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Old April 30th, 2005, 08:44 AM   #121
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The World rises up as sand reclamation reaches 55 percent

Nakheel, the most renowned property developers internationally, has announced that its iconic project, 'The World', is rapidly transforming from vision to reality with 55 per cent of sand reclamation already complete.


Full speed ahead as The World takes shape
Since the launch of 'The World' less than two years ago, in excess of 300 workers have been working in shifts 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the construction of this phenomenal project. With 88 islands already visible above water, 'The World' is on target for completion in 2008.

Rising out of the Arabian Gulf with incredible speed, 'The World' has quickly taken shape with up to 10 dredgers working daily. The scale of the logistics operation is immense: more than three million cubic metres of sand is moved every week, which amounts to more than 181 million cubic meters of sand deposited to date. A fleet of up to 14 barges transports rock to the site, with more than 5.5 million tons of rock placed to date. When completed, 'The World' comprises some 321 million cubic metres of sand and 31 million metric tons of rock.

Conceived by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, the development consists of 300 islands that together form the image of the world map. The streamlined contours of the globe are provided by the protective breakwater, which is meticulously designed to dissipate wave energy and allow improved water flow. The oval shaped breakwater has a major axis of 9 kilometers and a minor axis of 7 kilometers with an overall length of 25 kilometers.

'The magnitude and unique location of 'The World' promises the most exclusive private water retreat and haven ever materialised. It will provide an intriguing and one-of-a-kind destination for investors looking for an exclusive and world-class real estate opportunity,' says Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, Nakheel.

Further commenting on the project Sulayem said, 'The construction of 'The World' is an exceptional logistics operation which has attracted many highly experienced professionals all driven by the passion to bring this tremendous vision to life. Meticulous project planning and research is working in harmony with the most efficient methods of construction to ensure 'The World' is finalised and the vision of Dubai created by H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum,' is executed.
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Old April 30th, 2005, 10:39 AM   #123
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The World islands rise up off Dubai
Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2005

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Nakheel, a major Dubai developer, has announced that its iconic project, 'The World', is rapidly transforming from vision to reality with 55 per cent of sand reclamation already complete.

Since the launch of 'The World' less than two years ago, in excess of 300 workers have been working in shifts 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the construction of this phenomenal project. With 88 islands already visible above water, 'The World' is on target for completion in 2008.

Rising out of the Arabian Gulf with incredible speed, 'The World' has quickly taken shape with up to 10 dredgers working daily. The scale of the logistics operation is immense: more than three million cubic metres of sand is moved every week, which amounts to more than 181 million cubic meters of sand deposited to date. A fleet of up to 14 barges transports rock to the site, with more than 5.5 million tons of rock placed to date. When completed, 'The World' comprises some 321 million cubic metres of sand and 31 million metric tons of rock.

Conceived by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, the development consists of 300 islands that together form the image of the world map. The streamlined contours of the globe are provided by the protective breakwater, which is meticulously designed to dissipate wave energy and allow improved water flow. The oval shaped breakwater has a major axis of 9 km and a minor axis of 7 km with an overall length of 25 km.

"The magnitude and unique location of 'The World' promises the most exclusive private water retreat and haven ever materialised. It will provide an intriguing and one-of-a-kind destination for investors looking for an exclusive and world-class real estate opportunity," says Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman, Nakheel.

Further commenting on the project Sulayem said: "The construction of 'The World' is an exceptional logistics operation which has attracted many highly experienced professionals all driven by the passion to bring this tremendous vision to life. Meticulous project planning and research is working in harmony with the most efficient methods of construction to ensure 'The World' is finalised and the vision of Dubai created by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is executed."
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55per cent? they are doing pretty well...
should be visible in its shape soon...
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Old April 30th, 2005, 09:48 PM   #125
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the islands are almost of the same size and they have 88 islands above water out of 300.
i never was good at maths, but how can this be 55%
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Old April 30th, 2005, 11:00 PM   #126
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under water ?
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Old April 30th, 2005, 11:21 PM   #127
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These look amazing,

The good thing about this project is its isolation, no cars, nothing,

Muldive islands have a competitor now !
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The World on schedule to be completed in three years

Dubai-based property developer Nakheel's The World project, comprising 300 private islands arranged into a world map, is on schedule to be completed in 2008, the company said in a statement.

Already 88 of the islands are visible, it said. About 181 million cubic metres of sand has been deposited so far.

Since the launch of The World about two years ago, more than 300 workers have been working in shifts round the clock, seven days a week on the construction of the development, the statement said.

"The magnitude and unique location of The World promises to make it the most exclusive private water retreat," the statement quoted Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, executive chairman of Nakheel, as saying.

Up to 10 dredgers are working on the project each day.

