The 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.
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