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The Palm, Jumeirah begins to take shape

Despite the challenging deadline which developers of The Palm<.> have set for its completion, construction on the project is…

Despite the challenging deadline which developers of The Palm<.> have set for its completion, construction on the project is right on schedule.

The project, which was announced in May last year and involves the creation of the world`s two largest man-made islands, is progressing rapidly with one-third of the foundation already built for the first island off the Jumeirah coast.

This first phase of construction, known as `reclamation`, involves sand transfer and rock placement to create the land foundations. During this period, an estimated 100 million cubic metres of sand and rock from the UAE will be put in place by the December 2003 projected completion date for the reclamation phase of The Palm, Jumeirah. The full completion of the first island, primarily a residential area, is expected by end of 2005. Reclamation on the second island, which will be known as The Palm<.>, Jebel Ali and positioned as the ultimate entertainment destination in the Middle East, has already begun and full completion is expected by end of 2006.

Reclamation is the most important and complex phase in the whole project, because it involves the actual creation of the islands themselves, but we have the necessary expertise to take up the challenge, explained Saif Sultan Al Shamsi, Managing Director-Commercial, The Palm. The vision of The Palm is fast becoming a reality and the UAE has entered uncharted territories in more ways than one.

The huge amount of sand that has been dredged already to create the palmtree shape of the island off Jumeirah is beginning to be clearly visible in satellite photos taken of the area. Even more visible is the barrier reef created from the rock placement process to form the crescent-shaped breakwater around the palmtree shape.

The concept of the islands, which are being built `from scratch` off the Dubai coast, was developed from the vision of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, to create an entertainment and residence haven for both the local population and incoming tourists. The project is expected to greatly contribute to the status of Dubai as a premier international tourist destination. After undergoing careful planning and feasibility studies for four years, the project was announced and work began shortly thereafter on the first island to be built, The Palm, Jumeirah.

Upon completion of the reclamation process, the project will enter phase II and involve the building of the infrastructure and services, and will be followed by the final stage of the project involving the construction of homes, townhouses and apartments. A similar process will follow for the second island, The Palm, Jebel Ali. The end-result will be the creation of two virtually self-contained communities within the islands.

The project will increase Dubai`s shoreline by a total of 120km and create a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment opportunities, all within a unique and inspiring setting.

The creation of The Palm is an extraordinary project of grand proportions. Comprised of approximately 100 million cubic meters of rock and sand, each island will eventually support 50 luxury hotels, 2,500 exclusive residential beachside villas, 2,400 shoreline apartments, two marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities, health spas and cinemas.

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