More than 3 million cubic metres of sand are moved every week. A fleet of up to 14 barges transports rock to the site, with more than 5.5 million tonnes of rock placed to date, the statement said.

When completed, The World will have seen the movement of some 321 million cubic metres of sand and 31 million metric tonnes of rock, it said.

Global recognition for The Palm Jumeirah

The Palm Jumeirah, a Nakheel project involving the construction of 2,500 apartments and 2,000 villas, has received global recognition, company representatives said.

The recognition comes in the form of an award from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). ARDA's Awards Committee has awarded The Palm Jumeirah first place in its Site Design and Utilisation category. The master plan for the project was envisaged by Nakheel and conceptually designed by partners HHCP Design International. The awards event was held in Florida on April 26.

ARDA is a Washington, DC-based trade association representing the leisure industry, with about 1,000 members from around the world.
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i can't see global recognition here for palm jumeirah....
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well i did see it once on North American VH1's 100 most stunning things in the world... i think the world islands were no.2 on that list.
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there should be the top5 out of dubai... actually.
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finally they've set a reasonable completion date

thanks nakheel!
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2008 was said before i remember, wasn't it?
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yes it was
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big big news!!!!


First freehold properties on 'The World' go up for sale

The first freehold property offering to come out of Dubai's 'The World' project go on sale tomorrow at Arabian Travel Market, the Middle East's premier travel and tourism show at the Dubai World Trade Centre, when a limited selection of homes on the OQYANA elitist sanctuary of supreme lifestyle are released for open purchase.


OQYANA will enjoy spectacular views of the Dubai coastline.
The mix of exquisite beach homes and spectacular Bay View and Sea View residences provide international investors with a first-mover advantage onto 'The World' project, being built offshore Dubai's Jumeirah coastline.

OQYANA is a project by The Investment Dar, a publicly-quoted company on the Kuwait Stock Exchange and EFAD Holding, a major stakeholder in The Investment Dar. OQYANA is the Australasia segment of 'The World' and was named after the Arabic for Oceanic. It is the world's first fully master-planned elite island retreat.

The release of homes on sale at Arabian Travel Market includes a limited number of Bay View Residences - the superlative apartments on OQYANA's North Victoria Island, Alice Island, the Gibson Islands and South Leopold Island. The apartments are low rise, spacious and contemporary and offer incredible views over waterways and a busy marina community.

Also on offer are a select few Sea View Residences - unique in that they are the only apartments in the world to offer double-views - of the ocean and OQYANA bay. The extremely spacious apartments are modern, striking and light-filled homes on North Leopold and Fraser Islands.

OQYANA, the first destination to be designed for 'The World', is a quantum leap in Dubai's freehold real estate offering with a unique concept and a commitment to service and finishing levels never before seen in the region.

Unique to OQYANA is the fact that it will be the Middle East's first car-free destination. Travelling around the destination will either be by inter-island ferries or via an extensive network of seamlessly, inter-linked walkways.

'OQYANA will truly be a sanctuary of supreme lifestyle - a tourism-getaway and second home destination,' said Waleed Al-Humaidhi, Chairman, EFAD Holding. 'It will be a walker's paradise with 17 kilometres of inter-linked walkways, a haven for beach lovers with some 5,300 metres of shore front and a boating hub with over 1,500 berths.

'And all this is within just four kilometres of Dubai's Jumeirah Beach coastline.'

OQYANA is the closest of 'The World' destinations to the mainland and will have the best views of Dubai.

'The entire destination can be isolated as it has no extensive public water corridors running through it, providing the highest privacy levels for residents,' added Al-Humaidhi.

In all, around 10,000 to 12,000 people are expected to take up residency on OQYANA when it is complete in 2012.

OQYANA will be linked to the mainland via a ferry service. The destination will also boast a substantial area of upscale retail and all the community facilities expected of a high-end, elitist project.

Better Homes LLC of Dubai, one of the UAE's leading real estate companies, is assisting the marketing of the OQYANA properties at Arabian Travel Market, which runs until May 6.
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wowwww great...
2012 is a loong way!
but 12000 people..that sounds huge!!
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Too hazy to make out much, but yes that is the World islands... taken 29th April 7am



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Nice to see you decided to fly Emirates!
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Work on The World on target

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Nakheel has announced that its iconic project, The World, is rapidly transforming from vision to reality with 55 per cent of sand reclamation already complete.

