Palm Jebel Ali emerges

Palm Jebel Ali has begun to emerge from the sea, according to Nakheel, the Dubai-based developers of the two Palms.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  December 30, 2003

Palm Jebel Ali has begun to emerge from the sea, according to Nakheel, the Dubai-based developers of the two Palms. Construction of The Palm, Jebel Ali is on schedule and reclamation is due to finish towards the end of 2005. The first residents are expected to be moving into their homes by the end of 2007. Initial satellite and aerial images of The Palm Jebel Ali, illustrate that construction is well underway with the crescent breakwater already emerging from the sea. “When people look at the plans for The Palm Jebel Ali they marvel at the scale and ambition of the project,” said Wahid Attalla, director of operations, Nakheel. “This island will be 50% larger than the first palm... The immense size of the construction is already clear from these first photos. The most striking feature is the crescent breaking the water. Also clearly visible in the photo is the shape of the fronds as they are formed underneath the sea,” he added. The Palm Jebel Ali is destined to be ‘a major destination – a place of discovery, fun and excitement’, claims Attalla. The second Palm will feature a number of elements over its neighbour, including six marinas and a ‘Sea Village’. Similar to the Jumeirah Palm, this second island will be based on 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. The ends of the crescent will be modified to include ‘fingers’ that will support luxury apartment blocks. Located some 22 kms 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. According to Nakheel, the outstanding feature of the island will be the 1,060 Water Homes. The depth of the water below will be approximately 8 to 10 metres and each home will cover a built up area of 3875 Ft2. Boardwalk access to a common parking area and private moorings for personal boats will be provided for each 4-bedroom home. A ‘Sea Village’ theme will feature on the trunk, which measures 2.4 kms in length and 450 metres in width. The ‘Sea Village’ will house the region’s only sea aquarium. Eight hotels up to eight storeys high and with a maximum of 400 rooms each will also be constructed within close proximity to the Sea Village. In total, there will be approximately 2000 Signature Villas, Garden Homes and Town Homes, numerous apartment buildings as well as the 1060 Water Homes on The Palm Jebel Ali. In April this year the Signature Villas, Garden Homes and Town Homes were released for sale at a cost ranging from Dhs1.87 million to Dhs5.11 million each. The apartments and Water Homes will be released for sale at a later date.

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