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Woah Sluggy that's some killer updates today on multiple threads!
Loadsa new pictures, they're all great. Thank you very much.
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Creating the man-made Palm Islands in Dubai took planning and precise engineering. The Palm Jumeirah was the first of the Palm Islands to be built, and started with a crescent-shaped breakwater to protect the reclamation work from rough seas. At its deepest, the breakwater stands in 35 feet (11 meters) of the ocean and rises to 13 feet (4 meters) above sea level at low tide and is designed to protect The Palm against the worst sea conditions imaginable. Engineers placed openings on either side of the crescent to allow the seawater to be refreshed every 14 days in order to prevent the water trapped within the island fronds from becoming brackish.

The bottom of the crescent is a small hill of sand, taken from the sea and not the desert because, according to the engineers, the sea sand is more environmentally sustainable and more seismically stable. The engineers used a Differential Global Positioning System to check the accuracy of the sand placement to within one centimeter. A sheet of water-permeable geotextile over the sand ensures it remains in place and is not washed away.

On top of the sand lies a protective layer of "small" rocks, each weighing up to a ton. On the inside of the crescent lies a "toe" of rocks weighing between one and four tons which were lifted into place by a floating crane and then pushed and shaped with underwater excavators. Above the layer of smaller rocks are two more layers of "armor," made up of rocks weighing as much as six tons.

With the crescent securely in place, 173 million cubic feet (5 million cubic meters) of rock were positioned to create the foundation of the inner island. Dredgers then began working around the clock to transfer 3.25 billion cubic feet (91 million cubic meters) of sand to build up the landmass. Once the dredging was complete, it was vital to settle the sand before it was built on—a natural process that normally takes millions of years. So the sand underwent a process called vibro-compaction, which should mean that any further settlement should be less than one inch over the next 50 years.

—Marisa Larson - National Geographic - Jan 07
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^ Great info on the Palm.

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Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about The World:

GENERAL

1. What is The World?
The World is arguably the most innovative and exciting real estate development on the planet. It consists of 300 man made islands, strategically placed to represent the world map, 4km off the coast of Dubai. The World represents 300 opportunities for developers to deliver 300 concepts and will be a one-of-a-kind master-planned island city hosting a community of homes, apartments, resorts, restaurants and retail in a marine wonderland of beaches, boating and leisure.

2. Who is developing The World?
Nakheel, the uniquely focused property development company behind a variety of new landmark developments in Dubai, including the iconic Palm development, is the brand name behind The World. By implementing truly groundbreaking property developments that will go down in history for their magnitude and grandeur, Nakheel is playing a large part in Dubai’s phenomenal growth as the tourism and commerce hub of the Middle East.

3. Whose vision was behind The World?
His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, has a long history of innovation, particularly in the burgeoning tourism industry. The World is an example of a successful strategy to encourage tourism in Dubai by utilising its key natural assets of beautiful sea and year-round sunshine. Nakheel is doing so by creating groundbreaking developments that push back boundaries of imagination, design and construction and place Dubai as a major global player and the business and commerce hub of the Middle East.

4. How long has the project been in planning?
The project was announced in September 2003, following two years of extensive planning, research development and design. Construction commenced shortly after.

5. For whom is The World intended?
The World is a leisure, residential and tourist development that has attracted local and international interest. Potential buyers include individuals looking to purchase islands for their private use as well as investors and leading international hotel groups. Only selected buyers who have met the necessary criteria as stipulated by Nakheel will have the chance to purchase their own island. They must possess the ability to purchase, develop and maintain an island, as these islands cannot be resold. The World represents a variety of commercial opportunities for developers.

6. What does the project mean to Dubai and to the UAE?
The World represents a unique concept of leisure, living and tourism - offering extraordinary experiences to residents and visitors alike. It is an expansion of Dubai’s drive to enhance its position both as a premier international tourist destination and as an ideal residential option. The World is an iconic development that has garnered massive brand value and goodwill due to its novelty. This ‘never before’ concept enforces Dubai’s position on the world map.

