Have you ever fantasized about building an island paradise? Thanks to science, this fantasy can come true today. Man has mastered the art of making their very own artificial islands – and there are some incredible manmade islands as proof.
Here are some of the most beautiful, creative, artificial islands that human ingenuity has put together.
The Pearl-Qatar, Qatar
The Pearl-Qatar, a Riviera-style man-made island developed in an exclusive enclave in Doha, is the Middle East’s most glamorous address. This island is one of the most beautiful and remarkable tourist attractions. Owned and developed by United Development Company, the island spans over 4 million square meters of land that was meticulously developed into a masterpiece of private and modern living.
The Palm Jumeirah, UAE
Dubai's Palm Jumeirah is the world's largest manmade island, and one of the most recognizable for its palm tree shape. The Palm Jumeirah is one of the three sets of manmade islands. Palm Jumeirah was launched in 2001, with reclamation starting in the same year. From the end of 2006, the island's first residences – comprising 4,000 luxury villas and apartments – were handed over during a phased period. It was constructed by a UAE government owned company, Nakheel.
Île aux Cygnes, France
This manmade island was formed in 1827 to protect the port of Grenelle. The island is located at a short distance from the Eiffel Tower and is actually a very well kept, small park. The island is only 850 meters long and 11 meters wide. The walk starts with a look at a small replica of the Statue of Liberty, after France gifted the real thing to the U.S. The island has three bridges, and a tree-lined walkway that add great value to its overall beauty.
Amwaj Artificial Islands, Bahrain
This is a group of manmade islands in the Persian Gulf that were reclaimed from the shallow seas. Their construction was completed in 2006, totaling $1.5 billion. The islands are the only place in the kingdom where foreigners are allowed to own land.
The World Islands, UAE
The World Islands are a collection of manmade islands shaped into the continents of the world, located off the coast of Dubai in the UAE and not far from the Palm Jumeirah. "The World" is another visionary project from Nakheel, and originally conceived by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. However, it seems all is not well with The World: The construction had to stop and the islands fell into disrepair and actually started sinking. Ever since, the project's website hasn't shown any updates in three years.