A Satellite Tour Of The Dubai Debacle

Heres Dubai

Dubai may be a debt-laden, over-developed emirate that’s invaded the news lately, but once upon a time (read: a few years back), Dubai was a promised land of booming development, ultra-luxury, and an expanding economy.

Some projects, like the world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai, were completed and are truly amazing feats of engineering.

Other projects, like the Palm Jebel Ali island, were an utter disaster.Because it’s such a visual place, it’s amazing to check it out from satellite.

Check out Dubai from the sky >>>

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title=”Dubai Maritime City”
content=”Little development, tons of empty plots of land. Who’d want to live in this ‘city?'”
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title=”The Palm Jebel Ali”
content=”Two palm-shaped islands were comissioned in the early 2000s. One, the Palm Jumeira, was successfully completed and developed properly. The other, the Palm Jebel Ali, is now a wasteland with one road barely heading into it. What a waste of time and land.”
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title=”The Palm Jumeira”
content=”The Palm Jumeira is built, inhabited, and ready to party. Plenty of shopping and entertainment awaits your insanely wealthy family – unlike its sister island colony, the Jebel Ali.”
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title=””R Island””
content=”Here’s a 100% undeveloped ‘r’-shaped island. The ‘r’ must stand for ‘repo.'”
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title=”Al Mamzer Beach Park”
content=”Al Mamzer Beach Park is a beautiful-looking, fully developed park located on the eastern end of Dubai — one of the few areas with lush grassy areas in Dubai (and the Middle East).”
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title=”A Random, Unnamed, Empty Peninsula”
content=”Nothing to see here, folks. Move it along…”
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title=”Festival Waterfront Centre”
content=”The Festival Waterfront Centre looks like a fun place, especially with all those fancy speedboats!”
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title=””The World” From Afar Looks Pretty Swanky…”
content=”‘The World’ is modelled after the Earth and its continents. You can buy any country you want (except Israel!)

Looks like a hustling, bustling kind of place. Let’s check it out…”
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permalink=”until-you-realize-theres-only-one-island-being-inhabited-9″
title=”…until you realise there’s only one island being inhabited”
content=”Only one island is inhabited in ‘The World.’ Still, whoever owns the equivalent of what appears to be Greenland is extremely wealthy. Look at the four big yachts docked outside of a ginormous mansion!”
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permalink=”the-devoid-trapezoid-10″
title=”The Devoid Trapezoid”
content=”A trapezoid-shaped island with absolutely nothing going on. What gives?”
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title=”Empty Shipping Ports”
content=”Not a shipping container in sight at one of Dubai’s shipping ports to the west.”
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title=”The Candy Cane Oil Refinery?”
content=”It looks like a cane, it’s built like a cane, but there’s only one building in the middle of the water. Perhaps it’s an oil drilling rig?”
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title=”Hydro Power”
content=”You gotta generate power one way or another out in the desert. In this case, it’s hydroelectricity.”
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title=”An Oft-Overlooked Island”
content=”This mysterious island serves no purpose.”
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title=”Logo Island”
content=”Logo Island really could use a logo and some associated sponsorship money, considering how much stalled construction exists on it.”
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title=”Burj Al Dubai”
content=”The Burj Al Dubai is the coupe de grace of Dubai’s archetectural achievements. It sports a tennis court helipad and tons of exotic features and luxuries.”
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title=”Ahoy, Captain!”
content=”Yachts, entertainment, and spirals, oh my!”
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title=”Under Construction”
content=”This circular piece of land, north of the Police Watch House, is filled with construction, most of which is now probably stalled or abandoned.”
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title=”Jebel Ali Village”
content=”Is it really a village if no one lives there?”
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permalink=”goodbye-dubai-we-hardly-knew-ye-20″
title=”Goodbye, Dubai! We hardly knew ye!”
content=”Hopefully, you’ll get yourself out of debt. When you do, let us know. We’ll pay you a visit.”
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title=”Don’t Miss:”
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