In the "post-epidemic era", many industries have been hit by a huge impact, ushering in an unprecedented winter, in many famous tourist attractions, can be seen everywhere abandoned by the developers of the hordes of bad buildings, every time a wave swept the world, will leave countless "souvenirs" like this.
But few people may know what the world's biggest bad project is, that is the product of the global financial crisis in 2008, after the gale of recession blew, a huge project located in Dubai, UAE is completely stranded.
When it comes to Dubai, the first thing that inevitably comes to mind is the rich, oil and gold.
It is also true that even the real estate developers in Dubai have a different idea from their counterparts, others want to build tall buildings on flat ground, while they want to create miracles by human power.
This is the famous "The World Islands", that is, the world islands, a completely artificial plan to create a super giant artificial island group.
Lined up in the shape of the world's continents, all public facilities, transportation facilities, and entertainment facilities are available, embodying the power of money and the power of human technology to the utmost.
As the world-renowned and most populous and prosperous city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai's status is extremely special, and it is probably hard for anyone to imagine that in the 1960s it was a small, poor, backward fishing village.
Perhaps the majority of people think that Dubai's wealth comes from oil, and it's true, it was the discovery of oil that made the city soar in the earliest days.
But the oil reserves here are not high, and in time, the biggest pillars of Dubai's economy are tourism and real estate.
This is probably understandable, after all, there are so many rich people around the world, and who wouldn't want to lie on a soft sandy beach while sunbathing in the sea breeze, with large palm trees swaying gently behind them?
And if they are very satisfied with the situation, it would make perfect sense to purchase a luxury villa here for a rainy day.
As many as ten million tourists come here every year from all over the world, and if you have enough wealth, you can enjoy the wonderful sunshine, turquoise blue sea and the best accommodation, food, drink and entertainment all year round.
For a tourist city, it is necessary to constantly attract the attention of the outside world, but Dubai has done it even more jaw-droppingly - from the world's first and only "seven-star" sailboat hotel, to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, the famous "Fast and Furious 7" spot, the Etihad Tower and so on.
Their aim seems to have always been to create the "world's best" product, to make the gimmick very exaggerated.
And after 2000, Dubai's real estate showed a frenzy of development, and there was no shortage of concern about this phenomenon, but in the words of local real estate people, "As long as we build the houses well, people will naturally come."
For Dubai, with a GDP per capita of $35,000 in 2006, it is not difficult to build a lot of property.
But this coastal city is not large, only about 4,000 square kilometers, even less than some counties in China, overdevelopment of the available land is rapidly decreasing.
In the end, even with the construction of many high-rise buildings, in the end, they can not be stuffed.
The problem seems almost insurmountable, but the people of Dubai don't see it that way because it seems there is nothing that money can't fix.
After all, from a small fishing village, tourism is also backed by the endless sea to do up, there is no land that will build their own, in the Persian Gulf coastal area to open up a hard piece of it.
This is the world-famous Dubai "Palm Island", I wonder which genius came up with this idea in the end.
But Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the 10th Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai at the time, quickly saw the proposal and was ready to begin preparations to plan its construction immediately.
Palm Island is just a general name, to be precise, they are going to build three large artificial islands, namely Jumeirah Palm Island, Jebel Ali Palm Island, Dilla artificial island.
The first two both present the image of a palm tree, while the blueprint of World Island is more ambitious, and when viewed from the sky, it looks like a miniature map of the world, with all seven continents and four oceans clearly visible, which can be considered a spectacle.
In the developer's own bold words, it's, "We're putting the world on the map in Dubai."
This enormous and daunting task was entrusted to Nahl, a subsidiary of Dubai World Group, the world's largest real estate company, to build.
Although the modern technical force has gained rapid development, but this kind of sea around the field type of project is not simple, not to mention the area of the island is also very large, when completed, will even extend the coastline of Dubai out of thin air more than seven hundred kilometers.
Undoubtedly, the implementation of such a big pile of work was also amazing, and the construction unit used a very large number of dredging vessels to eject a sea of sand and rocks towards the sea.
In the plan, when all three islands are completed, a total of more than 300 million cubic meters of sand and 31 million tons of stone will be consumed, which is the best expression of the ancient Chinese legend "Jingwei reclamation" in Dubai.
Trying to make these sand and gravel into the shape of a palm tree is actually very difficult because it is very difficult for the dredger to do it so precisely.
To achieve the perfect result, Dubai also called upon the world's only private remote sensing satellite, "Ikonos".
This satellite was introduced in 1999 and was developed by Russia and Ukraine and other CIS countries on the basis of Soviet satellite technology, and its high resolution was the peak of the world at that time, even surpassing that of the United States.
In Nahle's global plan, the intention is to build homes for 55,000 people, 19,000 apartments and more than 100 luxury hotels on the islands.
In addition, the port, theme parks, restaurants, hypermarkets and so on, and more eye-catching is a claim to be completely underwater hotel, a building of the world's tallest building ......
