Megastructures: Dubai’s Palm Island

A breathtaking megastructure and an ambitious engineering feat, Palm Jumeirah is part of an even bigger plan to transform Dubai into one of the world’s premiere tourist destinations. Besides the construction of the island, there is also the challenge of building a small city, including 4,500 luxury houses and apartments, 29 hotels, miles of roads, and all the utilities required by the thousands of people who will be living on and using this island including water, electricity, gas and sewage.

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4 Responses

  1. Redroom Studios says:

    hmmm… for me this is verging on arrogance. Especially in an age when energy and resources are at a premium. From a purely engineering point of view its all quite amazing, but I am not really a fan of the contrived Disney-fied atmosphere. One of these islands would have been interesting and unique… but with atleast 3 or 4 more such projects on the way it loses that element for me. How long until they run out of people to fill such places? Or will the entire Dubai coastline be man made at some point?

  2. shapeshift says:

    It does seem a little excessive… if you look at things that way. The engineering feat is still amazing. In addition to sustainability factors, it made me think that this is how great architectural wonders were initiated in the age of empires – a king with vast resources trying to create awe for his country.

  3. ann says:

    having seen this…it is amazing…but I agree with david, it does make me think of empires….I have not had a chance to watch the video (working again tonight)…but there are also other island projects….additional palms and then the ‘world’ project where islands are in the shape of countries on the earth….but I understand some of these projects are really hurting with the economic downturn….

  4. CS says:

    Can be controversy. Until the other islands came along, I was in awe at the engineering feat and marveled at the Crown Prince’s vision for his country’s future. I was also thinking this was the modern version of pyramids and the likes being built. And then came the other islands and the ‘world’ and I must say I don’t feel completely at ease with…hmm, what’s the word, decadence if not only arrogance as Sean suggested? I am also concerned about the marine life and would be surprised if the projects had no impact on it.

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