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

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

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.


Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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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.

  • Efreet April 11, 2012, 9:24 PM

    i like it.

  • DarkGnat April 12, 2012, 2:48 AM

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

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

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

  • Slugsie 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.

  • zkank April 14, 2012, 7:00 PM

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