By Eudore Chand
Nakheel says extra special attention will be paid to the marine environment
Lessons learned from the reclamation of Palms Jumeirah and Jebel Ali will be applied in the construction of Palm Deira. Consequently, the third palm is likely to be built with a difference. Nakheel, the developer, claims that Palm Deira will be marked with innovations in planning, engineering and construction.
The similarity with other Palms will extend to the overall three-step process of reclamation, infrastructure construction and building construction. “As for the actual reclamation, one billion cubic metres of dredged sand and rock will be put in place for the breakwater protection and reclaimed land of The Palm, Deira,” says Sultan bin Sulayem, executive chairman of Nakheel.
Palm Deira will be built in waters that are 6 m deep. Its foundations will reach to 22 m below sea level. “A team of experts from all over the world are currently involved in identifying soil content and testing its suitability and compatibility,” Sulayem says.
Resources will be transported to the construction site on industrial barges, and solely by water routes, to minimise disruptions on land transport and traffic. In the second stage of building the island, the infrastructure construction will include the creation of local bridges and flyovers and the implementation of wastewater collection, storm water drainage, sanitary sewage, irrigation and fire fighting systems. This phase will also see the installation of several utility systems and residential facilities that include domestic water supply network, piped gas, telecommunications and road works.
Sulayem said that marine biologists were among the many specialist consultants involved in the development of the island. “We have already witnessed in Jebel Ali and Jumeirah that the construction of breakwaters have created a new marine habitat which attracts several species of fish and birds, including hitherto unseen schools of tropical fish. In Deira too, we expect that the reclamation of the island will enhance the marine environment vastly. With these three Palms and The World, Dubai will witness a significant increase in the marine life and its variety,” he claimed.
Palm Deira, at 80 km², will be equivalent to the size of Greater London and larger than Paris and Manhattan. The island will measure 14 km in length from the land to the tip of the crescent, and 8.5 km in width from crescent to crescent. The island’s crescent, which will run for 21 km, will be the largest in the world, and serve as a protective breakwater. It will be split into 12 districts, with six water inlets for efficient water circulation throughout the inside of the island and easy access by water.
Each of the 12 districts will feature ‘fingers’ to create more beachfront. The 250 m long fingers will be situated on the inside of the crescent at 350 m from the fronds. What will be offered on these fingers will be announced later. The fronds will vary in length, creating more land area for villa owners, ranging from 840 to 3346 m, with a distance of between 150 to 400 m of sea between each frond.
Just the 41 fronds will house 8000 villas, with development plans for the crescent, trunk, spine and breakwaters yet to be announced. The villas will be classified into three styles: Premier, Grand and Vista.