10 Fantastic Man-Made Islands Where You’d Love to Live
These days there isn’t anything that humans can’t do. We went to the moon, been to the farthest depth of the ocean, can talk and see people hundreds of miles away. So it really isn’t surprising that we are building lands. Building artificial islands aren’t any extraordinary feat, because there are several scattered around the world. In this we are going to take a look at the most extraordinary ones.
Balboa Island, United States
Located in California, the island is home to a number of small businesses like local crafts, restaurants and even bakeries. The island is pretty heavily crowded (in fact, its one of the densest communities of the County) and has some really large concrete boardwalk for walking. It has one post office and one fire station. The island was build on mudflat surrounded by swampland. In 2016, the island had a parade where they celebrated their centennial.
Amwaj Islands, Bahrain
This is a group of the island located near the coast of Muharraq island. Before the island came into being, the plan was to offer 100% freehold land ownership to expatriates living in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The project began in the year 2000 and completed in 2016. Today the island is fit to live in with infrastructure like water, sewerage, road, electricity, telecom, etc.
The Venetian Islands, United States of America
Instead of being a single man-made island, its really a chain of artificial islands in Florida, namely Biscayne Island, Rivo Alto Island, San Marino Island, San Marco Island, Di Lido Island, and Belle Isle. Originally the islands were though to be much bigger in scale than what they are today. Today, the islands are all connected to the mainland via series of bridges.
Kansai International Airport, Japan
One more island airport from Japan, the Kansai International Airport is home to the first international low-cost carrier in Japan. It was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and was made to relieve the overcrowding of Osaka International Airport. The island is connected to the mainland by a road/railroad bridge. The airport is an international hub for Nippon Cargo Airlines, Japan Airlines, Peach, and All Nippon Airways.
Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong
Located on an artificial island, the ariport is also called the Chek Lap Kok Airport. It started operation from 1998, and at the time of the opening, it had the world’s largest passenger terminal buildings. The airport island contributes to the economy is a bug way; there are 65,000 employees working there day in and day out. Its one of the world’s busiest passenger airports as well as one of the world’s busiest cargo gateway.
Port Island, Japan
It took over the decade for the island to be constructed. Its started off in the year 1996 and ended in 1981. The island now has a port called the Port of Kobe, Universities (Kobe Women’s University and Kobe Gakuin University), heliport, the UCC Coffee Museum, several parks, and hotels, a large convention center, the country’s 3rd IKEA store, etc. The island is one the best artificial island that we have come across.
The Pearl-Qatar, Qatar
The man-made island is the first one in Qatar where people from the foreign nationals are allowed to have freehold ownership. It is nearly four million square meters in area and 2015; there were 12,000 people residing in the place. It’s interesting to note that the project of building the island began in 2004 and the estimated cost was $2.5 billion. The project is still ongoing, and it is estimated to cost $15 billion upon completion.
The World Islands, Dubai
As the name suggests, the construction is made in a way that it looks like the world. Located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the man-made island was originally conceived by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The project had run into the bad water when in 2009 it was hit by the waves of global financial crisis and fell into financial difficulties.Made of sand, the proejct is designed and developed by Nakheel Properties.
Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Build Palm Jumeirah, Dubai by a company named Nakheel; the island is a wonder to behold. Developed and designed by Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock/Architects, Inc., Palm Jumeirah is located on the on the Jumeirah coastal area of Dubai. The Palm Jumeirah is part of the Palm Island and is the smallest of the lot. The project began back in 2001, and people started living on the island from 2006 onwards. Presently the island’s main draw is hotels and resorts.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
You must have heard of Burj Al Arab because of its the third tallest hotel in the world. One fascinating fact about the building is that 39% of its space is not occupied with people. It stands on an artificial island on the Jumeirah beach. Under architect Tom Wright, construction of the island began in the year 1994 and in time over 2,000 construction workers were employed to finish the job. Burj Al Arab opened in December 1999.
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