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 The World2005-04-07 13:44
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"The World" is a group of 300 artificial islands constructed off the coast of Dubai, shaped to look like a map of the world when seen from above. The development covers an area 9km by 6km and there's 50-100 meters between islands. Connected with water taxis, patrolled by a Beverly Hills type police force. The islands are for sale for private estate homes, resorts, golf courses, or whatever you might have in mind. Your imagination is the limit. Well, that's what so bizarre. It seems so very virtual. Just like buying an island in some online virtual world. You want a fairy tale castle, a rain forest - go ahead. The main difference is that the cheapest island here is around $7 million, and that's without the cost of whatever it is you might imagine.


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7 Apr 2005 @ 14:06 by martha : I guess they
don't have to worry about tsunamis eh? Playgoround of the very rich....  


7 Apr 2005 @ 18:53 by astrid : HOW in the world....
...did they build this World?????? Did they ship all the garbage ( Landfill ) from NEw York, Paris, London, Rome, Venice etc -or what did they do. Do we know ???
Matha, let's just wait thil they've taken the occupancy of ALL these Islands and are having the time of their life....that's when the next "Krakatoa" eruption will happen.Scientist are expecting anothe island close to the original Krakatoa ( and what's left of it ) to blow up not too long from now; (April 7th -05 ). They predict this new one to be SEVERAL TIMES bigger than the previous eruption.
Some FireCrakcs will be the Crowning of their Fun!.... : )  



7 Apr 2005 @ 19:06 by ming : Land
Well, they dredged up a lot of silt and rocks from the nearby ocean bottom, and are making quite a mess in the process, angering many environmental groups and scuba divers. They wrecked a bunch of coral reefs and oyster breeding grounds and stuff like that. They promise they'll leave things better than before, making more opportunities for habitats for the wildlife. But that remains to be seen, of course.  


9 Apr 2005 @ 06:54 by bushman : Cool
I got one on the drawing board that floats, ya that dreging thing was lame, a floating city on the other hand would be the way to go, all self contained.  


16 Jun 2005 @ 15:07 by rayon : The world
Unfortunate choice of form, a bit megalomaniac to minaturise the world landmasses. Should have been used as a bonafide experiment to recreate an ecological sea world, putting human habitation at the level of sustaining the ecology, with research centres, etc etc for added interest, as a model for further such developments if successful.  


6 Jul 2005 @ 04:51 by Ivan @172.174.15.86 : The World
It is a huge proyect that benefits local comunities but it destroys fauna y flora in the area, the ecological aspect was never considered seriously. This kind of proyects affects and destroys our world, and we should take care of it because it is dying.  


7 Aug 2005 @ 23:27 by Bobby @68.100.147.148 : Cost of each island
You know how much each island costs? The average island in "The World" Costs around 37 Million dollars  


26 Oct 2005 @ 21:16 by meenu @81.164.230.177 : the world
people keep on tryin' to make as much money as possible
they are nuts  



1 Feb 2007 @ 15:50 by narasimha @131.94.123.21 : excellent works
this is the real engineering wonders in the modern world  


16 Oct 2007 @ 20:37 by BROGAN @216.178.72.194 : i like sharks
do sharks eat a lot of people here as they try and swim from island to island  


24 Jan 2008 @ 19:07 by mystery @70.50.4.67 : re ming
they might have built that but look at the bright side the rocks and sand made more grounds for the fish and oysters/coral watch megastructures youll see what im talking about  


14 Apr 2008 @ 20:56 by OctavioLojero69 @205.154.230.126 : bushman is a stupdi bitch
you are, look for me puta at Pomona  


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