Dubai's 'World' Is Sinking

Sea reclaiming troubled artificial island project
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2011 2:04 AM CST
Updated Jan 23, 2011 8:12 AM CST
Dubai's 'World' Is Sinking
Some of the hundreds of undeveloped islands in the archipelago.   (WikiMedia/Imre Solt)

(Newser) – The end of the World is looming in Dubai. The "World" project—an artificial archipelago of 300 small islands arranged in the shape of a world map—is sinking back into the sea, according to evidence presented to a property tribunal in the emirate, the Telegraph reports. Only one of the islands is inhabited, and the financial crisis has halted work on the project.

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The islands' sands are eroding, navigational channels are silting up, and they are "gradually falling back into the sea," said a lawyer for a company suing the state-run development company behind the troubled project. He described the World as "dead." A lawyer for the development company disagreed, disputing the evidence of erosion and deterioration, and characterized the project as merely being "in a coma." (Read more Dubai World stories.)

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