Dubai launches giant palm tree resort island
has 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.
island 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.
will 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
project 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).
bin 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.
consultant 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 hub.
local 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 billion dollars.
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.