The long speak: A decade after it was scuppered by the financial sound, the imagination archipelago of 300 artificial island countries is back in business. Has anybody learned anything?
I had the whole of Palestine to myself that day. It was simply a short swimming from Lebanon but, as I slogged ashore out of the shallow, soupy irrigate, it became clear that I was the only visitor the island had witnessed for some time. Clambering to the top of the hill, over a lunar terrain inhabited by the occasional part of driftwood and the peculiar discarded beer bottle, I could see the sandy mounds of Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia beyond, rising out of the high seas like bobbing croutons. The flashing skyscraper of the Burj Khalifa twinkled through the smog on the distant horizon.
A decade since it was dredged from the seabed, The World is a forlorn sight. It was the most ambitious intention of Dubai’s pre-crash bubble, exceeding the process of developing peninsulas influenced like palm trees and the construction of the tallest be built upon countries around the world, dreamed up as the ultimate award is planning to trump them all. In pastime of the world’s attention, the oil-rich emirate would remake the world itself.” The Palm situates Dubai on the map ,” exclaimed the marketing material at the time.” The World leans the planned on Dubai .”
Conceived in 2003, the project was to be an exclusive offshore playground for film stars, royalty and celebrity tycoons: an artificial archipelago of 300 islands specified two miles off the coast. Invitations to” Own the World” were sent to a targeted group of 50 potential purchasers each year, offering tours of the area by ship or helicopter, with costs for small island developing arraying from $15 -5 0m( PS10-36m ). Richard Branson posed for photos on little Britain in a Union Jack suit; Karl Lagerfeld propelled a blueprint for a fashion-themed island; reports swirled that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had acquired Ethiopia for their ever-expanding tribe of adopted children.