Building starts on The World islands


Computer rendition of The World archipelago

Having been suspended as a result of global recession, construction is now due to start on Dubai’s cluster of artificial islands, The World, writes the New Civil Engineer.

Project information from Wikipedia:

  • The development was originally conceived by Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
  • The entire development covers an area 9km in length and 6km in width, surrounded by an oval-shaped breakwater.
  • The World islands are composed mainly of sand dredged from Dubai’s shallow coastal waters.
  • Land parcels are zoned for various uses: estate, mid density, high density, resorts and commercial.
  • Utilities are routed underwater, with water plants at each of the hubs pumping fresh water to the islands.
  • Wastewater and refuse systems are an individual concern for each island.
Picture 1

The World islands' first completed structure

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