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Old Posted Jun 10, 2006, 11:28 PM
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Dubai's Palm Island Projects

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2006 (2nd version) w/Trump Hotel:


2006 (1st version) w/ Al Burj:


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Old Posted Jun 12, 2006, 11:27 AM
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Old Posted Jun 12, 2006, 12:12 PM
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Pity that the trunk will be filled with buildings that amount to nothing more than decorated commie-blocks. The only good building there really is the trump tower (which is not shown there).
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Old Posted Jun 12, 2006, 12:25 PM
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^ Yeah. I saw where they put a label on the Trump spot. Kind of wondering if the design of it has been in development hell/discussion for a long time. The road still is consistent with the latest render though.
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Question Geography of Dubai?

Where exactly is Palm Island in relation to that palm thing where the Burj Al Arab (sailboat) (excuse me I forget the name of it and don't want ot mix it up with Al Burj and Burj Al Alam) .... I'm trying to get a good geographical feel of where everything is in Dubai relative to everything else.... I know that there will be 2 main skyscraper strips... one with the Burj Dubai, and the other right next to the water....

Anyone have a far away map that shows the whole city and then labels of where things are and will be?
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Where exactly is Palm Island in relation to that palm thing where the Burj Al Arab ???

is my main question.....

it looks amazing!!!!
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Old Posted Jun 12, 2006, 12:23 PM
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BTW, the commieblocks at the bottom here won't be built as shown, they are just there in place of hotels that haven't been released yet.

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Old Posted Jun 13, 2006, 10:35 PM
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^^ Look up google earth.

I've tried to mark them on this map, palm jebel ali is not visible but is there if you look up google earth. You're right there are 2 main highrise zones and I've marked them off. The main skyline consists of a few projects that together make an impressive CBD, the other is the marina and JLT which has more of a resort feel (they are almost all res towers aswell).




A view of the marina and JLT. Within a few years this whole area should become quite dense, especially in the foreground with a few supertalls.




The main skyline, 3D model. Not it's not nearly finished. Basically, the white ones are ones where the designs are known.

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Good stuff Malec. Went to the G.E. community also and found the World 3D:


Not quite sure if it's correct. But it looks like it might be. Good effort though.
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So the worlds project will basically be homes or small condo buildings that can only be accessed by boat?
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In the US, where artificial canals and waterways have been created in new developments there's a strong tendency for them to turn into open sewers or stagnant algal swamps because of bad flushing action or inadequate movement of water through them to remove contaminants that are thrown in or washed in as runoff or whatever. Looking at these artificial islands and their surrounding waterways, especially given the apparent high density of the development lining the islands, what is being done to prevent the sort of nastiness I see here??
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Still have a ways to go...

do you know how long it will take to complete these?
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Man...I'm about to move to Dubai.
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Palm J with World construction in background:


Saturday, 29 July 2006
Sand compaction still underway on the Palm
by Sean Cronin

Vibro compaction is underway on the Palm Jumeirah ‘crescent’, while similar work on the trunk is complete.

Hotel developers on the crescent of the Palm Jumeirah
have been forced to carry out their own vibro compaction
after it emerged that the work had only been completed on the trunk and fronds of the massive development.

Vibro compaction is undertaken on reclamation projects to limit future ground settlement and prevent against the risk of ‘liquefaction’ in the event of an earthquake — where compacted sand behaves like water.

Groundwork specialist Keller was appointed by Nakheel three years ago to undertake ground improvement work on the trunk and the fronds of the Palm Tree-shaped island. It completed its contract in July 2004.

But more than two years on, the contractor is back working for both the IFA and Taj hotel groups, which are developing luxury resorts on the crescent of the Palm Jumeirah.

Kerzner International has also completed substantial vibro-compaction works after drafting in a leading ground engineering specialist from the US.

Keller site manager, Shahid Saleem, said: “We have just finished the Taj Exotica yesterday and on the Fairmont site, vibro compaction is still going on.”

An ETA project manager told Construction Week that vibro compaction work had been underway on the site of the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa for the last two months. “We have been working day and night covering 1,200m2 per day,” he added.

The compaction works have lowered the height of the crescent by up to 1m in places. Kerzner International is also developing its US $1.5 billion (AED5.5 billion) Atlantis project on the Crescent of the Palm Jumeirah.

“We did our vibro compaction a year ago. It was done on
the fronds and the trunk, but it was never done here. We didn’t want to take any risks with differential settlement so we have monitored the ground from day one. Now IFA is doing it and Taj has also started,” said Richard Lindsay, senior vice president of development, Kerzner International.

In a statement, Nakheel CEO, Chris O’Donnell, said: “Ground improvement of the reclaimed land mass through the method of vibro compaction is only applied to the extent that is required.

“At the initial stages of reclamation, the pattern of land use was impossible to forecast, so to carry out very high density ground improvement across the length of the crescent was an unnecessary exercise, the cost of which would ultimately have been borne by the developers.

“Under the adopted approach, vibro compaction on the crescent is done exactly where it is required to the extent that it is required. The programme of vibro compaction is linked to the specific plans of the individual plot developers and the level of ground improvement is determined by the developer and its structural engineering advice.”
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Gateway Bridge opens on The Palm Jumeirah
A major milestone has been reached in the progress of The Palm Jumeirah this week with the opening of the Gateway Bridge for construction traffic.


