The Cedar Island off Lebanese coast may have been nothing but a pipe dream, but apparently the Lebanon Island off Dubai’s coast may be first development to open to the public:

The World, the troubled offshore island project off Dubai, will open its first island to the public later this year with the launch of a luxury beach resort, the local press, Arabian Business has reported.

The World Island Beach Club based on the supposed island of Lebanon is nearing completion.

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The development includes a 100-seat restaurant, cabanas, a lounge area and entertainment facilities, and is owned by Indian entrepreneur Wakil Admed Azmi.

Construction Week has a set of photos of the Island which were taken in July 2011.

Construction Week: World Island Beach club resort to open

Construction Week: World Island Beach club resort to open