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Old January 9th, 2006, 08:19 PM   #361
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what are u talking about
bavaria executive towers?
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Old January 9th, 2006, 09:08 PM   #362
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^ I was expecting some kind of reflection of him.


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Old January 9th, 2006, 09:51 PM   #363
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would that be the two towers near DMC on SZR just next to the Nakheel Villas Compound?
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Old January 9th, 2006, 10:15 PM   #364
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if he is talking about them, indeed.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 10:27 PM   #365
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yup, they are so fat n ugly u can spot them from miles away
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Old January 14th, 2006, 07:13 PM   #366
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Palm workers will live on a ‘converted’ ferry


At sea: A converted ferry, similar to the one above, will be used to accommodate up to 7000 Palm site workers.
Up to 7000 workers on the Palm Jumeirah will be forced to live on the decks of a converted passenger ferry, moored alongside the artificial island.

Construction Week has learned that the ferry has already set sail from the port of Athens in Greece and is due to arrive in Dubai within the next week.

As the project enters its peak construction phase, developer Nakheel and contractors on the site face a logistical nightmare.

Moving workers on and off site by road would mean
that hundreds of buses would clog the access routes onto the island at the beginning and end of every shift.

So Nakheel has taken the radical step of acquiring a passenger ferry to accommodate them. It will be converted to house the thousands of workers set to crowd onto the site in coming months, as the construction of hotels and villas on the island reaches its peak.

Marwan Al Qamzi, Nakheel head of procurement and contracts, confirmed that the passenger ferry would be
converted into a floating labour camp.

He said: “The ship has already left Greece and should take three weeks to arrive in Dubai.

“It will take up to another month to modify,” he added.
Around 500 construction workers already live in a purpose-built labour camp on site, but their number will increase to around 1000 this week.

Al Qamzi said that the workers currently living in the camp would be moved to the ship once it had been re-fitted.

As construction work on the Palm moves into its most frentic stage, the developers face a mammoth logistical challenge to ensure the smooth flow of labour and materials onto
the site.

Hundreds of villas are already under construction, and fit-out work is underway on around 40 apartment buildings that flank the east side of the Palm’s ‘trunk’.

Construction has also started on the first of 25 new hotels which will be built on the island — including the US $400
million Palm Trump International Hotel.

In addition to the building work already underway, construction will soon start on the $390 million monorail
which will run along the trunk of the island.
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Old January 15th, 2006, 12:25 AM   #367
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Several cities are under sea level. (New Orleans, much of the Netherlands, etc.)
so they could easily build levies. The Palm Jumeirah on the other hand would be doomed.
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Old January 15th, 2006, 01:01 AM   #368
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there are no tsunamis in the arabian gulf, and there is a 4m high breakwater around the palm.

if the sea level rises 4m, goodbye to half of the world, i doubt anybody will care about the palm.
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Old January 15th, 2006, 03:58 AM   #369
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The Palm Jumeirah on the other hand would be doomed.
And so would several other cities. When sea levels start rising I doubt the palm island will be the no. 1 world disaster. I'm sure there are some much larger cities in a much worse situation
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Old January 15th, 2006, 04:19 AM   #370
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And so would several other cities. When sea levels start rising I doubt the palm island will be the no. 1 world disaster. I'm sure there are some much larger cities in a much worse situation
Bangladesh would be one of the most devastated areas, something like 80% of the country is less than 2metres above sea level (It's basically just a river delta) . And they don't have alot of money with which to build protection...it will not be good.
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Old January 16th, 2006, 06:05 AM   #371
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Cabin fever: Mutiny on the Palm Tree

Logistical planning has won and lost battles all the way back to the time of ancient Greece.

Alexander the Great’s conquests with the Macedonian Army are generally regarded as examples of good logistical planning, while the Russian campaigns of Hitler and Napoleon were a bit of a sham, quite frankly.

On the battlefield that is the modern day building site, logistical planning can also mean the difference between success and failure — particularly in this part of the world, where contractors typically have precious little time to mobilise before making a start on site.

The developer of the Palm-Jumeirah mega project is now being confronted with the logistical nightmare of ferrying 7000 workers to and from the site every day.

‘Ferrying’ being the operative word, as Nakheel has taken the radical step of converting a passenger ferry to accommodate the hordes of workers, who would otherwise clog the access road onto the project in buses, at the beginning and end of every shift.

It seems difficult to decide if it’s a great idea or a recipe for disaster.

Using the ferry as a floating labour camp will certainly reduce the number of traffic movements on site, which will free up more space for delivering materials, readymix and whatever else is needed.

And that will be crucial if the project is to meet its extremely tight construction timetable.

But it does raise some interesting possibilities should industrial relations deteriorate on site — What if cabin fever sets in? What if the workers mutiny?

Instead of protesting on Sheikh Zayed Road, they could more effectively up anchor, lower the main sails, hoist the Jolly Roger and set sail for a country with a more labourer-friendly construction industry, like Switzerland for example.

