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Manifest Destiny in the Middle East
BY SALLY FRIEDMAN
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The Palm Islands, as they are known, will ultimately house several dozen luxury hotels, numerous apartment buildings, single family homes with private beaches, restaurants, shops and entertainment facilities. It has become one of the boldest tourism and commercial projects in history, and Hill is in the thick of it.

Along with Palm Islands, there is the company's project management of Bawadi, believed to be the most expensive privatelyfinanced development project in history, also in Dubai. The Las Vegas-style complex is part of a giant undertaking known as Dubailand, the ultimate resort/theme park, which will eventually include 31 new and ultra-lavish hotels. Asia-Asia, slated to be the world's largest hotel, will have 6,500 rooms.

Hill's David Richter, who is not given to hyperbole, suggests that Bawadi will be like no other resort area in the world. "It's totally unique," he says, "and so is the entire Bawadi concept."
 
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