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The World Islands Quiz
by Staff
From the same country that brought you the Palm Islands, behold the World Islands, a massive luxury oceanfront project. How much do you know about this extraordinary engineering adventure? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the archipelago.

The World Islands project is being constructed near the coast of which country?

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia

From an aerial perspective, the World Islands are supposed to look like what?

  • a map of Earth
  • the surface of Mars
  • an version of the Middle East

About how many islands make up the project?

  • 100
  • 200
  • 300

How far off of the Dubai coast are the World Islands?

  • 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers)
  • 2.5 miles
  • 3.5 miles

When did construction on the islands begin?

  • 2003
  • 2005
  • 2007

Nakheel Properties is the developer behind the islands. What does Nakheel mean in Arabic?

  • palm trees
  • holy water
  • bridge to eternity

What construction technique is the foundation for the World Islands?

  • dredging
  • fabriforming
  • steel reinforcing

Why did construction on the World Islands project almost come to a complete halt?

  • the increase of domestic petroleum production in the United States
  • the 2008 financial crisis
  • the collapse of oil prices

How do developers build up sand to create each island?

  • They use hovering cranes to place each shovelful.
  • They spray sand using a huge gun.
  • They push sand into place with a waterborne bulldozer.

What's the minimum square footage for each island?

  • 10,000 square feet (929 square meters)
  • 150,000 square feet
  • 500,000 square feet

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum holds which position?

  • emir of Dubai
  • CEO
  • vice president of Nakheel Properties

Developers of the European portion of the islands are selling houses called what?

  • diving duplexes
  • floating seahorses
  • bobbing buoys

About how many research hours were put into the floating seahorse homes?

  • 13,000 hours
  • 800 hours
  • 400 hours

The island representation of which country was the first to open a nightclub?

  • United States
  • Lebanon
  • China

In addition to the World Islands, Nakheel Properties envisioned another project named …

  • the Moon
  • the Universe
  • the Galaxy

The company that's building a resort on the North American section of islands is from which country?

  • Saudi Arabia
  • United States
  • United Arab Emirates

In 2006, the World Wildlife Fund called the UAE's extravagance about how many times more unsustainable than any other country's?

  • twice as unsustainable
  • three times as unsustainable
  • five times as unsustainable

On average, about how far apart are each of the private islands?

  • 95 feet (29 meters)
  • 330 feet
  • 1200 feet

How do contractors ensure that the sandy islands are solid enough to support buildings?

  • They vibrate the sand.
  • They use concrete.
  • They inject a type of glue into the sand.

What does "rainbowing" refer to?

  • the technique of spraying sand into shallow waters
  • the concept of borrowing money on a project that's already far over budget
  • the idea of completing construction projects under budget

When completed, the project will have created about how much artificial shoreline?

  • 150 miles (241 kilometers)
  • 280 miles
  • 460 miles

How do engineers prevent water stagnation within the confines of the island group?

  • They leave gaps in the breakwater.
  • They pump in new seawater.
  • They built a hydroelectric facility that continually refreshes the water.

In February 2010, the Daily Mail claimed that what was happening to the islands?

  • Two wealthy oil tycoons were purchasing the islands.
  • The islands were sinking into the sea.
  • The islands were facing foreclosure.

What's the diameter of the pipe used to suction sand from the seafloor for the purpose of building up the islands?

  • about 2 feet (61 centimeters)
  • about 3 feet
  • about 6 feet

How do developers direct electrical power to their individual islands?

  • solar power
  • generators
  • cables from Dubai

How deep is the water in which the project is being built?

  • 95 feet (29 meters)
  • 70 feet
  • 30 feet

About how much sand was used to create the islands?

  • 330 million cubic meters (11.7 billion cubic feet)
  • 900 million cubic meters
  • 1.2 billion cubic meters

About how far do the dredging ships travel from the place they dig up sand to the location of the islands they are building?

  • about half a mile (0.8 kilometer)
  • about 6 miles
  • about 30 miles

What prevents the sandy islands from washing away in the ocean currents?

  • a dike that's topped by a long bike path
  • a huge breakwater
  • steel-reinforced concrete pillars

About how long is the breakwater?

  • 17 miles (27 kilometers)
  • 28 miles
  • 36 miles