5 Artificial Islands in the World

1. World Island (Dubai)

5 Artificial Islands in the World - The World or World Islands is an artificial archipelago of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map, located in the waters of the Persian Gulf, 4.0 kilometres (2.5 mi) off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The World islands are composed mainly of sand dredged from Dubai's shallow coastal waters, and are one of several artificial island developments in Dubai. The World's developer is Nakheel Properties, and the project was originally conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.

Construction of the 300 islands began in 2003, only to halt due to the 2008 financial crisis. Though 60 percent of the islands had been sold off to private contractors back in 2008, development on most of these islands has failed to initiate. As of late 2013, only two of the islands had been developed. In January, 2014, Kleindienst Group announced the launch of "The Heart of Europe" project; by February, 2014, one of Kleindienst Group's brands - JK Properties' announced in their monthly newsletter that the project was "well underway". The first of these series of islands will be Europe, Sweden and Germany with development led by Kleindienst Group, the Developer for The Heart of Europe project.

2. Real Madrid Island (Dubai)

Still from the United Arab Emirates. Real Madrid's Island was initiated by football team Real Madrid, Spain, is planning on building an island worth 1 billion dollars. This resort is reserved for soccer-mad, and consists of two luxury hotels, a comfortable villa, and a Stadium next to the sea with 10,000 seats. The plan of this island will be opened in 2015.

3. Mexcaltitan (Meksiko)

Mexcaltitán also known simply as Mexcaltitán, is a small man-made island-city off the coast in the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla in the Mexican state of Nayarit. Legend has it that it was the Aztlan of the Aztecs, their home city and birthplace from where they set out on their pilgrimage in 1091 that led them to the founding of Tenochtitlan.

This island is now being promoted as a tourist attraction. It was designated a "Pueblo Mágico" by the federal government, but the distinction only lasted one year. It is accessible by boat from La Batanza, which is the dock area located some 40 kilometers from Santiago Ixcuintla. It is known as "The Mexican Venice" (La Venecia mexicana).

In the 2010 INEGI census, there were 818 inhabitants residing in Mexcaltitán.

4. Khazar Island (Azerbaijan)

Khazar Islands, also known as Caspian Islands, is an artificial island located 25 kilometers from the capital Baku, with an area of 3,000 hectares in the Caspian Sea. Avesta, the company that built it, designing it to live in a million people, have 150 schools, 50 hospitals, dozens of parks, shopping areas, college campuses, even F-1 circuit. The Khazars were built at a cost of 100 billion dollars.

5. Umi Hotaru (Japan)

The Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line is an express line which connects Kawasaki and Kisarazu, Chiba. This is a highway crossing the Bay formed by the underwater tunnels and bridges. Aqua-Tunnel, as far as 6 miles, commencing from Kawasaki. The connection between the tunnel and the bridge, there is a large artificial island called Umi Hotaru.
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