The Palm Jumeirah & Atlantis The Palm

The Palm Jumeirah Dubai and the opening of Atlantis The Palm 

The Palm Jumeirah is a Palm-shaped artificial island situated off the Jumeirah coast of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. It was entirely created using land reclaimation which will artificially create a total of 520km of beachline. It is also currently the world’s largest man-made island.

The Palm Jumeirah development started in 2001, and since then the concept has been duplicated with another two larger Palm Islands currently under development nearby – The Palm Jebel Ali and The Palm Deira. 

The Palm Jumeirah land reclaimation was started in 2001.

The Palm Jumeirah land reclaimation was started in 2001.

The Palm Jumeirah consists of a trunk, a crown with 17 fronds, and a surrounding crescent island that forms an 11 kilometre long breakwater. The palm island’s 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 sub-sea tunnel.

The Palm Jumeirah in 2007.

The Palm Jumeirah in 2007.

Over the next few years, as the tourism phases develop, The Palm Jumeirah itself is touted to be one of the world’s premier holiday destination. It has also self-declared as the ‘8th Wonder of the World’.

Besides Atlantis, The Trump and Palm Mall are iconic landmarks on Palm Jumeirah.

Besides Atlantis, The Trump and Palm Mall are iconic landmarks on Palm Jumeirah.

The Palm Jumeirah will feature themed boutique hotels, villa homes, resort-themed apartments, beaches, marinas, restaurants, cafés and a variety of retail outlets. Over 30 beachfront hotels will be opened as early as the end of 2009, including:

  • The Trump International Hotel & Tower – 62-storey iconic tower [www.trumpdubai.com];
  • Tiara Resort & Residence (to be known as Essque Hotel);
  • The Taj Exotica Resort & Taj Grandeur Residences;
  • Rixos’ Ottoman Palace Resort;
  • Oceana Hotel & Luxury Apartments;
  • Kempinski Emerald Palace & Residences;
  • Radisson SAS Palm Jumeirah;
  • The Kingdom of Sheba & The Fairmont Palm Residence;
  • The Royal Amwaj & Movenpick Palm Jumeirah Resort;
  • Dusit Thani Devarana Resort & Spa –> 7-star resort!; 
  • W Hotel Palm Jumeirah; etc.
The Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah under construction in 2006.

The Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah under construction in 2006.

The Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah in August 2007.

The Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah in August 2007.

Other attractions include:

  • Two F-100 Sabre fighter jets have been stripped and sunk within The Palm Jumeirah to create an artificial reef, intended to encourage marine life.
  • The world’s famous cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II will be rested here and transformed into a floating hotel beginning 2009. The cruise liner is due to arrive at The Palm Jumeirah on 26 November 2008.
The Palm Jumeirah on 1 November 2008_1.

The Palm Jumeirah on 1 November 2008_1.

The Palm Jumeirah on 1 November 2008_1.

The Palm Jumeirah on 1 November 2008_2.

The Palm Jumeirah Monorail is a 5.45km public transportation system currently being built to connect the Palm Jumeirah to the mainland, with a planned connection to Dubai Metro in the future. When open next year, it will be the first monorail in the region.  

The Palm Jumeirah villas and signature homes_1.

The Palm Jumeirah villas and signature homes_1.

The Palm Jumeirah villas and signature homes_2.

The Palm Jumeirah villas and signature homes_2.

The No.1 landmark on The Palm Jumeirah is Atlantis, The Palm. The resort is managed by world renowned Kerzner International and modelled after its flagship resort – Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The resort consists of two towers linked by a bridge, with a total of approximately 1,540 rooms. The 630-acre land taken up by this resort alone is equivalent to 64 Wembley football pitches.

And the cost of one night in the Bridge Suite was reported to be USD$35,000.  

The Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah also includes a large water theme park called “Aquaventure”, a dolphin bay and one of the world’s largest aquarium with 65,000 marine creatures (the world’s largest aquarium tank is in the recently opened The Dubai Mall). The water theme park major attraction is a waterslide called Leap of Faith that spits you out from the top of a faux-Mesopotamian temple called the Ziggurat!

The Palm Jumeirah sub-sea tunnel and The Atlantis, which is still under construction in June 2008.

The Palm Jumeirah sub-sea tunnel and The Atlantis, which is still under construction in June 2008.

The Atlantis was finally completed in September 2008.

The Atlantis was finally completed in September 2008.

