Dubai launches giant palm tree resort
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,"
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
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
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
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