Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 20th, 2008
Along this portion of the coastline of the Arabian Peninsula, amidst the striking contrast between the waters of the Persian Gulf and the sands of the Arabian Desert, we can see the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi, located in the cluster of islands on the southwestern part of the shoreline, is the capital and second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), after Dubai. Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast.
The island is located less than 250 metres from the mainland and is joined to the mainland by the Maqta and Mussafah Bridges. Various other bridges are currently under construction. Upon close inspection, some of these bridges are visible as thin lines in the image.
Contrasting with Abu Dhabi’s natural island clusters, Dubai and its man-made islands are visible farther north along the coastline. Dubai is one of the seven emirates and the most populous city of the United Arab Emirates.
Dubai’s emergence as a world business hub and a large-scale construction boom, including innovative real estate projects such as the artificial islands, has attracted worldwide attention. The two artificial islands shaped as palm trees are known as Palm Jebel Ali (west) and Palm Jumeirah (east). Another island, Palm Deira, is under construction.
Further east, we can see another artifical archipelago known as The World, still under construction. It is made up of 300 islands constructed in the shape of a world map and located 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) off the coast of Dubai.
Like the other artificial island projects, The World is built primarily using sand dredged from the sea. Each island in the archipelago ranges from about 14,000 m² (150,000 square feet) to 42,000 m² (450,000 square feet). The distance between each island will be an average of 100 metres (328 feet). The entire development covers an area of 9 km in length and 6 km in width, surrounded by an oval breakwater. Roughly 232 km (144 miles) of shoreline has been created.