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Finally, the Atlantis Palm Jumeirah was officially opened yesterday – 20 November 2008 with a big bang!

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Financial crisis? What crisis?

There was no evidence of the global financial crisis as tycoons and celebrities streamed into Dubai on the night of 20 November for the world’s most expensive private party of 2,500 invited guests.

Having spent £1 billion, the owners of the Atlantis hotel, which they hope will become the new symbol of excess in a region already replete with towering statements of wealth, splashed out £13.5 million on its debut.

One of the most spectacular party in 2008, but least known by common people.

One of the most spectacular party in 2008, but least known by common people.

The opening party was incredibly spectacular. It has been said to have been the world’s biggest firework display, a milion rocket firework display with 100 computer-guided rockets makes it 7 times bigger than the opening of Beijing Olympics, which is the largest firework display till last night.

See it for yourself below:

1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7740887.stm [must watch]

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It was also celebrated in the grandest fashion with the presence of Western celebrities, including:

Kylie Minogue, Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jordan, Bob Geldof, Robert De Niro, Janet Jackson, Charlize Theron, Denzil Washington, Chris Tucker, Mary Kate Olsen, Wesley Snipes, Quincy Jones, Natalie Imbruglia, Gerald Butler, Stuart Townsend, Agyness Deyn, Petra Nemcova, Yasmin Le Bon, Lilly Allen, Mischa Barton, Shirley Bassey, Samantha Ronson, Jermaine Dupri, Daisy Lowe, Jade Jagger amongst others.  

The lit up Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah Dubai.

The lit up Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah Dubai.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan was the luckiest person at the party when he bagged the most exclusive suite stay, while Bollywood girl and former Miss World Priyanka Chopra was named the “Goddess of Atlantis”. 

Also present at the party was HRH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum and the royal family of Dubai, Sarah Ferguson – the Duchess of York, local politicians, local celebrities, billion-dollar tycoons Sol Kerzner and Richard Branson, celebrity chefs and fashion designers.   

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The Atlantis is Rising! Source: spiegel.de

The greatest fireworks ever was reported to be visible from space. How cool is that?  

The Palm Jumeirah spectacular fireworks launch on 20 November 2008.

The Palm Jumeirah spectacular fireworks launch on 20 November 2008.

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www.thepalm.ae ::: www.palmjumeirah.ae ::: www.atlantisthepalm.com

The Dubai Mall

 *Update*

VIDEO PRESENTATION FROM AMEINFO:  

The Dubai Mall : http://www.ameinfo.com/174274.html

The Dubai Aquarium & Discovery Centre : http://www.ameinfo.com/174970.html

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One of the world’s largest shopping mall has opened in Downtown Dubai despite the global economic gloom.

 
The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall

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The Dubai Mall was officially opened on 4 November 2008.

The Dubai Mall was officially opened on 4 November 2008.

More than 600 retail shops were reported to be ready for business when the doors officially opened at 2pm on 4 November.

The Dubai Mall under-construction in September 2008.

The Dubai Mall under-construction in September 2008.

A model of The Dubai Mall... super freaking huge!

A model of The Dubai Mall... super freaking huge!

Sprawling over a total area of 12 million sq ft, THE DUBAI MALL is situated at the foot of Burj Dubai — already the tallest building on the planet at around 700 meters (2,300 feet) and still under construction.

The Dubai Mall interior_1

The Dubai Mall interior_1

With a projected 1,200 retail stores, The Dubai Mall will be the largest shopping centre-cum-entertainment hub in the Middle East.

The Dubai Mall interior_2

The Dubai Mall interior_2

The mall is scheduled to house branches of some of the world’s best known retail chains, such as London’s renowned toy store Hamley’s, French retailer Galeries Lafayette, UK’s luxury supermarket Waitrose; and Bloomingdales, which has never before had stores outside the United States.

Fashion Catwalk Atrium - a new concept of shopping mall centre court.

Fashion Catwalk Atrium - a new concept of shopping mall centre court.

