The World: An Artificial Island Paradise

Have you ever dreamt about living on your own island paradise? In the not too distant future (approx. 2008), Dubai’s Al Nakheel Properties (the creators of the famous Palm Islands) will complete The World, a collection of 300 private artificial islands arranged to appear like the continents of the Earth. Each island will be about 5 to 20 acres in size with about 50 to 100 meters of water separating each island. The only means of transportation between the islands will be by boat and helicopter. Each island will cost about $25 million. Purchasing an island is open to anyone with the right amount of money. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals (for personal purchases), hotels/resorts, and businesses/corporations. The first few islands will probably be sold to housing development corporations, in order to provide single houses for sale, rather than entire islands.

Personally, I would love to have my own island paradise, but $25 million is a little bit outside of my price range. “But I, being poor, have only my dreams. I have spread my dreams beneath your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” ~ W. B. Yeats

(hat-tip: Owen)


6 responses

  1. Terraforming!

    I guess I always thought the Japanese would do something like this first.

  2. Nah, Japan has too many Tsunamis in its history. ^_-

  3. True, but potential tsunamis aren’t stopping the Japanese from building a major international airport on a built-up offshore site. It looks as if Dubai beat them to a successful completion when they finished Palm Island.

  4. Good point! I forgot about that.

  5. All you need is to win a Lotto 🙂

    Personally I would rather live in Rishikeshor Hardwar.

  6. I was only able to find images of “Rishikesh Hardwar.” Are they the same? If so, that does look like a very nice place to live.