Living in the Palm Islands of Dubai
In the state of Dubai in the Arab Emirates, ambitious designs and architectural marvels are transforming this tiny Persian Gulf port town into a thriving international metropolis. With vision and foresight, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has laid the groundwork to not only modernize the city of Dubai, but to create a foundation for which the future will hope to aspire. Along with raising a jungle of skyscrapers in the span of a few decades, many of which have broken world architectural records, Dubai is also endeavoring to create a series of residential districts that will be the envy of countries across the Earth. The chief thrust of these projects is a series of three awe-inspiring artificial archipelagos which jut into the waves of the Persian Gulf in the shape of giant palm trees.
The first in the series of these fantastical land reclamation projects, Palm Jumeirah, began construction in summer of 2001 and was finished just five years later. Palm Jumeirah is the smallest of the three Palm Islands, however is still the world’s largest artificial island and covers over 560 hectares of land and was constructed with enough material to create a 2 metre high and ½ metre wide wall that could circle the globe three times! The Jumeirah Monorail, first monorail in the Middle East, runs down the length of the trunk and connects the island to the mainland. A 12 kilometre breakwater surrounds the 16 fronds of the tree, protecting the residences from the erosion of the tides, while letting enough of the water from the Persian Gulf in to keep the waterways stable, and allow them to provide a habitat for all sorts of marine life.
Residents of Palm Jumeirah will live in luxury on their private beachfront properties for sale in a variety of price options with many architectural styles such as Greek, Caribbean, Arabic, New Mexican, and many more. A six-lane subsea tunnel connects the Crescent to the Trunk and allows enough room for boats to sail above unhindered. The Shoreline Apartments are located along the length of the trunk, and gymnasiums and swimming pools are evenly spaced every two buildings. Resorts and hotels also call this stupendous region their home, including the world-renowned Atlantis resort, voted the Middle East’s best resort from 2010-2012.
Palm Jebel Ali
Palm Jumeirah’s bigger sisters, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira, are as of now still under construction. Palm Jebel Ali is planned to be 50% larger than Palm Jumeirah and will be designed for greater interaction with the sea. In addition to six marinas placed throughout the palm, a mega water theme park is planned to be constructed at the top of the crescent. This water park will consist of four mini parks named SeaWorld Dubai, Aquatica, Busch Gardens, and Discovery Cove. The collection of the parks will be arranged to resemble the shape of Free Willy star Shamu and will be collectively called the “World of Discovery.” In addition to these locations, Palm Jebel Ali will have a boardwalk that will circle the fronds that will spell out an Arabic poem written by the Sheikh.
Unfortunately due to the global economic crisis, construction on both of the larger Palm Islands has been suspended. In spite of the economic climate, Dubai’s economy is back on the rise, and property values in particular are increasing with each following year. As this trend continues throughout the foreseeable future, even greater projects will no doubt begin in this Emirate determined to leave its mark upon the pages of history.