The Gold Souk atrium

The Gold Souk atrium

Attractions within the mall that have opened include:

  • The mall’s main attraction is The Dubai Aquarium, one of the world’s largest aquarium tank plus a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. The aquarium will eventually house up to 33,000 aquatic animals, including 400 sharks and rays combined.
  • Adjoining with the aquarium is the Discovery Centre, an educational open-air experience with rainforest and oceanic settings. Here you’ll walk on the canopy above a miniature river or see exotic animals like the piranhas and humbolt penguins.   [www.thedubaiaquarium.com]   
  • The world’s largest Gold Souk (gold marketplace) with 220 retailers.
  • The Middle East’s first Olympic-size ice skating rink.   [www.dubaiicerink.com]
  • The 850,000 sq ft multimedia-enhanced Fashion Catwalk Atrium.
  • 14,000 undercover parking spaces.
The Dubai Aquarium

The Dubai Aquarium

The Dubai Aquarium

The Dubai Aquarium at the official opening.

Other attractions within the mall include:

  • Middle East’s first SEGA Republic indoor theme park covering 76,000 sq ft that will open early 2009. Expect high adrenaline thrills just like in SEGA video games!
  • KidZania, a 80,000 sq ft children’s edu-tainment centre that will open mid 2009.
  • Reel Cinema, a 22-screen cineplex with a total of 3,000 seats, including a 350-seater hall that will be Dubai’s largest, an arthouse cinematic hall and 4 premier class halls. Reel Cinema is a joint venture with Singapore’s Cathay and is due for opening later in 2009.
  • The Grove, a state-of-the-art indoor-outdoor retail concept with fully retractable roof, which will bring in an outdoor community feel with tree-lined walkways, a lifestyle retail mix and a mix of casual dining cafés and restaurants.  
  • Fashion Avenue with 70 flagship stores dedicated to haute couture.
  • Waterfront Atrium, with views of the Burj Dubai and the Dubai Fountain, a musical water fountain spreading over 2 soccer fields that shoot water to heights equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The fountain is currently under-construction.
  • Oasis Fountain Waterfall.
  • Adjoining The Address Downtown Burj Dubai and The Address Dubai Mall are two 5-star hotels opening in just a few weeks time.
The Grove @ The Dubai Mall

The Grove @ The Dubai Mall

Intereting retail outlets in The Dubai Mall include:

  • Hamley’s, 32,000 sq ft toy megastore that will include London’s Regent Street mini replica, has opened for business.
  • New York’s Bloomingdale’s first overseas branch that will open in 2010.
  • Galeries Lafayette, French departmental store opening in February 2009.
  • Waitrose, British high-end supermarket has opened.
  • Unconfirmed major tenant is Barneys of New York.
  • Other major tenants include Debenhams, Marks & Spencer, Zara (flagship), Forever 21 (megastore), Kinokuniya Bookstore, Dean & Deluca, Crate & Barrell, etc. 
  • Close to 100 fashion stores, this mall is truly a global all-in-one fashion powerhouse – from Armani to Club Monaco, Dolce & Gabanna to Ed Hardy, Fendi to Gucci, Harley Davidson to Jean Paul Gaultier, Karen Millen to Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs to Porsche Design, Ralph Lauren to Salvatore Ferragamo, Ted Baker to Van Cleef & Arpels, Versace to Zilli.
  • Dubai’s largest foodcourt with 40 outlets, plus an organic foodmart, plus another 120 restaurants, fastfoods and cafes.
  • Notable fastfood chains include Charley’s Grilled Subs, Fatburger USA, New York Fries, Taco Bell, Uno Chicago Grill. Cafes are aplenty – from Armani Cafe to Cold Stone Creamery, Espressamente Illy to Krispy Kreme, Le Pain Quotidien to Patchi Chocolates, Starbucks to Whittard of Chelsea.
The Dubai Mall Ice Skating Rink

The Dubai Mall Ice Skating Rink

The funny thing is Dubai has announced that it will build another mall that will be larger than this, to be called the – Mall of Arabia Dubai – that will have a total gross leasable area of 10 million sq ft as compared to The Dubai Mall’s 3.8 million sq ft.

Shop till you drop!

Shop till you drop!

The Dubai Mall expects an estimated 30 million visitors within the first year of opening. Globally, the mall has already won 5 distinctive awards prior to opening.

WWW.THEDUBAIMALL.COM

Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, is renowned for grandiose and often extravagant projects, including a series of man-made islands and luxury hotels. In September, it launched the world renowned Atlantis-branded water-themed resort billed as the most unique in the Middle East.

The Atlantis on manmade Palm Jumeirah off Dubai coast was opened in September 2008.

The Atlantis on manmade Palm Jumeirah off Dubai coast was opened in September 2008.

