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
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 (56 feet).
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 more tourists."
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
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
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
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