Durrat Al Bahrain, Bahrain
This SPOT-5 image captured in 2006 shows Durrat Al Bahrain, Bahrain. This was a $6 billion joint development, owned by the Government of Bahrain and Kuwait Finance House.
Artificial or man-made islands are defined because they are made by people, instead of forming naturally. There are a number of ways to create them, including: expanding existing islets, constructing on existing reefs or amalgamating several natural islets, resulting in a new, larger landmass.
These artificial islands are built to aid urban expansion for cities situated near bodies of water. Another frequent application for these islands is the creation of sea or airports, as was the case for Hong Kong International Airport.
This project in Bahrain was designed by renowned engineering and consulting firm, Atkins. Durrat Al Bahrain is comprised of six atolls, five fish-shaped islands, two crescent shaped islands and two more small islands making up the marina area.
This image is one of a series taken by the SPOT satellites over thirty years of operation, and you can view them all in an online gallery.
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