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The Palm Jumeirah: Dubai’s artificial man-made islands two decades later

The Palm Jumeirah: Dubai's artificial man-made islands two decades later
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Dubai’s artificial palm-tree shaped man-made islands have officially turned 20, as the archipelago hosting luxury hotels, scenic beaches and close to 80,000 people celebrates its second decade since being built.

Civil engineer, advisor and director of projects for Nakheel Marine Engineering Ali Mansour stated that the engineering of the Palm Jumeirah was a great challenge, a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a project unprecedented in scale. The island’s foundation is made up of sand and rack as no steel or concrete was used to create the base, with 120 million cubic meters of sand transported to Dubai from the Persian Gulf due to desert sand liquifying in the water.

 

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Visitors can bask in the extravagance of the Palm Jumeirah from Nakheel’s 52-storey, 360-degree observation deck called the ‘View at the Palm’ which opened last April as part of ‘The Palm Tower Project.’

 

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Have you ever visited Dubai?

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Latest survey shows increase in Labour Party lead over Nationalists

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A recent survey conducted by statistician Vincent Marmara has highlighted that the Labour Party currently enjoys a 15% advantage over the Nationalist party.

The statistician revealed that, in comparison to the 2017 election, one can note an increase in 1.7% for the Labour Party and a 2% decrease for the Nationalist Party while the ADPD have gained a 0.3% increase in trust. The survey was conducted amongst 750 participants between 29 October and 4 November and has a 95% confidence level with a margin of error of =/- 3.6%.

With rumours of November election being shut down and the likelihood being virtually impossible at this point in time, all signs point to an election in early 2022, closer to the end of the government’s legislature.

According to a MaltaToday survey, support for Labour remains unchanged at 43.3%, with the Nationalist Party climbing up three points to 29.8%. ADPD registered at 0.8%, with a whopping 13.5% of voters saying that they are unsure of who to vote for. The gap between the parties stands at 13.5 points, translating to a difference of more than 46,000 votes in Labour’s favour.

Through the method used by the MaltaToday survey, if the PN manages to capture all new voters who are unsure, the gap will drop to just over 34,000 in favour of the PL, which is similar to the 2017 general election result. With the PL leading across all age groups and in four of the six regions across Malta and Gozo. This survey was carried out between 28 October and 3rd November, following budget speeches.

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Man arrested after setting door of Hamrun residence on fire

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Malta Police Force officials have arrested a man who allegedly set fire to the door of a Hamrun residence. Police were notified of the act on Friday 5 November at around 5:15pm when reports were made on a door catching fire in Triq Alexander.

Civil Protection Department Officers were on site to mitigate the flames and revealed that no one was in the house while the door was burning. Officials within the Arsons Unit of the Major Crimes Squad investigated with the Hamrun District Police, leading to the arrest of a 23-year-old from Birkirkara.

The 23-year-old man will be arraigned in court at 11:30am in front of Magistrate Rachel Montebello.

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Russell Crowe still in love with Malta as he returns to Gladiator set

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Russell Crowe is back in Malta for the filming of his latest film Prizefighter: The Life of Jem Belcher and safe to say, he’s enjoying every single corner of the island as much as he did back in 1999.

After 22 years the Oscar-winning actor returned to hit original Gladiator set with Film Commissioner Johan Grech, going on to post a tweet stating that the island made him remember exactly why he fell in love with it 22 years ago.

As expected, Crowe also praised Malta’s food as he gave a nod to Valletta-based Michelin restaurant Capo Crudo and even told TVM that our pastizzi are “fantastic” and he particularly likes the ricotta ones. Crowe is posting regular updates of his whereabouts on his official Twitter page and so far has had nothing but praise for the island.

Could we see Crowe at Serkin anytime soon?

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