10 Interesting Facts about Palm Islands, Dubai
Dubai’s Palm Islands is an artificial group of islands off of the coast of the famous emirate. The three islands that make up this archipelago are the largest man-made islands in the world, with each being shaped as a palm tree. The trunks act as the gateways and are connected by the fronds to the mainland. Currently, Palm Jumeirah is the only island of the three that is open to the public.
The creation of the islands involved immense planning. Here are 10 interesting facts about Palm Islands, which many people are unaware of.
One of the most interesting things about the islands is that they can be seen from outer space, such is their size.
Dubai has some of the most stunning beaches in the world, although it isn’t the best place to have a swim. But just off shore, there is a plethora of amazing marine life, making it no surprise that Dubai has been a long time favourite among scuba divers. The Palm Islands adds an additional 60kms of shoreline to the city, increasing the coastline of the UAE by an astounding 166 per cent.
With the islands being artificial, everything has had to be built from the ground up. What this means is that there are no palm trees on the islands despite the group’s name therefore 12,000 are being grown in a nursery to place throughout the islands to make them look more authentic.
Before the building of the islands took place, expert divers went to inspect the rock formations under the sea to guarantee their stability. There were also over 100 tests conducted to be sure that the project was feasible. In the end, all tests were positive and the project got a green light.
Each island required a total of seven million cube metres of rock and 32 million cubic metres of sand in its construction. Most of the sand came from the ocean floor, adding to the authenticity. By using natural sand and rock from nearby, the builders were able to use natural resources instead of relying on artificial products.
Something unbelievable about the materials used to make these islands is that from one end to another, the rock and sand were equal to a two-metre high, 50cm thick wall. This wall would be long enough to circle around the globe three times. No other project has ever been built that has required a similarly large amount of materials.
Another interesting fact about the Palm Islands is that a crescent was built around each of the islands, starting from the sea floor and working its way up. The crescents are said to be able to withstand waves of up to four metres high, protecting the island from tsunamis.
Marine life lovers and divers will be glad to know that the islands will actually stimulate more marine life. In the future, the surrounding waters will be packed with reefs and sea life, bringing in even more tourism to Dubai.
Speaking of tourism, Dubai is famed for having the first ever seven-star hotel, the Burj al-Arab. The Palm Islands will soon be adding to this list, as plans are underway to build additional hotels of the same calibre on the islands.
One fact that is baffling to some is that they are called islands at all, as it is plain to see that they are actually attached to the mainland. Therefore they are more peninsulas than actual islands!
John is a writer for Azamara Club Dubai Cruises – Palm Island has to be seen to be believed, so see it for yourself with one of their Cruises from Dubai!