1. It is the biggest man made island in the world and Palm Jumeirah can even be seen from space.
2. Dubai was well suited as its landmass is twice that of London and is one of the richest countries in the world.
3. By 2016 oil reserves are believed to be depletedin Dubai potentially forcing its economy to grind to a halt. The Crown Prince Sheikh Muhammad bin Rasheed Al Maktoum devised a $ 2 billion plan to help give his country’s economy longevity. His vision to turn Dubai into a #1 luxury and holiday resort has now been realized.
4. The construction used a total of 94 million cubic meters of sand and 5.5 million cubic meters of rock to build a breakwater barrier. This is enough sand and rock to build a 2.5 m high wall around the world.
5. Dutch engineers were used as project leaders as they have first hand experience in land reclamation. 35% of Holland is built on reclaimed land.
6. 1200 foreign engineers were put to work. These same engineers worked Hong Kong’s International Airport, Singapore’s Industrial center and Holland’s North Road.
7. By Nov, 2001 9 barges, 15 dumpers, 4 dredgers, 30 heavy land base machines and 10 cranes were installed and started work.
8. Finding the right sand was an enormous job in itself. Desert sand is too fine thus sea sand had to be used. All of which had to be dredged form the ocean.
9. A special satellite, 676 kilometers above the surface of the earth was used to make sure the structure was correctly laid. It required pint point accuracy that only a GPS could provide.
10. 4500 houses were built along with 22 hotels, shopping malls, resorts, and full network of roads.