Khazar Islands

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Khazar Islands
Khazar Islands.jpg
Rendering of the Khazar Islands
Location 25 km (16 mi) south of Baku, Azerbaijan
Coordinates 40°14′29″N 49°38′03″E / 40.24134°N 49.634242°E / 40.24134; 49.634242Coordinates: 40°14′29″N 49°38′03″E / 40.24134°N 49.634242°E / 40.24134; 49.634242
Archipelago Baku Archipelago
Total islands 41
Area 20 km2 (7.7 sq mi)
Capital city Baku
Additional information
Official website

The Khazar Islands (Azerbaijani: Xəzər adaları), also known as Caspian Islands,[1] is a planned development of artificial islands 25 km (16 mi) south of Baku, Azerbaijan consisting of 41 islands extending 3,000 hectares (30 km2; 7,400 acres; 12 sq mi) over the Caspian Sea.[2][3][4]


Avesta, the company responsible for the islands' development, is constructing the city to house 1 million residents, contain 150 schools, 50 hospitals and daycare centers, numerous parks, shopping malls, cultural centers, university campuses, a Formula 1 quality racetrack, and the Azerbaijan Tower (expected to be the tallest in the world).[2][3][5] The $2 billion tower is to be the centerpiece of the Khazar Islands,[6] a $100 billion city of 41 artificial islands that will spread 3,000 hectares over the Caspian Sea.[2][3][4]

All of these facilities are planned to be able to withstand up to magnitude 9.0 earthquakes.[5][7] The city will be equipped with 150 bridges and a large municipal airport to connect the islands to the mainland.[2][3][8]

The president of the Avesta Group of Companies, Ibrahim Ibrahimov, told reporters that American, Turkish, Arab and Chinese investors have already showed their interest in the project that will be, in his words, like a "new Venice".[1][4][9]

The project is scheduled to be completed between 2020 and 2025.[8][10][11]

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  1. ^ a b Evgrashina, Lada; Antidze, Margarita (April 11, 2012). "Azerbaijan aims to put up world's tallest building". Reuters. 
  2. ^ a b c d Iliaifar, Amir (February 10, 2012). "$2 billion Azerbaijan Tower to usurp Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower as world's tallest". Digital Trends. 
  3. ^ a b c d Medina, Samuel (February 9, 2012). "Azerbaijan To Build One Kilometer-Tall Skyscraper". Architizer. 
  4. ^ a b c Alexander, Anila (April 13, 2012). "Azerbaijan Plans World's Tallest Tower At 'New Venice' (PHOTOS)". International Business Times. 
  5. ^ a b Medina, Samuel (February 9, 2012). "Azerbaijan's Plans for a One Kilometer-Tall Skyscraper". The Altlantic Cities. 
  6. ^ Azerbaijan Tower
  7. ^ "Azerbaijan to build world's tallest skyscraper". Azernews. January 30, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Cameron, Charley (February 10, 2012). "Azerbaijan's Avesta Group Unveils Plan to Build New World's Tallest Tower". Inhabitat. 
  9. ^ Dewsbury, Rick (April 12, 2012). "Azerbaijan reveals plans for world's tallest building at 3,500ft high". Mail Online. 
  10. ^ Khawaja, Moign (April 15, 2012). "Azerbaijan Tower to challenge Burj Khalifa's glory". Arabian Gazette. 
  11. ^ Li, Roland (February 9, 2012). "Azerbaijan Tower: The Next Tallest Building in the World? (SLIDESHOW)". International Business Times. 

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