Granted, Switzerland does not have a coastline, which could present some difficulties for our would-be mariners, but it has to be a worry all the same.

I have tasted the pastries on sale in the cafeterias of Greek passenger ferries and they were nearly enough for me to take a cutlass to the throat of the captain.

What 7000 site workers will make of the accommodation and facilities aboard, remains to be seen.
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Old January 17th, 2006, 01:03 AM   #372
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Bangladesh would be one of the most devastated areas, something like 80% of the country is less than 2metres above sea level (It's basically just a river delta) . And they don't have alot of money with which to build protection...it will not be good.
All you bastards better stop polluting, i have 3 houses in bangladesh, and definitely dont wanna loose em. lol. And not to mention the 156 million people that live near the rivers and seashores there.

On topic though, i really don't like the idea of having 7000 workers living on a ferry, i don't know if i really like that idea. Knowing the regions record of treating foreign constructions workers, the conditions in the ferry could turn very bad. Then again this is being done by a huge developer and it might not be the same condition. Anyone have any information on what the workers will have to deal with?
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Old January 17th, 2006, 01:08 AM   #373
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What I hope happens is this thing gets watched by the media and others. If that happens then there shouldn't be problems.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 08:03 PM   #374
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The Palm, Jumeirah ready in November





Nakheel CEO James Wilson told the City Expansion conference in Abu Dhabi that 2,300 shoreline apartments and 1,600 villas on The Palm, Jumeirah will be ready for delivery from November, and revealed that eight hotels were now under construction.


'We are on schedule to meet our contract delivery date, contrary to some media reports. But have perhaps suffered from some over-optimistic sales talk,' he explained.



'My focus now is on delivering this major project. The land reclamation is 100% complete, and we will add the 76 kilometres of beach in about three months time. There has been some confusion about this, and the Palm will look very different with its beaches in place. But rather like the sand in the bunker on a golf course, this is the last thing you do.'


Mr. Wilson has also had some success in convincing hotel chains to get on with building their properties, rather than to wait until residents have moved in, and eight out of 32 hotel developments sold on the Palm are under construction.


Hotels in two years

'It will be another two years before the first hotels open,' he added. There will be 25 of these hotels on The Crescent, an 11.5 kilometer breakwater than surrounds The Palm, and this includes the 1,500-room Atlantis Hotel at the furthest point from the shore and the Fairmont hotel and serviced-apartments.

'We have built a cut-and-cover tunnel from The Trunk to The Crescent which will run under water, and so access will be by road, monorail or ferry.'

Nakheel's CEO also revealed a second joint venture project with Donald Trump: the 1,000-apartment Village Centre with three floors of retailing at the end of the trunk. This development will be completed in December 2008 and also have a dedicated monorail station like the already announced Trump Tower.

It is clear that Nakheel has been rattled by some adverse press criticism about The Palm, and is now concentrating on making this iconic project a major success for Dubai. Given that comments about beaches being washed away are based on a simple misunderstanding, the record does need to be put straight.


Road traffic studies

Mr. Wilson also answered questions from the audience about traffic studies and the environment. He stressed that after three traffic studies the last modifications to infrastructure plans were made 14 months ago and that he was convinced that traffic would not be a problem for The Palm.



'As far as the marine environment is concerned, The Crescent is the largest artificial coral reef in the world, and is a magnet for marine life. We are creating a haven for the marine environment. I am a diver myself and The Palm is teaming with fish of every kind.'


Whatever happens in November, the world is watching progress on The Palm, Jumeriah and its builders obviously appreciate the need to deliver and are getting on with the job.


sounds amazing.
they have indeed not yet started to create beaches. good thing, it will be clean if they do it afterwards. curious on how it is going to look like.


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this is the view the supertalls in the marina will have!
in this case 200m Le Reve

by ragga:

notice palm jebel ali in background:



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Old February 1st, 2006, 11:16 PM   #375
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the ultimate hook up







the dubai marina district between the highway and the sea
also notice the construction area on the buttom right, this is jumeirah lake towers, 90 towers here, plus 200 in the marina
a pity we don't have a photo of the whole area
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 12:36 AM   #376
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^ That is absolutely insane....God is playing SimCity...and he's addicted to it.
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 09:11 AM   #377
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Wow, everytime I see photos of all the buildings uc at the same time in Dubai I get shocked! I can never get enough! It's amazing what's happening over there! How do they have enough money to do all of that? What's going to happen to all of those construction workers when the projects are complete? Dubai can't keep this rate of growth up forever, can it? I just hope there isn't a crash in Dubai in a few years or decades when the growth slows and there aren't enough jobs for the construction worker to take. (Are there any plans in the making that are designed to help with this issue?)
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 01:17 PM   #378
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^ That is absolutely insane....God is playing SimCity...and he's addicted to it.
god?! no, he is too weird to be a god. but he sure looks addicted to it:

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Old February 2nd, 2006, 02:04 PM   #379
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Dubai-Lover thanks for the ultimate update.
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Old February 2nd, 2006, 02:25 PM   #380
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