Dubai June 2008

DUBAI CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

courtesy of Imre-Solt and SSC Dubai forumers

Burj Dubai Downtown, The Old Town, Business Bay, DIFC and Sheikh Zayed Downtown 

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(above) Burj Dubai, The Old Town, The Dubai Mall and part of Business Bay and Sheikh Zayed downtown.

Business Bay

(above) The first phase of Business Bay, adjacent to Burj Dubai. The development will eventually see more than 200 skyscrapers.

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(above) Dubai’s present CBD on Sheikh Zayed, adjacent to Burj Dubai.

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(above) Skyscrapers lining up along Sheikh Zayed highway.

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(above) Photo taken from Burj Dubai, overlooking the massive “The Index” at DIFC.

DIFC

(above) The Gate at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

 Jumeirah Lake, Dubai  

Jumeirah Lake Towers

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Dubai Marina

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Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina_2

Dubai Marina_3

Palm Jumeirah

The Atlantis Palm Jumeirah

Palm Jumeirah

Dubai Culture Village @ Dubai Creek

Dubai Culture Village

The Lagoons @ Dubai Creek

The Lagoons

[Acknowledgement / Credit: Photos by Imre-Solt (Dubai Construction Update), Joekwon, Josau, The_King, Dubai_Steve, SSC Dubai Forumers]

Dubai Supertall Madness (Updated2)

CITYSCAPE DUBAI EXHIBITION 2008 WILL REVEAL MORE SUPERTALL SKYSCRAPERS. NO. 37 – 40 HAS BEEN CONFIRMED PLANNED FOR A NEW DEVELOPMENT CALLED JUMEIRAH GARDENS CITY.

FOR A ROUNDUP OF DUBAI PROJECTS, CLICK HERE.  

Almost the whole world, including economic giants USA, Japan and China, is shivering over skyrocketing oil prices, one country on Earth seems largely unaffected. AND NOW CREDIT CRUNCH?

That is the United Arab Emirates.

The reason to that is simple. The world’s major consumers of petroleum are heavily dependent on the Middle Eastern oil. And oil-rich Dubai being the emirate’s main city and the main entrepot for the region is now flushed with revenues of billions and trillions like never before.

So Dubai is ‘showing off’ its wealth in an unprecedented transformation of its entire city skyline.

At least three so-called Business Districts have been rigourously planned to rise up in the middle of its sand dunes. The city has already become the host to the highest number of skyscrapers and super-high towers in the world. Amongst them are the world’s tallest building Burj Dubai and the completed luxurious Burj Al Arab and Rose Rotana Suites.  

Critics argued what economic sense could be justified by building grandiose record-breaking structures when the current economic condition are unable to support these efforts. 

Although the city is fast becoming an important tourist destination especially to the Europeans, Dubai has a relatively small population in excess of one million. Astonishingly to note that more than two thirds of its population are made up of expatriates (who are not locals), mainly consisting of impecunious people from subcontinental South Asia. Generally, they are employed as labours in Dubai’s booming construction industry.

Nevertheless, many locals believe that their small but affluent population coupled with some cash-rich tourists would not stop their dreams in making Dubai one of the world’s premier financial hubs in the coming decade.

We now take a review of the supertowers planned for this city.

Dubai On-Going Projects of more than 75 storeys:

Burj Dubai

1. Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building is due for completion end of this year. Currently it has 162 completed floors.

Pentominium Burj Al Alam_1  Burj Al Alam_2

2. The Pentominium – 120 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2011

3. Burj Al Alam – 108 floors – Location: Business Bay – Completion: 2010

Dubai Supertalls

4. Marina 101 – 102 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2010

5. Elite Residence Dubai – 92 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2010

6. Dubai Princess Tower – 101 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2009

7. The Torch Dubai – 84 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2008

8. Ahmed Abdul Rahim Al Attar Tower – 76 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown – Completion: 2008

9. Al Yacoub Tower – 72 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown – Completion: 2009

23 Marina The Index Ocean Heights

10. 23 Marina – 90 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2009

11. The Index – 86 floors – Location: Dubai International Financial Centre – Completion: 2010

12. Ocean Heights – 82 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2010

D1 Dubai Infinity Dubai Almas Dubai  HHH Tower

13. D1 Tower – 80 floors – Location: Dubai Culture Village – Completion: 2010

14. Infinity Tower Dubai – 80 floors – Location: Dubai Marina – Completion: 2010

15. Almas Tower – 74 floors – Location: Jumeirah Lake – Completion: 2008

16. HHHR Tower – 72 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown – Completion: 2009

Lam Tara Emirates Park Dancing Dubai

17. Lam Tara Twin Towers – 70, 60 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown – Completion: 2010

18. Emirates Park Towers – twin 77 floors – Location: Business Bay – Completion: 2009

19. Dubai Dancing Towers – 80, 65, 52 floors – Location: Business Bay – Completion: 2011

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Dubai Proposed Projects of more than 75 storeys:

