Dubai, oh my.

Does this creep anyone else out?

When I heard about the man-made luxury islands in Dubai in the shapes of palm trees and continents, I only half-believed they existed. How wrong I was.

An official website explains the project in greater detail and includes an “interesting facts” section with tidbits like this:

Due to its immense scale and unique shape, The Palm, Jumeirah and The Palm, Jebel Ali are visible from space with the naked eye.

If all the fill materials used to build one Palm island were placed end to end, a wall two meters high and half a metre thick could circle the world three times.

I thought the Great Wall of China was the only man-made creation visible from space?

Also in the course of looking up the artificially constructed and shaped land masses, this NYtimes article, published today, popped up. It explains that the Dubai government, which has “been on a buying spree in the United States, purchasing a raft of high-profile businesses and real estate,” just bought Barneys New York for $825 million.

And to think, I hadn’t heard anything about Dubai since 9th grade geography.

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20 thoughts on “Dubai, oh my.

  1. Hadisha

    Interesting facts about The Palm:Due to its immense scale and unique shape, The Palm, Jumeirah and The Palm, Jebel Ali are visible from space with the naked eye. The creation and development of The Palm is an unparalleled feat of design and engineering. The Palm is destined to be like no other place on earth.Arabs want to be the first, and they will be, definitely!So many fantastic projects are rising day by day, people from all over the world are interested in investing in Dubai property.Government and UAE’s people really aim at high successes.

  2. Hadisha

    Interesting facts about The Palm:Due to its immense scale and unique shape, The Palm, Jumeirah and The Palm, Jebel Ali are visible from space with the naked eye. The creation and development of The Palm is an unparalleled feat of design and engineering. The Palm is destined to be like no other place on earth.Arabs want to be the first, and they will be, definitely!So many fantastic projects are rising day by day, people from all over the world are interested in investing in Dubai property.Government and UAE’s people really aim at high successes.

  3. Hadisha

    Interesting facts about The Palm:Due to its immense scale and unique shape, The Palm, Jumeirah and The Palm, Jebel Ali are visible from space with the naked eye. The creation and development of The Palm is an unparalleled feat of design and engineering. The Palm is destined to be like no other place on earth.Arabs want to be the first, and they will be, definitely!So many fantastic projects are rising day by day, people from all over the world are interested in investing in Dubai property.Government and UAE’s people really aim at high successes.

  4. Hadisha

    Interesting facts about The Palm:Due to its immense scale and unique shape, The Palm, Jumeirah and The Palm, Jebel Ali are visible from space with the naked eye. The creation and development of The Palm is an unparalleled feat of design and engineering. The Palm is destined to be like no other place on earth.Arabs want to be the first, and they will be, definitely!So many fantastic projects are rising day by day, people from all over the world are interested in investing in Dubai property.Government and UAE’s people really aim at high successes.

  5. Hadisha

    Interesting facts about The Palm:
    Due to its immense scale and unique shape, The Palm, Jumeirah and The Palm, Jebel Ali are visible from space with the naked eye.
    The creation and development of The Palm is an unparalleled feat of design and engineering. The Palm is destined to be like no other place on earth.
    Arabs want to be the first, and they will be, definitely!
    So many fantastic projects are rising day by day, people from all over the world are interested in investing in Dubai property.
    Government and UAE’s people really aim at high successes.

  6. steadyjohn

    Hey, looks like these folks are betting against “global warming” and rising sea levels, not to mention Bush caused tsunamis.

  7. steadyjohn

    Hey, looks like these folks are betting against “global warming” and rising sea levels, not to mention Bush caused tsunamis.

  8. steadyjohn

    Hey, looks like these folks are betting against “global warming” and rising sea levels, not to mention Bush caused tsunamis.

  9. steadyjohn

    Hey, looks like these folks are betting against “global warming” and rising sea levels, not to mention Bush caused tsunamis.

  10. steadyjohn

    Hey, looks like these folks are betting against “global warming” and rising sea levels, not to mention Bush caused tsunamis.

  11. Sarah

    Yeah, that is odd and slightly creepy.From what I’ve heard, the Great Wall of China isn’t actually visible from space… so I’ll believe these are we I see it.

  12. Sarah

    Yeah, that is odd and slightly creepy.From what I’ve heard, the Great Wall of China isn’t actually visible from space… so I’ll believe these are we I see it.

  13. Sarah

    Yeah, that is odd and slightly creepy.From what I’ve heard, the Great Wall of China isn’t actually visible from space… so I’ll believe these are we I see it.

  14. Sarah

    Yeah, that is odd and slightly creepy.From what I’ve heard, the Great Wall of China isn’t actually visible from space… so I’ll believe these are we I see it.

  15. Sarah

    Yeah, that is odd and slightly creepy.

    From what I’ve heard, the Great Wall of China isn’t actually visible from space… so I’ll believe these are we I see it.

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