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Model of 'The Universe' left of that of 'Palm Deira
' and below another of 'The World' in Dubai
The Universe is a planned artificial archipelago in the shape of the Milky Way and Solar System, that would be built off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The project was announced in January 2008 by the developer Nakheel, which also built the Palm Islands and The World archipelago. It was stated to be completed sometime between 2023 and 2028, but as of 2009, the project has been placed on hold. The dredging companies Van Oord and Jan de Nul, the same companies used for the Palm Islands and The World, will create up to 3,000 hectares of land.
The Universe is to be located between the Palm Jumeirah, The World, the Jumeirah coast and the Palm Deira.
The Universe project was in the planning stages, but was placed on hold in 2009. Nakheel's website continues to list The Universe as a "future project".
Coordinates: 25°10′32″N 55°9′14″E / 25.17556°N 55.15389°E