JA Palm piles on sand and rocks

The trunk of the larger palm Jebel Ali has arisen out of the sea.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  March 20, 2004

The Belgian firm of Jan de Nul, which is actively involved in reclaiming the much larger Palm Jebel Ali, is expected to put in place much of the 150 million m3 of rock and sand that will make up the island development that spans 7 km in length and 7.5 km in width just offshore from Jebel Ali. Most of the rock and sand has been sourced from within the Emirates and the region, said company officials. “Construction is progressing rapidly. The trunk is now connected to the mainland and the entire island is now 26% reclaimed from the sea,” said Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of Nakheel, the developers. He said some 90% of the approximately 2000 Signature Villas, Garden Homes, Town Homes, Water Homes, have already been sold at prices ranging from Dhs1.87 million to Dhs5.11 million each. However, prices of the thousands of flats in the several luxury apartment buildings on Palm Jebel Ali, are yet to be announced and are yet to be released for sale. Once completed, the trunk of Palm Jebel Ali will measure 2.4 kilometres in length and 450 metres in width and feature a ‘Sea Village’ theme. The second Palm is located some 22 kilometres and 17 minutes by boat from Palm Jumeirah, and boasts several differences, including water homes built on stilts, a longer crescent, a sea village and marinas. The two Palms are arousing deep interest around the globe and have attracted world dignitaries, the latest of which was the Crown Prince of Belgium Prince Philippe. He was accompanied by his wife Princess Mathilde, members of Dubai’s Belgian community and a number of VIPs. “We are absolutely delighted to have the Prince and Princess visit the island. Their interest has not only been sparked by the massive international interest in the project but also by the involvement of the Belgian company Jan de Nul. This company is undertaking a large percentage of the rock and dredging works for this island,”said the Nakheel chairman.

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