is an archipelago of artificial islands, shaped like the continents of the
Earth, being constructed off the coast of Dubai. The World will
consist of 250 to 300 smaller private artificial islands divided into four
categories - private homes, estate homes, dream resorts, and community
islands. The entire project is slated for completion in 2008.
Each island will range from 250,000 to 900,000 square feet (5.74 to 20.66 acres; 23 226mē to 83 613mē) in size, with 50 to 100 metres of water between each island. The development will cover an area of 9 kilometers in length and 6 kilometers in width, surrounded by an oval breakwater