Dubai, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is on the east coast of the Saudi Peninsula, against the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman. The government and private investors have created a series of man-made land areas along the seacoast, units which will hold resorts, permanent housing, office buildings, and harbors. Landsat 7 data show the unique features of the recent development. There are two ‘Palm’ islands Jumeirah, the northern palm, was completed in 2006 and Jebel Ali is still under construction. 'The World', being constructed in the northern portion of the scene, was completed in January, 2008 and consists of between 250-300 small private islands.

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Monday, October 26, 2009