Sunday, November 23, 2008

Dubai Islands - Palm Deira Progress

The Steady Progress of Palm Deira, Dubai

Palm Deira, the largest among the three Palm Island projects, is the newcomer with great expectations. The island's construction was begun in 2005, several years after the two other palm islands were initiated. The Palm Deira was not in the original master plan and was added in 2004 because the Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali could not meet the demands of property buyers.

Located on the outer coastal area of the highly residential Deira district in Dubai, the Palm Deira is eight times larger than the original palm island, Palm Jumeirah. Instead of the usual 17 fronds, this development was to have 41, creating a massive land area for various purposes. But, after a substantial alteration in sea levels during mid 2007, the design was redone, leaving just 18 very large fronds in substitution.

The Palm Deira is scheduled for completion in 2015, but 2020 would be a more accurate estimate, because of the existing market conditions and slight decline in the Dubai real estate development sector. According to some experts, minor developments and adjustments will continue until around 2040, although a majority of the residential and commercial complexes will be ready for handover by 2015. Several infrastructural aspects of the Palm Deira project are already complete, including a bridge linking the mainland and the island.

Since the island is gigantic in terms of development, it will be completed in nine phases. Referred to as the Nine Islands, these phases will focus on developing smaller sections of the palm and handing over such completed sections to buyers. This method will eliminate unnecessary delays and buyer impatience.

The nine island phases are Deira Island; Front, Mamzar, North, South, Central and Trunk, as well as the Palm;Crown, Fronds and Crescent. Deira Island Front acts as the portal between mainland Dubai and the island. Luxurious residences, large marinas, massive scale recreational facilities, a central business district, dhow wharfs, shipyards and many other sophisticated residential and commercial amenities are available on the Palm Deira island.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The World Islands Dubai

The World Islands Dubai – Taking On The Miracle of Geographical Creation

The World – 300 islands, 232 kilometres of additional coastline, a total area of 55 square kilometres – the figures can never truly paint the picture. Imagine the world map and make that image about 20 times smaller and you have a visualisation of the World archipelago from an aerial viewpoint.

TheWorld Dubai Map - Click To Enlarge

Dubai is internationally famed for its love of all things big, bright and bold, and the World islands are no exception. Undertaking a project to recreate the world map is no simple task and ensuring it's all safely and securely completed is near impossible, but Dubai has risen to such challenges repeatedly, first with the Palm Island projects and now with the World.

Dubai World - Simply Amazing

The 300 islands are not exceptionally large, but the concept has drawn a lot of attention to the development. The islands are arranged to form each continent existing in the world and each continent has areas that vaguely resemble the countries. The development is not an exact replica of the true world map, but comes quite close to it.

Dubai World Lighthouse

Unveiled by HRH Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai, in 2003, 60% of the World islands were snatched up by eager investors by early 2008. The initial development phase was completed in January 2008, which was to finish the breakwater structure. The next phase is to hand over the islands to each individual developer. The master developer Nakheel will only complete the dredging and infrastructural foundations of the project, while individual investors have the freedom to develop their own private islands in any way they wish. The islands are only sold by invitation and each costs between $15-$45 million.

Pangkor Laut resort at The World Islands - Dubai

The confirmed individual developments at present include Coral Island, covering the North American continent; OQYANA, spanning the Australasia continent; Jasmine Gardens, which is located on the Thailand region; a pearling and aquatic amusement venue on the Antarctic section and many more. Many Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities, as well as globally renowned entrepreneurs, are rumoured to have purchased private islands on the World archipelago, but only a handful are confirmed.

Michael Schumacher World Island

Michael Schumacher Island Closeup

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Dubai World and Palm Islands

Dubai World and Palm Islands - Simply Amazing

The World's Largest Land Reclamation Projects

Dubai is perhaps the world's biggest Middle Eastern surprise, with seven-star luxury hotels, massive real estate developments, impressive and an architecturally well-defined skyline and most of all, the Dubai Islands projects comprising the Palm Islands and The World. As the world's largest land reclamation development projects, the Dubai Palm Islands and The World have spiked international attention in many different ways.

First of all, these projects provide excellent investment opportunities for worldwide entrepreneurs. Secondly, the projects offer expatriates and locals luxurious lifestyle concepts for both day-to-day living and retirement. They are also excellent locations for building resorts and themed entertainment venues, as is evident by the renowned investors who have already claimed parts of these islands for their own developments.

