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Palm Jumeirah is regarded by some as the Eighth Wonder of the World
Palm Jumeirah is located in the Jumeirah coastal area of the emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The trunk of the palm is connected to the mainland by a 300 metre bridge and the outer crescent connected to the top of the palm by a sub-sea tunnel.
A monorail is being built on the Palm, which will be able to transport 2000 to 3000 people an hour on and off the island.
Atlantis, the Resort
In September 2008, the superb Atlantis Resort, Palm Jumeirah was opened.
This huge iconic 5-star deluxe hotel and leisure complex is located at the crescent, or apex, of the outer breakwater of Palm Jumeirah.
Its architecturally stunning Arabic design with its large central arch will become a notable landmark as visitors and cruise line passengers approach Dubai from the waters of the Arabian Gulf.
Atlantis Resort includes Aquaventure, a state-of-the-art water park which is set to become one of the leading tourist attractions in the world, on a par with Disney World in Florida.
Another fantastic hotel on Palm Jumeirah is the striking centrepiece of the island, built in a prime location in the middle of the trunk of the palm.
This is the 5 star Trump International Hotel & Tower, which, is a 48 storey mixed-use luxury hotel and residential building destined to become a landmark icon in Dubai's skyline.
It marks the initial development in Nakheel's joint venture with The Trump Organization in the Middle East.
The offering is also the first UAE property in Nakheel's Hotels & Resorts portfolio, a division that was launched in February 2006.
The development comprises a 300 room hotel and 360 freehold residential apartments, currently being offered for sale.
A dramatic sky lobby, suspended above The Park will create a grand sense of arrival. The lower floor retail area will provide a natural extension of The Golden Mile.
The Trump International Hotel & Tower features a split-linked tower, an innovative open core design, which will minimise shadows and maximise views from the Shoreline Apartments and straight up The Trunk.
Views from inside the tower will be spectacular as well, revealing inspiring panoramas of the island, Dubai and the Arabian Gulf, with all rooms benefiting from a sea view.
Project sales were launched in 2007, with complete property completion expected in 2009.
The Cunard liner, the Queen Elizabeth 2, or QE2, has been purchased and will be used as a floating hotel moored next to the Palm Jumeirah in about a year's time, when she will be decommissioned as a sailing cruise liner. She will be a major nostalgic attraction for all the other Cunard cruise ships that call in the port of Dubai, whilst cruising the Indian Ocean.
Many of the passengers will, like ourselves, have enjoyed a wonderful QE2 cruise in the past. There cannot be a more fitting resting place for the QE2 than the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. They are both symbols of high quality! The quality of the cuisine on the QE2 is outstanding. I feel sure that that high standard will be maintained for the rest of her days in Dubai.
The Palm Jumeirah is another fantastic, cutting-edge engineering feat being carried out in Dubai, just along the coast from yet another iconic structure, the 7-star Burj-al-Arab Hotel, which is shaped like the curved sail of a dhow, a traditional Arab fishing boat.
The Burj-al-Arab Hotel is the only 7-Star hotel in the world.Its quality has to be seen to be believed. It is also the tallest hotel in the world. See burj-al-arab.co.uk.
Dubai, UAE, is well worth a visit, if only to witness all the marvellous modern engineering achievements that are transforming the desert. It is also an excellent stop-over for a few days en route to Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand or other Far East destinations and a very popular break on long-haul flights to Australia and New Zealand.
Sunshine is almost guaranteed in the United Arab Emirates!
Dubai is fast becoming a leading world holiday destination, with dozens of luxurious
hotels and apartments. New ones are springing up almost every month! The rate of
development is phenomenal. It is also a fantastic destination for shopping, with gold and
silver jewellery [or even jewelry to you Americans!] at very competitive prices, being a
speciality. There are many shopping malls of high quality shops in Dubai.
Cruise passengers flock to the many jewellers/jewelers shops. Many visitors also fly in just for the shopping. The ladies love it!!
As a break from shopping, they might also take in a trip into the peaceful, empty desert surrounding the developed part of Dubai, or even visit the Camel Races for a flutter!!
That really is an unique experience, even though they may get the hump if they back the wrong camel!!