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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Eighth Wonder of the World !

The Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island whose fronds offer beachfront lots for 4,000 villas and apartments, juts audaciously into the Persian Gulf.
Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Project Type:
Mixed-use development of commercial, retail, residential and hospitality offerings

Further south in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is aggressively exploiting water-based tourism to diversify its economic base and make up for their relatively low oil reserves. The Palm Jumeirah (self-declared 'Eighth Wonder of the World') is an artificial island created using land reclamation by Nakheel, a company owned by the Dubai government. Already famous for it's radical economic free zone (the Jebel Ali) and its lucrative business and tax incentives, Dubai is in the middle of constructing three massive landfill projects called The Palms. Like Dubai itself, everything about these projects are extreme. Advertised with the outrageous claim of being visible from the moon, the first palm-shaped artificial archipelago, the Palm Jumeirah extends 5.5 km into the in the Persian Gulf. This will increase Dubai's shoreline by 120km and create a large number of residential, leisure, and entertainment areas including 1,000 unique water homes built on stilts. With the completion of the Palm Jumeira initially scheduled for early 2006(In early October 2007, the Palm Jumeirah had already become the world's largest man-made island.Also at this time, 75% of the properties were ready to hand over, with 500 families already residing on the island. By the end of 2009, 28 hotels will be open on the Crescent.), This massive landfill project required 50 environmental and economic feasibility studies and consists of 7 million cubic meters of stone from 16 quarries and 80 million cubic meters of sand dredged from the nearby canal to the Jebel Ali Port, which is now 17 meters deeper as a result. The palm tree archipelago is not just a thematic gimmick, the shape of a long trunk and 17 huge fronds—surrounded by 12 kilometers of protective breakwater in the form of a crescent—are designed to yield the maximum amount of coastline and private beaches for its residents.

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