The Dubai Palm Islands consists of The Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira. Each of the three islands are shaped like a palm tree, inclusive of a trunk, frond and crown. The Palm Jumeirah was the first gigantic development project undertaken and now offers exclusive residential communities and lifestyle conveniences. The Palm Jumeirah is the smallest of the three islands, spanning just 25 square kilometers.

The largest of the Palm Islands is the Palm Deira, which was added to the project very recently. It wasn't in the earlier development plans, but the high demand for the developed real estate required an additional project and so, the Palm Deira development was begun in 2005. In comparison to Palm Jumeirah, the new Deira Palm Island will be eight times the size. The Palm Jebel Ali is mostly an entertainment destination, with loads of shopping malls, theme parks and variety entertainment, while offering residential communities as well. Palm Jumeirah is already occupied and sold out, with only resale units available at present. The Palm Jebel Ali will be completed within the coming few months and the Palm Deira is expected to be complete for handover by 2015.

The World Islands are a collection of 300 private, man-made pieces of reclaimed land, built to include only four types of constructions within them. They are private homes, estate homes, dream resorts and community islands. Shaped like the world's continents (although not strictly according to the geographic map), the Dubai World Islands can only be reached via air and sea. The World Islands are open to investments, which means they can be purchased by individual developers to create anything they wish out of the islands they buy.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Dubai Palm Islands - Witness History As It's Made

Witness History As It's Made – The Dubai Palm Islands

Begun as a concept to expand the shorelines of Dubai, the Palm Islands have gone far beyond plans and expectations. Often loosely referred to as the eighth world wonder, the Dubai Palm Islands are three distinctively shaped man-made marvels, boasting high-end luxury living and commercial districts. Located along the Dubai coast in three separate locations, the islands are named Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira.

Each palm island stands true to its name, shaped like a date palm tree, which is a historically and culturally significant icon in the UAE. Complete with a trunk, crown and fronds, each island is different in size, but designed in similar style. Construction on Palm Jumeirah began in 2001, after an initiative by The Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HRH Sheikh Mohammed. By 2006, most of the residential communities in Palm Jumeirah were completed and handed over to buyers.

Development on Palm Jebel Ali began in 2002, just a few months after Palm Jumeirah was launched. The two islands were in the original development plans, while Palm Deira was added much later, in 2005, because of the high property demand on the original two islands.

All three islands are developed for specific purposes, with Palm Jumeirah as a residential community, Palm Jebel Ali as a lifestyle and tourist destination and Palm Deira as a residential and commercial mixed-use project. The three islands are to increase Dubai's shoreline by an extra 520 kilometres.

The Palm Jumeirah is already occupied by residents, while Palm Jebel Ali is nearing completion at the moment. Palm Deira, the largest and most recent development, is still carrying on dredging works on most parts, although several bridges to the main land and infrastructural foundations have been completed. Developed by government-supported Dubai-based premier real estate developer, Nakheel Properties, the Dubai Palm Islands will be home to luxury hotels, freehold residences and commercial complexes, shopping malls, theme parks, beaches, recreational facilities, resorts and much more.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Dubai Islands - Palm Jumeirah - The First Major Man-Made Island Development

Dubai Islands - Palm Jumeirah - The First Major Man-Made Island Development

Inaugurated in 2001, the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai is the first massive man-made island development project undertaken anywhere in the world. Quickly gaining international attention for its myriad possibilities, the Dubai Palm Jumeirah was completed by the end of 2006 and most properties were handed over to the owners. Spanning 25 square kilometres, the structure of the island resembles the date palm tree,which is highly significant to the United Arab Emirates. The island consists of a trunk, crown and 17 fronds, adding 78 kilometres to the shoreline of Dubai.

The Palm Jumeirah is a destination built for family living, but without compromise on the facilities such as luxury leisure, entertainment, retail and resort venues. The island is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the entire world, including the Trump International Hotel and Tower and Atlantis-The Palm. Central to the Palm's design, the trunk holds a two-kilometre stretch of bustling residential, tourism and retail areas.

The trunk is linked to mainland Jumeirah via a monorail system and the gateway bridge. The entire region houses a range of luxury living units, marinas, shops, restaurants and several five-star hotels. The 17 depicted fronds are home to a region housing beachfront residences. Accessible via the monorail and a sub-sea tunnel, this is the region with the most luxurious residential community on Palm Jumeirah. The popular Palm Jumeirah Villas and Garden Homes are located here.

