Artificial Islands Near Dubai, United Arab Emirates – March 13th, 2009
A series of islands lies in the Persian Gulf, just off the coastline of the United Arab Emirates.
The shore visible here stretches between the two most populous cities in the UAE, from the most heavily populated Dubai (upper right) to Abu Dhabi, on a T-shaped island in the gulf (lower left).
In contrast with the numerous natural islands around Abu Dhabi, some of those near Dubai are actually artificial, created with sand dredged from the sea.
Two of the man-made islands are shaped like palm trees, best seen in the close-up: the larger Palm Jebel Ali (left) and the smaller Palm Jumeirah (right). A third, Palm Deira, is under construction.
East of Palm Jumeirah, an artificial archipelago called The World is being built. Upon its completion, it will consist of 300 islands in the shape of a world map.