Dubai in 1990 prior to the craziness
The same street in 2003
The madness. Dubai is said to currently have 15-25% of all the world’s cranes. 15-25% di muka bumi berada di Dubai
The Dubai Waterfront. When completed it will become the largest waterfront development in the world. Tmn tema air terbesar di dunia
All of this was built in the last 5 years, including that island that looks like a palm tree. ambil mas 5 tahun pembinaan ke atas semua ini
The Palm Islands in Dubai. New Dutch dredging technology was used to create these massive man made islands. They are the largest artificial islands in the world and can be seen from space. Three of these Palms will be made with the last one being the largest of them all. Pulau buatan terluas di dunia
Upon completion, the resort will have 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, shopping centers, movie theaters, and many other facilities. It is expected to support a population of approximately 500,000 people. It is advertised as being visible from the moon.
The World Islands. 300 artificially created islands in the shape of the world. Each island will have an estimated cost of $25-30 million.
300 pulau buatan dengan kos $25-30 juta bagi menyiapkan 1 pulau
The Burj al-Arab hotel in Dubai. The worlds tallest hotel. Considered the only ‘7 star’ hotel and the most luxurious hotel in the world. It stands on an artificial island in the sea.
Hotel 7 bintang yang tertinggi di dunia dan termahal di dunia di atas pulau buatan.
Hydropolis, the world’s first underwater hotel. Entirely built in Germany and then assembled in Dubai, it is scheduled to be completed by 2009 after many delays.
The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and is expected to be complete by 2008. At an estimated height of over 800 meters, it will easily be world’s tallest building when finished. It will be almost 40% taller than the the current tallest building, the Taipei 101.
This is what downtown Dubai will look like around 2008-2009. More than 140 stories of the Burj Dubai have already been completed. It is already the worlds tallest man made structure and it is still not scheduled to be completed for at least another year.
The Al Burj. This will be the centerpiece of the Dubai Waterfront. Once completed it will take over the title of the tallest structure in the world from the Burj Dubai.
Recently it was announced that the final height of this tower will be 1200 meters. That would make it more than 30% taller than the Burj Dubai and three times as tall as the Empire State Building.
This is a city on crack.
The Burj al Alam, or The World Tower. Upon completion it will rank as the world’s highest hotel. It is expected to be finished by 2009. At 480 meters it will only be 28 meters shorter than the Taipei 101.
The Trump International Hotel & Tower, which will be the centerpiece of one of the palm islands, The Palm Jumeirah.
Dubailand. Currently, the largest amusement park collection in the world is Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, which is also the largest single-site employer in the United states with 58,000 employees. Dubailand will be twice the size.
Dubailand will be built on 3 billion square feet (107 miles^2) at an estimated $20 billion price tag. The site will include a purported 45 mega projects and 200 hundred other smaller projects.
Dubai Sports City. A huge collection of sports arenas located in Dubailand. Taman sukan
Currently, the Walt Disney World Resort is the #1 tourist destination in the world. Once fully completed, Dubailand will easily take over that title since it is expected to attract 200,000 visitors daily.
The Dubai Marina is an entirely man made development that will contain over 200 highrise buildings when finished. It will be home to some of the tallest residential structures in the world. The completed first phase of the project is shown. Most of the other high rise buildings will be finished by 2009-2010.
The Dubai Mall will be the largest shopping mall in the world with over 9 million square feet of shopping and around 1000 stores. It will be completed in 2008.
Ski Dubai, which is already open, is the largest indoor skiing facility in the world. This is a rendered image of another future indoor skiing facility that is being planned.
Some of the tallest buildings in the world, such as Ocean Heights and The Princess Tower, which will be the largest residential building in the world at over a 100 stories, will line the Dubai Marina.
The UAE Spaceport would be the first spaceport in the world if construction ever gets under way. I’m not joking…
Some other other crazy shit…
The Dubai Metro system, once completed, will become the largest fully automated rail system in the world.
The Dubai World Central International Airport will become the largest airport in size when it is completed. It will also eventually become the busiest airport in the world, based on passenger volume.
There are more construction workers in Dubai than there are actual citizens.
The recently-launched luxury Atlantis hotel rises towards the sky from the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah, but unlike it’s mysterious namesake, this Atlantis is unlikely to get ‘lost’. The ocean-and-aquatic themed resort is impressive, and not surprisingly everything about it is big – from the development price of US$1.5 billion to its size (it’s spread over 46 hectares of reclaimed land) and its 1, 539 rooms. It also features a massive 17 hectares of water park activities and an 11 million liter marine habitat that is home to more than 65,000 marine animals.
Marine life and aquatic fun
Atlantis boasts its own bottlenose dolphin population at the tropical Dolphin Bay. Set in over four and a half hectares Dolphin Bay is the first marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center in Dubai. Guests and visitors can take part in a 90-minute interaction program that includes an education session from a resident marine mammal specialist and then 30 minutes in one of the shallow water lagoons petting, playing with and feeding the dolphins.
A full time team of over 165 marine specialists manage the resort’s eco-system including vets, biologists, divers, laboratory managers, food technicians, mechanics and curators.
There is also a huge waterpark, the centerpiece of which is the Ziggurat. Its summit is the launching point for a selection of jaw-dropping, heart-stopping (and body drenching) slides and rides including “The Leap of Faith”, where riders experience a 27.5 meter near-vertical drop down the face of the Ziggurat before being propelled along a clear acrylic tunnel through a shark-filled lagoon.
There’s more opportunity to view the marine life in “The Lost Chambers”, a maze of underwater halls and tunnels under one of the lagoons. More than two hundred and fifty species can be seen in the open-air marine habitat including sharks, eels, rays, piranhas and numerous species of exotic fish. Suites feature bedrooms and bathrooms with floor-to-ceiling views of the underwater world.
Eat, relax and party!
When you’ve had enough of watching the aquatic life you can indulge yourself in one of 27 treatment rooms at the spa. There’s an array of treatments and rituals including body wraps, facials, exfoliation and massage using precious essences and oils.
Dining highlights include a selection of regional or international dishes, served inside or al fresco and prepared by world-class chefs including Nobu, Giorgio Locatelli, Santi Santamaria and Michel Rostang.
An Arabian coffee house, in-house nightclub (complete with suspended catwalk surrounding the dance floor) and facilities to amuse (and separate you from) the kids are also part of the package.
If you can tear yourself away from the opulence of the resort Dubai offers plenty of adventure activities from desert dining to sand-boarding, deep sea fishing and moonlight dhow cruises.
There’s also some out of the ordinary activities on the guest program that will add to the uniqueness of your holiday splurge – you can take a mixology class to improve your bartending skills, a drum session with professional percussionists, or learn meditation or self hypnosis (perhaps to quell the rising anxiety brought on by the thought of your next credit card bill).
On that point, no visit to a resort such as this is complete without a spot of retail therapy and Atlantis won’t disappoint. There is a range of luxury boutiques offering everything from designer brands to exclusive local products.
On the horizon
Other ‘big things’ planned for Palm Jumeirah include plans for the US$790 million, 62 storey Trump International Hotel and Tower.
However, Palm Jameirah isn’t the biggest man-made island; that honor will go toPalm Deira, which at 46.35 million square meters will be bigger than Paris.
Now, in case you’ve just been awarded a particularly large pay rise – or want one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences – you’ll find prices and other information on the Atlantis, The Palm website. Prices begin at around the USD$500 mark per night, but if you want to go all-out, a top of the line room in the Regal Suite will set you back in the order of USD$1700.