Opposition is building to plans for a man-made island, similar to Dubai’s Palm islands, off the coast of Lebanon.

The Cedar Island project was announced by Noor International Holding, the founder of nine UAE-based companies, two weeks ago.

The project, resembling the Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali developed by Nakheel, would cost about US$8 billion (Dh29.4bn) to build and create about 50,000 jobs.

It would have the shape of a cedar tree, the national symbol of Lebanon.

One of many websites opposing the project, No for Cedar Island, has signed up 2,000 people angry that it could cause irreversible damage to the coastline. A common theme on its Facebook site is: “We don’t want to be another Dubai.”

The National