The island's crescent acts as the breakwater and is a high-end tourism destination by its own. The recently launched Atlantis-The Palm is located on the crescent, as well as other luxurious hotel properties such as Kempinski Hotel Emerald Palace, Kingdom of Sheba, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa and Royal Amwaj.
The Dubai Palm Jumeirah is the smallest out of the three palm island under development at present. Over 4000 residents currently call the Palm Jumeirah their home and some properties are already on the resale market from those who bought villas and apartments as investments. Since the property is available on a freehold basis, the Palm Jumeirah is home to a large number of Western and European expatriates.

A Star With Worldwide Fame – The Palm Jebel Ali, Dubai

Dubai Islands: A Star With Worldwide Fame – The Palm Jebel Ali, Dubai

The Palm Jebel Ali is non other than the sister project begun immediately after the Palm Jumeirah development was launched. This second palm island is expected to provide accommodation to 1.7 million residents by 2020. From the three palm islands belonging to the massive land reclamation project, Palm Jebel Ali is the mid-sized development and will primarily be an entertainment and leisure-oriented venue. Upon completion in 2015, the Dubai Palm Jebel Ali will be among the highest tourism revenue-generating locations in the Middle East.

Located on the Dubai coast, jutting out from the Jebel Ali area, the artificially created geographical and infrastructural marvel is shaped as a date palm tree, a staple of sustenance in ancient Arabia. A trunk, a crown and 17 fronds make up the island. The trunk holds the majority of lifestyle venues, while the crown acts as the breakwater and the fronds are mostly residential communities.

The Palm Jebel Ali has attracted international attention mostly because of its 'water homes' concept. The water homes are built on stilts based on concrete foundations under sea level. All of the water homes are located between the palm's fronds and crown. Six marinas, water theme parks and a sea village are all to be included in the completed Palm Jebel Ali. Luxurious garden villas and signature villas are available as residential units, all of which face private beaches.
Beyond the island's residential and entertainment aspects, the Palm Jebel Ali is an incredible real estate investment opportunity as well. Many expatriates have chosen to live and retire here, but more than that, many have purchased units and complexes with the idea of reselling. Currently, the least expensive property unit (1 bedroom apartment) sells for a rate over $400,000. The beach front residences and water homes are priced between $1.5 million and $5 million.

The selection of apartments, penthouses and town homes on the trunk will stretch beyond the original Palm, and include exclusive sub-developments from global names in property. Perhaps the newest addition to the selection of freehold property in the Jebel Ali Palm is the development of water homes. These unique properties will be built on stilts and will be set out over the Arabian Sea, for a truly unique living experience. The location of the Palm Jebel Ali will be a bit further out from the city, right in heart of Jebel Ali and in close proximity to other freehold properties, with the intention of expanding the city even more.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dubai Islands - Palm Deira - Simply Amazing

Dubai Islands - Palm Deira - An Incredible Afterthought

When the Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali were master-planned, the developers didn't realise one major fact: the investment demand on the unique properties. By the time it was 2004, just two years after the Palm Jumeirah was launched, investors were running out of opportunities available on the world's latest man-mad marvels. So, as a way to appease the disappointed investors, the Palm Deira was born.
In 2005, the construction began on the Palm Deira, which is the largest palm island out of the three similar developments. Instead of the usual 17 fronds, this palm island will have 18, deviating from the original plan to include 41 fronds. Covering approximately 120 square kilometres in area, the Palm Deira will be home to hundreds of residential properties, marinas, sports and leisure facilities, shopping complexes, nightlife venues and business districts.

The residential regions are to be located on the 18 fronds, including 8000 units of two-level residences. These residences are defined by design and include Premier Villas, Vista Town Homes and Grand Villas. The Palm Deira is slightly elongated in design, when compared to the other two palm projects. This is because there was quite a considerable change in the Gulf sea depth after the development was planned. The adjusted design in 2007 requires the new look it has now. The Palm Deira is expected to be completed in 2015, although a more realistic completion date would be 2020, because of the current market conditions.
The Palm Deira is eight times bigger than the original palm island, the Palm Jumeirah. The island is too large to be completed within a few years, unlike the Palm Jumeirah. It's being developed in several small phases and at the moment, only parts of the infrastructure is fully finished. A bridge connecting to the mainland via Al Hamriya Port and Dubai Creek and some areas of the Deira Island Front are now complete. Other phases to complete over the years include the remaining Deira Island phases – Mamzar, North, South, Central and Trunk - as well as the Palm Crown, Fronds and Crescent.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Recreating the Geography of the World – The World Islands In Dubai

Recreating the Geography of the World – The World Islands In Dubai

Creating the world we live in was once the inclusive realm of nature, which made sure continents, islands, seas and everything else was formed over millenniums of geographical reactions. But today, it's no longer in Mother Nature's hands, because of projects like The World Islands and Palm Islands in Dubai. Among the world's two largest land reclamation projects (other being the Dubai Palm Islands), The Dubai World Islands project is a rough replica of the actual world geographical map.

