The tenders are out

The current reclaimed road leading from the shore to the trunk of Palm Jumeirah, will be demolished only to be replaced by a major new causeway that will connect the Palm to the land.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  January 14, 2004

|~|rainbow_dregder_200w.jpg|~|Rainbow Dredger in action constructing one of Nakheel’s Palm islands.|~|The current reclaimed road leading from the shore to the trunk of Palm Jumeirah, will be demolished only to be replaced by a major new causeway that will connect the Palm to the land. The tenders for the designs of the bridge have been invited, according to Wahid Attalla, director of operations at Nakheel, the developer of the two Palm islands. “The road leading to the trunk is a temporary structure. It will be replaced by a bridge, which will go over the sea to connect with the Palm. We have tendered for the designs,” Attalla said. He pointed out that not only is the Palm Jumeirah being developed, but the entire area around it will be upgraded with new road networks. “We shall have a whole new road network leading into the Palm. The network will be upgraded and redesigned. Some of the work has finished already and the rest is in the process of being completed by the time the Palm opens for residency,” the Nakheel director said. While all regulatory approvals for work done on the Palms islands is to be granted by the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza), work on the road network leading up to the Palm islands is the responsibility of the Dubai Municipality. The municipality is upgrading and widening the road network and is building new interchanges to specially feed into the Palm area, thus ensuring smooth flow of traffic and easy accessibility to the Palm islands. The reclamation of Palm Jumeirah is 100% complete and contracts have already been awarded for the infrastructure development and the houses. Rocks weighing a total of 7 million m³ were brought in from 16 different quarries in the country to build the island. Attalla said the villas are all sold out and that owners have already made the selections for the type of homes they want from the designs made available by Nakheel. Those who own land to build their own villas are in the process of designing their homes and submitting the plans for approval. The target date for the completion of the villas is end of 2005. “We have started from the trunk. On the right side will be apartment buildings. Again, these are all sold out. The target for completion of apartment buildings, clubs and leisure activities is end of 2005,” Attalla said. He said the buyers have paid the second instalment of 20%, the deadline for which was December 15. The first instalment was for 10%. On the left side of the trunk are seven hotel plots. These are all sold out and the developers are in the process of submitting plans, which have to comply with building regulations on the island. Jafza will give the building permits. In all, there are 49 plots for hotels on the first on the first island. Seven plots are on the trunk, 40 on the outer crescent and two on the tip of the trunk where the marina area will be located. All seven hotels are sold. The central one-third of the crescent will house the Atlantis project in the first phase of which will come up a 1000-room hotel. There will be another similar sized hotel in the future. Of the 49 hotel plots, most have been sold as single plots with three sold as double plots. Six are as yet available. The design of the hotels would be along typical resort styles. Plot owners and private developers have been provided with compact discs (CDs), which have detailed information on building guidelines. In addition, Nakheel staff are available to guide the architects, consultants and designers of private developers on the various themes of the project design.||**||Palm Island Jumeirah: The story so far|~|workers_on_palm_200w.jpg|~||~|Project: Palm Jumeirah Concept: Ideal geometry of the Date Palm tree Cost: US $1.5 billion for reclamation & infrastructure alone Planning: Three years with 42 consultanting firms and 50 studies Project Managers: Hill International & Parsons International Design & plan: Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/Architects (HHCP) Main Contractors: Van Oord ACZ Marine Contractors (Reclamation & dredging works) Main Contractors: Archirodon Construction (For building breakwater) Phases: Reclamation, Infrastructure & Buildings Completion: End-2005 Location: Al Sufouh Road, next to Royal Mirage Hotel Length from shore: 6000 metres Width: Approximately 5 kilometres Crescent: 11.5 kilometres in length Palm Jebel Ali: 22 kilometres away No. of villas: 1800 No. of apartments: 2002 No. of hotel plots: 49 No. of residents: 5000 Fill: 100 million m3 Equipment: 7 dredgers, 12 barges, 5 tugboats + other vessels Palm trees: Approximately 12,000 Workers: Approximately 1000 Interesting Trivia Circling the World: If all the fill material used to build Palm Jumeirah was placed end to end, it would result in a wall two metres high and half a metre thick that could circle the earth three times How it was done Step One: Dedgers brought specially selected sand to the designated location and dropped it into place. Sand was then piled at a specific angle of repose to ensure that it would hold its place. Step Two: Dredgers then brought the sand level to the surface with a process called ‘rainblowing’. This literally sprayed the sand into its proper position. Step Three: The crescent was built from the bottom up with sand, then geotextile filter, small rocks, and then medium sized rocks once it rose above the water. The crescent acts as a breakwater and can withstand waves of up to 4 metres in height. Time line 2001 • Project announced in May • US $150 million dredging contract awarded • Land reclamation begins 2002 • Satellite photos begin to reveal the structure • Sales begin • Response mounts as is launched 2003 • 100% reclamation complete • Infrastructure and light construction initiated 2004 • Landscaping commences • Homes and other attractions begin to be built 2005 • Construction work picks up speed • Homes and apartments ready by end-2005 2006 • Owners to take possession||**||

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