As part of his commitment to transform Dubai
into one of the world's premiere travel destinations, His
Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum envisioned
a destination to rival any the world has ever seen, consisting
of the world's largest man-made islands featuring homes,
resort hotels and world-class entertainment. This
vision is made real with the creation of The Palm.
The Palm Jumeirah is a man-made island being developed off
the shores of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, covers
an area of 7 million square meters and extends 6.5 kilometres
into the Arabian Gulf. The island will be surrounded by
a 12 kilometre long crescent shaped breakwater built with
over 7 million tons of rock and sand. It will be able to
withstand a 4 metre high wave. More than 90 million cubic
metres of sand has been reclaimed from the seabed using
the latest dredging techniques.
When complete the Palm development will contribute to the
city's position as a premier global tourist destination.
The 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.