Comprising 300 private and exclusive artificially created islands, the World is divided into four main classifications, which depict what can be built in the specific islands. They are private homes, estate home, dream resorts and community islands. Located four kilometres off Jumeirah shore, within easy reaching distance from the Palm Jumeirah, the World islands development can be seen from the Burj Al Arab hotel and Port Rashid. The completed project will span across 54 square kilometres. The Dubai World islands will only be accessible via sea and air transport.

Each of the 300 private islands span 250,000 to 900,000 square feet and has approximately 50 to 100 metres of sea between them. To be sold exclusively to private developers, the islands are priced at US$ 15 million and above. Since the World islands are built to fit continental themes (Asia, Africa, Europe etc), the master developers expect private developers to follow the same themes, although it's not strictly enforced. As such, the area which is Thailand in the original world map is named the Jasmine Gardens and is developed as a resort with a distinctively oriental theme. Australia of the new World consists of 19 islands and is named the Oqyana, which is also a resort.

Several Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities, as well as some of the world's wealthiest entrepreneurs, have already purchased private islands at the Dubai World. While most of the names are kept confidential, it's rumoured that Brangelina, Rod Stewart, David Beckham and Shah Rukh Khan have invested in the islands. The confirmed developments at present are mostly belonging to those of business world tycoons, such as John O'Dolan, Larionovo and Salya Corporation.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Things To Do In Dubai

Things To Do In Dubai - 2008-2009

It's not your average tourist destination, but Dubai is certainly worth a prolonged visit. From the traditional souqs and dhows to the modernised shopping malls and luxury yacht cruises, Dubai can offer a tourist many insights into both Bedouin and modern living in this land of golden Arabian soil.
Typically, tourists have several tour packages to choose from, depending on their budget and time constraints. The standards list includes dhow cruise, desert safari, big bus tour, beaches, shopping malls and souqs. When you visit Dubai, experience it from a different perspective and deviate from the usual sites and activities to gain a wonderful, unique and enchanting experience to last a lifetime.
First, think of how many days you are willing to spend just exploring and discovering Dubai. Ideally, you will need three days, because the areas to explore are conveniently divided into three, as Bur Dubai, Deira and Jumeirah. Everything a tourist could possibly want to see are contained within these three sections of Dubai. Other areas, such as Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Barsha are all commercial or industrial districts.
Starting with Bur Dubai, you should take in the traditional architecture and atmosphere at the Bastakiya, which is a pedestrian-only area. You can pop into the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding for an authentic Emirati breakfast or simply enjoy a more contemporary meal at the Basta Art Cafe. The Bastakiya area was once the abode of majestic Persian traders and is now a prosperous artistic display. The Dubai Museum is housed within the Al Fahidi Fort nearby and beyond that, the Meena Bazaar, famed for its inexpensive textiles, accessories and fascinating novelties provides a refreshing difference from the overly elaborate Dubai shopping malls.
Along Dubai Creek, you find Sheikh Saeed's house with historic photos and the restored ancient residence and adjacent, it's the Heritage & Diving Village, offering traditional song and dance performances by Emirati youth.
On the second day, you can head down to Deira, where an abra (water taxi) ride is a must. After you are safely across the gleaming Dubai Creek, you can do some exploring around the dhow wharf. Step over to the spice and gold souqs, a favoured place for bargain shopping. The Deira City Center is worth a visit if shopping until you can 'shop no more' is on your agenda. The night can be spent on a quiet dhow cruise lasting 2 hours, up and down good old Dubai Creek.
Jumeirah is more contemporary, with mostly recreations of traditional and cultural attractions, rather than housing any of the actuals. It's still well-worth visiting, because the majority of the high-end aspects of Dubai are found in Jumeirah, such as luxury hotels and restaurants, beaches and yacht cruises.