Instagramming the World from Above: Dubai’s World Islands

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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.