The 8th wonder of the world
The challenge, Jumeirah
The first palm, Jumeirah, was initiated in June 2001 and is expected to be completed by 2006. The Palm is to be a residential and resort island with 2000 luxury villas, 40 luxury hotels, Marine Park, shopping complexes and cinemas. The island is built in the shape of a palm tree with 17 fronds each 75 m wide and 2 km long, surrounded by a 12 km long and 200 m wide protective breakwater extending 5 km into the sea south of Dubai city. In large-scale land reclamation projects, as the Palm, built directly into the sea, the quality of the construction materials is decisive. This is where Fibertex enters the picture.
The challenge, Jebel Ali
The second palm, Jebel Ali, is situated 22 km from the Palm, Jumeirah. The palm, Jebel Ali, will be 50% larger than the palm, Jumeirah, and is expected to open in 2008. The most outstanding new elements are the 1,060 water homes. Built on stilts, the water homes will form a 12 km long chain between the fronds and the breakwater. When viewed from above these homes will spell out a verse from an Arabic poem. The depth of the water below will be approx. 8-10 metres. Other new elements are six marinas and a ”Sea Village” – a sea aquarium with killer whales and other deep-sea wildlife.
The Palm, Jebel Ali
- The palm comprises 172 million m3 of sand and rocks
- The breakwater is 15.5 km long and bulit with Fibertex Geotextiles
- Total length is 7 km and 7.5 km in width
The Palm, Jumeirah
- The palm comprises 90 million m3 of sand and rock
- The breakwater is 12 km long and bulit with Fibertex Geotextiles
- Total length is 5.5 km and 5.5 km in width
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