Since the launch of The World less than two years ago, in excess of 300 workers have been working in shifts 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the construction of this phenomenal project. With 88 islands already visible above water, The World is on target for completion in 2008, says a spokesman.
Rising out of the Arabian Gulf, The World has quickly taken shape with up to 10 dredgers working daily. The scale of the logistics operation is immense: more than three million cu m of sand is moved every week, which amounts to more than 181 million cu m of sand deposited to date. A fleet of up to 14 barges transports rock to the site, with more than 5.5 million tonnes of rock placed to date. When completed, The World will comprise some 321 million cu m of sand and 31 million tonnes of rock.
Conceived by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, the development consists of 300 islands that together form the image of the world map. The streamlined contours of the globe are provided by the protective breakwater, which is meticulously designed to dissipate wave energy and allow improved water flow. The oval-shaped breakwater has a major axis of 9 km and a minor axis of 7 km with an overall length of 25 km.
• Kuwait-based Investment Dar and Efad Holding, which has purchased the Australasia segment of The World, will develop a residential/luxury project that will offer 1,500 sea-view apartments all with panoramic ocean and harbour vistas, 90 secluded water homes linked to islands via walkways, approximately 170 exquisite canal homes and more than 150 beachfront mansions in a choice of three styles. In all, between 10,000 –15,000 people are expected to take up residency on the project called Oqyana.
Named after the Arabic word for Oceanic, the project, will have an end-created value of $3.5 billion, and will be a quantum leap in Dubai’s freehold real estate offering with a unique concept and a commitment to service and finishing levels never before seen in the region. It will be the world’s first fully master-planned elite island retreat.
Oqyana, construction of which will begin by early 2009, lies just 4 km offshore Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach coastline and will be the closest development to the mainland.
“The islands which make up Oqyana will cover some 97.3 acres (39.38 hectares) in total and produce an ocean lifestyle in tranquil surroundings enhanced by the absence of cars in the environment. Transport, instead, will be by walkway links and inter-island ferries.
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AFP article:

New World islands emerge from Dubai's waters
Tue May 10,12:18 PM ET



DUBAI (AFP) - Some 300 islands looking like a blurred vision of the planet's nations are slowly emerging from the waters of the Gulf, forming an exclusive and sandy world of their own just off the coast of Dubai.

"The World" is one of the most ambitious projects yet launched by this tiny emirate, one of seven that make up the United Arab Emirates, and arguably the one developing at the most break-neck speed.

Less than two years after work began, 60 percent of the islands have been raised from the sea floor, says James Wilson, CEO of Nakheel, the company behind the project.

On a rare visit, the boat cuts through the waters between these momentarily desert islands with a maximum of 100 metres (320 feet) between them.

Nakheel's task is simple: bring the islands up from the Gulf's shallow waters. Then it's up to buyers to develop them, with an exclusive villa for oneself or a luxury tourist complex to make yet more money.

But for now, the only building visible is on one of the 26 islands that will make up Greenland. Here, Nakheel has built a two-storey show complex among palm trees to whet prospective buyers' appetites.

"We have sold 40 already," says Wilson, including the 14 islands that form Australasia bought by a Kuwaiti consortium to house a 3.5-billion-dollar real estate and tourism development.

For an average 25 million dollars the discerning buyer can acquire a small island of no more than a couple of hectares (around five acres). And that's before you've even started paying the architect to design your building.

"We have refused more offers than we have accepted, because we are very selective," says Wilson.

"We ask for the masterplan... if someone wants to build a 15-storey building, we say 'go to the mainland'."

The idea is for The World to be a luxury holiday destination for a select and wealthy clientele.

Construction of the islands, which is being carried out by a fleet of 30 ships dredging the Gulf's seafloor, is set to be completed in 2008.

Once finished, the project will cover 63 square kilometres (24 square miles), but the image of the world will be visible only from the air.

According to Nakheel, the islands will triple Dubai's coastline.

And while some islands will be bought and used by individuals, most will be commercially developed to draw yet more visitors to Dubai, a city of 1.2 million people -- including one million foreigners -- whose leaders want to see it transformed into a world-class tourist capital.

Looking at the figures, the emirate seems well on its way: from 630,000 tourists in 1990 to 3.4 million in 2000 and 5.4 million in 2004 -- with the average length of stay also growing steadily.

The aim is to reach 15 million visitors a year by 2010.

By comparison, the Middle East's number one tourist destination, Egypt, currently has eight million tourists a year.

Nakheel is controlled by the emirate's leaders and is at the vanguard of the mega-projects strategy for luring tourists, which includes The Palm, another batch of islands currently under construction in the shape of... palm trees.

Yet another ambitious project under construction is the "Dubai Waterfront" -- promised by brochures to be "bigger than Manhattan and Beirut" -- which this time will see a city of half a million people built on artificial islands.

So what next? Wilson says that Nakheel is already working on another project, top secret for the time being.

Meanwhile, the company has begun selling its expertise to other nations around the globe, based on its own homegrown worldly experiences in Dubai.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20050510...m_050510161805
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