Palm Jebel Ali

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Satellite imagery of Palm Jebel Ali under construction in mid-2005
New developments in Dubai with Palm Jebel Ali in the lower left corner

The Palm Jebel Ali is an artificial archipelago in Dubai, United Arab Emirates which began construction in October 2002, was originally planned to be completed by mid-2008 and has been on hold since.[1] The project, which is 50 percent larger than the Palm Jumeirah, is proposed to include six marinas, a water theme park, 'Sea Village', homes built on stilts above the water, and boardwalks that circle the "fronds" of the "palm" and spell out an Arabic poem by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum:[1]

The breakwater was completed in December 2006, and infrastructure work began in April 2007.[2] Major construction will not begin until most of the infrastructure work is complete.[2] Following the financial crisis of 2008 work has been suspended and the developers, Nakheel, have confirmed no work would take place on the development in the near future.

One of the first buildings on The Palm Jebel Ali is already known. Nakheel invited several architects to design a building on a 300,000 m2 area. The winning design was a building by Royal Haskoning, who also worked on several other projects in Dubai.[3] The building can be seen here.

In the first signs of a slowing Dubai property market, the prices of properties being sold on the Palm Jebel Ali were reported to have fallen by 40% in the two months to November 2008, with the fall being attributed to the Financial crisis of 2007–2010.[4] In March 2011 Nakheel offered refunds to property investors.

Once completed, The Palm Jebel Ali is expected to house more than 250,000 people.[5]

In the original schedule, by 2021, the first phase of four theme parks would have opened on the Crescent. These planned parks, which together will be called "World of Discovery," will be developed and operated by the Busch Entertainment Corporation. The parks include SeaWorld, Aquatica, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove. The World of Discovery will be located at the top of the Crescent, which will form into the shape of an orca (reminiscent of Shamu).[6][7]

In November 2014, 74 owners on Palm Jebel Ali wrote to the Ruler of Dubai via the Ruler's Court regarding the stalled PJA project. [8]

On 16th March 2015, Nakheel Chairman Mr Ali Lootah confirmed that Nakheel remains committed to the project long term but asked "what can I do" for original investors. [9]


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  1. ^ a b "The Palm Jebel Ali (Palm Islands, Dubai) - Property Development". The Emirates Network: Ten Real Estate. 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-11.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Dubai's Palm and World Islands - progress update". AMEInfo. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  3. ^ "WAN:: Palm Jebel Ali by Royal Haskoning in Dubai, United Arab Emirates". Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Property prices on Palm Jebel Ali fall by up to 40%". Arabian Business. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  5. ^ Sarah Blackman. "Palm Jebel Ali enabling works to be awarded soon". Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Worlds Of Discovery Planned For Nakheel's The Palm Jebel Ali In Dubai". Anheuser-Busch. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  7. ^ "Nakheel to build four theme parks on Palm Jebel Ali". Gulf News. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  8. ^ "74 Nakheel investors write to Dubai ruler over stalled Palm Jebel Ali". Arabian Business. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Palm Jebel Ali Will Not Be Cancelled – Nakheel Chairman". Gulf Business. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 

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