Tatweer, a tourism and industrial group that is a member of Dubai Holdings, plans to open branches of the Caprice and the Ivy restaurants in Dubai next year. The renowned upmarket restaurants, which are owned by Richard Caring, will form part of the Dubailand development. The multibillion-dollar Dubailand project, which was launched in 2005 and is set to feature theme parks funded by the Merlin Entertainment Group and numerous hotels when it opens in 2010, is reported to be facing delays and a report in the Financial Times questions the likelihood of the scheme being fully successful. Khalid al-Malik, chief executive of Tatweer, told the FT that many of the approved developments, which are to include more than 50 themed hotels, were not on track in terms of designs, architects and contractors. Despite this, he said that there had been clear progress, with some developments such as Dubai Autodrome and the Global Village already operational.

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