Dubai launches giant palm tree resort island
unveiled plans for a palm tree-shaped resort island on land
reclaimed from the sea that will add 120 kilometres of sandy
beaches and be visible from the moon.
Island" will include 2,000 villas, up to 40 luxury hotels,
shopping complexes, cinemas and the Middle East's first marine
park, said Sultan bin Sulayem, chairman of Dubai Palm Developers.
will be built in the shape of 17 huge fronds surrounded by 12
kilometres (7.5 miles) of protective barrier reefs, extending
five kilometres (three miles) into the sea south of Dubai city.
project has taken four years of methodical planning and exhaustive
feasibility studies to ensure that the islands can be built
without disrupting the environment," Sulayem said.
be accessible by 300-metre (990-feet) bridges from the mainland
or boat to two marinas, while the main causeway will also have
a monorail system.
will be built on 80 million cubic metres (2.8 billion cubic
feet) of land dredged from the approach channel to the emirate's
Jebel Ali port, an operation that will deepen the channel to
17 metres (56 feet).
Sulayem, head of Dubai's tourism board, said the project would
elevate Dubai "from regional players to leaders in tourism
development who focus on modernising and expanding tourism infrastructure
to attract more tourists."
on the islands, expected to take up to four years to complete,
will be for sale to foreigners as well as Emiratis. Sulayem
did not put on a figure on the project cost.
with Palm Developers told AFP at Dubai's Arabian Travel Market
that the contract for the project was expected to be awarded
next week and construction take up to five years.
With its oil resources running out, Dubai, part of the United
Arab Emirates (UAE), has launched a multi-billion dollar tourism
drive in an effort to establish itself as the Gulf's leisure
Abdullah al-Futtaim Group last month launched Dubai Festival
City, a project to develop a four-kilometre-long (2.5-mile-long)
stretch of the emirate's southern creekside at a cost of 1.6
And a 10-billion dollar project to build a new city called Dubai
Marina is already well underway. It is to house 100,000 people
around a huge water basin within a decade.