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.

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