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Known as the world's largest artificially created island, The Palm consists of three archipelagos namely Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali. Designed in the form of a palm tree, the construction for the mega island had begun in the early 2001. However, by the end of 2014, only the smallest archipelago known as the Palm Jumeirah was completed. Henceforth, the construction for the second island known as the Palm Jebel Ali had begun whose construction is still under process. All the three islands have been planned in the same way and specific areas have been separated for residential as well as resort purposes.
The successful completion of the Palm Island is yet to add an additional area of 520 kilometres owing to the extention of vast stretches of pristine white beaches in the form of archipelagos.
The Palm Jumeirah
The Palm Jumeirah is shaped like a palm tree with sixteen projecting fronds. At the apex, a gorgeous crescent shaped island stretches for about eleven kilometres, thereby adding an extra seventy- eight kilometres to the main area of Dubai.
The island presently harbours around 2000 residential buildings and 40 luxury villas teeming with numerous entertainment hubs and shopping malls which caters to the needs of approximately 5,00,000 people together.
In 2009, it had garnered immense appreciation owing to the establishment of Palm Jumeirah Monorail which had henceforth earned the title of first successfully running monorail in UAE.
Located in the south- western side of Dubai, Jebel Ali is a small port- town situated in The Palm Island. The construction of Jebel Ali had begun late in the year 2002 and its completion was scheduled by the end of 2015. The famous Al- Maktoum International Airport has been built on the outskirts of Jebel Ali and is very well- connected to the other parts of the world.
Although the construction of The Palm Island is known to have created history and broken many world records, the damage done to the environment is beyond imagination. The construction of breakwaters has disturbed the formation of natural tides and has unintentionally harmed the marine life a lot. It has also changed the cycle for sediment formation along the seashore which has resulted in major blockage of water transportation. This has eventually created turbulence in the Persian Gulf. However, many corrections are being made to ensure the protection of the environment from every aspect possible.
The structure of The Palm Island is entirely made up of rocks and sand. The use of cement or concrete or any kind of iron and steel was strictly prohibited as per the order issued by the Prince of Dubai, which makes the island even more fascinating.
Such an idea was proposed in order to increase the tourist attraction in Dubai. In the late 90s, the economical condition had degraded a lot due to major oil depletion in the Persian Gulf, however, the number of tourists visiting the place after the construction of The Palm Islands has shot up extravantly, eventually changing the whole economic scenario of Dubai.
The plan however had encountered many constraints. Due to the 9/11 tragedy in the year 2001, tourist count in Dubai had fallen down at an alarming rate and as a result, the pace of construction had to get slowed down.
The Palm Island is still under construction and is developing every day. Within the three archipelagos, the island harbors over eights lakhs people. The major number however resides in the Palm Jumeirah island which was completed in the year 2008. The other two is still under construction.
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