Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Palm Deira, Dubai: Largest & Grandest Of The Palm Islands!

Mega Developer Nakheel once again never ceases to amaze me with its third Palm Island project, the Palm Deira! This man-made island colossus consists of 24 islets including the huge Deira Island. Deira Island alone is expected to house 200,000 residents out of an expected total population of 1.1 million people on the entire development! Palm Deira is so big that it will be larger than all of Paris and Manhattan! The Palm Deira will offer an estimated 8000 villas in 3 distinct styles, shopping malls, sports facilities, clubs, marinas, private and public beaches, a wide variety of leisure and recreation facilities, public services and other luxury amenities.

Sultan Ahmad bin Sulayem, Chairman of Nakheel, had this to say about Palm Deira when plans for the project were first announced in 2004:

"We have continued to be inundated with requests from investors all over the world, and in response, a new palm island - similar in shape and concept to those currently being constructed in Jumeirah and Jebel Ali - will be built on the Deira Corniche, in downtown Dubai. The Palm, Deira will be the largest of Dubai's palm-shaped islands and as the previous two Palms, will offer, unique residential area, with thousands of prestigious villas and townhouse residences located on 41 fronds of the island."

Palm Deira will consist of 9 different districts. From Nakheel:

1.) Deira Island. Deira Island forms the gateway to the Palm Deira. This unique domain comprises of a thriving mixed-use district built around an expansive pedestrian boulevard. Flanked by a stunning waterfront promenade Deira Island will provide beach access and a range of leisure facilities.

2.) Palm Crown. Located at the tip of this phenomenal development, 12.5 km into the Arabian Gulf, the Palm Crown will provide the ultimate in style and luxury to a selected number of residents.

3.) Palm Fronds. Separated by stunning canals and facilities on the waterfront, each frond draws a different architectural style. (Remember: there will be 41 fronds on Palm Deira. Palm Jumeirah contains 17 fronds. This gives you a good idea of just how gigantic Palm Deira will be!)

4.) Palm Crescent. Palm Crescent consists of low rise residential properties nestled along golden sandy beaches. Community developments, parks and open spaces will provide residents with a stunning island lifestyle.

5.) Palm Trunk. An Iconic tower rises at the southern tip of the Palm Trunk. This beacon creates a central hub for commercial towers and a highly desirable corporate address. Statuesque bridges connect to the neighbouring islands, offering the bustling corporate district mobility to move around the Palm Deira development.

6.) North Island. This panoramic stretch of land is navigated by water taxi via a central canal, the North Island is home to two full-sized marinas and a large scale leisure development, both offering a bountiful array of aquatic activities and envious water-side lifestyle.

7.) South Island. Internal canals create a stunning atmosphere for the central business district on South Island. Commercial premises here benefit from excellent views of the harbor lanes of nearby Port Rashid.

8.) Central Island. Central Island is a major transit hub for the Palm Deira and has a distinct maritime feel, in keeping with the wharfs, marina and shipyard. A plethora of systematic canals allow streamline transition for the residential and commercial premises that line the waterfront.

9.) Al Mamzar Island. An exclusive, idyllic residential enclave that benefits from a secluded location and peaceful outlook. Al Mamzar Island will boast its own marina for the convenience of its residents.

I think Palm Deira, as well as the other two Palm Islands - Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali - will go down in history as Mega Projects on the same scale as the Great Pyramids of Egypt! They will be Icons for Dubai and the entire Middle East!

This link takes you to The Palm website where you can find out more about all 3 Palm Islands:


This link takes you to Nakheel, developers of the Palm Islands:


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