The Gateway Bridge, which has taken two years to construct, will connect The Palm Jumeirah to the Sufouh Interchange leading to Sheikh Zayed Road. The North Bridge and South Bridge are five lanes each, with each direction spanning 360m in length and 26m across.

The Gateway Bridge will allow easy access to the island for potentially 40,000 workers and 5,000 vehicles each day during the final stages of construction of Phase A and is a significant step forward in the preparation for handover which commences at the end of this year. The first stage of construction includes approximately 1,400 villas on 11 of the fronds of the island and 2,500 Shoreline Apartments within the 20 buildings located on the East side of the trunk.

The bridge will ultimately provide a state-of-the-art transport artery that will service the island's many residential and commercial facilities. The design was conceptualised by world renowned architectural group H2L2.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman Nakheel, said:
'The Gateway Bridge creates a magnificent and imposing entrance to The Palm Jumeirah - a stunning landmark that is entirely fitting for the eighth wonder of the world. The opening of the bridge will also allow quick and efficient access to the island and as we move towards completion of the first stage of construction this will enhance the rate of progress even further."

'The Palm Jumeirah is fast becoming a reality and soon our first residents will be living the eighth wonder of the world; however, there is still a great deal of work to be done and over the next 2 to 3 years we will continue to make exciting announcements and reach further milestones until The Palm Jumeirah has become established as one of the world's premier destinations.'
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Smile News on Palm Jumeirah.... first dwellers on Nov. 30!!!!

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - With 14,000 laborers toiling day and night, the first of Dubai's three palm-shaped islands is finally about to get its first residents.

The Palm Jumeirah, a 12-square-mile island group, is part of what's billed as the largest land-reclamation project in the world, the product of five years of brute hauling of millions of tons of Persian Gulf sand and quarried rock.

On Nov. 30, the palm will open to some 4,000 residents, said Issam Kazim, a spokesman for Dubai's state-owned developer Nakheel.

When fully complete by 2010, the Palm Jumeirah will be an offshore city, with some 60,000 residents and at least 50,000 workers in 32 hotels and dozens of shops and attractions, Nakheel said.

Observers say they are surprised that the fledgling developer has been able to build such a complex project more or less as planned, albeit with several snags that delayed the opening from last year.

"The project has captured people's imagination," said Colin Foreman of the Middle East Economic Digest. "Nothing like it has been done anywhere else in the world."

Nakheel's four island projects, the world's largest land reclamation effort, are reshaping Dubai's stretch of the Gulf coast.

The $14 billion project is a key part of this booming city's ambitions to rival Singapore and Hong Kong as a business hub, and surpass Las Vegas as a leisure capital.

The frenetic pace of development has utterly transformed Dubai from a sleepy trading and pearl-diving village in the 1950s to a flashy metropolis of 1.5 million.

The island's construction has not all been smooth, and most buyers were supposed to get keys to their island homes a year ago.

Some of the new land sank and Nakheel needed an extra year to add more and pack it with vibrating land compactors, Kazim said.

Reports from those who have wandered through the island's giant homes describe them as cheaply finished and set uncomfortably close to one another. Nakheel rejected an Associated Press request to visit the island.

Overburdened roads in Dubai's Jumeirah Beach neighborhood are expected to clog further as people begin moving onto the island, accessible, for now, by a single bridge. Mainlanders have already put up with years of road works and innumerable trucks hauling boulders to the island.

Those moving onto the Palm Jumeirah this year will have to live with construction for another three years, and then an influx of tourists. Most of the owners are foreigners, with Britons making up the largest group, Kazim said.

Many observers believe Dubai's frenetic homebuilding will soon outstrip demand.

"We've still got a shortage of properties in Dubai, but that's likely to become an excess in next six or 12 months," said Steve Brice, an economist with Standard Chartered Bank in Dubai.

Brice said year-old estimates that 50,000 housing units would hit the market in 2006 will be more than doubled. Nakheel, one of three big developers here, has said it will release 60,000 units in the 2nd half of 2006 alone.

Nakheel's two copycat Palms, the Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira, have also been delayed by design changes and other factors, Kazim said. A nearly finished fourth Nakheel archipelago, shaped like a map of the world, has attracted few buyers and remains mostly unsold.

Kazim said The World's sales trouble stems from simple economics: Nakheel is selling empty islands for tens of millions of dollars only to builders promising low-density luxury.

Dubai's government expects the Palm Jumeirah to become a signature tourist attraction, bringing in as many as 20,000 daily visitors, Kazim said.

Meanwhile, laborers living in a cruise ship moored offshore are scrambling to finish enormous concrete houses that are crammed together on the palm island's 17 "fronds." The fronds are narrow peninsulas as long as a mile, attached to the island's main trunk. Nakheel will hand keys to owners of 1,350 homes by Nov. 30, Kazim said.

Also nearing completion are 2,650 apartments in 20 high-rises that have sprung up on the island's trunk. The hulking complexes are visible from shore, where the sprawling island, with its dredges, highway overpasses and construction cranes has become a major eyesore for resort hotels on Dubai's once idyllic natural beaches.

Even after the handover in November, less than half of the island's construction will be finished. Kazim said the project won't be done until nearly 2010, if things go according to Nakheel's current schedule.

The 1,500 room Atlantis Hotel is already under construction by South Africa and Dubai-owned Kerzner International, and is expected to be finished in 2009. The hotel will be similar to its Atlantis hotel in The Bahamas.

A redesigned Trump Hotel and Tower on the island is also expected to open sometime in 2009, Kazim said.

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