By early October 2007, 20% of the initial palm island's reclamation was complete, with a total of 200 million cubic metres (7 billion cubic feet) of sand already used. Then in early April 2008, Nakheel announced that more than a quarter of the total area of the Palm Deira had been reclaimed. This amounted to 300 million cubic metres (10.6 billion cubic feet) of sand. Since the planned island was so large, it was being developed in several phases. The first one was the creation of Deira Island. This portion of the Palm sits alongside the Deira Corniche between the entrance to Dubai Creek and Al Hamriya Port. By early April 2008, 80% of Deira Island Front's reclamation was complete.
In October 2013 the developer Nakheel announced to remodel the project and rename it to 'Deira Island'. Deira Island will have about 1,400 retail units plus a hotel and an amphitheatre.
- The World, another artificial island project in Dubai.
- Nakheel, the real estate developer of Palm Islands
- Tourism in Dubai
- #ON HOLD: THE PALM DEIRA drew.magoo(November 23rd, 2008) SkyscraperCity
- Nakheel's unfinished projects
- Falling construction costs favour developers