Palm Jumeirah will be home to over 45 five-star and boutique hotels, alongside several other facilities. The client, Dubai Palm Developers, has signed agreements worth a total of AED 2,297 million ($626 million) with international and local investors to build mixed-use facilities on the island.

Van Oord ACZ of the Netherlands and Geneva-registered Archirodon Construc- tion (Overseas) are nearing completion of the dredging and reclamation contract for Palm Jumeirah. The client has recently selected Lebanon’s Associated Consulting Engineers (ACE) International as lead consultant for the design of the island’s infrastructure. The four-month contract will include detailed designs for various facilities planned on the island, including two bridges and a similar number of tunnels (MEED 23:11:01; 16:11:01).

The formation of a second palm-shaped island at Jebel Ali is less advanced. The reclamation and dredging work is being carried out by Turkey’s International Marine Contractor.