• Dubai Palm Islands: Dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World

  • The remarkable trilogy of man-made Palm Islands in Dubai has been proclaimed by many to be the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Conceived and created by Al Nakheel Properties, each Palm Island grows out of the coast of Dubai in the Arabian Gulf and is built from an immense quantity of sand imported from the surrounding deserts and the sea floor.

    These three Dubai real estate developments include: The Palm Jebel Ali, The Palm Jumeirah, and The Palm Deira. Each Dubai Palm Island is home to its own unique blend of vacation resorts, upscale hotels, luxury homes, and the businesses that support all these new Palm Island Dubai residents and visitors. The islands are truly shaped like palm trees and the aerial view of these creations is magnificent with nothing like them to be found elsewhere in the world.

    The Dubai Palm Tree design was created to help solve the beach shortage that stood to interfere with the Emirate's plans for dynamic economic and real estate growth. The ruler of Dubai sketched a palm tree recognizing that its many fronds would provide much more usable waterfront than the usual circular island. From this idea, the trilogy of Dubai Palm Islands was born.

    The Palm Dubai project was commissioned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in order to increase Dubai's tourism and construction was begun on the Palm Jumeirah in 2001. The trilogy of Dubai Palms will increase the emirate's shoreline by a total of 520km

  • The Palm Jumeirah:

  • Construction on the first island of the trilogy, the Palm Jumeirah, was begun in 2001 and, as of 2006, the island's many villas and hotels are already being turned over for residence and development. The Palm Jumeirah has been self-declared as "The Eighth Wonder of the World". This first Dubai Palm required extensive research into pioneering construction methods and the environmental impact on the shoreline and ocean life of Dubai.

    This Dubai Palm Island consists of a trunk, 17 fronds, and a long crescent topping the tree that acts as a breakwater for the island. The Palm Jumeirah is 5 km long by 5 km wide with the breakwater stretching 11 km. This Dubai Palm Island was created from 94 million cubic meters of sand and 7 million tons of rock. Sand fill was poured onto the10.5 meter deep seabed using gigantic dredgers. Above sea level, Three meters of the reclamation were accomplished by a dredging technique known as "rainbowing," in which sand fill is sprayed over the surface of the rising island. The Palm Jumeirah's breakwater uses natural rock intended to invite the creation of a natural reef habitat for Dubai's sea life. The total cost reached for construction of this Dubai Palm is $12.3 billion U.S. dollars and maintaining the island is a very expensive undertaking. Over 40,000 workers, mostly from South Asia have been employed in the construction of the Palm Jumeirah.

    The crescent is attached to the top of the palm by an ambitious sub-sea tunnel and the island is connected to the mainland by a 300 foot bridge. The Palm Jumeirah's reputation is rapidly growing and is likely to become one of the world's foremost luxury resort and residential areas. The construction of this Dubai Palm Island has already doubled the Emirate's beachfront property. The majority of individual Dubai villas are situated upon the Palm Jumeirah's fronds and most resorts, shops, and hotels along the crescent and the trunk.

    The Jumeirah Palm Island will feature several luxury hotels, three types of villas, shoreline Dubai apartment buildings, beaches, marinas, restaurants, cafes and a variety of retail shopping outlets. Over 30 waterfront hotels are scheduled to open by the end of 2009, including the following:

  • *Atlantis, The Palm
    *The Trump International Hotel and Tower
    *Kempinski Dubai Emerald Tower & Residences
    *Oceana Resort & Spa

  • A monorail system will carry 6,000 people daily through the trunk, fronds, and crescent of this Dubai Palm Island when it reaches the final stages of its development. Two jet fighter planes have been sunk off the island to encourage the growth of a reef system that will attract a rich variety of Dubai's marine life. In 2009 the RMS Queen Elizabeth II will begin renovation as a Dubai Palm floating hotel.

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