In total, the Palm Islands house 60 luxury hotels, 4,000 residential villas, 1,000 water homes, 5,000 shoreline apartments and multiple marinas, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities, health spas, cinemas and dive sites. Situated in Dubai the Jumeirah Palm Island is known for being one of the most ambitious real-estate developments on earth. It is referred as 8th wonder of the world as it can be seen from space just like another major landmark, The Great Wall of China. It is also world’s first man made island started to be build in 1993. Sheik Mohammed first sketched the palm design as a way to maximize beachfront property. The longest leaf of this palm on the smallest island spans nearly a mile of sea and contains property on both sides. In Dubai, where tourism is making it one of the fastest growing cities in the world, the Palm Islands are a popular travel destination. But only one of the three islands – the Palm Jumeirah, the Palm Jebel Ali and the Palm Deira — that make up the Palms is open to visitors. These islands were a brainchild of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, who decided Dubai needed a new role as its oil supply ran out.