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Dubai: The World Islands Archipelago

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Aerial view of Dubai Palm Jumeirah island, United Arab Emirates

Have you ever wanted an exclusive vacation at a private island? Because same. And now it’s possible.

With over 300 islands at this man-made space, The World Islands in Dubai is an adventure of a lifetime. In the vacation area, you will find all the different man-made islands undergoing construction: Palm Jumeirah, Deira Islands, Palm Jebel Ali, The World, and Bluewaters Island.

Dubai has also promised to dedicate an island to every country in the world. That’s an exaggeration, but Dubai is making a series of islands that represent the map when viewed from above. It’s seriously cool!

Now before I get too ahead of myself, here are the several islands in The World, what you can do there, and what is coming soon.

Islands in The World

Aerial view of Dubai The World islands, United Arab Emirates

Here are the 5 most exciting places to visit in The World Islands in Dubai!

They consist of The Palm Islands, the “Heart of Europe” resort, The Island, and Island Michael Schumacher.

Be warned, though; currently, only The Island is currently available for the public. Other places are still undergoing construction, and the dates which they will be finished will be listed further in this article.

The Palm Islands

First up, we have The Palm Islands. They are three projects that have been started in 2001, and the islands are Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island, and Palm Jebel Ali.

From an ariel view, Palm Jumeirah–an island in The Palm Islands–looks like an artistic palm tree with a crescent surrounding it. Begun in 2001, this islands’ construction is supervised by the Dubai government developer, Nakheel. It is famous for being one of the 8 wonders of the world, and it stretches nearly five kilometers along the gulf.

On the island situates hotels, apartments, and retail facilities. Almost more than 10,000 residents lived in Palm Jumeirah, this artificial island on the coast of Dubai.

Even better, the entrance fee to Palm Jumeirah is free, so next time you drop to Dubai, make sure to check it out! Remember, it’s a completely artificial island.

Other than Palm Jumeirah, its two other brothers–Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali–are programmed for construction. These two islands are supposedly even bigger than the former, but the plans to create it has not been executed yet, due to financial uncertainty.

What does the future have in store for us? This ambitious, large-scale project has been challenged by many difficulties, but they’re persistent and it’s going to pay off!

The Heart of Europe

Dubai The World Islands Germany Austria Switzerland Lebanon (Picture outdated.)

The Heart of Europe, like its website boasts, is the owner of many “firsts.” It is the first to own an underwater hotel with a gym, the first to make a 5-star family hotel, the first to introduce a dedicated 5-star wedding hotel, the first to create the world’s artificial rainy streets, the first to make an underwater living experience, and lastly, the first to make an outdoor snow plaza.

And it is as extraordinary as it sounds! With over 4000 units, the Heart of Europe is made out of 7 islands, 13 hotels, and 50+ yearly attractions. The islands represent European places, for example, Germany, Venice, Switzerland, St. Petersburg, and the Sweden Palace. It also has some of the most unique houses to ever exist. Just take a look at this classic!

Leafy sea dragon floats in an aquarium

Alright. It’s not the house, but it’s a cute seahorse. Anyway, you can literally live in the Floating Seahorse with your family, or bring your dog! There are floors above water and floors underwater. Above water, it’s like a private yacht, except you can sleep, drink coffee, and do whatever you please. Underwater is the master bedroom. You’ll see colourful fish swimming around in the vibrant waters.

Best of all, it’s almost open to the public! Go reserve your spot today, or ask about the prices. This is definitely an experience only here, in this part of the world.

Lebanon Island

Aerial view of artificial World island

Lebanon Island, also known as The Island, is the first man-made island Dubai has ever opened to the public. It’s definitely a classic, and most of the time you’ll have it all to yourself!
This amazing island offers a relaxing sight of the sea. It offers a wide range of activities to choose from, like banana boating, jet skiing, parasailing, and much more.

There are many beaches to choose from, as well as villas and hotels catered to your needs. From 11 am to 6 pm every day, the Island is open daily. The entry fee is 200 AED for an adult and 100 AED for children 5-11. 4 years or older are free.

On the island, there are swimming pools, water sports, beach volleyball courts, concerts, fashion shows, 2 private beaches, barbeques, and sunbathing equipment. It’s truly a dream.

You will also live in your own mansion by the sea with nobody else around except for the people you bring. Isn’t that amazing?


Dubai Marina from a high view showing the boats, sea, and the city scape.

The World’s Island project was first introduced in May 2003 by Sheikh Mohammed and began to commence four months later. They started on the construction and 5 years later in 2008, 60% of the islands were bought.

Unfortunately, this is where things start rolling downhills. The stock market crash soon enveloped the world, and the plan went down with it.

Dubai was no longer financially stable enough to continue The World. It halted in 2008, with its islands incomplete.

In 2009, things started back up again, but progress was slow. Nothing much was changing and days dragged on. This continued for a few more years until 2016 when things sped up again due to the commitments to the company’s investors; “We have invested millions of dollars in The Heart of Europe and we have made a commitment to our investors and clients.”

After all this time and even after being hit by a global pandemic, it is really impressive how these islands were created!

This was just an overview of Dubai and its islands. One day, actually go there and see it for yourself! The pictures can’t absorb all its beauty.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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