The Palm and The World Islands, Dubai. Credit: NASA/ESA

Dubai’s Island Version of the World, As Seen from Space

Article Updated: 23 Dec , 2015

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Usually astronauts have to go much farther away than low Earth orbit to see the entire world in one view, but The World Islands resorts in Dubai provides a unique — if not manufactured — view of Earth’s continents from space. The World Islands are a collection of man-made islands shaped into the continents of the world, and ultimately will consist of 300 small private artificial islands divided into four categories – private homes, estate homes, dream resorts, and community islands.

To the east is another man-made archipelago named The Palm, for obvious reasons, and another island chain is due to be built between these reclaimed lands which will be called The Universe.

ESA astronaut André Kuipers took this image on April 10, 2012 during his long duration mission on the International Space Station. See more of his images at the ESA FLickr page.

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Derek Ferguson
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Derek Ferguson
April 11, 2012 7:44 PM

No matter how much you shell out to make something, sometimes it still looks like garbage.

Pvt.Pantzov
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April 11, 2012 9:24 PM

i like it.

Dark Gnat
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Dark Gnat
April 12, 2012 2:48 AM

So that’s what they’re doing with the oil money.

Marc Brandsma
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Marc Brandsma
April 12, 2012 9:03 AM

@DarkGnat they have no oil, it’s all speculative

Slugsie
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April 12, 2012 1:58 PM

I was under the impression that construction on ‘The World’ had stopped because no one wanted any of the islands. Flipping stupid idea if you ask me.

JonHanford
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JonHanford
April 12, 2012 5:14 PM

The wiki entry for The World notes that all projects on the islands have either been cancelled or suspended due to the 2008 global financial crises and that as of early 2011 only one building (a show home) has been constructed on the islands: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Islands

The economic downturn has also stalled all work on the other archipelagos planned, including The Universe, which was to represent the solar system and the Milky Way: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Universe_%28Dubai%29

A map of the completed archipelagos indicates the enormity of the construction contemplated (rather foolishly, I agree) off the coast of Dubai:

Bobr
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Bobr
April 14, 2012 7:00 PM

Google Earth gives a much higher resolution viewing opportunity than this!

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