The Palm Jumeriah Development in Dubai is taking shape
as more of the private homes are completed and become
occupied and plans for the hotels crystallize. Located
off the coast of Dubai, UAE, the Palm Jumeirah consists
of manmade islands designed in the shape of a palm tree
with 17 fronds and an outer barrier island.
The sub-sea tunnel that connects the tip of the palm
fronds to the outer island is approaching completion.
As soon as it's finished and open to traffic, it will
help to accelerate work of the projects on this part
of the development, which includes 20 new hotels. With
hotel occupancy rates in Dubai at well over 80%, speed
is of the essence.
tunnel has three parts to it: two outer tunnels will
be for vehicles and have pedestrian walkways. An interior
cell will be reserved for emergency use and services.
Construction on this tunnel began in October 2004 and
is set to finish in summer 2007.
Trump International Hotel and Tower and
The Atlantis are two of the hotels that will be on the
islands. They are scheduled to open in 2009.
Trump Hotel will be the luxury centerpiece of the Palm
Golden Mile on the trunk of the islands. It will be
a 60-story, five-star condo-hotel developed as a joint
venture between Donald Trump's Trump Organization and
Palm Developer Al Nakheel.
At the farthest point from land on the crescent island
the other major hotel will be Atlantis, The Palm. It
will be a 1,500 room destination resort with two wings
spreading out from an Arabic- dome shaped arch. The
property will be home to the largest open-air marine
habitat in the Middle East, featuring 65,000 marine
animals on display.