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The Palm Jumeirah

The Palm Jumeirah
The Palm Jumeirah is lit up by a huge fireworks display to celebrate the opening of the Atlantis hotel in 2008. (ITP Images)
The Palm Jumeirah
An aerial shot of the Palm taken earlier this year. Nakheel has strenuously denied reports the island is sinking into the Arabian Gulf. (ITP Images)
The Palm Jumeirah
The Atlantis hotel - the jewel on the crown of the Palm Jumeirah. (ITP Images)
The Palm Jumeirah
A huge fireworks display marks the opening of the sprawling $1.5bn Atlantis resort. Hollywood stars including Robert De Niro and Charlize Theron attended the party. (ITP Images)
The Palm Jumeirah
The branches of the Palm are seen from an airplane. European ground survey firm Fugro NPA Ltd had said that the island is sinking by an average of 5mm a year, and may flood in the future if ocean levels rise. (ITP Images)
The Palm Jumeirah
The Palm Monorail, which opened in May 2009. (ITP Images)
The Palm Jumeirah
Shaun Lenehan, Head of Environment at Nakheel, said that reports of sinking were 'wholly inaccurate'. (ITP Images)

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