HUMAN IMPACT - Man-made wonders

Artificial islands

Durrat Al Bahrain
(01/04/07). Source: KARI
2007, Spot Image.

Man-made structures seen from space

On Bahrain's South coast, the KOMPSAT-2 satellite spotted spectacular islands emerging from the Persian Gulf.

About 34 million m3 of sand was dredged from the sea bottom to create 13 distinct artificial islands: 6 lagoon islands, 5 petal islands, a center island and a crescent-shaped island still connected to the land.

A circular highway and 12 bridges link the islands together and to the main land. The islands will be bordered by beaches and filled with luxuriuous hotels and villas.

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