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The Palm Jumeirah

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The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago created using land reclamation by Nakheel, a company SQUARE owned by the Dubai government in United Arab Emirates and was designed and developed by HHCP architects. It is one of three islands called the Palm Islands (Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira) which extend into the Persian Gulf, increasing Dubai’s shoreline by a total of 520 kilometres (320 mi). The Palm Jumeirah is the smallest and the original of three Palm Islands under development by Nakheel. It is located on the Jumeirah coastal area of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
 
The Palm Jumeirah Monorail is a 5.4 kilometres (3.4 mi) monorail connecting the Atlantis Hotel to the Gateway Towers at the foot of the island, opened on May 6, 2009.[1] located on Palm Jumeirah island in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The monorail connects the Palm Jumeirah to the mainland, with a planned further extension to the Red Line of the Dubai Metro.[2] The line opened on April 30, 2009.[3] It is the first monorail in the Middle East.[4]

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Construction began with the Palm Jumeirah island in June 2001 and the developers announced handover of the first residential units in 2006.[5] The island has been created using 94,000,000 cubic metres (3.3×109 cu ft) of sand and 7 million tons of rock. The Palm Jumeirah was created by pouring sand fill onto the 10.5 metre-deep seabed using dredgers. Above sea level, 3 metres of the reclamation were achieved by a dredging technique known as "rainbowing", in which the sand fill was sprayed over the surface of the rising island. Calcareous sand was used for the reclamation. The island includes a curved breakwater using natural rock, intended to encourage the creation of a natural reef and provide habitats for sea life. The land form was reclaimed by the Dutch company Van Oord. Total cost reached US$52.3 billion and maintaining the island is a costly expenditure.[citation needed] Approximately 40,000 workers, mostly from South Asia, have been involved in the construction of the island.[citation needed]
In early October 2007, the Palm Jumeirah had already become the world's largest artificial island.[6] Also at this time, 75% of the properties were ready to hand over, with 500 families already residing on the island.[6] By the end of 2009, 28 hotels were opened on the Crescent.[6]
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