World is on the way up

Nakheel has the whole world in its plans as islands rise

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By  Rhys Jones Published  September 4, 2004

World is on the way up|~|WorldbigBody.jpg|~|An artists impression of Nakheel’s $3 billion The World project, which has recently seen Eurasian and North American islands reclaimed from a depth of -16 m below the water’s surface. |~|WHILE THE island representing the UAE was the first to break the surface of Nakheel’s US $3 billion The World project in March this year, several other land masses have since been reclaimed or are currently in varying stages of completion. Eurasia and North America have now been reclaimed from a depth of up to –16 m below the water’s surface, and will be further developed to a height of +3 m above water, as dredging work continues. “With several land masses in the geographic area comprising Eurasia and North America having already emerged above water, the entire development has clearly begun to take shape,” said Sultan Ahmen Bin Sulayem, chairman, Nakheel. “In addition to two completed islands, work is rapidly progressing on all the continents. Construction of the main protective breakwaters is well underway too,” he added. The reclamation development of The World is estimated to cost $2 billion, and is located 4 km offshore from Dubai, at a point halfway between The Palm Jumeirah and Port Rashid. The design of The World incorporates a cluster of 300 man-made islands strategically positioned to form the shape of the world map, with a protective breakwater on its perimeters. Unlike Nakheel’s Palm projects, where the breakwater was built first, The World is witnessing the simultaneous building of both the islands and the breakwater with the two protective breakwaters set to provide shelter from long and cross-shore waves. The outer breakwater will be a submerged reef and the inner will be 3 m above water and are expected to attract a wealth of marine life. It will use 35 million t of rock and will be 140 m wide. Furthermore, extensive testing of the breakwater’s design has taken place in one of the world’s leading hydraulics laboratories in Holland. Work on The World started late last year and is scheduled to finish by July 2007 and so far well over 50 million m3 of land has been reclaimed. Nakheel does not plan to connect any of the 300 islands that form part of its huge The World developmenti, neither to each other nor to the mainland. When complete, each island will range from 25 000 to 90 000 m2 in size, with an estimated 50 m to 100 m of water between each individual island. After less than six months of construction, the island representing the UAE was the first to emerge. The island has been reclaimed to a depth of 14 m below the water’s surface and three metres above it. The UAE island ultimately covers a total land area of 17 396 m2 with a circumference of 501 metres and a landmass of 600 000 m3. Construction of the islands is expected to take two years and then the infrastructure will be put into place, before Nakheel hands the land over to the investors to develop. However, with more islands hitting the surface, the entire development appears to be taking shape on schedule. “I am pleased to report that not only is Nakheel well on course to meeting deadlines, but also, that in many instances, we are ahead of them. Every week sees the achievement of new milestones in the development of this project,” said Sulayem. ||**||

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