At the beginning of the millennium, Dubai set the vision to become the fastest growing tourist destination in the world. Scores of mass tourism destinations were planned and work commenced immediately after approval. The idea was to expand Dubai’s coastline and develop new, fascinating and unique beaches that accommodated visitors from all around the world. One of the ideas was to build a circular island offshore and architects, civil engineers and developers from across the planet combined to turn Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision of an island in the shape of a palm leaf into reality.
The Palm Jumeirah was constructed in the shape of a palm tree. It consists of a trunk, a crown with 16 fronds, and a breakwater the shape of a crescent that spans around 11 kilometres. The project’s total area is larger than 800 football pitches. The crown is connected to the mainland by a 300-metre bridge while the crescent is connected to the top of the palm by a subsea tunnel. Around 94 million cubic metres of sand was used to build the Palm. Nakheel, the property developer of Palm Jumeirah, insists it is the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’.
Atlantis is a 5-star resort at Palm Jumeirah which is modelled after the Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort in Nassau, Bahamas. It consists of two towers linked by a bridge, with a total of 1,539 rooms. A monorail connects the resort to the main section of the Palm Jumeirah islands.
The Palm Jumeirah became the world’s largest artificial island when major construction projects were completed by the end of 2007. People live along the 16 fronds of Palm Jumeirah. The 11 kilometre-long crescent that surrounds the Palm is dotted with hotels and entertainment venues. The project is entirely built on natural rock and sand, and surrounded by coral reef. It provides luxury residences, retail facilities and exceptional leisure amenities across three main areas of the island – the trunk, crescent and fronds. Nakheel, the developer of the self-proclaimed 8th Wonder of the World, insists that Palm Jumeirah is the ideal place to live, invest or enjoy holidays of a lifetime.
The 16 fronds which form the head of The Palm Jumeirah are home to some of the most luxurious villas in the world, each with its own beachfront. Above is the main residential area of The Palm where many global celebrities own villas. The residents like the incredible amount of sunshine – virtually 365 days – with beaches groomed at least twice a week. The project uses an estimated 13 million litres of desalinated drinking water when at capacity.
The Palm Jumeriah houses 32 hotels, monorail, and water theme park that are still under construction. It is one of the most innovative and ambitious project in the world. Many property critics say the project is beyond doubt an inimitable development. This iconic project has enhanced Dubai’s stature as an international tourism and business destination.
A view of Dubai Marina from the Palm Jumeirah which is connected with the mainland via a bridge and a monorail line, the first of its kind in the Middle East. Dubai embarked upon a rapid development plan that ensures the utilisation of every inch of space – building out into the ocean, up into the sky and deep into the desert.
Nakheel, the developer of the mega project, is eagerly anticipating the delivery of the second phase of properties after completing construction. However, work on some projects, including the malls and hotels, is still ongoing and the island will emerge as one of world’s most exclusive resort in the next few years. Palm Jumeirah will offer more than 30 beachfront hotels as well as scores of retail, leisure and residential destinations.
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