The unique man-made island built in palm-tree shape with sand and rock formation, Palm Jumeirah is claimed as “eighth wonder of the world” This is definitely regarded as one of Dubai’s most ambitious and recognizable projects to date by Nakheel, a company owned by the Dubai government. It is one of three islands called The Palm Islands which will increase Dubai’s shoreline by a total of 520 km. The Palm Jumeirah is the smallest and the original of three Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira), located on the Jumeirah coastal area of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
The Palm Jumeirah consists of a trunk, a crown with 17 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island that forms an 11 kilometers long breakwater. The island is 5 kilometres by 5 kilometres and its total area is larger than 800 football pitches. The crown is connected to the mainland by a 300-metre 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 island will double the length of the Dubai coastline.
The Jumeirah Palm doesn’t just feature luxury villas and white sand beaches, however. The Atlantis Resort is an ambitious construction featuring the Royal Towers – an architectural wonder, and yet another impressive landmark for Dubai, with its towering arches, arabesque domes and ornate spires overlooking the warm, clear and calm waters of the Arabian golf.
The Atlantis resort also features hotel accommodation in the form of 1539 rooms and suites, the first open air marine habitat in the Middle East, and Aquaventure: a huge 17 hectare water park, featuring a 2km long wave river, a tidal pool and the 27.5 meter near-vertical drop slide which propels visitors through a submerged tunnel into a shark filled lagoon. The entire Atlantis complex is set amongst manicured aquatic gardens and white sand beaches, and is expected to be fully open to the public by autumn 2008.
The peninsulas jutting from the central avenue are created also from sand dredged from the seabottom and then vibro-compacted to support structures. Palm Jumeirah was created from 3,257,212,970.389 cubic feet of sand. Vibro-compacting is performed by saturating the sand with water then vibrating it via probes to make the sand settle more densely. First a probe is inserted into the sand sub-surface through water saturation and vibration. As the probe reaches its intended depth, loose sand is poured into the cavity made by the vibrator probe. Thus a denser zone of sand is created, enough to support construction.
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