The Palm Jumeirah is in the shape of a Plam tree. It consists of a trunk, a crown with 16 fronds and a surrounding crescent island that forms an 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) long breakwater. The island is 5 by 5 kilometres (3.1 by 3.1 mi) and its total area is larger than 800 football pitches. The crown is connected to the mainland by a 300-metre (980 ft) bridge and the crescent is connected to the top of the palm by a subsea tunnel. Over the next few years, as the tourism phases develop, The Palm Jumeirah is touted as soon to be one of the world’s premier resorts. The Palm Island is the self-declared ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. The island doubled the length of the Dubai coastline.
According to the developer’s publicity material, the Jumeirah Palm island will feature themed hotels, three types of villas (Signature Villas, Garden Homes and Canal Cove Town Homes), apartment buildings, beaches, marinas, restaurants, and a variety of retail outlets. including:
Hotels proposed, under construction, or completed include:
- The trump international hotel and tower Officially cancelled in February 2011.
- Atlantis, The palm Opened in September 2008.
- One & Only Resort, Opened in November 2012.
- The Taj exotica hotel and resort
- plam grandeur
- Ottoman Palace hotel and resort. Expected to open in 2010.
- Essque Palm Jumeirah – Part of the Tiara Residence project. The Residence has been handed over. The hotel will open in 2010.
- Oceana Resort & Spa
- The Fairmont Palm Residence
- Farimount hotels and resort
- Royal Amwaj resort and spa
- The Dubai Estates Hotel & Park
- Hotel Missoni Dubai
- Radisson SAS Hotel Dubai, The Palm Jumeirah
- The Emerald Palace Kempinski, Dubai (Delivery Scheduled Mid 2011)
- Kempinski Residence Palm jumeraih Dubai (Handing Over From 01/01/10)
On 18 June 2007, the Cunard line announced that it had sold its former flagship, RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, to Istihmar for use as a floating hotel at The Palm Jumeirah beginning in 2009. However, as at July 2009, it appears as if the ship will rather relocate to Capetown for use in an unrelated Nakheel development
Construction began with the Palm Jumeirah island in June 2001 and the developers announced handover of the first residential units in 2006. The island has been created using 94,000,000 cubic metres (3.3×109 cu ft) of sand and 7 million tons of rock. The Palm Jumeirah was created by pouring sand fill onto the 10.5 metre-deep seabed using dredgers. Above sea level, 3 metres of the reclamation were achieved by a dredging technique known as “rainbowing”, in which the sand fill was sprayed over the surface of the rising island. calcareous sand was used for the reclamation. The island includes a curved breakwater using natural rock, intended to encourage the creation of a naturalreef and provide habitats for sea life. The land form was reclaimed by the Dutch company vanoord. Total cost reached US$12.3 billion and maintaining the island is a costly expenditure. Approximately 40,000 workers, mostly from South Asia, have been involved in the construction of the island.
In early October 2007, the Palm Jumeirah had already become the world’s largest artificial island.Also at this time, 75% of the properties were ready to hand over, with 500 families already residing on the island. By the end of 2009, 28 hotels were opened on the Crescent.