20 September, 2020

Palm-Top Isle

Palm-Top Isle
Beyond Dubai airport's plastic palm trees and duty-free porches, a very large hole is being dug in the sand. The hole, which will eventually become the site of a third terminal to be used exclusively by Emirates airlines, is one in a long list of headline-grabbing projects designed to transform this former pearling village into a major tourist and business hub. Off Jumeirah beach, the world's largest artificial island, in the shape of a palm tree, is gradually emerging from the sea. Most of the villas and apartments that will be built on its 17 fronds have already been sold and a second island is in the works. Beneath the waves that wash against the Burj Al Arab, reputedly the world's only seven-star hotel, another example of Dubai's marketing savvy—an underwater hotel—is being fiercely excavated from the sea bed.

These novelty projects are the most obvious examples of Dubai's and the Emirates' determination to ensure an economic future for itself once its oil reserves run out, which is...



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