Look out over the water from Corniche near the food market and you’ll see a long strip of empty land running parallel with the old shoreline. This was originally intended to form the base of the Palm Deira, the third of Dubai’s trio of palm-shaped islands. An extensive area of land (a quarter of the planned total) had already been reclaimed when work was suspended during the financial crisis of 2008. The project hung in limbo for several years until late 2013, when developers Nakheel announced that the development would resume in somewhat reduced circumstances, now rechristened Deira Islands and comprising a trio of miniature islands formed from land already reclaimed. The new development will add some 23km of coastline including over 8km of new beach, as well as providing land for the usual malls (including a new Night Souk), hotels and apartments, with the first openings due in 2018.

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