TBC (construction of the two new Palms is in progress)Highlight:
Palm Jebel Ali is set to have four theme parks, including SeaWorld, and it will be bigger in size than the Palm Jumeirah
Today, the Palm Jumeirah is a global icon. A 5km x 5km artificial island in the shape of a palm tree, its fronds have given Dubai an extra 78km of beachfront. However, it is only one of a trilogy of artificial island developments intended for Dubai. The breakwater on the Palm Jebel Ali was completed in December 2006, and infrastructure work began in April 2007. However, major construction activity has been scuppered by the downturn. The Palm Deira was announced in 2004; it was intended to be eight times larger than the Palm Jumeirah and five times larger than the Palm Jebel Ali, housing a million residents. Palm Deira was already 20 per cent complete by October 2007, with 200m cubic metres of sand already in place. The original design called for a 14km x 8.5km island with 41 fronds, but a redesign was announced in 2008 to reduce the size (the current land reclamation is three times the size of the Palm Jumeirah).
Palm Jumeirah is as famous for its completed projects, such as Atlantis, as it is for cancelled developments such as the Trump International Hotel & Tower on the Golden Mile. A victim of the downturn, the latter was meant to be a 62-storey building housing a hotel and apartments. In May 2009, developer Nakheel stated that work on the project had been suspended indefinitely. However, several months later, Donald Trump Jr commented that ‘it is going to take some time’. Hmm…www.thepalm.ae
The palm deira was intended to be eight times larger than the palm jumeirah, but a redesign was announced in 2008.