Just when you think Dubai’s coastline can’t get any more luxurious, The Palm Jumeirah comes along, an island that is literally shaped like a palm tree!
Once condemned as a never-to-be project, today The Palm Jumeirah blossoms and can be dotted even from the Space. “The tree in the ocean” is a unique engineering project that stretches 5.5 km along the Arabian Gulf. Though the base of the current huge palm is stones and sand, and the earthquakes together with frantic storms and erosion may be threatening perils to it, the archipelago, nevertheless, continues existing. The whole project seems to be against the laws of engineering, meanwhile it wins in fighting against the almighty forces of nature.
Dubai was in a contagious mess of building the world’s biggest man-made island in August 2001. But how did the idea and the courage of establishing an entire island out of nothing originated? The Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the author of this man-made miracle, came up with the idea of a 2 billion dollar’s project to provide a prosperous vision of Dubai during the coming decades. Given the history of hosting 5 million tourists in Dubai per year, and having the strong resistance to make the number increase to 15 million, the Prince decided to create a new space in the shape of a palm tree for more visitors. So, the palm tree shape solved Dubai’s beach shortage, by tripling the amount of coastline in the city.