With vast improvements in technology, natural islands are now being replicated the number of man made islands across the globe is skyrocketing!
Here are a few of the most interesting (for a variety of reasons):
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On any list of man made islands, this one should alway be at the top. These islands, located just off the coast of Dubai, are a masterpiece and shaped in the form of a palm tree. They are the finest example of the audacious mega projects and high-tech innovations Dubai is using to make it haven for tourists.
This group of islands was made from reclaimed land and is now open for use. It houses hotels, homes, flats and cottages which can all be accesses by boats and yachts.
The Garbage Island (Thilafushi)
This is a truly unique island located off the coast of Maldives. Maldives has suffered a significant trash crisis leading to tons of trash being thrown into the ocean.
To protect again the trash, engineers excavated sand to build a boundary around the trash and huge amounts of garbage was deposited between the boundaries. As the excavation has become deeper, the boundaries have grown more prominent are now a proper island serving as home to various warehouses, boat manufacturers and bottle makers.
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The Amwaj Islands are a group of well made and beautifully engineered man made islands off the coast of Bahrain. They were made by depositing tons of sand using highly specialized tubes to mark the island’s perimeter.
These islands stand out in term of their design and also the high level of technology used to create them. As a result, real estate prices on this have soared on the islands.
Kansai International Airport
The Kansai International Airport is one of the finest examples of modern engineering marvels. The airport was built off the coast of Kansai by depositing sand obtained by excavating three mountains near the coast. Although construction was marred with problems – including sinking land – they eventually used metal plates to even it all out.
The airport is earthquake and cyclone resistant and is open to air traffic from all parts of the world. It is a unique single purpose artificial island, connected only by a thin strip of land.
About The Author
Umar is a travel blogger and world traveler. He write on behalf of WowCharter, a yacht charter company based in Dubai.