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Old December 1st, 2007, 02:12 AM   #921
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What is the heck? Why not that person who took these pictures help that animal to go back to the sea? I know its dangerous but come on, help that animal out.
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Old December 1st, 2007, 02:17 AM   #922
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let it be! It killed Steve Irwing! :P
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Old December 1st, 2007, 02:58 AM   #923
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AMAZING!!!!!
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Old December 1st, 2007, 03:54 AM   #924
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Old December 2nd, 2007, 04:46 PM   #925
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from the Nakheel:


Coral growing on the breakwater of The Palm Jumeirah




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Old December 4th, 2007, 01:13 AM   #926
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the stingray looks like a carpet ^.^ ...
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Old December 4th, 2007, 01:46 PM   #927
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This almost look's surreal , really amazing!
But i wonder ,people who are living all the way at the end of the "palm leaves",
aren't they facing huge traffic jams?. I mean all those people have to leave that island trough that narrow traffic road. And there will be living maybe 10000 people on that island?
And i also miss the green tree's , i really love the architecture of the home's, but it would be a bit to flat and to much concrete for me.
And i don't think there grows much on that sand , beside's of palm tree's .
I think i couldn't live there, the home's are great but i would feel to "isolated" there, and to less nature for me.
How much does it cost to build a home there, and who can afford that ?
Is it all import who have bought a house there, or are there also Dubai people that bought a house?

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Old December 4th, 2007, 03:59 PM   #928
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God bless Sheikh Mohammed and his visionary developments - thanks to him and Nakheel's effort we now have this wonderful Marine life in the Gulf.
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Old December 5th, 2007, 03:44 AM   #929
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This project has turned into a bloody mess. It looks terrible and reflects in NO way the original design. Obiously the developer got hungry for more cash and chopped all the original blocks into 4.

BAH!! you don't f**k with the environment this much, it will come back to bight you.
i totally agree. like there is way too much concrete and not enough green spaces or parks or sand along the shoreline. like they say how the palm islands will give dubai more coast line - but what coast line? like in some of those pics the coastline is a mere 3m wide or so? what kind of coast line is that? Not enough green areas and trees. there is no shady green areas for people to relax outside on a warm day. the fronds of the palms is dominated by the houses. Why can't they remove a small block and replace it with a park with plenty of trees and stuff. As much as i want to love this project, there are some bits of it which suck and need improving.

Btw, good to see some coral life growing in the breakwater. All rumours about the palms destroying natural habitat of sea creatures is official dismissed!
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Old December 5th, 2007, 04:21 AM   #930
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wow..dubai..oh my, very impressive!!
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Old December 6th, 2007, 06:09 AM   #931
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I find it so ironic how this project could probably not exist in a "developed" country because of environmental laws and envirofags but it actually creates life and new habitats for marine species.

This project has to pay for itself BTW, thats why they fill every square inch of it and the palm trees will develop over time
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Old December 7th, 2007, 12:33 AM   #932
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I find it so ironic how this project could probably not exist in a "developed" country because of environmental laws and envirofags but it actually creates life and new habitats for marine species.

This project has to pay for itself BTW, thats why they fill every square inch of it and the palm trees will develop over time
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Old December 7th, 2007, 03:23 AM   #933
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I find it so ironic how this project could probably not exist in a "developed" country because of environmental laws and envirofags but it actually creates life and new habitats for marine species.

This project has to pay for itself BTW, thats why they fill every square inch of it and the palm trees will develop over time
Nonsense. Many U.S. cities have large shore reclamation projects developments. Battery Park City in New York is a great example of this.
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Old December 7th, 2007, 07:25 PM   #934
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"Envirofags"---great name.

Hungry and dying???? It's dead buddy. And who are you to determine that the "palm" was the cause of its death? Are you a marine biologist or did you just stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?
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Old December 11th, 2007, 09:05 AM   #935
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Press Release

Al Osaimi Group on track to launch AED 1 billion luxury resort at The Palm Jumeirah by first quarter of 2008

Leading Kuwaiti real estate developer appoints partners for contracting, project management and project consultancy

December 11, 2007




Al Osaimi Group, a leading Kuwait-based developer, has announced that it has recently appointed several firms for the contracting and enabling works, project management, and project consultancy of its maiden offering in the UAE - the AED 1 billion Luxury Resort, Spa and Residence project located on the Crescent of The Palm Jumeirah. The developer has announced that it will officially launch the one million square foot project in the first quarter of 2008 following its initial agreement in June 2007 with Dusit International, one of the world’s most prestigious Thai hotel chains, for the management of the project, which is targeted for completion in 2010.

