The Palm And The World Islands In Dubai

The Palms Islands and the World Islands are the largest artificial islands in the world. Both developments are located in Dubai and are visible from space.

[Ed. Note: Here is my next post on Dubai: Teaching in Dubai.]

These two megastructures aren’t as grandiose as the megastructures in science-fiction, but they are being built in real life, which is even more impressive. I think of them as partial megastructures or megastructural, because at the end of the day, they are artificial islands. But then again, this is a first step into building real megastructures, so maybe they are the precursors to those structures in fiction. Technically, since they are visible from space, they are impressive.

What I find interesting is that these developments are built for the ultra rich. The World Islands retail at 15-45 million USD each. However, most have been bought by real estate developers to use in different ways, from ultra exclusive resorts I recently watched. There is one called OQYANA, trying to draw a parallel to Oceania, since it is located on the Australia and New Zealand World Islands. The name actually comes from the Arabic word for Oceanic (متعلق بالمحيط).

Richard Branson, Vijay Singh, Tommy Lee, Michael Schumacher, Rod Stewart and David Beckham have all been unofficially linked with purchases, but the main investors are all corporate.

In my mind, the World Island will always remain the giant floating world turtle in American Indian myths.

The Palm Islands in Dubai are the three largest artificial islands in the world. They are being constructed by Nakheel Properties, a property developer in the United Arab Emirates, who hired the Dutch dredging and marine contractor Van Oord, one of the world’s specialists in land reclamation. The islands are The Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Jebel Ali and The Palm Deira.

The islands were commissioned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in order to increase Dubai’s tourism. Each settlement will be in the shape of a palm tree, topped with a crescent, and will have a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment centers. The Palm Islands are located off the coast of The United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf and will add 520 km of beaches to the city of Dubai.

The first two islands will comprise approximately 100 million cubic meters of rock and sand. Palm Deira will be composed of approximately 1 billion cubic meters of rock and sand. All materials will be quarried in the UAE. Between the three islands there will be over 100 luxury hotels, exclusive residential beach side villas and apartments, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities and health spas.

The creation of The Palm Jumeirah began in June 2001. Shortly after, The Palm Jebel Ali was announced and reclamation work began. In 2004, The Palm Deira, which will be almost as large in size as Paris, was announced. Palm Jumeirah is currently open for development. Construction will be completed over the next 10-15 years.

The World is a man-made archipelago of 300 islands in the shape of a world map currently being built off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The World is one of a series of artificial island projects in Dubai, along with the Palm Islands, and like the other islands The World is being built primarily using sand dredged from the sea. The World is the brainchild of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai.

Each island ranges from 23,000 m² to 84,000 m² (250,000–900,000 square feet or 5.7–21 acres) in size, with 50–100 m of water between each island. The development will cover an area of 9 km in length and 6 km in width, surrounded by an oval breakwater. The only means of transport between the islands will be by boat and helicopter. Prices for the islands will range from $15-45 million (USD). The average price for an island will be around $25 million (USD). Dredging started in 2004 and as of March of 2007 The World is around 90% complete.

According to the National Geographic Channel (The Best of Megastructures) the overall price for the World is $14 Billion US Dollars.

It is owned and is being constructed by Nakheel Properties (Nakheel Corp.)

It will be located 4.1 km off the shore of Jumeirah, close to Palm Jumeirah, between Burj Al Arab and Port Rashid of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The World is sometimes mistakenly referred to as The Palm World. It is also known as the Globe Islands.

An incredible view from Google Maps.

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I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

8 thoughts on “The Palm And The World Islands In Dubai”

  1. Wow its really a dream come true you and you batter half living in your own island surrounded by softly brushing Ocean waves. what a romantic feeling it is and what would be the batter present to the one you really loved.According us The world Dubai is worlds luxurious and romantic place to live.

  2. Where did you get that shot of the World showcase island (the_world_islands___241202g.jpg)?

    I’m looking for free shots for a magazine I edit. I can offer a credit, but no usage fee.


  3. I did a google search for these. Since this site doesn’t generate any revenue, I was able to use them. This situation changes if they appear in a magazine. You’ll have to search for a CC licensed photo to use or something along those lines. I think that Flickr enables you to search images with different copyright licenses.

  4. These islands are amazing in their scope and vision, but the thing I realized when I watched the show on t.v. about these things… is that the continuing success of these structures and these city states is that our climate and our food production in the world continues at present rates. Everything needed for survival in this area has to be imported.

    If anything ever happens to the worlds food supply, catastrophic climate change, or somehow shipping becomes much more expensive and difficult, this area will really feel it.

    The one thing they could really use is a way to produce food in the area through aquaculture, green houses and other food production techniques.

    1. I read that they have created a huge problem for the water in that region. There is no longer enough water circulation to let the ecosystem live.

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