This is spectacular. This is The World its the newest offshore island development from Nakheel. It's 5km off the coast of Dubai. It will consist of approximately 300 islands that, when viewed from above, simulate a map of the world. It's been under construction for approximately 3 years and should be completed in late 2006.
The development will cater to the exclusively to the elite residential and tourist market. The island will have private islands, island communities and 5 star resorts. This will be one of the premier developments in the world. There will be no access roads and all islands will be accessible through marine transportation only.
Dubai specializes in the opulent and extravagant and this will be no exception. The World will be the 4th landmark project from Nakheel, the first 3 being the different Palm resort communities. For anyone interested in development projects it's really worth taking a look at. An impossible vision for so many reasons, and only possible in Dubai for so many more reasons. Have a look at the video, it's worth it.
And just when you thought you had reached the pinnacle...
This is Hydropolis. It's the worlds first underwater hotel. 220 suites 66 feet above the floor of the Persian gulf. Construction began in 2004 and the opening is scheduled for Dec. 2006, so if you've got a few thousand bucks (more like 15 thousand probably...) you should go for the opening. It should be pretty spectacular. And if you do go, uh...take me? Please?