In a bid to ensure the highest quality for its flagship venture, Al Osaimi has partnered with renowned firms to render their expertise in the resorts and residences project, including APCC for contracting and enabling works, PROJACS for project management, and Khatib and Alami for project contracting consultancy services and landscape design. The developer has also announced that it is currently in the final stages of the escrow registration process, in compliance with the regulations outlined by the Dubai Land Department and in preparation for the launch date early next year.

“As the developer of a project that is set to attract more regional and international visitors to the UAE, our strategy is to establish ties with the most respected firms in the industry to ensure that our luxury resort will not only provide a stronger boost to the tourism sector but also reinforce Dubai as the world’s leading destination for travel and real property investments. We are confident that these partnerships will yield favourable results in terms of achieving our desired aesthetic appeal for the project, which is to exude the aura of luxurious lifestyle, total relaxation and the highest standards of comforts and convenience. We have dedicated all our efforts to ensure that we acquire only the best firms for our unique development, which we definitely believe will be one of The Palm’s most popular destinations,” said Abdul Rahman Al Osaimi, Chairman, Al Osaimi Group.

Spanning approximately 95,000 square meters on the crescent of The Palm Jumeirah, the project comprises a seven-star luxury hotel, a five-star family resort and an upscale residential complex with a combined total of 178 lavish freehold townhouses and penthouses, and a dozen chalets spread across the development. With a traditional Indian architecture and design, the hotel offers 116 guestrooms and suites, whilst the Moroccan-themed family resort has 292 rooms and suites. Both hotels will offer distinctive dining experiences, themed landscaping, ballroom and state-of-the-art facilities among other amenities. The luxurious development will also include Dusit’s renowned Deverana Spa, which will feature an authentic Thai-inspired rejuvenation experience exclusive to guests at the hotel, in addition to the internationally acclaimed service of Dusit International that incorporates the traditional Thai culture and hospitality.

“Our collaboration with renowned companies is a testament to our global approach to property development and our commitment to delivering world-class projects. The initial agreement we signed with Dusit International has paved the way for us to establish strong alliances with other reputable firms that share our vision of exceeding entrenched benchmarks of excellence. Following the recent completion of soil investigation and other initial preparations, we are fully on track for our launch during the first quarter of 2008,” concluded Abdul Rahman Al Osaimi.

With more than 25 years of experience in Kuwait and across the GCC, the Al Osaimi Group has established a significant reputation in the market, having delivered major projects distinguished for their excellent design and architecture. Since its inception, the Group has handled various projects in Kuwait and across the region including residential, commercial, retail and hospitality developments. The company’s extensive portfolio covers project development, real estate investment, construction, and engineering performed by the Group’s flagship company - Oriental Constructions (ORICON). The subsidiary firm, which has spearheaded over 15 projects, is handling the Group’s development on The Palm Jumeirah.
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Old December 12th, 2007, 04:58 PM   #936
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good news from the Nakheel

Nakheel and Istithmar join to expand hotel business

12 December, 2007 Nakheel Hotels is the new name for Istithmar Hotels after Dubai World consolidated its hotel business under one banner to create a fully integrated hotel investment company.




The merger is part of an internal restructure within the Dubai World group whereby the real estate business of Istithmar is being joined with Nakheel. The merged entity will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dubai World group.

The hotels group was formed in April 2006 as the hotel investment and asset management business of Istithmar and has, in less than 2 years, accumulated a global hotel property portfolio and has already shaped the performance of these properties. The enterprise value of investments to date is in excess of $3 billion.

The hotels group will continue to be led by Chief Executive Joe Sita and the team will be enhanced with the addition of several key positions.

