How about creating an island large enough to let a million people live, work and socialize right in the middle of the sea? As you would have guessed, it is none other than the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's grandiose plan. Enter the Palm Deira, the latest of Dubai's trilogy of man-made islands. This Island will occupy all of 46.35 million square metres of land reclaimed from the Persian gulf to make the Palm Deira the largest man-made island in the entire world. Such plans can only be dreamt up and executed by the legendary Sheikhs of Dubai who never seem to tire of creating such outrageous yet magnificent structures.
Coming to the Palm Diera, construction work is already in progress with 20% of the land already reclaimed from the Persian Gulf. I don't even dare to think what the environmentalists will have to say about this mega project. And the whole concept behind these palm frond shaped islands is Al Maktoum's simple idea of palm fronds providing more beach area than circular islands. Palm Deira's reclamation will be ready by 2013 if all things go as per plan. After the reclamation phase, construction is expected to begin in full swing to convert this barren island into a space full of life, joy and in true Dubai tradition, lot's of money.