Real estate companies in charge of a number of islands in Nakheel's The World project are planning a return to the sales market in the second half of 2010, it has been reported.

Firms tasked with selling units on Spain, France and Kazakhstan say they hope by then there will be a renewed appetite for off-plan investment.

Developers of islands in the ambitious scheme postponed work and withdrew off-plan sales in the wake of the financial crisis but by summer 2010, under-construction apartments and villas are poised to go on sale, Emirates Business reported on Monday.