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Artificial Islands Off Coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 1st, 2012

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February 1st, 2012 Category: Image of the day

United Arab Emirates - January 19th, 2012

An artificial island or man-made island is an island or archipelago that has been constructed by people rather than formed by natural means. They are created by expanding existing islets, construction on existing reefs, or amalgamating several natural islets into a bigger island.

In modern times artificial islands are usually formed by land reclamation. Dubai is home to several artificial islands projects, including the three Palm Islands projects, The World and the Dubai Waterfront. Only the Palm Jumeirah is inhabited so far. Visible here along the coast, from southwest to northeast, are the artificial islands of the Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah and World Archipelagos.

Phytoplankton Near Qatar and United Arab Emirates – November 28th, 2011

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November 28th, 2011 Category: Image of the day, Phytoplankton

Saudi Arabia - November 22nd, 2011

A teal green phytoplankton bloom colors the waters of the Persian Gulf, just offshore of Qatar (to the west), Saudi Arabia (to the south) and the United Arab Emirates (to the southeast). Many islands can be seen off the coast of the Emirates on the right side of the image.

Of particular note are the artificial Palm Islands and World Archipelago, visible at the far right in the full image. The Palm Islands are an artificial archipelago in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on which major commercial and residential infrastructures will be constructed. Each settlement will be in the shape of a palm tree, topped with a crescent, and will have a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment centers.

The World or World Islands is an artificial archipelago of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map, located 4.0 kilometres (2.5 mi) off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The World islands are composed mainly of sand dredged from Dubai’s shallow coastal waters, and are one of several artificial island developments in Dubai.

Sandstorms Over Dubai, United Arab Emirates – March 2nd, 2010

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March 2nd, 2010 Category: Dust Storms, Image of the day

United Arab Emirates - February 26th, 2010

United Arab Emirates - February 26th, 2010

United Arab Emirates - February 25th, 2010

United Arab Emirates - February 25th, 2010

Strong winds caused sandstorms in the United Arab Emirates on Thursday and Friday, causing problems for motorists on highways across the country. These storms struck both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, reducing visibility to a few hundred metres in some areas.

These images show dust spreading off the coast, from Qatar (left) to the Musandam Peninsula (right). Below the razor-straight dust plumes many islands are visible off the coast, including the artificial islands offshore of Dubai (Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah, Palm Deira and The World Archipelago).

Artificial Islands Near Dubai, United Arab Emirates – March 13th, 2009

March 13th, 2009 Category: Image of the day

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - March 4th, 2009

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - March 4th, 2009

Close-up of artificial islands

Close-up of artificial islands

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.

Strait of Hormuz and Qeshm Island, Iran – December 31st, 2008

December 31st, 2008 Category: Image of the day

Strait of Hormuz - November 19th, 2008

Strait of Hormuz - November 19th, 2008

The main body of water visible in this image is the Strait of Hormuz, which connects the Persian Gulf (west) to the Gulf of Oman (east).

The landmass on the lower right is the Musandam Peninsula in Oman, just north of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

In contrast with the extremely ridged terrain of the peninsula is the province of Hormozgan, Iran, above.

The island in the center, Qeshm Island, a free trade zone, is separated from the mainland by Clarence Strait and is located opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir.

We can see a strong green algal bloom off the southern end of the island.

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