DUBAI: PALM JUMEIRAH
The Palm Jumeirah is the world's largest man-made island - a residential and tourism destination created by Nakheel, a key company in the transformation of Dubai from a sleepy fishing village into one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It is a part of the trilogy of three islands called The Palm Islands which will increase Dubai’s shoreline by a total of 520 kms. The Palm Jumeirah is the smallest of the three Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira).
It is located on the Jumeirah coastal area of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The unique man-made island is built in the shape of a date palm tree and consists of a trunk, a crown with 17 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island that will form a water-breaker.
The Jumeirah Palm island is primarily a retreat and residential area for living, relaxation, and leisure. It will contain themed boutique hotels, three types of villas (Signature Villas, Garden Homes, and Canal Cove Town Homes), shoreline apartment buildings, beaches, marinas, restaurants, cafes and a variety of retail outlets.
The Palm Jumeirah is in the shape of a palm tree. It consists of a trunk, a crown with 17 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island that forms an 11 kilometre-long breakwater. The island is 5 kilometres by 5 kilometres and its total area is larger than 800 football pitches. Land reclamation on this size and scale--not to mention in the complex shape of a palm tree--has never been accomplished before. The crown is connected to the mainland by a 300-metre bridge and the cresent is connected to the top of the palm by a subsea tunnel.
Over the next 2 to 3 years, as the tourism phases develop, The Palm Jumeirah is touted as soon to be one of the world’s premier resorts. Dubai is one of the richest cities in the world, its per capita GDP rivaling Doha, Qatar and Luxembourg. Oil gave the economy a boost but now most money is coming from tourism.