25 octubre 2006

Palm Islands, Dubai

Palm Islands, Dubai
“…Along the coast of Dubai—one of several emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates—are human-made islands. When the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite took this picture on September 18, 2006, these islands were the largest artificial islands in the world. All of the islands were still under some degree of construction in the fall of 2006… From south to north, the artificial island sites in this image are Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah, The World, and Palm Deira. Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Jumeirah appear largely complete in this image, looking like giant palm trees enclosed in huge arcs. Palm Deira, intended to be an even bigger palm tree when complete, is in the earliest stages of construction. In between Palm Jumeirah and the site for Palm Deira is the site for The World, which, when complete, will resemble a world map. The sand comprising all these artificial islands makes them stand out against the black water. Areas of shallower water, such as those around the site for The World, appear in dark blue-green. Sporting sand the same color as the human-made islands, Dubai itself is largely arid. Along the coast, straight lines and sharp angles indicate buildings and city streets, connected by smoothly curving highways. Well-irrigated urban areas appear in deep green…”

SME revolution starts in Dubai/GCC
“…Today Dubai and GCC opens golden opportunities to the global business communities of the world. The business activities in the region are increasing at record pace by the day, Dubai now sets the standard, and every other city in the region wants to catch up fast… Right now, Dubai International Exhibition Centre, the largest centre in Middle East, has 365 days of bookings for major fairs, exhibitions and conferences: millions of people are coming in to interact, exchange ideas to form alliances and sellers form all over the globe in search of business from this super-rich region:.."

Commercial Tower Rising in Dubai
“…Dubai’s cityscape will soon have a new 22-story waterfront commercial tower with a striking modern façade. The 300,000-square-foot O-14, a collaboration between Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture and developer Shahab Lutfi, will feature a 16-inch thick concrete shell, perforated by over 1,000 openings…”

Dubai prince gives Schumi an island
“…Michael Schumacher received an unique and unprecedented parting gift after his last grand prix in Brazil - an island… Dubai's crown prince - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - reportedly decided to give the retiring German a piece of the man-made island paradise The World. located off the coast of the United Arab Emirates… The World is 300 islands clustered together in a nine kilometre zone to resemble Earth from an aerial photo…”

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