Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The biggest building site on earth

This is a building project.

Those looking for tranquil, unspoilt beaches, rustic charm and authentic maritime culture will probably choose to look elsewhere. But for the world's permatanned classes with bling to display and money to burn this extraordinary construction project in the Persian Gulf is an irresistible draw.

Begun in 2001, the Palm Islands are a 12-square-mile group off the shores of Dubai. With 14,000 labourers toiling day and night, the first of three unfeasibly large, palm

shaped artificial islands, Palm Jumeirah, is nearing completion, and about to receive its first residents. Read More.

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