Palm Island is the brainchild of Sheik Mohammad Bin Rashid al Maktoum. It represents a group of artificial island that are categorized into three, they are – Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira.
They are connected together and made to look like a palm tree. These islands are nestled on the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Palm Deira is the largest of all three islands and Palm Jumeirah is the smallest. Palm Island is visible from space to the naked eye. It adds about 180 kilometer of shoreline to the mainland of Dubai.
Quick Facts: –
- Technically, Palm Island is not an island as it is connected to the mainland by a bridge.
- Approximately 32 million cubic meters of sand was used in making this island. Most of the sand has come from the ocean floor.
- There were more than 100 studies that took place in planning the island in order to determine the feasibility of this project.
- In order to supply the island with its palm trees, more than 12,000 trees were grown in a nursery.
- It also has a crescent surrounding it that acts as a breakwater to protect the island from high waves.
- This breakwater consists of sand, geotextile fiber as well as small and medium rocks that make it strong and stable.
- At least 1,380 acres of new land were created in all, within an area about 3.1 miles in diameter.
- Dutch engineers were used as project leaders as they have firsthand experience in land reclamation based on projects in the Netherlands.
- The process of land reclamation involves dredging sand from the Persian and Arabian Gulf’s floors.