Cape Read’s primary roofing material, cape reed, a kind of thatch that only grows on a small strip of land, approximately 78x23km, in the Southern Cape region of South Africa. Because of its scarcity very strict farming practices are adhered to in order to ensure its sustainability.
The cape reed plant must grow for an average of six years before it is harvested, and provides one of the hardest natural fibres on earth, making it ideal for thatching. Cape Reed thatching structures have a life expectancy of anything from 20 to 50 years. It allows trapped water and heat to escape, making it waterproof and UV-proof, and its insulating properties mean it can be as much as 10˚C cooler in summer, and warmer in winter than a standard roof cover, making it ideal for the local climate.
The entire process from design to completion took more than a year due to the lengthy approval process by the developers because of the uniqueness of the project. Naturally, due to the location of the island, we also have a few logistical challenges getting the material and our team of thatching artisans to and from the island on a daily basis.
Wakil Admed Azmi, owner of The Royal Island Beach Club, said that the work done by Cape Reed on the island is truly commendable.
“Their fine work is not only appreciated by us, but also by everyone who has visited this island, and we are all extremely satisfied by Cape Reed’s work, as well as their professionalism and dedication. “
The Royal Island Beach Club is located on the island of Lebanon on The World development, four kilometers out to sea, and takes approximately 30 minutes by water taxi. The club has eight private chalets, an international cuisine restaurant, a swimming pool and two beach areas.
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