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Progress report on The World

The WorldThe World is a lavish  development 4 kilometres out from Dubai’s coast, consisting of 300 man-made islands depicting a world map.   The initial phase of the project  has been  the reclamation of the land: some 320 million cubic metres of sand have been used, adding 232 kilometres of highly exclusive beachfront to the ever-growing metropolis of Dubai.   Around half of the islands – which cost anything  from $15-$45 million to purchase – are believed to have been sold. A model island to attract prospective buyers has seen some construction work on it already, but construction won’t begin in earnest on the remaining islands until 2008.   Realistcally, I wouldn’t expect many to be moving into these new developments before 2010.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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  1. The World is such a fantastic looking development. I find it hard to believe there are 300 islands though – it doesn’t look like it! It’s also hard to get a sense of scale when looking at aerial photos. I would love to own one of these!

    I wonder what extra terrestrial life would think if it arrived in the skies above Dubai – hey, they might even be impressed!

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