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Instagramming the World from Above: Dubai’s World Islands

To view more photos and videos of the World Islands, visit the The World Islands and Dubai - The World Island location pages.

In Dubai’s coastal waters lie the World Islands, an artificial archipelago of 300 small islands assembled in the shape of a world map. The man-made islands were built from locally-dredged sand and are packed closely together with only 50-100 meters (165-330 feet) of water between each land mass.

Although the final island was completed in January 2008, the World Islands housed only one structure—a show home—for two years. In July 2012, Lebanon Island was developed and is now used for private corporate events and public parties. Visitors to the World Islands can boat or fly there, but it’s also possible to view the entire chain from the air or the top of nearby buildings like the Burj Al Arab Hotel.


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Dubai Air Show 2013 (معرض دبي للطيران)

To view more photos and videos from the fantastic sky displays check out the #DubaiAirshow2013 and #DubaiAirShow hashtags and browse the Dubai Airshow معرض دبي للطيران and Dubai Airshow location pages.

Thursday is the final day of the Dubai Air Show (معرض دبي للطيران), where $162.6 billion of aircraft has been ordered so far, shattering past records. Dynamic displays have taken over the Gulf region’s skies for the last five days, and Instagrammers were there to capture the aerial acrobatics.

The event, which started as a trade show and was first held at Dubai International Airport in 1989, took place at Dubai World Central in Jebel Ali, Dubai. It attracts some of the biggest companies in the air industry and is well established as one of the top aerospace events in the world.


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The United Arab Emirates’ Burj Khalifa (برج خليفة)

Want to see more photos of the Burj Khalifa? Visit the Burj Khalifa برج خليفة and the Top of the Burj Khalifa location pages.

Sunday, December 2 was the National Day of the United Arab Emirates, honoring the UAE’s formal independence from the United Kingdom and the eventual unification of the seven emirates in 1971. To celebrate, we’re highlighting photos of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world and one of the country’s most stunning sights.

The Burj Khalifa is in Dubai’s business district, and stands 829.8 meters (2,722 feet) tall. It took 6 years and $1.5 billion to construct, and houses the world’s highest nightclub (on the 144th floor), the world’s highest restaurant (122nd floor), the world’s fastest elevators (64km/h or 40mph), and, on New Year’s, the world’s highest display of fireworks. It’s named after the UAE’s President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his support of the tower, and was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, which also designed the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago and the new One World Trade Center in New York City.