Palm Jebel-Ali, by Nakheel

Nakheel - Palm Jebel Ali, Plan
Palm Jebel-Ali, Dubai (Copyright Nakheel)

The second Palm-island in Dubai, Palm Jebel Ali, is an enlarged version of the Palm Jameirah. The enlargement is an extra ring between the palm itself and the outer ring. This extra ring consists of houses on stilts that are grouped in such way that the piers form characters and that the characters form a poem by H.H. Sh. Mohammed bin Rashid, a prince of Dubai, that roughly translated by Skyscrapercity says:

Take wisdom only from the wise,
Not everyone who rides a horse is a jockey.
It takes a man of vision to write on water,
Great men rise to great challenges.

It reminds me of the attempts by the Maya and Egyptions to create respectivly land-art and pyramids to freeze positions of the planets and stars. Jencks argues in his book Iconic Building that every Iconic Building should celebrate nature. Difference here is that this poem refers to ego’s and not to nature.

Nakheel - Palm Jebel Ali, Plan 2
Palm Jebel-Ali, Dubai (Copyright Nakheel)

Nakheel - Palm Jebel Ali, Aerial Photograph
Palm Jebel-Ali, Dubai (Copyright Nakheel)

Nakheel - Palm Jebel Ali, Plan 3
Palm Jebel-Ali, Dubai (Copyright Nakheel)

Nakheel - Palm Jebel Ali, Plan 4 Detail
Palm Jebel-Ali, Dubai (Copyright Nakheel)

Related Dubai:
Dubai 1: The story so far
Dubai 2: Palm Jumeirah
Dubai 3: Palm Jebel-Ali
Dubai 4: Palm Deira
Dubai 5: The World
Dubai 6: Burj Al Arab
Dubai 7: Burj Dubai
Dubai 8: Dubai Towers
Dubai 9: Dubai Renaissance
Dubai 10: The Cloud


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