Joe Sita, Chief Executive, Nakheel Hotels, said:

“Nakheel is renowned around the world for its iconic projects such as The Palm Jumeirah and The World, and is playing a major role in driving Dubai’s tourism growth, increasing the number of hotels in the emirate by more than 50 per cent through its developments. It therefore makes sense for Istithmar Hotels to join the Nakheel organization, providing the hotels group with additional resources, capabilities, and the backing of one of the world’s foremost real estate developers.

“The hotels group has already formed a number of key strategic alliances with partners, investee companies, operators and brands and will continue to build and leverage these relationships in pursuing its business strategy under the Nakheel banner.”

Chris O’Donnell, Nakheel CEO, said:

“With the continued growth and rationalization of the Dubai World businesses, and following the merge of Istithmar and Nakheel’s real estate divisions, it is now timely for the group to join its hotel businesses together. The merge will not only consolidate our resources and existing investments, but will also continue the process of creating a broad based real estate company, focusing on activities from development and asset management through to funds and investment management.”

Nakheel Hotels will continue to pursue its strategy of acquiring luxury hotels in key gateway cities and resorts across North America, Europe and Asia, along with investing in the budget hotels sector in key growth markets.

Projects currently include The Trump International Hotel & Tower, which is under development on The Palm Jumeirah, while the group has already acquired several luxury hotels in the US, including Mandarin Oriental, W Union Square and Hotel Washington, as well as significant equity investments in Kerzner and International Hotel Investments plc, and development projects for W hotels in Thailand.

QE2 Enterprises, which has acquired the QE2, will also become part of the expanded Nakheel Hotels. The QE2 is to form the centerpiece of a luxury hotel, residential, retail and entertainment destination to be developed on The Palm Jumeirah.

Joe Sita, Chief Executive, Nakheel Hotels, will be available for interview on 12 December 2007.
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Old December 12th, 2007, 05:03 PM   #937
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from the Nakheel

The Palm Jumeirah’s Anchor Marina Underway



Dubai, 10th November 2007: Nakheel, one of the world’s largest privately-held property developers, has announced that work has commenced on the installation of two marinas in the Anchor Marina of The Palm Jumeirah.







Promoting a waterfront lifestyle and providing world class marina facilities is a core focus of The Palm Jumeirah. The Anchor Marina will provide 582 berths and is a central component of achieving this vision.

The pontoons, which are located on the head of trunk on both the east and west side, will be installed by the end of November. The marinas are due to open mid 2008, with the marina Clubhouse opening in late 2008. It will house administrative offices, restroom, a café and restaurant, and some yachting-related shops and offices. The two marinas will be connected by a tunnel that passes beneath the Palm’s spine road. The residents have first right of refusal to purchase berths at the marina.

Chris O’Donnell, Nakheel CEO, said:

“Since its launch in 2001, demand for property on The Palm Jumeirah has been exceptional and Marina Residences has been no different. Not only offering top class facilities and an attractive waterfront lifestyle, Marina Residences is now offering the opportunity for residents to moor their own boats on The Palm Jumeirah.”

Wayne Lowery, Island Global Yachting (IGY) Marketing Manager, said:

“Anchor Marina is ideally located at the heart of the extraordinary Palm Jumeirah. At Anchor Marina we offer much more than merely a place to leave your boat – we provide a world-class yachting destination. Our extra wide and stable concrete pontoons will provide an unprecedented level of comfort for our marina guests – a first in the UAE.”

Once complete, Marina Residences development will boast 940 two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses and a further 40 townhouses. Residents will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the Arabian coast and access to a wealth of attractions and facilities on The Palm Jumeirah, such as the QE2, Atlantis, the luxury marinas and the purpose-built theatre for Cirque Du Soleil.

The marinas on The Palm will be a key element of helping promote marine transportation along the entire Dubai coastline, and creating sufficient marina capacity for Dubai and its new shoreline developments. IGY and Nakheel are developing 1,500 berths on The Palm Jumeriah.
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Old December 13th, 2007, 12:47 AM   #938
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great construction updates imre. thanks alot
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Old December 13th, 2007, 01:07 AM   #939
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Nice update but it looks like a total mess. I can't wait to see everything finished and cleaned up.
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Old December 25th, 2007, 12:31 PM   #940
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25/December/2007

Atlantis and the Palm Jumeirah from the Burj Al Arab





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