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Visit the Giant's Causeway... in Dubai
About 300 islands make up The World in Dubai
About 300 islands make up The World in Dubai
Northern Ireland's most famous natural landmark - the Giant's Causeway - is to be rebuilt in Dubai.

The hexagonal basalt columns are to be recreated in the Middle East as part of a project entitled The World.

The massive building project is replicating most of the countries in the world in about 300 islands in the Persian Gulf.

It is the brainchild of Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

A consortium of Irish businessmen has bought the island of Ireland for 19 million euro and apartments and homes are being sold by Irish-based property company, Larionovo.

'Clearly visible'

Developers Andrew Brett and Raymond Norton said the life-size replica of the Giant's Causeway would be an "irresistible draw" for tourists.

Mr Norton told the Belfast Telegraph newspaper: "The Giant's Causeway is a massive tourist attraction in Ireland anyway, so anyone who comes to this island is going to go and have a look at it.

"The important thing is that when they (tourists) get here they need to really see it - not something that looks like it.

"We need to recreate that."

The World project is already well under way and is clearly visible through satellite pictures.

Luxury suites on the Island of Ireland cost from 750,000 euros, rising to 2.8 million euros for a penthouse and stilted water homes.

The project can be seen from space
The project can be seen from space

There has been massive building programmes ongoing in Dubai over the past decade.

The Gulf Emirate - where harsh summer temperatures reach well above 40C - now boasts the largest indoor snow park in the world.

It also has the world's tallest building, a seven-star hotel in the shape of a giant sail and the first underwater hotel.


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