With its booming economic growth, increasing luxuries and amenities, and phenomenal architectural vision – it’s no wonder Dubai has become today’s hot spot. Find out about Dubai’s Palm Islands that are making headlines in the United Arab Emirates: The Palm Jumeirah, the Palm Jebel Ali, and the Palm Deira.
Nestled in the north of the United Arab Emirates, in the heart of the Middle East between Europe, Asia, and Africa, Dubai is becoming an important city on the maps of travelers, business people, and economists.
One of the greatest appeals of Dubai is the contrast it offers between the old world and the new world, the East and the West, traditionalism and modernity. Dubai is breaking the mould and is defying the typical labels and classifications of “eithers” and “ors” and is creating for itself (and the rest of the world) a new way of understanding today’s post, post-modern society.
As part of the vision to grow Dubai’s already booming tourism industry, three artificial resort islands have been commissioned: The Palm Islands.
The Palm Islands
The three islands: The Palm Jumeirah, the Palm Jebel Ali, and the Palm Deira, will be the largest artificial islands built to date and will be done by Nakheel Properties. The reason why they are called the “Palm Islands,” is because the three islands will be constructed and built in the shape of three palm trees – seen from an aerial view.
The Palms Islands will include residential areas, over 100 luxury resorts and hotels, leisure and entertainment, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities and health spas.
The Palm Jumeirah is the first and smallest island to have been built. Construction began in 2001 and the first residential units were ready in 2006. In October 2007, 75% of the island was completed and ready, but it won’t be until the end of 2009 that the entire island will be complete.
To date, it has doubled Dubai’s coastline and is the largest man-made island and has been self-declared as the “Eight Wonder of the World.” Over 30 beachside hotels and resorts will be operated on the Palm Jumeirah.
Palm Jebel Ali
This second island will be 50% larger than the Palm Jumeirah and is expected to be completed in mid-2008. It is only this island that will hold Dubai’s waterfront, water theme parks, boardwalks, and much more. Buildings will not be ready until late 2010.
The Palm Deira is set to be approximately the size of Paris. It is expected to be completed by 2015, and is 10 times larger than the Palm Jumeirah, and 5 times larger than the Palm Jebel Ali.
You can’t help but be impressed at the sheer size of these islands!
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