Former chairman of English football club AFC Bournemouth and British real estate businessman Eddie Mitchell has revealed plans to recreate Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah on the south coast of England.
The project, which is expected to cost £150m, will be built on reclaimed land in Poole and will serve as a holiday resort.
Mitchell was quoted by The National as saying: "Dubai has been a big inspiration for me and to see how much it has transformed in recent years is amazing.
"The area [where the project is to take place] is known for its beautiful, sunny weather and I think this development would be a major boost to the local economy as well as being a sound business for potential investors."
The project will see the development of a hotel, residential units and a leisure and harbour complex at the Sandbanks peninsula.
Mitchell said: "Although it will be on a much smaller scale than The Palm in Dubai, it will have hugely beneficial effects in attracting more visitors to the area and for the town as a whole."
In addition, the project will include a 33-storey sports tower for hosting recreational activities such as bungee jumping, abseiling and rock climbing, an open-air swimming pool, a theatre, a seven-star hotel shaped like a seagull, apartments, a 2,000 seat beach stadium for beach football and volleyball, and underground car parking.
"The reclamation project will involve the raising of the beaches to a higher level so that they are protected from any potential increases in water levels," Mitchell added.
The developer will submit the planning application to the Borough of Poole for approval.
If the planning permission is granted, the project would be completed in around five years.