Dubai Plans Dream Islands
JOINING THE ever-lengthening list of man-made constructions visible from space is the Palm Islands development - a new project off the coast of Dubai.
The plan, reportedly the Crown Prince's own idea, will create two palm- tree shaped islands, attached to Dubai's shoreline, from 160 million cubic metres of sand and rock. Each fronded isle will have a diameter of 5km and will extend 5km offshore.
The design will add another 120km to Dubai's beachfront. "It was the only way to extend Dubai's coast," said Patrick Macdonald, UK director of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM). "The islands will offer an alternative to the large luxury hotels like the Jumeirah Beach Resort. The 80 new hotels on the islands will be smaller boutique hotels of one or two storeys."
The government-funded project was initiated by the Crown Prince, "a visionary force behind Dubai's development", according to Macdonald. The Crown Prince is also chairman of the DTCM and the United Arab Emirates' Defence Minister. …