It is worth mentioning that this super construction project sent out invitations to top construction companies and teams worldwide at an early stage, and if they could participate in it, they would not only earn big dollars, but also benefit the company's ability and image, so naturally the bidding was extremely intense.
And on July 16, 2003, China State Construction Corporation won the bid for the 913-villa project in Palm Island, Dubai, with a winning bid of $160 million, one of the largest overseas projects for China State Construction at the time.
Finally after more than four years of concerted efforts by architects and workers, China Construction successfully completed all the tasks on Palm Jumeirah, and further made the reputation of Made in China world famous.
Yes, of the three island groups, the first to be completed was Palm Jumeirah, even though the construction seemed so flashy before.
However, after its completion, it was still favored by countless wealthy people, and it can even be said that the sale was very hot, and some islands were even bought before they were completed.
Among the buyers were top celebrities such as the Beckhams, Brad and Angelina Jolie, etc. Even those densely packed ordinary private homes were snapped up in a short time, which strengthened the developer's determination.
As the project continues to advance, one of the largest and most stunning "World Island" last began construction, the world island can be described as a bold and ingenious idea, it is composed of more than three hundred small islands of different sizes, the sea presents a small map of the world, the shape of the continents are clearly visible.
In addition, it also "has" the representative cities of each country, the United States New York, France Paris, the United Kingdom London, China's Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, etc. are also listed.
To get one thing clear, these islands, which sell for anywhere from $15 million to $50 million, must also have an equivalent experience since they require such high fees, the most important of which is - freedom.
Freedom is to let you have the highest power, the island has, the island has all kinds of equipment, but if you think it is not enough, or have some other novel ideas, then feel free to implement.
A number of buyers, for example, have since erected symbolic buildings of their countries on their islands.
Virgin Atlantic boss Richard Branson was photographed on the island in a British flag suit, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld covered the island in fashion, and a company called Opulence Holdings bought the Somali island.
And the plan is to reshape it into a seahorse shape so residents can play golf on their balconies.
In the "China Islands", Shanghai Island has been bought by a Chinese billionaire, who plans to rebuild the Shanghai skyline on the island and create a replica of the Oriental Pearl Tower.
This is the uniqueness of World Island, and this freedom makes many people spend a lot of money, because the rich and powerful want to have the maximum unrestricted, and have a very different experience and enjoyment from the ordinary people, and World Island completely meets this.
Originally this is a good deal, not only let Dubai's wealth once again in front of the world, while hard to create a new territory for the country, but also through the sale of a large profit, but can only say that man is not as good as the sky, some accidents can not be predicted.
By the time 2008 came, starting from the United States, an unprecedented financial crisis that swept the world came, when the world island was about to be completely completed, and the major companies and employees were almost ready to have a celebration.
As a result, within a few days, the "Dubai World" company, which is responsible for the total project, was exposed to a $60 billion debt and was on the verge of bankruptcy.
Other developers naturally could not escape and were implicated, with construction contracts evaporating, capital chains breaking leaving a pile of bankrupt companies, lawsuits and unpaid debts, and the whole scheme collapsing wholesale because of financial difficulties.
More than 60% of the world's islands were quickly sold, and the Irish investor who bought the "Irish Island" before, O'Doran, was revealed to be in deep financial crisis and eventually committed suicide at home.
And at this time the island has only just been built, the above commercial development is not done at all, is completely deserted island, but everyone under the risk, development simply can not talk about it, it was shelved here, and for Dubai to create a world's most - "the world's largest bad project".
Soon after, according to NASA photos taken from the International Space Station in space, with the rising sea level, the beach of the world island has almost been submerged by seawater, and the link between the island and the island, because of years of neglect to repair, has long been blocked by silt.
This situation may even lead to many islands in the future gradually close to the center and sink, the so-called "snow addiction", which makes the original dismal sales even more into the bottom.
It has been with the time to about 2011, the world will once again turn its attention back here, the United States "open" real estate company owner Joseph Credienst previously owned three small islands, and now bought a number of large hand, and then this group of islands to focus on the development of a project called "Heart of Europe".
He has invested a considerable amount of assets in the project, including the eye-catching "floating seahorse" villa complex.
This villa a total of three floors, two or three floors on the surface, the ground floor is underwater, standing in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows will be able to look around the bottom of the splendid coral reefs and swimming fish, as well as the street weather control system, want to artificially control the climate change on the island.
Joseph's tactics encouraged the other "islanders" and gradually revitalized the entire world island group, and many began to invest again in the development and construction of the islands.
Once called "the eighth wonder of the world" of the world island in the future is not clear to anyone, and may even be sunk directly to the bottom of the sea due to natural factors, but also may be firmly floating in the waters outside the Persian Gulf, becoming the world's largest recreational resort, man-made island in the end whether it can last, or to see the consideration of time.