Henman given taste of Dubai property wonder

Nahkeel developers rally to show Henman the best of the Dubai property market.

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By  Mark Johnson Published  February 22, 2005

Taking a break from the pace and pressure of the tennis courts, British No. 1 Tim Henman was given an exclusive tour of Dubai's so-called 'Eighth Wonder of the World' - The Palm Island. Henman, who is in town for the Dubai Tennis Championships, was taken by four-wheel drive to The Palm Island, Jumeirah and shown the impressive site and models of how it will look when completed. Colm McLoughlin, managing director of Dubai Duty Free, owners and organisers of the Championships, said: “It is great to see that Tim has had the opportunity to see one of Dubai’s most exciting projects.” “Dubai continues to grow rapidly and The Palm Jumeirah is a major project which has attracted huge interest both locally and internationally.” Palm Jumeirah is one of three man-made islands being built by Al Nakheel Properties (Nakheel Corporation) off the coast of Dubai, and will increase Dubai's shoreline by 120km (72 miles). The islands will include a large number of residential, leisure, and entertainment areas. Palm Jumeirah was first announced in May 2002 and the second island, Palm Jebel Ali, was announced within a year. A third island, Palm Deira, was announced at the end of 2004. Nakheel Chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said: “We are honoured that Tim Henman took time out from his busy training schedule to visit and discuss extensively Nakheel's unique and iconic property developments.” “I am sure that Tim feels that Dubai has changed dramatically since his first visit here and we hope that he enjoyed seeing the recent Nakheel developments which have internationally reinforced the image of our great city." It was not revealed whether Henman was suitably impressed by The Palm to place an order for an isle of his own. But if he does, it will almost certainly have to come with its own centre court.

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