An engineering and construction feat of the highest order, The World Resort in Dubai, UAE was created as a playground for the rich and famous.
Already beset by financial problems, the islands which make up ‘The World’ are slowly eroding and falling back into the sea, according to lawyers for Penguin Marine, who are suing the developers Nakheel as they try to avoid paying almost $2 million in annual fees to provide transport to and from the development.
Only one of the islands, Greenland, is currently inhabited, and development ceased as the world financial crisis took hold. The owner of ‘Britain’ has been jailed for fraud, while another owner who purchased Ireland committed suicide after his business empire collapsed.
The resort was the subject of some spectacular photography from the International Space Station last year. It can be seen here adjacent to another lavish development, the Palms. From a cartography standpoint, there are some minor inaccuracies.
Nakheel say there is no evidence of erosion in the surveys that they have conducted, rejecting rumours that the end of the world is nigh.
- Debt-laden Dubai World tries to win over creditors (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- The World is sinking: Dubai islands ‘falling into the sea’ (telegraph.co.uk)
- The stars behind the World (telegraph.co.uk)
- Special report: How Dubai got serious (reuters.com)
- Inside the Dubai meltdown (financialpost.com)