One Flew Over the Sheikh
• One Flew Over the Sheikh
If someone 40 years ago, when the Arabs still rode on the camels, and the flow of petrodollars did not hit the lifeless desert he said that Dubai will have its own artificial island, a person would be considered insane. However, the more zeros in numerical measurement State Treasury, the less is impossible. And now, just a few years has grown on the coast of Dubai, one of the most unusual trees, which saw mankind.
Palm Jumeirah is the smallest and most original of the three artificial islands (of which, incidentally, three - Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Deira). It is an artificial island in the form of a palm tree consists of a trunk, the leaves 16 and the surrounding crescent island. The size of the island 5 kilometers by 5 kilometers and its total area is more than 800 football fields. The island is connected with the mainland by a 300-meter bridge, and a crescent is a 11-kilometer breakwater.
The idea namyvat artificial island began in the late 90s on the background of shortage of land. The entire coastline was bought and cleaned Sheikh Mohammed decided to launch an ambitious project to build. The shape of the island was chosen by chance - with a diameter of only 5, 5 km, at the expense of 17 "palm branches" island was a coastline of 56 kilometers, which is 9 times more if it was round.
And best of all it is evident when you climb over the island by plane ...
Because we had five people sent us two Rolls-Royce. Black and white:
We Dima Balakirev sat in the white girl in black:
In Dubai, a lot of companies who organize air tours:
In this time we have chosen the flight by seaplane:
They flew toward the sea. We noticed a burning ship. Several fire ships were trying to put it out:
Dubai - a port and an important transportation hub, where the transhipment of goods from one craft to the other:
Cars lined up as if on the line:
Something like oil platforms:
In the distance we can already see the Burj Khalifa - the tallest building, higher than the rest of the city:
To tell the truth, strange to see such a tall building in the city is full of free space. In New York, for example, skyscrapers are due only shortage of land. And there seems to be exclusively Arab ambitions:
We fly closer:
From a distance, it was not clear what it is, but Approaching closer, it turned out Meydan Racecourse:
Hippodrome is the largest in the world both in terms of capacity (60 thousand), and on the Length of the racing track with grass (2, 4 km). On the racetrack horse racing are the most expensive with a prize fund of $ 26, 25 million dollars - the Dubai World Cup:
Someone bought a piece of land and began to elevate. From the air, the water seems to be sky-blue:
It's amazing how you can transform a piece of barren desert:
flew to Palma:
The archipelago of "The World" - another artificial island. Rather, a group of islands. His outline map of the world, they are repeated, and each island has a city name, the site is located. The total area of the archipelago is equal to 55 square meters. km, making it the largest artificial archipelago in the world:
The first "World" was presented to the October 26, 2006 the Russian business elite in Moscow Extravaganza show. Since then, the Russian developers and businessmen from different CIS countries have bought up all the "Russia" - one of the largest archipelagos in the "world." General manager Hamza Mustafayev said that one Russian developer bought two Russian island - "growth" and "Ekaterinburg". Dubai Media also reported that the island "Siberia" has bought some Russian woman, who is going to sell it piece by piece:
In my opinion, the concept of individual islands, though beautiful, but absolutely uncomfortable. Imagine every time to go home or go to the city, you need a refiner on the water:
Finally, the updated photos Burj Al Arab:
Surely "Sail" - one of the main symbols of Dubai:
Terrace now looks like a kind of "tail" of the building.