Top 10 “Man Made” Artificial Islands

By | March 11, 2023

Technology does not stand still. Artificial islands are becoming the rule rather than the exception. Land reclamation at sea (or in a lake) is creating more and more new square meters. As ‘addition’ to existing islands, constructed on natural reefs or connecting several existing islands into one large domain. Much is possible. Land reclamation is not new. For example, did you know that Ellis Island, the tiny island off New York that used to be a frontier post, was originally a solid rock that expanded into an island? Or that the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in Mexico was built on an island that was being expanded? There are also examples in our low countries. Neeltje Jans. Dutch companies are often involved in these construction projects, because our country has a long experience with embankment. Check petwithsupplies for list of the 10 most popular islands in Europe.

10. Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago. It actually consists of three islands that together form the Palm Islands: Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira. They are made in the shape of a palm and extend the coast of Dubai with an additional 520 kilometers of coastline. Ideal for setting up beautiful buildings that should boost employment and tourism in the country. Palm Jumeirah is the smallest of the three islands.

9. Port Island, Japan

Artificial islands are also being built in Japan. Place can always be used there. This artificial island is located in Chuo-ku, Kobe. The port has a heliport, hotels, convention centers, a coffee museum, an IKEA and several parks.

8. The World (World Islands), Dubai

If you look at this artificial archipelago from the air, you will see the world map in it. Good looking! The World is also located in Dubai, about four kilometers from the coast. The sand comes from the coastal region of Dubai. The idea came from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , the sheikh of the country. The small islands measure between 14,000 to 42,000 square meters and are spaced about 100 meters apart. Incidentally, not much has yet been built on the ‘new world’.

7. Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong

Hong Kong ‘s main airport is located on an artificial island of Chek Lap Kok. It has been operational since 1998. Not only does it transport passengers, it is the busiest cargo airport in the world . By building airports on new islands, planes can stay over the water for a long time when landing. This ensures less nuisance in densely built-up areas or mountainous areas.

6. Burj Al Arab, Dubai

The Burj Al Arab is a super luxury hotel located in Dubai. With its 321 meters it is the fourth highest hotel in the world. The building is located on an artificial island and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. If you see the Burj Al Arab from afar, it looks like the sail of a ship. Nice theme at this location. Sometimes it is said that it is a seven star hotel. Whether that’s true, you’ll have to try it out for yourself.

5. The Venetian Islands, Florida, USA

A row of artificial islands was added to Miami and Miami Beach. There are six that are inhabited and six that are provided for leisure activities such as picnics. The islands are connected to the mainland by bridges. A nice tour to finish by bike and look around at the beautiful people of Miami in the always beautiful weather there.

4. The Pearl, Qatar

This artificial island is located 350 meters from the coastline of Doha. It is the first piece of land that can be bought by non-Quatarians. Wealthy non-Quatarians that is. Since 2012, about 5,000 people live there. The island adds 32 kilometers of new coastline and a total of 45,000 new residents can easily find their new home. If you have a yacht, you can also easily park it here.

3. Kansai International Airport, Japan

Kansai International Airport, Japan

This is also an international airport, created on an artificial island. The Italian architect Renzo Pianobillion was responsible for the design.

2. Amwaj Islands, Bahrain

Amwaj Islands, Bahrain

This group of artificial islands will create approximately three million new square meters of land for Bahrain. They were manufactured in the relatively shallow waters northeast of Muharraq Island. On the Amwaj Islands you will find everything you need: housing, commercial areas and hotels. The circular marina with a diameter of 240 meters is a highlight.

1. Flevoland, Netherlands

Flevoland, Netherlands

One of our provinces, the youngest, because officially started in 1986, is the largest artificial island in the world: Flevoland was created by the reclamation (or reclamation) of the former Zuiderzee. It is exciting that this province lies on average five meters below sea level. In 1918, the so-called Zuiderzee Act was passed and work started on draining the Zuiderzee. This was possible after the great flood of 1916. In total, the works took almost 75 years. Today the area is relatively sparsely populated. The beautiful nature makes it ideal for hiking and for other outdoor activities on land and water.