Inside 300 Eerie Dubai Islands Which Are Mostly Empty and Built for the Super Rich

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One of the megaprojects that Dubai is known for is the man-made islands called the World Islands. The cost to make them was in the millions of dollars, and some of them were sold to rich people from around the globe. Given the massive price tag on each island, it is also no wonder that some of them are as empty as they were when they were made.

Developing the Islands

Dubai made the islands using Persian Gulf sand placed on top of rocks, and their collective looks like a world map when viewed from the sky. The 300 islands dot an area that is five miles long and range in size from 250,000 to 900,000 square feet. When the project was conceived, the hopes were that rich people would quickly buy all of the islands, but that didn’t happen.

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In 2008, the United Arab Emirates was affected by the financial crisis, and many real estate projects were halted or scaled down. So back then, visitors could only visit one island. Over a decade later, a resort was opened on the islands corresponding to South America. Now, the World Islands are entering the next phase with The Heart of Europe project. It is meant to give each island luxury hotels, floating villas, and private mansions.

The Heart of Europe Is Coming

The Heart of Europe will give its visitors the chance to visit the Raining Street. This is a very peculiar street where artificial rain appears when the temperature hits 80F. The plan is to make the islands corresponding to Europe celebrate the best of the old continent’s lifestyle and design features. The Heart of Europe will be a complex of six islands next to the Dubai coast.

The plan for The Heart of Europe is to use some of the most modern German technology to make the first temperature-controlled streets. The islands will have 16 hotels, but there will also be thousands of residential units. Visitors and residents will be able to enjoy dozens of attractions that will be placed near a coral lagoon. The resort is expected to be completed in 2026.

Visiting a Ghost Town in Oregon Feels Like Going Back in Time

The ghost town of Shaniko is in Oregon and was once known as the Wool Capital of the World – it now lures in tourists who want to get a photograph of the faded glory of this unique place. With derelict buildings and rusted vehicles, the ghost town has it all and offers travelers a rare chance to step back in time.

Shaniko, the Ghost Town of Oregon

Shaniko, the Ghost Town of Oregon The antique-looking Shaniko was formerly called Cross Hollows and is located in eastern Oregon’s remote Wasco County. It had an important railroad town until 1966, but it was cut off eventually. By 1982, the town was virtually empty. Today, there are just a few people living in Shaniko. It is ideally located close to the Columbia River Gorge and presents tourists with wooden buildings, sidewalks, and empty, rusting vehicles. This makes it a great place to explore with a camera.

There Are Many Things to See in Shaniko

The old piano outside of Shaniko Sage Museum While there are many buildings on Shaniko Row, two roads converge at the Shaniko Hotel – a huge Italianate building. It’s the centerpiece of the Shaniko Historic District and has been a bank and a dance hall at various points in the town’s history. Up the street are an ice cream shop and a post office that both occasionally open, and Dead Format Music sits next to the hotel and sells records and guitar strings. It also broadcasts music on 99.9 FM.

Opposite Shaniko Hotel is Shaniko Sage Museum. It is a small wooden building left open for tourists to explore. It contains old photos, maps, and profiles of Shaniko’s historic families. The items there include old VHS tapes, faded magazines, and a sign that sets the population of the town at 26 people. The highlight of the place is located outdoors and is a rotted-out piano.

No Fees for Visiting the Ghost Town

The Ghost Town Shaniko There are no parking restrictions or fees of any kind for people who want to take a stroll through the Oregon ghost town. Visitors can go there at any time but most prefer to come between April and September because exploration is easier and a small festival called Shaniko Days takes place every August. The festival features a parade, performances, and other entertainment. The Main Street of the town also has a jail, an old station wagon, and all kinds of rusting machinery. The local general store also has a backroom full of old posters, vases, coffee pots, signage, and books. The town even has a schoolhouse.

Some buildings in Shaniko have been lovingly restored by locals who care about the Oregon ghost town but others are in ruins. The place is located three hours southeast of Portland and sits next to U.S. Route 97.