Palm Island Dubai
The Palm Islands are the man-made/artificial islands in Dubai, in United Arab Emirates, where commercial and residential infrastructure on an amazing scale has been created. The islands (The Jumeirah, The Palm Jebel Ali and The Palm Deira) are the largest land reclamation venture in the world. The Palm Islands have been officially recognized as the world's largest artificial islands.
The reclamation of the land and creation of artificial land marks in Dubai has started over 20 years ago, Firstly Dubai re-engineered part of its coast, to initiate the world’s largest man-made port. After that the ambitions of Dubai developers and government haven’t stop there. Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem (Executive Chairman of Nakheel), employed his previous experience to create the world’s largest artificial islands. Thorough studies, research and planning was required to carry out The Palm Trilogy project. The constructors had to involve primary expertise in the fields of land reclamation and sustainable developments.
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The Palm design is famous for its symbolic meaning but not everybody realizes the structural purpose of the Islands: it solves Dubai’s shortage for beach coverage. The story tells us, the Sheikh of Dubai drew a sketch of a palm tree, thinking of that its fronds would provide more beach frontage than a traditional circular island. This is how the idea of The Palm Islands trilogy was.
Property developer - Nakheel Properties, had to hire one of the world's best specialists in land reclamation: Dutch dredging and marine contractor Van Oord. The creation of the islands was assigned and approved by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in order to increase Dubai’s tourism and wellbeing. Each island is outlined in the shape of a palm tree, topped with a crescent (serving as wave breaker), and is purposed to have a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment facilities. The Palm Islands are located in the Persian Gulf, off the coast of The United Arab Emirates and will add 520 km of beaches to Dubai’s city.
The first two islands (The Jumeirah, The Palm Jebel Ali) will be comprised of approximately 100 million cubic meters of rock and sand. The Palm Deira will take approximately 1 billion cubic meters of rock and sand. The majority of materials will be quarried in the UAE. On the three islands all together over 100 luxury hotels, exclusive residential beach side villas and apartments, marinas, restaurants, shopping malls, , water theme parks, sports facilities and health spas will be constructed.
The first of the three Palm Island Dubai projects (Palm Island Jumeirah) commenced in June 2001. The first chapter of The Palm Trilogy, The Palm Jumeirah has been nominated as the eighth wonder of the world . Handover of the first phase of The Palm Jumeirah began in December 2006.
Shortly after the launch of the construction works of Palm Island Jumeirah, The Palm Jebel Ali was announced and reclamation work began for it began there and then. The Palm Deira, which is destined to have a covering surface area of 46.35 million m2, claiming to have a surface area larger than that of Paris, began development in 2003. The estimation for the construction works to be completed ranges over the next 10-15 years.
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