 Dubai Towers  Dubai Wave

20. Proposed The Signature Dubai Towers – 57 to 97 floors – Location: The Lagoons Dubai

21. Proposed Dubai Wave Tower – 92 floors – Location: Waterfront, Dubai

Marina Sky Hard Rock Dubai Damac Heights

22. Proposed Marina Sky Towers – twin 100 floors and annexe 90 floors – Location: Dubai Marina

23. Proposed Hard Rock Hotel Dubai – 91 floors – Location: World Trade Centre, Dubai

24. Proposed Damac Heights – 105 floors – Location: Dubai Marina

Oasis Beach Al Sharq The Lighthouse

25. Proposed Oasis Beach Hotel Tower – 90 floors – Location: Dubai Marina

26. Proposed Al Sharq Tower – 102 floors – Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Downtown

27. Proposed The Lighthouse Dubai – 66 to 80 floors – Location: Dubai International Financial Centre

The Lotus Palm Jebel Ali Towers

28. Proposed La Residence @ The Lotus – Location: Business Bay

29. Proposed towers on Palm Jebel Ali, offshore Dubai

30. The proposed Al Burj that will be the world’s first ever 1km (in height) man-made structure. 228 floors no kidding !!! Soil testing for this project has begun at its location near Dubai Marina. This project has been redesigned and relocated to a location yet to be known.

Al Burj

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Under Design and What’s Coming Up!

Abraaj Tatweer Twin Towers

31. Abraaj Tatweer Twin Towers – 110 floors twins – Cancelled as announced on 12 May ’08

Asia Asia Hotel Ggicouae Tower  The Skyscraper Dubai  Da Vinci Dubai

32. Asia Asia Hotel – planned to be world’s largest hotel with about 6,500 rooms, sited in DubaiLand

33. “Ggicouae” Tower – 106 floors

34. The Skyscraper Dubai is currently on-hold.  

35. The conceptual twisting Da Vinci Dubai Tower has 68 floors. This project has been made public as “The Dynamic Tower Dubai“.

Al Bawadi

36. The Desert Gate are twin iconic towers that will greet visitors at the entrance of Al Bawadi. Al Bawadi is a string of 54 (not 31 as previously mentioned) themed hotels replicating world’s famous landmarks serving DubaiLand theme park cities. 

37. The proposed Atrium City or “AC Towers” is a cluster of three supertowers rising above 100 floors, to be connected at base with an atrium and with skybridges. TO BE REVEALED in OCTOBER 2008

38. The proposed “EP07 Tower” will rise 125 floors and reflect Dubai’s pearl trading and farming heritage. TO BE REVEALED in OCTOBER 2008

EP07 Tower

39. The lower-rised “EP09 Towers” have open garden spaces with water, creating an oasis surrounding the six towers. TO BE REVEALED in OCTOBER 2008

EP09 Towers

40. The proposed “EP15 Tower” is a soaring tower of light and wind filter. It will have a build-up area of 300,000 square metres and will rise to 101 floors. TO BE REVEALED in OCTOBER 2008 

EP15 Tower

41. and 42. Two spectacular concept towers planned for Mohammed bin Rashid Gardens – the House of Commerce Central Tower and an observation tower behind Sheikh Mohammed Mosque.

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And finally there are many many more buildings under 80 floors constructed and being planned in Dubai.

The reality is that Dubai has “too much” money from black gold 🙂 And every minute, they are digging!

Burj Dubai

OH MY GAWD…

Burj Dubai, Now World's Tallest Building

BURJ DUBAI became the World’s Tallest Building on 21 July 2007.

On 19 August 2007, it has 146 floors, that’s about 536m.

It is expected to be completed by December next year, by that time it would be around 818m in height, with more than 160 floors !!! That means almost twice the height of our Petronas Towers.

Burj Dubai

It’s GIGANTIC, it’s SUPERTALL, it’s CRAZY

Another supertall will be erected at Dubai as early as next year, possibly becoming the world’s first 1km tall building.

Photos courtesy of SSC World Forumers.