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The final frontier:Palm Deira

It might be the least talked about of the Palms ? but that doesn?t stop the Palm Deira from being on schedule with the reclamation work slated to be completed in 2012. Shikha Mishra reports.

Subsatations on the Palm will ensure uninterrupted power supply.
Subsatations on the Palm will ensure uninterrupted power supply.
ANALYSIS, Projects

For a project that was originally not planned to be executed, the Palm Deira is doing remarkably well.

Known as the last chapter of the Palm trilogy – the Palm Deira has not been forgotten and contrary to rumours, work on the project is progressing on schedule. “We just want everyone to know that we are alive and on track,” says Gavin Boyd, director – development, Palm Deira.

Once complete, the Palm Deira will be spread over 42.7 million km2, will extend 12.5 km into the sea and will be 7 km wide.

16 plots of land on Palm Deira will go on sale in November through a sealed bid process. “These plots will vary between 4000 to 8000 m2,” says Boyd.

“Palm Deira is different from the other Palms. Palm Jumeirah has a more resort or residential feel about it, Palm Jebel Ali will be more commercial, while Palm Deira will be a complete city. It will consist of 75 km of beachfront and 185 km of waterfront, with 43 marinas consisting of 8142 berths,” says Abdulla Bin Sulayem, operations director, Palm
Deira.                                                                                                                                                                                                      “We felt that Dubai has a shortage of marinas, so the project will plug that gap,” says Sulayem.

Fifty-five per cent of Palm Diera will be residential, 28% will be commercial and 17% will be mixed use with 11% of open space.

Located opposite the heavily populated area of Naif in Dubai parallel to Al Khaleej Road, Nakheel, the master developers of the project are making sure that the project does not add to the existing congestion in the area.

“We are working with the RTA to make sure most of the infrastructure is in place before the first wave of people start moving in. To ease traffic, we will be constructing a bridge connecting it directly to the Defence Roundabout on Sheikh Zayed road. The transit system within the Palm Deira will also be connected to the RTA system. Later on we have plans to connect the islands directly to the airport,” says Gavin Boyd, director – development, Palm Deira.

The project team is also working with DEWA to plan sub-stations on the island so power shortage is not an issue.

The island was planned in stages with the land reclamation beginning on the crescents, then the trunk and finally the frond.

“Shoring on the project will be complete by March 2009 and the reclamation work will be complete by 2012. The masterplan for Palm Deira has been changed a number of times and 1.02 billion m3 of sand will be reclaimed in the construction of the project,” says Boyd.

Masterplans for Palm Deira have changed because the land area has been increased, the sand volume and sand revetment has been reduced, the construction time has been reduced, and the length of the beachfront has been increased.

“Just like in the Palm Jebel Ali project we are using the ground improvement technique of vibro-compaction to accelerate the process of reclamation and to make sure that the land is ready for construction,” says Boyd.

Developers: Nakheel
Contractors (Roads): Wade Adams
Project Consultants: Parsons
Designer (Bridges): Hyder Consulting
Reclamation: Van Oord
In 2007, the consortium “Out and About in Palm Deira”, made up of Royal Haskoning (as architects/urban planners), MVA consultancy (transport consultants), Systra (rail consultants) and Sogreah (maritime consultants), won the design competition for an integrated transport master plan for Palm Deira in Dubai.

“We are also aiming to align services and infrastruture instead of waiting till the last minute when the people move in,” says Boyd.

1: Deira Island Front: The gateway to Palm Deira, the Deira Island Front will be a mixed use community built around a pedestrian boulevard.
2: Deira Island Central: Central Island will be a major transit hub for Palm Deira and will have a distinct maritime feel.
3. (Not in photo): Deira Island Mamzar: Al Mamzar island will have its own marina.
4: Diera Island North: This stretch of land will be navigable by water taxis through the central canal.
5: Deira Island Trunk: A commercially driven part of Palm Deira, the Trunk will be connected to the neighbouring islands by four bridges.
6: Deira Island South: A business district will be located on Deira Island South and this island will offer excellent views of the harbour lanes of Port Rashid.
7: Palm Island Fronds: Each frond will be separated by canals and facilities on the waterfront.
8: Palm Crescent: The Palm Crescent will consist of low-rise residential properties, parks and open spaces.
9: Palm Crown: Located at the tip of Palm Deira, the Crown will be a pre-dominantly residential development.

Currently there are 5 hoppers on site on the islands. Van Oord will use small to jumbo-size trailing suction hopper dredgers to shape the islands. In addition, Van Oord will also manage the rock transport from harbour to project site and will employ a range of its rock barges, tow tugs, side stone dumping vessels and split barges to position the various layers of rock for the surrounding breakwater.

And though Van Oord has gone on record about the fact that Dubai is running out of sand for reclamation, Boyd denies this.

“We are not running out of sand. Only the beachfront sand comes from Umm Al Quwain, the rest of the sand is reclaimed from the nearby areas, from the same source as for the World and Jebel Ali, projects,” he says.

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