Palm Deira rises above sea level

DUBAI - Nakheel announced yesterday that the recently launched project, The Palm, Deira had risen above sea level and was now visible from the air.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 2 Dec 2004, 12:48 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:46 AM

The land mass now stretches from the Deira coastline out into the Arabian Gulf by 500 metres demonstrating the speed and tenacity of the Nakheel development team and the contractors to deliver this project to Deira within the timeframe.

Sultan bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of Nakheel, said: "The reclamation of the largest ever man made land mass in the Arabian peninsular and the largest in terms of material volume in the world is truly a sight to behold, particularly as the project has already risen above sea level and its defining features are taking shape. The teams of experts, including international marine specialists, Nakheel engineers, professional contractors, such as Van Oord that have been working 24 hours, 7 days a week, are so dedicated and driven that we are already ahead of the development schedule and this incredible task will certainly be completed prior to our initial programmed timetable," he explained.

The ambitious timetable for completion requires a round the clock team of contractors who will be reclaiming land from a depth of 10 metres, stretching out 14 kilometres from the waters edge. Commenting on the enormity of the task ahead, Van Oord said that, “Through our past experiences on the reclamation of both the Jebel Ali and the Jumeirah Palm projects, we have garnered much experience and are able to streamline the process so that we can accurately estimate the time to reclamation completion.

“We have been working on this project since August 2003 and find that we are already delivering ahead of schedule and this is partly due to the readily available materials from around the Emirates. We are currently working with three vessels and will be increasing our dredging ships to eight in the coming months. We now can see over 55,000 square metres rising above the water, but this is only a very small percentage of the reclaimed island development that lies below sea level.”

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