The Lagoons area would have covered an area of 70 million square feet (6.5 million square meters). Seven artificial islands, which would each have been linked to each other, consisting of residential apartments, shopping malls, office buildings, five-star hotels, resorts, a museum, marinas, and Dubai’s first opera house.
The project’s cost was estimated to be around AED 80 billion (US$ 25 billion). It was being developed by the real estate firm Sama Dubai, and managed by Sama ECH. Groundbreaking and soil-testing began in 2008, but the project, originally scheduled for completion in stages between 2011 and 2012, was subsequently suspended.