Creating land from Sea
It’s well known that if you need to expand, you build up. But what about expanding out?
In order to increase the demand of Dubai’s tourism industry, innovation literally pushed the boat out through the construction of artificial islands, just off the coast of Dubai. The first project included the development of the Palm Islands, which started construction in 2001; a project where islands were constructed from sand dredged from the sea floor, and rock which had been excavated from nearby mountains.
Through skillful engineering and world-class innovation, engineer’s were able to create artificial human-made lands, which helped to accommodate houses, hotels and restaurants.
By doing this, they were also able to accommodate new tourism opportunities, as well as create a world-famous landmark, known for its visual appearance.
So why was the ocean suitable? Building upwards has, for a long time, been the single go-to solution in my construction environments. Not only did it provide expansion of land for urbanization, tourism and commercial demands using only sand and rock, but it set the quality bar higher on changing construction trends.