Select Group, the developer of the France and Spain islands on The World, has confirmed that it is amending the design of its project and that the number of residential units is likely to be reduced by around 40%.

'We are in the middle of changing the design to suit the market conditions,' Rahail Aslan, CEO of Select Group, told Arabian Business.

'We have reduced the density and made it more attractive. It previously had quite a number of units on the project but we have probably reduced it by I would say 40%, which means there is much more landscaped area, the buildings are not as dense, apartments are getting better views and it has even made it easier on the utilities,' he added.