Dubai Palm Islands MegaStructure Project
The Dubai government’s announcement that it intends to add 120 kilometres of sandy beaches to the emirate’s coastline through the creation of the world’s largest manmade islands (dubai Palm Islands) has caused considerable excitement in the fourism sector, coupled with not a little consternation from environmentalists.
The Real Story Behind Dubai Palm Islands
The ambitious dubai Palm Islands development scheme was unveiled by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, UAE Minister of Defence and Chairman of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) at the Arabian Travel Market.
The project will involve the creation of two identical islands in the shape of palm trees, each with 17 fronds surrounded by protective barrier reefs. Some five kilometres in diameter, they will extend approximately five kilometres offshore. And, says the DTCM, the sheer scale of the project – the largest of its kind an)where in the world – will make it visible from the moon.
Both islands will be connected to the mainland by 300 metre bridges, one from the Jumeira coast, near to the Royal Mirage Hotel, and the other to the southwest off Jebel Ali.
Phase One of the multi-billion dollar mega-project will focus on the physical creation of the first island and is expected to take up to two years to complete.
The following phases include the installation of the infrastructure services and the construction of all buildings, including up to 40 luxury hotels, 2,000 residential villas, shopping complexes, cinemas and the region’s first marine park. Details on the second island will be announced shortly and are expected to follow a similar pattern.
Each island will be built using a total of 80 million cubic metres of sand and rock dredged from the sea bed and mining quarries in the UAE. The Palm Islands project is planned to take between three and four years to complete.
Dubai Palm Islands tourism
Chairman of Dubai Palm Developers, Chairman of Jebel Ali Free Zone, Managing Director of Dubai Ports Authority and DTCM director general, Khalid Bin Sulayem, hailed the dubai Palm Islands massive expansion to Dubai’s beachfront as a major boost to Dubai’s tourism infrastructure, paving the way for the industry’s long term future growth.
“The expansion of the tourism infrastructure has played a vital role in the development of Dubai’s economy and this pioneering concept from Sheikh Mohammed will benefit the UAE’s tourism industry enormously, elevating us from regional players to leaders in tourism development.
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