The Man-Made Island of Dubai

The Island of Palm Jumeirah is located off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. Its construction began in 2001 ad its first residential dwellings were introduced in 2006. By 2007, over 500 families lived on the island. The island consists of 16 extensions from the core that is attached to the mainland and a 6.8 mile long circular barrier that surrounds all the stalks. It nearly doubled the previously 42 mile long coast line of Dubai.

There was many problems involved in the construction of the island. The finish date was pushed back many times and was finished two years later than when it was expected to. The beaks in the circle had to be created because the water inside became stagnant. This was a threat t the marine life inside the barrier but after the breaks were made, marine life flourished. There have also been claims that the island is slowly sinking. NASA claims it is sinking at 5mm (0.2in) a year and that rate is increasing. The company that lead the islands construction says that the claims by NASA can’t be trusted because their laser satellites only have ad accuracy window of 50mm (2in.).

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3 Responses to The Man-Made Island of Dubai

  1. wcturgeon says:

    While it looks beautiful, there is something about this island that disturbs me. maybe it is the excess of wealth, or the hubris to create an island, or the concern that it will fail and all on it be lost. Is anyone else bothered or rather, should we see this as a feat of engineering and a testimony to human creativity?

  2. Barbara says:

    Wow! This is island is so beautiful! It must cost a lot of money to create such thing!

  3. Emily says:

    The island is beautiful, but it’s scary to think that it is sinking after it took so long to build.

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