The Palm Deira is the largest of the three Nakeel's man made Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira). It is located on the Deirah coastal area, close to historic landmarks and trading ports of Deira Corniche, in Dubai. Originally the vision for The Palm Deira was provided by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, but was not initially intended to be developed. However in Oct 2004 it was announced that the project had been given the go ahead to be developed.
The Palm Deira will be comprised of nine interconnected areas. These have been conceptually titled Palm Crown, Palm Fronds, Palm Crescent and Palm Trunk (which will form the shape of a palm tree) and five areas comprising a major corniche: North Island, South Island, Central Island, Al Mamzar Island and Deira Island. When completed, the areas will be linked to the mainland by bridges which extend both the current road transport network as well as the planned Dubai Metro train system. In total the Palm Deira will have a population of more than 1 million residents.
The Palm Deira will consist of residential property, marinas, shopping malls, sports facilities, and clubs. The residential area will be located on the fronds and will contain 8,000 two-storey town houses in three distinct styles - Premier Villas, Grand Villas and Vista Town Homes. The Palm Deira will be a leisure, residential and tourist development, featuring world class hotels, shopping malls, sports facilities, various marinas and restaurants.
Construction will be an engineering feat in itself. The Palm Deira will be the world's largest man-made island, 7.5 times bigger than Palm Jumeirah and 5 times bigger that Palm Jebel Ali, which will stretch 12.5 km out to sea and be 7.5 km wide. Construction will take place in 3 stages, Reclamation, Infrastructure Construction and Building Construction.
Reclamation - Reclamation involves sand transfer and rock placement to create the land foundations. An astounding 1.14 billion cubic meters of sand will be reclaimed in the construction of The Palm Diera project, and will cover a total area of 6 million square meters in total. Land reclamation is expected to be finished by 2013.
Infrastructure Construction - Infrastructure Construction will include the construction of: Local Bridges, Flyovers; Waste Water Collection System; Storm Water Drainage System; Irrigation System; Domestic Water Supply Network; Piped Gas System; Telecommunications System; Sanitary Sewage System; Electrical Supply System; Chilled Water System; Roads; Streets; Marinas and Port Facilities; Fire Fighting System; Solid Waste Collection System; Services Access to crescent islands; Infrastructure Transportation and Landscape and Water Features.
Building Construction - Building construction will include the construction of the residential, tourist, and commercial buildings.
As announced in March of this year, the focus of the first phase of development is a 511 hectare area formed in a semi circle, at the closest point to mainland Dubai. Named Deira Island, it will be connected by bridges with the current area of Deira, between the mouth of Dubai Creek and Port Hamriya. Deira Island will consist of a balanced mix of commercial, residential apartment and mixed use plots, with a range of apartment-type and villa residential housing, resulting in a bustling community adjacent to the mouth of Dubai Creek.