HERITAGE/ Creation: Man-Made Islands

Artificial islands are marvelous examples of engineering found all around the world. Explore a number of man-made islands that make people marvel at their design. Learn about the problems with financing or even sinking of some of them.



Remarkable Artificial Islands around the World

Dan Rang

Do you enjoy visiting islands? There are so many islands around the world that you are unlikely to tour them all. However there is a great amount of fascinating man-made islands as well that provide remarkable places to visit. The good thing is that many of them are actually accessible to tourists. The following are some of the captivating artificial islands that you should seriously consider touring. Ile aux Cygnes, France Ile aux Cygnes alias “Isle of the Swans” which is a narrow man-made ...

Dutch Flevoland - The Largest Man-Made Island

Michael Trout

Flevoland, a province in the center of the Netherlands, was established in 1986. Lelystad is the capital of the country’s twelfth province, which is home to 400,000 inhabitants. Thanks to its massive earthworks, people say about the Netherlands that the world was created by God, but Holland was created by the Dutch. They drained lakes and seas in order to create Flevoland, the largest artificial island in the world. History of Polders For more than 2,000 years, the Dutch have been stri...

UAE: The Rise of Islands from the Sea Bed

Denise Chen

United Arab Emirates or UAE, for short, is transforming the face of tourism and hospitality industry by creating nature inspired artificial islands and bolstering trade based activities. UAE’s capital, Dubai, is as a result of these one of the most visited cities in the world. The number of visitors is expected to hit 15 million in the near future as the country switches focus from oil to service based economic models. The artificial islands’ magnificence is boosted by a combination of architec...
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Japan: Airport on a Sinking Island

Gary Diskin

Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, the Kansai International Airport lies on a man-made island in the middle of Osaka Bay in Japan. It opened in September 1994 to relieve overcrowding at Osaka International Airport, and is a perfect early example of what has now happened in East Asia regarding the fact that there is now quite a few airports built on artificial islands. The island has been proven to resist both typhoons and earthquakes which is a huge advantage to the airport. However the...