Gallery: Dubai’s World of Islands is Sinking Into the Sea

According to Queen's Counsel Richard Wilmot-Smith, speaking on behalf of Penguin Marine, "The islands are gradually falling back into the sea". He went on to say that the World Islands show signs of "erosion and deterioration".

Granted Dubai’s stratospheric rise over the past few years, it may come as no surprise that several of its projects have flown too close to the sun. The World was envisioned as the ultimate luxury retreat: for an exorbitant price you could lay claim to your own private island – a corner of the globe to call your own. The islands were created from displaced sand dredged up from the depths of the sea, however a property tribunal recently cited evidence that the islands have begun to erode and the waterways that separate them are dissolving due to the influx of sand.


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  1. diana_16 October 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

    this has nothing to do with power or greed… it is sth beautiful that man has created, it is dangerous but this shows how creative and what man is capable of doing… instead of constantly saying that it will sink or that it is stupid why don\’t we just pray to God that nothing bad happens to it. i have been there and it is simply amazing and hope to God that it lasts for many years

  2. gutty August 13, 2011 at 9:12 am

    As human we are digging our own grave by the name of creativity, technology and development.

    What to say

  3. doe-chee August 7, 2011 at 11:27 am

    We as human beings do some stupid things in the name of power and greed. Sometimes that comes back to haunt us – big time!

  4. zaxman August 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

    When this project began, I knew it was not going to suceed for two reasons.

    1 – Sand islands which have no supporting foundations like rocks or coral reefs are doomed to erode, I could not understand why the engineers did not mimic a real island by creating better artificial foundations to stop the eventual erosion.

    2 – Tsunami… It would wipe them out in a flash and any body not thinking about that possibility would be trowing there money away for a harsh reality.

  5. schaskins August 7, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I will add another simple proverb to the mix “A fool and his money are soon parted”.

  6. Jayna May 31, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Home run! Great slugigng with that answer!

  7. mwatterud February 14, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!

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