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Updated January 2024

During our childhood, many of us cherished Jules Verne’s timeless tale, Around The World In 80 Days. Soon, you’ll have the opportunity to embark on a global journey in even fewer days, and the best part is, you won’t need to circumnavigate the entire globe to make it happen.

Dubai’s The World Islands project, initiated in 2003 and resiliently bouncing back from a brief setback in 2008, forms an archipelago of small artificial islands designed to mimic a world map. This undertaking is among the most eagerly awaited projects in the country

Join Wego on this adventure as we paint a picture of The World Islands for you. 

What are The World Islands? 

The World Islands constitute a man-made archipelago designed to mimic the shape of a world map, situated 4.0 kilometers off the coast of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf. This ambitious project aims to extend Dubai’s coastline and elevate tourism experiences.

Comprising seven sets of islands, each representing a continent, including Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania, the archipelago involves land reclamation through the dredging of sand from the Persian Gulf and Arabian Gulf. Utilizing GPS technology for precision, the sand is sprayed and vibro-compacted into shape, surrounded by millions of tons of rock.

A total of 260 luxurious islands make up this coastline, covering approximately 232km. The islands at The World are named after countries, cities, regions and even famous personalities, such as Australia, Buenos Aires and the Island Michael Schumacher, just to name a few. 

The World Islands location

Situated in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, The World Islands are primarily composed of sand dredged from the shallow coastal waters of Dubai.

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The World Islands destinations

The anticipation surrounding The World Islands has been building up for quite a while now. Construction on The World Islands commenced in 2003, with a brief setback in 2008 due to the recession. However, The World quickly recovered from this interruption.

As time progresses, The World Islands will continue to expand. Meanwhile, you can explore The Island Dubai and some sections of The Heart of Europe!

The Island Dubai 

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The Island Dubai marked the inauguration of The World on the shores of Lebanon. This relaxed complex features restaurants, pools, chalets, watersports activities, and entertainment spaces.

With a selection of two beaches, swimming pools, an onsite beach volleyball court, and top-notch restaurants, The Island Dubai ensures a memorable stay. And for moments of respite, the azure blue skyline of Dubai awaits, providing a soothing sight for your eyes!

As per Coast Guard regulations, an official Emirates ID or physical passport is required to travel to the Island Dubai. Moreover, children below 5 years of age are given complimentary entrances to the Island. 

Address: Dubai Island Marina, Dubai Islands, Front, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Heart of Europe

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The idea behind the Heart of Europe is to be a portal to the various unsurpassable destinations in Europe, such as Monaco, France, Germany, and Sweden, among many others, all under one big roof.  A series of luxury hotels, private mansions and floating villas are part of this vision.

The entirety of The Heart of Europe will be open to the public sometime in 2026. In the meantime, here are some of the opulent spaces that await you!

Cote d’Azur Monaco

Named after the enchanting coastal regions of the French Riviera – Nice, Cannes, St. Tropez, and Monaco – this luxurious hotel chain, Cote d’Azur Monaco, is now open to the public.

Cote d’Azur is situated just 5 kilometres off the coast of mainland Dubai. Upon reserving a room at Cote d’Azur Monaco, a boat will be ready for you at Dubai Canal Marine Station 1 to transport you to the island. It is essential to have a valid Emirates ID or physical passport to board the boat.

To ensure a smooth experience, visitors are encouraged to plan their desired arrival and departure times in advance, arriving at the pier 15 minutes prior to the yacht’s boarding time to prevent any delays. Please note that Cote d’Azur Monaco is an adults-only hotel. 

Address: The World Islands, The Heart of Europe, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 223444

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The Marbella Resort Hotel

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Nestled in the Heart of Europe and ready to offer a haven of blissful tranquillity on the World Islands, the Marbella Resort Hotel is now open for reservations.

Few places in the world can match the allure of this destination, where the enchantment of ‘raining streets,’ distinctive coral diving experiences, bustling shopping centres, and themed gardens come together in a singular location

Address: The World Islands, The Heart of Europe, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 223444

Sweden Beach Palace

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When you envision a dream vacation with the utmost privacy, the Sweden Beach Palaces beckon. Offering nine luxurious waterfront beach palaces nestled on exclusive private beaches, surrounded by exotic lush gardens, and providing a panoramic view of the Dubai skyline, these palaces ensure an unforgettable experience.

The curated experiences at Sweden Beach Palaces are tailored exclusively for each resident, guaranteeing that your stay becomes a personalized fairytale

Address: The World Islands, The Heart of Europe, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 223444


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