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Posted: 11/22/2002 2:53:10 PM EDT
[url]http://www.palmisland.co.ae/enter.html[/url] [img]www.alshindagah.com/july2001/a_palm2.jpg[/img]
Dubai launches giant palm tree resort island Dubai has unveiled plans for a palm tree-shaped resort island on land reclaimed from the sea that will add 120 kilometres of sandy beaches and be visible from the moon. "Palm Island" will include 2,000 villas, up to 40 luxury hotels, shopping complexes, cinemas and the Middle East's first marine park, said Sultan bin Sulayem, chairman of Dubai Palm Developers. The island will be built in the shape of 17 huge fronds surrounded by 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) of protective barrier reefs, extending five kilometres (three miles) into the sea south of Dubai city. "The project has taken four years of methodical planning and exhaustive feasibility studies to ensure that the islands can be built without disrupting the environment," Sulayem said. They will be accessible by 300-metre (990-feet) bridges from the mainland or boat to two marinas, while the main causeway will also have a monorail system. The project will be built on 80 million cubic metres (2.8 billion cubic feet) of land dredged from the approach channel to the emirate's Jebel Ali port, an operation that will deepen the channel to 17 metres (56 feet). Khalid bin Sulayem, head of Dubai's tourism board, said the project would elevate Dubai "from regional players to leaders in tourism development who focus on modernising and expanding tourism infrastructure to attract more tourists." Property on the islands, expected to take up to four years to complete, will be for sale to foreigners as well as Emiratis. Sulayem did not put on a figure on the project cost. A consultant with Palm Developers told AFP at Dubai's Arabian Travel Market that the contract for the project was expected to be awarded next week and construction take up to five years. With its oil resources running out, Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has launched a multi-billion dollar tourism drive in an effort to establish itself as the Gulf's leisure hub. The local Abdullah al-Futtaim Group last month launched Dubai Festival City, a project to develop a four-kilometre-long (2.5-mile-long) stretch of the emirate's southern creekside at a cost of 1.6 billion dollars. And a 10-billion dollar project to build a new city called Dubai Marina is already well underway. It is to house 100,000 people around a huge water basin within a decade.
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crazy! too bad its in the persian gulf!
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 2:58:28 PM EDT
What would Mohammed say? Did they get Allah approval? Isnt this against Islams teachings? What if the local muslim idiots have a riot? and hey, is that a casino i see there....
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 3:13:07 PM EDT
there is a cool video of this place at the link [url]http://www.palmisland.co.ae/enter.html[/url]
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 3:25:10 PM EDT
OK, let's do some math here. 80 million cubic meters of reclaim, divided by 4 years, divided by 365 days per year, times an average specific gravity of soil of 1.5 equals over 80,000 metric tons of soil to be dredged, dried, classified, stabilized, placed, compacted and graded per day. I think not. Maybe these guys ([url]www.freedomship.com[/url]) will make regular visits.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 3:41:46 PM EDT
Imagine the fishing. The fish populations will soar. Wow.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 3:45:33 PM EDT
I was in Dubai i nthe UAE in 98. Pretty modern place for being the middle east...
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 3:48:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/22/2002 3:49:51 PM EDT by raven]
Have you seen the Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai? It's mindblowing in its opulence, the only 5-star hotel in the world, and the world's tallest hotel (the main structure is the height of the Empire State Building. Like that Palm Island project, it stands on an artificial island. [url]http://www.jumeirahinternational.com/baa/c.htm[/url] Click your browser to "Welcome to Burj al-Arab" [img]http://www.jumeirahinternational.com/baa/images/pic_gal_01.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 3:52:59 PM EDT
Well, I do have to admit, they do come up with some cool architectual ideas. Where is the beheading arena ? S-I
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 4:03:15 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Stepped-init: Well, I do have to admit, they do come up with some cool architectual ideas. Where is the beheading arena ? S-I
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LOL, but Dubai is a pretty liberal and cosmopolitan place by Arab standards. You can drink, women don't have to be veiled, Russian hookers everywhere. You have to wonder why anyone would want to live on that Palm Island place. I mean, as a vaction home, I can think of a million places I'd rather chill than on the coast of the freaking Persian Gulf. It's not exactly a place for the working stiffs of Dubai, either. Kind of interesting, but it seems like it'd be empty most of the time except for service personnel and administrators. Or maybe Arabs really dig this kind of stuff and they'll come in from all over the Middle East.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 4:22:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/22/2002 4:23:21 PM EDT by QCMGR]
Originally Posted By MAHABALI:
Dubai launches giant palm tree resort island Dubai has unveiled plans for a palm tree-shaped resort island on land reclaimed from the sea.....
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[img]www.alshindagah.com/july2001/a_palm2.jpg[/img] ...or so you would think. It is a military staging area with a protected bay for cargo ships (think updated Mulberries) and just picture the 20,000 ft airfield. It is an unsinkable aircraft carrier. It is a perfect defensive position. Look for these "resort islands" to appear off the cost of China and France.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 5:01:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 5:22:29 PM EDT
the water to the north inside the 'tree' is gonna ba nasty, a no water flow laggoon is a bad thing.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 5:38:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By raven: ...the only 5-star hotel in the world,...
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I guess that depends on who's rating it and what system they use. AFAIK, there's 5-star hotels all over North America, Europe, and Asia.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 5:57:59 PM EDT
BIG TARGETS ... EASY TO HIT ...
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 6:41:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By sniper1az: BIG TARGETS ... EASY TO HIT ...
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Look at all the places you can put a Phalanx CIWS and Patriot missile system. It become almost impenetrable. I bet Bechtel is building it.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 6:52:03 PM EDT
Don't know about that one, but I've stayed [url=www.littlepalmisland.com/]here.[/url] and it's damned nice. [img]www.littlepalmisland.com/i/photos/index.jpg[/img] [img]www.littlepalmisland.com/i/photos/accommodations.jpg[/img] [img]www.littlepalmisland.com/i/phototour/accommodations/photo_accommodations_1.jpg[/img] Stayed there three days on my honeymoon.
Link Posted: 11/22/2002 7:43:45 PM EDT
Oh, I thought is was a masturbators paradise.
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