Nakheel, the developers of The Palm in Dubai, today revealed for the first
time a satellite and aerial photo of The Palm, Jebel Ali. The photos show
that construction of the second island is well underway with the Crescent
breakwater already spectacularly emerging from the sea.
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"When people look at the plans for The Palm, Jebel Ali they marvel at the
enormous scale and ambition of the project," said Wahid Attalla, Director
of Operations, Nakheel. "This island will be 50 percent larger than the first
palm - The Palm, Jumeirah and the immense size of the construction is already clear from these first photos. The most striking feature is the
Crescent breaking the water but also clearly visible in the photo is the
shape of the fronds as they are formed underneath the sea. The eighth wonder of the world is taking shape."
Construction of The Palm, Jebel Ali is on schedule and reclamation is
scheduled to finish towards the end of 2005. The first residents are expected to be moving into their homes on The Palm, Jebel Ali by the end
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The Palm Jebel Ali is destined to be 'a major destination - a place of
discovery, fun and excitement', according to Attalla and will feature a considerable number of new elements over its neighbour The Palm,
Jumeirah, including six marinas and a 'Sea Village'.
The most outstanding new elements, however, are the 1,060 Water
Homes, which will be built on stilts. When viewed from above these homes
will spell out a verse from an Arabic poem written by HH General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE
The verse from the poem translates to "Take wisdom from the wise
people; Not everyone who rides is a jockey".
"The response to the Water Homes can only be described as
phenomenal", said Wahid Attalla. "We announced the details about The Palm, Jebel Ali just before the Arabian Travel Market in May of this year
and our sales team were busy taking orders for all of the properties throughout the Show. They were, though, overwhelmed by inquiries
about the Water Homes - these have really captured the imagination of customers from around the world."
Similar to The Palm, Jumeirah this second island will also be based
around the shape of a palm tree, with a Trunk, 17 Fronds and Crescent forming the breakwater. The fundamental changes and additions to the
concept design include the Water Homes, which will form a 12km chain between the Fronds and the Crescent; the extension of the Crescents size
to 15.5km with a break at the top for boats to enter; and the modification to
the ends of the Crescent to include 'fingers' whereby the luxury apartment
blocks will be located.
Located approximately 22 kilometres and 17 minutes by boat from The
Palm, Jumeirah, it is proposed that this second island will have a dedicated intersection leading to it from Sheikh Zayed Road, which is
currently under review with Dubai Municipality. Access to the island from
the mainland will be made possible via three bridges - one at the Trunk and one at either side leading to the ends of the Crescent.
The Water Homes are being positioned as elevated retreat homes and will
be built in a pattern to form the verse of Sheikh Mohammed's poem. Providing an unparalleled residential or holiday location, they will be made
from concrete foundation poles and a wooden structure. The depth of the water below will be approximately 8 to 10 metres and each home will cover
a built up area of 3875 square feet. Boardwalk access to a common parking area and private moorings for personal boats will be provided for
each 4-bedroom Water Home.
A 'Sea Village' theme will feature on the Trunk, which measures 2.4
kilometres in length and 450 metres in width. Within the 'Sea Village' - the
region's only sea aquarium - will be world-class attractions like killer
whales and other deep-sea wildlife. It is certain to become a tourist hotspot for young and old alike. Eight hotels up to eight storeys high and
with a maximum of 400 rooms will provide unsurpassed ocean views and proximity to the leisure activities of the 'Sea Village'.
At 15.5 km in length the Crescent will once again form the breakwater for
the island development. Nakheel will allow investors in certain areas of the
Crescent, the freedom to design their purchased plot as per their individual requirements. The Crescent can accommodate a variety of
properties ranging from exclusive residential homes such as palaces, villas and mansions to boutique hotels, resorts and exclusive marinas.
In total, there will be approximately 2000 Signature Villas, Garden Homes
and Town Homes, together with several luxury apartment buildings and 1060 Water Homes on The Palm, Jebel Ali, which will be 7.5 kilometres in
width and 7 kilometres in length. In early April this year the Signature
Villas, Garden Homes and Town Homes were released for sale at a cost ranging from 1,870,000 to 5,115,000 dirhams each. The apartments and
Water Homes will be released for sale at a later stage.