Palm Jumeirah is an engineering achievement bar none – a huge engineering feat to create land in the waters of the Arabian Gulf in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Atlantis, the Palm Dubai, was the first and largest resort to be built, immediately becoming legendary as the flagship development for its luxury accommodation and amenities, which include two unique underwater suites.
This world-renowned resort’s other claim to fame is its Aquaventure Waterpark, officially the world’s largest (as verified by the Guinness Book of Records), with its 105 water slides, attractions and experiences.
JRMI are thrilled and delighted to have taken a leading role in the creation of this world beating aquapark which brings pleasure to so many, young and old.
We were tasked with being Project Manager for the landscaping of the 46-acre Aquaventure Waterpark.
We worked for the landscape design and construction company, Citiscape LLC. Founded in 2005 this Abu Dhabi based company is known for its prestigious clients and landmark projects.
We collaborated closely with the developer, Kerzner International, assembling a team to develop the landscape design.
We were also responsible for assembling a specialist engineering and construction team to design and build the tensioned membrane shade structures. This involved the establishment of a new steel fabrication workshop in Abu Dhabi.
There were many challenges to meet on this project, not least the fact that we were involved in establishing a tropical jungle environment on land reclaimed from the sea, around six kilometres from shore.
The land had to be prepared and made suitable for planting.
The plants themselves necessitated establishing a new offsite nursery to take charge of the around 6,000 palms, half a million shrubs, ground cover and thousands of metres of turf that was required for the soft landscaping.
Construction of the waterpark, around its 30-metre high Mesopotamian-style Ziggurat centrepiece, was on a very fast schedule. Amazingly we were able to take the site from reclaimed land to a thriving, lush tropical landscape in just 16 months.