During the early 2000s, Dubai embarked on several ambitious projects to establish itself as a prominent global destination. While Palm Jumeirah gained worldwide recognition as a renowned leisure spot, there were other notable endeavors like Palm Jebel Ali and the largest of them all, Palm Deira. However, in addition to these palm-shaped islands, another significant project initiated during this time was the World Islands.
When did the World Islands project start?
The World Islands project was initiated in 2003 under the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Nakheel, the primary developer behind the Palm Islands, also played a significant role in the construction of the World Islands.
However, as the project progressed, additional private contractors were involved. These man-made islands are located approximately 2.5 miles off the coast of Dubai in the Arabian Gulf and were constructed using dredged sand.