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 system.
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.