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Some have called Palm Jumeirah the eighth wonder of the world. Others describe it as a piece of public art on a massive scale. Palm Jumeirah is the artificial archipelago shaped like a palm tree off the coast of Jumeirah, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.
However it is described, no one debates its achievement as an engineering and construction feat.
Palm Jumeirah, which can be seen from outer space, is a community of residences, hotels, boutiques, entertainment facilities and restaurants, all built for luxury. It is connected to the mainland by a monorail.
The ambitious project is in keeping with Dubai’s vision of itself as a global city of innovation and a safe, stable hub between East and West.
The islets were created from sand dredged from the Persian Gulf floor and rock blasted by mountains. Construction on Palm Jumeirah began in 2001. The first residents moved in six years later.
The stylized palm tree shape of the islands consists of a two-kilometer-long “tree trunk” of apartments that connects by bridge to a “crown” of 17 fronds. The fronds, or branches, are lined with gated residential communities. A seven-mile crescent-shaped barrier reef surrounds the fronds and protects the development from strong currents and seasonal winds. It is accessible by way of an underwater six-lane tunnel.
The Palm’s seafront lifestyle draws a mix of permanent residents, second-home owners and professional expats. British citizens account for a sizeable percentage of the expat community. The United Kingdom is a just a five-hour flight away. Housing options are also a mix, with a collection of beachfront palaces, bespoke villas and exclusive penthouses. Dubai’s tax environment is a favorable one, another incentive for buyers. The emirate imposes no income, capital gains or inheritance taxes.