Nakheel’s iconic project, ‘The World’, is rapidly transforming from vision to reality with 55 per cent of sand reclamation already complete. Since the launch of ‘The World’ less than two years ago, in excess of 300 workers have been working in shifts 24 hours a day, seven days a week on the construction of this phenomenal project. With 88 islands already visible above water, ‘The World’ is on target for completion in 2008.
Rising out of the Persian Gulf with incredible speed, ‘The World’ has quickly taken shape with up to 10 dredgers working daily. The scale of the logistics operation is immense: more than three million cubic metres of sand is moved every week, which amounts to more than 181 million cubic meters of sand deposited to date. A fleet of up to 14 barges transports rock to the site, with more than 5.5 million tons of rock placed to date. When completed, ‘The World’ comprises some 321 million cubic metres of sand and 31 million metric tons of rock.
Conceived by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, the development consists of 300 islands that together form the image of the world map. The streamlined contours of the globe are provided by the protective breakwater, which is meticulously designed to dissipate wave energy and allow improved water flow. The oval shaped breakwater has a major axis of 9 kilometers and a minor axis of 7 kilometers with an overall length of 25 kilometers.
“The magnitude and unique location of ‘The World’ promises the most exclusive private water retreat and haven ever materialised. It will provide an intriguing and one-of-a-kind destination for investors looking for an exclusive and world-class real estate opportunity,” says Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman, Nakheel.