Palm Jumeirah is an artificial island that follows the shape of a palm tree with sixteen symmetrical fronds where expensive villas, incredible hotels, a water park, and many kilometers of beautiful beaches are located.
The island is smaller than Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira, but Palm Jumeirah is the first of its kind. It is a famous symbol of the UAE along with Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa. The world’s largest man-made island is also a world-famous brand that embodies Dubai’s unquenchable thirst to achieve what seems impossible. The island extends into the Persian Gulf for five kilometers, and its creation took six years and USD 12,000,000,000 to build. Today the island occupies 560 hectares, which corresponds to the area of 600 football fields.
The construction of the Palm Jumeirah island began in August 2001. Of course, it could have been built of concrete and steel, but Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum wanted the island to blend in with the environment, which is why he avoided the use of artificial materials. In total, 94,000,000 square meters of sand were required for the construction of the island. Geographically, the island of Palm Jumeirah is very `lucky`, as the warm, shallow waters off the coast are inaccessible to storms, as they are closed from the ocean by the Strait of Hormuz. However, the island is surrounded by a 3.5-meter protective breakwater, the construction of which took 5,500,000 square meters of rock.