Tuesday, November 3, 2009

“The World” in Dubai

By Shawn Chandok

It has recently been stated that Nakheel, the government controlled corporation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates will be constructing a series of artificial islands to replicate countries of the world. It is confirmed that “The World is a heady $14 billion endeavor, consisting of 300 individual islands arranged to mimic the shape of the globe's landmasses. Ranging in size from five to 20 acres, and with 50 to 100 meters of water separating each island, the total area encompasses just over 20 square miles. The development is located about two and a half miles off the coast of Dubai city. Islands go for $7 million to $35 million each.” In addition to the Burj Al Arab which is famous for being the worlds most expensive and only 7 star hotel, these series of islands are being created in order to attract wealthy tourists and make Dubai a hub amongst the world’s famous cities such as Paris, London, Tokyo, etc. It has also been rumored that Virgin Atlantic entrepreneur Richard Branson is considering buying the island of England in The World for an astronomical amount of around $25 million. People say that “Sir Richard Branson symbolizes the best of British and is the ideal person today to plant the Union Jack on Great Britain.”


1 comment:

  1. This is very cool! I heard rumors of this years ago, but to see that they are actually going through with it is unbelievable. I am sure people will pay $25 Million for their own private island. The best part is you have to take a boat or I guess private helicopter to the islands! – David Held