January 12, 2005

Thinking Big: Welcome to The World (No Jews allowed)

From the people who filled in the Dubai seaside with the Burj Al Arab, they bring you ... The World, an array of 300 private islands in the shape of a mercator projection of the earth. Amazing what vast tankers full of petro-dollars will buy ya. It's kind of obscene, we can make islands, but should we?

Update: Go to the nav widget and click on "master plan" and see if you can find Israel. You can't. Political much? My, Dubai, That's an interesting world you have there. Let's see whom else you've removed from that map of yours. No Washington State or Oregon, but that's okay, they're all California to me, too. My favorite island is "Instance194" just south of New York and north of Virginia. I'm guessing that's where DC would be, but that's just a bug I'm guessing.

The funniest part is the vast amount of islands that comprise the poles. Lots of developmentable islands there. I wonder if among the (non-jewish) residents of The World there will be a pecking order. "I'm in Syria, you frozen loser."

11 comments:

anonymous said...

That's not a mistake, that's foresight! Once the ice melts Antarctica will be green again.

Wayne said...

Some nitpicking.

Both The World and Palm Islands (also in Dubai) are products of Al Nakheel Properties. The Burj al-Arab was constructed by the South African company Murray & Roberts and is owned by Jumeirah International.

Dan said...

Interesting find. But you make a strange leap. First, I suspect that to the developers of this, money is money; I don't know what makes you think that Jews wouldn't be allowed to visit/buy an island. And second, you somehow conflate anti-Israeli sentiment (and quite honestly, we can only speculate at the reasoning behind Israel's absence) and anti-Jewish sentiment. The former is political, while the latter is bigotry; I see no reason to confuse them as you do.

nijiade said...

Scandinavia looks a bit odd too. Both Norway AND Oslo?! Do all oil producing countries get extra islands?

Tom Roes said...

There's no Luxembourg either. Why does everybody hate them? Anti-luxembourgism? Anti-Christianism? Anti-Dukism?

Bernardo said...

No Portugal as well. There were lots of jews there in the middle ages and then the inquisition came and... wait, that doesn't make sense.

yu said...

Hey, no Singapore either, ok? Why does everything need to be a political statement?

The Only Living Boy said...

For those who thing leaving out Isreal is like leaving out any other country, I ask you this -

What countries, if their stamps are on your passport, will officially deny you access to Dubai?

(Yes, I realize that this often overlooked, but it's still offical policy)

Still think leaving out Isreal is benign?

Anonymous said...

once you freaks get over the fact that god is dead you will realize that israel is just a dead wasteland, you'll get over you're religious BS and accept the fact that it's not worth representing. EVOLVE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It is common knowledge that the Arabs and Jews are enemies. This is why Israel (predominantly inhabited by Jews) has been left out of this structure in Dubai (Arab).

Anonymous said...

Ummmm, Dan, you might want to do some research. Jews are specifically NOT allowed anywhere in Dubai except for the three American-administered compounds for oilworkers and even then our presence is strongly discouraged. Also, if you have a travel stamp for Israel in your passport, you cannot enter Dubai or the UAE or Brunei. Them's the rules! Yes, they're our allies, and the UAE is our single largest consumer of munitions, tanks and planes and guns. Also, interracial marriage is illegal.