7. Where exactly will the world be located?
The World will be located four kilometres offshore from Dubai, at a halfway point between Burj Al Arab and Port Rashid. This is about 25 kms. from the centre of Dubai city and approximately 30 minutes by road from Dubai International Airport.

8. How is The World being funded?
The Government of Dubai and local and international banks are funding the project.

9. How much interest has The World generated locally and internationally?
Interest in The World has been very strong and has attracted the attention of numerous local and international investors. These include hoteliers and hotel chains, resort developers, celebrities, commercial and retail developers, and private investors.

10. Why is it considered one of the most unusual island/real estate projects to be ever undertaken?
The World is a singularly unique project in several ways. Upon completion, the project will have created the world’s largest cluster of man-made islands. The design and presentation of the islands is expected to be an overwhelming visual experience. Finally, the islands offer 300 opportunities for developers to create not only residences but also elite facilities including retail, entertainment, hotels, themed developments and marine sports clubs.

11. How will visitors reach The World?
The World can only be reached via boat or helicopter. There will be no land bridge between mainland Dubai and The World. Two mainland marinas will link to 4 hubs within The World that will in turn service the islands.

12. How far is The World away from The Palm?
The World is 21km to the East by Northeast of The Palm Jumeirah.

13. How will people be able to find their islands at night?
Individual islands will be easily found through advanced GPS technology and navigation channels will be clearly marked.

CONSTRUCTION

14. Why create islands?
Dubai has been formed as a linear, coastal city, with most of its development taking place by the sea. However, the Emirate has a limited amount of coastline, the vast majority of which is already developed. Thus, Sheikh Mohammed’s vision was to create islands offshore – using the natural resources of Dubai. By shaping these islands into beautiful, striking designs, the developments have captured the imagination of the world. An island destination within the close proximity of Dubai adds to the offering for the growing tourist population and real estate projects.

15. What are the stages of construction?
There are two main stages to the creation of The World. The first phase involves the reclamation of land, which is currently being conducted by Nakheel. The second phase involves the development of the reclaimed land, which will be undertaken by island owners who will be responsible for the construction on their private islands.

16. What is the current status of construction and how long will the reclamation take to complete?
Despite the challenging deadline that Nakheel has set for its completion, construction on the project is on schedule. As of the latest figures (April 2006) 90% of land reclamation is complete, with 270 islands visible above water. The reclamation stage is expected to be completed by 2008. Once reclamation is completed, the islands will be handed over to the owners.

17. What are the islands being built of?
Each island is built of sand reclaimed from the sea floor while the breakwater barriers are built from rock armour from local quarries. No artificial or chemical materials are used during the reclamation process.

18. Where are the sand and rocks from?
The rock that is being used to build the barriers is from quarries around the UAE. The sand that is being used as landfill is being dredged locally. It is the exact same process used to create The Palm, Jumeirah and is also being used to construct The Palm, Jebel Ali.

19. How much material will be used in constructing The World?
326 million cubic meters of sand will be used to form the islands, 32 million tons of rock will be used to construct the breakwater.

20. What is a breakwater?
Breakwaters are shelters around islands or harbors that act as a barrier against the water – they ‘break’ the water. They are designed to dissipate wave energy of small waves from the leeward exposure and allow improved and controlled waterflow.

DESIGN

21. What are the dimensions of The World?
The World will measure approximately 7 kms in length and 9 kms in width, and will cover an area of over 9,340,000 square metres, adding 232 kilometers of beachfront to Dubai’s shoreline.

22. What is the size of an island?
The islands will range from 150,000 square feet to 450,000 square feet in size, with the average island measuring approximately 300,000 square feet. The average distance between islands is 50-100 metres, with an average depth of water surrounding each island at 8-16 metres.

RESIDENTIAL

23. How much will an island cost?
Prices of islands on The World range between $10 million to $45 million approximately.

24. Who can own these islands or homes?
Ownership of the islands on The World is open to all individuals, groups and corporations of every nationality on a freehold basis (full ownership). However, there will be a private screening of investors to ensure that they meet the basic requirements of island ownership at The World.

25. Will expatriate owners be provided with residence visas?
Visas will be issued to expatriate owners, their dependants and their staff every three years for as long as they hold title to an island on The World.

