The Palm

  • The Palm Island is the largest man-made island in the world, also referred as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’
  • Instead of concrete slabs, the foundations of The Palm were created from 7 million tons of rock blasted from the nearby Hajar Mountains
  • The amount of rock and sand used in Palm Jumeirah’s construction could form a 2m-wide wall that would circle the globe three times
  • The crescent-shaped breakwaterwas the first section of The Palm to be built. It protects the inner island from strong sea currentsand the seasonal ‘shamal’ winds 
  • A geotextile membrane, which stops the sand from washing away, was topped by a layer of one-ton rocks, followed by two more layers of rocks weighing up to six tons each
  • A 100m-wide openingwas added on each side of the crescent to allow water to circulate and prevent it becoming stagnant.. These gaps allow water to completely circulate every 13 days
  • A 6m-wide boardwalk stretches the length of the crescentand is a top spot for a sunset stroll.
  • The Palm’s shape was selected primarily to ensure all buildings built on the island would have a sea view and beach access. This has resulted in more than 300 openings on each side
  • The finished island covers an area equivalent to 600 football pitchesand is four times as big as London’s Hyde Park.
  • The $12 billion project began in 2001 and six years later, the island’s first residents moved in
  • Today, the 17 fronds are home to around 1,500 beachfront mansions, with a further 6,000 apartments on the trunk
  • Developers dropped two American fighter jets on the seafloor to create new reefs just outside the breakwater to create dive sites and to bring more marine life into the area
  • The trunk is connected to the crescent (where Atlantis sits) via a six-lane Sub-Sea Tunnel. Workers used a dam to drain the area and excavate the seabed before rereleasing the water. A four-stop monorail (the first in the Middle East) also runs the length of the Palm