Palm Jumeirah and The World: This astronaut photograph shows how the Palm Jumeirah and The World looked in 2010. At that time, the Palm Jumeirah's infrastructure was being put in place, and of The World islands, only Michael Schumacher's island had been developed. Image by NASA / ISS Expedition 22 crew. Click to enlarge.
In order to create more coastal real estate, the city of Dubai has turned to land reclamation to build artificial islands in the Persian Gulf.
The most famous of these are the Palm Islands and The World. The Palm Jumeirah and the Palm Jebel Ali are islands shaped like palm trees. The World is an archipelago of about 300 islands arranged in the shape of a world map. The Palm Jumeirah and The World islands are shown in the accompanying photo.
There are a number of other land reclamation projects in the UAE. Click the link to learn more about The Artificial Islands of Dubai.
Google Earth is a free program from Google that allows you to explore satellite images showing the cities and landscapes of United Arab Emirates and all of Asia in fantastic detail. It works on your desktop computer, tablet, or mobile phone. The images in many areas are detailed enough that you can see houses, vehicles and even people on a city street. Google Earth is free and easy-to-use.
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United Arab Emirates Cities:
Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Al Ain, Al Dhaid, Al Khaznah, Al Mafraq, An Nashshash, Arada, Bu Hasa, Dibba Al-Hisn, Dubai, Fujairah, Habshan, Hatta, Kalba, Khor Fakkan, Masafi, Mina Jebel Ali, Qutuf, Ras al Khaimah, Ruwais, Sha'am, Sharjah, Tarif, and Umm al Quwain.
United Arab Emirates Locations:
Gulf of Oman, Liwa Oasis, Persian Gulf (Arabian Gulf), Strait of Hormuz, Trucial Coast. UAE islands include: Abu al Abyad, Al Qaffay, Al Yasat Islands, Arzanah, Dalma, Das, Dayyinah, Marawah, Mubarraz, Palm Jebel Ali, Palm Jumeirah, Qarnayn, Sir Abu Nu'Ayr, Sir Bani Yas, The World Islands, and Zirku.
United Arab Emirates Natural Resources:
The United Arab Emirates has natural resources which include the fossil fuel deposits of petroleum and natural gas.
United Arab Emirates Natural Hazards:
The natural hazards for the United Arab Emirates include frequent dust and sand storms.
United Arab Emirates Environmental Issues:
United Arab Emirates has issues with air pollution and waste generation. There is also beach pollution from oil spills. Another problem for this country is the lack of natural freshwater resources, which is exacerbated by a rapidly growing population, although desalination plants help compensate somewhat for the lack of water. There are also land issues regarding desertification.
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