26. What differentiates living on The World from any other options in Dubai?
Owners of islands on The World will have the benefits of sea views, private beaches, stunning scenery and privacy apart from the privilege of owning and living on their own private island while only minutes away from all the modern facilities in Dubai.

27. What will be the impact of The World on the real estate market in Dubai?
In Dubai’s diverse spectrum of real estate projects, The World is the most premium offering. This exclusive real estate development is expected to play a key role in raising awareness of Dubai on a global level as an ideal residential option, and to have an overall positive impact on the real estate industry in Dubai. The wide variety of residential and commercial opportunities on offer will only strengthen the city’s real estate offerings.

28. Will there be service islands?
A selection of strategically placed islands will remain the property of Nakheel. These islands will used be as staging points for the provision of a range of services such as utilities and transport marinas.

Lifestyle

29. Can the general public access any or all islands? Or is it meant only for owners?
With The World being a mixture of private and commercial developments, there will certainly be areas, which the general public will be able to visit. It is in anticipation of this that Nakheel is creating three new marinas on the Dubai coastline to ensure easy access to The World and Nakheel’s other water-based projects for visitors and residents.

30. Do you really see that the pace of development in Dubai will justify a project like this?
Dubai is continuing to grow very strongly and we see increasing numbers of tourists each year and growing demand for real estate investment. Dubai is one of the fastest growing cities at the moment and The World will be a must see destination within Dubai in the near future.

31. Can people keep their boats on The World?
Since The World is only accessible by sea or air, each owner is free to make provision for his preferred method of transportation on their own islands.
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January Progress Updates - The World

Some more amazing pics courtesy of Slugbelch

Some great new dredging shots to start with:



















...and some defense work progress....












.....and some lovely new panoramic shots....








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Am already trying to imagine the horrendous boat traffic when the whole thing is done
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The project is quite an eye-opener, but when you mix water, sand, and energy movement, you get liquifaction. The last time they built a man-made island on this scope in size (Kensei Internation Airport), the engineers discovered that it was sinking into the sea (it will take some time, though). And those japanese engineers were not using sand to create the airport island, but denser soil and rock!
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I would presume that with every new project, the previous experiences and challenges are taken into consideration. Plus Japan is a very sismic active place and I belive the reclamation there took place in deeper waters then those in Dubai.
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I can see these two towers rising from my office window. They are topped out now with only roof, facade and interiour work to be done. It took them less then 1.5 years to reach at this stage.
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Trunk masterplan unveiled for The Palm Jumeirah
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In order to achieve a better balance between waterfront leisure and recreational facilities and also provide valuable community space for residents, a landscaped park will now become the focal point at the centre of the trunk.

The 7.8 hectare park will include a wide range of facilities including a large water element with pools and fountains being key features. The park will also be an experiential feature, creating attractive, useable space. Residents will not only have beautiful park side views, but also the opportunity to enjoy the space physically.

The new design will enhance the community of the trunk as one continuous destination, as opposed to a number of separate, disconnected developments. Residents will be able to walk from their apartment to anywhere on the trunk – from the clubhouses to retail at The Golden Mile, and from hotels on the trunk to the luxury retail centre.

Chris O’Donnell, Nakheel Chief Executive, said: “In evolving The Palm Jumeirah into one of the world’s premier resorts for living, tourism and leisure we are constantly looking at ways to add to the amenity of life on the island. The new park will be an experiential feature, creating beautifully landscaped areas and a lively space for residents to engage, play and relax whether that’s a leisurely stroll through the park or a picnic with the family.”


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This central located park sounds like where the Trump hotel is/was to be built? Surprised Trumps hotel was not mentioned. The quote: "The trunk as one continuous destination, as opposed to a number of separate, disconnected developments" sounds like Trumps' hotel to me.

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Easily the most interesting property in the world right now, Dubai and it's fascinating island & reclamed land projects. It is staggering the amount of construction that is currently going on and very fun to watch. Great bunch of pics in this thread, thanks to everyone who updates this one!
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For those of you with google earth, it's kind of neat that you can see the ship pumping sand onto the world pretty clearly. Click here.
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