Thursday, November 20, 2008

The World Islands Dubai

The World Islands Dubai – Taking On The Miracle of Geographical Creation

The World – 300 islands, 232 kilometres of additional coastline, a total area of 55 square kilometres – the figures can never truly paint the picture. Imagine the world map and make that image about 20 times smaller and you have a visualisation of the World archipelago from an aerial viewpoint.

TheWorld Dubai Map - Click To Enlarge

Dubai is internationally famed for its love of all things big, bright and bold, and the World islands are no exception. Undertaking a project to recreate the world map is no simple task and ensuring it's all safely and securely completed is near impossible, but Dubai has risen to such challenges repeatedly, first with the Palm Island projects and now with the World.

Dubai World - Simply Amazing

The 300 islands are not exceptionally large, but the concept has drawn a lot of attention to the development. The islands are arranged to form each continent existing in the world and each continent has areas that vaguely resemble the countries. The development is not an exact replica of the true world map, but comes quite close to it.

Dubai World Lighthouse

Unveiled by HRH Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai, in 2003, 60% of the World islands were snatched up by eager investors by early 2008. The initial development phase was completed in January 2008, which was to finish the breakwater structure. The next phase is to hand over the islands to each individual developer. The master developer Nakheel will only complete the dredging and infrastructural foundations of the project, while individual investors have the freedom to develop their own private islands in any way they wish. The islands are only sold by invitation and each costs between $15-$45 million.

Pangkor Laut resort at The World Islands - Dubai

The confirmed individual developments at present include Coral Island, covering the North American continent; OQYANA, spanning the Australasia continent; Jasmine Gardens, which is located on the Thailand region; a pearling and aquatic amusement venue on the Antarctic section and many more. Many Hollywood and Bollywood celebrities, as well as globally renowned entrepreneurs, are rumoured to have purchased private islands on the World archipelago, but only a handful are confirmed.

Michael Schumacher World Island

Michael Schumacher Island Closeup

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