Why Dubai’s Man-Made Islands are Still Empty

In this article, we talk about Why Dubai’s Man-Made Islands are Still Empty It was the year 2003 when Dubai’s Sheikh started construction of The World project on the sea. This project consists of 300 islands forming the shape of Earth.

Which would host luxury villas, hotels and beach resorts and things that we can’t even imagine. In fact, during the advertisement for The World, it was called the Land of Paradise. But even after two years of its completion why they are still vacant?

Even after the endorsement done by the most expensive celebrities, why Dubai’s Sheikh the dream remained unfulfilled. What actually happened here?

Readers, we all know that Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has transformed Dubai in a way, which is unparalleled in the world. 30 years ago there used to be only one building in Dubai. Which is called Dubai World Trade Centre.

But, since then the consecutive construction projects have transformed Dubai from a 100% oil-dependent country to a country which has only 3% dependency on oil. And Sheikh’s vision was something like that.

From the highest building in the world, Burj Khalifa to the world’s first and last seven-star hotel Burj Al Arab Dubai is filled with world-class luxury.

When the land became scarce to build more construction projects in Dubai then Sheikh shifted his focus toward the sea. It was the year 2001 when Dubai already had attracted Western tourism with Burj Al Arab.

Beaches of Dubai were already becoming quite famous and soon, there was a scarcity of adequate beaches. It was time to extend the 70 km coastline. First, it was decided that three artificial islands would be built in Dubai’s sea.

Which would look like a palm tree when viewed from space. Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira. In 2001, first Palm Jumeirah’s work started maybe because it was the smallest among the three islands. With Palm Jumeirah, 56 km was added to Dubai’s coastline. I.e. 80% increase in the coastline.

Dubai’s Sheikh loved this idea of increasing the coastline so much that before the completion of Palm Jumeirah construction work for Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira began.

Along with these three projects, there was another one which attracted the entire world’s attention towards itself like a magnet. This project was launched under the name The World. Which had a total of 300 islands.

The design of The World was based on the map of the Earth. Which had islands with the name of different countries.

The construction of The World begins in 2003 which was built 3.5 km away from the coast of Dubai by blocking the turbulent sea waves. The World was going to be a playground for the world’s elite class.

International actors, the royal class, and business tycoons participated in this project. Few purchased islands for personal use, others did advertisements for them.

Here even the price of the smallest islands was kept at $15 million or 112 cr rupees. And the big ones were sold for a whopping $50 million or 375cr rupees

Dubai got similar success in The World as it got in its previous projects. Before the completion of the project, more than 60% of the islands were sold out in 2008. But why these artificial islands were so expensive?

First of all, it is not at all an easy task. It is very difficult to build even a small island amid these ferocious waves. Despite that Dubai built 300 islands here.

To build one island, the amount of sand used with which an entire stadium could have been filled from top to bottom. The weight of the stones used in the construction of The World is equal to the weight of 5.5 lakhs train engines.

To build this 9 km long and 6 km wide project, the Dubai government had to spend $14 billion. With this amount, Dubai could have built nine Burj Khalifa or seven 7-star luxury hotels like Burj Al Arab But Dubai’s Sheikh wanted to generate income not only from the land but from the sea also.

And that was the reason why Sheikh wanted to build the Land of Paradise on the sea. But what happened that despite so much pomp and grandeur these islands are still empty for the last 12 years? The first reason for the
failure of The World is its design.

Everyone expected that the project would be made according to the shape of the Earth. but after the completion of the project, it was found that it is quite different from the shape of the Earth.

In fact, the shapes of most of the islands were quite different from the shape of actual countries. Which made the investors disappointed. But the change in the design was not the only reason behind the failure of The World.

The launch of The World was done in 2008 in which the entire Dubai glittered with the fireworks. The money spent on that launch event turned futile. Because that was the time when the entire world was caught in a global financial crisis. 60% of the islands of The World were sold before this financial crisis.

And because of this crisis, not only The World Islands but property rates of the entire Dubai fell drastically. Because of the financial crisis, even the elites who had purchased the islands also didn’t start construction work here. Over time another issue surfaced.

The empty islands gradually became prey to the sea. It was noticed that many of the islands sank due to erosion. This news was dangerous in itself. But the media coverage lowered people’s trust even further.

As a result, after the financial crisis although other parts of Dubai saw a boom in business no one tried their luck in The World because of erosion. When engineers and researchers the team investigated the island’s erosion another dangerous fact surfaced.

The sand used in the construction of The World Islands along with Palm Jumeirah, Palm Deira, and Palm Jebel Ali were all collected from the Persian Gulf and dumped on the island site.

As water pressure increased in those shallow waters from which the sands were collected changes in the sea waves were noticed. Erosion was seen not only on the artificial islands but on the coastline of entire
Dubai was due to change in waves.

This satellite image was from 2002 when only Palm Jumeirah was built. Carefully see Dubai’s coastline which can be seen in a straight line. Now see this footage from 2008 when all other islands were already made. In this, you can see that Dubai’s coastline is eroding from different places.

And to stop them artificial walls were created in many places. Creating artificial islands, doubling or tripling Dubai’s coastline and playing with nature is now adversely affecting Dubai.

This matter has affected the trust of investors, business tycoons and celebrities that Dubai government stopped the work on all the island projects. The matter was so severe that Dubai had to refund the investors of Palm Jebel Ali.

And have to shut the project of Palm Deira in the middle. Of course, having a private island has its own charm. in Palm, Jumeirah people are already enjoying the kind of luxury which can be enjoyed in The World islands.

After all, this is Dubai’s first artificial island project which was a grand success. Many celebrities already
own properties in Palm Jumeirah. Like famous football players David Beckham, Shahrukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty and many other famous names.

But it is not that no one had built any mansions there in The World Islands. Out of 300, there are nine islands which have been developed.

These are Lebanon island, Europe Islands and island named after Formula One driver Michael Schumacher been developed. Rest 291 islands are still inhabited and gradually getting engulfed by the sea.

Dubai’s Sheikh is well aware of this debacle to rectify this mistake he is busy launching new and ambitious projects. According to the new plan, the Europe Islands of The World will be developed first.10 palaces on Sweden island, 32 villas on Germany island and 72 floating suites are being planned.

In these floating suites, tourists would be able to enjoy the unique experience of the sea. Not just above but tourists will be able to enjoy marine life from their underwater bedroom.

One thing is clear Dubai is not going to bother by these tiny failures. And the living testimony of this is Jumeirah Bay Island, the Museum of the future, and the Dubai Expo 2020’s colourful celebration.

Also, Dubai’s future projects include the world’s first Dynamic Tower. Because of its rotating floors,
guests would enjoy Dubai’s 360 views.

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