Dubai is one of those places that never seem to run out of revolutionary developments in architecture, finance, and other impressive projects. It’s a land of superlatives: we have been introduced to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest structure in the world; the towering Burj Al Arab, the fourth tallest hotel in the world; the Jebel Ali port; the largest man-made harbour in the world; and the Dubai Mall, one of the largest malls ever built.
Another Dubai treasure that should be added in this superlative list is the Palm Islands, an artificial archipelago that composed of the Palm Jumeirah, the Palm Jebel Ali and the Palm Deira—the three largest man-made islands in the world.
Still undergoing development and construction (but many different parts are already open), these Dubai islands—which will all have the shape of a palm tree topped with a crescent to serve as a breakwater—will have many residential and commercial areas, luxury hotels, theme parks, shopping areas, shoreline apartments, luxury spas, and diving sites. It will also add about 500 kilometers of beaches to the city. Declaring itself as the “Eight wonder of the world,” this project is growing to me more and more impressive by the minute.
The construction of the Palm Jumeirah started last 2001, and now, it’s on its way to becoming a thriving island–residents have actually started moving in last year and lots of establishments have opened, and it’s slowly becoming a favorite leisure attraction.
Photographed from a space station, the Palm Jumeirah is utterly amazing—the tree trunk, the crown with 16 fronds and the crescent are breathtaking, and promises more in the future. It’s also been reported that about 78 kilometers of beach will be added here. The Atlantis Palm Jumeirah is now open—this world-class resort is home to Aquaventure, a water-themed amusement park; a spa, luxury boutiques, and of course, an amazing beach right in front of you to enjoy. There are three adventure sites now open: the water park Aquaventure, the marine exhibits at The Lost Chambers, and Dolphin bay, which is a hit with both kids and adults.
The Palm Jebel Ali’s reclamation is reportedly doing well. Once finished, it will be 50 percent larger than the Palm Jumeirah, and will have features such as six marinas, theme parks, and breathtaking boardwalks. In 2012, it’s expected that World of Discovery (which includes SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove, etc.) will be added. The Palm Deira Dubai, on the other hand, will reportedly be right times bigger than the Palm Jumeirah, and will be able to house one million people. It already has defined districts: Deira Island and The Palm Deira itself.
These major real estate Dubai Palm projects promises nothing but luxury and prepares future residents and visitors with nothing but the best establishments and the most exciting array of activities. It will not be very long before the world will get to see what could be one of Dubai’s most impressive projects yet. People have already started flocking in, and surely these engineering wonders will sure to have more people lining up very soon.