Starting in the 2015 image, dark shapes cover the desert several kilometers south of Dubai. This set of millions of photovoltaic solar panels is set to become the largest solar power plant in the Middle East, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Once finished, the $13.6 billion project could power 1.3 million homes. It is scheduled to be completed in 2030 and generate 5 GW of power.
Just north of the solar park is a series of lagoons in Al Qudra. Two of the lagoons are in the shape of intertwined hearts, named Love Lake. The heart shapes are clearly visible in Landsat imagery. What is not visible with Landsat is planted trees that spell out the word “love.”