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The Palm Jumeirah Master Plan

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Palm Jumeirah is a man-made archipelago created by land reclamation and is the first man-made earth form identified by the human eye from outer space. 

It was specifically conceived and created to augment an underutilized waterfront, and to provide a mixed-use residential/resort destination to address Dubai’s rapidly growing resident and tourism market. The Palm Jumeirah features more than 60 km (37 miles) of new shoreline created from 90+ million cubic meters of rock, sand and earth all taken from local resources. 

The master plan for The Palm consists of three man-made earth forms. The 2-kilometer-long Trunk is the hub of the island and includes a variety of retail shops, cafés, restaurants, entertainment options, Village Centre, five-star hotels, marinas, luxury shoreline apartments and beaches. The Crown, connected to the trunk by a 300-meter (980 feet) bridge contains 17 fronds and encompasses signature villas, garden homes and townhomes offering a variety of sizes, designs and styles. The Crescent, a barrier reef, surrounds the fronds and is connected to the Crown by a subsea tunnel and contains uniquely themed boutique hotels. The hotels on the crescent offer world-class restaurants and are open to Palm residents as well as the public.


  • 2005 ARDA Gold Award – Site Design & Utilization
  • 2004 ARDA Silver Award – Resort Architecture