Dubai’s first virtual resort will launch on Monday, with all guests getting an all-expenses paid trip.
Dubai’s first private island resort, Davids Island, is set to be the first private holiday package available for all residents of the emirate, with a first-time booking fee of $9,995 (£7,800) per person.
“We want to give everyone an incredible experience,” said Dubai tourism boss Ahmed Al-Mukhtar.
“This will be the start of a new era in Dubai and we want to make it the best vacation experience available in the world.”
The resort, which is set on a remote island near Dubai’s famed Ras Al Khaimah resort, will also include an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, a sauna and two restaurants.
The resort is expected to open to guests by the end of April.
“I think it’s a great initiative by Dubai, and we will have to wait and see if this is successful,” said Tom Daley, managing director of Dubai’s tourism authority.
Dubya has been trying to get the public’s attention with its virtual holiday package for years, but it has struggled to attract visitors.
Its resorts, which are all privately owned, have been hit by a series of closures over the past five years due to the construction of the Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s world-famous skyscraper.
The Burj has been a hit with tourists, with more than a million people visiting its iconic hotels every year.
In 2017, Dubai announced a new round of closures, with nearly a quarter of its resorts closing.
The resort will be opening for business in the coming weeks, with guests being asked to book their accommodation through the Dubai Tourism Office, a government agency.
The Dubai-based travel company has had to shut down several of its hotels and resorts in the past, including the famous Al Maktoum hotel in Abu Dhabi, which has had its roof torn down in a fire.
Last year, Dubai banned the use of mobile phones on the island and introduced a new booking system that allows customers to book hotels and other attractions for a fee.
“They were doing everything they could to get a booking but we have to take the decision now,” said Al-Ghad, who was responsible for booking the resort for Al Makloum.
“It’s a good step to get people back to their hotels, but we need to make sure the people that have booked stay there.”