View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Friday, October 2, 2009

It’s a Wonderful World in Dubai

Dubai’s World Islands tops Web Urbanist’s latest list of 'Amazing Engineering Wonders of Today and Tomorrow'.

Following the successful completion of other offshore artificial island communities like the Palm Islands, Dubai’s World Islands was intended to be even more ambitious, larger and ‘pushing the envelope’ of what can be engineered on earth.

The vision is of a 300-island world in which owners can buy and live on their own country. The talk has been of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchasing Ethiopia, Sir Richard Branson occupying England, while Rod Stewart would border him in Scotland.

Web Urbanist signals that The World project has encountered some delays due to the global recession. Two further articles have prophesied that The World is coming to an end—the New York Daily News wondering whether The World is ‘delayed indefinitely’, while The Times of London says the ‘Credit Crunch Signals the End of The World’.

The article in the Times conjectures about some structural problems with the project and safety issues for shipping but it is important to read the comments to this article which indicate that a delay does not necessarily mean a cancellation of The World.

7 More Amazing Engineering Wonders of Today and Tomorrow, Web Urbanist, 20 September 2009. Check out all the engineering wonders in the list.

On Related Sites
Try Out the Harbour Club Bar and Restaurant in Fujairah UAE, Fujairah in Focus, 1 October2009.

Dining in Dubai, Experiencing the Emirates, 1 October 2009.

BMW Oracle Rejects UAE Venue Citing Consent and Safety Issues, America’s Cup in the UAE, 2 October 2009.

Dying to Work or is Work Killing You? SFS, 2 October 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

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Image: Visual impression of The World, Dubai.