Palm Island, Dubai

 Located off the coast of Dubai in the Unites Arab Emirates, the three Palm Islands are constructed of sand and rock. The pictured Diera Palm spans 7.76 miles by 4.66 miles with 18 larger fronds. The new space created by these islands will house residential property as well as luxury and tourist attractions. The development of these islands may severely impact local marine environments. However, the construction of the islands also creates new habitats for ocean life. The question remains: do the positives outweigh the negatives?