Known as one of the 8th Wonders of the World, The Palm Jumeirah is the smallest island of the three Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira), which can all be seen from space with the naked eye. As a way to solve Dubai's beach shortage, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, had an idea to maximise beachfront, and a sketch evolved of an island resembling a palm tree. The ingenious design of fronds fanning outward created more beachfront than would be accommodated by a traditional, circular island. From this initial concept, the idea of The Palm was born and engineering planning then began.
The Palm Jumeirah is a man-made island being developed off the shores of Dubai, in between the Palm Deira and Palm Jebel Ali, and will cover an area of 7 million square meters and extends 6.5 kilometres out into the Arabian Gulf. Surrounding the Island will be a 12 km long crescent shaped water breaker, which is being constructed using over 7 million tons of rock and sand. This has been designed to be able to withstand a 4 metre high wave. Construction is likely to need more than 90 million cubic metres of sand, which is being reclaimed from the seabed using the latest dredging techniques. Started in 2001, phase 1 of construction was completed at the end of 2006 meaning developers were able to start on the various projects and developments planned for the island.
When fully constructed the palm will consist of 3 areas, The Crescent, The Crown and The Trunk:
The Crescent – The crescent is a beautiful barrier which surrounds and protects the palm. The crescent will house variety of boutique hotels each with its own themes. Okinawa theme hotels provide the guests with relaxing spa experience with in the privacy of their own Japanese garden and Brazil theme hotels will provide guests to escape to the tranquillity of private tree house suits all stretched within the branches of lush royal paulowina trees. The Venice theme resorts provide guests with excitement and atmosphere of living in Venice. Just off the Crescent of the Palm, Jumeirah is the world's largest man-made dive park. Consisting of a series of themed dive sites, divers can choose to explore reefs for hidden gold, the timbers of sunken ships or swim among schools of exotic fish.
The Crown – The crown of Palm contains 17 fronds with each frond arching into the sea forming secluded neighbourhoods. The fronds comprises of exclusive villas with various sizes and designs. The options available to buyers are Signature Villas, Garden Homes and Town Homes.
The Trunk – The trunk, at nearly 1 km wide, is the hub of the palm with Theme parks, Marinas, Shopping malls, restaurants and Shoreline apartment options. It will feature a mono-rail system, for the convenience of visitors, guests and residents, as well as a large range of 5 star hotels, The Palm Tower, beaches, deluxe apartment buildings, marinas, Village Centre, restaurants, cafes and a large range of retail outlets. The crowning development of the Trunk is the Golden Mile, which is expected to combine homes, shopping and leisure facilities, with the Marina Apartments at the end on the uppermost crust of the trunk.
The Palm Jumeirah is located off the coast of Dubai and is just 22 kilometers from the Palm Jebel Ali. Within close proximity you will find the Dubai Marina, Dubai Internet and Media City and the Jebel Ali Free zone. There are also other large residential developments such as Jumeirah Beach Residence, Jumeirah Lake towers and Jumeirah Islands. Beach resorts and iconic hotels such as the Madinat Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab are also in the vicinity.