In Pictures: Real Madrid announce plans to construct $1 billion island resort examines some of the features that Los Blancos' luxurious project will boast when it opens in 2015
By Enis Koylu

Real Madrid have announced ambitious plans to construct a spectacular $1 billion island resort in the United Arab Emirates.

Strategically located within four hours of around two billion of the world's population, the resort is an hour's drive away from one of the busiest sections of the planet, with 50 million people travelling through the area each year.

The project, called Real Madrid Resort Island, will boast a host of features, such as 60 luxury bungalows, a 450-room five-star hotel, a marina, complete with a yacht club, and a theme park.

The project will also house groundbreaking technology, including the first-ever stadium with one side open to the sea, and a holographic football show.

With a date of completion set for January 2015, this will strengthen Los Blancos' position in Asia in time for the 2022 Fifa World Cup, which will be held in nearby Qatar.

Bird's eye view | The resort has been designed to incorporate the club's crest

Pride | Madrid's illustrious history will be recorded in a museum within the complex

Splashing out | A number of bungalows offering scenic sea-views will be available

Lap of luxury | A five-star hotel will contain 450 rooms, offering views of the ocean

Innovation | The first-ever stadium which has a stand open to the sea