Friday, March 02, 2007

Work-in-progress of The Palm Jumeirah

The final plans for construction of ‘The Palm Jumeirah’, was made by the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum during the year 2001.

Satellite photos taken from the space, indicated the structure of formation of the Palm from the depths of the sea during 2002. During the same year, David Beckham, the world’s best footballers booked a villa in the Palm, and the initial 4000 villas which were meant for sale were sold in three days.

Sheikh Mohammed visited and inspected The Palm during the year 2003. The Palm Jumeirah, which is more or less the size of eight football grounds, consist of seventeen branches and fronds running from the main trunk, that links the development to the mainland.

The handover of a total of 4000 built units have already begun, and in addition to this it consist of 1500 villas and 2500 apartments. A total of 40,000 labourers are continuing to build another 2000 units, thus making a total of 6,000 units.

The Palm will also include a Trump Hotel, a six storey building, a retail complex with mall, and four marinas. As for transportation, The Palm is expected to have a ten lane highway, a 1.4km sub-sea tunnel, and 5 km metro system, and ship may be used to transport residents to mainland in future.

The 5km metro system is due for completion by December 2008. The Palm is also expected to have a school, a police station and a fire station, three medical centers and two mosques. The final construction of the Palm is scheduled for the year 2012, which according to its developer Nakheel, is the eighth wonder of the world.

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