Engineering consultancy Halcrow has been named by Nakheel to head up development of The Boardwalk – a bustling new attraction that will span the crescent of Palm Jumeirah’s artificial archipelago.
Unveiled at Cityscape 2013, The Boardwalk will convert the protective crescent of Palm Jumeirah into a singular dining, shopping and walking destination, adding to this already global attraction.
Covering the entirety of the crescent, Nakheel will create The Boardwalk by building over the rocks of the Palm’s breakwater. It will be 6m wide – more than double the width of the existing crescent path – with more than 20 concessions offering refreshments and souvenirs throughout its 11km length.
The Boardwalk will include an East and West Pier – each stretching 100m into the Arabian Gulf at each end of the archipelago – offering extensive views of the Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai skyline.
A Nakheel spokesman said: “The Boardwalk at Palm Jumeirah – one of several new Nakheel projects underway on the island – is the latest example of the innovative design and engineering projects that we are known for. The new attraction will provide yet another unique facility for Palm residents, the wider UAE community and the millions of tourists who visit Dubai each year.”
Nakheel expects to start tendering for the construction of The Boardwalk in Q2 2014.